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Pivotal year approaching for First Nickel

By NICK STEWART Following recent results which show a 289 per cent increase of the company’s indicated resource at Sudbury’s Lockerby Mine, the coming year promises to be a “pivotal” one for First Nickel Inc., according to its president and CEO.

Diamond discovery puts sparkle on the northwest

By NICK STEWART An unexpected diamond find by exploration firm MetalCORP may well open up northwestern Ontario as the province’s newest hotspot for the precious stone, according to the region’s district geologist.

New Vale takeover talks ignite more foreign ownership concerns

By NICK STEWART The issue of foreign state ownership in the Sudbury mining camp, an historic Canadian mining asset, should raise more than a few red flags, according to a director of a B.C.-based, pro-business, pro-free trade think tank.

A worldwide demand for seasoned engineers

By IAN ROSS The shortage of experienced engineers is not just a Canadian problem, it's a worldwide problem. It's a job-rich but candidate deficient market for mining, electrical and mechanical engineers with heavy industry experience.

2007 a banner year for mining exploration

By HEIDI ULRICHSEN If there was one thing the 400 prospectors and geologists attending the Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium seemed to agree upon, it was that 2007 was a banner year for mineral exploration.

Rainy River Resources - Instincts inspire exploration plan

By IAN ROSS To find gold beneath the glacial till of the rolling countryside near Lake of the Woods, Rainy River Resources resorted to diamond-hunting methods to map out one of the biggest gold-in-bedrock anomalies in Eastern Canada.

Kodiak Exploration Limited - Walking the Golden Mile

By NICK STEWART With every drill hole intersecting gold mineralization, Kodiak Exploration Ltd. has begun to realize the untapped potential in the Geraldton-Beardmore camp.

Detour Gold Corporation - Driving to production decision

By NICK STEWART Despite being new to the junior exploration scene, Detour Gold Corporation has hit the ground running, anticipating a production decision on its property not two years after first putting a drill in the ground.

Marathon PGM Corporation - PGM-base metals open pit mine heads for 2011 opening

By IAN ROSS Marathon PGM Corp. is edging ever closer to building an open pit mine on the northeastern shore of Lake Superior. “We’ve really done a lot in short time and we’re pretty optimistic we can make this work, said CEO Phillip Walford.

Pele Mountain Resources - Hard-charging junior revives Elliot Lake camp

By IAN ROSS Pele Mountain Resources is leading the charge behind a revival in the historic Elliot Lake uranium camp.