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More than 60 Northern Ontario businesses participated in the Northern Ontario Showcase during the 2015 conference hosted by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from March 1 to 4 in Toronto.
Mining Supply Showcase opens up opportunity for Northern businessesSomewhere in Greenland, there’s a mining industry representative walking around wearing a toque with Larabie Logistics emblazoned across it.With temperatures still dipping below zero in early March, the giveaways handed out by the Kapuskasing-based hauling company proved just the right tool to attract visitors to its booth during the 2015 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) trade show in Toronto.Now, president Denis Larabie is hopeful the next time that mining rep nee...

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Details still elusive on Ring of Fire progress
The Ring of Fire may appear to be a garden of agony for the mining companies involved, but Ontario’s lead negotiator charged with working out a crucial and historic agreement with affected First Nations assures all that real progress is being made to advance development in the Far North.Former S...
Temex increasing interest in Timmins gold property
Temex Resources and Goldcorp have signed a non-binding letter of intent that will allow Temex to increase its equity interest in their Whitney joint venture (JV) project to 85 per cent.Temex currently holds 60 per cent interest in the Timmins-area JV, while Goldcorp retains 40 per cent.Among t...
Worker dead in St Andrew Goldfields incident
A 22-year-old woman is dead following an incident at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt Mine, the second fatality at the site in less than a year.In a news release, the company said employee Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed in an underground rail haulage accident on May 23. The Holt property is locat...
Samantha Espley takes home the hardware
Samantha Espley of Sudbury was honoured at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary, May 21. The general manager of the Vale’s Mines and Mills Technical Services Department received the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Espley, a graduate of the University of ...
Harte Gold bulks up with Sudbury contractor
Toronto’s Harte Gold has hired Sudbury’s Technica Mining to mine a 70,000-tonne high-grade bulk sample and start construction of surface infrastructure at its Sugar Zone Deposit, near Hemlo in northeastern Ontario. The $20-million contract includes $5 million in the form of Harte Gold common...
Kap Gold beats the bushes for precious metal
Kapuskasing Gold (KAP) has launched a second round of exploration at its Borden North and Rollo properties in northeastern Ontario. The Vancouver-based junior announced May 13 that exploration is underway to follow up on last year’s prospecting which returned significant gold values, includi...
Rubicon secures CPP loan for Red Lake mine build
Rubicon Minerals has secured a US $50-million loan from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to help finish development of its gold mine in Red Lake. The Toronto miner announced May 14 that it had entered into a financing agreement with CPPIB Credit Investments, a subsidiary of Canada ...
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology.Syed Naeem Ahmed, a physicist who worked in Sudbury's underground neutrino laboratory for five years, started Clickmox Solutions after his work with that pro...
North represented at CIM awards
Northern Ontario was represented at an awards gala held by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal, QC, on May 11.The annual event celebrates leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past years.Northern Ontario winners include...
Transparency act could muddy things with FNs, assoc. warns
A new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada.The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), which received royal assent in December 2014, and is expected to come into effect in June, requires mining com...
Given 8, Stobie jury returns 24 ways to make mines safer
The families hugged, smiled and shed a tear as the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier came to an end today with recommendations from the four-person jury today.The jury was given eight recommendations to look over last week, and they came back with 24 in total o...
Base metal mines 2.5 times more costly in far north: report
It came as no surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it's more expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
St Andrew Goldfields reports high Q1 production results
St Andrew Goldfields (SAS) said it produced 23,727 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2015 — 11 per cent more than its forecast for that period— and plans to have its Taylor Project in commercial production by the fourth quarter.The company operates the Holt and Holloway gold mines, along w...
Lake Shore Gold expands exploration programs
Lake Shore Gold has expanded its scope of exploration work at its gold properties in Timmins, which will add another $13 million to its 2015 exploration budget.The company is expanding the exploration program at its 144 Gap Zone, launching a new program to explore the 144 Trend to the southwest...
Mining conference marks 20 years in June
Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines will welcome delegates to Sudbury June 20 to 25 for the Mining and the Environment International Conference, the fifth edition of the event. The first event was held 20 years ago.The conference will bring together technical experts in the environme...
Mining ambassador, volunteer dies at 86
The Northern Ontario mining community lost an esteemed colleague and long-time contributor on April 3.Merv Lavigne, a resident of Haileybury who dedicated his life to the pursuit of mining and the preservation of mining heritage, died following a brief illness at the age of 86.Born in Ottawa, La...
Roads from Riches: How the Ring of Fire can improve living conditions in the Far North
What is the one thing that would make living in Ontario’s Far North communities better?If you asked that question to seven people knowledgeable about the North, you might very well get seven different answers: clean drinking water, functional sewer systems, quality education, improved health se...
