November 14, 2017
CAPE BRETON’S ECONOMY HARMED BY PROTECTED AREAS
Land swap would help create jobs

Cumberland County is being disproportionately harmed by the provincial government’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan, according to a new report.

“While the mining and quarrying industry supports protecting natural lands for future generations, we also believe the Plan needs to strike a better balance between protecting land and protecting jobs,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “The lands chosen for protection by the previous government disproportionately harm certain rural areas of the province, such as Cumberland. We respectfully suggest that only a flawed process could result in those areas being forced to bear so much of the Plan’s economic cost.”

MANS recently released a report which details how the Plan harms dozens of potential mineral projects and makes it harder for the industry to create new jobs for Nova Scotians. The report, entitled “A Better Balance: How we can protect jobs and land for Nova Scotians,” is available at tmans.ca/protected-lands.

According to MANS’ analysis, Cumberland County contains 7.1% of the total amount of protected land in Nova Scotia, more than seven times as much as some other counties.

Cumberland County contains a total of 51 overlaps between protected areas and known mineral occurrences. These overlaps make it harder, or outright prevent, exploration and development of all that potential wealth. Some other counties contain far fewer, or even zero overlaps.

One of the overlaps is the Canfield Creek copper deposit, approximately five kilometres south of Pugwash. Unfortunately, the copper deposit is adjacent to, and runs into, a protected area. This makes the protected part of the deposit inaccessible and reduces the deposit’s potential value. It also makes it harder to attract investment to the project because of uncertainty about whether it would be possible to get permits to operate a mine close to, but outside, a protected area.

Several other nearby mineral deposits are also overlapped by protected land, including deposits of gypsum, iron and a historical copper mine (see map below).

If MANS’ proposed land swap mechanism was adopted, it could make it possible to swap out a small amount of protected land in order to improve the business case for the Canfield Creek deposit.

MANS is asking the provincial government to strike a better balance between protecting jobs and protecting land by adding a “land swap” mechanism to the protected lands regulatory regime. This would allow mining and quarrying companies to access protected land by purchasing land of at least equal size and ecological value outside of the protected areas and arranging for it to be protected instead. This would ensure that the total amount of protected land remains the same or grows; the ecological value of protected lands remains the same or grows; and Nova Scotians would continue to be able to access the minerals they need to create jobs and grow the economy.

Proposed land swaps would be fully regulated by the provincial government, on a case-by-case basis, to ensure there is a net benefit to the province. The government could even require that the land being swapped in by the company be larger and/or more ecologically valuable than the protected land being swapped out. This creates the potential to not only maintain but also improve the government’s portfolio of protected lands, creating a win-win for both the economy and the environment.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 Nova Scotians.

November 14, 2017
CAPE BRETON’S ECONOMY HARMED BY PROTECTED AREAS
Land swap would help create jobs

Cape Breton is being disproportionately harmed by the provincial government’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan, according to a new report.

“While the mining and quarrying industry supports protecting natural lands for future generations, we also believe the Plan needs to strike a better balance between protecting land and protecting jobs,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “The lands chosen for protection by the previous government disproportionately harm certain areas of the province, such as Cape Breton. We respectfully suggest that only a flawed process could result in those areas being forced to bear so much of the Plan’s economic cost.”

MANS recently released a report which details how the Plan harms dozens of potential mineral projects and makes it harder for the industry to create new jobs for Nova Scotians. The report, entitled “A Better Balance: How we can protect jobs and land for Nova Scotians,” is available at tmans.ca/protected-lands.

According to MANS’ analysis, Cape Breton contains 30 percent of the total amount of protected land in Nova Scotia, even though it only contains 19 percent of the province’s land mass. That is a higher percentage of protected land than any other region of the province.

Cape Breton has 154 known mineral occurrences that are overlapped by protected land, also far more than any other region. These overlaps make it harder, or outright prevent, exploration and development of all that potential wealth on the island.

One of the overlaps is the Kelly’s Mountain aggregate deposit in Victoria County which is completely covered by the Kluscap Wilderness Area. The deposit’s geology essentially mirrors the successful Martin Marietta aggregate quarry at Port Hawkesbury along the Strait of Canso. The Martin Marietta quarry has been a mainstay of the strait area economy since the 1950s and provides approximately 100 full time, well-paying jobs.

The Kelly’s Mountain project would have created approximately 80 direct jobs for a half-century. However, the designation of the Kluscap Wilderness area over the proposed project area has forever blocked this from happening.

Nova Scotia Environment rates the Kluscap Wilderness Area’s mineral potential as only “medium” despite the well-known, major deposit on Kelly’s Mountain

If MANS’ proposed land swap mechanism were adopted, it could make it possible to swap out the protected land covering the Kelly’s Mountain deposit, and to create many new jobs for Cape Breton.

MANS is asking the provincial government to strike a better balance between protecting jobs and protecting land by adding a “land swap” mechanism to the protected lands regulatory regime. This would allow mining and quarrying companies to access protected land by purchasing land of at least equal size and ecological value outside of the protected areas and arranging for it to be protected instead. This would ensure that the total amount of protected land remains the same or grows; the ecological value of protected lands remains the same or grows; and Nova Scotians would continue to be able to access the minerals they need to create jobs and grow the economy.

Proposed land swaps would be fully regulated by the provincial government, on a case-by-case basis, to ensure there is a net benefit to the province. The government could even require that the land being swapped in by the company be larger and/or more ecologically valuable than the protected land being swapped out. This creates the potential to not only maintain but also improve the government’s portfolio of protected lands, creating a win-win for both the economy and the environment.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 Nova Scotians.

October 4, 2017
MANS LAUNCHES FOURTH YEAR OF THE "MINING ROCKS! VIDEO CONTEST"
OVER $8000 IN CASH PRIZES
Now that students have settled into the new school year, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hoping to inspire junior high and high schools to get creative - and win big.

Today, MANS announced that the "Mining ROCKS! Video Contest" is back for a fourth year. The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will each be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-up.

"The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director. "And we encourage students to have fun with it - to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd."

"This contest helps students gain a greater understanding of the importance and economic benefits of mining in our province," said Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. "As a judge, I look forward to seeing the creative ways that Nova Scotia's junior and senior high school students will express their ideas about the mining industry."

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy and Best 30-Second Commercial. The fifth category, the People's Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote.

The judging panel includes Margaret Miller, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, as well as several accomplished film and media professionals.

The deadline for video entries is February 23, 2018. In addition, students who get their videos in by January 5, 2018 will be entered into a draw to win two $250 "early bird" prizes.

For more information, go to http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

October 2017
MANS: PROTECT JOBS AND LAND
Mining industry calls for better balance in protected areas plan

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is calling on the provincial government to strike a better balance between protecting jobs and protecting land.

“While Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry supports protecting natural lands for future generations, we also believe the provincial government’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan needs to strike a better balance between protecting land and protecting jobs,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “Beautiful, natural lands are important, but so are job creation, economic opportunity and government revenues to pay for programs such as health and education.”

