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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

She says the mine will employ about 600 when it reaches full-capacity in the fall of 2015, and the company has a 10-year plan to transfer to a Canadian workforce.

Several unions have asked the Federal Court to conduct a judicial review of the temporary work permits, claiming the miners have been brought in for lower wages. They want an injunction to stop the company from bringing in 60 workers slated to arrive in mid-December, until their case is resolved.

Shimkus says HD Mining has federal government approval to bring in miners for exploratory work at the mine, and those plans stand.

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