Engineering firm focuses on tailings, backfill management
To the untrained eye, a visit to Kovit Engineering’s lab in Sudbury looks like a number of adults playing with combinations of sand, silt and water. On the surface, the lab might have a lot in common with a child’rens playground, and the wide-eyed experimentation that comes with getting one’s...
Industry welcomes extended industrial electricity rate
The Ontario government has announced it plans on making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) Program permanent.Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault made the announcement in Sudbury while Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle held a press conference on the issue in Thunder B...
Mining Supply Showcase opens up opportunity for Northern businesses
Somewhere in Greenland, there’s a mining industry representative walking around wearing a toque with Larabie Logistics emblazoned across it.With temperatures still dipping below zero in early March, the giveaways handed out by the Kapuskasing-based hauling company proved just the right tool to ...
Lake Shore Gold CEO shares challenges and successes
Timmins-based Lake Shore Gold has come a long way since a rough patch in 2012 and 2013 when a lot of investors thought the gold producer could go bankrupt.The company's first quarter of 2015 was its best ever, with a record production of 53,000 ounces of gold, which represented a 19 per cent in...
Charges laid in Sudbury mine deaths
The Ministry of Labour has laid 13 charges First Nickel and Taurus Drilling Services under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the May 6, 2014 deaths of Marc Methé, 34, and Norm Bisaillon, 49, at Sudbury's Lockerby Mine.Both men, who worked for Taurus Drilling Services, were killed by a...
Noront ups the ante, finalizes Ring of Fire chromite purchase
A Quebec Superior Court has granted approval by Noront Resources to finalize its acquisition of the Ring of Fire chromite properties from Cliffs Naturals Resources for a new purchase price of US $27.5 million. After Noront announced on March 23 that it had reached an agreement to buy the pro...
Anthony Makuch crowned TopGun
Anthony Makuch, CEO, Lake Shore Gold, has achieved TopGun status as a turnaround CEO according to Brendan Wood International (BWI), a global performance advisor. The recognition went to Makuch based on Lake Shore Gold’s value appreciation of approximately 187 per cent achieved over the last ...
First Nation chiefs still POed about Cliffs chromite sale
The chiefs of Marten Falls and Aroland First Nations said the sale of Cliffs Natural Resources’ chromite properties in the Ring of Fire to Noront Resources was not a fair one. In an April 25 statement, Marten Falls Chief Bruce Achneepineskum and Chief Sonny Gagnon of Aroland said the biddi...
Teck starting exploration on Timmins property
Teck Resources Inc. has started exploration work on Explor Resources’ Timmins Porcupine West property. Teck has the option of earning up to a 70 per cent interest on the property from Explor.Teck is currently conducting short-wave infrared instrument scan (TerraSpec) analyses on existing core t...
Feds budget for high-tech mining, Aboriginal training
There wasn’t a billion-dollar Ring of Fire payday for Ontario in the April 21 federal budget, but Ottawa is willing to fund some of the technological challenges, exploration know-how and training requirements to support the idled Far North mineral play. Ottawa is setting aside $23 million ov...
Richmont Mines ups the ounces
Richmont Mines reports quarterly gold production at its mines in Northern Ontario and Quebec is up 23 per cent over the same period last year. In an April 22 release, the Montreal gold miner released its first quarter production numbers showing 25,859 ounces, and gold sales of 24,791 ounces,...
Noront COO Paul Semple dies
Paul Semple, a 30-year mining industry veteran and chief operating officer of Noront Resources, died on April 15. Semple was considered the “face and voice” of the Ring of Fire junior miner since joining the company in 2009, and was regarded as a well-respected leader in the mining community....
Sudbury council digs deep to support mining innovation
The City of Greater Sudbury Council and the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation approved $1 million in funding for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) Commercialization Attainment Program. The program will receive $200,000 a year until 2019. “Council’s decision to supp...
New Red Lake gold mine edges closer to production
Rubicon Minerals reports its Phoenix Gold project in Red Lake remains on schedule to start production by mid-2015. The mill commissioning process is ahead of schedule and is expected to continue throughout this year’s second quarter, including limited processing of some low-grade development...
Ontario vows to act on 18 mining review recommendations
Ontario is accepting and vowing to act on the 18 recommendations that come from the province's Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's final report, released this morning.MPP Glenn Thibeault and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn accepted the report this morning at Workplace Safety North's a...
Vale VP Kelly Strong stepping down May 1
Kelly Strong and Brazilian miner Vale are parting company as of May 1.The company issued a short statement this afternoon that Strong, the company's Sudbury-based vice-president of its Ontario and UK operations, would be pursuing "another opportunity.""After almost 14 years with our operations, Kel...
