Core Matters

Cutting to the core of mineral exploration, Core Matters gives you an inside look at the most important topics in our industry.

Important Environmental Regulatory Reviews and Health & Safety Update

Situation Following last year's federal election result, and the provincial Auditor General's report, both governments are currently reviewing environmental procedures and regulations with a view to strengthening protections and enhancing public...

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September 1, 2016

Flow-Through and METC

Situation Over the past four to five years the mineral exploration and development industry has experienced a severe downturn, resulting in the loss of many jobs in the sector and the financing opportunities necessary to ensure a healthy stream of...

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August 1, 2016

Transboundary Waters

Situation AME is monitoring and strategically engaging with our members, government and community representatives about mineral exploration and development projects and transboundary water quality concerns in Northwest BC Environmental and...

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July 1, 2016

Access Payments

Situation Recently there have been specific occurrences in BC where mineral exploration companies and their contractors and suppliers are being approached by some First Nations demanding payments for accessing exploration work sites that have been...

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June 1, 2016

Notice of Work Permitting Process

Situation With some encouraging signs of investor interest returning to BC (especially for precious metals), the number of Notice of Work exploration permit applications is beginning to increase again For those explorers that have secured funding,...

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May 1, 2016

The Water Sustainability Act

Situation The Water Sustainability Act (WSA) was brought into force in BC on February 29, 2016 along with a number of supporting regulations The WSA replaces the former Water Act A water license or use approval under the WSA is required for most...

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April 1, 2016

Nenqay Deni Accord

Situation The Nenqay Deni Accord signed on February 12, 2016 between the BC government and the Tsilhqot’in National Government is an important and potentially precedent-setting agreement that may have major implications to broader public and...

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March 1, 2016

Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

Situation On February 1, 2016, the government of BC and representatives from First Nations, environmental groups and the coastal forest industry celebrated an agreement about land designations along the north and central Coast of BC, referred to as...

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February 1, 2016

Scarcity of Capital for Mineral Exploration and Development

Situation Investment in the mineral exploration and development industry has diminished to the point that many junior companies are unable to generate the capital needed to finance mineral exploration and development projects, or even cover...

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January 1, 2016

Our Advocacy Priorities for Canada’s New Federal Government

Situation The global mineral exploration and development industry has been experiencing a significant downturn, and British Columbia and the rest of Canada are not immune to this reality Despite the challenges this presents, the industry (much of...

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December 1, 2015

Help Us Protect BC’s Mineral Lands for Exploration

Situation Help us protect BC’s mineral lands for exploration AME believes that it is possible to have both a strong mineral exploration and development industry and a healthy environment However, based on many inconsistent government land use...

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November 1, 2015

BC Budget 2016 Recommendations

Situation Every year, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services of the BC Government puts out a call for submissions to input into the government’s upcoming budget All submissions received in 2015 are taken into account...

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October 1, 2015

Sheslay, Northern British Columbia

Situation The Sheslay area, located in northwestern British Columbia, is one of the most promising grassroots mineral exploration areas in Canada, and this highly prospective area has been explored for many years by a number of companies Several...

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September 1, 2015