MANS has just released a new report which shows that the Parks and Protected Areas Plan is potentially costing Nova Scotians approximately 291-356 jobs by preventing mineral exploration and development in protected areas. That is $16-$19.6 million per year in lost wages and $22-$27 million in foregone economic activity each year.

The Plan disproportionately harms some parts of the province. For example, Cape Breton contains 30 percent of the total amount of protected land in Nova Scotia, even though it only contains 19 percent of the province’s land mass. Also, Cape Breton has 154 known mineral occurrences that are overlapped by protected land, which makes it harder, or outright prevents, exploration and development of all that potential wealth.

Cumberland County has 51 overlaps between known mineral occurrences and protected land; Colchester has 43 overlaps; and Halifax County has 23. Across the province, 5.5 percent of all known mineral occurrences are overlapped.

The full report, entitled “A Better Balance: How we can protect jobs and land for Nova Scotians,” is available at: tmans.ca/protected-lands.

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia proposes a modest policy change that would strike a better balance between protecting both natural lands and economic opportunity.

A “land swap” mechanism should be added to the protected lands regulatory regime. This would allow mining and quarrying companies to access protected land by purchasing land of at least equal size and ecological value outside of the protected areas and arranging for it to be protected instead. This would ensure that the total amount of protected land remains the same or grows; the ecological value of protected lands remains the same or grows; and Nova Scotians would continue to be able to access the minerals they need to create jobs and grow the economy.

“While we all appreciate the importance and beauty of natural lands, and everyone wants to protect the environment, we also need to protect jobs and opportunity,” said Kirby. “A little flexibility in the Plan would help us find more new mines and create more jobs for Nova Scotians.”

Based on a plan established by the previous provincial government, Nova Scotia has already protected over 12 percent of the province’s land mass and the government intends to bring the total to 13 percent. This would put Nova Scotia in second place nationwide in removing land from economic usage, despite being the second smallest province and a province with some of the biggest economic and demographic challenges.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying employs 5500 Nova Scotians and generates $420 million per year in economic activity.

September 2017
MANS APPLAUDS BUDGET
Fuel tax rebate will create jobs for Nova Scotians

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is pleased the new provincial government budget extends the fuel tax rebate to the mining and quarrying industry.

“The government said it would give our industry the same fuel tax rebate that other resource industries get, and we are delighted the budget keeps that promise," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "This will help our industry create jobs for Nova Scotians and make the province a more attractive place for mining companies to invest."

Provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia does not currently give the rebate to the mining and quarrying industry even though most of the industry’s vehicles also do not use public roads.

The budget’s fuel tax rebate provision will save operators 15.5 cents per litre of fuel consumed on mine, quarry and pit sites. The savings, estimated to be $1.6 million in 2017-18, will be reinvested in Nova Scotia operations to make them more efficient and create jobs.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 people and generates $420 million per year in economic activity.

March 6, 2017
AND THE WINNER IS….
Up to you
The deadline for entries into the Mining Association of Nova Scotia’s (MANS) “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest” has come and gone, and now it’s time to vote for your favorite video. The People’s Choice Award voting kicks off today and closes April 6, 2017.

“We asked junior high and high school kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “They certainly rose to the challenge. The entries are in and now it’s time for the public to decide which video is the People’s Choice.”

Videos were submitted to the contest by junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia. The videos can be viewed and voted on at: http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/contest

All members of the public are invited to vote for the People’s Choice. You can vote for multiple videos, but you can only vote for each video once.

The winner of the People’s Choice category will receive $1000, and the runner-up will receive $500.

There are four other prize categories in addition to the People’s Choice: Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy and Best 30 Second Commercial. A panel of judges will pick the winners of these categories. The panel includes Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The contest will award over $8000 in prizes in its third year.

January 20, 2017
MANS HANDS OUT “EARLY BIRD” PRIZES IN STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
Two Lucky Students Get $250 Each
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) today announced the winners of the “early bird” draw for the Mining ROCKS! Video Contest.

Nicole Dion of Lucasville and Jasmine Metzler of Middle Sackville are the lucky winners of $250 each. Nicole’s video is titled: Mining Matters, while Jasmine has entered two videos titled: A Rocky Interview and How much do YOU know?

“The Mining Rocks Video Contest is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We are asking kids to produce short video about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd. The final deadline is February 28 so there is still lots of time for students to enter.”

“I'm so excited to win the early bird prize!”, said Nicole. “It was really fun to make the video. I learned how mining is a lot more important in everyday life than I thought.”

“After I found out I won the early bird draw I was incredibly excited!”, said Jasmine. “I will be spending my money on filming equipment to make more educational films, about important topics such as mining!"

“Congratulations to Nicole, Jasmine and to all the students who are participating in the contest,” said Stephen Gough, MLA for Sackville-Beaverbank. “Mining is an important industry in Nova Scotia and it is great to see students learning about it through the contest.”

“It is great to see how creative and clever the students’ videos are,” said Ben Jessome, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Lucasville. “I encourage students across the province to take advantage of the contest and enter before the final deadline.”

Gough and Jessome, the MLAs for Millwood High School and Madeline Symonds Middle School respectively, will be delivering the checks to the students.

The videos are available at http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/2017-submissions.

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy, and Best 30-Second Commercial. The judging panel includes Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, several municipal wardens and accomplished film and media professionals.

The fifth category, the People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote. The winners in each category will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-ups.

For more information, go to http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

December 16, 2016
MANS ANNOUNCES JUDGES FOR STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) announced today the judging panel for its “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest.”
“We are delighted to have such an impressive and diverse group of people serving as judges in this year’s contest,” said Sean Kirby, MANS’ Executive Director. “We really hope students will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about mining and put their creative efforts before this accomplished panel.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul, one of the contest judges. “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

The eleven judges are:

1. Hon. Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources
2. Membertou Chief Terry Paul
3. Timothy Habinski, Warden, the Municipality of the County of Annapolis
4. Bruce Morrison, Warden, Municipality of Victoria County
5. Martha Cooley, Executive Director, Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
6. John Demont, Senior Writer, The Chronicle Herald; Author of Coal Black Heart
7. Sheldon MacLeod, Host, News 95.7
8. Patrick McCarron, IT/AV Media Services Specialist, Nova Scotia Community College
9. Iain MacLeod, ad writer and marketing consultant
10. Gavin Isenor, Past President, Mining Association of Nova Scotia
11. Peter Moreira, Founder of Entrevestor
12. Amanda Pride, Manager, Community Programming Halifax, Eastlink TV

The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying.

The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-ups.

January 13 is the “early bird” deadline in the contest. Students who have submitted their entries by that date will be entered into a draw for two $250 prizes. The final deadline for entries is February 28.

For more information, go to www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

October 18, 2016
MANS LAUNCHES THIRD YEAR OF THE “MINING ROCKS! VIDEO CONTEST”
Over $8000 in Cash Prizes
Now that students have settled into the new school year, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hoping to inspire junior high and high schools to get creative – and win big.

Today, MANS announced that the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest” is back for a third year. The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-up.

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director. “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

“The video contest is a great way to educate students about mining and how important it is to our province,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines, a judge for the contest. "I am very pleased to be working with MANS on this educational initiative.”

