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Over eight weeks last fall, crews from the Discovery Channel filmed Todd Ryznar and his group of amateur prospectors as they mined for gold at the past-producing Straw Lake Beach Mine. The series will air starting May 13. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Reality series to follow gold exploration exploitsWhen it comes to reality TV series, the fishing show Deadliest Catch has orange gold, forestry’s Ax Men has green gold, and the oil industry is encapsulated in the show Black Gold. Now, hard-rock gold mining has its own version.Fool’s Gold, which will premiere on May 13 on the Discovery Channel, follows Todd Ryznar and seven friends as they try their hand at grassroots gold exploration at the former Straw Lake Beach Mine, located about a 90-minute drive from Fort Frances in northwestern ...

Mining News

The Ring of Fire court follies continue
It’s an appeal of the appeal.KWG Resources reports it intends to appeal the decision of an Ontario Division Court regarding use of surface rights on its Ring of Fire mining claims.On July 30, the court set aside a decision reached by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner from last September tha...
Mining vet joins Zenyatta board
Zenyatta Ventures has added industry veteran Ken Stowe to its board of directors.The well-respected mining engineering has more than 35 years of experience under his belt.He was mostly recently president and CEO of Northgate Minerals from 2001 until his retirement in 2011. Stowe spent 21 years w...
Chief warns gov’t, developers to respect treaties
Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy issued “formal notice” to government and resource developers in late July that First Nations intend to assert their inherent and treaty rights on their traditional lands in Ontario.In a news release, Beardy delivered his Notice of Assertions on the steps of th...
New strategy pays off for Kirkland Lake Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold is reporting its strongest ever production results, attributing the positive return to its newly implemented strategy.During the first quarter, 93,880 tons were milled at a head grade of 0.45 ounces per ton (15.4 gpt) and a recovery rate of 97 per cent for a total of 40,528 ou...
Red Lake junior drills deep
Vancouver’s Pure Gold Mining has started a 9,000-metre exploration drilling campaign at its Madsen Gold Project in Red Lake.The company announced Aug. 7 that the $4-million program was to commence in mid-August with the aim of testing and expanding key exploration targets in the camp.“We are ex...
Sudbury company acquires property, raises cash
Sudbury Platinum Corp. (SPC) will acquire a 100 per cent interest in the Aer-Kidd property near Sudbury, and it’s raised $637,500 in financing.The company is acquiring the nickel, copper, PGM interest for $1.25 million by exercising its first right of refusal to purchase the property from CaNick...
Aboriginal institute trains mining industry workers
Seven Generations Education Institute is seeking to create a home grown workforce to position Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario to take advantage of coming opportunities in the mining sector.The Aboriginally run Treaty 3 organization, established in 1978, was the recipient of $5.2 million i...
New leadership at Cliffs Natural Resources
Sudbury native Gary Halverson has been ousted as president and CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources.As expected, Lourence Goncalves was appointed Aug. 7 to the top job at the Ohio mining giant and was also named chairman of the board.He replaces Jim Kirsch who served as chairman since July 2013, and...
Sudbury-area miner seeking JV
Pacific North West Capital Corp. (PFN) has hired British firm SFA Oxford Ltd. to assess the feasibility of its Sudbury-area River Valley platinum group metal (PGM) project in an effort to find a joint venture partner.The firm will provide “a concise compilation report of a high-level case for in...
Cliffs wins victory in Ring of Fire court case
It’ll be up to Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro to decide if Cliffs Natural Resources gets permission for an overland transportation route into the Ring of Fire.On July 30, an Ontario Divisional Court set aside a decision reached by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner last September that...
The end of Cliffs in the Ring of Fire?
A New York hedge fund proclaims it’s won a bitter proxy fight with Cliffs Natural Resources to achieve majority control of the Ohio iron ore and coal miner’s board of directors.Casablanca Capital said it was successful in convincing Cliffs’ shareholders to elect all six of its nominees at the miner...
Noront challenges KWG claims in Ring of Fire
KWG Resources reports it’s been served notice that Noront Resources is appealing to the Mining and Lands Commissioner of Ontario to set aside the finding of the Provincial Mining Recorder that KWG was the first to stake two 16-unit claims in the Ring of Fire when they came open on in June 2011.The ...
Nickel to surpass $10 a pound by 2015: analyst
Nickel prices could reach an average price of US$10.75 per pound by 2015 according to a Scotiabank commodity market specialist.Patricia Mohr, a vice-president with the bank, said she expects nickel's steady price increase over the past few months to continue into the new year.“It's all related to t...
Mining centre welcomes new head
The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) has appointed a new director for its Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC) in Sudbury.Dr. Matthew Pierce, a principal engineer with U.S.-based Itasca Consulting Group Inc., has taken on the role of director. Serving in ...
Documentary producer eyes the Ring of Fire
Lalita Krishna has no intention of following the same contrived script that’s evident in the mining reality shows currently being embraced by network television.The award-winning Toronto producer of television documentaries intends to drill down to the essence of the multi-faceted world of mining b...
