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The McWatters Mine in Timmins has been permanently shut down by owner Northern Sun Mining. The company will begin rehabilitation efforts on the site this summer and fall.
Northern Sun to offer custom millingAfter 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 going to be able to make it quite dirty.”A cease-working order issued by the Ministry of Labour halted operations at the mill and a cleanup was mandated after ore coming into the mill—mined at the comp...

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Osisko staves off Goldcorp takeover
Montreal’s Osisko Mining announced April 16 that it has reached an agreement with Yamana Gold and Agnico Eagle to jointly buy all Osisko's issued and outstanding common shares for $3.9-billion or $8.15 a share.Under the terms of the agreement, Yamana and Agnico Eagle would form a 50-50 joint-ventur...
Northern grads find mining work
Richmont Mines wants to snatch up graduates of Northern College’s underground hard rock miner common core program.Ten students were given job offers after they completed the on-site portion of their training at Richmont’s Island Gold Mine in Dubreuilville.Northern delivers its 12-week program throu...
Ontario Prospectors hand out annual awards
The Ontario Prospectors Association presented the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award to Transition Metals and Impala Platinum Holdings.The award was presented this week at the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association Symposium and awards dinner in Thunder Bay.The award was given in r...
Richard Nemis added as Goldeye advisor
Richard Nemis, the founder of Noront Resources, is joining Goldeye Explorations on its technical and advisory board.Nemis came up with the Ring of Fire name to describe the string of chromite and nickel deposits at McFaulds Lake in the James Bay lowlands.In an April 8 release, Blaine Webster, Golde...
Ring of Fire junior supports ONTC move
KWG Resources is congratulating the Wynne government for keeping the Ontario Northland Railway (ONR) in public hands.Frank Smeenk, president of the Ring of Fire junior miner, said the Crown agency has an expanded role to play in developing the future Far North mining camp“This can revive and expand...
Vale employee killed in incident identified
The Greater Sudbury Police Service have announced that 36-year-old Paul Rochette of Sudbury was the Vale employee killed in an incident at the company’s Copper Cliff operations, April 6.A second worker was seriously injured and remains in hospital.Sudbury Police and the Ministry of Labour are conti...
Sudbury mining accident kills Vale worker
A worker at Vale’s Sudbury operation is dead and another is seriously injured after an April 6 mining accident.Greater Sudbury Police and the Ministry of Labour are investigating an incident that occurred Sunday evening at 6:30 at Vale’s casting and crushing plant at the Copper Cliff smelter.A 36-y...
KWG V-P blames province for stalling Ring of Fire development
The province was “blinded” by Cliffs Natural Resources' promises to invest in the Ring of Fire to the detriment of the project's development, said Moe Lavigne, KWG Resources' vice-president of exploration and development.“At least from the provincial point of view, they were enamoured with Clif...
Retiring workers prized for skill, expertise
When Bernie Frohlick turned 65 this year, the calendar told him it was time to start receiving his pension, but he wasn’t quite ready to hang up his work boots.Yet after getting his licence as an AZ driver, his lack of experience still left him without a job. Instead, the former underground miner a...
AuRico ramps up gold production
AuRico Gold is reporting its seventh consecutive quarter of record production, representing a 10 per cent increase over the prior quarter and a 17 per cent over the first quarter of 2013.The Toronto miner said production growth has been driven by its cornerstone Young-Davidson Mine at Matachewa...
Osisko surprises Goldcorp
Osisko Mining is bulking up to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Goldcorp by teaming with Yamana Gold and two Canadian pension funds in a complex $3.4-billion arrangement to keep control of its mine and exploration properties.Yamana is buying a 50 per cent stake in all of Osisko’s mining and ...
KWG tests ferrochrome refining method
KWG Resources said it has completed tests in Sudbury on a refining method to process chromite ore from the Ring of Fire.The testing was done by XPS Consulting, a division of Glencore’s Sudbury mining operations.In an April 2 release, KWG said the results of these tests provide “substantial enc...
First Nations must be equal partners in Ring of Fire: Rae
Ontario has lagged behind other provinces – namely Quebec and British Columbia – when it comes to its dealings with First Nations, said Bob Rae.The former Premier of Ontario became the chief negotiator for the Matawa First Nations – representing nine Native governments – last year.In his first ...
Northwest business may benefit from mine development spinoffs
Mine development in the Rainy River District has taken on a greater importance following the closure of the paper mill in Fort Frances.At about the same time Resolute Forest Products decided to padlock its mill and pink-slip 150 employees in January, local economic developers were preparing to stee...
