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Stephen Roman, president-CEO of Harte Gold, could bring the first new gold mine in Hemlo into production in 30 years. (Photo by Stan Sudol)
Harte Gold has eyes on 2016 productionIf all goes according to plan, Harte Gold could soon be commissioning the first new mine in the Hemlo gold belt in 30 years.President and CEO Stephen Roman said the high-grade deposit at the company’s Sugar Zone property has open-ended potential that could lead to a new gold camp in northeastern Ontario.“The project’s really ready to go now,” said Roman, whose Toronto-based junior has a permit in hand to take a massive 70,000-tonne bulk sample by the middle of this year.The Sugar Zone Property ...

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Sudbury council digs deep to support mining innovation
The City of Greater Sudbury Council and the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation approved $1 million in funding for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) Commercialization Attainment Program. The program will receive $200,000 a year until 2019. “Council’s decision to supp...
New Red Lake gold mine edges closer to production
Rubicon Minerals reports its Phoenix Gold project in Red Lake remains on schedule to start production by mid-2015. The mill commissioning process is ahead of schedule and is expected to continue throughout this year’s second quarter, including limited processing of some low-grade development...
Ontario vows to act on 18 mining review recommendations
Ontario is accepting and vowing to act on the 18 recommendations that come from the province's Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's final report, released this morning.MPP Glenn Thibeault and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn accepted the report this morning at Workplace Safety North's a...
Vale VP Kelly Strong stepping down May 1
Kelly Strong and Brazilian miner Vale are parting company as of May 1.The company issued a short statement this afternoon that Strong, the company's Sudbury-based vice-president of its Ontario and UK operations, would be pursuing "another opportunity.""After almost 14 years with our operations, Kel...
Ontario mining royalties 'pitifully low': MiningWatch Canada
Ontario's mining royalties are "pitifully low” said MiningWatch Canada in an open letter to Ontario's auditor general.The organization has asked Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk to exercise her office's "value-for-money" mandate to evaluate the province's review of its Mineral Development Strategy...
Final mining health and safety report due Wednesday
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn will release the province's final report on its Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review Wednesday morning, confirmed the Ministry of Labour.Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault is scheduled to accompany Flynn for the announcement at 8:30 a.m.The Ministry of Labour wi...
AuRico to merge with Alamos Gold
AuRico Gold and Alamos Gold have agreed to a US $1.5-billion all-stock merger to create a new mid-tier producer with operations in Northern Ontario and Mexico.The companies announced April 13 that they have signed a definitive agreement that being described as a “merger of equals.” AuRico brin...
Northern Sun temporarily suspends custom milling
Northern Sun Mining Corp. has temporarily suspended custom milling operations at its Redstone Mill in Timmins due to low ore inventory as a result of cessation of ore deliveries to the site.Redstone processes ore from Wallbridge Mining Company’s Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury. On March 28, Wa...
Province to renew mineral development strategy
The province's decision to renew its mineral development strategy – first established in 2006 – comes at a time when the sector is in a downturn, says the executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association.When the strategy was developed nine years ago, Ontario's mining sector was on an ...
Harte Gold has eyes on 2016 production
If all goes according to plan, Harte Gold could soon be commissioning the first new mine in the Hemlo gold belt in 30 years.President and CEO Stephen Roman said the high-grade deposit at the company’s Sugar Zone property has open-ended potential that could lead to a new gold camp in northeastern On...
Vale, employees charged in 2014 smelter death
The Ministry of Labour has laid 17 charges against Vale under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for a workplace incident at the Copper Cliff smelter April 6, 2014, that killed a millwright and injured another worker.Paul Rochette, 36, was killed when he was struck in the head by a pin that bro...
Longer mine life in store for Lac des Iles
North American Palladium announced March 27 that it has filed a revised technical report outlining expansion at its Lac des Iles Mine, near Thunder Bay.The Toronto-headquartered miner said a preliminary economic assessment (PEA), first discussed in a Feb. 26 news release, supports a new base case w...
Pele partners with Chinese company on rare earth metals project
Pele Mountain Resources and Chinese company Sheng Kang Ning (SKN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a rare earth metals processing facility in Elliot Lake.Pele and SKN, a mining investment company, are aiming to jointly develop a monazite-processing firm on the site of ...
Mining program reaches training milestone
More than 1,000 workers have achieved national certification through the Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP), according to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR).Occupations covered by the program include underground miner, surface miner, minerals processing operator and di...
Matawa chiefs oppose Ring of Fire project sale
This week’s acquisition by Noront Resources of the chromite properties from Cliffs Natural Resources has raised a furor among the First Nation communities closest to the Ring of Fire.The chiefs of the Matawa First Nations accuse Noront of “driving its agenda, rather than working together.”In a Marc...
