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Just published by CostMine is the 2014 Survey Results – Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  I will survey some of the data in this and future postings.  First a look at average Canadian Mine wages (In Canadian dollars):

Surface mines

  • Electrician  = 37.84
  • Mechanic = 37.08
  • Surface drill operator = 38.06
  • Heavy equipment operator = 34.74
  • Laborer = 27.95

Underground Mines

  • Electrician = 38.83
  • Mechanic = 37.3
  • Miner = 33.89
  • Underground drill operator = 34.26
  • Underground laborer = 27.18

The range of wages is large.  Consider the range for Mill Operators:

  • Mill equipment operator = 24.57 to 58.46 with an average of 35.60
  • Mill laborer = 19.65 to 42.25 with an average of 29.45

And wages vary across the country. Here are averages for eastern versus western surface mine folk”

  • Electrician = 32.80 vs 40.74
  • Mechanic = 32.42 vs 39.81
  • Dragline operator = 33.27 vs 39.14
  • Laborer = 24.74 vs 29.55

Wages have gone up in the past 12 months.  For example, of the 22 eastern mines reporting wages went up 2.9% and of the 27 western mines reporting, wages went up 3.1%.

Good new really.

The report is chock-full of data.  The above is a snapshot.  I will write about this report and salaries etc. in future blog postings.  Meanwhile go to CostMine to purchase a copy for all the data.

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I have not posted on this blog the past few days.  The reason:  I was at a fly-in, fly-out camp where the internet connection is sporadic & they do not make it easy to access spurious blogs.   Plus the weather was terrible:  ice-rain in which planes could not fly. (more…)

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Below is a report that hit my email inbox today.  I repeat in full, not because mines are the main culprit, but because mines are probably NOT the main culprit.  This report is a sobering reminder that dry-cleaners, car-battery recyclers, old military bases, and jails are also major contaminators.  Yet so little is written or done about them—it is not a very sexy topic–so much easier to excoriate mining. Not that Giant, Faro, and a few other old mines are going to be cheap to cleanup. (more…)

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Constructing covers over mining wastes at sites in cold climates involves consideration of these factors that are unique to cold climates: (more…)

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Spent today in a course on Covers in Cold Climates.  The course is part of the seminar to follow tomorrow and Wednesday on the same topics.  Arranged by InfoMine, it is being held in Whistler, which is a nice, but not spectacular place to have a conference—I prefer Banff or Vancouver.   For the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a pale reflection of those other grand hotels with the Fairmont name: a bland and ugly exterior that replicates in cheap detail the features of the hotel in Vancouver that it tries to emulate. (more…)

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Hitherto I have refrained from commenting on the controversy swirling around Taseko’s BC New Prosperity Mine.  A number of reasons for avoiding a blog posting on the topic.  First, I know nothing of the issues—I did take up Taseko’s offer to interview their engineers, but never got a reply to my email taking up their offer. Second, I work with a guy who has a cabin in the area and hence a definitive opinion on the matter:  NIMBY. (more…)

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This posting is prompted by a casual discussion today with a person I like and respect.  She pointed me to the website of Employment Office.  The opening statement on their website is this: (more…)

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I am in Ottawa to take part in a course tomorrow at a mining conference.  Today I walked through light snow to Parliament Hill and toured through the building.  Here are a few photos. (more…)

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The EPA’s decision about the prudence of developing the Pebble Mine or any other mine in the area of Bristol Bay is in–see this link. This blog (I/me) has been a consistent critic of the idea of developing the Pebble Mine.  In short, I cannot see how a mine could be developed in such an environment without unacceptable impact. (more…)

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Iowa is blanketed in snow; and I freeze.  Here a few photos to prove my point.

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