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Laurentian University’s Tammy Eger (left) was recently appointed research chair of occupational health and safety. Her focus as director of the Centre of Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) is how vibrations affect the long-term health of underground miners.
Laurentian researcher brings vibration injuries to forefront Vibrations have not traditionally been recognized as major health and safety hazards in workplaces, but Laurentian University's Tammy Eger and her colleagues hope to change that perception.“We're trying to get the message out that yes, vibration is an issue that can lead to medical problems, but there are control strategies in place to address them,” said Eger, director of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at the university.In January 2015, Eger will be appointed...

Mining News

Tamaka ups the grams at northwest gold project
Tamaka Gold has produced new numbers for its gold deposit in northwestern Ontario.The Toronto-based junior is evaluating its Goldlund Project as a potential open pit mine.The new estimate is 1,274,000 measured and indicated ounces at 1.97 grams per tonne and 2,760,000 inferred ounces at 2.12 grams ...
Sudbury PGM explorer hunting for partner
Pacific North West Capital is building a case in its search to find a partner to develop a PGM deposit in northeastern Ontario.The Vancouver-based explorer announced Jan. 22 that SFA Oxford, a precious metals researcher, has completed an independent assessment of its River Valley PGM Project, 60 ki...
Goldcorp chair shares lessons with Sudbury audience
While dishing out advice on how to avoid mistakes through a successful career in mining, Ian Telfer elicited startled silence from his audience with this tidbit: don’t listen too much to your shareholders.“I know all you shareholders in Goldcorp love to hear that,” chuckled Telfer, chair of the...
Agnico Eagle to sell Probe shares to Goldcorp
Agnico Eagle Mines has agreed to sell its shares of Probe Mines to Goldcorp, which announced its intended acquisition of the company on Jan. 19.Under the agreement, Goldcorp will purchase 7,320,200 common shares of Probe and 2,347,951 warrants for a total value of $43 million. The deal is expect...
Richmont Mines increases financing for mine expansion
Richmont Mines is increasing the amount of its previously announced bought deal financing from $30 million to $34 million as it works to accelerate the expansion of its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario.Company president-CEO Renaud Adams said 2015 will be a “transformational year” for the Mo...
Kirkland Lake Gold gets good grades
Kirkland Lake Gold believes there are more ounces to be had deep within its South Mine Complex (SMC).The northeastern Ontario mid-tier producer released the results of an underground program currently underway on its South Claim properties purchased from Queenston Mining.One drill hole result yield...
Thunder Bay companies tag team on mine project
Two Thunder Bay firms are teaming up to advance a gold project on the East Coast.Benton Resources announced Jan. 20 that it’s executing an agreement with Nordmin Engineering to develop the Cape Ray gold project in southwestern Newfoundland.The deal involves forming a joint venture – SubCo B – that ...
N-W chambers deliver wish list to Queen’s Park
Northwestern chambers of commerce urged the Wynne government to rein in spending, get cracking on the Ring of Fire, address the growing skills gap, and strive to deliver cheaper power to Northern manufacturers.The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of C...
Montoro selects driller for Serpent River program
International Montoro Resources has contracted Orbit Garant Drilling Services for an exploration program at its Pecors Anomaly base metal property near Elliot Lake.The Vancouver junior miner’s program, which involves a minimum of 2,000 metres of drilling during the first quarter, will include a dri...
Former gov’t geologist joins Kap Gold fold
Kapuskasing Gold has appointed former government geologist Brian Atkinson to its advisory board.Atkinson served as the resident geologist with the Ontario Geological Survey offices in Timmins and Red Lake.In a Jan. 15 release, the company said Atkinson brings more than 30 years of experience and kn...
Ring of Fire discoverer named hall of famer
MacKenzie (Mac) Watson, one of the Ring of Fire discoverers, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, Jan. 15 in Toronto.He was joined by three other inductees – Goldcorp chairman Ian Telfer, First Point Minerals executive chairman Peter Bradshaw and accomplished geologist/prospector Ron...
