Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ontario Diamonds

Some of the first Ontario mined diamonds will be going up for sale at Birks' flagship store in downtown Toronto. The 100 Ontario-certified gems are extremely high quality, with a retail value that's 10 to 15 per cent higher than other diamonds because they're mined and processed in one place. The DeBeers Canada's Victor Mine is located approximately 90 kilometres west of the First Nation community of Attawapiskat in northerneastern Ontario. The open pit mine began construction in February of 2006 operations in 2008 (six months ahead of schedule).  Approximately $1 billion was spent on construction of the mine with a further $167 million CDN  spent with Aboriginal businesses or joint venture partnersThe kimberlite pipe has surface area of 15 hectares with annual tonne processing capacity of 2.7 million tonnes and annual carat production capacity of 600,000 carats.  The Victor Mine signed four community agreements for the Victor Mine:

  • an IBA with the Attawapiskat First Nation (November 2005)
  • a Working Relationship Agreement with the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (May 2005)
  • an IBA with Moose Cree First Nation (September 2008)
  • an IBA with Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nation (February 2009)


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