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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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Mine mill fined $75,000 for conveyor injuries
Mohawk Garnet, a mining mill operating in Wahnapitae, east of Sudbury, pleaded guilty in provincial offences court, Aug. 19, and was fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts. The company specializes in the extraction and production of ...
Noront boss puts pressure on province for Ring of Fire road
A Ring of Fire developer is putting the onus squarely on Queen’s Park to find a way to fold three separate Ring of Fire road studies into one cohesive plan to get moving on building an access corridor to reach the stranded James Bay mineral deposits by 2018. Though Al Coutts has no knowledge...
Communication an issue between First Nations, Ring of Fire junior miner
Using sex appeal to promote the Ring of Fire doesn’t sit well with the senior leadership of the Matawa First Nations. Chief David Paul Achneepineskum, CEO of the nine-community tribal council, accused KWG Resources and company president Frank Smeenk of “stooping very low” in attempting to c...
Ring of Fire video draws mixed reaction from women professionals
The reviews on a racy Ring of Fire promotional video from KWG Resources featuring bikini models is drawing mixed reaction from some professional women in the mining industry. If the video was intended to educate casual investors on the Ring of Fire, Barb Courte, chair of the Thunder Bay chap...
Viral vixens court Ring of Fire junior miner controversy
KWG Resources president Frank Smeenk makes no apologies to the social media reaction from a spicy company-sponsored promotional video featuring two bikini-wearing women hawking the virtues of the Ring of Fire. “I guess I’m kind of tickled. It proves the old adage there’s no bad news, especia...
Noront expects Ring of Fire road funding announcement soon
With a funding announcement for a permanent Ring of Fire road expected shortly, Toronto-based Noront Resources is enlarging its land package in the James Bay camp and is devising a multiple mine development plan. The company announced Aug. 8 that it has signed an agreement with MacDonald Min...
Wallbridge makes down payment on Quebec gold property
Sudbury’s Wallbridge Mining has signed a purchase agreement and made the first payment to Balmoral Resources to acquire a western Quebec gold property for $3.7 million. Wallbridge considers the Fenelon Gold Property an advanced stage project with near-term production potential. The 1,052-...
Gowest Gold secures exploration millions
Gowest Gold has signed a letter of intent with Pandion Mine Finance worth $17.6 million to finance exploration at its Timmins-area gold project.Pandion, based in New York, provides financing solutions for developing mining companies.According to a non-binding letter of intent, the money would h...
Premier Gold acquires Mexican mine
Thunder Bay’s Premier Gold Mines is acquiring a Mexican gold and silver mine in a US$140-million cash and share deal. In what company president-CEO Ewan Downie called a “compelling and transformative transaction,” Premier announced July 28 that it has signed an agreement with Yamana Gold to ...
Orefinders crushing for gold
Toronto’s Orefinders Resources has hired two contractors to crush and recover surface gold from its Stockpiles Project near Kirkland Lake.At its Mirado gold property, the company has a pile of blasted and mined material on the surface, known as the Stockpiles, once excavated from the former o...
First Nations trainer setting up future drillers for success
The Frontenac open pit may have limited gold potential, but it’s perfect ground for the type of real-world training that Randy Becker wants to provide for First Nations. The CEO of Nimkie Mining Services is negotiating with the Town of Temagami to reopen the aggregate pit this fall, south of...
Detour Gold reports positive drill results from Lower Detour
Detour Gold Corp. is reporting positive results from its winter drilling program at the Lower Detour property north of Cochrane.Lower Detour is located about six kilometres south of the company’s flagship project, Detour Lake Mine, which contains an open pit mineral reserve of 16.4 million ounc...
Wesdome Mines appoints new CEO
Wesdome Gold Mines has appointed Duncan Middlemiss as its president and CEO.Middlemiss had been president and CEO of St. Andrew Goldfields before it was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in January.Middlemiss takes over from Rolly Uloth, who had held the position for the last three years. Uloth w...
Ring of Fire developer hires rail experts for corridor study
KWG Resources has signed on CANARAIL Consultants to conduct a rail feasibility study for the Ring of Fire and for its development partners, China Railway First Survey & Design Institute. Quebec-based CANARAIL provides consulting and engineering services for mining and freight railways, and ...
Dome Mine to remain operational in Timmins
Goldcorp has announced it will keep its underground Dome Mine in Timmins open and operational.In a July 20 statement, Porcupine Gold Mines’ (PGM) general manager, Brendan Zuidema, cited the rise in gold prices among the reasons behind the company’s decision.“In response to the significant incr...
Goldeye Explorations Agrees to Be Acquired by Treasury Metals
Treasury Metals, a future gold producer in northwestern Ontario, is adding to its assets by acquiring Goldeye Explorations and its very promising gold property, north of Red Lake.Goldeye Explorations announced July 11 that it has agreed to a proposal to the company’s acquisition by Treasury.Gol...
