Ontario serves up miner with Statement of Defence
The Ontario government says it’s not
liable for any damages incurred by a Sudbury-based junior miner after
a dispute between the company and a First Nation forced it to abandon
exploration work in northwestern Ontario.The province submitted its Statement of
Defence with the Ontario Superior Cou...
Higher standards wanted for aggregate pits
A new organization hopes to create a
voluntary certification standard for Ontario's often contentious
aggregates industry by the summer.The Cornerstone Standards Council held
its first public session in Sudbury, Jan. 16, to receive feedback
from the industry, environmental organizations and com...
Turbines could offer mine energy solution
Anew client setting up shop at the
Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) could offer a
solution to energy conundrums at mines across Northern Ontario.Sky Vertical, which moved into the
Sudbury-based incubator in January, is developing a vertical-axis
wind turbine for use in remote ar...
New school of mines to take a broad approach
Laurentian University's new Goodman
School of Mines has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to teach
every aspect of the mining cycle.Nicole Tardif, the Goodman School of
Mines' program coordinator, said staff have worked to offer students
a wide variety of programs ranging from geology to engi...
Stillwater re-evaluates Marathon PGM mine
The construction of an open-pit base
metals mine near the shores of Lake Superior could be three years
away at the earliest, said the Montana mining company that is
developing it.“It is unlikely we will do anything
on this in the very near term,” Mick McMullen, president and CEO of
Women in Mining chapter starts in Sudbury
The inaugural meeting of Women in
Mining Northern Ontario, Jan. 30, in Sudbury marked a “pivotal
moment” for the sector, said the event's keynote speaker.Samantha Espley, general manager of
mines and mills technical services with Vale's Ontario operations,
said it is important to inform young g...
Northern Sun to offer custom milling
After an eight-month, $4-million
cleanup at Redstone Mill in Timmins, the mill and its equipment are
in pristine condition. And owner Northern Sun can’t wait to mess it
all up.“We probably have the cleanest mill
in North America,” said Northern Sun president David Rigg. “We’re
hoping we’re goi...
Deal closes between Primero, Brigus
of Brigus Gold Corp. by Primero Mining Corp. concluded on March 5.Primero has
acquired all outstanding shares of Brigus, whose principal assets are the Black Fox Mine and mill and its adjoining properties, Grey Fox and Pike River, in Timmins.“The closing of
the Brigus transaction...
Mining blitz results show need for awareness
Results from a
fall mining inspection blitz demonstrate a continued need for education and
awareness surrounding ground control hazards, says the Ministry of Labour.In October and
November 2013, mining inspectors and engineers conducted an enforcement blitz
to check for ground control hazards i...
Vale going deep on Sudbury mine project
Vale Canada made a splash at the
Prospectors and Developers Association annual conference in Toronto
with news that a feasibility study of its Copper Cliffs Deep nickel
project in Sudbury will be completed by year’s end.Kelly
Strong, Vale’s vice-president of Ontario and UK operations, told
Mining marketing program graduating Northerners
Employees of 21
Northern Ontario companies have completed the Strategic Export Marketing Program, a component of the Mining Supply and Services Export Assistance Program.The program offers
placements to employees of Northern Ontario companies who work in the mining
supply and services industry. ...
Kerr to secure $5 million, acquire Quebec property
Kerr Mines is
aiming to raise $5 million in working capital through a non-brokered private
placement.The company announced
it intends to complete a proposed private placement offering of up to 100,000,000
common shares of the company at a price of $0.05 for gross proceeds of $5
million. The co...
FedNor funds Sudbury robotics technology
Sudbury’s Penguin Automated Systems Inc. is getting $1 million in federal funding to develop a
remote-controlled assessment and removal robotic system for use in underground
Greg Rickford made the announcement while visiting the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase
at the Pros...
Kirkland Lake Gold strikes it rich
A surface exploration drilling program has yielded a new discovery for Kirkland Lake Gold.The company reported Feb. 25 of a new high-grade zone near its Macassa Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario.The new Zone 3 came about through a drilling campaign designed to follow up on earlier work which produc...
Noront Resources pursues Ring of Fire despite setbacks
If all goes to plan, Noront Resources
could begin work on its Eagle's Nest project in the Ring of Fire by
2017, said the Paul Parisotto, the company's chairman and director.Despite a number of obstacles that have
brought development of the Ring of Fire to a near halt, Parisotto
said he remains ...
Temex files resource report on Timmins-area projects
Temex Resources Corp. has filed NI 43-101 resource reports
for its Juby gold and Whitney gold projects near Timmins.The Juby project, owned 100 per cent by Temex, is located
near Shining Tree, south of Timmins, and covers 14,423 acres.Project highlights include 1,090,400 ounces of
Mining suppliers hope to brew up PDAC deals
A group of Northern Ontario mining-related companies and organizations will be planting a big flag at one of the world’s largest mining shows next week.An event billed as the first annual Northern Ontario Mining Supply Showcase will feature an expanded regional presence at the Prospectors and Devel...
