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[Mining education and research innovation] LU head proud university in ‘new league’ – by Staff (Sudbury Star – January 16, 2017)

Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux can look back on several accomplishments in 2016, including tens of millions in new government funding and donations for the university, as well as record enrolment, and his personal appointment as vice-chair of Universities Canada from October 2016 to October 2017, and as chair from October 2017 to 2019, among other honours.

Originally appointed as president in 2009, Giroux has seen many of his plans for Laurentian come to fruition, with many parts of an ambitious 2012-2-17 Strategic Plan already implemented.

He has faced his share of challenges, too, such as the tough decision to suspend programs at Laurentian’s Barrie campus earlier this year. Giroux took some time over the holidays to reflect on his near-eight-year tenure as president and the year that was in 2016, and to talk about his future vision for Laurentian University. Continue Reading →

Risky business pays off for Canadian mine developers – by Ella Myers (Northern Ontario Business – January 13, 2017)

Goodman School of Mines fireside chat yields inspirational career stories

In 1991, Catherine McLeod-Seltzer and Eira Thomas embarked on journeys that would separately launch their careers in mine development and discovery. In 2015, the women celebrated together as their company, Lucara Diamonds, unearthed a softball-sized diamond in Botswana.

The third largest diamond ever discovered signified the risky but rewarding nature of their industry. McLeod-Seltzer, the chair of Bear Creek Mining, and Thomas, founder of Lucara, joined Jonathan Goodman, Laurentian University’s executive in residence, for an informal, fireside chat in Sudbury, Jan. 10.

Speaking from a couch nestled beside a tiny gas fireplace, McLeod-Seltzer shared how she accepted a job running an office for a gold company in Chile in 1991. She said the global economic climate was open and optimistic and that there was a “shiny path” in South America. Continue Reading →

Ontario Labour minister touts mining changes – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – January 13, 2017)

Ontario launched a mining health and safety review in the wake of tragedy, but provincial labour minister Kevin Flynn had a good-news story to tell during his stop in Sudbury on Thursday. Flynn visited the Nickel City to mark the implementation of new requirements to improve health and safety of workers in mines, which became effective on Jan. 1.

“Today was really an announcement of what we have been able to accomplish so far and we’re seeing the fruits of what was done in the mining review a few years back, when everybody had a sense of optimism, like ‘It looks like we’ve done a good job here; let’s start implementing the recommendations,’ ” Flynn, the MPP for Oakville, said on Thursday afternoon, shortly before speaking at a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce lunch.

New requirements the minister highlighted on Thursday include: Continue Reading →

Back to the drawing board: Rubicon outlines its Red Lake exploration program – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – January 10, 2017)

New management at Rubicon Minerals promise a more thorough, responsible and transparent approach toward getting its shuttered Phoenix Gold Project back on track. The would-be Red Lake miner provided the details on its exploration plans over the next two years on Jan. 10.

“We have finalized the details of our 18- to 24-month exploration program that will advance our understanding of the F2 Gold Deposit at the Phoenix Gold Project,” said Rubicon president-CEO George Ogilvie in a news release.

Coming out of creditor protection and refinancing, Rubicon is out to restore investor confidence and attempt to shake off its reputation as one of Northern Ontario’s biggest mining blunders. Continue Reading →

Drones reaching new heights, and depths – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – January 10, 2017)

Mention drones, and imaginations float skyward to everything from aerial photography to package deliveries to weapons of war. But it was after a job underground two years ago that Pierre Filiatreault and his colleagues at Hatch in Sudbury began to see the true potential of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“There was a local client that had an ore pass that was clogged underground,” said Filiatreault, who specializes in control automation and electrical, and serves as Hatch’s resident UAV expert.

