K-L Gold ups the ounces
Kirkland Lake Gold reported higher gold
production in its fourth quarter following upgrades at its Macassa
mine.In a May 14 release, the company
reported production increased by 46 per cent (31 503 ounces) in its
third quarter (21, 601 ounces).
"With the increased hoisting
Graphite mine permitted to go
Ontario Graphite announced May 13 that
the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has approved final operating
permits to re-commission a graphite mine near Kearney in the Parry
Sound district.In a release, the company said it is
now fully permitted and has all the required provincial approvals to...
Environmental firm keeps growing
Maria Story only intended to work out
of a home office in Haileybury to offer environmental consulting
services. Her plans had to change as she became busier and she now
heads an established firm with a staff of nine.Story Environmental is currently
located in a renovated former pool hall close...
Nipissing needs more mine-related workers
Nipissing District’s mining-related
employers, as in other areas across the North, are facing a shortage
of skilled workers.A forecast released by The Labour
Market Group and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR),
indicates a demand for skilled workers currently exists.The mining s...
Securities commission adjusting regulations for investor protection
With shaky world markets and low commodity prices, mining companies are having a hard time raising capital for their exploration projects. But the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is working to allay investor fears by adjusting regulations to offer a measure of protection.Mineral extraction has ...
Miners around the North working for a cure
When Wayne Tonelli and Allan Epps proposed getting some co-workers together for a little pickup hockey, it was intended as a fun way to socialize amongst colleagues. Today, their small idea is producing big results for the Northern Cancer Foundation.It was 1996 when the friends, who both worked as ...
Red Lake gold digger files PEA
Gold Canyon Resources announced its filing a preliminary economic assessment on its Springpole Gold Project at Red Lake in northwestern Ontario.In a May 6 release, the Vancouver-based miner said the study was under the supervision of Bruce Murphy, Maritz Rykaart, Mark Liskowich, Dino Pilotto and Ad...
Clement delivers a Ringer
FedNor Minister Tony Clement picked the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalites annual conference in Parry Sound to announce a $4.4 million federal investment over three years in the Ring of Fire Capacity Building Initiative.As keynote speaker, Clement introduced a new Building Canada Plan for...
Gold junior announces $15 million private placement
Probe Mines has announced $15 million
in bought deal financing.In a May 10 news release, the company
said it has entered into a bought deal letter with a syndicate of
underwriters involving Cormark Securities and BMO Nesbitt Burns, who
are also acting as joint bookrunners. They will purchase 7,...
Lake Shore Gold readies for growth
Lake Shore Gold in Timmins is expecting 2013 to be a breakout year.“We are on track now to really transition from junior exploration company to a producer,” said president and CEO Tony Makuch at a presentation in April. He was addressing an audience of more than 150 at a luncheon put on by the Cana...
Work continues at Broken Hammer
Company has announced five more drill holes have been completed at the Broken
Hammer copper and precious group elements project in Sudbury.Overall, the
drilling discovered new mineralization.Highlights of the
drilling include: 12.07 metres of 3.80 grams total precious metals p...
Canada’s largest ore skips made in New Liskeard
It was a first for Canada and a first
for Wabi Iron and Steel Corp. in New Liskeard.
In March, the company delivered the
first of three 50-tonne ore skips for Agrium’s Vanscoy Mine in
Saskatchewan. The remainder of the 68-feet long skips were shipped in
“It’s a first for the company ...
Modern mining technologies reviving Sudbury zinc project
A Sudbury-area zinc deposit that was
once considered unprofitable is now getting a second look because of
modern mining and metallurgical technologies.Xstrata Zinc is currently undertaking
simultaneous pre-feasibility and feasibility studies on the Errington
and Vermilion mineralization in prep...
Vale launches new sustainability website
Vale has launched a new sustainability website in Sudbury at www.valegreatersudburysustainability.com. The website includes comprehensive information and reports about Vale’s
environmental initiatives in the Greater Sudbury area.“Vale is committed to the long-term sustainability of our
Webequie trains up for mine development
Fourteen First Nation students from
Webequie First Nation graduated from the Mining Essentials training program.Mining Essentials is a pre-employment
training program. It's designed to teach essential and work readiness
skills to those considering entry level positions in the mining
No bling for the Ring
The Ring of Fire received passionate
lip service from the Ontario government in Premier Kathleen Wynne's
2013 “prosperous and fair” budget.The Wynne government promised to keep
working with industry and First Nations to “explore and develop
mineral extraction opportunities...in an environmental...
Glencore-Xstrata merger complete
The merger between mining companies Glencore and Xstrata is
complete, creating the fourth largest mining company in the world.Glencore announced completion of the transaction May 2,
and the company’s official name will now change to Glencore Xstrata plc. Shareholders
will receive 3.05 new Glenco...
