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AWARDS: Lundin Gold Recognized by UN Compact for Its Sustainable Development Best Practices (Canadian Mining Journal – November 22, 2017)

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VANCOUVER – Lundin Gold is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the United Nations Global Compact Networks of Colombia and Ecuador at the Best Practice Awards for Sustainable Development for its work undertaken jointly with the Lundin Foundation and Catering Las Peñas (“CLP”), the supplier of food preparation, cleaning and laundry services to the Company’s Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador.

Global Compact is a United Nations’ initiative through which companies and organizations voluntarily undertake to align their strategies with ten universal principles of corporate social responsibility.

Following the Global Compact’s evaluation process, Lundin Gold was recognized for its work with CLP, which relates to Sustainable Development Goal (“SDG”) 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. This award will allow the Company to be evaluated in the 2018 Regional SDG Awards with companies from other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue Reading →

Barrick Gold hopes to strike it rich with Fraser Canyon ski resort – by Susan Lazaruk (The Province – October 22, 2017)

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Barrick Gold Corp. is floating the idea of turning an old nickel mine near Hope into a year-round recreational resort

Is there gold in the hills above Hope? Barrick Gold Corp. is floating the idea of turning an old nickel mine in the area into a year-round recreational playground called the Giant Nickel All Season Resort. It would include a ski hill and gondola and restaurants that grow their own vegetables.

The 10-run ski hill in terms of vertical drop would fall between Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks, said Dennis Adamson, electoral director of Electoral Area B of the Fraser Valley Regional District, and the project’s No. 1 booster.

“I’ve been pushing this for years,” said Adamson, who’s the elected official of the area, which includes communities like Yale, Spuzzum, Dogwood Valley, Othello and Ruby Creek, total population 721. Continue Reading →

Peter Munk donates $100 million to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre – by Julien Gignac (Toronto Star – September 20, 2017)

Peter Munk’s impassioned and gracious speech begins at the 33 minute mark.

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Munk extolled Canadian graciousness he experienced when he emigrated here in the late 1940s. “You opened the door. You gave us everything,” he said, referring to Canada as “paradise.”

Peter Munk said his donation to a Toronto heart hospital is a “debt to repay” to Canada for taking in his family after the Second World War. On Tuesday, $100 million was contributed to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, said to be the largest contribution to a Canadian hospital in history.

In a long, impassioned speech, Munk, founder and former chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation, extolled Canadian graciousness he experienced when he emigrated here in the late 1940s.

“When you thank me for what I’ve done for Toronto, and you thank me for what I can do for this community, it doesn’t begin to express my immense gratitude for what this country has done for me and my family,” said Munk, who was born in Hungary. “You opened the door. You gave us everything,” he added, referring to Canada as “paradise.” Continue Reading →

Transformative [$100 million] Gift from The Munk Charitable Foundation Propels the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre into the Future, Cementing its Role as a Global Leader in Cardiovascular Care

(seated) Melanie and Peter Munk

Toronto, ON (September 19, 2017) – University Health Network (UHN) announced today that The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation is increasing its support to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) with a transformative gift of $100 million. This gift, which will bring the Munks’ support of UHN and the PMCC to more than $175 million since 1993, will primarily be used to develop a data-driven digital cardiovascular health platform that reduces costs, advances medical research, and improves the outcomes of patients with cardiac and vascular disease.

“This historic gift will enable the PMCC to continue to lead the future of cardiovascular care globally, and through our partnership with the Vector Institute will further advance Toronto’s and Canada’s leadership in the field of artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Peter Pisters, President and CEO of UHN, home to the PMCC. “This gift represents the largest commitment to a Canadian hospital in our country’s 150-year history and builds on Peter and Melanie’s extraordinary legacy of philanthropy.”

“Melanie and I are committed to the mission of the PMCC, which is to be the world’s leader in cardiac and vascular care,” said Peter Munk. “Since it opened, the PMCC has changed the way cardiovascular patients are treated in the Province of Ontario, across Canada, and around the world. Now, using the most innovative digital technologies, the PMCC will establish a new standard of care for patients and, ultimately, lead to a significant reduction in cardiac and vascular fatalities.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Schulich names new Graduate Study & Research Building in honour of entrepreneurs Rob and Cheryl McEwen

(L to R) Rob McEwen (MBA ’78), Judy Schulich, York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and Dean Dezsö J. Horváth.

Rob and Cheryl McEwen’s $8-million donation to the Leading Change campaign one of largest gifts received by the Schulich School of Business

TORONTO – Monday, September 18, 2017 – The Schulich School of Business at York University is proud to announce that its new Graduate Study & Research Building will be named in honour of Rob and Cheryl McEwen, long-time supporters of the School who are known for their leadership, entrepreneurialism and philanthropy.

The naming of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, which will open in late spring 2018, was celebrated yesterday during an unveiling ceremony at the new building’s construction site next to the School’s Keele Street campus.