Fatality reported at Thunder Bay mine
UPDATE: The worker killed at North American Palladium's Lac des Iles Mine in Thunder Bay on July 10 has been identified as Pascal Goulet.The 38-year-old miner was outside of the loader he was operating when he was struck by a piece of broken ore.He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Counsel...
Development corp seeking investment for Timmins
If yours is a company that serves the mining industry — whether it manufactures equipment components or analyzes drill core — Timmins wants you.Through a new regional mining supply and industrial mineral investment attraction project, the Timmins Economic Development Corp. (TEDC) is actively trying...
Restructuring in the cards for Essar Steel Algoma?
Bloomberg News is reporting that Essar Steel Algoma may be heading for restructuring later this month.The publication reported that KKR & Co. and two other investors have purchased debt in the struggling Sault Ste. Marie steel maker, which has lost money in nine consecutive quarters.The Northern On...
K-L Gold raises flow-through cash
Kirkland Lake Gold announced July 3 of the closing of its flow-through financing of $7.5 million.The company intends to use the net proceeds to advance its surface exploration program.The Kirkland Lake gold miner issued an aggregate of 1,923,205 common shares a price of $3.90 per offered share.An a...
Rubicon names new exploration boss
Howard Bird has been named Rubicon Mineral’s vice-president of exploration."We would like to welcome Howard Bird to the management team," said Mr. Lalonde. "Howard brings a wealth of experience that will help us unlock the exploration potential of our extensive Red Lake and Nevada-Utah land package...
Superior Copper discovers new mineralization
Superior Copper Corp. has discovered a new zone of copper-silver-gold mineralization at its project near Sault Ste. Marie.Recent drilling at the site intersected the new mineralized zone at 315 metres, which is deeper than any previous work done anywhere on the property. No previous drilling has...
Sudbury mining service company gets funding
Symboticware, a Sudbury-based company that specializes in products for real-time monitoring and safety control systems for the mining industry, is getting $13,279 from FedNor.The funds will be used to complete an operational assessment to improve its manufacturing and assembly processes, while ...
Sudbury’s Rock-Tech expanding
Mining equipment manufacturer Rock-Tech is expanding its operation to a 30,000-square-foot facility in Sudbury.Rock-Tech manufactures equipment engineered specifically for underground mining applications. Servicing clients in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia and Peru, Rock-Tech boasts a produc...
Red Lake gold explorer seals deal on property acquisition
Laurentian Goldfields announced June 25 that it has closed the acquisition of the Newman-Madsen Property from Sabina Gold & Silver at Red Lake in northwestern Ontario.The Vancouver gold digger now possesses a huge land package of more than 5,000 hectares which includes the existing high-grade Madse...
Wynne does the Queen’s Park shuffle
Northern Ontario’s balance of ministerial power now resides in Thunder Bay.Premier Kathleen Wynne was sworn in June 24 with a new cabinet in a larger government with 23 ministries, including some rejigged ones.Thunder Bay-Superior MPP North Michael Gravelle retains his position as Northern Develop...
Supreme Court ruling holds no bearing for Northern First Nations, says strategist
A landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling recognizing a First Nation’s title to a large tract of land in the B.C. interior doesn’t hold much relevance to any future development in Ontario’s North, especially the Ring of Fire, said a strategist, lawyer, and author on Native involvement in the resour...
Robert Lipic celebrated for 50-year mining career
Sudbury's business community celebrated the career and legacy of a man who risked his own life many times for the sake of his business, at a retirement party for Robert Lipic, June 23.Lipic, the former president and CEO of Mining Technologies International (MTI), was surprised to enter a room with ...
Worker killed at Holt operations
A man has been killed at St Andrew Goldfields’ (SAS) Holt property located about 60 kilometres east of Timmins.The worker, who was employed with contractor Orbit Garant Drilling, was killed when he was struck by a tree.The OPP have responded and are investigating the incident in conjunction wi...
Kidd earns reclamation award
Glencore’s Kidd Operations in Timmins has received the 2014 Tom Peters Memorial Reclamation Award.The award was presented during the seventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip, held June 17 and 18 in Peterborough. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Land Reclamation Ass...
Harte raises exploration funds for Hemlo-area project
Harte Gold, which is exploring near the Hemlo Gold Camp, has raised $1.35 million in funding through a private placement.The company has offered a private placement of six million units and four million flow-through units of the company. Proceeds will be used to fund the summer 2014 drill prog...
Rubicon on track for Red Lake mine startup
Rubicon Minerals reports it’s on schedule to finish construction and start production at its Phoenix Gold underground mine in Red Lake by mid-2015.With $42 million of spending to go on underground work, the company said it has completed 875 metres of a planned 8,023 metres of development at the 685...
Cliffs has its two days in court
An Ontario Divisional Court in Toronto has heard an appeal by Cliffs Natural Resources over gaining access to its Ring of Fire chromite deposit.The two-day hearing, which ran June 16-17, stemmed from a ruling last September by Ontario’s mining and lands commissioner. The tribunal dismissed the Ohio...
