The first train-load of metallurgical coal from Western Canadian Coal's Dillon mine. On top, from left: Rail operators Bruce Zimmers and Dale Groves with fellow operators Ren Rochon (bottom left), Robert Vandale, Dillon Mine Superintendent Michael LaCarte, and operator Jerry Tobin.

Western Canadian Coal revs up Dillon

Tumbler Ridge, B.C. — Western Canadian Coal (WTN-V) has started up the Dillon mine, part of the Burnt River project, near Tumbler Ridge in northeastern British Columbia.

Time to improve China’s mining act

The following is an edited version of a speech recently delivered by Placer Dome’s chairman at the annual general meeting of the Canada China Business Council in Toronto.

Queenstake strikes gold in Starvation Canyon

Queenstake Resources (QRL-T) has cut high gold grades combined with impressive widths at its Starvation Canyon project, 12 miles southwest of its Jerritt Canyon mill in Nevada.

Gold Fields in talks with Harmony

In an about-face, Gold Fields (GFI-N) has concluded preliminary talks with Harmony Gold (HMY-N), which had launched a hostile takeover of the South African major.

Northern initiative generates targets for Diamonds North

Diamonds North Resources (DDN-V) has staked more than 1,200 sq. km of new mineral claims 100 km south of Baker Lake in Nunavut, following the recovery of kimberlite indicator mineral grains from multiple till samples. The sample…

Aguablanca gives birth (December 27, 2004)

Rio Narcea Gold Mines (RNG-T) has produced its first batch of nickel concentrate from the Aguablanca nickel-copper sulphide project, 80 km northwest of Seville, Spain.

Moly rally spurs Adanac

Vancouver — Adanac Moly (AUA-V) has arranged financing to explore the Ruby Creek molybdenum property, near Atlin in northwestern British Columbia.

Getting the vapours

The Buenos Aires Conference of the Parties, the tenth annual review of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, did not agree, as some had hoped, on a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol when that ends in 2012. Instead, another,…

There’s something about Mary

In 1933, at Upper Canada College in Toronto, I was the drum major of the school’s Cadet Corps Band, not on account of any musical ability, but because I could wield the baton.

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