Notes from the field
By Kathleen Spencer and Sebastien Belliard
One of the most appetizing aspects during our fieldwork of mapping agricultural land uses in Eastern Panama was actually the experience of living with local people. During our weeklong visits to various communities, we ate and slept with families or individuals gracious enough to let two strange gringos (Canadian is not a thing) in to their houses.
By Winnie Hu
Last month, I was at a colleague’s apartment celebrating his recent marriage in Montreal to a Shanghainese woman he met through work. When their wedding pictures came on display on the flat screen, I immediately closed my eyes. The image of the green lawn, two-story house, and teenagers with blue hair was a sharp reminder that soon, I’ll be leaving behind the city coined “the Paris of China.”
MBA students fly to labrador City for whirlwind tour of mining operation
By Karl Moore
On Thursday, Oct. 24, 44 McGill MBA students and their professors, myself included, started at it earlier than normal, assembling at 5:45 a.m. at Trudeau Airport for a 2+ hour chartered flight to visit the Iron Ore Company of Canada mine in Labrador City, Labrador.
By Anthony Sardain
A dark-skinned woman with waist-length black hair dips her brush in a wooden bowl filled with blue ink. She coats the shoulders of a small child, careful to avoid the ornate bands painted on the girl’s upper arm. Somewhere a rooster calls, and a horse stamps under the heat of the Panamanian sun. The woman instructs the child in Emberá to dip her hands in the bowl.
By Ira Sutherland
We have arrived at a remote, unspoiled tropical forest in eastern Panama and it will be home for the next 12 days.
Human geographers reflect on fieldwork with ethnic minority Hmong and Yao in northern Vietnam
By Victoria Kyeyune, Sarah Delisle and Sarah Turner
Victoria: It’s April 29. My flight is ascending into the bright afternoon sky, enveloped in space. In hours I accumulate time zones and jet lag. Touchdown! After a few days acclimating to 39°C heat and ‘Hanoisy Hanoi’ (as the locals call it), I’m now officially a human geographer in Vietnam. Now what?
By Annaliese Snodgrass
The way to Rukungiri, Uganda lies in a single, mostly unpaved road stretching from the country’s south central region deep into its southwest corner. In its many unpaved patches, the passing vehicles kick up the vibrantly red earth beneath them, leaving a dusty maroon veneer on the surrounding vegetation. As I watched the little mud huts and the patchy tin roofs covering one-room concrete houses flick past an incredibly lush green backdrop, a feeling unlike anything I had experienced began to well up inside me.
By Sean Grogan
One of the more exciting developments in the last few decades in the mining industry has been the use of mathematical models, geo-statistics and other management science and statistical methods to create tools to be used in the decision making process for engineers, managers and shareholders.
By Lorenzo Daïeff
“Order!” The shout hails across the room. “Order!”
An elderly, black-robed man is trying to get some attention. “Oooorder!” All too little avail: as his voice echoes around the country, life in Accra, Ghana goes on like it always has: people walk through the streets, navigating narrowly between taxis and open gutters; the wind, carrying an Atlantic breeze, sweeps over the city; and I, sitting at my desk, type away at my keyboard.
By Saleh Ewan
Mining Engineering Co-op term… to many it conjures up a job in the middle of nowhere, working underground in the dark; away from civilization. However, for me that was far from the case as I found myself literally on top of the world.
In summer 2013, I was hired by Teck Coal Ltd. for a Mining Engineering co-op term in British Columbia. I worked as a Mining Engineering Co-op student in their Survey, Geology and Geotechnical Departments. I worked at an open-pit coal mine on top of the Rocky Mountains.