Following the milestone announcement, the McEwens joined York University President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and other dignitaries and guests for a celebratory reception that featured an Innovation and Discovery Gallery showcasing the School’s Centres of Excellence and Research Office. Continue Reading →

Mining can be green and “sustainable” – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – August 15, 2017)

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Miners, First Nations feed fodder to government policy wonks

Government needs to help encourage greater Indigenous participation in the mining sector if it wants to make progress on national reconciliation and to “unlock billions of economic activity” across the country. The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) submitted an Aug; 14 policy paper at the Energy and Mines Ministers conference in Saint Andrews, N.B.

CMIF is a coalition of mining interests, led by the Mining Association of Canada and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, who believe Canada can be a top supplier of sustainably-sourced minerals and metals operating within a low-carbon regime.

Since the mining industry is the largest private sector employer of Indigenous people, CMIF said government needs to invest in Indigenous health, education, skills training, and make progress on resource revenue sharing. CMIF suggests government use industry “as a platform” toward national reconciliation. Continue Reading →

“Going for Gold”: Team Women in Mining aims to raise $1 million donation for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre by September 9, 2017!

TORONTO – (August 1, 2017) – Team Women in Mining is pleased to announce progress in a very ambitious fund-raising event that began 11 years ago. Every year since 2007, members of the Toronto chapter of WIM have raised funds in the fall walk for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Those donations are starting to add up to an impressive amount. Over the past 10 years the team has raised approximately $897,000, making Team Women in Mining one of the top fundraisers in the event’s 15-year history. This year’s team is now in a position to aim for and surpass a cumulative goal of $1 million. To achieve this in 2017, the WIM team needs to raise at least $110,000.

The mining press and mining associations have taken note of the team in the past, and now the general public is starting to hear more about the “little team that could”. Check out a July 18 TV interview on CP24’s breakfast program with two team members, Jane Werniuk and Geneviève Morinville, with Steve Merker from the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, http://bit.ly/2uUVOby, and please visit our team and personal stories at http://www.onewalk.ca/goto/womeninmining. Continue Reading →

Hostile climate for miners means companies need to ‘think big’ – by Jon Yeomans (The Telegraph – July 9, 2017)

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Who’d have sympathy for a mining company? Miners’ track records in the environment, in helping the communities upon which they depend, and in making money for shareholders have been poor, sometimes disastrous, for years.

So few people will shed tears for the mining companies that are currently getting it in the neck left, right and centre. From Africa to the Far East, governments are on the march – and the miners are in retreat.

Earlier this year the Philippines shut half its mines in one fell swoop, blaming environmental violations. In Indonesia, US giant Freeport is battling to hold on to its Grasberg copper mine. In South Africa, a punitive new mining charter could drive through strict new ‘black empowerment’ targets for miners and freeze foreign investment in the process. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Mining Community Raises $1.5 Million for BC Children’s Hospital

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VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – June 06, 2017) – Mining for Miracles, BC’s mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital, presented a cheque for $1,552,505 at the 30th BC Children’s Hospital Miracle Weekend on June 4, 2017.

In 2017, representatives from across the industry participated in fundraising initiatives and events such as Jeans Day™, the Diamond Draw, Slo-Pitch, the Hooked on Miracles Fishing Tournament, and the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw.

Every year volunteers from the mining community work together through Mining for Miracles to help improve the quality of health care for children in British Columbia. Through its support of the construction of facilities and acquisition of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles is helping to keep BC Children’s Hospital at the forefront of pediatric care excellence. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: MAC fetes Dominion Diamond and Vale with 2017 TSM Excellence Awards

Companies recognized for their innovative mining sustainability projects

May 2, 2017 – MAC has awarded Dominion Diamond Corporation’s Ekati Diamond Mine and Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited’s Voisey’s Bay Mine with the 2017 Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) Excellence Awards for their innovative sustainability projects. Dominion Diamond and Vale were recognized with the awards yesterday at the CIM Awards Gala in Montreal.

“Both Dominion Diamond and Vale have been recognized with TSM Excellence Awards for demonstrating how leading mining companies are integrating sustainability into all aspects of their business, from transforming how they process waste on site to how they ship their products to market. We congratulate both companies for successfully finding new opportunities to protect the environment and preserve the traditional cultures of local Indigenous communities, and for inspiring others to follow their lead,” stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.

Established in 2014, the TSM Excellence Awards include the TSM Environmental Excellence Award and the TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award. Continue Reading →

2017 PDAC Environmental & Social Responsibility Award: Teranga Gold Corporation

PDAC 2017 Environmental & Social Responsiblity Award: Teranga Gold from PDAC on Vimeo.


(L to R) Richard Young (Teranga Gold Corp.) and Don Lindsay (CEO Teck Corp.)

