This issue of Canadian Mining Magazine took a look at gold and diamond mining in Quebec, plans for growth despite restrictive policies, and setbacks for the province’s shale gas industry.Our lead story, Pushing On Despite Restrictive Policies, discussed the uncertainty surrounding mining in Quebec—a result of changes to the provincial Mining Act and an overhaul to its tax regime. Despite restrictive policies, the changes (which are seen as positive) have increased stability and led to new projects, like the Éléonore gold mine and the Renard diamond mine. The Quebec coverage also explored the setbacks for the province’s shale gas industry, including environmental protection issues, land issues and social acceptability.
Features in the magazine reviewed insurance and global risk for junior mining companies; the failure of the tailings storage facility of the Mount Polley Mine and long-lasting impacts, like recommendations for designing and constructing TSFs in BC, lengthier complex permitting processes, and issues around raising capital; the success of PDAC 2015, and the under-representation and under-employment of women in the industry, along with the results from Ramp-Up, a study completed by Women in Mining Canada and Mining Industry Human Resources Council.
The magazine’s regular departments included a Transaction Report on the cyclical nature of the market and the optimistic outlook for the sector in the near future; an HR Report on transitioning the Diavik Diamond Mine, including the workforce, the approach, challenges and advice for other sites making similar transitions; Junior Mining News that explained how to qualify boasts from management and how to anticipate how investors will qualify your statements; a Tax Time report on positive mining sector changes to the Income Tax Act. An Innovations report on the groundbreaking ColdBlock Laboratory Sample Digestion Technology, Tools of the Trade, News Watch and Upcoming Events round out this issue’s line-up.
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