Kamloops at the crossroads – Can a gritty industrial base ever peacefully coexist with a growing cohort of lifestyle migrants? One long-time resources town is struggling to find out the answer, with the fate of a massive copper-and-gold mine hanging in the balance.

By Andrew Findlay From her home in the Aberdeen subdivision high atop Kamloops, overlooking the Thompson River Valley, Helen Newmarch can smell the sagebrush and see the golden grasslands. She and her husband, Bruce, a family physician with a private practice in nearby Sahali,...
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BiV – US environmentalist to restart three met-coal mines.

By Nelson Bennett. Restarting idled coal mines might seem like an odd way to fight climate change, but that’s the plan for a U.S. conservationist and his business partners, who recently acquired three Tumbler Ridge-Chetwynd area coal mines. Walter Energy closed three B.C....
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CBC – Diamond processing at Ekati resumes, three months after fire. Plant repairs cost around $20 million, $5 million less than anticipated

Operations at Ekati Diamond Mine have fully resumed, three months after a fire at the processing plant caused a major slowdown. Dominion Diamonds say plant repairs cost just shy of $20 million, $5 million less than originally anticipated. “We are very pleased the process...
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Whitehorse Star – Mining firms sign LNG facility agreement. Two major mining companies in the Yukon have signed a memorandum of understanding with an LNG company to build a supply facility in Fort Nelson, B.C. if their projects go forward.

By Chuck Tobin Two major mining companies in the Yukon have signed a memorandum of understanding with an LNG company to build a supply facility in Fort Nelson, B.C. if their projects go forward. The deal between the Casino Mining Corp., Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. and Ferus...
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The Northern Miner – Canada’s territories on diverging GDP paths: Conference Board of Canada.

 By john Cumming. It’s tough enough to have an economy dependent on commodity cycles, but doubly so in the small economies of Canada’s three territories, where the opening or closing of a single mine can make the difference between a growing or shrinking gross domestic product....
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News Deeply – Putting the North into Northern Research. (A look at Erin Freeland Ballantyne and Dechinta.)

By Julia Rosen. Everyone agrees that indigenous people should be more involved in Arctic research. However, there are still few indigenous researchers. Erin Freeland Ballantyne, a founder and the dean of the Dechinta Bush University in Yellowknife, N.T., is trying to change that....
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Globe and Mail – First Nations coalition ramps up opposition to pipelines.

By Shawn McCarthy and Kelly Cryderman. A coalition of First Nations leaders is ratcheting up pressure on Canada’s oil sands industry, vowing to collectively oppose and actively resist any increased transport of crude through their traditional territories. At press conferences in...
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Canadian Institute of Mining – Two years and change. Government and industry code changes mark two-year anniversary of Mount Polley, but public not ready to forgive.

 By Eavan Moore Hazeltine-Creek –  The current focus for the two First Nations most affected by Mount Polley is ensuring the restoration process of Hazeltine Creek, pictured, is carried out, and following the long-term outcomes of environmental monitoring | Courtesy of...
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Vancouver Sun – Tsilhqot’in First Nation says no to mineral exploration by Amarc Resources on its Ike prospect.

By Derrick Penner. Above the tree line on a mountain in the Southern Interior is a spot most people have never heard of, but is increasingly the centre of attention for a mining exploration company and communities of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. It is a mineral claim being...
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Watershed Sentinel – Fish Lake Returns.

By Andrea Palframan It’s the mine that won’t die. For twenty years Taseko Mines Limited has tried to get approval for a low-grade, open-pit copper and gold mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake.) The federal government rejected the project twice after independent expert panels delivered...
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Mining Weekly – Taseko in hot pursuit of Gibraltar’s high-grade copper core.

 By Henry Lazenby. TheTSX-listed stock of copper producerTaseko Mines spiked up to 13.33% on Tuesday morning on news that the company has discovered a new high-grade copper deposit at itsGibraltar mine, in British Columbia. Vancouver-based Taseko has intersected more than 341.4 m...
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NR – Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Signs MOU for LNG Supply With Casino and Selwyn Chihong.

 Use of LNG in Mine Projects Improve Economics While Reducing GHG Emissions; LNG Plant Proposed for Fort Nelson Area to Ensure Long-Term Proximal and Reliable Supply VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – September 21, 2016) – Vancouver-based Casino Mining Corporation...
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