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy and Best 30-Second Commercial. The fifth category, the People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote.

Last year’s judging panel included Minister Hines, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, as well as several accomplished film and media professionals.

The deadline for video entries is February 28, 2017. In addition, students who get their videos in by January 13, 2017 will be entered into a draw to win two $250 “early bird” prizes.

For more information, go to http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

May 18, 2016
MINING INDUSTRY CONCERNED REBATE PROMISE MAY NOT BE KEPT
Survey: 70% do not believe fuel tax rebate promise will be fulfilled in 2017 budget

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry is increasingly concerned that the provincial government won’t ever keep a promise it made to the industry.

“The provincial government promised to start giving the fuel tax rebate to our industry in its 2015 budget but did not keep that promise,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “The 2016 budget also did not give our industry the rebate even though the budget had a surplus and it gave millions of dollars in support to some other industries. A recent industry survey suggests our members are concerned the promise may never be kept.”

The MANS survey asked industry leaders “Do you believe the provincial government will fulfill its promise to give the fuel tax rebate to the mining and quarrying industry in the 2017 budget?” 70% said no, 8% said yes, and 21% said they did not know.

A November 10, 2014 news release issued by then-Natural Resources Minister Churchill promised that the industry would start receiving the rebate in 2015: “Mr. Churchill said the government will start phasing in a fuel-tax rebate program for mining and quarrying vehicles, and introduce a revised Mineral Resources Act, in 2015.”

A May 2014 letter to MANS from then-Finance Minister Whalen stated: "We intend to fulfill our election commitment over the final three years of our mandate ... the removal of the fuel tax will allow the sector to be more competitive and to reinvest in its strengths."

Following the 2016 budget, a government spokesperson was quoted in the media saying "We will continue our conversations with industry and when the province is in a sustainable fiscal position this is something that can and will be considered."

“Saying the rebate will be ‘considered’ raises further questions about whether the government will follow through on its commitment,” said Kirby. “The government recently did an excellent job updating the Mineral Resources Act but the uncertainty around the fuel tax rebate is very harmful to the industry.”

Provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia does not give the rebate to mining and quarrying.

The industry survey was conducted April 25-May 2. The 51 respondents included the full range of industry players: producers, prospectors/explorers and service/supply companies.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 people and generates $420 million per year in economic activity.

May 9, 2016
MANS MARKS WESTRAY ANNIVERSARY
Mining injury rates reduced 90%
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is marking the anniversary of the Westray mine disaster by highlighting how the industry has changed in recent decades.

"As an industry, we believe the most important thing to come out of a mine is the miner, and our safety record reflects this," said MANS' Executive Director Sean Kirby. "Injury rates in Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry have been reduced 90% in the past two decades, and are lower than other comparable industries. We are committed to continuous improvement in mine and quarry safety - to making sure a tragedy like Westray never happens again."

The Westray mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, exploded at 5:20 a.m. on May 9, 1992, taking the lives of 26 miners. A public inquiry into the disaster, conducted by Justice K. Peter Richard, led to significant changes in the way the industry is regulated and was a milestone in the establishment of a safety culture that has become a hallmark of the industry today.

Justice Richard's 1997 report also commented that "The industry is very close-knit with an interdependence, camaraderie, and fellowship that may be unique in modern-day business. And people in the industry, at all levels, regard what occurred at Westray as a personal matter affecting them as if it had happened in their own backyard. It is for them a family tragedy."

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

April 20, 2016
MANS DISAPPOINTED WITH BUDGET
Fuel tax rebate promise still not fulfilled
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is disappointed the provincial government has still not followed through on a promise to give the fuel tax rebate to the mining and quarrying industry.

“The government promised it would start giving us the rebate in 2015 to support the industry and help us create jobs, particularly in rural areas," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. "We are disappointed the government still has not fulfilled this commitment."

A November 10, 2014 news release issued by then-Natural Resources Minister Churchill promised that the industry would start receiving the rebate in 2015: “Mr. Churchill said the government will start phasing in a fuel-tax rebate program for mining and quarrying vehicles, and introduce a revised Mineral Resources Act, in 2015.” However, the government’s 2015 and 2016 budgets did not make the policy change. The news release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20141110002.

Provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia does not give the rebate to mining and quarrying.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 people and generates $420 million per year in economic activity. However, it also faces significant challenges:

· According to 2013 research commissioned by the government, Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry lost approximately 800 jobs in the previous five years, and its economic output shrank by $80 million per year.

· According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nova Scotia is the highest-cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax and royalty payments to the provincial government.

· According to the Fraser Institute’s annual global survey of mining executives, Nova Scotia is seen as the least attractive province for mining companies to invest in.

January 5, 2016
MANS ANNOUNCES JUDGES FOR STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) announced today the judging panel for its “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest.”

“We are delighted to have such an impressive and diverse group of people serving as judges in this year’s contest,” said Sean Kirby, MANS’ Executive Director. “We really hope students will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about mining and put their creative efforts before this accomplished panel.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul, one of the contest judges. “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

The eleven judges are:

· Hon. Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources

· Membertou Chief Terry Paul

· Don Downe, Mayor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

· Vernon Pitts, Warden, Municipality of the District of Guysborough

· Michael Amo, Screenwriter and creator of CTV’s “The Listener”

· Stephen Melanson, Instructor, Radio and Television Arts Department, NSCC

· Rhonda Ann MacDonald, Manager, Eastlink TV Community Programming, Halifax

· Martha Cooley, Executive Director, Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative

· John Demont, Senior Writer, The Chronicle Herald; Author of Coal Black Heart

· Peter Moreira, Founder of Entrevestor

· Gavin Isenor, Past President, Mining Association of Nova Scotia

· Sheldon MacLeod, Host, News 95.7

The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-ups.

January 15 is the “early bird” deadline in the contest. Students who have submitted their entries by that date will be entered into a draw for $500. The final deadline for entries is February 26.

For more information, go to www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

December 15, 2015
ONE MONTH UNTIL EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IN STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
OVER $8000 IN CASH PRIZES

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is reminding junior high and high school students that January 15 is the early deadline in the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest”. Students who have submitted their entries by that date will be entered into a draw for $500.

The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-ups.

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Sean Kirby, MANS’ Executive Director. “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul, one of the contest judges. “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

Students will upload their videos to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy (a new category this year) and Best 30-Second Commercial.

The fifth category, the People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote.

The final deadline for entries is February 26, 2016.

For more information, go to www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

October 5, 2015
Student Mining Videos Rock Nova Scotia TV screens this month
“Mining ROCKS!” airs on Eastlink TV

Halifax, NS - Videos produced by Nova Scotia students about mining and quarrying will be featured on Eastlink TV this month thanks to a partnership between the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) and Eastlink TV.

“Students from across the province created incredibly clever and interesting videos about mining and quarrying,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We are delighted that Eastlink TV is making these videos available to viewers across the province.”

The half-hour show features entries in the MANS’ “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest and interviews with students who made the videos, as well as Membertou Chief Terry Paul, and tours of a producing coal mine and several reclaimed mines.