“It’s very dangerous and there has been a few incidents locally where it has caused deaths, so the idea was to grab a drone and fly it up an ore pass so we could determine the height and capture some images of what the blockage looks like, so we could feed that to operations and they could make better decisions, all while doing it relatively safely and not putting anyone at harm. Continue Reading →

Bye, bye BIPR: Nunavut port-road scheme still frozen – by Jim Bell (Nunatsiaq News – January 9, 2017)

Two Kitikmeot road projects remain stuck in the ditch

The two mining companies that own the Bathurst Inlet Port Road project will keep their once highly-touted proposal in the deep freeze for at least one more year, if not longer, the proponents told regulators Jan. 4.

First conceived in the late 1990s under different proponents, the BIPR has long been touted as a way to supply mines in the interior of the western Kitikimeot and ship base metal ore to market.

But the current BIPR proponents, Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. and Glencore Corp., say they have no plans this year to submit a draft environmental impact statement to the Nunavut Impact Review Board. Continue Reading →

Tahoe goes deep in Timmins – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – January 6, 2017)

Tahoe Resources is rolling up its sleeves this year to expand and deepen the Bell Creek Mine in Timmins. The Vancouver miner announced its 2017 financial and operating guidance on Jan. 5.

Project capital expenditures this year will be between $150 million to $175 million, the two largest projects being the shaft deepening at Bell Creek, along with the construction of a crushing and agglomeration plant in Peru.

Tahoe acquired the former Lake Shore Gold in a $945-million deal last year, adding the Timmins West and Bell Creek gold mines in Timmins to Tahoe’s stable of operations in Guatemala and Peru. Continue Reading →

Nunavut diamond mine clean-up to proceed this year as planned Nunatsiaq News – January 3, 2017)

INAC says no thanks to bid from junior miner to take over abandoned Jericho mine

The clean up of the old Jericho diamond mine will go ahead without a formal review this year despite a last ditch effort by a B.C.-based company to take over the assets and possibly restart the mine.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board issued a screening report Dec. 22 saying the federal government’s planned remediation and “stabilization” of the abandoned mine, about 260 km southeast of Kugluktuk, can move forward as planned this spring and summer so long as it follows 63 specific terms and conditions.

Those conditions address everything from the creation of the winter road to water use, waste disposal, fuel storage, wildlife disturbances and aircraft restrictions. Continue Reading →

Restructuring the shaft of shame: Rubicon Minerals aims to start anew in 2017 – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 20, 2016)

An Ontario court has approved a restructuring plan to revive a shuttered gold mine development in northwestern Ontario.

Rubicon Minerals was granted a sanction order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Dec. 8, to approve the Toronto-based mine developer’s refinancing and restructuring plan for its Phoenix Gold project near Red Lake. The company sought protection from its creditors on Oct. 20. Ernst & Young was appointed as the monitor.

A majority of the affected creditors had earlier voted to approve the plan on Dec. 2. Rubicon announced Dec. 20 that the restructuring process was complete and that the company has been notified by the TSX that its common shares will remain listed on the TSX under the symbol RMX. Rubicon shares will resume trading on Dec. 22. Continue Reading →

[Gold mining tradition] F.W. Schumacher’s Christmas generosity crossing generations – by Sarah Moore (Timmins Daily Press – December 21, 2016)

TIMMINS – A holiday tradition more than a century old continued on Tuesday as elementary school children received Christmas gifts courtesy of the late Frederick W. Schumacher.

Nearly 200 students with Schumacher addresses were greeted by members of the Schumacher Volunteer Fire Department inside the McIntyre Ballroom that evening, eager to tear into a beautifully wrapped present that was just for them.

Schumacher, a business man and well-known philanthropist, was a Danish native who eventually settled in the United States. He was a pharmacist by trade who would eventually get into the gold mining industry and acquire a number of properties in the Porcupine Gold Camp. Continue Reading →

Osisko raises $14 million for Québec exploration – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 14, 2016)

Osisko Mining has raised $14 million in exploration funds through a private placement of flow-through shares. Dundee Securities Ltd. was the sole agent in connection with the offering.

