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Laurentian University’s Tammy Eger (left) was recently appointed research chair of occupational health and safety. Her focus as director of the Centre of Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) is how vibrations affect the long-term health of underground miners.
Laurentian researcher brings vibration injuries to forefront Vibrations have not traditionally been recognized as major health and safety hazards in workplaces, but Laurentian University's Tammy Eger and her colleagues hope to change that perception.“We're trying to get the message out that yes, vibration is an issue that can lead to medical problems, but there are control strategies in place to address them,” said Eger, director of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at the university.In January 2015, Eger will be appointed...

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Ottawa, Queen’s Park fund Ring of Fire road study
It didn’t necessarily fulfill Queen’s Park’s billion-dollar request to help finance infrastructure for the Ring of Fire, but Ottawa is willing to co-fund a long overdue road study to reach the stranded mineral deposits and provide year-round accessibility to remote First Nations.The communities ...
Fraser Institute, junior miners slam Ontario Mining Act
The uncertainty created by the Ontario government in its mishandling of First Nations consultation were cited by the Fraser Institute in its choice to drop the province down in its annual rankings of global mining-friendly jurisdictions.Ontario placed 23rd, falling nine spots from last year’s surve...
Provincial mining safety report due out in March
The Ontario Ministry of Labour said it's on track to release its final Mining, Health, Safety and Prevention Review report in late March.William Lin, a ministry spokesperson, said the review's final report will focus on six key issues related to mining health and safety.Those key issues are: the in...
Sudbury's Collège Boréal to launch prospecting program
Collège Boréal is opening a new avenue for people to enter the mining industry with its upcoming prospecting and exploration technician program.The two-year program, which will launch later in 2015, will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the prospecting and exploration stages of a mine's lif...
Low dollar could help Sudbury miners in labour negotiations
A low Canadian dollar could work in the United Steelworkers' favour as they enter into contract negotiations with Vale in Sudbury, said a Laurentian University commerce professor.The current five-year collective bargaining agreement between the United Steelworkers Local 6500 and Vale will expire at...
Technology can detect gold grades in mineral samples
Innovator Jim Kendall remembers the exact circumstances surrounding his eureka moment: Jan. 19, 2011 at 6:50 p.m., while on the elliptical trainer at the Ajax Community Centre. It was then the mining engineer alighted on an idea that some believe could be a game-changer for the mineral exploration ...
Cliffs and Essar court trouble
The love-hate relationship between Essar Steel Algoma and Cliffs Natural Resources has flared again as the Sault Ste. Marie steel maker and the Cleveland iron-ore miner will be duking it out in court.Cliffs filed a US $90-million suit Jan. 12 claiming that Essar has been in continuous breach of a t...
Ontario Mine Rescue in talks to work with OPP
Ontario Mine Rescue has been in talks to form a partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police's urban search and rescue teams.The organization, which responds to an average of three calls a month, mostly related to underground fires from electrical systems or mobile mining equipment, was previousl...
Federal investment needed to spur mining innovation
Sudbury’s Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is proposing a program to address the gap between good innovative ideas and finding ways to commercialize them for the mining industry.While there is no shortage of good ideas and intellectual property related to mining in Canada, many of ...
Cliffs terminates Ring of Fire assessment process
The federal environmental assessment of Cliffs Natural Resources’ chromite project in the Ring of Fire has been terminated.The Cleveland-based iron ore miner notified the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on Jan. 5 that it wanted to halt the comprehensive study process that began in S...
Primero appoints new president and COO
Primero Mining Corp. has appointed Ernest Mast as its new president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.Mast is a metallurgical engineer and brings to Primero more than 25 years of international mining experience. He previously held leadership positions including vice-president o...
Goldcorp, Wabauskang sign agreement
Goldcorp and Wabauskang First Nation have signed a collaboration agreement that paves the way for long-term economic benefits for the northwestern Ontario First Nation.The new agreement, which marks Goldcorp's sixth First Nation partnership in Canada, provides a framework for strengthened colla...
Former Potash Corp. VP named mining trailblazer
Betty-Ann Heggie, a former senior vice-president with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., will receive the 2015 Trailblazer Award from Women in Mining Canada.Heggie, a member of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, journeyed up the corporate ladder from beer rep to senior vic...
Sudbury miner expects consistent numbers despite job cuts
First Nickel expects production at its Lockerby Mine in Sudbury for 2015 to be in line with its numbers from last year, despite recently cutting around 45 per cent of its workforce.In early January First Nickel restructured its operations at the nickel-copper mine, and cut 75 per cent of its contra...
It’s back to Ring of Fire court for KWG and Cliffs
The legal fight over a staked access corridor to the Ring of Fire mineral deposits goes back into the courtroom in a few months.KWG Resources reported Jan. 27 that it has received an order from the Ontario Court of Appeal to challenge a decision by an Ontario Divisional Court regarding use of surfa...
Rickford, Gravelle meet on Ring of Fire
Progress in the Ring of Fire – or the lack of it – was on the agenda of federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford and provincial Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle during a meeting in Ottawa, Jan. 27.In their first “constructive” meeting of 2015, a joint news release st...
