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Award-winning Marathon prospector Rudy Wahl is on the trail of rare earth and diamond prospects on Lake Superior’s north shore.
Marathon prospector wins awardPersistence and effort paid off for Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which earned him the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year award by the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association.He’ll add to that Lifetime Achievement Award he received from the association in 2012.Last year, Wahl disco...

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Safety course to warn miners about dangers of radon gas
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is planning a free course to inform workers and managers in Ontario’s mining sector about the potential danger radon gas poses underground.Radon is a heavy gas that is invisible and odourless. After cigarettes, it is the second leading cause of lung can...
Marathon prospector wins award
Persistence and effort paid off for Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which earned him the Bernie ...
Mining group names new chair
Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s vice-president of operational support for Canada-U.S., has been appointed chair of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) for a two-year term.Lauzier, the former mine general manager at Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position...
Ring of Fire junior picks mine-building boss
Steve Flewelling has been named Noront Resources’ senior vice-president for mining and projects. With more than 30 years of experience in exploration, mine planning, construction and operations, Flewelling was a mine manager for Falconbridge’s (now Glencore’s) Sudbury operations for seven ye...
Province approve Ring of Fire miner’s EA work plan
Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray has approved the amendments to the terms of reference for Noront’s proposed Eagle’s Nest nickel and copper mine in the Far North Ring of Fire. It’s the first step in the company’s environmental assessment process with much work to b...
Junior miner confident of progress in Ring of Fire
The head of the leading junior miner in the Ring of Fire feels it’s getting close to obtaining provincial approval to advance to the next phase of developing its nickel-copper deposit in the James Bay lowlands. Al Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources, is expecting good news from the...
Mines more costly in Far North, finds report
It came as no surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it’s more expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
Cobalt’s Yukon Refinery back on care and maintenance
Citing financial difficulties, Swiss-based United Commodity SA has suspended operations at its Yukon Refinery in North Cobalt and terminated all but a few staff. The company saw its shares on the Stuttgart stock exchange soar to €22 in 2013, then plunge to €3.30 before being delisted, leaving...
First Nickel could shutter Lockerby Mine within months
First Nickel Inc.'s decision to halt the development of its underground ramp at the Lockerby Mine in Sudbury comes down to the price of nickel, said company president and CEO Thomas Boehlert.And the Toronto-headquartered nickel and copper mid-tier miner is closely evaluating in the months to f...
Mining veteran Peter Crossgrove dies
Peter Crossgrove, a mining industry stalwart, philanthropist and Sudbury native, died June 2. Raised in the shadow of the Inco smelter in Copper Cliff, Crossgrove was highly regarded as an accomplished business leader and humanitarian, raising millions for Ontario healthcare and cancer care....
KWG blazes path to appeals court over Ring of Fire route
A fall court date has been set to hear an appeal by KWG Resources on a disputed access corridor to the Ring of Fire. But will the Toronto junior miner’s noted adversary, Cliffs Natural Resources, show up? KWG announced that the Ontario Court of Appeal has set Oct. 20 as the date to hear the...
Junior miner edges closer to court fight with province
Barring a late settlement agreement, a Sudbury junior miner appears headed to court to lock horns with the provincial government this fall in a case that might have ramifications on the Ontario Mining Act. An Oct. 5 trial date has been booked for an Ontario Superior Court judge in Toronto to...
Milling suspended at Lac des Iles
North American Palladium (NAP) has suspended milling at its Lac des Iles palladium mine north of Thunder Bay due to water balance issues.The company quietly made the announcement on May 11 while reporting its first-quarter results from 2015. It said water seepage was a problem on site, and damag...
Details still elusive on Ring of Fire progress
The Ring of Fire may appear to be a garden of agony for the mining companies involved, but Ontario’s lead negotiator charged with working out a crucial and historic agreement with affected First Nations assures all that real progress is being made to advance development in the Far North.Former S...
Temex increasing interest in Timmins gold property
Temex Resources and Goldcorp have signed a non-binding letter of intent that will allow Temex to increase its equity interest in their Whitney joint venture (JV) project to 85 per cent.Temex currently holds 60 per cent interest in the Timmins-area JV, while Goldcorp retains 40 per cent.Among t...
Worker dead in St Andrew Goldfields incident
A 22-year-old woman is dead following an incident at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt Mine, the second fatality at the site in less than a year.In a news release, the company said employee Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed in an underground rail haulage accident on May 23. The Holt property is locat...
Samantha Espley takes home the hardware
Samantha Espley of Sudbury was honoured at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary, May 21. The general manager of the Vale’s Mines and Mills Technical Services Department received the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Espley, a graduate of the University of ...
Harte Gold bulks up with Sudbury contractor
Toronto’s Harte Gold has hired Sudbury’s Technica Mining to mine a 70,000-tonne high-grade bulk sample and start construction of surface infrastructure at its Sugar Zone Deposit, near Hemlo in northeastern Ontario. The $20-million contract includes $5 million in the form of Harte Gold common...
Kap Gold beats the bushes for precious metal
Kapuskasing Gold (KAP) has launched a second round of exploration at its Borden North and Rollo properties in northeastern Ontario. The Vancouver-based junior announced May 13 that exploration is underway to follow up on last year’s prospecting which returned significant gold values, includi...
Rubicon secures CPP loan for Red Lake mine build
Rubicon Minerals has secured a US $50-million loan from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to help finish development of its gold mine in Red Lake. The Toronto miner announced May 14 that it had entered into a financing agreement with CPPIB Credit Investments, a subsidiary of Canada ...
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology.Syed Naeem Ahmed, a physicist who worked in Sudbury's underground neutrino laboratory for five years, started Clickmox Solutions after his work with that pro...