Growth in mining exports predicted for Canada in 2013
As the world
economy recovers from the recent downturn, Canada is well positioned for
growth, thanks to its abundance of resources and services that are in demand
around the world.That’s the word
from Peter G. Hall, chief economist with Export Development Canada (EDC), who
spoke to an April 30...
2012 goes out with a bang for Nordex
Nordex Explosives of Kirkland Lake reports that 2012 had its highest annual
sales revenues in the 42-year history of the company.Total annual
revenues for fiscal 2012 were $14.9 million, which represented an
increase of 30 per cent over same period revenues during 2011. It had
a net profit duri...
Kidd Operations wins safety award
Xstrata Copper Kidd Operations in
Timmins has been awarded the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy for
Metal Mines in recognition of its safety record in 2012.The John T. Ryan Trophy is awarded to
the eligible mine which in the previous year experienced the lowest
modified work injury frequency...
Lockerby Mine reaches full production
Lockerby Mine achieved full production in its first
operating quarter of 2013.The Sudbury-area mine, operated by First Nickel Inc., produced
2.5 million pounds of payable nickel during the period ended March 31.The company expects to produce nine to 10 million pounds
of payable nickel over the c...
Changes needed to remain sustainable: Vale’s Strong
prices paired with the escalating costs of doing business means Vale will have
to continue to evolve in order to maintain its competitive edge in the
industry, according to Kelly Strong, Vale’s vice-president of Ontario and UK
operations.Speaking to a
lunchtime crowd during a pac...
Export assistance program receives $666,644 for marketing, training
Northern Ontario’s mining supply and services sector is getting a boost from a provincial investment of $666,644 in support of the Ontario’s North EconomicDevelopment Corporation’s (ONEDC) export assistance program.With support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Min...
Superior Copper acquiring more property
has entered an agreement to acquire more property to continue exploration
drilling in the Batchawana Camp near Sault Ste. Marie.The exploration
company has entered an agreement to acquire portions of the Jogran Porphyry and
Richards Breccia properties and 19 claims that are cont...
Glencore-Xstrata merger pushed to May
merger deadline between mining giants Glencore and Xstrata has been extended to May 2.Glencore
International PLC announced on April 2 that the date for the $76-billion merger
has been extended with the consent of Xstrata and the takeover panel.In a document
filed with the stock...
KWG makes it case for a Ring of Fire railroad
A Ring of Fire railroad wins out over
road in the long haul. That's the conclusion drawn by international
engineering firm Tetra Tech in its report to KWG Resources after
crunching the numbers of building a railway and a permanent road to
the prospective mining camp in Ontario's Far North.The s...
Retirement, expansion fuels mining industry's need for skill
Retirement and expansion in Northern
Ontario’s mining industry means companies will be hard-pressed to
replenish the ranks.A report commissioned by the Mining
Industry Human Resource Council and the Algoma Workforce Investment Committee released in late February presented a picture of what lies
North Bay group promotes mining industry
For some, mining is associated with a
preconceived notion that it is a dirty, lowtech industry. The
Canadian Institute of Mining’s (CIM) Northern Gateway Branch in
North Bay is working to change that misconception.“We tried so many things over the
years to get a hold of young people and let the...
Algoma mining district looks to gain attention
Prospectors and junior miners will be
gathering in Sault Ste. Marie in mid-April for the Northeastern Mines
and Minerals Symposium.The Sault and Algoma district isn’t
considered a hard core area for mineral exploration in Northern
Ontario, so Delio Tortosa, president of the Sault and District
Workshop to highlight Canada-Germany partnerships
A workshop being hosted by the
Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc. will examine
potential collaborations between German and Canadian companies in the
mining industry.Sponsored by the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA), the workshop takes place April 24...
Northern MPP wants value-added mining
Algoma-Manitoulin MPP and Ontario NDP
mining critic Michael Mantha has tabled a private members bill in
Queen's Park requiring all ore from Ontario mines to be processed in
the province.In a March 27 release, Mantha said his
bill entitled the “Mining Amendment Act (Resources Processed in
Milestone graduation acheived
Angela Prevost has broken new ground by
becoming the first female Aboriginal to graduate from the surface
diamond driller assistant common core program at Northern College.Over the past five years, more than 150
graduates have completed the intensive 10-week program.More than 90 per cent of prog...
Revenue up for Liberty Mines
Liberty Mines Inc., a mid-tier producer
of nickel in the Timmins area, reported revenue for 2012 was $8.99
million, up from $2.1 million for 2011.
Net loss for 2012 was $64.4 million or
$0.31 per basic and fully diluted share. The loss included a mineral
properties impairment expense of $29.2...
