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Sudbury gold explorer ready to take a chunk out of Quebec: Wallbridge Mining chases permit for bulk sample at high-grade gold project – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – August 17, 2017)

A Sudbury junior miner is making preparations to extract a large bulk sample at an advanced gold project in northwestern Quebec. Wallbridge Mining announced that it has received a Certificate of Non-Liability from the Government of Quebec for the dewatering of the pit and ramp at its Fenelon Gold Project, and to take a 35,000-tonne bulk sample at the property, located 75 kilometres north of Mattagami.

The company said this allows them to proceed with an application for a certificate of authorization from the regional authority responsible for issuing permits. This review process is underway and typically takes 60 to 75 days.

After acquiring the old mine property last October, Wallbridge announced a positive prefeasibility study at Fenelon last February. Located in the gold-rich Abitibi region, it’s roughly on the same latitude – and just over the Quebec border – from the Detour Lake open-pit mine in northeastern Ontario. Continue Reading →

[Northern Superior Resources] Sudbury junior miner breathes life into Far North, Quebec projects – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – August 15, 2017)

Measuring 20 kilometres by 30 kilometres, Morris believes TPK has district-scale
mining possibilities, comparable to the Hollinger Mine complex in Timmins or
the Red Lake district. “I’ve been in this business for 35 years. I’ve never
seen anything like this.”

Tom Morris is excited to be finally returning to his roots. The president-CEO of Northern Superior Resources has two projects on the go this summer as his Sudbury exploration outfit advances a promising Quebec gold project while simultaneously blowing the dust off a mothballed gold and base metals property in Ontario’s Far North.

“When it comes to doing what we’re supposed to be doing, which is exploration, we’ve been pretty dormant,” Morris admits. During the downturn, it was all about survivability for many junior miners who tightened their belts as exploration dollars dried up.

After weathering that period in reasonably good shape, and with market interest in commodities looking favourable, it’s now time to get back to work with exploration dollars in hand and new company leadership in place. “Timing was everything,” said Morris. “I kept the company going for this opportunity that we knew was coming at some point.” Continue Reading →

George Salamis: Executive Chairman of Integra Gold Corp. – Mining Disruption: An Overview



Last year he challenged the industry to “get off the sidelines and into the innovation game.” Get ready to be astounded by what that means.

With over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, George Salamis understands the opportunities. He issued his challenge at Integra’s 2016 Gold Rush Challenge, the industry’s largest ever crowdsourcing campaign. Now new technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are being applied to mineral exploration, and George is in demand as a speaker who can explain what’s happening now, and what’s coming next. Continue Reading →

Eldorado finishes Integra Gold acquisition, expands operations in Canada – by Cecilia Jamasmie ( – July 10, 2017)

Canada’s miner Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) (NYSE:EGO) has taken over Integra Gold (TSX-V:ICG) in a move that helps it strengthen its position in the home country, particularly around the gold-rich Eastern Abitibi region, in Quebec.

The deal, worth about Cdn$590 million (US$457 at today’s rates), was approved by Integra shareholders and the Supreme Court of British Columbia last week.

The transaction gives Integra shareholders about Cdn$129 million cash and 77 million common shares of Eldorado, for all the issued common shares of Integra that the company did not already own. That represents roughly 10% of the total issued common shares of Eldorado, post-completion of the arrangement, the company said in the statement. Continue Reading →

Kirkland Lake and the Amazing World-Class Abitibi Gold Mining Belt – Orefinders CEO Stephen Stewart Interviews’s Stan Sudol (July 10, 2017)

The Abitibi is the largest Archean greenstone belt in the world. It’s roughly 150 km wide and starts just west of Timmins in Ontario – some say it starts in the Wawa camp – stretches for about 650 kms. in an east/west direction to Chibougamau, Quebec.

Since the first gold discovery in Timmins in 1909, the Abitibi has been the source of about 200 million ounces of gold and at least 35 billion pounds of zinc and 15 billion pounds of copper.

Both Ontario and Quebec have a number of significant mining camps. Continue Reading →

Drilling proves productive for Kirkland Lake Gold – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – June 30, 2017)

Exploration program yields new gold systems at Macassa, Taylor Mines

An aggressive exploration program by Kirkland Lake Gold is producing positive results at its two cornerstone mines in northeastern Ontario. The company reported making some high-grade drill intercepts during its exploration campaign at the South Mine Complex (SMC) of the Macassa Mine in Kirkland Lake.

