About this blog

I’ve created this blog as a way of sharing my ideas about what in my opinion are some irresponsible Canadian mining operations. There are other issues that I may end up discussing, but for the time being I’m specifically concerned about this issue of mining. Mining is not by any means the only industry that can be run irresponsibly. I’ve simply chosen to focus on mining for the time being since this is the industry that for me most recently has raised the greatest concern and sparked the most interest.

I’m not a mining expert. I have never worked in the mining industry, but I’ve started to take a serious interest in these issues nonetheless. The information that I’m presenting is information that I have come across while reading books or while paying attention to the news. I try my best to use reliable sources. Often information cannot be verified, but I try my best to let you know what my sources are. If you notice any mistakes or flaws in what I present, then feel free to let me know.

I’m a Canadian citizen. I was born in Canada and have lived in Canada for most of my life although I’ve also had the good fortune of being able to travel and am currently living outside of Canada. I’m happy to be a Canadian and have benefited from the good reputation that Canadians generally enjoy around the world. I’m interested in the impact of irresponsible Canadian companies for several reasons, one of them being that I don’t want to see this reputation spoiled.

It’s of course also true that mining itself is not an inherently bad thing. While I present information such as news stories that trouble me about particular mining operations, it’s obvious that the vast majority of people who work in the mining industry throughout the world are honest, good, hard-working people. So I want to be clear that there is nothing bad about mining for a living. Since my blog has a particular focus, please don’t base your impression of the mining industry on the type of material that I present here.

Also, as you read information that I present, remember that if you are like me and are fortunate enough to have access to a computer, then it’s very likely that virtually everything we do on a daily basis is made possible by the exploitation of natural resources. We therefore need to duly understand the role of mining in our daily lives, and to recognize that many good people work in the mining industry. However, it’s also true that mining is a business that is fraught with many difficult realities, and hoping to navigate these difficulties by chance would be a mistake.

I work full time doing something unrelated to this blog and I learn as I go. I have little free time right now so updates to this blog are not frequent.

If you want to contact me, then feel free to send an email to operationwatch@gmail.com. If you contact me by email, and don’t indicate otherwise, I’ll assume you’re not interested in making yourself public and will do everything in my power to respect that. This excludes continuation of any open communication that has been posted on this blog.

Last updated September 11, 2010


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