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.
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
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
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
IAMGOLD approved to move Timmins development forward
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...