Essar Steel Algoma announces layoffs
Between 70 and 85 employees of Essar Steel
Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie received layoff notices from the mill just
prior to the Labour Day long weekend, SooToday.com reported.
"Current market conditions have prompted a
reduction in production levels and the company has had to adjust
Northern cities chasing Noront’s ferrochrome smelter
Five Ontario cities, including four in Northern
Ontario, have expressed interest in hosting a ferrochrome smelter for
Ring of Fire developer Noront Resources.
“We haven’t excluded any sites yet, but it
would be a brownfield site somewhere in Ontario,” said company
president-CEO Al Coutts. “T...
Northern Ontario Export Program reports successes and renews for two more years
Andrew Dasys and his team at
Objectivity Inc. are self-proclaimed geeks, not marketing gurus.
When Sudbury-based Objectivity needed
help selling its drill hole optimization tool to mining markets
outside the region, they found that help in the Northern Ontario
Export Program (NOEP, previously...
Hearst, Constance Lake plan joint mining readiness strategy
The Town of Hearst and Constance Lake
First Nation are collaborating on a unique partnership that could see
the two communities benefit from mining in the region.In March, the two communities embarked
on the joint development of a mining readiness strategy, which is
designed to boost economic d...
A hefty legal bill comes in for Northern Superior
It could take until late 2017 before Northern
Superior Resources’ case against the Ontario government is
resolved. But in the meantime, it’s been handed a $440,569.89 legal
The Sudbury-based junior miner lost the first
round of its court fight with the Ontario government in May. The go...
Wallbridge announces $4 million for Sudbury exploration
Wallbridge Mining Company announced
close to $4 million will spent on exploration at its Sudbury joint
venture projects.The company said the exploration
committees for the Lonmin-funded joint ventures in Sudbury have
approved programs totalling $3.958 million for approximately 20,000
Dome Mine to remain operational in Timmins
The Timmins mining community got some
unexpected good news in July when Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM)-Goldcorp
announced it would keep Dome Mine operational, contrary to an earlier
decision that had the 106-year-old underground gold mine scheduled to
close for good by October’s end.An upswing in g...
What’s one more Ring of Fire road study?
Ontario government sifts through three separate Ring of Fire road
proposals, mine and railroad developer KWG Resources has now posted a
preliminary plan of its own.
exploration firm has decided to make public a once-confidential
east-west access road study, outlining a pe...
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Ring of Fire developer hires rail experts for corridor study
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.
CANARAIL provides consulting and engineering services for
mining and freight railways, and ...
Dome Mine to remain operational in Timmins
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,