Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

The rising number of exploration projects, equity and debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, indicates a renewed confidence in the junior sector. (Image: Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp.) After years of struggling following a drop in commodity prices, Canadian junior miners are seeing renewed confidence in[…]

New tool helps industry collect and share geoscience data

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is gearing up to launch the Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines, a practice that is expected to improve discovery rates of mineral exploration in Canada. The guidelines propose a uniform national standard for digital data submission for jurisdictional mine recording offices. “The idea behind the[…]

Here’s how to avoid being caught in mining scams

Calling a class “bullshit,” and in public, would normally be considered inappropriate, but there’s one where students can get away with it. Two University of Washington professors are teaching a course to help learners “think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences,” according to the introduction to the[…]

CHART: Commodity prices slump to 50-year low against US stocks

The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs on Friday despite signs that US jobs growth is slowing down and that expansion of the world’s largest economy remains stuck around the 1% level.“Following the notion of mean reversion, we should be seeing attractive investment opportunities” In contrast the S&P GSCI All Commodities index is[…]

Canada's Gov't gives mining explorers a full extra year of tax credit

Canada has decided to extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, which was ending on March 31, for a full extra year, the country’s natural resources minister announced Sunday evening. Speaking to media attending the 85th version of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention in Toronto, minister Jim Carr said the 15% mineral[…]

Mining industry leaders meet again at PDAC 2017

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, one of the world’s leading minerals and mining events, kicked off Sunday amid increased optimism in the global industry. Now in its 85th year, this annual event brings together the industry from around the world to downtown Toronto. More than 22,000 attendees from 125 countries were[…]

Canadian miners to implement voluntary principles on security and human rights

Today, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has announced a membership commitment to implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). Several MAC members already formally participate in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPI) and several others apply the VPs for their operations abroad. With today’s announcement, MAC member[…]

Explorers frustrated with waiting times for permits in B.C., the Territories

Canada’s British Columbia and the Territories are the country’s mining districts where it takes the longest to obtain exploration permits, a new report released Tuesday shows. According to a survey of mining executives by policy think-tank the Fraser Institute, while Canadian provinces and territories fared well compared to international competitors in terms of issuing permits[…]

Canada’s Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the world's new top mining destinations

Two Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba — are the world’s top two most attractive mining investment destinations, displacing Western Australia from the first to the third place, the latest annual global survey of mining executives released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute shows. According to Canada’s policy think-tank’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies, the other seven jurisdictions that currently[…]