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The Klondike Gold Rush helped lift Vancouver out of a depression

Posted on November 30, 2014

There was a depression in North America in 1893, and the Vancouver economy sagged for several years. But it rebounded in 1897, when the city became one of the launching points for the Klondike Gold Rush.

Coal dust seen as serious environmental threat in Canada: poll

Posted on October 6, 2014

Metro Vancouver residents polled in a new survey are also concerned that coal dust from a recently approved loading facility at Fraser Surrey Docks will harm regional air quality.

Imperial’s cleanup plan underway for Mount Polley mine dam breach, but questions remain

Posted on September 28, 2014

With 24 million cubic metres of water and tailings flushed downstream of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, the company’s biggest challenge now is to keep the remaining tailings and water contained.

Environmental audit gives West Canada placer gold miners failing grade

Posted on December 27, 2012

Nearly three-quarters of Cariboo gold miners failed a “clandestine” audit on environmental standards, according to documents released through a British Columbia freedom of information request.

HD Mining's Murray mine boosts B.C. economy

Posted on December 21, 2012

HD Mining, the Vancouver-based company that in early October sparked controversy with its plan to hire 2,000 Chinese miners for its proposed Murray River Project, is one step closer to becoming a reality through the issuance of a Section 11 order by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

Maharaja's family demands return of diamond

Posted on September 9, 2012

The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-noor diamond to Queen Victoria, launched a court action Monday for his body and possessions to be returned to India.

Plane chartered to survey coal mining site missing in Indonesia with 4 people on board

Posted on August 25, 2012

Searchers were hunting Saturday for a small plane missing on Borneo island with an Australian and three other people on board, Indonesian officials said.

The challenge of developing Ontario's Ring of Fire mines

Posted on May 25, 2012

A $3.3 billion plan to build North America's first major chromite mine deep in the Canadian wilderness promises to usher in an era of prosperity for the region's aboriginals and generate millions of tax dollars over its lifetime.

The gold in mining: Canada's B.C. sector thriving, thanks in large part to China

Posted on May 11, 2012

The head office is just one among 800-odd mining companies clustered in downtown Vancouver. But even in a group so large it serves as the backbone of the city’s business district — and the world’s centre of mining expertise — Teck Resources stands out.

BC mining industry the epicentre of investment

Posted on May 10, 2012

These are the good old days for the British Columbia mineral exploration sector.

Alberta suing oilsands companies, claims Syncrude Royalty Project owes it $100 million

Posted on May 4, 2012

The Alberta government is suing a handful of oilsands companies for $100 million for allegedly failing to pay the province its share of revenues from the Syncrude Royalty Project.

Teck files environmental assessment for Chilean project

Posted on April 28, 2012

Teck Resources' epic $5.6 billion Quebrada Blanca copper-molybdenum mine expansion has taken another step ahead.

Feds pressured by coal industry to weaken regulations, records reveal

Posted on April 22, 2012

OTTAWA – Environment Canada weakened a draft version of regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired power plants following pressure from the industry, newly-released federal records have revealed.

Anglo dulls prospects as it doubles down on diamonds

Posted on March 14, 2012

Anglo American Plc’s $5.1 US billion plan to almost double its diamond business and platinum mines that are missing targets risk killing its allure as a takeover candidate for a merged Glencore International Plc-Xstrata Plc.

Electro-Motive lockout draws thousands of protesters

Posted on January 21, 2012

Thousands of protesters gathered at a London park Saturday in a massive show of support for more than 400 locked-out workers of Electro-Motive Canada .

U.S. House set to kill Keystone-linked bill

Posted on December 19, 2011

Grande Cache Coal executives charged with insider trading

Posted on December 9, 2011

Alberta regulators have accused five top executives of Grande Cache Coal Corp. (GCE-T9.75-0.13-1.32%) of illegal insider trading, alleging they sold securities in 2008 before the company disclosed bad news about its sales.

China's thirst for coal strips lush Australian farmland bare

Posted on November 7, 2011

The Vancouver Sun reports the Liverpool Plains were long considered off-limits to mining, their rich black soils ranking among Australia's best farming land. Until China came to town.

Oilsands expansion jeopardized by absence of climate plan, ambassador told

Posted on October 18, 2011

Opposition to oilsands expansion in "Canada's Texas" and a controversial U.S. pipeline expansion project is growing because of a failure to crack down on pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and causes climate change, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., …

Determined oilsands pipeline protesters can't hide disappointment

Posted on September 3, 2011

As hundreds of anti-oilsands activists gathered for a final day of civil disobedience Saturday at the White House, the sizable crowd erupted in familiar songs of protest.

Goldcorp throws cold water on stock touts

Posted on August 28, 2011

Unscrupulous stock tout services have been pumping U.S. junior exploration companies by suggesting that Vancouver-based senior gold producer Goldcorp Inc. is about to buy them out at huge premiums to their prevailing market prices.

The latest tout service to do this is Stock Castle, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fidelity Ltd., which is said to be located in the British Virgin Islands.

Timmins Gold expects higher mineral resource at open pit gold mine in Sonora, Mexico

Posted on August 24, 2011

Canadian miner Timmins Gold Corp said drilling at its open pit gold mine in Sonora, Mexico, showed that there were additional mineralized zones at the site.

Vancouver Sun: First Nation irked by Jansen potash project

Posted on July 25, 2011

The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation located near BHP Billiton Ltd.'s Jansen potash project is calling on the province to consult aboriginal communities in the region about the potential mine.

Comprehensive environmental monitoring plan on deck for oilsands

Posted on July 21, 2011

The federal government is set to announce Thursday a comprehensive environmental monitoring plan for the oilsands that will boost tests on water, air, animals and plants — and seeks to spruce up the international reputation of the massive bitumen resource.

According to government sources, the $50-million "integrated oilsands environment monitoring plan" developed by teams of scientists will spur increased scrutiny of everything from acidification in lakes to the health of fish — across provincial and territorial boundaries.