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North American Palladium is trying to get back on track after a bleak year that included a fatality and near-bankruptcy for the company.
Lac des Iles realigning following summer fatalityLate in the afternoon of July 10, Jim Gallagher answered the phone call that no mining executive ever wants to receive.Pascal Goulet, a 38-year-old husband and father of two, had been killed while operating an LHD loader underground at Lac des Iles Mine.“I was in Toronto, and you almost know the words are coming before you hear it,” said Gallagher, speaking at a Sudbury meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. “In my 30-plus years, there have been fatalities at min...

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Porcupine Gold Mines signs exploration deal with First Nations
Porcupine Gold Mines, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, has signed a resource development agreement with four First Nations communities, which will allow for continued exploration in the Timmins area. Negotiations began more than five years ago.Participating First Nations include Mattagami First Nation,...
Sudbury miner strikes exploration deal with First Nation
Steve Miller, chief of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, said his community has struck a “first-of-its-kind” advanced exploration agreement with KGHM International regarding the Victoria base metal mine project, west of Sudbury.The community, also known as Whitefish Lake First Nation, for...
Sudbury miners don’t innovate? No way, says Ionic CEO
The president and CEO of the Sudbury-based Ionic Engineering group of companies says he was shocked when he read Greg Baiden, the CEO of Penguin Automated Systems, say Sudbury mining companies lack innovation.“I do absolutely no work in this city. I wouldn't want to and I don't need to,” Baiden sai...
Vale and Glencore not innovative enough: Penguin CEO
Sudbury's largest mining companies, Vale and Glencore, lack innovation, says the chairman of a local mining robotics and technology company.“I do absolutely no work in this city. I wouldn't want to and I don't need to,” said Greg Baiden, chairman and CEO of Penguin Automated Systems, a Sudbury-base...
Lac des Iles realigning following summer fatality
Late in the afternoon of July 10, Jim Gallagher answered the phone call that no mining executive ever wants to receive.Pascal Goulet, a 38-year-old husband and father of two, had been killed while operating an LHD loader underground at Lac des Iles Mine.“I was in Toronto, and you almost know the wo...
Let the dewatering begin
Northern Iron Corp. announced it has a permit in hand to begin dewatering the former Griffith open-pit mine in northwestern Ontario.The Vancouver miner announced Nov. 17 that the Ministry of Environment issued a permit to allow dewatering of the north pit of the former iron ore mine.“The issuance o...
Kerr Mines selling Northern Ontario assets
Kerr Mines has entered a pair of agreements to sell its Northern Ontario assets in a deal worth $11 million.Kerr’s assets in the North include the Kerr Addison property, the McGarry Mine property and additional McGarry Township claims in the Larder Lake mining division in Northeastern Ontario.Pu...
Mining org seeking women award nominees
Women in Mining Canada is seeking nominations for its annual Trailblazer Award, which recognizes women’s contributions to mining.Nominations are open to women who hold Canadian citizenship at the time of their accomplishments and can be awarded posthumously.Nominators must provide evidence of th...
Sudbury's Transition Metals juggles several exploration projects
The last year was difficult for mining exploration companies, but it was an improvement over 2013, says Scott McLean, president and CEO of Sudbury-based Transition Metals.“2015, I expect, is going to be better than 2014,” McLean said at the 2014 Ontario Prospectors Association Exploration and Geosc...
Primero increases production at Timmins gold mine
Production at Primero Mining Corp.’s Black Fox gold complex near Timmins increased production by 30 per cent in the third quarter of 2014.Production increased to 22,288 ounces of gold at 31 per cent lower cash costs of $688 per ounce over the previous quarter. Primero credited the change to high...
Wallbridge, Timmins prospector recognized by industry
Sudbury’s Wallbridge Mining and legendary Timmins prospector and geologist Dean Rogers were recipients of Ontario Prospectors Association Awards at a dinner during the Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Sudbury, Nov. 4.Wallbridge is operating its first mine producing copper, platinum, ...
June date set for junior miner’s lawsuit against Ontario
A Sudbury junior miner has nailed down a date to take the Ontario government to court for failing in its legal duty to carry out consultation with First Nations.Northern Superior Resources announced that a Superior Court judge overseeing the company’s litigation has set June 1, 2015 for the trial d...
Detour Gold digs their 3Q results
Detour Gold is pleased with the results of its operational and financial results for the third quarter of 2014 released on Nov. 3.Among the quarterly highlights were that gold production reached 115,344 ounces.Mill throughput rates averaged above design capacity of 55,000 tonnes per day for 44 cons...
Probe Mines changes up board
Probe Mines elected new members to its board of directors during its annual general meeting on Oct. 29.Jamie Sokalsky will take on the chair’s role, while other elected members include David Palmer, company president and CEO, Gordon McCreary, Basil Haymann, John B. Gammon and Dennis H. Peterso...