Broken Hammer closure plan filed
The closure plan for Wallbridge Mining’s copper-PGM Broken Hammer project in Sudbury has been
accepted and filed by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines."We are very pleased to have
received the formal acceptance and filing of the Broken Hammer mine
closure plan. The closure plan is a ...
Gold project under review
IAMGOLD’s proposed Côté Gold Mine Project, near Gogama, is undergoing a review process to determine if
a federal environmental assessment is required.
The company is proposing the
development, construction, operation, and remediation of an open pit
gold mine and associated infrastructure. The ...
Vale cuts 30 non-union jobs in Sudbury
Vale is cutting 30 support and service jobs at its
Sudbury operations, the company announced March 20.In a statement, the company said the cuts are a result of
a review that began last year to “reinvent the business model for Vale’s base
metals organization.”The goal is to lower operating costs ...
Premier Gold adds bench strength
Thunder Bay's Premier Gold Mines named
Paul Blatter as its director of metallurgy.With more than 13 years experience in
mine development and metallurgy, Blatter previously worked at Agnico
Eagle Mines, and Matamec Explorations.A March 18 company release said Blatter
will work on metallurgy and...
New CEO for MaJIC
Butler-Jones has been appointed CEO of the Materials Joining Innovation Centre (MaJIC) in Kirkland Lake, a leading innovation
centre for the advancement of welding and material joining
technology. He replaces outgoing CEO Don Dekker.Butler-Jones
brings to the role nearly 15 years of experi...
Naughton company recognized for telecommand innovation
Penguin Automated Systems of Naughton,
located outside Sudbury, has received a Mining Magazine Award for its
design of a bulk-handling system for Coldelco’s Radomiro Tomic
copper mine in Chile.The telecommand system allows the
mine’s stacker to be controlled from off-site. The stacker has
Graphite digger starts drill program
Zenyatta Ventures has started a drill
program at its Albany Graphite Deposit in northeastern Ontario.In a press release, the company said it
is focusing on defining the size and grade of the deposit.The current $4-million program will
expand on last year's drilling campaign that intersected a la...
Detour Gold closes credit facility
Detour Gold reports that it has closed
a $135 million senior secured credit facility with $90 million of
revolving credit facility and a $45 million letter of credit.It will be available for working
capital during the ramp-up period, financial assurance and general
Tony Ring of Fire states his case
FedNor Minister Tony Clement took his love for the Ring of Fire to a lunchtime meeting of business leaders
at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, March 11.As the new lead minister in charge of
the future James Bay mining camp, Clement reaffirmed Ottawa's
commitment toward making things h...
Mining “trailblazer” wins PDAC award
Sudbury's Samantha Espley, general
manager of Vale's mines and mill technical services division for its
Ontario operations is the recipient of the second annual Women in
Mining (WIM) Canada National Trailblazer Award.
Presented at the Women in Mining
reception at this week's Prospectors and D...
PDAC mining show hits 30,000 attendance mark
This year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) show in Toronto attracted
more than 30,000 people for the second consecutive year, say
organizers.The March 3-6 event at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre is the mineral industry's largest annual
event.Organizers counted 30,147...
Tri-partite Ring of Fire training agreement signed
Confederation College, Noront Resources
and Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS) have
established a training alliance to create a home-grown Aboriginal
mining workforce for the Ring of Fire.A memorandum of understanding was
signed at the Prospectors and Developers Association o...
Mining for Non-Miners
The Hearst Economic Development
Corporation is presenting a “Mining for Non-Miners” workshop at
the Inovo Centre, March 20.In partnership with Collège Boréal,
participants will hear presentations from Brian Atkinson and Suzanne
Halet from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines on how th...
Mining photographer illustrates life underground
After more than a decade shooting
weddings, families, engagements and babies, James Hodgins felt like
he was losing his spark. But all it took to reignite his passion for
photography was a jumbo drill or two.Sudbury-based Hodgins, the proprietor
of James Hodgins Photography, started photographi...
Timmins entrepreneur keeps conveyors running smoothly
A conveyor alignment system, designed
and manufactured in Dave Sharp's backyard workshop, has found a home
in several countries across the globe.“It was a part-time thing because I
just wanted to make the payments on a truck,” he said. “That's
all I wanted to do.”His company, Conveyors Plus, h...
Book reveals escapades of gold highgrading
It wasn't just the shareholders reaping
the benefits of the gold mines in Timmins several decades ago –
highgraders were getting rich too.Kevin Vincent, a Timmins journalist and
broadcaster, released the first of three volumes of Bootleg Gold,
which recounts the untold stories of gold smuggli...
Sudbury innovators develop motion-capture mining software
From a small operation that began in
the basement of their home, Rod and Clara Steele are now in the
process of commercializing a product that could transform
the tunnel-drilling process in underground mining.Through their company, TesMan, which is
a tenant at the Northern Centre for Advanced...