North’s expertise being showcased during mining conference
Companies in Northern
Ontario’s mining supply and service sector will be promoted in conjunction with
the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in
Toronto next week.The inaugural
Northern Ontario Mining Supply Showcase will take place on March 3, the second
Province mum on Capreol refinery
The province has been silent on the
future of a proposed $1.8-billion refinery in Capreol, that would
have been tied to Cliffs Natural Resources' involvement in the Ring
Cliffs stopped work on its $3.3-billion Ring of Fire development in 2013 due to a number of major hurdles.
Vale's Totten Mine opens after three-year delay
It started as a hole in the ground, but
after a $760-million investment, Vale's Totten Mine had its official
opening Friday.Dignitaries from
around the province, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne,
Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk, and Michael Gravelle, the province's
minister of Northern...
Wawa’s a winner
The Economic Development Corporation of Wawa is during a provincial award with Prodigy-Argonaut Gold for promoting youth entrepreneurship.At its annual conference (*when?, the The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) recognized the EDC and the mining company for its efforts for the Wawa Mi...
Rubicon announces equity financing deal
Rubicon Minerals has raised more than a $100 million to develop its Phoenix Gold Project in Red Lake.The company announced Feb. 19 that it had entered into a deal with a group of underwriters, including TD Securities Inc. and BMO Capital Markets, by issuing 64.6 million units of the company for $1....
Northern chambers want action on Ring of Fire
An Ontario Chamber of Commerce report asking for progress to be made on the Ring of Fire is being endorsed by its Northern counterparts.The report, Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire, said minerals in the James Bay lowlands can generate up to $9.4 billi...
Ontario Chamber: Ring of Fire must be “national priority”
Interested in buying a Ring of Fire bond?The Ontario Chamber of Commerce suggests that could be one way to expedite the lagging development of the series of high-grade chromite and base metals in the James Bay lowlands.The chamber has released a comprehensive 36-page report – Beneath the Surface – ...
Ontario chamber releasing Ring of Fire report
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be
weighing on the Ring of Fire debate when it releases a report Feb. 20
on the untapped economic opportunities in the James Bay lowlands.The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
will be the venue for the report’s official launch on Thursday
followed by a Norther...
Vale to open Totten Mine Feb. 21
officially open its Totten Mine this Friday, Feb. 21.Located 15
kilometres west of Sudbury in the small community of Worthington, Totten is thefirst mine to be built by Vale in four decades. The $760-million mine, which
has a 20-year lifespan, is expected to produce 2,200 tonnes of nic...
Detour Gold makes appointments for top jobs
Detour Gold has made
appointments to the positions of chief executive officer and chief financial
officer.Paul Martin has
been named president and CEO, while James Mavor has been appointed to the
position of CFO. Martin and Mavor have served in their respective roles on an
interim basis since ...
Ontario hires Ring of Fire consultants
Deloitte LLP has been hired by the Ontario government to
help build a path to the Ring of Fire mineral deposits.The same week that Cliffs Natural Resources announced
massive across-the-board cost-cutting moves on top of its previous news to
indefinitely ice its Black Thor chromite region, Queen’...
Mining Day connects students with industry veterans
Robert Barclay jumped at the chance to
share his passion for health and safety in the mining sector with a
number of college and university students in Sudbury.Barclay is the provincial co-ordinator
for the Ontario Ministry of Labour's mining health and safety
His first job, working ...
NAP pleased with increased production
North American Palladium (NAP) is pleased on the progress of its production ramp up from the lower Offset Zone utilizing the new shaft infrastructure at its Lac des Iles palladium mine (LDI) in Northern Ontario.Underground production averaged more than 3,100 tonnes per day, ahead of the company's o...
Rubicon finishes Red Lake shaft sinking
Rubicon Minerals reported it has completed sinking the shaft at its Phoenix Gold Project near Red Lake in northwestern Ontario.In a Feb. 11 release, the company said the shaft sinking was completed in mid-December down to a depth of 730 metres. The installation of a loading pocket from surface is f...
Cliffs cuts deep, faces shareholder revolt
Cliffs Natural Resources is facing a shareholder insurrection as it makes moves to reel in spending.The Ring of Fire explorer and Ohio-based iron ore miner is cutting its capital expenditures in half with a proposed 2014 budget of between US $375 million and US $425 compared to the US $862 million ...
Court fines miner, service company for illegal Ring of Fire camp
A junior miner and a mining services company were heavily fined for building an illegal exploration camp in the Ring of Fire.Vancouver-based Fancamp Exploration and Webequie Logistics were fined $10,000 and $5,000 respectively in an Ontario Court of Justice under the Public Lands Act.Fancamp Explor...
Ontario “takes no position” on Cliffs appeal
The Ontario government said it’s not taking sides in asking to participate in a court appeal launched by Cliffs Natural Resources over access issues to the Ring of Fire.A statement released through the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) said the province seeks to intervene solely on ...