“At Eastlink we pride ourselves on being ‘truly local’ and are pleased to present programming made by these talented Nova Scotia youth,” says Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink.

Hosted by Sackville High School student Levi Marshall, a self-described “proud Mi’kmaq” and winner of the Best High School video category, Mining ROCKS!” will air on Eastlink TV - Channels 10 (SD) and 610 (HD) - Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Mondays at 6:30 pm for the entire month of October and OnDemand.

MANS’ 2016 video contest is now open. Submissions can be made across five different categories. The winners will be awarded $1000; runners-up will receive $500.

The deadline for video entries is February 26, 2016. In addition, students who get their videos in by January 15, 2016 will be entered into a $500 “early bird” draw.

For more information, go to http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

September 21, 2015
MANS LAUNCHES SECOND YEAR OF THE “MINING ROCKS! VIDEO CONTEST”
OVER $8000 IN CASH PRIZES

As students settle into the new school year, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hoping to inspire junior high and high schools to get creative – and win big.

Today, MANS announced that the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest” is back for a second year. The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1000, with $500 going to the runner-up.

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director. “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul. “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the
video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy (a new category this year) and Best 30-Second Commercial.

The fifth category, the People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote.

The judging panel includes Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, as well as several accomplished film and media professionals.

The deadline for video entries is February 26, 2016. In addition, students who get their videos in by January 15, 2016 will be entered into a $500 “early bird” draw.

For more information, go to http://NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest

June 26, 2015
MANS INVITES MLAs TO “SCRATCH & LOSE”
Unusual scratch cards promote new web site: www.800LostJobs.ca


The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is giving MLAs some unusual scratch cards to educate them about the industry's challenges.

“Mining and quarrying is a large and important industry in Nova Scotia – we employ 5500 people and generate $420 million per year in economic activity – but we also face significant challenges,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We have had a lot of bad news in recent years, including the loss of over 800 jobs. The good news is there are easy things the provincial government can do to help the industry create jobs for Nova Scotians, particularly in rural areas.”

The scratch cards look like lotto cards but instead of scratching to see whether you have won a prize, scratching reveals statistics about how the industry is struggling. The cards promote a new web site being launched by MANS - www.800LostJobs.ca – which highlights that:

  • The industry has lost over 800 jobs since 2008.
  • Nova Scotia is the highest cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax/royalty payments to the provincial government.
  • Nova Scotia is seen as the least attractive province for mining companies to invest in.

The site also lists policy proposals that would help the industry grow and create jobs, including giving mining/quarrying the same fuel tax rebate other resource industries get.

“Government policies are making it harder to explore, open mines and create jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Kirby. “We need to do a better job attracting investment and showing the world that we are open for business.”

April 29, 2015
SURVEY: GOVERNMENT POLICIES BIGGEST OBSTACLE FOR MINING INDUSTRY
98% feeling less optimistic about industry’s future post-budget

Nova Scotia’s mining industry is feeling less optimistic about its future in the wake of a broken government promise to give the industry the fuel tax rebate in 2015, according to a recent survey.

“Mining and quarrying is a large and important industry in Nova Scotia – we employ 5500 people and generate $420 million per year in economic activity – but we also face significant challenges,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “We need the provincial government to help us grow and create jobs for Nova Scotians. We need the government to follow through on its promise to give us the fuel tax rebate and fix other policy problems that are hurting the industry.”

An industry survey conducted by MANS following the provincial budget shows that many industry players feel a lack of government support is harming the industry.

The survey asked: “Given the provincial government's decision not to extend the fuel tax rebate to the mining/quarrying industry in the recent budget, do you feel more or less optimistic about the future of the industry in Nova Scotia?” 98% of survey respondents chose “less optimistic.”

For the first time in the two years that MANS has conducted the survey, government regulation was chosen as the biggest obstacle companies face. All past surveys showed that the general state of the economy was the industry’s biggest challenge.

Asked whether the Government of Nova Scotia's overall impact on the industry was positive, negative or neutral, 80% chose negative; 20% chose neutral; and no one chose positive.

The industry survey was conducted April 21-28. The 51 respondents included the full range of industry players: producers, prospectors/explorers and service/supply companies.

According to various studies, Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry lost 800 jobs in the past half dozen years; Nova Scotia is the highest cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax and royalty payments to the provincial government; and global mining executives see Nova Scotia as the least attractive province in which to invest.

April 20, 2015
MANS: BAD NEWS KEEPS PILING UP
Government policies contribute to mining industry’s challenges

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is sending cards to MLAs to highlight bad news the industry has faced recently, and to call on the government to help the industry create jobs.

“Mining and quarrying is a large and important industry in Nova Scotia – we employ 5500 people and generate $420 million per year in economic activity – but we also face significant challenges,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We need the provincial government to help us grow and create jobs for Nova Scotians. We need the government to follow through on its promise to give us the fuel tax rebate and fix other policy problems that are hurting the industry.”

The cards to MLAs highlight that:

  • The industry lost 800 jobs in the past half dozen years, and its economic output shrank by $80 million per year.
  • Nova Scotia is the highest-cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax/royalty payments to the provincial government.
  • A global survey of mining executives shows that Nova Scotia is seen as the least attractive province in which to invest. 2014 was the sixth year in a row that Nova Scotia ranked last in Canada.
  • The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy." However, Ivany also highlighted the need for government to "provide a modern and responsive legislative framework to support and promote sustainable mineral resource management."

The cards note several policy proposals that would help the industry grow and create jobs, including giving mining/quarrying the same fuel tax rebate other resource industries get. The industry was disappointed the government did not fulfill its commitment to starting giving the rebate to mining in the 2015 budget.

A November 10, 2014 news release issued by Natural Resources Minister Churchill promised that the industry would start receiving the rebate in 2015: “Mr. Churchill said the government will start phasing in a fuel-tax rebate program for mining and quarrying vehicles, and introduce a revised Mineral Resources Act, in 2015.” The government news release is available at: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20141110002. A May 13, 2014 letter from Minister Whalen also made clear that 2015 was the year the industry would start receiving it: “A phase-in of the rebate over the final three years of our mandate is the most reasonable approach.” The letter is at http://tmans.ca/images/Whalen-rebate-letter-2014-05-13.pdf.

April 15, 2015
AND THE WINNER IS…
Winners announced in student video contest

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia's is pleased to announce the winners of its "Mining ROCKS! Video Contest."

“Students from across the province created incredibly clever and interesting videos about mining and quarrying,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “We congratulate all the students for their excellent work and thank them for participating in the contest.”

The videos can be viewed at: http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/your-winners-are.

The winners of the contest are:

  • Best High School Video: Levi Marshall ($1500) from Sackville High School ($500).
  • Best Junior High Video: Nicholas Adams ($1500) from Five Bridges Junior High School ($500).
  • Best 30-Second Commercial: Jerry Li ($1500) from Halifax West High School ($500).
  • CIM Foundation People's Choice Award: Jerry Li ($1500) from Halifax West High School ($500).

