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I do not watch the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC).  Seems nobody else around the office does either.  Personally I find the idea of a government-run radio and/or TV network repulsive—smacks of big brother.  And a waste of money, apparently a billion dollars a year.  (more…)

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  As I write, the results are in:  the Conservatives are the majority party in the Canadian parliament and the New Democratic Party is the official opposition.  The Liberals and the Party of Quebec are trashed.  The immediate question is what does this mean for the mining industry? (more…)

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Bombing Libya and the opera Ariadne Auf Naxos both force us to confront the questions of what is good and what is bad, what is moral and what is amoral, what are gods and men to do in the face of comedy, farce, & tragedy, what to do when the choice is life or death, and is it better to remain silent and survive, or die at the hands of a tyrant bent on genocide? (more…)

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The boat slide quickly along the calm sea, but tidal waves were forming and threatening a rough voyage.  We stood on the deck gazing at a blue ocean, green trees, and towering peaks of snow.  A peaceful scene wrought of turmoil and storm that reminds you the world is not always beautiful. (more…)

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   Here is an edited e-mail I recently received:

I am young mining engineer with three years experience.  I am at that point where I should really commit myself to the trade or back off and go a different direction.  I am thinking about an advanced degree/further education but I am not sure on what: Mining engineering, geotechnical engineering geared towards mining, or business/entrepreneurship.  Or just relax and enjoy my life and extracurricular activities like running/camping (bagdaddy.blogspot.com).  I have an undergrad in mining engineering from Virginia Tech  Any advice or thoughts would be really helpful.  Also, I might as well ask about this while I have your attention, how would you invest your money if you were my age (25).    (more…)

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The art, or is it science, of mine closure is still a youngster.  There is no agreed fundamental philosophy or even technical approach.  This is strange when you consider that mining has been around for a long time and many mines have been worked out.  Most have been abandoned as the many abandoned mine remediation programs attest.  Only in the past few years have we seen vigorous debate on the need for planning and contentious mine closure.  Much of this debate has been documented in the proceedings of the Mine Closure Conferences organized by the Australian Center for Geomechanics.  Yesterday I spent some time paging through the past conference proceedings.  Here are two extract that, to my mind, nicely capture the dilemma of those seeking a consistent philosophy of mine closure.  (more…)

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We will have to await the course of fighting lawyers to learn how this story plays out; but even now there is plenty to tell and plenty to cogitate.  It all relates to helping the democratically elected government of the DCR kill seventy of its own.  In short the story, as I pick it up from a number of sources, goes thus:  In 2004, rebels capture the town that controls the supply route to Anvil’s Congo mine.  Anvil provides transport for government troops (thugs) brought in to flush the rebels out.  The thugs move fast: they shoot upwards of seventy people and re-open supply lines.   Anvil says the government requisitioned such transport, and they had to obey.  Not so, say the NGOs, who claim Anvil sought government aid in flushing out the rebels.  (more…)

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I have often railed against those unimaginative mining ads that show ladies in hard hats standing in front of a large truck, smiling as they try to look natural and in support of women in mining.  (more…)

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   The news is that the private member Bill C-300 failed to pass in the Canadian parliament yesterday.   This bill would have allowed any agitator anywhere to accuse a Canadian mining company of anything that irritated the accuser; the bureaucrats in Ottawa would have judged; the mining company would have had no way to defend themselves; and a new era of non-legal proceedings would have come into place.  In my opinion, the law the bill would have established was fatally flawed and would have taken us back to the days of the old English Star Chamber–accusation and conviction without the right of self defence.  As for the idea that the accuser had to have what is called in law “standing,” why that ancient, yet simple legal principle too would have been tossed out the window. 

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   If you are in the Canadian mining industry and have not yet read Bill C-300, I recommend you go to this link and read the draft bill.  And having read it, I recommend you call your “friendly politician” and tell him/her what you think.  (more…)

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