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2014-05-29 at NOON

Mining research given fiscal boost

By Kathleen Charlebois, for
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THUNDER BAY - Mining industry research within the region was given a philanthropic boost Thursday.

Lakehead University chancellor Derek Burney and his wife, Joan, held a news conference announcing the donation to the university’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration.

“There are a lot of ideas about mining in Northwestern Ontario, but going from the idea to the reality is a bit of a problem,” Burney said. “We probably hope that this research will provide a bridge between the idea, the concept and the actuality.”

The pair donated $150,000 as part of the Derek and Joan Burney Postdoctoral Fellowship. The money will be put toward research for responsible mining development in Northern Ontario.

Burney said mining development is vital to the future and prosperity of the region.

“We also hope that it’ll inspire others to make donations of that kind to the university,” he said.

Burney and his wife consulted with the mining centre’s director Pete Hollings in order to define a fellowship that would promote research.

The fellowship will fund a three-year bridging position for a researcher between their PhD and a faculty position, according to a press release. It is also affiliated with Lakehead’s Department of Economics within the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies.

Joan Burney added that “it’s a privilege to be able to help in this.”

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anvil of crom says:
WOW ..a great story , people giving back!
5/29/2014 9:49:20 PM
Greek86 says:
I hope Ontario and NWO does all it can to promote and develop many of these potential mines in the region. It's prosperity for all involved if these areas are developed. The salaries for mining companies are great and the opportunities are unmatched. Take a look at what resource extraction has done for Alberta. I think there is a clear win-win for everyone if the government can expedite the process for permitting these mines.

IMO a lot of these Aboriginal groups make it far to difficult to develop a mine and they do it unfairly so as many of the groups are 100's of KM away from these projects. This is clearly reflected in the 'Fraser Report' where Ontario as a mining friendly jurisdiction has fallen down the list repeatedly over the past few years. That in combination with much inaction in the 'Ring of Fire' clearly demonstrates that the People of Ontario/Canada need to do something to help develop these great resources!

Just my thoughts
5/30/2014 12:34:41 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Donate some money to someone with something to actually mine for a change, other than the taxpayers, howaboudit...example, I could use that money.
6/1/2014 9:11:24 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Nice...more cash for some schoolteachers, while most mining companies share prices have slid into the cellar, and more than 50% of the Juniors are about to go belly up. HEY...will I get a look at the research...probably not, just like most of their research we are not allowed to access...public money, for secret b.s. esoteric research projects. No tingle for any prospector in this...
6/1/2014 7:09:43 PM
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