Goldcorp to acquire Probe Mines
Gold miner Goldcorp has announced its intentions to purchase Probe Mines, which has interests in the Chapleau area, for $526 million.Under the agreement, Goldcorp will acquire all outstanding shares of Probe, while Probe shareholders will receive shares in a newly formed company, New Probe.Gold...
Real-time communications to allow deep mining
It may sound like something straight from science fiction, but for miners of the future, suits and helmets that monitor their vital signs, regulate their body temperature and communicate to aboveground operators isn’t so far from reality.Sudbury company Jannatec Technologies is working to develop f...
Laurentian researcher brings vibration injuries to forefront
Vibrations have not traditionally been recognized as major health and safety hazards in workplaces, but Laurentian University's Tammy Eger and her colleagues hope to change that perception.“We're trying to get the message out that yes, vibration is an issue that can lead to medical problems, but th...
Dynamic Earth becomes test site for deep mine air compressor
Sudbury’s Dynamic Earth mining science museum will be the test bed for a new large-scale underground air compressor to supply deep mines with cool air. The compressor will use an efficient hydraulic system to move air underground.Historically, mines have mostly used centrifugal or reciprocating com...
Nickel prices force Sudbury miner to restructure, cut jobs
Low nickel prices have forced First Nickel Inc. (FNI) to restructure operations at its Lockerby nickel-copper mine in Sudbury and cut jobs.In a Jan. 12 release, the Toronto-based miner said it is cutting 30 per cent of its workforce and 75 per cent of its contractors but will restart underground ra...
New board member for Kirkland Lake explosives maker
Kirkland Lake’s Nordex Explosives has added former Dupont Canada executive Peter Bourgeois to its board of directors.Bourgeois is a director and chairman of the board of Circa Enterprises and with Tyromer, a privately held rubber company.From 1979 to 1985, he was responsible for the packaged explos...
Province orders inquest into Sudbury mining deaths
The sister of one of two miners killed in a Sudbury mining accident in 2011 said she's looking forward to the answers coming from an upcoming coroner's inquest into her brother's death.Briana Fram's brother, Jordan Fram, was killed along with his co-worker, Jason Chenier, when they were crushed by ...
Province announces inquest into mining deaths
Dr. Reuven Jhirad, deputy chief coroner of the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, announced that an inquest will be held into the deaths of Jason Chenier and Jordan Fram.Chenier, 35 and Fram, 26, both died on June 9, 2011 in a run of muck while working on the 3,000-foot level of Vale's S...
Paul Marcotte acknowledged for mining contributions
Starting out as a 20-year-old female in the mining supply and service industry, Alicia Woods would sometimes be met with skepticism by those who doubted her knowledge and questioned her place in the industry. That all disappeared when people learned her dad was Paul Marcotte.“It was because of the ...
Supply and services sector contributes 41K jobs: study
In 2011, Ontario's mining supply and services sector contributed $3.9 billion to the province's gross domestic product, and sustained around 68,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to a new study published by the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE).CAMESE ma...
Sudbury company signs lucrative deal on CBC hit show
Alicia Woods' appearance on the Season 9 premiere of Dragons’ Den on Oct. 15 exceeded her wildest expectations.Woods, the founder of Covergalls, a Sudbury-based company that produces coveralls tailored specifically for women, received a raucous response from the dragons.Only new dragon Vikram Vij, ...
San Gold, Kerr decide not to merge
San Gold and Kerr Mines have terminated an agreement that would merge the two mining companies. The two companies announced last summer they were working toward a merger.Kerr Gold controls a 26-kilometre-long section of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Break that straddles the Ontario-Quebec border, inc...
Northern graduates second cohort of Nunavut welders
Northern College and the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut, are celebrating the successful completion of the second delivery of the Arviat Welding Trade Readiness program. The program was delivered through a partnership between the college and the hamlet, with support from the Kivalliq Mine Training So...
