Safety course to warn miners about dangers of radon gas
The Radiation Safety Institute of
Canada is planning a free course to inform workers and managers in
Ontario’s mining sector about the potential danger radon gas poses
underground.Radon is a heavy gas that is invisible and
odourless. After cigarettes, it is the second leading cause of
Marathon prospector wins award
Persistence and effort paid off for
Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was
recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake
niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s
owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which
earned him the Bernie ...
Mining group names new chair
Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s vice-president of operational
support for Canada-U.S., has been appointed chair of the Ontario Mining Association
(OMA) for a two-year term.Lauzier, the former mine general manager at Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position...
Ring of Fire junior picks mine-building boss
Steve Flewelling has been named Noront
Resources’ senior vice-president for mining and projects.
With more than 30 years of experience in
exploration, mine planning, construction and operations, Flewelling
was a mine manager for Falconbridge’s (now Glencore’s) Sudbury
operations for seven ye...
Province approve Ring of Fire miner’s EA work plan
Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister
Glen Murray has approved the amendments to the terms of reference for
Noront’s proposed Eagle’s Nest nickel and copper mine in the Far
North Ring of Fire.
It’s the first step in the company’s
environmental assessment process with much work to b...
Junior miner confident of progress in Ring of Fire
The head of the leading junior miner in the
Ring of Fire feels it’s getting close to obtaining provincial
approval to advance to the next phase of developing its nickel-copper
deposit in the James Bay lowlands.
Al Coutts, president and CEO of Noront
Resources, is expecting good news from the...
Mines more costly in Far North, finds report
It came as no
surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it’s more
expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a
new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold
mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
Cobalt’s Yukon Refinery back on care and maintenance
Citing financial difficulties,
Swiss-based United Commodity SA has suspended operations at its Yukon
Refinery in North Cobalt and terminated all but a few staff.
The company saw its shares on the
Stuttgart stock exchange soar to €22 in 2013, then plunge to €3.30
before being delisted, leaving...
First Nickel could shutter Lockerby Mine within months
First Nickel Inc.'s decision to halt
the development of its underground ramp at the Lockerby Mine in
Sudbury comes down to the price of nickel, said company president and
CEO Thomas Boehlert.And the Toronto-headquartered nickel
and copper mid-tier miner is closely evaluating in the months to
Mining veteran Peter Crossgrove dies
Peter Crossgrove, a mining industry stalwart,
philanthropist and Sudbury native, died June 2.
Raised in the shadow of the Inco smelter in
Copper Cliff, Crossgrove was highly regarded as an accomplished
business leader and humanitarian, raising millions for Ontario
healthcare and cancer care....
KWG blazes path to appeals court over Ring of Fire route
A fall court date has been set to hear an
appeal by KWG Resources on a disputed access corridor to the Ring of
But will the Toronto junior miner’s noted
adversary, Cliffs Natural Resources, show up?
KWG announced that the Ontario Court of Appeal
has set Oct. 20 as the date to hear the...
Junior miner edges closer to court fight with province
Barring a late settlement agreement, a Sudbury
junior miner appears headed to court to lock horns with the
provincial government this fall in a case that might have
ramifications on the Ontario Mining Act.
An Oct. 5 trial date has been booked for an
Ontario Superior Court judge in Toronto to...
Milling suspended at Lac des Iles
North American Palladium (NAP) has suspended milling at its Lac des Iles palladium mine north
of Thunder Bay due to water balance issues.The company
quietly made the announcement on May 11 while reporting its first-quarter
results from 2015. It said water seepage was a problem on site, and damag...
Details still elusive on Ring of Fire progress
The Ring of Fire may appear to be a garden of agony for the
mining companies involved, but Ontario’s lead negotiator charged with working
out a crucial and historic agreement with affected First Nations assures all that
real progress is being made to advance development in the Far North.Former S...
Temex increasing interest in Timmins gold property
and Goldcorp have signed a non-binding letter of intent that will allow Temex
to increase its equity interest in their Whitney joint venture (JV) project to
85 per cent.Temex currently
holds 60 per cent interest in the Timmins-area JV, while Goldcorp retains 40
per cent.Among t...
Worker dead in St Andrew Goldfields incident
woman is dead following an incident at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt Mine, the
second fatality at the site in less than a year.In a news
release, the company said employee Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed in an
underground rail haulage accident on May 23. The Holt property is locat...
Samantha Espley takes home the hardware
Samantha Espley of Sudbury was honoured at the
Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary, May 21.
The general manager of the Vale’s Mines and
Mills Technical Services Department received the Award for the
Support of Women in the Engineering Profession.