Temex raises cash for Timmins gold projects
Temex Resources has closed a non-brokered private placement, raising $2.77 million for its Timmins-area gold projects.Under the agreement, an aggregate of 25,223,818 flow-through units were sold at a price of $0.11 each, raising gross proceeds of approximately $2.77 million. Each unit consists...
K-L Gold wraps up strategic review
Kirkland Lake Gold announced it is ending its strategic review process that began Jan.6.The Toronto-based miner said a special committee comprised of independent directors conducted a strategic review of the alternatives available to the company, which included a canvass of prospective acquirers th...
Who’s in The Six-Figure Club?
The collective brain trust of the ministries of natural resources and northern development and mines includes three bureaucrats whose salaries top the $200,000 mark.The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Chief Information Officer John Di Marco and Deputy Minister David O’Toole, and George Ross, Deputy ...
PDAC schmoozing was good for King’s Bay
Winnipeg-based King's Bay Gold Corporation announced that their marketing pitch at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada trade show in March has led to signing “multiple confidentiality agreements” with parties interested in its Menary Gold Project in northwestern Ontario as well as ...
Graphite hunter starts drill campaign
Xmet has contracted Asinii Drilling Inc. to start work on the company’s Blackflake Project near Hearst.In March 28 release, the Toronto junior miner reported line cutting is finished and ground geophysics is underway.The 1,500-metre drill program will initially target a large electromagnetic anomal...
Gold miner starts underground drill program
Toronto-based Kerr Mines has started a 6,000-metre drill program on its McGarry Deposit at Larder Lake in northeastern Ontario.Cabo Drilling has been hired to carry out the advanced underground exploration program on the gold deposit, consisting of drilling and test mining.The program will be using...
'Excellent' recoveries at Timmins: Lexam
Lexam VG Gold Inc. is reporting “excellent” recoveries from recent metallurgical test work at its four Timmins properties.Drill core samples analyzed from the Buffalo Anakerite, Paymaster, Fuller and Davidson Tisdale properties show recoveries of between 90.7 per cent and 98.5 per cent.The compa...
Gravelle: Ontario “locked in” to make Ring of Fire investment
The province is prepared to make a “very significant” infrastructure investment in the Ring of Fire, said Michael Gravelle, Ontario's Minister of Northern Development and Mines during a visit to Sudbury, March 27.“Our commitment to a major investment is locked in. It's real,” Gravelle said in a...
Preventive measures at forefront of OGS safety plan
Last summer, a lake water crew with the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) was being transported by helicopter to a research spot when one of its blades clipped a treetop, causing a wobble in the chopper’s flight. After landing immediately, an inspection revealed a badly damaged blade and $80,000 ...
First Nations, Ontario reach Ring of Fire framework deal
The Ontario government and the nine communities of the Matawa First Nations have negotiated a “milestone” framework agreement on how to move forward with mineral and community development in the Ring of Fire.Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse is pleased that an agreement with a process has now been f...
Mining pioneer honoured by industry
Don MacLean, who founded MacLean Engineering in 1973, is being internationally recognized as a pioneer in the mining technology field.MacLean is an inaugural inductee into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame, in the underground production category. Awards were bestowed during a gala ...
Rock hounds dig Haileybury
Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines and the Gangue-sters Rock & Mineral Club are preparing to host their 31st annual Gem and Mineral Show. The show will be held on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the campus gymnasium.Vendors from across Ontario will showcase a variety of geological war...
Wallbridge, Northern Sun finalize milling agreement
Wallbridge Mining announced March 24 that it has reached a definitive custom milling agreement with Northern Sun Mining.Wallbridge will be trucking ore from its new Broken Hammer Mine in Sudbury to Northern Sun’s Redstone Mill in Timmins.The agreement is for one year based on a minimum of 800 tonne...
Mine Rescue considers search-and-rescue partnership
Ontario Mine Rescue stood anxiously on the sidelines during the fatal Elliot Lake mall collapse, but it may prove to be a watershed event in the history and evolution of the 86-year-old volunteer organization.In the investigative aftermath, a new relationship has sprung up between the Sudbury-based...
Graphite miner names CEO
Ontario Graphite has named Tom Burkett as its new CEO.Based in Toronto, Burkett has more than 30 years of experience in the graphite and carbon industry with companies such as SGL Group, The Carbon Company and GrafTech International.Ontario Graphite is a privately owned mining company that’s bringi...