Northern suppliers head to mining mecca
By banding together, a group of small and medium-sized mining suppliers and service providers will have a big seat at Canada's largest mining convention.The Northern Ontario Mining Supply Showcase, which features companies from across the region, has graduated to the largest pavilion at Toronto's P...
Ring of Fire high on new deputy minister’s agenda
Dive into David de Launay’s bio and it’s easy to decipher how two decades of provincial policy and special project work have prepared him for the job as Ontario’s new deputy minister for Northern Development and Mines.Not surprisingly, finding a way to jumpstart the stalled Ring of Fire project is ...
Tamaka ups the grams at northwest gold project
Tamaka Gold has produced new numbers for its gold deposit in northwestern Ontario.The Toronto-based junior is evaluating its Goldlund Project as a potential open pit mine.The new estimate is 1,274,000 measured and indicated ounces at 1.97 grams per tonne and 2,760,000 inferred ounces at 2.12 grams ...
Sudbury PGM explorer hunting for partner
Pacific North West Capital is building a case in its search to find a partner to develop a PGM deposit in northeastern Ontario.The Vancouver-based explorer announced Jan. 22 that SFA Oxford, a precious metals researcher, has completed an independent assessment of its River Valley PGM Project, 60 ki...
Goldcorp chair shares lessons with Sudbury audience
While dishing out advice on how to avoid mistakes through a successful career in mining, Ian Telfer elicited startled silence from his audience with this tidbit: don’t listen too much to your shareholders.“I know all you shareholders in Goldcorp love to hear that,” chuckled Telfer, chair of the...
Agnico Eagle to sell Probe shares to Goldcorp
Agnico Eagle Mines has agreed to sell its shares of Probe Mines to Goldcorp, which announced its intended acquisition of the company on Jan. 19.Under the agreement, Goldcorp will purchase 7,320,200 common shares of Probe and 2,347,951 warrants for a total value of $43 million. The deal is expect...
Richmont Mines increases financing for mine expansion
Richmont Mines is increasing the amount of its previously announced bought deal financing from $30 million to $34 million as it works to accelerate the expansion of its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario.Company president-CEO Renaud Adams said 2015 will be a “transformational year” for the Mo...
Kirkland Lake Gold gets good grades
Kirkland Lake Gold believes there are more ounces to be had deep within its South Mine Complex (SMC).The northeastern Ontario mid-tier producer released the results of an underground program currently underway on its South Claim properties purchased from Queenston Mining.One drill hole result yield...
Thunder Bay companies tag team on mine project
Two Thunder Bay firms are teaming up to advance a gold project on the East Coast.Benton Resources announced Jan. 20 that it’s executing an agreement with Nordmin Engineering to develop the Cape Ray gold project in southwestern Newfoundland.The deal involves forming a joint venture – SubCo B – that ...
N-W chambers deliver wish list to Queen’s Park
Northwestern chambers of commerce urged the Wynne government to rein in spending, get cracking on the Ring of Fire, address the growing skills gap, and strive to deliver cheaper power to Northern manufacturers.The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of C...
Montoro selects driller for Serpent River program
International Montoro Resources has contracted Orbit Garant Drilling Services for an exploration program at its Pecors Anomaly base metal property near Elliot Lake.The Vancouver junior miner’s program, which involves a minimum of 2,000 metres of drilling during the first quarter, will include a dri...
Former gov’t geologist joins Kap Gold fold
Kapuskasing Gold has appointed former government geologist Brian Atkinson to its advisory board.Atkinson served as the resident geologist with the Ontario Geological Survey offices in Timmins and Red Lake.In a Jan. 15 release, the company said Atkinson brings more than 30 years of experience and kn...
Ring of Fire discoverer named hall of famer
MacKenzie (Mac) Watson, one of the Ring of Fire discoverers, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, Jan. 15 in Toronto.He was joined by three other inductees – Goldcorp chairman Ian Telfer, First Point Minerals executive chairman Peter Bradshaw and accomplished geologist/prospector Ron...
Goldcorp to acquire Probe Mines
Gold miner Goldcorp has announced its intentions to purchase Probe Mines, which has interests in the Chapleau area, for $526 million.Under the agreement, Goldcorp will acquire all outstanding shares of Probe, while Probe shareholders will receive shares in a newly formed company, New Probe.Gold...
Real-time communications to allow deep mining
It may sound like something straight from science fiction, but for miners of the future, suits and helmets that monitor their vital signs, regulate their body temperature and communicate to aboveground operators isn’t so far from reality.Sudbury company Jannatec Technologies is working to develop f...
Laurentian researcher brings vibration injuries to forefront
Vibrations have not traditionally been recognized as major health and safety hazards in workplaces, but Laurentian University's Tammy Eger and her colleagues hope to change that perception.“We're trying to get the message out that yes, vibration is an issue that can lead to medical problems, but th...
Dynamic Earth becomes test site for deep mine air compressor
Sudbury’s Dynamic Earth mining science museum will be the test bed for a new large-scale underground air compressor to supply deep mines with cool air. The compressor will use an efficient hydraulic system to move air underground.Historically, mines have mostly used centrifugal or reciprocating com...