Ontario wants its say on Ring of Fire court case
The Ontario government wants to
officially weigh in an upcoming appeal launched by Cliffs Natural
Resources to overturn a provincial tribunal’s decision that denied
the mining company overland access to its Ring of Fire mineral
deposit.The counsel for Toronto-based junior
miner KWG Resources –...
Contractor finishes Vale mill upgrades in Sudbury
Swiss-based automation firm, ABB Inc. announced
it has completed the upgrades at Vale’s Clarabelle mill in Sudbury.
In a Feb. 6 news release, ABB said dual pinion
semi-autogenous (SAG) mill is now in operation to serve Vale’s
mines in the Sudbury basin.
The mill is used to reduce the size of...
Northern College grads working in mining
Northern College is experiencing
another successful milestone in its legacy of miner training: nearly
all recent graduates of its hard rock miner common core program are
working, two-thirds of which have found employment in the Kirkland
Lake area.The success is thanks to a partnership
Goldcorp using analytics to reduce harm
Goldcorp is undertaking a new kind of
mining designed to improve the health and safety record across its
operations.Data mining is the process of using
analytics to find patterns or trends in data that can help predict
outcomes and shape future actions.Teaming up with financial advising firm
Wallbridge tries to understand its 'enigmatic' minerals
Around two billion years ago an
asteroid or comet approximately 10 to 15 kilometres in diameter
collided with what is now the Sudbury basin.When it entered Earth's orbit it was
travelling at a speed of around 36,000 kilometres per hour. The power
of the impact when it hit the planet's surface w...
Province conducting underground mine safety blitz
safety blitz by the Ministry of Labour is being conducted on hoisting plants in
underground mines.Through February,
inspectors will visit and inspect underground mines to ensure hoisting plants
have proper locking and tagging procedures in place to protect workers and help
Detour Gold updates resource estimate
In an updated NI
43-101 resource estimate, Detour Gold has announced a mine life of 21.7 years for
its Detour Lake Mine north of Cochrane. Current mineral reserves stand at 15.5
million ounces of gold (476 million tonnes grading 1.02 g/t gold).“We are very
pleased with this life-of-mine plan up...
Cliffs denies pulling out of Ring of Fire
Natural Resources is denying a Thunder Bay online media report that
it is permanently abandoning its Ring of Fire properties.“Not
true,” said company spokeswoman Pat Persico in an email. “There’s
been some confusion around the camp site.”The
report cited unnamed sources that the Ohio mi...
Firms partner with First Nations on mining corp
A trio of mining
engineering firms is teaming up with northern First Nations to form the First Nations
Mining Corporation (FNMC).SNC-Lavalin has
partnered with Cementation Canada and the Morris Group, along with Flying Post First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Mattagami First Nation and Wahgoshi...
Up to 70 layoffs possible at McCreedy West Mine
Between 40 and 70 United Steelworkers could lose their jobs by Feb. 16 due to reduced production at KGHM International's McCreedy West Mine in Sudbury.“I don't know how many will be laid off, but our goal is to negotiate early retirement offers for people who would like to do that so we can save jo...
Northern Sun extends loan agreement
International Investment Inc., Northern Sun’s largest shareholder, has agreed
to consolidate Northern’s debt and will continue to support the company through
2014.On Jan. 20, it
was announced Northern Sun, formerly Liberty Mines, would be delisted from the
TSX on Feb. 19 after failing to ...
Constantine embarking on drill program in Timmins
Constantine Metal Resources is planning a 1,000-metre winter drill program at its Golden Mile
property in Timmins. The property is currently optioned to Teck Resources.“We are pleased
with the systematic exploration approach that has been taken at Golden Mile and
are excited with the opportunity...
Constance Lake signs exploration agreements
Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) has signed a pair of agreements to allow for graphite exploration
in its traditional territory.The community
signed an agreement with Xmet, which permits the company to explore and develop
its Blackflake project located north of Hearst.The agreement
Kerr Mines to merge with Bear Gold
Kerr Mines Inc. and
Bear Lake Gold Ltd. have announced plans to merge the two junior mining companies.Under the terms
of the agreement, Kerr Mines will issue 1.4 units of the company for each
common share of Bear Lake.
"We are pleased with the acquisition of Bear Lake which adds an additional
Ontario serves up miner with Statement of Defence
The Ontario government says it’s not liable for any damages incurred by a Sudbury-based junior miner after a dispute between the company and First Nation forced it to abandon exploration work in northwestern Ontario.The province submitted its Statement of Defence with the Ontario Superior Court of ...
Transition Metals finds new drill targets
and its subsidiary, Sudbury Platinum Corp. (SPC), have found new highly conductive
drill-ready targets at their Aer-Kidd nickel-copper-PGM project in Sudbury.In a release, the
company said its 2014 exploration program will be focused on testing the
targets as well as expanding...