Espley, a graduate of the University of
Harte Gold bulks up with Sudbury contractor
Toronto’s Harte Gold has hired Sudbury’s
Technica Mining to mine a 70,000-tonne high-grade bulk sample and
start construction of surface infrastructure at its Sugar Zone
Deposit, near Hemlo in northeastern Ontario.
The $20-million contract includes $5 million in
the form of Harte Gold common...
Kap Gold beats the bushes for precious metal
Kapuskasing Gold (KAP) has launched a second
round of exploration at its Borden North and Rollo properties in
The Vancouver-based junior announced May 13
that exploration is underway to follow up on last year’s
prospecting which returned significant gold values, includi...
Rubicon secures CPP loan for Red Lake mine build
Minerals has secured a US $50-million loan from the Canada Pension
Plan Investment Board to help finish development of its gold mine in
miner announced May 14 that it had entered into a financing
agreement with CPPIB Credit Investments, a subsidiary of Canada
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it
easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground
thanks to 3D mapping technology.Syed Naeem Ahmed, a physicist who
worked in Sudbury's underground neutrino laboratory for five years,
started Clickmox Solutions after his work with that pro...
North represented at CIM awards
was represented at an awards gala held by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal, QC, on May 11.The annual event celebrates
leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past
Transparency act could muddy things with FNs, assoc. warns
A new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada.The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), which received royal assent in December 2014, and is expected to come into effect in June, requires mining com...
Given 8, Stobie jury returns 24 ways to make mines safer
The families hugged, smiled and shed a
tear as the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and
Jason Chenier came to an end today with recommendations from the
four-person jury today.The jury was given eight
recommendations to look over last week, and they came back with 24 in
Base metal mines 2.5 times more costly in far north: report
It came as no surprise to the Mining
Association of Canada (MAC) that it's more expensive to mine in the
Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the
association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold
mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
St Andrew Goldfields reports high Q1 production results
St Andrew Goldfields
(SAS) said it produced 23,727 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2015 — 11
per cent more than its forecast for that period— and plans to have its Taylor
Project in commercial production by the fourth quarter.The company
operates the Holt and Holloway gold mines, along w...
Lake Shore Gold expands exploration programs
Lake Shore Gold has
expanded its scope of exploration work at its gold properties in Timmins, which
will add another $13 million to its 2015 exploration budget.The company is
expanding the exploration program at its 144 Gap Zone, launching a new program
to explore the 144 Trend to the southwest...
Mining conference marks 20 years in June
Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines will welcome delegates to Sudbury June 20
to 25 for the Mining and the Environment International Conference, the fifth edition
of the event. The first event was held 20 years ago.The conference
will bring together technical experts in the environme...
Mining ambassador, volunteer dies at 86
The Northern Ontario mining community
lost an esteemed colleague and long-time contributor on April 3.Merv Lavigne, a resident of Haileybury
who dedicated his life to the pursuit of mining and the preservation
of mining heritage, died following a brief illness at the age of 86.Born in Ottawa, La...
Roads from Riches: How the Ring of Fire can improve living conditions in the Far North
What is the one thing that would make
living in Ontario’s Far North communities better?If you asked that question to seven
people knowledgeable about the North, you might very well get seven
different answers: clean drinking water, functional sewer systems,
quality education, improved health se...
Engineering firm focuses on tailings, backfill management
To the untrained eye, a visit to Kovit
Engineering’s lab in Sudbury looks like a number of adults playing
with combinations of sand, silt and water.
On the surface, the lab might have a
lot in common with a child’rens playground, and the wide-eyed
experimentation that comes with getting one’s...
Industry welcomes extended industrial electricity rate
The Ontario government has announced it
plans on making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER)
Program permanent.Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault made the
announcement in Sudbury while Northern Development and Mines Minister
Michael Gravelle held a press conference on the issue in Thunder B...
Mining Supply Showcase opens up opportunity for Northern businesses
Somewhere in Greenland, there’s a
mining industry representative walking around wearing a toque with
Larabie Logistics emblazoned across it.With temperatures still dipping below
zero in early March, the giveaways handed out by the
Kapuskasing-based hauling company proved just the right tool to
Lake Shore Gold CEO shares challenges and successes
Timmins-based Lake Shore Gold has come
a long way since a rough patch in 2012 and 2013 when a lot of
investors thought the gold producer could go bankrupt.The company's first quarter of 2015 was
its best ever, with a record production of 53,000 ounces of gold,
which represented a 19 per cent in...
Charges laid in Sudbury mine deaths
Ministry of Labour has laid 13 charges First Nickel and Taurus
Drilling Services under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for
the May 6, 2014 deaths of Marc Methé, 34, and Norm Bisaillon, 49,
at Sudbury's Lockerby Mine.Both
men, who worked for Taurus Drilling Services, were killed by a...
