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New Pine Point paper released

October 17, 2014

by Emma LeClerc In a new paper for the journal The Extractive Industries and Society, “From Cutlines to Traplines: Post-Industrial Land Use at the Pine Point Mine,” Emma LeClerc and Arn Keeling explore the legacy effects of mining on local economies and landscapes. Pine Point is a massive open pit, lead-zinc mine on the southern… Read More

Communicating Hazards to Future Generations – New Report

September 30, 2014

One of the key goals of the Toxic Legacies Project is to work with community groups in Yellowknife on how to communicated the hazard of 237.000 tons of arsenic trioxide frozen under the ground to future generations. To tackle this issue, several team members have read deeply into the work that was done at the… Read More

Abandoned mines research in Etudes/Inuit/Studies

July 2, 2014

Two papers from researchers working with the Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada team (ArcticNet branch) appear in the newly released issue of Études/Inuit/Studies, as part of a special volume on Industrial development and mining impacts. Heather Green’s paper, “State, company, and community relations at the Polaris mine (Nunavut), focuses on the Canadian government’s shift away… Read More

Yellowknife Research a Success

June 18, 2014

In early June the Toxic Legacies Team converged on Yellowknife for our first major field research trip. Although things could have gone very badly (lost luggage with crucial camera equipment; 3 team members ill at one point or another), we had a fantastic two weeks of constant activities. John Sandlos and Arn Keeling spent a… Read More

The Ring of Fire Strikes a Familiar Tune

May 27, 2014

John Sandlos With the launch of the Ontario Liberal election platform, Premier Kathleen Wynne made it official: a centrepiece of her campaign is a $1billion investment in infrastructure to spur mineral development in the “Ring of Fire” region 500 km northeast of Thunder Bay. With or without a matching federal investment, the provincial Liberals (and… Read More

Giant Mine and the underground parliament

April 21, 2014

Hi readers: As the final reflection post for the MOOC on Scientific Humanities convened by Bruno Latour, I composed this short report on a scientific or technical controversy/debate. It’s a bit late, so I don’t think BL himself will comment, but I hope some readers enjoy it… At the abandoned Giant Mine in Yellowknife, a… Read More

Mining the Anthropocene

April 10, 2014

As part of my continuing participation in the MOOC run by Prof. Bruno Latour, here are some reflections on mining as an indicator of the planet’s entry into the Anthropocene. It was supposed to by accompanied by some funky data visualization, but I haven’t got the data in a format I need it and, well,… Read More

Mapping the Giant Mine controversy

March 20, 2014

Following the previous post derived from my MOOC musings, I put abandoned mines back to work for the next course module, which asked us to tentatively “map” a controversy. The key questions to be addressed are: What is the controversy about ? Who are the actors of the controversy ? How are actors connected ?… Read More

On thermosyphons

March 5, 2014

I’m taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from science studies guru Bruno Latour called “Scientific Humanities.” As part of an assignment, I wrote about the idea of thermosyphons  (including those being deployed at Giant Mine) as a “sociotechnical project.” I thought I’d share the post here: The Thermosyphon: cold technology, hot issue. As Prof…. Read More

Arctic Extractive Industries Workshop

November 26, 2013

Early in October, Professors John Sandlos and Arn Keeling organized a workshop with the Rachel Carson Center (held at Memorial University in Newfoundland) on Extractive Industries in the Arctic. With scholars from around the circumpolar world participating, the workshop was extremely engaging, with much productive discussion about the past, present and future of the Arctic…. Read More