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
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
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
Mines is out to raise $27 million to extend the mine life and find
gold reserves near its Island Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario.
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
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...
Some miners trained in vain
Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted a
safety blitz last fall at mine and exploration sites to check up on
adherence to safety training programs.
Of 78 field visits at 67 mining workplaces
between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, the ministry issued 192 orders for
violations of the Occupational Health...
Inquest called in 2011 Timmins mine fatality
An inquest has been called in the 2011 death of
a worker at the Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins.
Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner
for Inquests, announced May 12 that an inquest will be held into the
death of David Yuskow, 57, who died on March 10, 2011, from injuries
received on the j...
Mine contractor heavily fined for Red Lake worker injuries
J.S. Redpath and two of its supervisors were
found guilty in a Kenora court and fined a total of $136,000 after
one worker suffered critical injuries and another worker suffered
minor injuries from falling rock at the Cochenour Mine in Red Lake in
The fines were imposed on May 12.
New Hemlo gold miner preps for production
The first production blast at Harte Gold’s
Sugar Zone project is set for June 30.
The Toronto miner announced in a May 12 release
it is making the transitioning from mining development ore to
production ore at its gold deposit near White River.
The company has been shipping bulk samples of
Regreening conference a head-scratcher for industry
opening day of the Sudbury
Protocol Conference got off to a shaky start with plenty of
unanswered questions thrust upon the organizers.
initiative aims to take Sudbury's regreening expertise, gained over
the last 40 years from repairing the environmental damag...
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 no...
Northwest miner is “definitive” about financing iron project
Rockex Mining said it’s sealed the
deal with a venture capital firm to advance its Lake St. Joseph iron
ore and milling project, near Sioux Lookout.The Thunder Bay junior miner announced
May 2 that it has signed a definitive agreement and financing deal
with Diversified Innovative Marketing Ent...
A Kumbaya moment for Kap Gold
Kapuskasing Gold has inked a memorandum of
understanding with Flying Post and Mattagami First Nations on its
recently acquired West Keefer property, near Timmins.
The agreement lays the groundwork to identify
opportunities for businesses and citizens of the communities to
participate in exp...
Victor Mine sparkles with safety
De Beers Victor diamond mine was presented with
the John T. Ryan Award for 2015 at the Canadian Institute of
Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Awards Gala in Vancouver,
Ontario’s only diamond mine recorded zero
lost time incidents and had the lowest overall reportable injury rate...
Kidd Operations recognized for philanthropy
Glencore’s Kidd Operations in Timmins has received a 2016 Towards Sustainable Mining Excellence
Award from Mining Association of Canada.The company was
recognized for “raising the bar for corporate responsibility in the Canadian
mining sector” during the annual awards gala for the Canadian Insti...
Junior miner assistance program accepting more applications
junior exploration companies have applied for financial assistance
through a provincially-funded rebate program, and there's a second
round opening soon.
Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) first announced the Junior
Exploration Assistance Program (JEAP) in December. The progra...
Delay, delay for KGHM’s Victoria mine project
great base metals mine is “advancing,” but at a “reduced pace.”That’s the word coming
from Polish mining giant KGHM International on its Victoria Mine project,
lauded by many in the Sudbury camp as the next great nickel and base metals
mine.After some layoffs
in March, the compa...
Ministry of Labour slaps a few miners’ hands
Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors issued
192 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
to mining companies between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2015.
In a press release, the ministry said
inspectors visited 78 mining workplaces across the province during
that time period.
Experts recommend businesses gear up for cap and trade policy
The good old days are coming to an end
for carbon in Ontario, and a new age of decarbonization dawns in
2017.A provincial cap and trade system
looms, and businesses are wondering what it means to them. EarthCare
Sudbury held a panel to address questions and concerns in April. The
Aboriginal firm takes charge of camp security
The construction of New Gold’s Rainy
River Mine is proving to be a huge economic boon in business spinoffs
for the entire Rainy River district.But as with all mineral developments,
it has a finite mine life – 14 years at last countTraining and building businesses for
today and tomorrow is on th...