Clinic studying link between McIntyre Powder and workplace disease
Can a link be made between aluminum powder administered to miners over more than three decades and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?Advocates are hoping a growing body of anecdotal research will demonstrate a link between aluminum ...
Osisko starts drilling at Timmins-area property
Osisko Mining has started a 20,000-metre drill program at its Garrison property, located 100 kilometres east of Timmins.Work is focused on the Garrcon and Jonpol deposits, which have been defined by previous operators on the property. The drill program will confirm previous work, follow up on ...
Miners recall use of black powder during employment
Danny Hway vividly remembers the impact McIntyre Powder had on his father, Nicholas, who worked at Timmins’ McIntyre Mine for 47 years.At home, his dad wouldn’t speak of it, but he didn’t need to. His grim appearance at the end of every shift did the talking for him.“He’d come home and his han...
Province sinks funding into bio-mining research
A new Laurentian University industrial research chair position in bio-mining, bio-remediation and science communication has the potential to kickstart a new industry in Sudbury that could create hundreds or even thousands of jobs, said the director of the Vale Living with Lakes Centre.“It's not...
Sudbury-made software allows drill hole logging from anywhere
David Peres and Rob Patterson are experts in developing software for the mining industry, particularly for drill hole data management. But, through their careers, they quickly found the same problem turned up again and again.“We visited a lot of client sites and implemented a lot of software so...
Cluster report overlooks Sudbury’s mining cluster: MP
The Toronto-based Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity recently issued a report titled “Clusters in Ontario: Creating an Ecosystem for Prosperity” that, in the opinion of industry experts, overlooks Sudbury’s vibrant mining clusters.Industrial clusters are interrelated business in compact...
Toronto think-tank’s industry cluster model excludes mining
Researchers at the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity sure didn’t do their homework in the eyes of Dick DeStefano, executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA).The influential Toronto-based think-tank released a working paper in late June highli...
Tahoe acquires net smelter return at Timmins mine
Tahoe Resources is growing its interests in the Timmins gold camp.Tahoe announced July 5 it has acquired Goldcorp’s two per cent net smelter return royalty, related to production at Tahoe’s Bell Creek Mine, for $12.5 million.The two parties have additionally signed a letter of intent that would...
New regulations to make mining industry safer
The Ministry of Labour will enforce new regulations on Jan. 1 that Ontario’s chief prevention officer expects will make underground mining safer across the province.George Gritziotis, the province’s chief prevention officer and chair of the 15-month Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, ...
Hands-on instruction has mobile trainer on a roll
Hands-on training has proven to be an ideal way to help recruit First Nations into heavy equipment careers. A Fort William First Nation training and recruiting company is making inroads into the mining industry by reaching out to companies and communities with their own brand of matchmaking ...
Two found guilty in $24M Atlas Copco fraud case
The two Quebec men convicted of defrauding mining supply giant Atlas Copco’s Sudbury operations to the tune of $24 million could face up to 14 years in prison, said the assistant Crown attorney who led the prosecution in the case. "There is no minimum" sentence, Philip Zylberberg said June 2...
Mining magnate donates $10 million to architecture school
Sudbury’s emerging school of design has a new name: The McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Goldcorp founder and CEO of McEwen Mining Rob McEwen and his wife Cheryl were in Sudbury, June 29, to donate $10 million to the downtown Sudbury institution, currently under its se...
Gowest negotiating to mill at Redstone
Gowest Gold is negotiating with Northern Sun Mining Corp. to mill ore from its Bradshaw gold deposit at Northern Sun's Redstone Mill.Under the proposed agreement, Gowest will process up to 500 tonnes per day of material as part of its bulk sample and pre-production program at Bradshaw, near Tim...
Junior miner appeals duty to consult case
It’s back to court for Northern Superior Resources.The Sudbury junior miner is heading to the Ontario Court of Appeal after its $25-million lawsuit against the Ontario government was dismissed by a Superior Court judge in late May.After taking a few weeks to consult with his lawyer, company pr...
Kirkland Lake Gold raising $15 million for exploration
Kirkland Lake Gold is looking to raise $15 million for exploration activities at its Timmins and Kirkland Lake properties through a non-brokered private placement.The company announced on June 21 it was issuing 1,047,340 flow-through shares at a price of $14.32 per share for gross proceeds of $...
Oban changing name to Osisko Mining Inc.
Oban Mining Corp. is changing its name to Osisko Mining Inc.The company said the name change will better reflect the “evolution of the corporation since the beginning of its consolidation activities in Ontario and Quebec.”The company said rebranding initiatives would follow shortly.Much of the ...
Gowest Gold pretty stoked about bulk sample permits
Gowest Gold received advanced exploration permits from the province to mine a bulk sample from its Bradshaw gold deposit, northeast of Timmins. "After a lengthy and thorough review, we have received the critical permits that will enable us to take the next major step towards the development ...