This award honours an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding initiative, leadership and accomplishment in protecting and preserving the natural environment and/or in establishing good community relations during an exploration program or operation of a mine.

Teranga Gold Corporation: For outstanding community relations and making proactive, lasting contributions to the communities and surrounding regions of its Sabodala Gold Mine in Senegal, West Africa.

The Sabodala Gold Mine is the first and only gold industrial mine in Senegal. Teranga Gold Corporation (Teranga) has operated the mine since 2009, and has established itself as a leader in community relations and responsible mining practices.

In its 2015 Sustainability Report, Teranga acknowledges that it is operating as a guest in Senegal, and the right to be there must be earned. This is reflected in the company’s approach to mining, which begins by creating a culture of risk mitigation and shared long-term value with host communities. Continue Reading →

Losing Your Social Licence – by Anthony Davis (Lexpert Special Edition: Mining – 2016/2017)

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The global mining sector is under crushing pressure to slash budgets for project development just to survive the current cycle of low metal prices. Yet, while some Canadian mining outfits operating domestically and abroad are touching the brakes on their corporate social responsibility programs, most realize completely stopping CSR programs to save money could be a death knell for current operations and future development when prices do bounce back.

Toronto environmental lawyer Adam Chamberlain hasn’t personally seen mining-sector clients or companies “pushing aside their CSR initiatives.” But, adds Chamberlain, National Leader of the Team North, Aboriginal Law and Climate Change Groups at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, with profits down in the sector there’s been a disincentive to move CSR initiatives ahead at the pace they once did.

“That has implications. Even if you still have every intention of doing all the great things you need to do to maintain your CSR commitments to the outside world, it’s going to look like you are doing less, even if you eventually do the same things you’ve always promised you’d do.” Continue Reading →

Vancouver mining magnate gives $4 million to museum – by Glen Korstrom (Business Vancouver – February 23, 2017)

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Pan American Silver founder Ross Beaty donates to Canadian Museum of Nature

Vancouver mining magnate Ross Beaty is giving the Canadian Museum of Nature its largest ever philanthropic gift: a $4 million investment to enhance the museum’s national research and collections that are focused on species discovery, the Gatineau, Quebec-based museum announced February 23.

Beaty has founded and divested many companies through his 45 years as a geologist and resource entrepreneur but he may be best known for his current role as founder and chairman of Pan American Silver Corp.

He is also the founder and chairman of Alterra Power Corp., which is a mid-sized renewable energy company with solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power operations in B.C., Texas, Indiana and Iceland. His $4 million gift is expected to support three initiatives that are core to what will be known as the museum’s Beaty Centre for Species Discovery. Continue Reading →

Mining for Miracles Launches 2017 Diamond Draw and Completes $3 Million Commitment to CAUSES Research Clinic for BC Children’s Hospital

2016 Diamond Draw winner Pat Mitchell (centre right) with from left to right, Chad Pederson, Mining for Miracles Co-Chair Jeff Hanman, C3 Alliance Corp CEO Dan Jepson and Costen Catbalue Goldsmith + Design Owner and President Andrew Costen.

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Jan. 24, 2017) – Mining for Miracles kicked off its 2017 Diamond Draw at the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference today. Mining for Miracles is the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Diamond Draw package, valued at over $16,000, includes a CANADAMARK Cushion cut 1.01 carat diamond in a gold designer setting, donated respectively by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck and Costen Catbalue Goldsmith + Design.

“Since 1988, BC’s mining industry has raised more than $26 million for the children and families who visit BC Children’s Hospital through Diamond Draw and other initiatives,” said Jeff Hanman, 2017 Co-Chair, Mining for Miracles. “100 per cent of the funds raised by Mining for Miracles go directly to support areas of need at the hospital,” said Joanne Klein, Co-Chair, Mining for Miracles. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: $20,000 DONATION TO THE NORTHEAST CANCER CENTRE CHEMOTHERAPY SUITES ANNOUNCED AT SIXTH ANNUAL MINERS FOR CANCER CHRISTMAS GALA

Members of Miners for Cancer alongside G-Rant from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM seen here holding a $20,000 cheque that will go towards renovating the chemotherapy suites at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury, Ontario.

Members of Miners for Cancer alongside G-Rant from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM seen here holding a $20,000 cheque that will go towards renovating the chemotherapy suites at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury, Ontario.

Sudbury, December 4th, 2016 – On Friday night, at the sixth annual Miners for Cancer Christmas Gala, local radio host and guest speaker G-Rant, from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM morning show, announced on behalf of Miners for Cancer a $20,000 donation towards the Northeast Cancer Centre’s Chemotherapy Suites.

In a bid to say thank you for bringing so much cancer awareness to the community through his willingness to share his own personal story, Miners for Cancer not only invited G-Rant to be the guest speaker at the sold out event, but also consulted with him on where the twenty thousand dollar donation should go. Continue Reading →