Other prizes/donations:

  • Early Bird Draw: Grace Naugler and Raegyn Judge from Hebbville Academy. Naugler and Judge shared a $500 prize.
  • $1000 donation to Lunenburg County YMCA for the first entry in the contest which was submitted by grade 11 student Blake Holland.
  • $1000 donation to Hebbville Academy for the second and third entries in the contest, which were both submitted by Grace Naugler and Raegyn Judge.
  • $500 donation to Sackville High School for the school draw.

Twenty-one videos were submitted to the contest by junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia. There were over 1100 votes for the CIM Foundation People's Choice Award.

The contest’s panel of judges includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The contest awarded over $11,000 in prizes and donations in its first year.

All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each organization's priorities.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

April 9, 2015
MANS DISAPPOINTED WITH BUDGET
Fuel tax rebate promise not fulfilled

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is disappointed the provincial government has not followed through on a promise to start giving the fuel tax rebate to the mining and quarrying industry this year.

“The government promised it would start giving us the rebate in 2015 to support the industry and help us create jobs, particularly in rural areas," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. "We are disappointed the government has not fulfilled this commitment."

A November 10, 2014 news release issued by Natural Resources Minister Churchill promised that the industry would start receiving the rebate in 2015: “Mr. Churchill said the government will start phasing in a fuel-tax rebate program for mining and quarrying vehicles, and introduce a revised Mineral Resources Act, in 2015.” The provincial budget did not fulfill this commitment. The government news release is available at: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20141110002.

The provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia does not give the rebate to mining and quarrying.

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry employs 5500 people and generates $420 million per year in economic activity. However, it also faces significant challenges:

  • According to 2013 research commissioned by the government, Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry lost approximately 800 jobs in the previous five years, and its economic output shrank by $80 million per year.
  • According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nova Scotia is the highest cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax/royalty payments to the provincial government.
  • According to the Fraser Institute’s global survey of mining executives, Nova Scotia is seen as the least attractive province for mining companies to invest in. 2014 was the sixth year in a row that Nova Scotia ranked last in Canada.
March 22, 2015
WEDNESDAY IS PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING DEADLINE
1000 votes cast so far in student video contest

There are only three more days to pick your favourite video in the Mining Association of Nova Scotia's "Mining ROCKS! Video Contest."

“Students from across the province created incredibly clever and interesting videos about mining and quarrying,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). “Over one thousand votes have been cast so far in the People’s Choice category and the competition is fierce. We hope more people will vote in the next few days and support these talented students.”

Twenty-one videos were submitted to the contest by junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia. The videos can be viewed and voted on at: www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/the-vote. The CIM Foundation People's Choice Award voting closes on Wednesday, March 25th.

All members of the public are invited to vote for the People's Choice. You can vote for multiple videos, but you can only vote for each video once.

The winner of the CIM Foundation People's Choice category will receive $1500, plus $500 will be donated to their school or non-profit organization. All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each school's or organization's priorities.

There are three other prize categories in addition to the People's Choice: Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, and Best 30 Second Commercial. A panel of judges will pick the winners of these categories. The panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.

February 25, 2015
AND THE WINNER IS....
Up to you

The deadline for entries into the Mining Association of Nova Scotia's (MANS) "Mining ROCKS! Video Contest" has come and gone, and now it's time to vote for your favorite video. The CIM Foundation People's Choice Award voting kicks off today and closes March 25th.

"We asked junior high and high school kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it - to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "They certainly rose to the challenge. The entries are in and now it's time for the public to decide which video is the People's Choice."

Twenty-one videos were submitted to the contest by junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia. The videos can be viewed and voted on at: http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/the-vote.

All members of the public are invited to vote for the People's Choice. You can vote for multiple videos, but you can only vote for each video once.

The winner of the CIM Foundation People's Choice category will receive $1500, plus $500 will be donated to their school or non-profit organization. All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each school's or organization's priorities.

There are three other prize categories in addition to the People's Choice: Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, and Best 30 Second Commercial. A panel of judges will pick the winners of these categories. The panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.

February 10, 2015
LAST CALL FOR CONTEST ENTRIES
February 20 is deadline in student video contest

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is reminding junior high and high school students that there are less than two weeks to go until the final deadline in the Mining ROCKS! Video Contest… and there is lots of cash up for grabs.

“The Mining ROCKS! Video Contest is is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We are asking kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

So far, MANS has awarded “extra incentive” donations to the Lunenburg County YMCA and Hebbville Academy. Both organizations received $1000 thanks to some pretty creative kids – Blake Holland, Grace Naugler and Raegyn Judge. In addition, Grace Naugler and Raegyn Judge’s video won the “early bird draw”, worth $500.

The videos are available at http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/submissions.

All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s or organization’s priorities.

Contest winners in each of four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school or non-profit organization. The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.

The judging panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The final deadline for entries is February 20, 2015. The CIM Foundation People’s Choice voting begins February 25th and goes until March 25th. Prizes will be awarded in April.

January 22, 2015
MANS HANDS OUT “EARLY BIRD” PRIZE
$500 GOES TO LUCKY SOUTH SHORE JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) today announced the winners of the “early bird” draw for the Mining ROCKS! Video Contest.

Junior High student Grace Naugler, of Bridgewater, is the lucky winner of $500 along with her friend Raegyn Judge. The Hebbville Academy students submitted two videos to the contest: “Mining In Nova Scotia” and “Exporting Aggregate from Nova Scotia”.

As luck would have it, Grace and Raegyn submitted the second and third entries to the contest, earning two $500 donations for their school, totalling $1000. High school student Blake Holland, who attends Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School, submitted the first video to the contest, which earned $1000 for the Lunenburg County YMCA.

“The Mining Rocks Video Contest is is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We are asking kids to produce short video about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

When informed that his school would receive a $1000 donation thanks to Grace and Raegyn’s videos, Hebbville Academy Principal Stephen Johnson said: "Hebbville Academy is very proud of our students, Raegyn Judge and Grace Naugler. The hard work and creative spirit demonstrated in their educational mining videos will serve to benefit all of our school community. Many thanks to The Mining Association of Nova Scotia!"

The videos are available at http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/submissions.

All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s or organization’s priorities.

Contest winners in each of four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school or non-profit organization. The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.

The judging panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The final deadline for entries is February 20, 2015. Prizes will be awarded in April.

For more information, go to http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/contest

January 12, 2015
MANS DONATES TO SOUTH SHORE SCHOOL, YMCA
$2000 DONATED AS PART OF MINING ROCKS! VIDEO CONTEST

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is making financial donations to two south shore organizations thanks to some pretty creative kids.

As part of its Mining Rocks Video Contest, MANS is donating $1000 to the Lunenburg County YMCA and $1000 Hebbville Academy because students in their programs made the first entries in the contest.

“The Mining Rocks Video Contest is is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. “We are asking kids to produce short video about mining and quarrying and to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

High school student Blake Holland, who attends Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School, submitted the first video to the contest, which earned $1000 for the Lunenburg County YMCA. "This award means a lot to me,” said Blake. “I was happy to raise money for the YMCA. I am excited that this money will be put towards the Cooking Programs, Youth Leadership Programs and other programs at the YMCA King Street Youth Centre. This was a great opportunity."