Deal with Sandvik puts innovation centre clients in driver’s seat
NORCAT is quickly becoming a virtual
playground for mining professionals looking for hands-on machinery
training, with the goal of improving health and safety in the
industry.The NORCAT Mining Equipment Simulation
Training Centre in Sudbury is doubling their simulation training
capacity in the...
Sudbury firm develops creative space for tech innovation
Jannatec Technologies president Wayne
Ablitt had been having difficulty attracting the best and brightest
engineering minds to his Sudbury firm, and so he set his eye to the
offices of some of the most iconic tech companies — think Google or
Facebook — for inspiration.“Over a period of time, we...
Cambrian grad hopes mine rescue story will shine light on crisis responders
Suzanne 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
Steelworkers want prosecutions against Detour Gold
The United Steelworkers union (USW) “welcomes”
criminal charges against Detour Gold for the June 2015 death
of a worker at its mine in northeastern Ontario.
USW Ontario director Marty Warren wants the
charges to be “prosecuted as soon as possible.”
“These charges validate our union's campaig...
Detour Gold charged with criminal negligence
Detour Gold has been charged with criminal negligence
causing death under the Criminal Code of Canada, following the death of an
employee at its Detour Lake gold mine last summer.On June 3, 2015, millwright Denis Millette, 52, was making a
repair to equipment at the mine that day when he was obs...
Signs look positive for Red Lake gold mine
A preliminary economic assessment (PEA)
prepared for Pure Gold Mining forecasts a 6.5-year mine life for its
Madsen Gold Project at Red Lake.
The study, prepared by Nordmin Engineering of
Sudbury, indicates average annual gold production of 47,191 ounces
and peak annual gold production of ap...
Harte Gold ships first ore samples for processing
A fledgling White River-area gold miner has
started shipping ore to Barrick Gold’s Hemlo mill for processing.
The shipments are from Harte Gold’s
70,000-tonne advanced exploration bulk sample at its Sugar Zone
property in northwestern Ontario.
The miner has also retained Crone Geophysics
KL Gold plans for Timmins development, exploration in 2016
Kirkland Lake Gold
plans to spend $52 million on development at its Timmins East Operations in
2016, and will spend $8 million on an exploration program slated for late 2016
or early 2017.The Timmins East
complex includes the Holt, Holloway and Taylor mines, which Kirkland Lake Gold
IAMGOLD approved to move Timmins development forward
received approval from the federal government to move forward with its Côté
Gold mine near Gogama.In a news release,
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said the project is “not likely to
cause significant adverse environmental effects and the project may proceed.”IAMGOLD c...
Probe Metals and Adventure Gold announce merger
Probe Metals and
Adventure Gold Inc. have announced they will be merging the two companies.Probe Metals is a
gold exploration company with property in the Timmins area. It was formed last
year following the sale of Probe Mines to Goldcorp in March. Goldcorp currently
owns a 17.7 per cent stake ...
Keeping the competitive mining edge
The long-term demand for metals is
strong. The nearly eight billion people on the planet want new stuff
and almost all of it comes from mines. Therefore, the current
economic situation is temporary, so long as the industry learns the
lessons of the last couple years and is seriously reformed to...
Trudeau still has eyes on the Ring of Fire
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted that federal support in some form could be announced soon related to the stalled Ring of Fire mineral project.Trudeau dropped that tidbit of information during a March 7 visit to Sudbury to announce long-awaited federal funds for Maley Drive, a critical arterial...
Graphite is king at prospectors’ awards
Ardiden Ltd. received the Bernie Schnieders
Discovery of the Year Award for its Silver Star North Graphite
Project from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association at its
annual convention and awards dinner in Thunder Bay, April 5.
Ardiden, an Australian graphite junior, has
Timmins assets to be critical component for Tahoe Resources
Tahoe Resources is
calling its new Timmins-area assets a “critical component” in growing the
company following its acquisition of Lake Shore Gold.The company
announced the merger between Tahoe and Lake Shore Gold had been completed on
April 1.Tahoe’s new 2016
guidance includes total gold produ...