Record sales for Nordex Explosives
Nordex Explosives reported record sales of more than $4.8 million in its fourth quarter of 2013.The Kirkland Lake industrial supplier said that’s an increase of 19 per cent from the same period last year and about 75 per cent jump from its fourth quarter in 2011.The company also recorded sales of $...
Mine safety review wants public feedback
The Ministry of Labour has opened up registration for the public consultations it will host as part of its year-long review of mining health and safety.The public consultations in Sudbury are planned for Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3, 2014. The Ministry of Labour has not yet announced a ...
Probe, Reliant agree to JV terms at Chapleau property
Probe Mines and Reliant Gold have agreed to the terms of a joint venture regarding Reliant’s Borden Lake South property near Chapleau.The Borden Lake South property comprises 20 mining claims representing 294 claim units covering approximately 4,704 hectares, located 10 kilometres east of Chapl...
Investors prompt investigation of Detour Gold
Morganti Legal, P.C., a cross-border law firm that represents investors, is investigating whether Detour Gold Corp. made negligent statements about its investment quality between April 9, 2013 and November 7, 2013.On April 9, 2013, Detour Gold announced that it was reducing its 2013 production g...
Ring of Fire will depend on business case, not government: FedNor director
Future development of the Ring of Fire will depend more on the business case for companies to develop the rich mineral deposit, than the role government has to play in the region, said Aime Dimatteo, director general of FedNor.Dimatteo addressed the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, and echo...
MIRARCO head wins award for safety achievements
Vic Pakalnis, president and CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation in Sudbury, has been recognized for his work in the field of health and safety by Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc. Pakalnis will share the award with Dr. Anis Haque, a professor in electrical and computer engineering at...
Wallbridge going to production with Broken Hammer
Wallbridge Mining Company is going forward with production at its Broken Hammer nickel, copper, PGE project in Sudbury.The decision was approved by the company’s board of directors on March 18.“We are very excited by the prospect of starting the company's first mining project in Sudbury,” Wallbr...
Greenstone has mining on the mind
Greenstone is marketing itself to attract investment and capitalize on future opportunities in the Ring of Fire. "We are working steadily to prepare to be an integral part of the mining industry in Northern Ontario,” said Mayor Renald Beaulieu.The Municipality of Greenstone is hosting its s...
Nordex expanding to Western Canada
Kirkland Lake’s Nordex Explosives has signed a letter of intent with Privco, a strategic private company, to sell and distribute packaged explosives products, accessories and material in Western Canada. The proposed deal is 50/50 joint venture corporation to be called Newco.“This is an import...
First Nickel sees blue skies ahead
Sudbury’s First Nickel is feeling optimistic about recent nickel price increases and improved price forecasts.At the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference held in Toronto, an analyst presented an assessment on nickel that included an increase in the long term price...
Laurentian U prof takes to the waves to further research
Although Northern Ontario is far from the ocean now, two to three billion years ago, parts of it were actually under the sea. But this marine environment wasn't always a peaceful place.Submarine eruptions of lava caused volcanic deposits which were subsequently buried and deformed and folded t...
Automation supplier lands government money
Northern Ontario mining operations could become more efficient and safe thanks to an improved solution developed by a Sudbury-based software company.Symboticware received a $100,000 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to develop an improved version of its SymView software,...
Rae: Ontario lagging behind in First Nation talks
Ontario has lagged behind other provinces when it comes to its dealings with First Nations, said Bob Rae prior to a speech in Sudbury, March 6.The former Premier of Ontario is the chief negotiator for the Matawa First Nations – a tribal council of nine First Nation communities near the Ring of ...
Detour Gold raises cash through public offering
Detour Gold announced March 7 that it has raised more than $172.5 million through a public offering of common shares.The company said it intends to use half of the net proceeds of the offering to repay debt and the remainder for sustaining capital requirements, debt servicing costs and for gen...
Gold digger rebrands, picks up two properties
Olympic Resources announced Feb. 28 that it is acquiring two gold properties near Chapleau and is changing its name to Kapuskasing Gold.The Vancouver-based junior miner is picking up the Borden North and Rollo gold properties in some prime exploration camps in northeastern Ontario.Borden North ...
Ontario ranked 28th among world’s friendliest mining jurisdictions
Alberta finished first as the top Canadian mining jurisdiction in the Fraser Institute’s annual global mining survey.Three Canadian jurisdictions ranked in the top 10; Alberta (3), New Brunswick (7) and Newfoundland-Labrador (9). Ontario finished 28th in the world rankings.“Miners praise Albert...
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 Stillwater ...


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