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Suzanne Bernier and Brandon Fisher spoke to attendees at Cambrian’s Disaster Heroes event.
Cambrian grad hopes mine rescue story will shine light on crisis respondersSuzanne Bernier watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and she saw death, devastation and destruction. When she landed on the ground in her role as a crisis management consultant, she quickly realized the reports had left something — or someone — out.The next time you hear about a disaster, in the paper or on TV, Bernier wants you to do something that will brighten your outlook, just a little.“Look for the helpers, make it a game,” said Bernier. “We’re so focused on seeing th...

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Court rules in Ontario’s favour on exploration consultation case
A Sudbury exploration company that sued the Ontario government for allegedly failing to consult with a First Nation band in northwestern Ontario has lost its case in an Ontario Superior Court.Northern Superior Resources was advised May 25 that a judge had ruled in favour of the province.The comp...
Wallbridge to acquire Quebec gold property
Sudbury-based Wallbridge Mining Company has entered an agreement to acquire the Fenelon Gold property from Balmoral Resources Ltd. for $3.6 million.Fenelon Gold is located in west-central Quebec and is located within the same geological belt that hosts the Detour Gold Mine located 185 kilometres...
Tahoe bets big on Lake Shore Gold
The ink was barely dry on the deal to combine Tahoe Resources with Lake Shore Gold Corp. when company officials outlined plans to boost gold production in Timmins.Tony Makuch, president of Tahoe’s Canadian operations, as well as Tahoe executive chair Kevin McArthur and Tahoe president and COO ...
Richmont looking to dig up $27 million
Richmont Mines is out to raise $27 million to extend the mine life and find gold reserves near its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario. The gold miner announced May 16 of an agreement with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada as the lead underwriter for the issuance of 2.6 million common s...
Holding company grabs another northwest gold project
Vancouver’s First Mining Finance is making a move to acquire Tamaka Gold and its Goldlund project near Sioux Lookout. First Mining announced May 16 that it has signed a “definitive amalgamation agreement” with privately-held Tamaka and its 26,000-hectare gold project, halfway between Dryden ...
Quebec junior exploring around Kidd Mine
Glencore is wrapping up production at its Kidd Creek Mine in 2021, but a Rouyn-Noranda junior miner believes there’s more zinc and copper to be found. Explor Resources has started a geophysical program to define targets on its properties, 20 kilometres north of Timmins, following by a 3,000-...
Temiskaming silver digger signs First Nation deal
A Vancouver junior miner that’s digging for high-grade silver near Temiskaming Shores is working with a First Nation band to explore around a former underground mine. Brixton Metals announced May 10 that it has struck an exploration agreement with the Timiskaming First Nation (TFN) for its L...
Some miners trained in vain
Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted a safety blitz last fall at mine and exploration sites to check up on adherence to safety training programs. Of 78 field visits at 67 mining workplaces between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, the ministry issued 192 orders for violations of the Occupational Health...
Inquest called in 2011 Timmins mine fatality
An inquest has been called in the 2011 death of a worker at the Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins. Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for Inquests, announced May 12 that an inquest will be held into the death of David Yuskow, 57, who died on March 10, 2011, from injuries received on the j...
Mine contractor heavily fined for Red Lake worker injuries
J.S. Redpath and two of its supervisors were found guilty in a Kenora court and fined a total of $136,000 after one worker suffered critical injuries and another worker suffered minor injuries from falling rock at the Cochenour Mine in Red Lake in 2013. The fines were imposed on May 12. Dur...
New Hemlo gold miner preps for production
The first production blast at Harte Gold’s Sugar Zone project is set for June 30. The Toronto miner announced in a May 12 release it is making the transitioning from mining development ore to production ore at its gold deposit near White River. The company has been shipping bulk samples of ...
Regreening conference a head-scratcher for industry
The opening day of the Sudbury Protocol Conference got off to a shaky start with plenty of unanswered questions thrust upon the organizers. The Laurentian University initiative aims to take Sudbury's regreening expertise, gained over the last 40 years from repairing the environmental damag...
Province sinks funding into bio-mining research
A new Laurentian University industrial research chair position in bio-mining, bio-remediation and science communication has the potential to kickstart a new industry in Sudbury that could create hundreds, or even thousands of jobs, said the director of the Vale Living with Lakes Centre.“It's no...
Northwest miner is “definitive” about financing iron project
Rockex Mining said it’s sealed the deal with a venture capital firm to advance its Lake St. Joseph iron ore and milling project, near Sioux Lookout.The Thunder Bay junior miner announced May 2 that it has signed a definitive agreement and financing deal with Diversified Innovative Marketing Ent...