Mining association fetes Glencore with special award
For its outstanding performance in the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (INO) has been recognized with a special TSM Leadership Award by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).The TSM Leadership Award is granted only when an operation ...
Software program provides company performance analysis
A new software program designed for the mining industry is using production data to help companies make strategic business decisions, improving efficiency and visibility.Scio (pronounced “SEE-oh”), designed by Sudbury-based Centric Mining Systems, gathers performance data gleaned from mining operat...
Montoro raises cash for Serpent River property
International Montoro Resources Inc. is raising funds to conduct exploration activity on its Serpent River-area property in 2015.The company announced it is arranging a non-brokered private placement of up to 8 million units at a purchase price of $0.07 per unit, for aggregate proceeds of up to ...
Vale, Steelworkers enter into early contract talks
United Steelworkers Local 6500 president Rick Bertrand committed not to dwell on past disputes.In a meeting ahead of labour negotiations between Vale and the Steelworkers scheduled for the new year, Bertrand said he will be focusing on the future.That's the mindset he will take to the bargaining ta...
Probe, Noront recognized by mining association
Dr. David Palmer, president and CEO of Probe Mines, and Noront Resources are among those being recognized by the Prospectors andDevelopers Association of Canada (PDAC) for their work in mineral exploration.PDAC doles out the awards annually to showcase the achievements of companies, individuals a...
Wesdome reaches one million ounces
Wesdome Gold Mines will pour its one millionth ounce of gold at its Eagle River mine near Wawa on Dec. 5.It’s short of two decades since the first gold brick poured in October 1995 from the mine, which has produced one million ounces of gold from 3.4 million tonnes at a recovered grade of 9.2 grams...
Timmins gold miner raises $15 million for exploration
Lake Shore Gold has raised gross proceeds of more than $15 million for exploration at its Timmins gold properties.The company announced it has closed a private placement of 12,900,000 flow-through common shares on a bought deal basis at a price of $1.17 per share.The funds are earmarked for follow-...
New deputy boss at MNDM
David de Launay will be the new deputy minister of Northern Development and Mines, effective Jan. 5, 2015.He replaces George Ross, who left last summer to assume a new role with the Government of Yukon as its new deputy minister of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.Steve Orsini, the pro...
Show us the Ring of Fire plan, says Rickford to province
Federal Natural Resources and FedNor Minister Greg Rickford remains optimistic about the future prospects for the Ring of Fire despite the slow exit of Cliffs Natural Resources from Ontario.But the Kenora MP stuck to the federal government’s line that the province must identify “focussed infrastruc...
Research network reaches out to businesses for deep mining research
The Ultra-Deep Mining Network in Sudbury received 62 proposals from researchers and mining supply and services companies to bring forward any ideas that would improve ultra-deep mining productivity or safety to reality.The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) launched the Ultra-Deep Mi...
Pele Mountain to process monazite for rare earths
Al Shefsky is in a race to bring rare earth mineral production to Northern Ontario. If he can get his new project processing monazite off the ground, it may move him closer to the finish line.Shefsky, president and CEO of Pele Mountain Resources, plans to ship monazite from overseas mineral sand-mi...
Organization gets funding to promote women in mining
Women in Mining (WIM) Canada has received funding from the Status of Women Canada (SWC) to implement a national action plan to increase the number of women working in the mining sector.The focus will be on women in senior executive roles and non-traditional occupations such as trades, heavy eq...
Superior Copper returns promising drill hole results
Results from recent drill samples taken from Superior Copper’s Algoma property are encouraging the company to further its exploration program.Mineralization was sampled in eight of eight completed drill holes, and two of six tested targets warrant follow-up exploration, according to a news rele...