Still no Ring of Fire plan, says fed finance minister
Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the Ontario government is causing delays in the federal government's plan to devote nearly $11 billion to infrastructure investments in the province over the coming years, according to a Canadian Press story.Oliver said Oct. 3 in Toronto that he was still wa...
Mining needs gov’t support to innovate, says Franco-Nevada chair
The mining industry lacks the government support needed to innovate, said Pierre Lassonde, chairman of Franco-Nevada Corporation.Lassonde is scheduled to speak at Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium, Nov. 6, where he plans to address many of the issues Canada's mining sector faces.“The Ontari...
Vale could dismantle Sudbury's Superstack
Some call it an eyesore, while many others see it as one of Sudbury's most easily identifiable and iconic landmarks.By the end of the year Vale is expected to determine the future of the Superstack, and decide whether or not it should be dismantled.“The reality is that there's very little SO2 (sulp...
Chinese rail money for Ring of Fire?
The plate tectonics for Ontario’s stalled Ring of Fire development project could significantly shift if Premier Kathleen Wynne’s visit to China pays dividends down the road.The China Daily reported that the Far North mineral deposits could be cause for a constructive arrangement between the provinc...
Mining network issues pan-Canadian call for proposals
The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) has set out a national call for proposals to find additional partners.An initiative of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), the Sudbury-based network is conducting research and development for ultra-deep mining applications — mining beyond 2....
Glencore digs deeper in Sudbury Basin
The future of Glencore's nickel operations in Sudbury will require deeper mines to access previously untapped deposits, said Marc Boissonneault, the company's vice-president of Sudbury nickel operations.Boisonneault, who addressed the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 21, said the mining ...
New boss at Richmont Mines
Richmont Mines announced Renaud Adams in its new president and CEO, effective Nov.15.With 20 years of industry experience, Adams comes over from Primero Mining where he served in the same position. Prior to that he made stops at IAMGOLD, Cambior and Breakwater Resources.Richmont runs the Island Gol...
Detour Gold, Hatch garner engineering awards
The Detour Lake Gold Mining Project was a big winner at the 2014 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards in Winnipeg, Oct. 23.The Cochrane-area development received the Engineering a Better Canada Award given to a project that demonstrates how engineering “enhances the social, economic or cultural q...
Pure Gold digs in at Red Lake
Pure Gold Mining is drilling new targets at its Madsen Gold Project in Red Lake.The company has a $4-million exploration program under way, which includes 9,000 metres of drilling.The first phase is focused on near-surface high-grade mineralization along a 12-kilometre long trend, which includes th...
Timmins mayor transitioning to private sector
A Timmins man, who for years championed the mining sector from the mayor’s seat, will now join the industry in the private sector.Tom Laughren, who served as mayor of Timmins for eight years — and as councillor from 1994 to 2003 — will move on from a life in municipal politics when he joins Lake Sh...
Local solar panel technology to be tested in Malta
Early next year, Sudbury-developed clean energy technology – with strong potential for the mining sector – is expected to be tested off the coast of Malta, a small European island nation in the Mediterranean Sea.Kim Trapani, a Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRA...
North Bay mine builder lands salt mine rehab work
Cementation Canada will be on familiar turf later this year as the North Bay mine builder has landed a major contract to rehabilitate the shafts at a Goderich salt mine.Kansas-based Compass Minerals, the owners of the Sifto salt mine, selected Cementation as part of a “multi-million-dollar” upgrade...
Ring of Fire junior: “When will this horse drink?”
Critics of the province’s announcement in late August to establish an interim board for a Ring of Fire development corporation said it’s too little, too late.Political adversaries of the Wynne government said the announcement will not result in any momentum at all in developing the $60-billion mini...
Outgoing deputy minister headed waaaaay north
George Ross, Ontario’s former deputy minister with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, started his new job with the Government of Yukon as its new deputy minister of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources on Oct. 1.Christine Kaszycki, the Ring of Fire Coordinator, is the acting a...
Canopy system shows promise for rapid development
The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) has completed the first phase of testing for a protective canopy system designed to serve as a key enabler for rapid underground development.Two steel canopies – one providing protection for a jumbo, the other for bolting – allow drilling, loadin...
NORCAT opens Timmins facility
The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) is spreading its reach.The Sudbury-based training and innovation centre is opening a satellite office in Timmins in order to more efficiently offer health and safety training and programming to industry clients. From its location at the Timmins c...
KWG, Noront react to Cliffs shakeup
Frank Smeenk was direct in his appraisal of Cliffs Natural Resources ending up on the wrong end of an acrimonious proxy fight with a New York hedge fund.“I thought they deserved everything that befell them,” said the president-CEO of KWG Resources. “They haven’t been easy to get along with at all.”...
Sudbury group funded for mining canopy
The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) has received provincial funding toward the development of a canopy that will protect underground miners from falling rock.Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Sudbury on Sept. 26 to announce a grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHF...
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 ...


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