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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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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...
Detour Gold updates mine plan
Detour Gold has updated its life-of-mine plan, which increases the output at Detour Lake gold mine, while extending its life by three years.According to the new plan, proven and probable open-pit reserves have increased to 16.4 million ounces contained gold.The company anticipates average annual go...
Stalled mining projects come at financial cost, says report
A new report from the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is a mouthful — The Mining Industry in Northwestern Ontario: An Analysis of Recent Developments and a Strategy for Success. But it echoes what industry stakeholders have been saying for years: Ontario is losing revenue and jobs as promising mini...
Maureen Jensen nominated to chair securities commission
Maureen Jensen has been nominated as the new chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.Jensen, the daughter of a Falconbridge mining engineer who grew up in Sudbury, has been the OSC’s executive director and CAO sinc...
Timmins’ Dome underground to end mining activities in July
With its ore reserves depleting, it was inevitable that the closing of Goldcorp’s Dome underground mine would come sooner rather than later. But a constant decrease in gold prices over the last year was the final blow for the 106-year-old mine.Goldcorp announced Jan. 14 that Dome underground would ...
Temiskaming wins development award
The City of Temiskaming Shores has won a national economic development award for the 2015 Northern Ontario Mining Showcase.Temiskaming received the Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), considered one of North America’s leading economic development organi...
Crop trials assess use of tailings beds in biomass production
Along-term research project at Laurentian University is showing promise in using mine tailings to grow crops for biomass.Over the last three to four years, Peter Beckett and Graeme Spiers, both associate professors at Laurentian University in Sudbury, have headed up the project, which examines the ...
Sudbury nickel miner said air emissions project more than half complete
Despite rumours to the contrary, Vale said it is still on track to meet its environmental commitments and complete its $1-billion Clean AER project by 2018. “We’ve looked at some minor adjustments to our capital investment in the next year, but we’re not changing our commitment to completing the pr...
Pure Gold starts economic assessment of Red Lake gold property
Pure Gold Mining has started a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of a mine, mill and tailings facility its Madsen Gold Project in the Red Lake mining district. Completion of the PEA is expected in the second quarter of this year. Nordmin Engineering of Sudbury has been contracted to ...
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 ...
Ontario ranks 15th as mining-friendly place
Saskatchewan tops the list as the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment in Canada, according to the annual global rankings released by the Fraser Institute. The Calgary-based public policy think-tank surveys mining executives in rating 109 jurisdictions around the world based on...
Miner’s family hopes inquest can prevent future fatalities
Stephen Perry's daughter hopes the 10 recommendations a five-person jury made at the end of an inquest into his death will ensure other families don't have to go through the loss she has experienced.“It's been very difficult,” said Brittany Boyd-Perry. “I feel nobody should have to go through ...
Wesdome fined for tailings effluent leak into creek
Wesdome Gold Mines was walloped with $350,000 in federal and provincial fines for not controlling effluent emanating from the company’s tailings management area at its Eagle River mill, located 50 kilometres west of Wawa. The mining company was fined $175,000 under the Fisheries Act after it...
Sudbury ultra-deep mining panel focusing on accelerating innovation
Innovation is one thing, but bringing new products and solutions to market is another animal.Sudbury's Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) wants to help smooth the road between these two phases. A UDMN panel geared towards this end will take place at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada ...
Mining panel offers no “crystal ball”
Solid answers, it's what mining professionals are looking for in the downturn, but they may not exist.The current bust has dominated conversations in the mining industry and it loomed large, despite optimistic attitudes, at a mining panel held by the Sudbury and Ontario Chambers of Commerce, F...
Ring of Fire corridor ruling doesn’t excite Noront
A court ruling that opens up a prized overland route to the Ring of Fire was greeted with a shrug of the shoulders by Noront Resources, the leading mine developer in the remote exploration camp. Though pleased with an Ontario appeals court decision that lifts KWG Resources’ exclusive hold on...
Struggling Vale could sell Sudbury mines
Vale's holdings in Sudbury could be on the selling block.A story in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 25 that said the company is seeking to raise $10 billion in the next 18 months.“Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira said on a conference call there were 'no restrictions' on what the company would consider se...
Cementation finds a J-V partner in Quebec
North Bay-based mine builders Cementation Canada and the Cree-owned Eskan Company announced the creation of a joint venture, Nidaamisineh Cementation, to pursue mine projects in northern Quebec. A Feb. 24 Cementation news release said the joint venture will focus on underground mine developm...
Sudbury miner's death could have been avoided
If Vale miner Stephen Perry had been able to complete his work, loading explosives, without being right against Coleman Mine's rock face, he would still be alive today, said a Ministry of Labour inspector during the second day of testimony on Feb. 23 for the inquest into Perry's death.Perry, 47, wa...
Is the road to the Ring of Fire open to all?
KWG Resources no longer has exclusive rights on a strategic transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire.On Feb. 25, an Ontario appeals court upheld a divisional court ruling from last year that allows other mining companies to apply for an easement to use the 340-kilometre long route into the r...


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