David Suzuki Foundation wants “social capital” invested in the Ring of Fire
The David Suzuki Foundation is siding with two northern First Nation communities in requesting a moratorium on mining exploration permits in the Ring of Fire.The Toronto and Vancouver-based environmental organization has been working with Neskantaga and Nibinamik to build the remote communities’ po...
'Significant progress' on Ring of Fire: Gravelle
Responding to a sea of criticism over its handling of the Ring of Fire, the province's Minister of Northern Development and Mines insisted on Nov. 26 his government's strategy will make the chromite discovery a success.Michael Gravelle said he's pleased with the progress his government has made, de...
Quebec superior to Ontario for exploration, says junior miner
A million dollars doesn’t stretch as far as it once did; not if you’re in the exploration business in Ontario.The province may be lauded for its rich mineralogy, but the president of a Sudbury-based junior mining company said it’s become a tad pricier and more risky to find new discoveries compared...
Porcupine Gold Mines signs exploration deal with First Nations
Porcupine Gold Mines, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, has signed a resource development agreement with four First Nations communities, which will allow for continued exploration in the Timmins area. Negotiations began more than five years ago.Participating First Nations include Mattagami First Nation,...
Sudbury miner strikes exploration deal with First Nation
Steve Miller, chief of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, said his community has struck a “first-of-its-kind” advanced exploration agreement with KGHM International regarding the Victoria base metal mine project, west of Sudbury.The community, also known as Whitefish Lake First Nation, for...
Sudbury miners don’t innovate? No way, says Ionic CEO
The president and CEO of the Sudbury-based Ionic Engineering group of companies says he was shocked when he read Greg Baiden, the CEO of Penguin Automated Systems, say Sudbury mining companies lack innovation.“I do absolutely no work in this city. I wouldn't want to and I don't need to,” Baiden sai...
Vale and Glencore not innovative enough: Penguin CEO
Sudbury's largest mining companies, Vale and Glencore, lack innovation, says the chairman of a local mining robotics and technology company.“I do absolutely no work in this city. I wouldn't want to and I don't need to,” said Greg Baiden, chairman and CEO of Penguin Automated Systems, a Sudbury-base...
Lac des Iles realigning following summer fatality
Late in the afternoon of July 10, Jim Gallagher answered the phone call that no mining executive ever wants to receive.Pascal Goulet, a 38-year-old husband and father of two, had been killed while operating an LHD loader underground at Lac des Iles Mine.“I was in Toronto, and you almost know the wo...
Let the dewatering begin
Northern Iron Corp. announced it has a permit in hand to begin dewatering the former Griffith open-pit mine in northwestern Ontario.The Vancouver miner announced Nov. 17 that the Ministry of Environment issued a permit to allow dewatering of the north pit of the former iron ore mine.“The issuance o...
Kerr Mines selling Northern Ontario assets
Kerr Mines has entered a pair of agreements to sell its Northern Ontario assets in a deal worth $11 million.Kerr’s assets in the North include the Kerr Addison property, the McGarry Mine property and additional McGarry Township claims in the Larder Lake mining division in Northeastern Ontario.Pu...
Mining org seeking women award nominees
Women in Mining Canada is seeking nominations for its annual Trailblazer Award, which recognizes women’s contributions to mining.Nominations are open to women who hold Canadian citizenship at the time of their accomplishments and can be awarded posthumously.Nominators must provide evidence of th...
Sudbury's Transition Metals juggles several exploration projects
The last year was difficult for mining exploration companies, but it was an improvement over 2013, says Scott McLean, president and CEO of Sudbury-based Transition Metals.“2015, I expect, is going to be better than 2014,” McLean said at the 2014 Ontario Prospectors Association Exploration and Geosc...
Primero increases production at Timmins gold mine
Production at Primero Mining Corp.’s Black Fox gold complex near Timmins increased production by 30 per cent in the third quarter of 2014.Production increased to 22,288 ounces of gold at 31 per cent lower cash costs of $688 per ounce over the previous quarter. Primero credited the change to high...


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