3. Like Harry Potter, it's "The Chosen One" (of the mineral world, that is)
The vast majority of mined titanium ore, including ours, becomes titanium dioxide, a powder known for its brilliant thick white colour. Titanium dioxide in paint lets blues be … well, true blue. It makes reds and oranges run hot and bright. In nail polish, it creates a dense sheen, and in magazines, it keeps every page glossy. That's one cool powder.
And it's made right here in Canada.
Rio Tinto's Havre-Sainte-Pierre mine in eastern Quebec is home to the largest ilmenite deposit in the world. Ilmenite is the mineral used to ultimately produce titanium. And our Sorel-Tracy plant, just over an hour from Montreal (as big as 100 American football fields!), smelts ilmenite for processing into titanium.