A Kumbaya moment for Kap Gold
Kapuskasing Gold has inked a memorandum of understanding with Flying Post and Mattagami First Nations on its recently acquired West Keefer property, near Timmins.  The agreement lays the groundwork to identify opportunities for businesses and citizens of the communities to participate in exp...
Victor Mine sparkles with safety
De Beers Victor diamond mine was presented with the John T. Ryan Award for 2015 at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Awards Gala in Vancouver, May 2. Ontario’s only diamond mine recorded zero lost time incidents and had the lowest overall reportable injury rate...
Kidd Operations recognized for philanthropy
Glencore’s Kidd Operations in Timmins has received a 2016 Towards Sustainable Mining Excellence Award from Mining Association of Canada.The company was recognized for “raising the bar for corporate responsibility in the Canadian mining sector” during the annual awards gala for the Canadian Insti...
Junior miner assistance program accepting more applications
Twenty junior exploration companies have applied for financial assistance through a provincially-funded rebate program, and there's a second round opening soon. The Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) first announced the Junior Exploration Assistance Program (JEAP) in December. The progra...
Delay, delay for KGHM’s Victoria mine project
Sudbury’s next great base metals mine is “advancing,” but at a “reduced pace.”That’s the word coming from Polish mining giant KGHM International on its Victoria Mine project, lauded by many in the Sudbury camp as the next great nickel and base metals mine.After some layoffs in March, the compa...
Ministry of Labour slaps a few miners’ hands
Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors issued 192 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to mining companies between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2015. In a press release, the ministry said inspectors visited 78 mining workplaces across the province during that time period. T...
Experts recommend businesses gear up for cap and trade policy
The good old days are coming to an end for carbon in Ontario, and a new age of decarbonization dawns in 2017.A provincial cap and trade system looms, and businesses are wondering what it means to them. EarthCare Sudbury held a panel to address questions and concerns in April. The main message:...
Aboriginal firm takes charge of camp security
The construction of New Gold’s Rainy River Mine is proving to be a huge economic boon in business spinoffs for the entire Rainy River district.But as with all mineral developments, it has a finite mine life – 14 years at last countTraining and building businesses for today and tomorrow is on th...
Deal with Sandvik puts innovation centre clients in driver’s seat
NORCAT is quickly becoming a virtual playground for mining professionals looking for hands-on machinery training, with the goal of improving health and safety in the industry.The NORCAT Mining Equipment Simulation Training Centre in Sudbury is doubling their simulation training capacity in the...
Sudbury firm develops creative space for tech innovation
Jannatec Technologies president Wayne Ablitt had been having difficulty attracting the best and brightest engineering minds to his Sudbury firm, and so he set his eye to the offices of some of the most iconic tech companies — think Google or Facebook — for inspiration.“Over a period of time, we...
Cambrian grad hopes mine rescue story will shine light on crisis responders
Suzanne Bernier watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and she saw death, devastation and destruction. When she landed on the ground in her role as a crisis management consultant, she quickly realized the reports had left something — or someone — out.The next time you hear about a ...
Steelworkers want prosecutions against Detour Gold
The United Steelworkers union (USW) “welcomes” criminal charges against Detour Gold for the June 2015 death of a worker at its mine in northeastern Ontario. USW Ontario director Marty Warren wants the charges to be “prosecuted as soon as possible.” “These charges validate our union's campaig...
Detour Gold charged with criminal negligence
Detour Gold has been charged with criminal negligence causing death under the Criminal Code of Canada, following the death of an employee at its Detour Lake gold mine last summer.On June 3, 2015, millwright Denis Millette, 52, was making a repair to equipment at the mine that day when he was obs...
Signs look positive for Red Lake gold mine
A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) prepared for Pure Gold Mining forecasts a 6.5-year mine life for its Madsen Gold Project at Red Lake. The study, prepared by Nordmin Engineering of Sudbury, indicates average annual gold production of 47,191 ounces and peak annual gold production of ap...
Harte Gold ships first ore samples for processing
A fledgling White River-area gold miner has started shipping ore to Barrick Gold’s Hemlo mill for processing. The shipments are from Harte Gold’s 70,000-tonne advanced exploration bulk sample at its Sugar Zone property in northwestern Ontario. The miner has also retained Crone Geophysics an...
KL Gold plans for Timmins development, exploration in 2016
Kirkland Lake Gold plans to spend $52 million on development at its Timmins East Operations in 2016, and will spend $8 million on an exploration program slated for late 2016 or early 2017.The Timmins East complex includes the Holt, Holloway and Taylor mines, which Kirkland Lake Gold acquired i...
IAMGOLD approved to move Timmins development forward
IAMGOLD has received approval from the federal government to move forward with its Côté Gold mine near Gogama.In a news release, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said the project is “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects and the project may proceed.”IAMGOLD c...