Junior high students Raegyn Judge and Grace Naugler, who both attend Hebbville Academy, submitted the second and third videos to the contest, earning two $500 donations for the school, totalling $1000.

"Hebbville Academy is very proud of our students, Raegyn Judge and Grace Naugler”, said Stephen Johnson, Principal of Hebbville Academy. “The hard work and creative spirit demonstrated in their educational mining videos will serve to benefit all of our school community. Many thanks to The Mining Association of Nova Scotia!"

The videos are available at http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/submissions.

All donations to schools and non-profit organizations come with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s or organization’s priorities.

Contest winners in each of four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school or non-profit organization. The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.

The judging panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality as well as accomplished film and media professionals.

The deadline for videos to be entered into a $500 “early bird” draw is January 16. The final deadline for entries is February 20, 2015. Prizes will be awarded in April.

For more information, go to http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/contest

November 12, 2014
MINING INDUSTRY BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
Survey: Economy, policy obstacles holding back job creation

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry is ending the year feeling less optimistic than it felt at the beginning, according to a recent survey.

"Our industry is caught between a tough economy and government policies that are making it harder to grow and create jobs,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. "Many companies are feeling less optimistic now than they did at the beginning of the year. Our industry has lost 800 jobs in recent years, and we need the provincial government to do more to help us create jobs for Nova Scotians.”

A survey recently conducted by MANS shows that many industry players expect more layoffs than hiring to take place in coming months. 27% of survey respondents anticipate decreasing their number of employees in the next six months, compared to only 10% who anticipated layoffs in January 2014. Only 15.5% expect to increase employees, compared to 27.5% who anticipated new hires back in January. 42% of companies anticipate their number of employees will remain the same.

Respondents said the general state of the economy is the biggest obstacle their business faces with government regulation being a close second. Producers, who employ the largest number of people in the industry, said government regulation is their biggest challenge.

The industry’s policy concerns include a 75% hike in claim staking fees in 2013; an unnecessarily difficult regulatory regime for prospecting and exploration; and the high cost of operating in Nova Scotia.

A government-commissioned report released in 2013 found that Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry lost 800 jobs in the past half dozen years. Other recent studies have shown that Nova Scotia is the highest cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax and mining royalty payments to the provincial government, and global mining executives see Nova Scotia as the least attractive province in which to invest.

The industry survey was conducted October 28 to November 7. The 45 respondents included the full range of industry players: producers, prospectors/explorers and service/supply companies.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

November 10-14 is Nova Scotia Mining Week.

November 10, 2014
NOVA SCOTIA MINING WEEK: “MINING ROCKS!”
Over $9000 in cash prizes in video contest

As Nova Scotia Mining Week kicks off, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia is encouraging students to enter the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest” in order to win big.

The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school.

“The contest is a great way to educate students about mining and how important it is to our province,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill, one of the judges for the contest. “I am very pleased to be working with MANS on this educational initiative.”

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Gavin Isenor, MANS’ President. “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

Students will upload their video to www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest and a panel of judges will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video and Best 30-Second Commercial. The fourth category, the CIM Foundation People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote.

The judging panel includes Minister Churchill, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality Cecil Clarke, and a range of film and media experts.

The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year. All prize money given to schools comes with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s priorities.

The deadline for video entries is February 20, 2015.

Nova Scotia Mining Week takes place each fall in conjunction with Geology Matters, the province's biggest annual mining conference which is organized by the Department of Natural Resources.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

September 14, 2014
MANS LAUNCHES “MINING ROCKS! VIDEO CONTEST
OVER $9000 IN CASH PRIZES

As students settle into the new school year, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hoping to inspire junior high and high schools to get creative – and win big.

Today, MANS announced the launch of the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest”.  The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying.  The winners in four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school.

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director.  “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul.  “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video and Best 30-Second Commercial.  The fourth category, the CIM Foundation People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote. 

The judging panel includes:

  • Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Membertou Chief Terry Paul
  • Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Anne Loi, Senior Vice President, DHX Media
  • Stephen Cooke, Chronicle Herald arts reporter
  • Jeff Parker, Viewfinders Manager, Atlantic Film Festival
  • Michael Amo, Screenwriter and creator of CTV’s “The Listener”
  • Stephen Melanson, Instructor, Radio and Television Arts Department, NSCC
  • Iain MacLeod, Marking Consultant
  • Pat Mills, Mining Association Past President

The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.  All prize money given to schools comes with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s priorities.

The deadline for video entries is February 20, 2015.

To watch the movie trailer for the Mining ROCKS! Video Contest, go to http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/contest-trailer

For more information, go to http://notyourgrandfathersmining.ca/contest

July 1, 2014
MANS CLARIFIES EXPROPRIATION ISSUE
"Expropriations are very rare in our industry"

Expropriations for mines and quarries are very rare and only used as a last resort, says the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.

"Expropriations are very rare in our industry," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "We are aware of only three expropriations for mines since 1990 and the Black Point quarry is the only one we are aware of for a quarry project. It is always the industry's preference to negotiate private, mutually-beneficial arrangements with landowners. Offers for land are often well above market value."

"The legal authority to expropriate must be maintained for those exceptional cases where there is no other way for a company to purchase all the land necessary to establish a new mine or quarry and create the associated jobs and other benefits for Nova Scotians," said Kirby. "It is simply a question of the greater good."

Recent media coverage highlighted the expropriation of land for the Black Point Quarry. The quarry is expected to create over 150 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase, and over 120 direct and indirect full-time jobs (60-100 full-time direct) during the peak operation phase. The project is expected to have a lifespan of approximately 50 years. It is located in Guysborough County, an area that has struggled with depopulation and significant economic challenges in recent years.

It became necessary for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) to expropriate a 45 hectare parcel of land in order to proceed with the development of the quarry on the 300 hectare parcel owned by MODG. A recent article about the expropriation contained significant errors, according to a document released by MODG on June 28, including:

  • The picture of the beach printed with the article appears to be a cove located west of the proposed quarry;
  • The expropriated land does not appear to have been occupied for over 100 years; and
  • Public consultation around the quarry and land use planning started in 2007.

The only recent example of an expropriation for a mine is DDV's proposed Touquoy gold mine in Moose River. It will create up to 300 jobs during the construction phase, 150 ongoing direct jobs during operations and have an annual payroll of over $13 million. The mine will generate millions of dollars in tax and royalty revenues for the province.

While DDV was able to negotiate successfully with 29 other landowners in the area to purchase land from them, one landowner unfortunately refused to sell a small portion of his property to DDV to facilitate the establishment of the mine. The landowner in this case was offered $300,000 for 7.2 acres of land, a tiny portion of the several hundred acres he owns in the area, and a price that far exceeds market value. It became necessary for DDV to seek an expropriation so all these jobs can be created and the government - all Nova Scotians - can benefit from the taxes and royalties that the mine will generate.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

June 18, 2014
MINING SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM
Industry creating jobs for young Nova Scotians

Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying companies are feeling cautiously optimistic about job creation, according to a recent survey.