Noront, KWG in Ring of Fire talks
Junior miners KWG Resources and Noront Resources announced they have been in talks to develop their properties in the Ring of Fire in partnership with First Nations in the remote region, after the latter announced Monday it had purchased 103 Ring of Fire claims from Cliffs Natural Resources for $20...
Junior miner to purchase Cliffs Ring of Fire properties
Junior miner Noront Resources has signed a $20-million deal with Cliffs Natural Resources to acquire 103 of the company's claims in the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit.The transaction includes a 100-per-cent interest in the Black Thor chromite deposit and the Black Label chromite deposit. It al...
Minister rejects Ring of Fire report
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources said he rejects an Ontario Chamber of Commerce report that gave the federal government a failing grade in its involvement in the Ring of Fire development.“I don't accept it,” said Minister Greg Rickford during a visit to Sudbury. “The federal government has be...
Ontario falling behind in mining, say industry stakeholders
Ontario is falling behind as a mining jurisdiction, agreed several industry players who participated in a consultation forum organized by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines March 18.“There's no tacit recognition by this provincial government that it believes in mining,” said Gino Chitar...
A record month for K-L Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold announced a record monthly production of 16,485 ounces of gold for February.The company said 32,862 tons milled at a head grade of 0.52 ounces per ton ("opt") or 17.8 grams per tonne ("g/t") and a recovery rate of 96.8 per cent.Company president-CEO George Ogilvie said it was an ...
High-grade results for Pure Gold
A winter drilling program at Red Lake by Pure Gold Mining has yielded some high-grade results.The Vancouver junior miner announced March 16 that it has intersected high-grade gold mineralization from its Beta Target, a second geologic structure being explored at its Madsen Gold project.The company ...
Reliant stakes gold property in North
Reliant Gold Corp. has staked 56 claim units totalling 896 hectares in the McVicar Lake area 90 kilometres west of Pickle Lake.Dubbed the East Bay Property, the claims cover a series of historical gold occurrences and prospects.Errol Farr, Reliant’s president and CEO, said in a news release th...
FNX, supervisor fined $88K in 2013 incident at Craig Mine
FNX Mining Company Inc. and one of its supervisors pleaded guilty to safety violations at the Craig Mine in Greater Sudbury and fined a total of $88,000.On Sept. 7, 2013, two workers at the mine were assigned the task of backfilling a stope (a production area of a mine from which ore is removed ...
Poor grades for Ring of Fire don't surprise key players
Key industry players in the Ring of Fire mineral deposit said they were not surprised by an Ontario Chamber of Commerce report card that criticized the glacial pace of progress in the region.During a panel discussion the chamber organized in Sudbury Wednesday, Paul Semple, the chief operating offic...
Ontario Chamber blames Ottawa for Ring of Fire delays
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Ring of Fire report card assigned a failing grade of “F” to the federal government for their lack of buy-in to advance mine development in the Far North.While Ontario has committed $1 billion for mine-related infrastructure development, the chamber sa...
Ontario Chamber blames Ottawa for Ring of Fire delays
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Ring of Fire report card assigned a failing grade of “F” to the federal government for their lack of buy-in to advance mine development in the Far North.While Ontario has committed $1 billion for mine-related infrastructure development, the chamber sa...
Mining firms strut their stuff at PDAC
The mineral commodities market may be scuffling, but Northern Ontario mining supply companies still made a big impression at one of the world’s largest annual mining shows in Toronto.Fifty-six companies and organizations exhibited at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase at the Prospectors and Devel...
Contact North offers online learning at Detour Lake
A partnership between Detour Gold and Contact North, Ontario’s distance education and training network, offers employees online learning opportunities while working and living at the remote mine site. An open house was held this past November at the Detour Gold camp to provide management and emplo...
Premier Gold turns downcycle into opportunity
Most exploration and development companies in Northern Ontario and indeed around the world are feeling the heat of the downcycle. But Premier Gold Mines Ltd. of Thunder Bay is feeling it a little less than most – in fact, its future never looked rosier.It’s likely no coincidence that its president ...
Chamber of Commerce to release new Ring of Fire report
On March 11 the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, plans to release a follow-up to a report last year, Beneath the Surface, that called the Ring of Fire chromite and base metal deposit a “national priority.”The new report, called Where are we...
Vale automates slag dumping
Watching the sudden discharge of red-hot molten metal at the Vale slag pile has been a rite of passage for generations of Sudburians. For the Vale employees responsible for the fire and light show, it’s just a job – and not necessarily an easy or pleasant one, at least until now.A new slag dumping ...
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 ...


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