Mining ventilation consultants opening Sudbury office
BBE Consulting, an international mine
ventilation and cooling company is coming to Canada and is setting up
shop in Sudbury.
Scheduled to open an office sometime in
February, the specialized Australian and South African engineering
consultancy provides a suite of services related to mine ven...
Lake Shore Gold being acquired by Tahoe Resources
Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources is acquiring Lake Shore Gold.Tahoe announced
it would acquire all shares of Lake Shore Gold in an agreement to combine the
agreement, Lake Shore shareholders will receive 0.1467 of a Tahoe common share
per Lake Shore share. Once the transactio...
Lake Shore finds more gold on ex-Temex property
Lake Shore Gold’s exploration program has
discovered gold mineralization on some newly acquired property near
The Timmins miner announced Feb. 4 that it has
found shallow and high-grade gold at the Whitney Project during the
first phase of a surface drilling program. It’s the first ...
Vale has new Ontario operations VP
appointed Stuart Harshaw as its new vice-president of Ontario operations.Harshaw, who has worked
for the company since 1990, took over the positon on Jan. 11.In his current role,
he is responsible for the base metal operations of Vale in Ontario. That includes
six mines, a mill, smelte...
Mineral explorers make their case to Ottawa
The Prospectors and Developers Association of
Canada (PDAC) is lobbying Ottawa to strengthen an exploration tax
credit program and commit infrastructure dollars to support remote
PDAC released its list of priorities, Feb. 2,
as part of a pre-budget submission to the fed...
A milestone moment for Kirkland Lake Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold announced it has poured one
million ounces at its Macassa Mine Complex since operations began at
the northeastern Ontario mine in 2003.
The company attributes the discovery of the
South Mine Complex for boosting production levels significantly in
the past five years, produ...
Mineral strategy falls short: watchdog group
Ontario’s updated Mineral Development
Strategy offered a few “glimmers of hope” by addressing abandoned
mine rehabilitation, but is short on details, contends Mining Watch
Canada.“Over half of the report is just
plain marketing facts for the industry,” said Ugo Lapointe, the
industry watchdog ...
Detour Gold updates mine plan
Detour Gold has
updated its life-of-mine plan, which increases the output at Detour Lake gold
mine, while extending its life by three years.According to the
new plan, proven and probable open-pit reserves have increased to 16.4 million
ounces contained gold.The company
anticipates average annu...
Transition picks up First Nickel properties
Transition Metals announced it has acquired all the exploration and development
assets of the former First Nickel.In a transaction
that closed Jan. 25, Transition, which bills itself as a “project generator,”
picked up 1,100 hectares of leased and patented mining and surface rights
Maureen Jensen nominated to chair securities commission
Maureen Jensen has been nominated as the new chair and CEO
of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), subject to review by the Standing
Committee on Government Agencies.Jensen, the daughter of a Falconbridge mining engineer who
grew up in Sudbury, has been the OSC’s executive director and CAO s...
Project documents impacts from aluminum powder in miners
Janice Martell hadn’t even heard of
McIntyre Powder until a few years ago.Then someone suggested her father, Jim
Hobbs — who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after
three decades of working in nickel and uranium mines — could be
eligible for compensation.She began to research. And wha...
Lac des Isles fined for worker injury, fatality
Lac des Isles Mine, operated by North American Palladium
north of Thunder Bay, has been fined $365,000 for two separate incidents in 2014 that
resulted in an injury to one worker and a fatality for another.On July 10, 2014 a miner was killed after being struck
and crushed by a run of muck while ...
KL Gold, St Andrew merger gets shareholder approval
approved a merger between Kirkland Lake Gold and St Andrew Goldfields.On Jan. 19, KL
Gold shareholders voted in favour of the $178-million deal, which would give existing
Kirkland Lake and St Andrew shareholders owning approximately 71 per cent and
29 per cent of the combined ...
Chinese railroaders coming to Ontario
Ring of Fire
project developer, KWG Resources, said it’s signed a memorandum of
understanding with China Railway First Survey & Design Institute
sets out the terms to proceed with a feasibility study on how to
engineer and finance a railroad to reach the remote mineral d...
Northern Ontario PDAC presence growing
Roger Rondeau headed to Toronto with samples of his innovative
apparel last March, he was surprised to leave the Prospectors and
Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention empty
just brought [our product] for display, and we wound up selling most
of it on the la...
Pele Mountain adds new chair to board
Pele Mountain Resources has announced Wayne Richardson as
its new chair of the board of directors.Richardson is president and CEO of Enirgi Group, a privately
held specialty chemicals and diversified industrials company headquartered in
Toronto. Enirgi owns and operates a portfolio of diversifie...
Noront granted an extension
Noront Resources announced the closing of its
extension on its US$15 million convertible debt debenture.
The Toronto Ring of Fire project developer has
extended the term of its US$15 million convertible debt debenture
with its largest shareholder, Resource Capital Fund (RCF).
The debt comes ...
