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After turbulent times, management at Lac des Iles mine, near Thunder Bay, is looking to instill sound mining and safety practices.
Mining veteran brought in to reboot palladium mine The last two years at North American Palladium’s Lac des Iles mine, Jim Gallagher has experienced a major company refinancing, an ownership changeover, a management reshuffle, a tailings pond issue, a round of layoffs, and the tragic death of a worker.As the newly anointed president-CEO, Gallagher is hoping the streak of bad luck has run its course and he can now focus on the positives.“We’re setting the goal of becoming one of the best mines in the world.”Earlier this year, the Toronto...

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Mining ventilation consultants opening Sudbury office
BBE Consulting, an international mine ventilation and cooling company is coming to Canada and is setting up shop in Sudbury. Scheduled to open an office sometime in February, the specialized Australian and South African engineering consultancy provides a suite of services related to mine ven...
Lake Shore Gold being acquired by Tahoe Resources
Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources is acquiring Lake Shore Gold.Tahoe announced it would acquire all shares of Lake Shore Gold in an agreement to combine the companies.Under the agreement, Lake Shore shareholders will receive 0.1467 of a Tahoe common share per Lake Shore share. Once the transactio...
Lake Shore finds more gold on ex-Temex property
Lake Shore Gold’s exploration program has discovered gold mineralization on some newly acquired property near Timmins. The Timmins miner announced Feb. 4 that it has found shallow and high-grade gold at the Whitney Project during the first phase of a surface drilling program. It’s the first ...
Vale has new Ontario operations VP
Vale has appointed Stuart Harshaw as its new vice-president of Ontario operations.Harshaw, who has worked for the company since 1990, took over the positon on Jan. 11.In his current role, he is responsible for the base metal operations of Vale in Ontario. That includes six mines, a mill, smelte...
Mineral explorers make their case to Ottawa
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is lobbying Ottawa to strengthen an exploration tax credit program and commit infrastructure dollars to support remote development projects. PDAC released its list of priorities, Feb. 2, as part of a pre-budget submission to the fed...
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, produ...
Mineral strategy falls short: watchdog group
Ontario’s updated Mineral Development Strategy offered a few “glimmers of hope” by addressing abandoned mine rehabilitation, but is short on details, contends Mining Watch Canada.“Over half of the report is just plain marketing facts for the industry,” said Ugo Lapointe, the industry watchdog ...
Detour Gold updates mine plan
Detour Gold has updated its life-of-mine plan, which increases the output at Detour Lake gold mine, while extending its life by three years.According to the new plan, proven and probable open-pit reserves have increased to 16.4 million ounces contained gold.The company anticipates average annu...
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 p...
Maureen Jensen nominated to chair securities commission
Maureen Jensen has been nominated as the new chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.Jensen, the daughter of a Falconbridge mining engineer who grew up in Sudbury, has been the OSC’s executive director and CAO s...
Project documents impacts from aluminum powder in miners
Janice Martell hadn’t even heard of McIntyre Powder until a few years ago.Then someone suggested her father, Jim Hobbs — who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after three decades of working in nickel and uranium mines — could be eligible for compensation.She began to research. And wha...
Lac des Isles fined for worker injury, fatality
Lac des Isles 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 ...
KL Gold, St Andrew merger gets shareholder approval
Shareholders have approved a merger between Kirkland Lake Gold and St Andrew Goldfields.On Jan. 19, KL Gold shareholders voted in favour of the $178-million deal, which would give existing Kirkland Lake and St Andrew shareholders owning approximately 71 per cent and 29 per cent of the combined ...
Chinese railroaders coming to Ontario
Ring of Fire project developer, KWG Resources, said it’s signed a memorandum of understanding with China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group. The document sets out the terms to proceed with a feasibility study on how to engineer and finance a railroad to reach the remote mineral d...
Northern Ontario PDAC presence growing
When Roger Rondeau headed to Toronto with samples of his innovative apparel last March, he was surprised to leave the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention empty handed.“We just brought [our product] for display, and we wound up selling most of it on the la...
Pele Mountain adds new chair to board
Pele Mountain Resources has announced Wayne Richardson as its new chair of the board of directors.Richardson is president and CEO of Enirgi Group, a privately held specialty chemicals and diversified industrials company headquartered in Toronto. Enirgi owns and operates a portfolio of diversifie...
Noront granted an extension
Noront Resources announced the closing of its extension on its US$15 million convertible debt debenture. The Toronto Ring of Fire project developer has extended the term of its US$15 million convertible debt debenture with its largest shareholder, Resource Capital Fund (RCF). The debt comes ...
Red Lake developer delisted from New York Stock Exchange
Rubicon Minerals received notice on Jan. 11 that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has decided to suspend to delist the common stock of the gutted Red Lake mine project developer from the exchange. The exchange notified the company that it no longer complied with the continued listing stand...