Zenyatta graphite testing shows positive results
said it has proven the viability of its graphite during performance testing
with Ballard Power Systems.Zenyatta owns and
is developing the Albany graphite deposit located near the communities of
Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. Ballard Power Systems is a
Matawa CEO “disappointed” in Ring of Fire omission in fed budget
The CEO of the Matawa First Nations is
disappointed that the Trudeau government isn’t into mining in the
Ring of Fire, at least not according to this year’s federal budget.
Though David Achneepineskum is “pretty happy”
with the $8.4 billion in planned spending to improve First Nations’
Fed budget passes muster with business, industry groups
The 2016 federal budget “holds promise” for
local business, said the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.
They’re giving the thumbs up to Ottawa’s
pending investments in infrastructure, First Nations education and
broadband, although small business tax freezes are a concern.
Finance Minister Bill Mo...
Wait time for permits frustrates gold miner
Stephen Roman needs no reminder that Ontario is
lagging behind the rest of Canada in wait times for approval of
mining exploration permits.
“The permitting process is very slow, very
cumbersome and you need a lot of money,” states the chairman and
president-CEO of Harte Gold, a junior miner ...
Layoffs at Sudbury mine development
the minerals market has forced a Sudbury mid-tier miner to lay off
staff and contractors working on its Victoria Mine project, west of
Sudbury, near Worthington.KGHM announced March 22 that 20
positions are being eliminated and the development of its two-shaft
copper, nickel and...
Former Vale CEO killed in plane crash
Former Vale SA mining CEO Roger Agnelli
was killed in a plane crash in Brazil, March 19.Reuters reported Agnelli, 56, his wife
and two children were among seven killed when his turboprop monoplane
slammed into two homes around 3:20 p.m. local time, minutes after
taking off from an airport in no...
Second clinic to be held in Sudbury to assess miners for occupational disease
An take clinic will be held Oct. 3 and 4 in Sudbury to assess
miners who were exposed to aluminum powder for potential work-related health
conditions. This will be the second clinic of its kind; the first is scheduled
for May 11 and 12 in Timmins. Janice Martell, who is leading the initiative, ...
Sudbury to host mine rescue event
Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) has been selected to
host the upcoming Ontario Mine Rescue Competition at its Onaping mine
training facility, June 6-10.The annual provincial competition
brings together mine rescue volunteers, mining companies, government
Northern mining suppliers find home at PDAC
Now in its third year, the Northern Ontario
Mining Supply Showcase has become a staple at the annual Prospectors
and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, occupying
7,800 square feet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.When the
showcase launched in 2014, organizers could not ge...
Timmins intake clinic to assess miners for occupational disease
knew that going national with her quest to get compensation for miners who had
inhaled McIntyre Powder would get some attention, but she was bowled over by
the response after CBC aired her story earlier this year.On Jan. 29, CBC’s
Fifth Estate program broadcast Miner’s Daughter, ...
Oban Mining aiming to be next Canadian mining house
Like the 14-year-old Scotch whiskey it’s named for, the executives at Oban Mining hope the company will only get better with age, satisfying even the most finicky of investor palates.Launched by the same team that brought the Canadian Malartic gold mine online, Oban wants to be the next great Canad...
Transition picks up First Nickel properties
Sudbury’s Transition Metals announced it has acquired all the exploration and development assets of the former First Nickel.In a transaction that closed Jan. 25, Transition, which bills itself as a “project generator,” picked up 1,100 hectares of leased and patented mining and surface rights and 7,...
Lac des Iles fined for worker injury, fatality
Lac des Iles Mine, operated by North American Palladium north of Thunder Bay, has been fined $365,000 for two separate incidents in 2014 that resulted in an injury to one worker and a fatality for another.On July 10, 2014 a miner was killed after being struck and crushed by a run of muck while oper...
A milestone moment for Kirkland Lake Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold announced it has poured one million ounces at its Macassa Mine Complex since operations began at the northeastern Ontario mine in 2003.The company attributes the discovery of the South Mine Complex for boosting production levels significantly in the past five years, producing and...