Red Lake developer delisted from New York Stock Exchange
Minerals received notice on Jan. 11 that the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE) has decided to suspend to delist the common stock of
the gutted Red Lake mine project developer from the exchange.
The exchange notified the company that it no
longer complied with the continued listing stand...
Goldcorp closing Dome underground mine
Goldcorp announced Jan. 14 that it’s
permanently closing underground mining activities at its Dome mine in
Timmins by the middle of this year.
The company said 115 employees and 76
contractors will be affected.
The legendary underground mine has been a
fixture in the Porcupine camp for more...
Province to implement mine safety amendments in 2016
The province expects to implement the first
three amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act — aimed
at improving safety standards in Ontario mines— early in
2016.“These three in particular were amendments that were put
forward by the committee that we've acted on as quickly as we c...
Confederation reaches for gold in Ecuador
Trainers at Confederation College are
anxiously awaiting the run-up to development of a new mine in Ecuador
where they’ll be helping to prepare a workforce to support a major
gold project.Last March, the Thunder Bay college
signed a training agreement involving Lundin Mining and Universidad
Timmins branches out
Could good news come in threes for the
City of Timmins?On the heels of a pair of announcements
of new industrial development in Timmins — Calabrian’s liquid
sulphur dioxide plant and General Magnesium’s magnesium and talc
mine — the city has announced a potential third development from an
“New awakening” in Indigenous engagement
Sean Willy brings a unique perspective
to his role as director of corporate responsibility for the uranium
producing Canadian Mining and Energy Corporation (Cameco).Willy was raised in the Northwest
Territories and Saskatchewan, and belongs to the Metis Nation of NWT.He runs the Saskatchewan-bas...
Ring of Fire junior miner heads to China for infrastructure money
KWG Resources’ ultimate dream of building a
Ring of Fire railroad may have to be realized through a Chinese bank.
A spokesman for the Toronto junior miner is
hyping that a “turning point” has been reached that will
jumpstart the stalled development process of the untapped mineral
belt in Ont...
Chinese railroaders going more in-depth on Ring of Fire corridor
A Chinese railway engineering firm has agreed
to embark on a feasibility study with Toronto’s KWG Resources to
investigate the economics of building a Ring of Fire railroad.
announced Dec. 29 that it has been advised through its Chinese agent
– Golden Share Mining Corp. – that ...
Wawa gold diggers propose merger
Two Wawa gold explorers, Red Pine
Exploration and Augustine Ventures, want to merge into one.The two junior miners announced Dec. 17
that they’ve entered into a non-binding letter of intent where Red
Pine will acquire all of the outstanding securities of Augustine.Red Pine and Augustine each hol...
Former Ring of Fire negotiator charged in gas plant scandal
David Livingston, a one-time provincial
Ring of Fire negotiator, is one of two top aides of former Premier
Dalton McGuinty facing criminal charges over the destruction of
government documents related to the controversial cancellation of the
two Toronto-area gas plants.Livingston and Laura Mille...
Goldcorp judged best in high-grade corporate reporting
Goldcorp was a three-time winner for
excellence in corporate reporting as judged by the Chartered
Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) at its
annual awards in Toronto, Dec. 9.The gold mining giant won the
prestigious Overall Award of Excellence in Corporate Reporting along
Inquest to be held into 2012 Sudbury mining fatality
The province will
conduct an inquest into the death of Sudbury miner Stephen Perry.Perry, 47, was
killed on Jan. 29, 2012, while working as a development miner at Vale's Coleman
Mine in Levack. Perry died after he was struck by a 14-ton piece of rock that
broke from the wall when he was working...
Mineral exploration gets a boost with provincial strategy
The province is throwing a lifeline to
the struggling mineral exploration sector with the establishment of a
$5-million junior exploration assistance fund to support grass roots
projects.The one-year program was the centre
piece of the province’s launch of its new 10-year Mineral
Province’s 10-year plan to put Ontario mining on top
The Ontario government has a “vision”
and a “blueprint” to put the province’s sagging mining industry
on a world stage.The province’s all-encompassing new
Mineral Development Strategy, which was released Dec. 11 at Dynamic
Earth in Sudbury, is being billed as a 10-year plan to make Ontario a
Northern prospectors to be honoured at PDAC in 2016
with Northern Ontario connections will be honoured at the 2016 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) convention in March.Robert Cudney, Stephen
Roman, and John Whitton are the recipients of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for
the Bruce Channel gold discovery at ...
Mines minister “grateful” for auditor general’s criticism
A harsh critique of the effectiveness of
Ontario’s mines and mineral program by provincial auditor general
Bonnie Lysyk was greeted with enthusiasm by the minister of Northern
Development and Mines.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m
grateful for her recommendations,” said Michael Gravelle...
Sombre, reflective tone at SAMSSA's AGM
The Sudbury Area Mining Supply and
Services Association (SAMSSA) welcomed a new president, two new board
members and inducted two local businessmen into their respected Hall
of Fame at their December 4 annual general meeting.A crowd representing 110 of the
organization's 125 members stood in si...
