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Environment

Wonder and loss: the deep ocean and its future

Though it’s the largest ecosystem on Earth, we know less about the deep ocean than the surface of the moon. As the threat of mining looms, will its fate be decided before we know enough to make such a far-reaching choice?

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  • 17 minutes

Science & Tech

Telling mining’s story, beyond “sourdoughs and gold pans”

An exclusive excerpt from a new book, Mining Country, which promises to document in detail for the first time an industry critical to Canada’s past, present and future

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  • 4 minutes

Places

Charlie Angus on Cobalt, Ont. and the legacy of a mining boom

Episode 32

Cobalt’s silver rush in the 1900s changed how mining was carried out in Canada and internationally — and not always for the better

  • 37 minutes

History

Cobalt: Reclaiming the ancient Indigenous silver mining trade

Long before an amateur prospector struck it rich near Cobalt Lake in northern Ontario, local Indigenous nations mined and traded silver. It’s time to set the record straight on the “discovery” of Canada’s immense resource wealth.

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  • 7 minutes

Environment

Living in the Anthropocene, the human epoch

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky discuss their groundbreaking new work, The Anthropocene Project

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  • 2 minutes
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A researcher samples subterranean water deep in a mine near Timmins, Ont.

Environment

Oldest water in the world discovered in Canada

Two-billion-year-old water held deep in Earth's crust could hold clues to life on other planets

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  • 2 minutes
Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon.

Environment

In the Supreme Court’s Peel watershed decision, signs of hope for a new land power paradigm

To many, the Yukon appears to be the vanguard of a growing Indigenous land power movement in Canada centred mostly in the North

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  • 5 minutes
A 2017 map of mining claims in the Ring of Fire. Map by Chris Brackley

Environment

What’s at stake in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

The James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario contain one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Canada. Now, the region’s economy and environment stand on the brink of massive transformation.

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  • 10 minutes