Province offered Cliffs special power deal
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli
confirmed in a conference call with reporters Dec. 4 what many people
had long assumed: the province has offered Cliffs Natural Resources a
special hydro rate for its Ring of Fire project.Chiarelli was
promoting the province's long-term energy plan, entitle...
Integrated approach required for modern mining
“At the end of the day, it’s about
the rocks.”It’s simple advice delivered by TMAC
Resources CEO Catharine Farrow, but insight that’s carrying the
company forward in its quest to become the next major gold mining
camp in Canada.As the second in a succession of
visiting lecturers to the Goodman...
Coppercorp remains viable for Superior Copper
Like the legend of the big fish that
got away, the giant slab of native copper once witnessed in the
depths of the Coppercorp Mine near Sault Ste. Marie is feeding dreams
and hopes of a major find for Superior Copper.
Bruce Staines, a registered
professional mining engineer sitting on Superio...
Distribution agreement increasing sales for Northern companies
When Brenda Hagerty started getting
requests for Porcupine Canvas products from miners working across the
country, she knew the company was meeting a need, but how to increase
distribution remained a conundrum. That’s where Sling-Choker came
in.The two companies—located in
Schumacher and Sudbu...
MP's Ring of Fire motion down in flames
A motion by Nickel Belt MP Claude
Gravelle to call the Ontario government before the federal natural
resources committee on the Ring of Fire development appears to have
been shot down, the Canadian Press reported.The Conservative majority on the
committee rejected Gravelle's NDP proposal to hav...
Province approves mining safety review
They did not get the government inquiry
they had asked for, but the United Steelworkers in Sudbury and
members of the Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support (MINES)
Committee said the provincial government's decision to start a mine
safety review was a big victory.Briana Fram, the MINES
Noront: We're still in the Ring of Fire
Cliffs Natural Resource has decided to
ice its Black Thor chromite mine project, but Noront Resources, a
Ring of Fire neighbour, maintains its still full speed ahead on
development of its deposits.Noront “reaffirmed” its plans to
continue development of its Eagle's Nest mine project and remains...
Nickel Belt MP proposes “marriage counseling” for Ring of Fire
Nickel Belt (Sudbury) MP Claude
Gravelle thinks it's time to open a new channel of dialogue between
Ottawa and Queen's Park on the Ring of Fire.The Ontario government's pleas for the
federal government to buy into mining development in the James Bay
lowlands appear to have fallen on deaf ears. ...
Detour Gold searches for new boss
Gerald Panneton has resigned as
president and CEO of Detour Gold.
Pual Martin, the company's chief
financial officer, will serve as an interim capacity.The move is effective immediately.“We all recognize the immense
contribution Gerald has made to Detour Gold since 2006,” said board
Feds reluctant partners on Ring of Fire: Gravelle
The Ontario government's repeated calls
for Ottawa to buy into development of the Ring of Fire appear to have
gone straight to voice mail.Northern Development and Mines Minister
Michael Gravelle said it's time for the feds to put its money where
its mouth is by working with Queen's Park on infr...
Junior miner calls out Queen's Park
A Sudbury junior miner that's suing
Queen's Park for $110 million remains openly critical of the
province's response to resolve a land access in northwestern Ontario.Northern Superior Resources CEO Tom
Morris said the province's proposal of “facilitated mediation”
completely misses the mark in ...
Bartolucci vows refinery will be built in Capreol
The man who was minister of Northern Development and
Mines when Cliffs Natural Resources announced it was building a $1.8-billion
refinery near Capreol outside of Sudbury says now is not the time to panic.“It's not falling apart,” Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci
said, “although this is not the great...
Sudbury officials in ‘shock’ and ‘disbelief’ after Cliffs announcement
Sudbury officials were stunned Oct. 20, following the
announcement by Cliffs Natural Resources it was suspending all work on its
massive Ring of Fire chromite project, including work on a billion-dollar
smelter near Capreol.“The company determined that it will not allocate
additional capital fo...
Cliffs puts Black Thor project on the backburner
The Ring of Fire's biggest mining player has called an
indefinite halt to its chromite project in Northern Ontario.Cliffs Natural Resources announced late Wednesday, Oct.
20 that is it suspending its $3.3-billion Black Thor chromite mine and mill
project, and it is not allocating any further cap...
Politicians drawn to Cliffs refinery site
Northeastern politicians have beating a
steady path to the site of a potential ferrochrome refinery in an
outlying area of Sudbury.Cliffs Natural Resources has had a
continuous presence in Capreol, where it plans to build a ferrochrome
processing facility, said councillor Dave Kilgour.“Cliffs i...
Noront weighs in Ring of Fire corporation
Ring of Fire junior miner Noront
Resources has endorsed the Ontario government's proposal to create a
development corporation to advance infrastructure planning in the
James Bay region.