Ontario mining royalties 'pitifully low': MiningWatch Canada
Ontario's mining royalties are "pitifully low” said MiningWatch Canada in an open letter to Ontario's auditor general.The organization has asked Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk to exercise her office's "value-for-money" mandate to evaluate the province's review of its Mineral Development Strategy...
Final mining health and safety report due Wednesday
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn will release the province's final report on its Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review Wednesday morning, confirmed the Ministry of Labour.Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault is scheduled to accompany Flynn for the announcement at 8:30 a.m.The Ministry of Labour wi...
AuRico to merge with Alamos Gold
AuRico Gold and Alamos Gold have agreed to a US $1.5-billion all-stock merger to create a new mid-tier producer with operations in Northern Ontario and Mexico.The companies announced April 13 that they have signed a definitive agreement that being described as a “merger of equals.” AuRico brin...
Northern Sun temporarily suspends custom milling
Northern Sun Mining Corp. has temporarily suspended custom milling operations at its Redstone Mill in Timmins due to low ore inventory as a result of cessation of ore deliveries to the site.Redstone processes ore from Wallbridge Mining Company’s Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury. On March 28, Wa...
Province to renew mineral development strategy
The province's decision to renew its mineral development strategy – first established in 2006 – comes at a time when the sector is in a downturn, says the executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association.When the strategy was developed nine years ago, Ontario's mining sector was on an ...
Harte Gold has eyes on 2016 production
If all goes according to plan, Harte Gold could soon be commissioning the first new mine in the Hemlo gold belt in 30 years.President and CEO Stephen Roman said the high-grade deposit at the company’s Sugar Zone property has open-ended potential that could lead to a new gold camp in northeastern On...
Vale, employees charged in 2014 smelter death
The Ministry of Labour has laid 17 charges against Vale under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for a workplace incident at the Copper Cliff smelter April 6, 2014, that killed a millwright and injured another worker.Paul Rochette, 36, was killed when he was struck in the head by a pin that bro...
Longer mine life in store for Lac des Iles
North American Palladium announced March 27 that it has filed a revised technical report outlining expansion at its Lac des Iles Mine, near Thunder Bay.The Toronto-headquartered miner said a preliminary economic assessment (PEA), first discussed in a Feb. 26 news release, supports a new base case w...
Pele partners with Chinese company on rare earth metals project
Pele Mountain Resources and Chinese company Sheng Kang Ning (SKN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a rare earth metals processing facility in Elliot Lake.Pele and SKN, a mining investment company, are aiming to jointly develop a monazite-processing firm on the site of ...
Mining program reaches training milestone
More than 1,000 workers have achieved national certification through the Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP), according to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR).Occupations covered by the program include underground miner, surface miner, minerals processing operator and di...
Matawa chiefs oppose Ring of Fire project sale
This week’s acquisition by Noront Resources of the chromite properties from Cliffs Natural Resources has raised a furor among the First Nation communities closest to the Ring of Fire.The chiefs of the Matawa First Nations accuse Noront of “driving its agenda, rather than working together.”In a Marc...
Noront, KWG in Ring of Fire talks
Junior miners KWG Resources and Noront Resources announced they have been in talks to develop their properties in the Ring of Fire in partnership with First Nations in the remote region, after the latter announced Monday it had purchased 103 Ring of Fire claims from Cliffs Natural Resources for $20...
Junior miner to purchase Cliffs Ring of Fire properties
Junior miner Noront Resources has signed a $20-million deal with Cliffs Natural Resources to acquire 103 of the company's claims in the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit.The transaction includes a 100-per-cent interest in the Black Thor chromite deposit and the Black Label chromite deposit. It al...
Minister rejects Ring of Fire report
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources said he rejects an Ontario Chamber of Commerce report that gave the federal government a failing grade in its involvement in the Ring of Fire development.“I don't accept it,” said Minister Greg Rickford during a visit to Sudbury. “The federal government has be...
Ontario falling behind in mining, say industry stakeholders
Ontario is falling behind as a mining jurisdiction, agreed several industry players who participated in a consultation forum organized by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines March 18.“There's no tacit recognition by this provincial government that it believes in mining,” said Gino Chitar...
A record month for K-L Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold announced a record monthly production of 16,485 ounces of gold for February.The company said 32,862 tons milled at a head grade of 0.52 ounces per ton ("opt") or 17.8 grams per tonne ("g/t") and a recovery rate of 96.8 per cent.Company president-CEO George Ogilvie said it was an ...
High-grade results for Pure Gold
A winter drilling program at Red Lake by Pure Gold Mining has yielded some high-grade results.The Vancouver junior miner announced March 16 that it has intersected high-grade gold mineralization from its Beta Target, a second geologic structure being explored at its Madsen Gold project.The company ...


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