An underground drill program at the mine’s 5300 Level intersected some new gold mineralization to the east with the discovery of a hanging wall system that could expand the mine’s resources.

Some of the results include intercepts of 65.8 grams per tonne (g/t) over 2.1 metres and 160.3 g/t over 0.3 metres. Follow-up drilling is planned for later this year. Drill platforms have been set up on both the east and west ends of the 5300 Level to expand the resource laterally and at depth. Early results are suggesting there is a strong potential to do just that. Continue Reading →

[Abitibi and James Bay Regions] Quebec’s golden pockets – by Virginia Heffernan (CIM Magazine – December 15, 2016)

Exploration spending is down across the board, but budgets for gold exploration have suffered less than other metals. And in two particular regions of Quebec – the established Abitibi gold belt and the emerging James Bay region – exploration drills are busily biting the rock.

The latest map of exploration drilling in Canada resembles a nighttime satellite image of the country: vast expanses of monochrome punctuated by clusters of brightness. If the clusters represented urban areas, the Abitibi greenstone belt straddling the Quebec-Ontario border would be a bustling metropolis and the James Bay region a small but growing municipality.

Despite a global slowdown in exploration spending that S&P Global Market Intelligence expects to continue into 2017, pockets of Quebec could be on the cusp of an upswing. The province’s share of Canadian drilling activity averaged about 30 per cent in the first nine months of 2016, reaching almost 40 per cent in August, according to analysis by S&P Global. Continue Reading →

Osisko Mining expects winnings from Windfall – by Trish Saywell (Northern Miner – May 23, 2017)

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Osisko Mining’s (TSX: OSK) 400,000-metre drill program at its Windfall project in Quebec should lead to a resource update before year-end, a feasibility study and permitting in 2018, and construction in 2019, president and CEO John Burzynski announced at The Northern Miner’s Canadian Mining Symposium in London.

“We could pour gold as early as 2020,” Burzynski said during a presentation at the one-day mining event at Canada House on May 9. “It’s an aggressive time frame … we’ve got an aggressive program, with lots of drills and more drills coming.”

Twenty-two drill rigs are turning at the project and Osisko will have 25 rigs by the start of June, in what is easily the largest drill program on any one deposit in Canada, and arguably the largest anywhere in the world. Continue Reading →

Eldorado to acquire Integra as gold miners play it safe – by Nicole Mordant (Reuters U.S. – May 15, 2017)

Eldorado Gold Corp agreed on Monday to purchase fellow Canadian mining company Integra Gold Corp for C$590 million ($432.4 million) in the latest move by gold miners to opt for less risky geopolitical regions in a lackluster gold market.

Canada’s stable legal and taxation system, clear way of getting mining permits and government support for the industry are drawing cards for miners as bullion stays rangebound between $1,100 and $1,300 an ounce, analysts and mining executives said.

The Eldorado cash-and-stock deal values Integra at C$1.21 a share, a 52 percent premium to Friday’s closing price. The deal sent Integra’s shares soaring 39 percent to C$1.12 on the TSX Venture Exchange on Monday. Eldorado’s stock dropped 7.8 percent to C$4.61. Continue Reading →

Algonquins say pact with mining company vital for community’s future – by Christopher Curtis (Montreal Gazette – May 2, 2017)

For as far back as he can remember, Chief David Kistabish says there were mines on Algonquin territory. Workers came and went, companies plundered gold from the earth and, in the very worst cases, dumped their waste into the rivers that had sustained life on the territory for millennia. At no point, throughout this process, did they consult with the people whose livelihood still depended on the land, Kistabish says.

“Elders in our community tell us that, historically, the gold mine up river dumped its tailings into the water,” said Kistabish, Chief of the Abitibiwinni First Nation — a community about 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal. “They spoke about seeing beavers and other animal corpses floating along the river. It poisoned an important food source for us. That’s what mining means to them.”