Goldcorp closing Dome underground mine
Goldcorp announced Jan. 14 that it’s permanently closing underground mining activities at its Dome mine in Timmins by the middle of this year. The company said 115 employees and 76 contractors will be affected. The legendary underground mine has been a fixture in the Porcupine camp for more...
Province to implement mine safety amendments in 2016
The province expects to implement the first three amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act — aimed at improving safety standards in Ontario mines— early in 2016.“These three in particular were amendments that were put forward by the committee that we've acted on as quickly as we c...
Confederation reaches for gold in Ecuador
Trainers at Confederation College are anxiously awaiting the run-up to development of a new mine in Ecuador where they’ll be helping to prepare a workforce to support a major gold project.Last March, the Thunder Bay college signed a training agreement involving Lundin Mining and Universidad Té...
Timmins branches out
Could good news come in threes for the City of Timmins?On the heels of a pair of announcements of new industrial development in Timmins — Calabrian’s liquid sulphur dioxide plant and General Magnesium’s magnesium and talc mine — the city has announced a potential third development from an inve...
“New awakening” in Indigenous engagement
Sean Willy brings a unique perspective to his role as director of corporate responsibility for the uranium producing Canadian Mining and Energy Corporation (Cameco).Willy was raised in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, and belongs to the Metis Nation of NWT.He runs the Saskatchewan-bas...
Ring of Fire junior miner heads to China for infrastructure money
KWG Resources’ ultimate dream of building a Ring of Fire railroad may have to be realized through a Chinese bank. A spokesman for the Toronto junior miner is hyping that a “turning point” has been reached that will jumpstart the stalled development process of the untapped mineral belt in Ont...
Chinese railroaders going more in-depth on Ring of Fire corridor
A Chinese railway engineering firm has agreed to embark on a feasibility study with Toronto’s KWG Resources to investigate the economics of building a Ring of Fire railroad. KWG Resources announced Dec. 29 that it has been advised through its Chinese agent – Golden Share Mining Corp. – that ...
Wawa gold diggers propose merger
Two Wawa gold explorers, Red Pine Exploration and Augustine Ventures, want to merge into one.The two junior miners announced Dec. 17 that they’ve entered into a non-binding letter of intent where Red Pine will acquire all of the outstanding securities of Augustine.Red Pine and Augustine each hol...
Former Ring of Fire negotiator charged in gas plant scandal
David Livingston, a one-time provincial Ring of Fire negotiator, is one of two top aides of former Premier Dalton McGuinty facing criminal charges over the destruction of government documents related to the controversial cancellation of the two Toronto-area gas plants.Livingston and Laura Mille...
Goldcorp judged best in high-grade corporate reporting
Goldcorp was a three-time winner for excellence in corporate reporting as judged by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) at its annual awards in Toronto, Dec. 9.The gold mining giant won the prestigious Overall Award of Excellence in Corporate Reporting along with awar...
Inquest to be held into 2012 Sudbury mining fatality
The province will conduct an inquest into the death of Sudbury miner Stephen Perry.Perry, 47, was killed on Jan. 29, 2012, while working as a development miner at Vale's Coleman Mine in Levack. Perry died after he was struck by a 14-ton piece of rock that broke from the wall when he was working...
Mineral exploration gets a boost with provincial strategy
The province is throwing a lifeline to the struggling mineral exploration sector with the establishment of a $5-million junior exploration assistance fund to support grass roots projects.The one-year program was the centre piece of the province’s launch of its new 10-year Mineral Development S...
Province’s 10-year plan to put Ontario mining on top
The Ontario government has a “vision” and a “blueprint” to put the province’s sagging mining industry on a world stage.The province’s all-encompassing new Mineral Development Strategy, which was released Dec. 11 at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, is being billed as a 10-year plan to make Ontario a “...
Northern prospectors to be honoured at PDAC in 2016
Industry veterans with Northern Ontario connections will be honoured at the 2016 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) convention in March.Robert Cudney, Stephen Roman, and John Whitton are the recipients of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for the Bruce Channel gold discovery at ...
Mines minister “grateful” for auditor general’s criticism
A harsh critique of the effectiveness of Ontario’s mines and mineral program by provincial auditor general Bonnie Lysyk was greeted with enthusiasm by the minister of Northern Development and Mines. “I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m grateful for her recommendations,” said Michael Gravelle...
Sombre, reflective tone at SAMSSA's AGM
The Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA) welcomed a new president, two new board members and inducted two local businessmen into their respected Hall of Fame at their December 4 annual general meeting.A crowd representing 110 of the organization's 125 members stood in si...