Noront ups the ante, finalizes Ring of Fire chromite purchase
A Quebec Superior Court has granted approval by
Noront Resources to finalize its acquisition of the Ring of Fire
chromite properties from Cliffs Naturals Resources for a new purchase
price of US $27.5 million.
After Noront announced on March 23 that it had
reached an agreement to buy the pro...
Anthony Makuch crowned TopGun
Anthony Makuch, CEO, Lake Shore Gold, has
achieved TopGun status as a turnaround CEO according to Brendan Wood
International (BWI), a global performance advisor.
The recognition went to Makuch based on Lake
Shore Gold’s value appreciation of approximately 187 per cent
achieved over the last ...
First Nation chiefs still POed about Cliffs chromite sale
The chiefs of Marten Falls and Aroland
First Nations said the sale of Cliffs Natural Resources’ chromite
properties in the Ring of Fire to Noront Resources was not a fair
In an April 25 statement, Marten Falls Chief
Bruce Achneepineskum and Chief Sonny Gagnon of Aroland said the
Teck starting exploration on Timmins property
Teck Resources Inc. has started exploration work on Explor Resources’ Timmins Porcupine West
property. Teck has the option of earning up to a 70 per cent interest on the
property from Explor.Teck is currently
conducting short-wave infrared instrument scan (TerraSpec) analyses on existing
Feds budget for high-tech mining, Aboriginal training
There wasn’t a billion-dollar Ring of Fire
payday for Ontario in the April 21 federal budget, but Ottawa is
willing to fund some of the technological challenges, exploration
know-how and training requirements to support the idled Far North
Ottawa is setting aside $23 million ov...
Richmont Mines ups the ounces
Richmont Mines reports quarterly gold
production at its mines in Northern Ontario and Quebec is up 23 per
cent over the same period last year.
In an April 22 release, the Montreal gold miner
released its first quarter production numbers showing 25,859 ounces,
and gold sales of 24,791 ounces,...
Noront COO Paul Semple dies
Paul Semple, a 30-year mining industry veteran
and chief operating officer of Noront Resources, died on April 15.
Semple was considered the “face and voice”
of the Ring of Fire junior miner since joining the company in 2009,
and was regarded as a well-respected leader in the mining community....
Sudbury council digs deep to support mining innovation
The City of Greater Sudbury Council and the
Greater Sudbury Development Corporation approved $1 million in
funding for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
Commercialization Attainment Program.
The program will receive $200,000 a year until
“Council’s decision to supp...
New Red Lake gold mine edges closer to production
Rubicon Minerals reports its Phoenix Gold
project in Red Lake remains on schedule to start production by
The mill commissioning process is ahead of
schedule and is expected to continue throughout this year’s second
quarter, including limited processing of some low-grade development...
Ontario vows to act on 18 mining review recommendations
Ontario is accepting and vowing to act on the 18 recommendations that come from the province's Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's final report, released this morning.MPP Glenn Thibeault and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn accepted the report this morning at Workplace Safety North's a...
Vale VP Kelly Strong stepping down May 1
Kelly Strong and Brazilian miner Vale are parting company as of May 1.The company issued a short statement this afternoon that Strong, the company's Sudbury-based vice-president of its Ontario and UK operations, would be pursuing "another opportunity.""After almost 14 years with our operations, Kel...
Ontario mining royalties 'pitifully low': MiningWatch Canada
Ontario's mining royalties are
"pitifully low” said MiningWatch Canada in an open letter to
Ontario's auditor general.The organization has asked Auditor
General Bonnie Lysyk to exercise her office's "value-for-money"
mandate to evaluate the province's review of its Mineral Development
Final mining health and safety report due Wednesday
Minister of Labour
Kevin Flynn will release the province's final report on its Mining
Health, Safety and Prevention Review Wednesday morning, confirmed the
Ministry of Labour.Sudbury MPP Glenn
Thibeault is scheduled to accompany Flynn for the announcement at
8:30 a.m.The Ministry of
AuRico to merge with Alamos Gold
AuRico Gold and
Alamos Gold have agreed to a US $1.5-billion all-stock merger to
create a new mid-tier producer with operations in Northern Ontario
and Mexico.The companies
announced April 13 that they have signed a definitive agreement that
being described as a “merger of equals.” AuRico brin...
Northern Sun temporarily suspends custom milling
Northern Sun Mining Corp. has temporarily suspended custom milling operations at its
Redstone Mill in Timmins due to low ore inventory as a result of cessation of
ore deliveries to the site.Redstone
processes ore from Wallbridge Mining Company’s Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury.
On March 28, Wa...