Despite the history of distrust between his community and the mining industry, Kistabish announced an agreement Tuesday with RNC Minerals (formerly called Royal Nickel Corporation). Under the deal, the Algonquins of Abitibiwinni will oversee a study about the impact a nickel mine could have on their hunting and fishing grounds. Continue Reading →

Quebec govt approves Canadian Malartic openpit expansion – by Henry Lazenby ( – April 20, 2017)

VAANCOUVER ( – The Quebec provincial government, under the leadership of Quebec Liberal Party premier Philippe Couillard, has approved the proposed $200-million expansion of the Canadian Malartic mine, owned and operated in a 50:50 joint venture by Agnico Eagle Mines and Yamana Gold. The expansion will see the diversion of Highway 117 at a cost of $53-million.

Preliminary work will start in the coming weeks after obtaining the required authorisations, including the relocation of public services. Deforestation and the construction of a temporary bridge over Highway 117 are among the first steps.

The highway diversion will allow the mine to access the Barnat zone, which has softer ore and could allow for higher throughputs. The 203-million tonnes, on a 100% basis, of reported reserves as at December 31, include the Barnat zone and could allow the mine to continue production for a further six years to 2027. Continue Reading →

[Integra Gold] A PDAC deal in the making? – by Richard Roberts (Mining Journal – February 28, 2017)

Confidence in the exploration potential around and under a seemingly robust looking Lamaque gold project, and in further potential cost cuts, could be the trigger for a more imminent move on circa-C$380 million takeover target Integra Gold (TSXV: ICG).

The Quebec-focussed gold developer’s share price is not exactly on fire at present, reaching C87c earlier this month and currently at 79c. It was trading at 52c back in December when the sector took a pre-Christmas break. Integra has since bounced up like others and reaction to this week’s updated Lamaque preliminary economic assessment (PEA) could strengthen ahead of a further resource “update” that takes into account 105km of drilling last year.

Multi-national gold miner Eldorado Corp bought 15% of Integra at C28c/share back in August, 2015. It has interests in Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Brazil, but is missing a decent gold asset in its backyard. Continue Reading →

[Gowest Gold] Work progressing on Timmins ‘next new mine’ – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – February 4, 2017)

TIMMINS – Work is progressing on the Gowest Gold property north of Timmins thanks in part to an influx of new cash from Pandion Mine Finance LP, a New York based investment firm.

Gowest Gold revealed in a news release this week that Pandion has delivered U.S. $5.6-million as part of a $17.6-million prepaid gold purchase deal with PGB Timmins Holdings, an investment vehicle owned by Pandion.

“In a nutshell, we received funding from a group out of New York to begin the advanced exploration on the Bradshaw Deposit,” Gowest president and CEO Greg Romain told The Daily Press on Friday. Continue Reading →

Detour Gold Corp shares spike as company boosts outlook and puts mine on hold – by Sunny Freeman (Financial Post – February 1, 2017)

Detour Gold Corp.’s stock got a double digit boost Tuesday after the company reported better-than-expected production guidance for 2017 and a plan to delay development at one of its mines that will conserve cash.

Shares in the company, which operates the Detour Mine in northeastern Ontario, jumped 13 per cent to $17.80 apiece Tuesday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Detour announced 2016 gold production of 537,765 ounces and all-in sustaining costs — the industry standard — of $1,005 per ounce sold.

The company also said it reduced its debt by $142 million and ended the year with about $129 million on the balance sheet.For 2017, it projected higher gold production — between 550,000 and 600,000 an ounce, with all-in sustaining costs coming in slightly higher than in 2016 at between $1,025 and $1,125 per ounce. Continue Reading →

Quebec suspends Copper One claims – by Staff (Mining Journal – January 31, 2017)

A legal stoush is brewing since the government of Quebec last week suspended Copper One’s (CN:CUO) Rivière Doré claims in the Lac Barrière area near Val-d’Or.

Quebec’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MERN) issued a statement last week announcing it would suspend Copper One’s claims, prompting the company to “pursue all its legal rights”.

The company said it was “very surprised” by the timing of events, having received MERN’s draft notice of suspension on January 20, granting 15 days to comment. However, MERN announced the official suspension on January 26.

Copper One president and CEO Scott Moore said it appeared MERN’s action was due to a press conference held by members of the Algonquins of Barrière Lake (ABL) denouncing Quebec’s Mining Act as illegal and unconstitutional. Continue Reading →