Probe Metals and Adventure Gold announce merger
Probe Metals and Adventure Gold Inc. have announced they will be merging the two companies.Probe Metals is a gold exploration company with property in the Timmins area. It was formed last year following the sale of Probe Mines to Goldcorp in March. Goldcorp currently owns a 17.7 per cent stake ...
Keeping the competitive mining edge
The long-term demand for metals is strong. The nearly eight billion people on the planet want new stuff and almost all of it comes from mines. Therefore, the current economic situation is temporary, so long as the industry learns the lessons of the last couple years and is seriously reformed to...
Trudeau still has eyes on the Ring of Fire
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted that federal support in some form could be announced soon related to the stalled Ring of Fire mineral project.Trudeau dropped that tidbit of information during a March 7 visit to Sudbury to announce long-awaited federal funds for Maley Drive, a critical arterial...
Graphite is king at prospectors’ awards
Ardiden Ltd. received the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award for its Silver Star North Graphite Project from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association at its annual convention and awards dinner in Thunder Bay, April 5. Ardiden, an Australian graphite junior, has discover...
Timmins assets to be critical component for Tahoe Resources
Tahoe Resources is calling its new Timmins-area assets a “critical component” in growing the company following its acquisition of Lake Shore Gold.The company announced the merger between Tahoe and Lake Shore Gold had been completed on April 1.Tahoe’s new 2016 guidance includes total gold produ...
Zenyatta graphite testing shows positive results
Zenyatta Ventures said it has proven the viability of its graphite during performance testing with Ballard Power Systems.Zenyatta owns and is developing the Albany graphite deposit located near the communities of Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. Ballard Power Systems is a Vancouver-base...
Matawa CEO “disappointed” in Ring of Fire omission in fed budget
The CEO of the Matawa First Nations is disappointed that the Trudeau government isn’t into mining in the Ring of Fire, at least not according to this year’s federal budget. Though David Achneepineskum is “pretty happy” with the $8.4 billion in planned spending to improve First Nations’ educa...
Fed budget passes muster with business, industry groups
The 2016 federal budget “holds promise” for local business, said the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. They’re giving the thumbs up to Ottawa’s pending investments in infrastructure, First Nations education and broadband, although small business tax freezes are a concern. Finance Minister Bill Mo...
Wait time for permits frustrates gold miner
Stephen Roman needs no reminder that Ontario is lagging behind the rest of Canada in wait times for approval of mining exploration permits. “The permitting process is very slow, very cumbersome and you need a lot of money,” states the chairman and president-CEO of Harte Gold, a junior miner ...
Layoffs at Sudbury mine development
Uncertainty in the minerals market has forced a Sudbury mid-tier miner to lay off staff and contractors working on its Victoria Mine project, west of Sudbury, near Worthington.KGHM announced March 22 that 20 positions are being eliminated and the development of its two-shaft copper, nickel and...
Former Vale CEO killed in plane crash
Former Vale SA mining CEO Roger Agnelli was killed in a plane crash in Brazil, March 19.Reuters reported Agnelli, 56, his wife and two children were among seven killed when his turboprop monoplane slammed into two homes around 3:20 p.m. local time, minutes after taking off from an airport in no...
Second clinic to be held in Sudbury to assess miners for occupational disease
An take clinic will be held Oct. 3 and 4 in Sudbury to assess miners who were exposed to aluminum powder for potential work-related health conditions. This will be the second clinic of its kind; the first is scheduled for May 11 and 12 in Timmins.  Janice Martell, who is leading the initiative, ...
Sudbury to host mine rescue event
Sudbury’s Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) has been selected to host the upcoming Ontario Mine Rescue Competition at its Onaping mine training facility, June 6-10.The annual provincial competition brings together mine rescue volunteers, mining companies, government officials, a...
Northern mining suppliers find home at PDAC
Now in its third year, the Northern Ontario Mining Supply Showcase has become a staple at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, occupying 7,800 square feet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.When the showcase launched in 2014, organizers could not ge...
Timmins intake clinic to assess miners for occupational disease
Janice Martell knew that going national with her quest to get compensation for miners who had inhaled McIntyre Powder would get some attention, but she was bowled over by the response after CBC aired her story earlier this year.On Jan. 29, CBC’s Fifth Estate program broadcast Miner’s Daughter, ...
Oban Mining aiming to be next Canadian mining house
Like the 14-year-old Scotch whiskey it’s named for, the executives at Oban Mining hope the company will only get better with age, satisfying even the most finicky of investor palates.Launched by the same team that brought the Canadian Malartic gold mine online, Oban wants to be the next great Canad...
Transition picks up First Nickel properties
Sudbury’s 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 and 7,...
Lac des Iles fined for worker injury, fatality
Lac des Iles 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 oper...
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, producing and...


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