First Mining banks on northwestern Ontario
Vancouver’s First Mining Finance has finalized its acquisition of Tamaka Gold and its Goldlund gold project, near Sioux Lookout. "The closing of the Tamaka transaction marks our eighth acquisition since listing the company on the TSX-Venture Exchange in April, 2015,” said First Mining chairm...
Province wins exploration duty to consult case
Score one for Ontario.A mining strategist said the Ontario government won an impressive victory in its court case against a Sudbury exploration company that sued the province for breach of its duty to consult with a northwestern Ontario First Nation band.Waterloo-based natural resources consulta...
Tony Makuch takes top spot at Kirkland Lake Gold
Tony Makuch has resigned his post as vice-president of Canadian operations at Lake Shore Gold, and will take on the position of CEO at Kirkland Lake Gold.The news was relayed in a June 13 press release, which simultaneously announced the resignation of George Ogilvie from KL Gold’s top spot."Af...
Quebec miner lands high-tech metal property
Montreal miner MDN has picked up a niobium deposit in the James Bay lowlands. The company announced June 7 that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Argor property from Barrick Gold Inc., James Bay Columbium and Goldcorp. The property’s history dates back to the 1960s when Jame...
Richmont digs up capital to extend mine life
Richmont Mines raised $31 million in gross proceeds to extend the mine life of its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario, and scout around for new reserves. The gold miner announced June 7 that the corporation had issued 2,990,000 common shares on a bought-deal basis with underwriter Mac...
Construction on Sudbury arterial road begins this summer
The City of Greater Sudbury is getting ready to build the $80.1-million Maley Drive extension, and contracts were set to be tendered by the end of May.A report headed to council on May 10 said since the federal government announced its one-third share in April (the province announced its share ...
Data analytics companies a growing resource in North
The mining industry is producing something besides minerals these days: it’s producing massive quantities of data.Data on finances, safety, equipment, productivity, scheduling, and more. It belongs to a category of information coined “big data” to describe the large, complex sets seen in the m...
Georeference mineral claims to prep for digital system: ministry
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is encouraging people with mineral claims in Ontario to double-check their claim boundaries as the province inches closer to introducing digital claim staking.The adoption of online claim system is part of the modernization of the Mining Act, which...
Open pit taking shape at Timmins mine
Development work on Goldcorp’s Hollinger open-pit mine in Timmins is progressing steadily, following ramp-up last October.Goldcorp’s Brendan Zuidema, general manager of Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM), the Timmins-area division of Goldcorp, and Don Burke, general manager of the Hollinger Mine, visi...
Aboriginal relations branch reaching out to industry
The Aboriginal Relations Branch of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is reaching out to the mining sector to share its evolving approach to Aboriginal affairs and its insight into conducting business with First Nations and Métis communities.Bernie Hughes, director of the Aborigina...
Court rules in Ontario’s favour on exploration consultation case
A Sudbury exploration company that sued the Ontario government for allegedly failing to consult with a First Nation band in northwestern Ontario has lost its case in an Ontario Superior Court.Northern Superior Resources was advised May 25 that a judge had ruled in favour of the province.The comp...
Wallbridge to acquire Quebec gold property
Sudbury-based Wallbridge Mining Company has entered an agreement to acquire the Fenelon Gold property from Balmoral Resources Ltd. for $3.6 million.Fenelon Gold is located in west-central Quebec and is located within the same geological belt that hosts the Detour Gold Mine located 185 kilometres...
Tahoe bets big on Lake Shore Gold
The ink was barely dry on the deal to combine Tahoe Resources with Lake Shore Gold Corp. when company officials outlined plans to boost gold production in Timmins.Tony Makuch, president of Tahoe’s Canadian operations, as well as Tahoe executive chair Kevin McArthur and Tahoe president and COO ...
Richmont looking to dig up $27 million
Richmont Mines is out to raise $27 million to extend the mine life and find gold reserves near its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario. The gold miner announced May 16 of an agreement with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada as the lead underwriter for the issuance of 2.6 million common s...
Holding company grabs another northwest gold project
Vancouver’s First Mining Finance is making a move to acquire Tamaka Gold and its Goldlund project near Sioux Lookout. First Mining announced May 16 that it has signed a “definitive amalgamation agreement” with privately-held Tamaka and its 26,000-hectare gold project, halfway between Dryden ...
Quebec junior exploring around Kidd Mine
Glencore is wrapping up production at its Kidd Creek Mine in 2021, but a Rouyn-Noranda junior miner believes there’s more zinc and copper to be found. Explor Resources has started a geophysical program to define targets on its properties, 20 kilometres north of Timmins, following by a 3,000-...
Temiskaming silver digger signs First Nation deal
A Vancouver junior miner that’s digging for high-grade silver near Temiskaming Shores is working with a First Nation band to explore around a former underground mine. Brixton Metals announced May 10 that it has struck an exploration agreement with the Timiskaming First Nation (TFN) for its L...


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