Essar-Cliffs court fight goes in Soo steelmaker’s favour
An Ohio Court has dismissed Cliffs Natural Resources’ lawsuit against Essar Steel Algoma. The Cleveland-based iron and coal miner filed a US $90-million suit against the Sault Ste. Marie steelmaker last Jan. 12 claiming Essar has been in continuous breach of a taconite pellet sale and purcha...
Auditor general slams province on Ring of Fire mining – or lack of it
Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has come under harsh, across-the-board, criticism by the provincial auditor general for its ineffectiveness and inaction in making any progress in the Ring of Fire and in promoting Ontario’s mineral resources.The auditor general’s annual revie...
Nine ways to dig mining out of its hole
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce wants the federal and provincial government to take “bold steps” to put the mining industry in a better position to succeed. In its Digger Deeper report released Dec. 1, the chamber has nine recommendations to revive the struggling sector, which has been hampe...
Noront raising $2.4 million for Ring of Fire exploration
Noront Resources announced Nov. 24 it was out to raise $2.4 million for work in the Ring of Fire in the James Bay region.The company plans to raise the money in a private placement of 4.8-million flow-through common shares at a price of $0.50 apiece. The Toronto-based junior said the proceeds ...
Chinese rail engineering firm scopes out Ring of Fire proposal
No sense getting into the chromite business without having China on your radar, according to KWG Resources.With more than half of the world’s ferrochrome is being consumed by the People’s Republic, Moe Lavigne, vice-president of exploration and development for the Toronto junior miner, said it...
Goldcorp reports fatality at Musselwhite Mine
A scoop operator has died following an incident at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine northwest of Thunder Bay.In a news release, Goldcorp said a scoop operator was working underground early on Nov. 26 when an “unexpected fall of ground” occurred.Although first responders were dispatched to initiate ...
KWG teams up with Chinese company on Ring of Fire transportation plans
A Chinese railway design firm will examine the engineering data related to KWG Resources’ proposed Ring of Fire transportation corridor, creating the potential for a future collaboration between the two parties.KWG and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co., Ltd. (FSDI) have sig...
Mining experts weigh in during international safety conference
Black lung disease has been listed as the cause, or a contributing factor, in 76,000 deaths in the United States since 1968.Despite more than 40 years working in the American coal-mining industry, that number still shocked Joe Main when he was appointed as the assistant secretary of labor for M...
Managers must be accountable, says Anglo American chief executive
Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American and chairman of De Beers, returned “home” to Sudbury to deliver a Goodman School of Mines guest lecture Oct. 27 on Corporate and Political Leadership for Successful Resource Development.Some of the leadership skills shared by Cutifani were learned in Sudbury...
Texas company building liquid sulphur dioxide plant in Timmins
A new industry coming to Timmins will expand the area’s mining service and supply sector expertise, while creating employment for locals.In early October, Texas-headquartered Calabrian Corp. announced it would build a liquid sulphur dioxide (SO2) production plant in Timmins to serve the mining,...
Ontario to host mines investment forum
Ontario will play host to an international mines investment forum in 2016 and 2017.Mines and Money Americas — part of a series of one of the world's largest mining investment forums — will come to Toronto in September 2016 and September 2017. In 13 years, Mines and Money events have previously ...
Kirkland Lake Gold out to acquire St. Andrew Goldfields
Kirkland Lake Gold is seeking to expand its regional presence with an offer to acquire its northeastern Ontario neighbour, St. Andrew Goldfields, in a proposed all-share $178-million deal. The mid-tier gold miner announced Nov. 16 that it has entered into a binding definitive agreement to ac...
Harte Gold has a blast near Hemlo
Toronto’s Harte Gold announced that the first blast to cut the portal on its Sugar Zone gold deposit, north of White River, was completed on Oct. 30. Technica Mining is working around the clock to handle the underground ramp development with the aim of taking a 70,000-tonne bulk sample that ...
Did the government tax Cliffs Natural Resources out of Ontario?
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is accusing the provincial government of counting its chromite chickens before they hatched. Fedeli said the McGuinty-Wynne government was proposing to introduce a specially created chromite royalty for the Ring of Fire and claims the new tax was a factor in Cliffs N...
Junior miner wants faster government action on providing Far North infrastructure
Noront Resources president-CEO Alan Coutts isn’t enamoured with the provincial government’s glacial pace of infrastructure planning in the Ring of Fire, but his junior mining company has no immediate intention to mothball its nickel project in the region.“We don’t have any plans to stop activi...
Iron miner eyes North American steel producers
Sioux Lookout could get a huge economic jumpstart if a proposed $3.77-billion open-pit iron mine and mill operation in northwestern Ontario comes to fruition. While North American steel demand has been sluggish and iron ore prices have reached historic lows, Armando Plastino, CEO of Rockex M...


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