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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

Nickel price drop to have minimal impact on suppliers
A recent drop in the price of nickel should not have a major impact on Sudbury's mining supply and services sector, said the executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association.“Fluctuations in nickel prices don't seem to alarm many of our guys,” said Dick DeStefano. “They ...
KWG lining up Ring of Fire strategic partner
KWG Resources revealed it has two offers on the table for offtake agreements to advance its Ring of Fire chromite project.The Toronto-based junior miner made headlines last week when it announced it was engaged in discussions with Cliffs Natural Resources, and was arranging the necessary financing,...
St. Andrew Goldfields to mill for Northern Gold
Northern Gold Mining Inc. has signed a custom milling agreement with St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd.The agreement provides for the milling of a minimum of 80,000-tonne bulk sample from the company’s Garrcon deposit, located on its Garrison Property located east of Timmins. The term of the agreement i...
Nordex Explosives boss named top Ontario entrepreneur
Kirkland Lake’s Jim Taylor has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporation.The president and CEO of Nordex Explosives received the honour at the association’s annual conference in Huntsville in early September.Taylor was nominated by t...
Cliffs wants out of the Ring of Fire
Cliffs Natural Resources is considering selling its Ring of Fire chromite properties, and a Toronto junior miner operating in the remote region of Ontario said it’s arranging the financing to take control of the project.KWG president-CEO Frank Smeenk told the Globe and Mail newspaper he has discuss...
Northern companies establish Saskatchewan mining presence
It was during a trip to Toronto about a year ago that Wayne Ablitt and Don Croteau realized they were both thinking of expanding into Western Canada with their respective companies, Jannatec Technologies and Schauenburg Industries Ltd. But with expansion comes considerable expense, not to mention t...
Ring of Fire development picture looks no clearer, strategist
A management shakeup at Cliffs Natural Resources has some mining analysts believing the possible departure of the Cleveland-based mining giant from the Ring of Fire camp could open the door for other international producers to make a move.But that’s not the opinion of Bill Gallagher, a leading mini...
Huge cost challenges in Far North development, says mining association CEO
The high cost of doing business in Canada, especially in the Far North, is the biggest challenge the mining sector faces nationally, said Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada.Gratton, who was the keynote speaker at a Sudbury Chamber of Commerce event for the North A...
Pele acquires key mining lease
Pele Mountain Resources Inc. announced today that it has acquired a key mining lease for the mining rights on certain lands below small lakes located within the boundaries of Pele’s Eco Ridge Mine project in Elliot Lake.In conjunction with the mining lease acquisition, Pele has entered into a NS...
Interim mining safety report recommends immediate changes
The provincial government's mining safety review board released a progress report that makes four immediate health and safety changes for the mining sector.“We don't want anybody else to suffer a fatality in mining,” said Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, in releasing the interim report, Sept. 10 in Sud...
Webequie pans Ring of Fire dev-corp process
The Ontario government’s formal establishment of a Ring of Fire development corporation has one Aboriginal community questioning the transparency of the process.“Our community members are upset,” said Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse. “We agreed as a community to negotiate with Ontario in good fait...
Stillwater tightens belt on Marathon mine project
Stillwater Mining is scaling back mine development at its Marathon PGM-copper project on the north shore of Lake Superior.The Montana-based miner announced Sept. 2 that only limited exploration work will take place during the current field season and any continuation will depend on “positive result...
Ginguro reports assay samples on gold JV
Ginguro Exploration Inc. is reporting assay results from the newly discovered Godzilla Zone on the Pardo property, a joint venture project with Endurance Gold Corp. located 65 kilometres northeast of Sudbury.A highlight includes one channel sample returning an average of 5.2 grams per tonne gold...
Pele teaming up with Canmet on rare earths research
Pele Mountain Resources is contributing samples from its Eco Ridge property to a research project on rare earth minerals being undertaken by CanmetMINING.Pele Mountain is moving the Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earths and Uranium project, located in Elliot Lake, towards production.The samples will underg...
Draft released outlining international mining standard
The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) has released a draft of an international industry standard designed to improve social and environmental performance in mining.The goal of the Standard for Responsible Mining is to set in place certification schemes similar to those in the ag...
Probe hires advisor to develop Chapleau project
Probe Mines Ltd. has brought on John Haflidson as a senior mining advisor to help develop its Borden Gold project near Chapleau.Among other contributions, Haflidson has played key roles in the operation of Barrick Gold's Holt-McDermott Mine, the construction of Lakeshore Gold's Timmins West gol...