Ring of Fire proposal echoes KWG Resources plan
The first report from the new Northern Policy Institute echoes a plan set forward by junior miner KWG Resources in 2010, that the Ring of Fire's infrastructure should be developed under a port authority model.That suggestion met the approval of the Toronto-based junior miner now working in the chro...
Wallbridge delivers first shipments of ore from Broken Hammer
Wallbridge Mining has started delivering the first shipments of ore from its Broken Hammer open-pit mine in Sudbury to Northern Sun’s Redstone Mill in Timmins.During the last few weeks, Wallbridge and its mining and transportation contractor, William Day Construction Ltd., have built an ore stoc...
Think-tank report calls for Ring of Fire port authority
The provincially-created Northern think-tank has released a Ring of Fire report suggesting that the creation of a port authority is the most prudent way to gain overland access to the mineral-rich James Bay lowlands.The Northern Policy Institute released a report, July 17, authored by former deputy...
Nordex has deep discussion with CEMI
Kirkland Lake’s Nordex Explosives announced it has been contacted by the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) in Sudbury about the potential to collaborate on deep mining projects.In a news release, the company said the discussions focused on Nordex’s “innovative approached and success...
Kirkland Lake Gold digs for cash
Kirkland Lake Gold announced June 12 that it intends to raise $7 million through private placement flow-through financing.The company will issue 1,795,000 flow-through common shares at a price of $3.90 per share on a bought deal basis, led by National Bank Financial.The offering is anticipated to c...
Have your say on IAMGOLD’s EA
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is inviting public comment on IAMGOLD’s proposed Côté Gold Mine Project near Gogama in northeastern Ontario.The public can comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in...
New Sudbury mine pegged for 2019 production
KGHM's Victoria Mine, near Sudbury, is expected to be operational by 2019, said Mark Frayne, the company’s manager of project controls.The mine will employ between 150 and 300 people.KGHM has completed timbering at the site, located about two kilometres south of the historic Victoria Mine, which wa...
Vale, stewardship partnership supporting stream rehab
It’s been 15 years since a small group of volunteers decided to take on the rehabilitation of Sudbury’s Junction Creek. What started as a grassroots effort has resulted in a unique partnership with one of the world’s biggest mining companies.Vale has been one of the Junction Creek Stewardship Commi...
CAMESE studies impact of mining supply sector
The Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE) has undertaken a study, funded by Ontario's Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, to determine the province's mining supply and service sector's contributions to Canada's gross domestic product.“There have been vari...
Lexam files report on Timmins properties
Lexam VG Gold has filed an NI 43-101 resource report on SEDAR for its four Timmins-area gold properties. It includes a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by the company in April.The properties include the Buffalo Ankerite, Fuller, Paymaster, and Davidson Tisdale Gold Deposits, all l...
Ring of Fire junior goes social media route
Ring of Fire junior miner, KWG Resources, is launching a social media campaign to promote its proposed Ring of Fire Bill to Ontario election candidates and voters.The campaign was launched June 1 and will run until the June 12 election day.It includes an online petition to solicit support for the b...
Detour assay results show promise
Assay results from its 2014 exploration drilling program are encouraging, says Detour Gold.The company extended its initial 8,000-metre drilling program in the Lower Detour Lake area, 6 kilometres south of the Detour Lake gold mine, to nearly 15,000 metres as a result of encouraging results and...
Superior Copper initiating drill program
Superior Copper Corp. is undertaking a 25,000-metre drill program at its property near Sault Ste. Marie. The drilling will start on June 15.The company, which owns 100 per cent of the project, located 85 kilometres north of the Sault, will test for iron oxide copper gold deposits as a follow-up ...
SGX completes Timmins acquisition
SGX Resources has completed an agreement giving it a 100 per cent interest in Timmins-area property.According to a news release, the agreement, between SGX and Shoreacres Exploration Ltd., dates from May, 2010. It solidifies the company’s land position around its Edleston gold deposit located s...
Nordex Explosives updates Western expansion
Nordex Explosives of Kirkland Lake continues to make progress with its Western Canada with its expansion plans.In a May 29 news release, the company reported that during a meeting in mid-May with its proposed joint venture partners in Vancouver, an undisclosed location was chosen for an initial dis...
Temex announces “exceptional” drill results
Temex Resources Corp. is describing results from a recent drill program on its Whitney gold project in Timmins as “exceptional.”Highlights include a hole showing 49.53 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold over 6 metres, and 48.09 g/t of gold over 4.50 metres.Temex is exploring the 2,155-acre property ...
Turnaround artist named K-L Gold’s ops boss
Former Liberty Mines president-CEO Chris Stewart has been appointed Kirkland Lake Gold’s vice-president of operations.In a May 27 release, Stewart is credited with the successful turnaround strategy implemented at Liberty, now Northern Sun Corp., which resolved major environmental and operational i...
Noront interested in Cliffs’ Ring of Fire assets
If Cliffs Natural Resources has any interest in shedding its Ontario chromite properties in the Ring of Fire, Alan Coutts said Noront Resources is, potentially, a willing buyer.The president and CEO of Noront expressed a definite interest in Cliffs’ assets, but cautioned there have been no direct ...


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