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The Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan

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Mining and Easter: Canada’s role in producing ‘green’ aluminum

This weekend, thousands of Canadian kids will scour gardens and parks for colorful treats left behind by the Easter bunny. Although quickly discarded for the chocolatey goodness inside, spare a thought for the aluminum foil wrapping. The foil coating your Easter egg is a thin sheet of aluminium metal, the same material used for drink... Read more »

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A Tale of Two Coals

Of the 60 million tonnes of coal Canada produces each year, just over half is thermal coal, the variety of coal used for power generation. The other, lesser-known coal that Canada produces in almost equal measure is metallurgical coal. Metallurgical coal, also known as met coal, coking coal, or steelmaking coal, is a vital ingredient for making... Read more »

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Mining for Music

Two seemingly unrelated events kicked off in Canada this Monday: Canadian Music Week and National Mining Week. On the surface, they look to be reaching out to quite different audiences, but if we dig deeper, we see that one cannot exist without the other. Sitting in the sun at an outdoor jazz concert this summer,... Read more »

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From black to green and everything in between: cliff-side museum explores how natural resources have shaped Canada’s culture

Take a virtual tour of the museum at the UNESCO-listed Joggins fossil cliffs on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia to celebrate International Museum Day 2018 Perched on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Fundy sits one of the greenest buildings in Nova Scotia. When the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre was completed in 2008, it... Read more »

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Not Your Grandfather’s Mine

The five ways in which technology and innovation are making mining more sustainable When asked to picture a mine, many Canadians imagine a deep pit filled with noisy trucks belching diesel fumes and dust into the air. The miners they picture may be older men with dirty faces and scruffy beards, working in dark, cramped... Read more »

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Mining and Beer

Most Canadians enjoy spending Canada Day outside with their family and friends. They attend festivals, concerts and parades; take a canoe out on the lake or flip a burger at a BBQ by the beach. Flags are waved, songs are sung and some people choose to responsibly consume a beer or two to toast our... Read more »

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Space Mining: Are We on the Cusp of an Asteroid Rush?

The Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP) team spoke with Dr. Michele Faragalli, Manager of Space Exploration and Advanced Technologies at Mission Control Space Services Inc. in Ottawa about the complex reality of space mining. By the end of the 2020s, an outer space gold rush could be well underway. Fleets of space vehicles, some with humans... Read more »

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Mining and Explosives

Early July is peak fireworks season in North America. Between Canada Day on July 1 and the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States, more than 100 million kilograms of fireworks explode in our skies, to the delight of onlookers celebrating. But these spectacular fireworks represent a small fraction of the explosives, propellants and... Read more »

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Mining and Fashion

Few of us can fully comprehend the passion, effort and dedication it takes to become a high-end fashion designer or runway model or to orchestrate a Fashion Week event like those held annually in New York, Toronto, Vancouver and around the globe. While it is rare for high fashion to trickle down to the everyday... Read more »