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After a night of debauchery, I betook me to the local A&W for a Chubby Chicken.  First ate this magnificent “burger” at the A&W in Fort McMurray.  How could I resist another after such a night? (more…)

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A midnight sun shone on the overhang where we sat discussing telling the truth to regulators about mining matters.  A packet of cigarettes was consumed in these deep deliberations: should we, as miners, tell regulators everything, including the truth? It is a dry fly-in, fly-out site.  What else are you to do but sit, smoke, and talk? (more…)

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On the way to the airport this morning, I passed Dockers.  It is a nondescript place to eat on Powell Street right besides the Vancouver docks.  I have often stopped at this place to eat after a long ride on a sunny Sunday.  The interior is “original” with no pretensions.  The service is rough and ready.  The food is extraordinary: large; substantial; and cheap.  A great way to end a ride.  A great place to eat—try it sometime. (more…)

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Most mines have a place where the miners eat.  Let us celebrate the cooks at these places by telling of the many fine meals we have enjoyed in these mining canteens. In celebrating cooks at mining canteens, I also seek to describe a job in mining that most do not write about.  If you like cooking, then maybe a job at a mine canteen is for you. (more…)

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I have spent many hours in airports and planes going to remote mines.  In the past four years, I have spent even more time sitting in traffic jams en route to the oil sands mines north of Fort McMurray.  (more…)

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Is it possible to loose money mining gold?  Nobody wants to loose money mining gold.  In the sphere of lose journalism, it is possible to loose money mining gold.  Here is a part of one report on a company that “lost” money mining gold. (more…)

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Sunday night looking to Monday and a day on the oil sands mines.  Flew from rainy Vancouver to sunny Fort McMurray.  Tomorrow we will deal with issues of surface water management and the failure of sand berms inundated by ponded water.  A salutary lesson in the need for proactive and conservative planning before starting construction.  (more…)

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No pictures with this posting.  Seems WordPress cannot upload pictures when my computer is linked via the Nomad Inn system in Fort McMurray. (more…)

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Many years ago in Tucson, I went with some hard-core Republicans to see a Michael Moore film.  They hated him as the incarnation of liberalism and anti-commerce.   Yet today’s news is that this same Michael Moore is in deep support of mining.  How so? (more…)

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This is a strange photo:  We have all sat at some time or another in a pool or hot-tub luxuriating in the moment of being; in the physical luxury of warm water and blue sky; in the visceral pleasure of perfect surroundings.  In Huntington Beach, California when I am visiting the kids and grandkids, I love to go to the town-house pool and hot tub.  Swim a couple of lengths; watch the tall palm trees ululating in the breeze; run to the hot-tub; delve deep into the heat and the physical shock of hot; then sit and chat to the locals about the big political issues.  The BIG ISSUES in a town-house complex include which trees to prune, which trees to cut down, and what species of tree to plant to replace lost trees.  (more…)

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