“We see this as a positive step and
an appropriate model for infrastructure development in the Ring of
Geraldton manufacturer lands million-dollar cheque
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund dollars
rained down on Greenstone area of northwestern Ontario this week.Havilah Holdings received $1 million to
establish a Geraldton manufacturing plant that will make
energy-efficient and recyclable insulated panels made from organic
material. The panels are mo...
Timmins miner fined for tailings breech
A Timmins area mining company has been
fined $60,000 for contraventions of the Lakes and Rivers Improvement
Act.Liberty Mines, recently renamed
Northern Sun Mining, was charged by the Ministry of Natural Resources
following a minor breech in its tailings dam in 2010.The mine and tailings dam ar...
Treasury Metals strikes financing deal
Treasury Metals announced it has
entered into an arrangement for a $6-million feasibility finance
facility with RMB Australia Holdings.RMB is the resource merchant banking
division of the FirstRand Group. The mining company will also
complete a private placement of common shares for $2.5 millio...
Garnet miner strikes the funding motherlode
A First Nations garnet mining company
has landed $4.3 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to
expand its Sudbury area processing plant.Mohawk Garnet is building a
manufacturing facility that will produce abrasive garnet, is used in
air blasting and water-jet cutting. The project incl...
It's awards time for Ontario Prospectors
The Ontario Prospectors Association
recognized the best in its industry during its annual exploration and
geoscience symposium in Sudbury, Oct. 5.The exploration team of Probe Mines, a
Toronto-based junior miner, were nominated for the discovery of the
Borden gold project near Chapleau. The com...
Ontario creating Ring of Fire corporation
The Ontario government is hoping to
create some Kumbaya moments with the establishment of a Ring of Fire
development corporation to bring miners, First Nations, and Ottawa
together to kick-start momentum in the dormant exploration camp.Northern Development and Mines Minister
Michael Gravelle an...
Vale cuts 25 jobs in Sudbury
Vale has cut approximately 25 support
and service positions in Sudbury, confirmed a company spokesperson.“These decisions, while difficult,
are part of a wider organizational review designed to reduce costs,
ensure continued competitiveness and strengthen the sustainability of
our operations in...
Difficult year for junior miners
Uncertainty surrounding world markets and a lack of investor confidence clouded the 2013 Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium Tuesday.“This is probably the hardest year I've ever seen,” said Garry Clark, the executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association, which organized the even...
Ontario's high energy rates could jeopardize mining
Ontario's power rates jeopardize the
future of the province's mining sector, said Michael Mantha, the
NDP's critic for northern development and mines.The MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin said the
province needs to ensure the mining sector has more long-term
predictability for hydro costs.
“We need t...
AuRico Gold starts commercial production
AuRico Gold reports that its
Young-Davidson underground gold mine in Matachewan achieved
commercial production on Oct. 31 following the successful
commissioning of the shaft and hoisting infrastructure."Commissioning the shaft marks the
successful completion of a three year construction project...
Junior miners inks First Nation agreement
GTA Resources and Mining reported it
has signed an exploration agreement with Constance Lake First Nation.
The company is exploring on its Auden gold and base metal property, a
280-square-kilometre block that's within the traditional territory of
Constance Lake.In an Oct. 30 release, the compan...
Kirkland Lake Gold raises $50 million for northeast properties
Kirkland Gold has completed a
transaction that's raised (US) $50 million through a net smelter
return royalty agreement with Franco-Nevada Corp.The money is earmarked for the
company's Kirkland Lake gold properties, including its flagship
Macassa Mine.Under the terms of the transaction,
Northern’s common core grads already at work
Nearly all of the newest underground hard rock miner
common core graduates from Northern College are already working in the field
after finishing the program less than two months ago. The class was made up of
Aboriginal students from Matachewan, Kirkland Lake, Timmins and North Bay. Two
Championing the Ring of Fire
The Timmins Chamber of Commerce wants
Ottawa to partner with mining companies in the Ring of Fire to build
the infrastructure needed to reach that future mining camp in the
James Bay lowlands.At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's
annual general meeting in Kelowna, B.C., the Timmins Chamber
Wawa launches mining supply study
Wawa is digging into the details of
what it takes to become a vibrant mining supply hub.Last spring, the economic development
corporation hired consultants McSweeney & Associates to launch a
mining study to uncover business opportunities to service area mines.The northeastern Ontario town near t...
Space mining is bedrock of Sudbury research venture
From space mining suits to terrestrial
robotics, Sudbury’s Deltion Innovations is immersed in
groundbreaking research and development of space mining technologies
and techniques.Although the Northern Centre for
Advanced Technology (NORCAT) eliminated its Innovation and Prototype
Consumer demand will feed metals supercycle: mining mogul
Robert Friedland is going Hollywood.The billionaire mining mogul has
purchased a Hollywood film studio to make movies—but he’s not
ditching his bread and butter any time soon.