Zenyatta produces high-purity graphite
Zenyatta Ventures is reporting it’s produced high-purity and highly crystalline graphite from its Albany Graphite deposit near Hearst. It has now sent samples to potential customers for further testing.Zenyatta owns one of the largest known hydrothermal graphite deposits in the world. Hydrother...
Sonic drilling pioneer’s technology gains worldwide recognition
Persistence paid off for Ray Roussy.It’s been a 40-year odyssey for the Smooth Rock Falls native, mechanical engineer and innovator who’s being recognized for nursing a once-discarded commercial drilling technology back to life.Roussy is a pioneer in sonic drilling, a revolutionary and century-old ...
Wallbridge secures bridge loan
Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. has secured additional funding to help start up its Broken Hammer nickel-copper-PGM mine near Sudbury.Auramet is providing Wallbridge with US$1.5 million in the form of a bridge loan, will bridge the period until sufficient revenue is received to achieve payback of...
Kerr Mines raises cash for operations
Kerr Mines, which recently reached a merger agreement with San Gold, has announced it’s raising $15 million for general operations.The company announced it would issue units of the company to raise profits of $5 million in a non-brokered private placement. It will subsequently complete a $10-mi...
Ring of Fire news greeted with shrugs
The province announced Thursday its plans to establish an interim board for the Ring of Fire development corporation, but critics say the announcement has been too little too late. “I'm really pleased that we're in a position today to take this very significant step forward to drive the Ring of ...
Sudbury company fined after fatal accident
High Strength Plates & Profiles Inc., a company that processes high-strength plate and sheet steel, has been fined $110,000 in the death of a worker at its operation centre in Lively, located just outside of Sudbury.On May 21, 2013, a worker who had been employed at the centre for a short period...
Province unveils corporate body to plot Ring of Fire
The province announced today it met its campaign promise of establishing a development corporation for the Ring of Fire within 60 days of re-election.With headquarters to be located in Thunder Bay, the Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation will work to bring First Nations and the ...
Gravelle mum on Ring of Fire development corporation
Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said the province is not yet ready to announce a development corporation to lead infrastructure decisions around the Ring of Fire, despite a nearing self-imposed deadline.Gravelle was not able to share new information regarding the long-await...
Feds don't commit to $1 billion for Ring of Fire
The federal government is not ready to make a $1-billion commitment to Ring of Fire infrastructure, said Greg Rickford, Canada's minister of natural resources and FedNor.He made the statement in French, responding to a question from French media in Sudbury.Rickford said the feds have already made i...
Cast Resources files for bankruptcy
Cast Resources Equipment Limited, a Sudbury-based company that manufactures used equipment, including scoop trams, underground haul trucks, utility vehicles and drills, filed for bankruptcy on July 4.According to the notice of bankruptcy filed that day, the company, owned by Robert Lipic, owed $8.9...
Is the Ring of Fire dev corp a go?
Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Sudbury, beginning Aug. 25.The three-day conference, hosted by Collège Boréal, is a gathering of leading federal, provincial and territorial le...
Webequie starts Ring of Fire land use planning
Webequie First Nation, one of the communities closest to the dormant Ring of Fire mineral camps, has reached an agreement with the Ontario government to do a community-based land use plan.A news release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said a signing ceremony for the terms of ref...
Kerr Mines and San Gold agree to merge
Toronto’s Kerr Mines and Winnipeg’s San Gold have reached a merger deal to combine their gold properties in the Kirkland Lake area and in Manitoba.“Combining the Rice Lake (in Manitoba) and Copperstone (in Arizona) assets is an important step in creating the next North American mid-tier gold produc...
Northwest mining cluster group still in the cards
Mining supply and service companies in the northwest want to take baby steps toward forming an industry cluster group.A study commissioned by the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) revealed there isn’t enough of a groundswell of support toward establishing a mining supply ...
Golden parachute for Cliffs boss
Gary Halverson’s time as president and CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources was short but sweet; extremely sweet.The Sudbury native, who was recently ousted as Cliffs boss, will receive $11 million in termination pay by the Ohio iron and coal miner.Halverson was appointed the company’s chief operating o...
New Gold enters credit facility arrangement
Vancouver’s New Gold has entered into a four-year, $300 million revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks.The previous $150-million revolving credit facility was set to expire in December.The company has a portfolio of four mines and three projects under development, including its Rainy R...
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...


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