North represented at CIM awards
Northern Ontario was represented at an awards gala held by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal, QC, on May 11.The annual event celebrates leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past years.Northern Ontario winners include...
Transparency act could muddy things with FNs, assoc. warns
A new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada.The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), which received royal assent in December 2014, and is expected to come into effect in June, requires mining com...
Given 8, Stobie jury returns 24 ways to make mines safer
The families hugged, smiled and shed a tear as the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier came to an end today with recommendations from the four-person jury today.The jury was given eight recommendations to look over last week, and they came back with 24 in total o...
Base metal mines 2.5 times more costly in far north: report
It came as no surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it's more expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
St Andrew Goldfields reports high Q1 production results
St Andrew Goldfields (SAS) said it produced 23,727 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2015 — 11 per cent more than its forecast for that period— and plans to have its Taylor Project in commercial production by the fourth quarter.The company operates the Holt and Holloway gold mines, along w...
Lake Shore Gold expands exploration programs
Lake Shore Gold has expanded its scope of exploration work at its gold properties in Timmins, which will add another $13 million to its 2015 exploration budget.The company is expanding the exploration program at its 144 Gap Zone, launching a new program to explore the 144 Trend to the southwest...
Mining conference marks 20 years in June
Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines will welcome delegates to Sudbury June 20 to 25 for the Mining and the Environment International Conference, the fifth edition of the event. The first event was held 20 years ago.The conference will bring together technical experts in the environme...
Mining ambassador, volunteer dies at 86
The Northern Ontario mining community lost an esteemed colleague and long-time contributor on April 3.Merv Lavigne, a resident of Haileybury who dedicated his life to the pursuit of mining and the preservation of mining heritage, died following a brief illness at the age of 86.Born in Ottawa, La...
Roads from Riches: How the Ring of Fire can improve living conditions in the Far North
What is the one thing that would make living in Ontario’s Far North communities better?If you asked that question to seven people knowledgeable about the North, you might very well get seven different answers: clean drinking water, functional sewer systems, quality education, improved health se...
Engineering firm focuses on tailings, backfill management
To the untrained eye, a visit to Kovit Engineering’s lab in Sudbury looks like a number of adults playing with combinations of sand, silt and water. On the surface, the lab might have a lot in common with a child’rens playground, and the wide-eyed experimentation that comes with getting one’s...
Industry welcomes extended industrial electricity rate
The Ontario government has announced it plans on making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) Program permanent.Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault made the announcement in Sudbury while Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle held a press conference on the issue in Thunder B...
Mining Supply Showcase opens up opportunity for Northern businesses
Somewhere in Greenland, there’s a mining industry representative walking around wearing a toque with Larabie Logistics emblazoned across it.With temperatures still dipping below zero in early March, the giveaways handed out by the Kapuskasing-based hauling company proved just the right tool to ...
Lake Shore Gold CEO shares challenges and successes
Timmins-based Lake Shore Gold has come a long way since a rough patch in 2012 and 2013 when a lot of investors thought the gold producer could go bankrupt.The company's first quarter of 2015 was its best ever, with a record production of 53,000 ounces of gold, which represented a 19 per cent in...
Charges laid in Sudbury mine deaths
The Ministry of Labour has laid 13 charges First Nickel and Taurus Drilling Services under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the May 6, 2014 deaths of Marc Methé, 34, and Norm Bisaillon, 49, at Sudbury's Lockerby Mine.Both men, who worked for Taurus Drilling Services, were killed by a...
Noront ups the ante, finalizes Ring of Fire chromite purchase
A Quebec Superior Court has granted approval by Noront Resources to finalize its acquisition of the Ring of Fire chromite properties from Cliffs Naturals Resources for a new purchase price of US $27.5 million. After Noront announced on March 23 that it had reached an agreement to buy the pro...
Anthony Makuch crowned TopGun
Anthony Makuch, CEO, Lake Shore Gold, has achieved TopGun status as a turnaround CEO according to Brendan Wood International (BWI), a global performance advisor. The recognition went to Makuch based on Lake Shore Gold’s value appreciation of approximately 187 per cent achieved over the last ...
First Nation chiefs still POed about Cliffs chromite sale
The chiefs of Marten Falls and Aroland First Nations said the sale of Cliffs Natural Resources’ chromite properties in the Ring of Fire to Noront Resources was not a fair one. In an April 25 statement, Marten Falls Chief Bruce Achneepineskum and Chief Sonny Gagnon of Aroland said the biddi...
Teck starting exploration on Timmins property
Teck Resources Inc. has started exploration work on Explor Resources’ Timmins Porcupine West property. Teck has the option of earning up to a 70 per cent interest on the property from Explor.Teck is currently conducting short-wave infrared instrument scan (TerraSpec) analyses on existing core t...
Feds budget for high-tech mining, Aboriginal training
There wasn’t a billion-dollar Ring of Fire payday for Ontario in the April 21 federal budget, but Ottawa is willing to fund some of the technological challenges, exploration know-how and training requirements to support the idled Far North mineral play. Ottawa is setting aside $23 million ov...
Richmont Mines ups the ounces
Richmont Mines reports quarterly gold production at its mines in Northern Ontario and Quebec is up 23 per cent over the same period last year. In an April 22 release, the Montreal gold miner released its first quarter production numbers showing 25,859 ounces, and gold sales of 24,791 ounces,...
Noront COO Paul Semple dies
Paul Semple, a 30-year mining industry veteran and chief operating officer of Noront Resources, died on April 15. Semple was considered the “face and voice” of the Ring of Fire junior miner since joining the company in 2009, and was regarded as a well-respected leader in the mining community....
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...


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