Mining Markets


  • Film review: KONELĪNE finds drama in BC’s Golden Triangle

    June 9, 2016 by David Perri

    Northwest British Columbia is a land of abundance and beauty. Teeming with wildlife, the mountains, rivers and valleys are also home to the Tahltan First Nation. Riches below the surface have inspired miners to call the region the “Golden Triangle.”

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    What an HR manager can do in a downturn

    April 30, 2016 by Paul Pittman

    Asking miners to work on their Human Resources strategy when the industry horizon appears to hold little that is positive may appear futile. But changes already underway in the employment market are going to impact on those plans, and when

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    Commentary: A recipe for shrinking
 a mineral resource by 90%

    April 10, 2016 by Jun Cowan

    The recent dramatic — nearly an order of magnitude — resource downgrade of a high-profile deposit has sparked lively discussions amongst geology professionals. Many geologists are discussing the technicalities of the resource estimation, such as geostatistical checks and balances, and

  • Commodities downturn poses opportunity for Canada

    February 16, 2016 by George McCullough and Xavier Diniz

    In the face of the global commodities downturn, mining companies are facing increasing pressure to maintain profitability. Investment in exploration has contracted, indicating a negative trend in project development. For Canada, this global downturn represents both a challenge and an

  • BC explorers need reliable access to land to make discoveries

    February 5, 2016 by Gavin Dirom

    British Columbia’s mineral exploration and development industry will continue to make enormous contributions to our economic and social well-being, despite the current global downturn in commodity prices and lower investment levels. With a world-class cluster of technical, legal and financial expertise, the B.C.-based industry

  • Tapped resources: BC changing its water-use legislation

    February 5, 2016 by Karen MacMillan and Khaled Abdel-Barr

    Scrutiny of water-use policies and regulations, and concern that provincial governments across Canada need to better regulate industrial water use, have become more prominent in recent years, particularly after the recent droughts in B.C. and Alberta. This increased scrutiny of the impacts of mining

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    Coal’s place in the shifting global energy mix

    December 2, 2015 by Phil Hopwood

    Given the mining industry’s extended cycle times, companies regularly look for insight relative to long-term commodity demand patterns. One area that may require more concerted focus relates to the shifting global energy mix. In many ways, this discussion begins and

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    The great mining brain drain

    November 6, 2015 by Andrew Pollard

    Throughout the downturn, much has been made of the woes faced by the mining sector. In fact, if you google “mining sector challenges” it will deliver over 4 million results. We are in the midst of a historic bear market,

  • Timing of diamond tender sets up trade for Lucara

    September 14, 2015 by Paul Zimnisky

    Weak diamond prices have hindered all miners as of late, but Toronto-listed Lucara Diamond’s (TSX: LUC) second-quarter results looked especially dismal at first glance with the company’s average price-per-carat for the period falling a staggering 53.3% year-over-year and income concurrently

  • Canadian gov’t seeks consultation on Transparency Act

    September 14, 2015 by Keith R. Chatwin, Ivan T. Grbesic, and Christopher Yung

    On Aug. 12, 2015, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) posted a notice on its website seeking public input on draft “implementation tools” it has developed in respect of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. The stated purpose of the act is

  • Asia drags down gold demand in Q2

    September 14, 2015 by Alisha Hiyate

    The following is an edited summary of the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends report for this year’s second quarter. For the full report, please visit The latest Gold Demand Trends report for Q2 2015 from the World Gold

  • Fulfilling CSR goals without violating anti-corruption laws

    September 14, 2015 by Mark N. Stills and Jennifer L. Egsgard

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly important to successful business operations. Yet CSR initiatives are often developed without attention to possible liability under anti-corruption laws. CSR once referred primarily to a company’s voluntary philanthropic projects, such as donating to a