"We continue to face significant challenges, including a tough economy and government policies that are not helping the industry create jobs,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. "However, most of our members expect to either create new jobs in coming months or to at least maintain the number of employees they currently have. After losing 800 jobs in the past half dozen years, this return to cautious optimism is good to see.”

A survey recently conducted by MANS shows 26% of industry players anticipate hiring more employees in the next six months and 44% anticipate their number of employees will be the same. Only 20% expect to decrease employees in the next half year.

Respondents also said the general state of the economy is the biggest obstacle their business faces with government regulation being a close second. The industry’s policy concerns include a 75% hike in claim staking fees in 2013; an unnecessarily difficult regulatory regime for prospecting and exploration; and Nova Scotia being the highest cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of tax and royalty payments to the provincial government.

To highlight the industry’s potential to create jobs for young Nova Scotians in particular, MANS is launching a new web page called “Rock: My World” at www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/rock-my-world. It features a dozen young adults who hold a range of positions in the industry, from geologists to mine engineers to environmental science experts.

One of them is Morgan Silver, an Underground Mine Geologist who was hired in 2013 to work at the recently re-opened Dufferin gold mine in Port Dufferin. The mine, which is owned by Ressources Appalaches, is creating 70 new jobs and over 90% of the new hires are Nova Scotians.

“I am proud to say that I followed my passion and it has led me to a meaningful career as a geologist working in Nova Scotia, helping bring economic development to the Eastern Shore and the area that I call home,” said Silver.
The industry survey was conducted June 3-12. The 50 respondents included the full range of industry players: producers, prospectors/explorers and service/supply companies.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

May 16, 2014
MINING AND QUARRYING TO GET FUEL TAX REBATE IN 2015-16
Whalen: "The removal of the fuel tax will allow the sector to be more competitive"

The provincial government is committing to extend the fuel tax rebate to the mining and quarrying industry to help create jobs for Nova Scotians.

A May 13 letter from Finance Minister Whalen to the Mining Association of Nova Scotia states: "We intend to fulfill our election commitment over the final three years of our mandate ... the removal of the fuel tax will allow the sector to be more competitive and to reinvest in its strengths. It also adds fairness and simplicity to the tax structure as it applies to the resource sector - an important objective for our government and the foundation of the Tax and Regulatory Review."

The letter also states that the government has accepted a proposal from the Mining Association of Nova Scotia to phase in the rebate over three years "to balance the fiscal challenges of Nova Scotia with the removal of the fuel tax."

"We are very pleased that the government is making this commitment to support our industry and help us create jobs, particularly in rural areas," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. "Including us in the rebate will allow the industry to reinvest $2.6 million per year into making our operations more efficient. This is an important first step after the Ivany report to help our industry create more jobs for Nova Scotians."

The provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other natural resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia gives the rebate to fishing, farming and forestry, but does not currently give it to mining and quarrying.

The rebate will apply to a range of vehicles that operate on mine and quarry sites, such as haul trucks and excavators, which never leave the sites and are not allowed to drive on public roads.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

May 9, 2014
MANS MARKS WESTRAY ANNIVERSARY
Mining injury rates reduced 90%

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is marking the anniversary of the Westray mine disaster by highlighting how the industry has changed in recent decades.

“As an industry, we believe the most important thing to come out of a mine is the miner, and our safety record reflects this,” said Gavin Isenor, President of MANS. “Injury rates in the mining and quarrying industry have been reduced 90% in the last decade and a half, and are lower than other comparable industries. We are committed to continuous improvement in mine and quarry safety – to making sure a tragedy like Westray never happens again.”

“Modern mining uses technology and knowledge to extract materials safely and ensure that our colleagues get home to their families each night,” said MANS’ Executive Director Sean Kirby. “We continue to make significant progress toward our goal of having zero injuries. We reduced our injury rate 8.8% from 2012 to 2013, according to Workers Compensation Board statistics.”

The Westray mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, exploded at 5:20 a.m. on May 9, 1992, taking the lives of 26 miners. A public inquiry into the disaster, conducted Justice K. Peter Richard, led to significant changes in the way the industry is regulated and was a milestone in the establishment of a safety culture that has become a hallmark of the industry today.

Justice Richard’s 1997 report also commented that “The industry is very close-knit with an interdependence, camaraderie, and fellowship that may be unique in modern-day business. And people in the industry, at all levels, regard what occurred at Westray as a personal matter affecting them as if it had happened in their own backyard. It is for them a family tragedy.”

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

April 11. 2014
SURVEY: FEE HIKE CHOKING OFF FUTURE MINES
79% of prospectors plan to drop claims

Government increases in mineral exploration fees are forcing prospectors to give up their claims and walk away from potential future mines, according to an industry survey.

"Prospecting and exploration are vital to finding new mines and creating jobs in the mining industry," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS). "Eight months after these huge fee increases were implemented, many prospectors are giving up their claims because they simply cannot afford to keep them. The Ivany Commission said mining is an essential part of Nova Scotia’s economic future but the government is choking off the future of our industry with these fees."

“The harm being caused to the industry by the fee increase is completely disproportional to the small amount of revenue being generated for the government,” said John Wightman, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association (NSPA). “The fee increase is particularly short-sighted given the millions of dollars in taxes and royalties that a single mine can generate. In other words, the government can afford to give up the fee hike money. Prospectors cannot.”

According to a recent survey of MANS and NSPA members, 79% of prospectors and explorationists expect to drop at least some of their claims within one year of the August 2013 fee hikes, before annual claim renewal fees are due. 54% of survey respondents plan to drop over half their claims.

The survey also found that 87% believe the fee hikes will harm their business and 88% believe the fee hikes will harm the province’s mining industry. The survey was conducted from April 2-9. 51 prospectors and explorationists responded to it.

The previous provincial government hiked exploration claims fees by 75% in August 2013. The change put Nova Scotia fees dramatically out of step with other Atlantic provinces. The new fees are, on average, 53% higher than New Brunswick's and 621% higher than Newfoundland and Labrador's. Prospectors and explorationists are required to pay the fees to acquire exploration licenses and to renew them annually to keep claims in good standing.

To illustrate the impact of the fee hikes:

  • A prospector with 50 claims now has to pay $9500 in fees over ten years instead of $5,424 prior to the fee hikes, an increase of $4076.
  • A prospector with 300 claims now has to pay $57,000 in claim renewal fees over ten years instead of $32,547 prior to the fee hikes, an increase of $24,453.

This is in addition to various other fees and work requirements imposed by government. Because prospectors are at the beginning of the long and difficult mining cycle, their claims usually generate no revenue during this period and the vast majority never result in an actual mine being developed.

The government’s 2014-15 budget estimates that total government revenue from exploration claims will be $215,000. MANS estimates that the incremental revenue the fee hike will generate for the government will be approximately $75,000-$85,000.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Ivany Commission said traditional industries like mining and quarrying "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy."

A comparison of the exploration claims fees before and after Aug. 26, 2013 is below:

March 6, 2014
GLOBAL MINING SURVEY: NOVA SCOTIA RANKED LAST IN CANADA
Least attractive province for investment

March 6, 2014 - The Fraser Institute's annual global survey of mining executives shows that Nova Scotia continues to be seen as the least attractive jurisdiction in the country, and provincial government policies are a major reason.