Essar-Cliffs court fight goes in Soo steelmaker’s favour
An Ohio Court has dismissed Cliffs Natural
Resources’ lawsuit against Essar Steel Algoma.
The Cleveland-based iron and coal miner filed a
US $90-million suit against the Sault Ste. Marie steelmaker last Jan.
12 claiming Essar has been in continuous breach of a taconite pellet
sale and purcha...
Auditor general slams province on Ring of Fire mining – or lack of it
Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has
come under harsh, across-the-board, criticism by the provincial auditor general
for its ineffectiveness and inaction in making any progress in the Ring of Fire
and in promoting Ontario’s mineral resources.The auditor general’s annual revie...
Nine ways to dig mining out of its hole
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce wants the
federal and provincial government to take “bold steps” to put the
mining industry in a better position to succeed.
In its Digger Deeper report released Dec. 1,
the chamber has nine recommendations to revive the struggling sector,
which has been hampe...
Noront raising $2.4 million for Ring of Fire exploration
Noront Resources announced Nov. 24 it
was out to raise $2.4 million for work in the Ring of Fire in the
James Bay region.The company plans to raise the money in
a private placement of 4.8-million flow-through common shares at a
price of $0.50 apiece. The Toronto-based junior said the proceeds
Chinese rail engineering firm scopes out Ring of Fire proposal
No sense getting into the chromite
business without having China on your radar, according to KWG
Resources.With more than
half of the world’s ferrochrome is being consumed by the People’s
Republic, Moe Lavigne, vice-president of exploration and development
for the Toronto junior miner, said it...
Goldcorp reports fatality at Musselwhite Mine
A scoop operator
has died following an incident at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine northwest of
Thunder Bay.In a news
release, Goldcorp said a scoop operator was working underground early on Nov.
26 when an “unexpected fall of ground” occurred.Although first responders were
dispatched to initiate ...
KWG teams up with Chinese company on Ring of Fire transportation plans
A Chinese railway
design firm will examine the engineering data related to KWG Resources’ proposed
Ring of Fire transportation corridor, creating the potential for a future
collaboration between the two parties.KWG and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co., Ltd. (FSDI) have sig...
Mining experts weigh in during international safety conference
Black lung disease has been listed as
the cause, or a contributing factor, in 76,000 deaths in the United
States since 1968.Despite more than 40 years working in
the American coal-mining industry, that number still shocked Joe Main
when he was appointed as the assistant secretary of labor for M...
Managers must be accountable, says Anglo American chief executive
Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American
and chairman of De Beers, returned “home” to Sudbury to deliver a
Goodman School of Mines guest lecture Oct. 27 on Corporate and
Political Leadership for Successful Resource Development.Some of the leadership skills shared by
Cutifani were learned in Sudbury...
Texas company building liquid sulphur dioxide plant in Timmins
A new industry coming to Timmins will
expand the area’s mining service and supply sector expertise, while
creating employment for locals.In early October, Texas-headquartered
Calabrian Corp. announced it would build a liquid sulphur dioxide
(SO2) production plant in Timmins to serve the mining,...
Ontario to host mines investment forum
Ontario will play
host to an international mines investment forum in 2016 and 2017.Mines and Money
Americas — part of a series of one of the world's largest mining investment forums
— will come to Toronto in September 2016 and September 2017. In 13 years, Mines
and Money events have previously ...
Kirkland Lake Gold out to acquire St. Andrew Goldfields
Kirkland Lake Gold is seeking to expand its
regional presence with an offer to acquire its northeastern Ontario
neighbour, St. Andrew Goldfields, in a proposed all-share
The mid-tier gold miner announced Nov. 16 that
it has entered into a binding definitive agreement to ac...
Harte Gold has a blast near Hemlo
Toronto’s Harte Gold announced that the first
blast to cut the portal on its Sugar Zone gold deposit, north of
White River, was completed on Oct. 30.
Technica Mining is working around the clock to
handle the underground ramp development with the aim of taking a
70,000-tonne bulk sample that ...
Did the government tax Cliffs Natural Resources out of Ontario?
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is accusing the
provincial government of counting its chromite chickens before they
Fedeli said the McGuinty-Wynne government was
proposing to introduce a specially created chromite royalty for the
Ring of Fire and claims the new tax was a factor in Cliffs N...
Junior miner wants faster government action on providing Far North infrastructure
Noront Resources president-CEO Alan
Coutts isn’t enamoured with the provincial government’s glacial
pace of infrastructure planning in the Ring of Fire, but his junior
mining company has no immediate intention to mothball its nickel
project in the region.“We don’t have any plans to stop
Iron miner eyes North American steel producers
Sioux Lookout could get a huge economic
jumpstart if a proposed $3.77-billion open-pit iron mine and mill
operation in northwestern Ontario comes to fruition.
While North American steel demand has been
sluggish and iron ore prices have reached historic lows, Armando
Plastino, CEO of Rockex M...