Proud mining sector for a strong nation - Canada Mining Journal

Posted March 2017

Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In 1867 the founding fathers met in Charlottetown built the foundation of a nation truly “strong and free”. They did a very good job, too. We can savour their hard work as we join in various celebrations around the country.

One of the reasons to be proud of Canada is its vast storehouse of natural resources and the men and enterprises that put us among the world’s premier mineral producers – gold, uranium, potash, base metals, diamonds, and the metals of the future. Our mineral legacy has also given rise to some of the world’s best technology for finding, mining and processing those riches.

SUSTAINABILITY: Botswana adopts MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative - Canada Mining Journal

Posted March 2017

The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) announced on Feb. 14 that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility program developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry.

This is first time that TSM has been adopted by a mining association in Africa, and the third to do so outside of Canada. FinnMin, the Finnish Mining Association, adopted TSM in November 2015 and the Cámara Argentina de Empresarios Mineros (CAEM), the Argentinean Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs, adopted the initiative in October 2016.

IOC going ahead with Wabush 3 mine, construction to begin in spring - CBC News

Posted March 2017

The Iron Ore Company of Canada says the long-awaited Wabush 3 mining project in Labrador West will be going ahead.

The new pit comes with a $79-million investment and should increase the ore output by about five million tonnes per year.

Clayton Walker, chief executive officer and president, said it should also extend the life of the mine by 12 years.

"We're really excited about the announcement," Walker said on Thursday afternoon.

The new pit will rely on much of the existing infrastructure but construction is expected to create about 70 jobs, according to Walker.

5 facts that defined Canada’s new-construction housing market in 2016 - BuzzBuzzNews

Posted March 2017

Dated bungalows selling way over asking in super-competitive Canadian housing markets often grab headlines, but 2016 was hardly a quiet year in Canada’s new-construction housing market.

That much is clear from even a quick scan of BuzzBuzzHome’s Toronto and Vancouver New Home Outlooks, which each include an overview of the national market’s developments over the past year as well.

The comprehensive reports, the work of BuzzBuzzHome’s research team, provide an in-depth look at not only where the market is headed, but where it’s been recently. Here are five facts that defined the new-build segment in 2016.

Drilling Rig Worker Training Rebounds as Oil and Gas Prices Stabilize - Vancouver Sun

Posted February 2017

Bundled up "like a snowman" on a wind-whipped Precision Drilling rig in wintry eastern Alberta, rookie hand Dan Brook says he couldn't feel more removed from his childhood home on the south coast of England.

For the 32-year-old, whose family moved to Canada 20 years ago, his new profession offers hope of a better life after 15 years working at low-paying hotel and mechanic shop jobs in Alberta and New Brunswick.

Oil and Gas Group Ramps Up Drilling Forecast for Alberta - Calgary Herald

Posted February 2017

A new forecast for the oil and gas industry suggests drilling will pick up at a faster pace than was previously expected as producers respond to improved energy prices with more aggressive drilling programs.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said Monday nearly 5,200 wells are expected to be drilled across the country this year, an increase of 975 wells over the group’s November outlook.