February 25, 2018

How the Mining Industry Really Functions

We all know that mining happens, but most of us know nothing about the process and how the different tasks are carried out. Read on to find out more about the key areas of the mining industry and how they function on a day to day basis. Exploration Mining and mineral exploration is the process of finding ores (which are concentrations of … [Read more...]

How Technology is Changing Safety in the Mining Industry

Mining is definitely a risky business. There are all kinds of risks and dangers that have to be faced each and every day. But there are attempts being made to reduce the dangers involved in mining. Here’s how technology is changing the safety processes in the industry for the better. Intelligent Injury Response If someone on a mining site suffers … [Read more...]

Labour unions turn to the internet to fund legal battle with HD Mining

Labour unions challenging the Temporary Foreign Workers' permit issued to HD Mining have turned to the internet to fund its legal battle. The unions involved say the legal battle has now cost over $ 200,000 to date. The website - labourspeaksout.com - allows people, who want to help pay for the legal costs, to donate online. The unions have forced … [Read more...]

Dates set for Federal Court Judicial Review of HD Mining jobs

It's another legal loss for the operators of a new underground coal mine in northern BC. A Federal Court judge has authorized a judicial review sought by two building trades unions into the federal program letting HD Mining hire more than 200 Chinese employees for work that may have been done by Canadians.   The three-day review … [Read more...]

Open letter in HD Mining case not received

One of the unions that has been pushing for Canadians to be given first crack at work at a coal mine in Tumbler Ridge hasn't received an open letter that's addressed to it. That from spokesperson, Brian Cochrane. A letter from HD Mining says the company is willing to talk with the two unions that have taken it to Court. But, HD says it must be … [Read more...]

Pat Bell on HD Mining now versus then

While Jobs Minister Pat Bell says his comments last night about the HD Mining controversy are not a dramatic turn around, an interview a few months ago seems to show otherwise. This is Jobs Minister Pat Bell just last night. "The public needs to have confidence that any jobs that are allowed to be taken by, particularily temporary workers I think … [Read more...]

Unions: resumes show HD Mining rejected qualified Canadian workers

BC Building Trades unions say resumes released through a federal court order show highly qualified and experienced Canadian miners were rejected by HD mining for work in BC coal mines. The unions say the resumes show there were workers who had as much as 30 years of mining experience, and who had managed major mines in Canada. HD Mining obtained a … [Read more...]

HD mining loses human rights complaint against unions

Now that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has tossed out a complaint from a Chinese miner hired to work in Northern BC, local union leaders continue their fight to find out why jobs at the new mine in Tumbler Ridge were not offered to Canadians. "Maybe they should file a complaint on the federal and provincial government." Steve Hunt with the … [Read more...]

Unions calls Dehua’s move to close a BC mining project intimidation tactic

The two unions trying to block the arrival of two hundred Chinese miners hired to work in a new underground coal mine in Northern BC aren’t buying the reasons from Dehua International Mines Group over why they’re winding down work at the Wapiti River Coal Project. They say shutting down the project is an attempt to intimidate the … [Read more...]

HD Mining to appeal Federal Court ruling in favour of Canadian unions

A Federal Court ruling in favour of two unions fighting the arrival of Chinese miners in BC will be appealed by the company that hired the foreigners. HD Mining claims Human Resources Minister Diane Finley shouldn't have voiced her concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program after legal action was filed earlier this month. Thursday, Justice … [Read more...]