The report shows that for the fifth year in a row, survey respondents said Nova Scotia is the least attractive province in Canada in which to invest. The report also says Nova Scotia's regulatory and policy environment, called a "report card to governments" by the survey, is a big part of the problem. Nova Scotia's ranking on the Policy Perception Index fell from 12th in the world in 2012 to 29th in 2013.

"Several recent reports have highlighted that our industry needs more support from the provincial government to help us grow and create jobs for Nova Scotians," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "We need the government to lower the cost of operating here and to fix policies that are hurting the industry. The first thing the government should do is give us in the spring budget the same fuel tax rebate that other resource industries get."

The mining and quarrying industry's policy concerns include being charged fuel tax even though other resource industries receive a tax rebate for fuel consumed off-highway; last year's 75% hike in claim staking fees and the overall high cost of operating in Nova Scotia; and regulations that discourage exploration and investment.

Other recent reports have also highlighted the challenges the industry faces:

The Ivany Commission said traditional rural industries, including mining, "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy." The Commission also highlighted the need to "provide a modern and responsive legislative framework to support and promote sustainable mineral resource management" (http://noworneverns.ca/).

A 2013 government-commissioned study of Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry found that the industry lost 800 jobs and $80 million in annual economic activity in the past five years (http://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/data/pubs/13ofr03/ofr_me_2013-003.pdf).

A report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers in January concluded that Nova Scotia is still the highest-cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of the industry's tax/royalty burden (www.pwc.com/ca/canminingtax).

The Fraser Institute report, which was released on March 3, is available at https://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research.... The survey includes responses from 690 mining companies around the world that reported exploration spending of US$3.4 billion in 2013.

Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry is a key creator of jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians. It provides 5,500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. Mining is the highest-paying natural resource industry and one of the highest-paying of all industries in the province.

March 4, 2014
JOB LOSSES HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF MINING
"Could create more jobs if the government would help"

The Ivany Commission and recent bad economic news highlight the importance of the government helping the mining industry create jobs in rural areas, says the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.

"We are a major employer in rural areas but we could create even more jobs if the government would help us more," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "We are not asking the government for subsidies or handouts. Most of our requests would cost the government little to nothing. What we are looking for is a fairer, modernized, more sensible regulatory and policy environment in which to operate."

The mining and quarrying industry's policy concerns include being charged fuel tax even though other resource industries receive a tax rebate for fuel consumed off-highway; last year's 75% hike in claim staking fees and the fact that Nova Scotia is the highest-cost jurisdiction in Canada in terms of the industry's tax/royalty burden; and regulations that discourage exploration and investment.

The Ivany Commission said traditional rural industries, including mining, "will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy. The basic viability of many of our rural communities hinges on whether these sectors can create more and better jobs and generate more wealth."

A 2013 government-commissioned study of Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry found that the industry lost 800 jobs and $80 million in annual economic activity in the past five years. However, the industry still provides 5500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million to the province's economy each year. Mining is the highest-paying natural resource industry and one of the highest-paying of all industries in the province.

"If Nova Scotians are to overcome our economic and demographic challenges, the province needs industries like ours to grow," said Kirby. "We need the government to fix unhelpful policies that are holding our industry back and costing the province jobs."

February 12, 2014
IVANY HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF MINING AND QUARRYING
Report notes that "regulatory barriers and policy constraints" are harming industry

The Ivany Commission's report is highlighting that one of Nova Scotia's oldest industries is still essential to the province's future.

"Mining and quarrying may be an old industry but it is vital to the new economy and our modern way of life," said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "The industry employs 5500 people, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million dollars to the province's economy each year. The Commission has done a good job recognizing our industry's importance while also flagging that government can do more to help the industry grow and create jobs."

The just-released report by the Commission on Building Our New Economy states: "In future, as in the past, the traditional rural industries - tourism, manufacturing, mining, fisheries, forestry and agriculture - will provide the essential foundations for Nova Scotia's rural economy. The basic viability of many of our rural communities hinges on whether these sectors can create more and better jobs and generate more wealth."

In assessing the challenges and strengths of Nova Scotia's mining and quarrying industry, the report states: "Rising global demand for mineral and energy products over the past decade played a large part in sustaining the Canadian economy through the financial and market upheavals of the period. Nova Scotia did not enjoy the benefits of this growth in demand largely because of our traditional over-dependence on the one U.S. market. However, regulatory barriers and policy constraints were factors as well....[S]trengths lie in world-class industrial mineral deposits and tidewater quarries, coupled with excellent geological database. Specific opportunities include re-opening the Donkin mine, gypsum market recovery (mainly U.S.) and gold potential. There is limited metals potential. Land use constraints and opposition impede industry development."

The Commission highlights the need to "provide a modern and responsive legislative framework to support and promote sustainable mineral resource management" during the upcoming review of the province's Mineral Resources Act.

Mining started in Nova Scotia in Sydney, Cape Breton, in 1672 when coal was first mined. 350 years later, today's mining and quarrying industry is a sophisticated, high tech business that uses technology and knowledge to extract materials safely, sustainably and responsibly. More information about how the modern industry works and is regulated is available at www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca

January 2014
SURVEY: MINING INDUSTRY SEES BETTER DAYS AHEAD
“Starting to turn the corner”

It may be unusually cold outside this winter but Nova Scotia mining and quarrying companies are feeling more optimistic about job creation, according to a recent survey.

"Our industry has lost 800 jobs in the past five years but we are starting to turn the corner,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director of MANS. "Our members increasingly anticipate hiring more employees or at least maintaining the number of employees they currently have.

With an improving global economy and greater support from the provincial government, we could create more jobs and opportunity for Nova Scotians, especially in the rural areas that are in such desperate need of help.”

A poll recently conducted by the Mining Association of Nova Scotia shows 27.5% of industry players anticipate hiring more employees (compared to 11% in September 2013) and only 10% expect to decrease employees (compared to 18% in September). 51% of respondents anticipate their number of employees will be the same in the next six months (compared to 60%). The online survey was conducted January 6-21. The 51 respondents included the full range of industry players - producers, prospectors/explorers and service/supply companies.

The potential Touquoy gold mine in Moose River is an example of the industry’s job creation potential. The mine’s owners, DDV, expect the mine will create 300 jobs during the construction phase and 150 jobs during ongoing operations. The mine will have an annual payroll of over $13 million and generate millions of dollars in tax and royalty payments for the provincial government when it starts in 2015.

“We are very excited about the Touquoy mine and the benefits it will create for the community and the entire province,” said Wally Bucknell, DDV’s Managing Director and CEO. “The mine will make it possible for 150 Nova Scotians to stay in the province or come home from away. We are committed to hiring as many local people as possible.”

A 2013 government-commissioned study of Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry found that the industry lost 800 jobs and $80 million in annual economic activity during the global economic downturn. However, the industry still provides 5500 jobs, mostly in rural areas, and contributes $420 million to the province’s economy each year. Mining is the highest-paying natural resource industry and one of the highest-paying of all industries in the province.