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Alberta govt accepts olive branch as BC seeks reference case on rights over oil exports

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 The political impasse over the much-needed expansion of crude oil export capacity from Alberta through Canada's West Coast seems to have been temporarily resolved. Alberta, which is host to the bulk of Canada's significant oil reserves, on Thursday said it would suspend a ban on the sale of... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Rio Tinto confident US will treat Canada differently on trade

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 The head of Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium division is confident the Trump administration will recognize that Canada must be viewed differently when considering import tariffs on the metal and in Nafta talks. “There’s a clear recognition of the strategic importance of the Canadian industry to the... 

Successfully delivering results 15 years after commissioning

     25th January 2018 For 25 years, Immersive Technologies has been working with mining companies across the globe to achieve Real Results in operator safety and productivity – these partnerships have for many years driven quantifiable operational improvement. Successfully achieving these results means consistently... 

Virtual Reality Training, WorksiteVR Quest: A Leap Forward in Personnel Induction at Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Mine.

     25th January 2018 Immersive Technologies developed a series of WorksiteVR Quest www.immersivetechnologies.com virtual reality scenarios designed to facilitate a blended learning model in conjunction with eLearning and practical activities. Mine site inductions are necessary however often dry, boring, and... 

Canada to create overseas mining watchdog early in 2018

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Ottawa plans early next year to create an independent office to oversee Canadian mining, oil and gas companies' activities abroad, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that environmental and human rights groups have long demanded. The office would have both an "advisory and robust... 

Fasken Martineau Named “Global Mining Law Firm of the Year”

     25th May 2017 Fasken Martineau announced that, for the third consecutive year and the ninth time overall, it has been named “Global Mining Law Firm of the Year 2017” by Who’s Who Legal. Additionally, Michael Bourassa has received the “Lawyer of the Year 2017” award for Mining. With over 150 years’ experience... 

Trudeau mulls coal ban in response to US lumber tariffs

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2017 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the leader of timber-rich British Columbia that he would consider her request to ban thermal coal shipments in retaliation for new US tariffs on softwood slumber. In a letter to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, a copy of which was posted on the... 

Acting BC premier proposes retaliatory US thermal coal export ban

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The leader of the British Columbia Liberal party Christy Clark has written a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for a retaliatory ban on US thermal coal shipments through the province’s ports. Clark, who has been the acting premier of the province since the legislative... 

In world first, MAC members commit to voluntary principles on security and human rights

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 Members of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Thursday committed to implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) – a world first for a mining association. The VPs were created in 2000 to help extractive sector companies balance the obligation to respect human... 

AME BC reports progress made on key policy issues amid rising commodity tide

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2017 Optimism has returned to the junior exploration industry, based on changed market fundamentals and more buoyant commodity prices, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) president and CEO Gavin Dirom tells Mining Weekly Online in an interview. “It’s amazing what... 

Ontario’s costly coal phase-out had little effect on reducing air pollution – Fraser Institute

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Ontario’s misadventures in energy policy formulation hold a critical cautionary tale for the federal government’s plans to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030. Closing Ontario's coal-fired power plants had a negligible effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy... 

New Brunswick announces plan to phase out coal generation

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2016 Canada’s maritime province of New Brunswick is following in the footsteps of the federal government and other provinces such as Alberta and Ontario to phase out or announce plans to completely phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030. In its new action plan ‘Transitioning to a... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Alberta to pay coal power producers C$1.1bn to transition away from coal generation by 2030 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th November 2016 As part of the province’s ‘Climate Leadership Plan’, the Alberta government has agreed to pay three coal power producers operating in the province more than C$1-billion over the next 14 years to compensate them for prematurely shuttering their coal-fired power plants by 2030. The agreements will... 

Trumpism doesn’t play in Canada, which just eased takeover rules

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bucking a global trend toward greater protectionism, will loosen foreign takeover rules for more than 50 Canadian publicly traded companies next year, including those in mining, oil and marijuana production. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced this week Canada... 

Petronas' Canadian gas project approved by Trudeau government

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has approved Petroliam Nasional’s C$36-billion ($27-billion) Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister... 

Trudeau said to plan pipeline approval, favour Kinder Morgan

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion to the Pacific Coast the most likely candidate, people familiar with his plans said. The prime minister is seeking to strengthen... 

Trudeau faces split Aboriginal groups in Kinder Morgan ruling 

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2016 In the rolling country of central British Columbia, Michael LeBourdais’s Whispering Pines Indian Band is looking forward to a cash injection from a new pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP. He’ll be seeking compensation for his band if it doesn’t go through. Meanwhile, 400 km... 