The funds will be used for exploration expenses at the company’s properties in Québec.

In addition to its Québec properties, Osisko has properties in the Larder Lake mining division, including the Jonpol and Garrcon deposits on the Garrison property, the Buffonta past-producing mine, and the Gold Pike mine property. The corporation also holds interests and options in a number of additional properties in Northern Ontario.

In July, Osisko conducted a 20,000-metre drill program at its Garrison property, located 100 kilometres east of Timmins. Continue Reading →

Mining supply sector will continue to grow – by David Robinson (Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal – December 2016)

In a world where everything is changing, it can be hard to keep track of the currents that matter most. It is especially hard in the mining supply industry, which depends on a mining sector that flaps around like a kite on a string. Falling metal prices can seem like the end of the world for mining companies and their suppliers.

Prices have certainly slumped as ballooning supply met slowing demand, but despite the short-term pain, talk of the end of the supercycle for metals is just misguided. Metal production will continue to grow because demand will grow.

Forecasts still show three billion more people will be looking for new homes in cities by 2050. Furthermore, the British Geological Society reports that the world’s output of smelter copper increased by 22 per cent between 2013 and 2014 alone. Bismuth output jumped by 21 per cent and mercury by just under 21 per cent. Continue Reading →

Couillard uses Arctic Circle forum to tout Quebec’s northern ambitions – by Jim Bell (Nunatsiaq News – December 15, 2016)

“To make sure Quebec is recognized as a Nordic nation”

QUEBEC CITY—At the Arctic Circle forum held in Quebec City earlier this week, Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard put on his salesman act, using the event to brag about his government’s renewed Plan Nord and to pitch the potential of Quebec’s northern regions to global investors.

With his “good friend,” Iceland’s ex-premier, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, sitting just a few feet away, Couillard promised he’ll use Plan Nord to promote Quebec wherever he goes. “We will take advantage of all forums to make sure Quebec is recognized as a Nordic nation,” Couillard said in a speech that opened the day’s plenary session Dec. 12.

In it, Couillard bragged that his government’s re-worked version of Plan Nord, introduced in April 2015, offers a good balance between environmental protection, social wellbeing and economic development. Continue Reading →

[Sudbury Basin] Norman West find ‘promising’ – Glencore – by Mary Katherine Keown (Sudbury Star – December 15, 2016)

Norman West, located north of Capreol, is Glencore’s current pearl in the oyster in the Sudbury area, city councillors were told Tuesday.

“We got a pretty significant hit there last year and we’ve been following up ever since, and it’s looking more promising by the day,” said Peter Xavier, vice president of Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. “There’s still quite a bit of drilling to do from surface before we get to the next step.”

While the local operations are solid, Xavier did point out a few challenges the company faces. For example, low nickel prices and high hydro costs, as well as regulatory uncertainty around climate change and emissions can cause headaches. Continue Reading →

Holloway Mine in Matheson suspending operations – by Joe O’Grady (Kirkland Lake Northern News – December 13, 2016)

BLACK RIVER-MATHESON – While a significant amount of mining activity continues in the Matheson area, the Holloway Mine will no longer be part of it, at least for now. Owner Kirkland Lake Gold has announced the 10-year-old mine is transitioning to care and maintenance, which means operations will cease, but the site will be maintained for possible future re-opening.

The company, in a release, says the majority of the employees at Holloway Mine will be reassigned to nearby Kirkland Lake operations. By doing this, the company says it will effectively be replacing external contractors. As well, Kirkland Lake Gold will continue to conduct surface exploration drilling programs in 2017, which will progressively step further west of the Holloway shaft, an area that is historically under explored.

Further to the west of the Holloway Mine Kirkland Lake Gold is drilling the Lightval and drilling is planned for the Harker West target, as the company explores for another Lightning Zone style mineralization area. Continue Reading →