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Tis the season of tougher times for many mining companies. Thompson Creek (TC) is groaning under the threat of not being able to raise enough cash to complete its expansion plans, Mercator Minerals (OTC:MLKKF) sold itself at a fraction of NAV due to severe funding/cash issues, and even the major players like BHP Billiton (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO) are pulling back on their capex and exploration budgets. In that regard, then, there's nothing so particularly strange about Canada Lithium (OTCQX:CLQMF) (CLQ.TO) agreeing to a deal with Sirocco Mining (SIM.TO) that buys them time, breathing room, and cash.

Although arguably necessary, this...

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