Friedland’s goal is to produce films
that highlight the importance of mining and underscore the urgency of
Junior miner sues Ontario for $110 million
Two employees from a Sudbury-based
junior mining company were held hostage for one day by members of a
northwestern Ontario First Nation band in 2011 in an attempt to
obtain payment from the company as it carried out a gold exploration
activity.Now the company is taking Queen's Park
to task to...
Junior miner sues Ontario over lack of Aboriginal consultation
A Sudbury junior miner is suing the
Ontario for $110 million for failing in its duty to consult with
First Nations.In an Oct. 25 release, Northern
Superior Resources said it has lost the ability to access its gold
properties in northwestern Ontario, specifically its Thorne Lake,
Meston Lake an...
Cliffs Natural Resources names Sudbury-born president
Gary Halverson, a former Timmins mine
manager and Sudbury native, was named the new president and chief
operating officer of Cliffs Natural Resources.The 55-year-old Halverson officially
takes control of the Ohio mining giant on Nov. 18. He replaces Joseph
Carrabba who is retiring on Nov. 15.Ha...
Mining Association digs Canada-EU pact
Canada's national mining industry group
is hailing the historic Canada-European trade agreement as one that
will be most beneficial to the sector.MAC president-CEO Pierre Gratton said
his industry group is “highly supportive” of the trade agreement.Gratton called the agreement “a
Cliffs VP wants Queen's Park to find Ring of Fire solution
Bill Boor hesitates when asked if his
company would have dumped a half-billion dollars in Ontario's Ring of
Fire if, back in 2009, it would have known of the myriad of economic,
political, cultural, and environmental challenges in trying to
develop a mine in the James Bay region.“That's a tough...
Opposition puts heat on Liberals over Ring of Fire
The Liberal government took a beating
yesterday in the Ontario legislature over the lack of progress in the
Ring of Fire exploration camp.With Cliffs Natural Resources
threatening to make a major decision on its stalled Black Thor
chromite deposit in the James Bay region, Opposition MPPs went a...
NAP opens new shaft at Lac des Iles mine
North American Palladium (NAP) has
started hoisting material through the new shaft at its Lac des Iles
palladium mine in northwestern Ontario.In an Oct. 21 news release, the
Toronto-based miner said the production, service and auxiliary hoists
are now fully operational and the skipping system h...
Ring of Fire needs planning controls
Ontario's Environment Commissioner is
warning that Queen's Park is risking “irreversible damage” to the
wildlife and the landscape in the Far North unless research is done
and proper safeguards are put in place.“The government's
long-held rule,” said Gord Miller in his 2012/13 annual report,
New Gold completes N-W property acquisition
Vancouver's New Gold announced Oct 16
that it has completed its acquisition of the remaining 2.5 per cent
of the outstanding shares of Rainy River Resources.New Gold is the registered owner of the
advanced gold exploration property, northwest of Fort Frances in
northwestern Ontario."We are plea...
New lease on life for Cobalt
Proclaiming the rebirth of Cobalt, one
of Ontario’s earliest mining camps, may be a stretch, but the
recent reopening of the Yukon Refinery just north of town is a step
in the right direction.The refinery had been in mothballs for
13 of the preceding 15 years when United Commodity AG of Switzer...
Underground building could help space issue: prof
With a rapidly growing engineering
school—enrolments will top 600 students this year—laboratories
and lecture space are at a premium at the Bharti School of
Engineering, and Dr. Dougal McCreath believes Laurentian University
should look down—way down—for a solution.
“Utilizing underground spa...
Exploration begins on northwest mining group
Do companies in northwestern Ontario
really dig the idea of a mining cluster group?That's the question being posed this
fall to businesses and organizations engaged in the mining field.The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is
working with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development
It's off to court for Cliffs
Resources is heading to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to
appeal a ruling that denied the Ohio miner access to its Ring of Fire
chromite deposit.In September, the
Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner ruled against the company which
was seeking a road easement atop the mi...
Sudbury getting mining observatory centre
A new centre designed
to collect mining data has been announced for the SNOLAB in Sudbury.The Northern
Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. is providing $700,000 towards the establishment of
the Mining Observatory Data Control Centre, which will be located at the SNOLAB
at Sudbury’s Creighton Mine.The f...
Junior miner recognized for Aboriginal commitment
Northern Superior Resources, a
Sudbury-based junior miner, was recognized by the Canadian Council
for Aboriginal Business for its commitment to building sustainable
business relations with First Nations.The company has attained Progressive
Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Committed status from the na...
Noront finds new boss Down Under
Ring of Fire junior miner Noront
Resources named Alan Coutts as its new president and CEO.Coutts brings more than 25 years of
experience to the job in exploration, feasibility, construction and
production of mineral deposits both domestically and internationally.Most recently he was managing dir...
Ring of Fire junior wins strategic victory
Frank Smeenk didn't want to use the
opportunity to gloat.
“It's important not to do that
publicly,” chuckled the CEO of KWG Resources. The Toronto junior
miner's bitter rival in the Ring of Fire exploration camp, Cliffs
Natural Resources, was dealt a blow last month in gaining road access