Nickel prices force Sudbury miner to restructure, cut jobs
Low nickel prices have forced First Nickel Inc. (FNI) to restructure operations at its Lockerby nickel-copper mine in Sudbury and cut jobs.In a Jan. 12 release, the Toronto-based miner said it is cutting 30 per cent of its workforce and 75 per cent of its contractors but will restart underground ra...
New board member for Kirkland Lake explosives maker
Kirkland Lake’s Nordex Explosives has added former Dupont Canada executive Peter Bourgeois to its board of directors.Bourgeois is a director and chairman of the board of Circa Enterprises and with Tyromer, a privately held rubber company.From 1979 to 1985, he was responsible for the packaged explos...
Province orders inquest into Sudbury mining deaths
The sister of one of two miners killed in a Sudbury mining accident in 2011 said she's looking forward to the answers coming from an upcoming coroner's inquest into her brother's death.Briana Fram's brother, Jordan Fram, was killed along with his co-worker, Jason Chenier, when they were crushed by ...
Province announces inquest into mining deaths
Dr. Reuven Jhirad, deputy chief coroner of the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, announced that an inquest will be held into the deaths of Jason Chenier and Jordan Fram.Chenier, 35 and Fram, 26, both died on June 9, 2011 in a run of muck while working on the 3,000-foot level of Vale's S...
Paul Marcotte acknowledged for mining contributions
Starting out as a 20-year-old female in the mining supply and service industry, Alicia Woods would sometimes be met with skepticism by those who doubted her knowledge and questioned her place in the industry. That all disappeared when people learned her dad was Paul Marcotte.“It was because of the ...
Supply and services sector contributes 41K jobs: study
In 2011, Ontario's mining supply and services sector contributed $3.9 billion to the province's gross domestic product, and sustained around 68,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to a new study published by the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE).CAMESE ma...
Sudbury company signs lucrative deal on CBC hit show
Alicia Woods' appearance on the Season 9 premiere of Dragons’ Den on Oct. 15 exceeded her wildest expectations.Woods, the founder of Covergalls, a Sudbury-based company that produces coveralls tailored specifically for women, received a raucous response from the dragons.Only new dragon Vikram Vij, ...
San Gold, Kerr decide not to merge
San Gold and Kerr Mines have terminated an agreement that would merge the two mining companies. The two companies announced last summer they were working toward a merger.Kerr Gold controls a 26-kilometre-long section of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Break that straddles the Ontario-Quebec border, inc...
Northern graduates second cohort of Nunavut welders
Northern College and the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut, are celebrating the successful completion of the second delivery of the Arviat Welding Trade Readiness program. The program was delivered through a partnership between the college and the hamlet, with support from the Kivalliq Mine Training So...
Mining association fetes Glencore with special award
For its outstanding performance in the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (INO) has been recognized with a special TSM Leadership Award by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).The TSM Leadership Award is granted only when an operation ...
Software program provides company performance analysis
A new software program designed for the mining industry is using production data to help companies make strategic business decisions, improving efficiency and visibility.Scio (pronounced “SEE-oh”), designed by Sudbury-based Centric Mining Systems, gathers performance data gleaned from mining operat...
Montoro raises cash for Serpent River property
International Montoro Resources Inc. is raising funds to conduct exploration activity on its Serpent River-area property in 2015.The company announced it is arranging a non-brokered private placement of up to 8 million units at a purchase price of $0.07 per unit, for aggregate proceeds of up to ...
Vale, Steelworkers enter into early contract talks
United Steelworkers Local 6500 president Rick Bertrand committed not to dwell on past disputes.In a meeting ahead of labour negotiations between Vale and the Steelworkers scheduled for the new year, Bertrand said he will be focusing on the future.That's the mindset he will take to the bargaining ta...
Probe, Noront recognized by mining association
Dr. David Palmer, president and CEO of Probe Mines, and Noront Resources are among those being recognized by the Prospectors andDevelopers Association of Canada (PDAC) for their work in mineral exploration.PDAC doles out the awards annually to showcase the achievements of companies, individuals a...
Wesdome reaches one million ounces
Wesdome Gold Mines will pour its one millionth ounce of gold at its Eagle River mine near Wawa on Dec. 5.It’s short of two decades since the first gold brick poured in October 1995 from the mine, which has produced one million ounces of gold from 3.4 million tonnes at a recovered grade of 9.2 grams...
Timmins gold miner raises $15 million for exploration
Lake Shore Gold has raised gross proceeds of more than $15 million for exploration at its Timmins gold properties.The company announced it has closed a private placement of 12,900,000 flow-through common shares on a bought deal basis at a price of $1.17 per share.The funds are earmarked for follow-...
New deputy boss at MNDM
David de Launay will be the new deputy minister of Northern Development and Mines, effective Jan. 5, 2015.He replaces George Ross, who left last summer to assume a new role with the Government of Yukon as its new deputy minister of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.Steve Orsini, the pro...


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