Bauma Conexpo Africa 2018

     8th July 2016 The dates for the next Bauma Conexpo Africa are confirmed: : The third International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from March 13 to 16, 2018. According to Stefan Otto,... 

First Nation ramps up opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 A First Nation based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas was in New York on Thursday to beseech “dozens” of Kinder... 

Ontario once more budgets a billion for RoF development, private sector takes action

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2016 For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Ontario government has made a C$1-billion commitment toward development in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) nickel/chromite mining camp, in the province’s remote far north. The RoF presented a multigenerational economic opportunity for the province, with... 

Feds to delay pipeline project decisions in wake of interim environmental assessment measures

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2016 The Liberal Canadian government on Wednesday said it would delay decisions on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project in order to implement five new temporary measures as the first step of a broader strategy to “review and restore... 

KWG looks towards the East to finance its proposed Ring of Fire railway

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2016 KWG Resources is looking to the Far East to secure funding for its proposed 340 km rail corridor, which the project developer believes holds the key to unlocking the vast mineral wealth of the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario. “The reason KWG is looking to China to fund its proposed railway... 

High hopes Canada’s new Liberal govt will breathe new life into struggling resources sector 

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2015 Canada is holding its breath while 18 rookie federal Ministers are being briefed by their respective departmental officials as the country turns a new leaf following the recent federal election that saw the Liberal party form a majority government, ending a decade of Conservative rule. Soon after... 

High hopes Canada’s new Liberal govt will breathe new life into struggling resources sector

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2015 Canada is holding its breath while 18 rookie federal Ministers are being briefed by their respective departmental officials, as Canada turns a new leaf following the recent federal election that saw the Liberal party form a majority government ending a decade of Conservative rule. Soon after... 

Canada’s export credit agency sets up Africa-focused Joburg office

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2015 Canada’s official trade finance agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has formally established permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it aims to facilitate $10-billion-worth of business between sub-Saharan African and Canadian companies over the coming five years. The export credit... 

Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensifies

By: Simon Rees     18th September 2015 The outlook for the global economy, infrastructure development and mining is not as dismal as many might believe, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood recently told an audience at the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Commerce’s seminar on infrastructure in Southern Africa. “People talk... 

Bauma Conexpo Africa 2015

     12th August 2015 BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015, International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, takes place from September 15 to 18 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre . If the premiere in 2013 is anything to go by, BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 will... 

Formwork and scaffolding move to modular

     26th June 2015 Formwork has a direct impact on construction project timelines and cost efficiencies. This is according to Elaine Crewe, CEO of BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, the premier construction and mining event in Africa that will take place from 15-18 September 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (NASREC). In... 

Dust from abandoned Cliffs' mine casts pall over eastern Canadian town

By: Reuters     19th June 2015 Heavy dust clouds blowing from Cliffs Natural Resources' abandoned Wabush iron-ore mine into a small township in the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is putting a focus on the liability of miners that seek creditor protection and walk away from assets. Iron-ore and coal... 

Canada’s mining industry welcomes federal budget 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2015 Canada's national mining association has welcomed the Conservative government’s balanced federal budget 2015, citing its pleasure with renewed funding for critical areas such as environmental assessments, the Major Projects Management Office, Aboriginal education and training, and geoscience.... 

Canada-India uranium tensions thaw as Cameco strikes export deal

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2015 Canada on Wednesday unveiled a C$350-million deal to supply more than seven-million pounds of uranium concentrate to India, signalling a new era for the two countries’ bilateral relations. Canadian uranium producer Cameco announced that it had inked a supply agreement with the Department of... 

Zambia’s double-edged mining taxation sword

     15th April 2015 Zambia, one of the major players in mining in the Southern African Development Community, faced a shake-up in views surrounding the implications of a rise in underground mining royalties. As of 1 January 2015, legislation stipulated a rise in underground mining royalties from six to eight per... 

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on $370m financing of world’s largest new diamond project

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2015 Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright’s teams in London, Ottawa and Toronto have successfully advised a syndicate of Canadian and international lenders on the financing of the Gahcho Kué diamond project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT), which reached financial close on Tuesday. The... 

Lower oil prices could cost Canada dearly

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2014 An unprecedented 40% dive in crude oil prices in the last four months would impact the Canadian economy much more severely than previously thought, a recent study by analysts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) had found. In their report ‘No barrel of fun: What weaker crude means for... 

Canada's Extractive Sector Strategy well received, expected to fuel prosperity of sector

By: Tracy Hancock     19th November 2014 The Canadian government has an important role to play in supporting both the global competitiveness of the Canadian mineral industry and its ability to contribute to the sustainable development of the societies in which it operates, said Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)... 

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