Archive | Northern Ontario/Canada Regional Media

Mining’s ‘good news story’ – by Len Gillis (Sudbury Star – February 19, 2017)

No one can say for certain when it happened the last time, but Ontario’s mining industry is basking in what might be the best “good news story” to come along in quite awhile. No one died in a mining accident last year in Ontario.

In all of 2016, there was not one mining fatality and Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said everyone in the industry deserves a pat on the back because of it.

In an interview with The Daily Press, Flynn said labour leaders, mining managers and the rank-and-file workers can all take a bow for looking out for each other and for themselves. Flynn said it might have been seen as mission impossible, but now everyone knows it can be done. Continue Reading →

‘Alternate hydro facts’ ring of truth – by Thomas Perry (Timmins Daily Press – February 18, 2017)

TIMMINS – Listening to Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and Liberal Energy Minister Glen Thibeault go back and fourth on the province’s hydro rates brings to mind a misattributed catchphrase from a 1960s television show.

Despite common belief, Det.-Sgt. Joe Friday’s monotone voice never actually proclaimed: “Just the facts, ma’am,” on any episode of the popular Dragnet. That line was actually featured in Stan Freberg’s works parodying the show. Having said that, Brown was clearly preaching to the choir while in Timmins on Thursday.

After all, this community lost hundreds of jobs when Xstrata made the decision to close its met site in May of 2010 and ship ore to Quebec for processing. Quebec, like Manitoba to the west, has much more economical electricity rates, which was certainly a factor when Xstrata made its decision. Continue Reading →

Agnico Eagle presses the start button on two new Nunavut mines – by Jim Bell (Nunatsiaq News – February 16, 2017)

Company will invest US $1.2 billion on construction at Meliadine, Amaruq

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold mines that will likely produce local jobs and contract opportunities for many more years to come.

The company pressed the start button Feb. 15 on its long-awaited Meliadine mine near Rankin Inlet and its proposed satellite mine at Amaruq near the company’s existing operation at Meadowbank, which is nearing the end of its life.

To do that, they’ll invest US$900 million between now and 2019 to construct Meliadine and about US$330 million to bring the Amaruq deposit into commercial production, with the expectation that they can start shipping gold from each project by the third quarter of 2019. Continue Reading →

Mining Association not feeling bubbly about rebound – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – February 16, 2017)

Canada isn’t the welcoming mining jurisdiction that it used to be, according to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Optimism abounds that the global mining industry is heading in the right direction for 2017, but a new MAC report indicates Canada’s competitiveness is in decline and financiers interested in exploration and mining projects could start parking their investment dollars offshore.

“Very simply, Canada is not as attractive as it used to be for mineral investment, and competition for those dollars is growing globally,” said MAC president-CEO Pierre Gratton in a Feb. 16 news release.

“The recent elimination of federal mining tax incentives, regulatory delays and uncertainty, combined with major infrastructure deficits in northern Canada are all contributing factors that can explain Canada’s declining attractiveness. The time is now to put the right policy pieces in place to better compete for those investments and regain our leadership in mining.” Continue Reading →

No ‘one point of view’ for natives and mining – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – February 16, 2017)

From person to person, chief to chief, council to council and community to community, there’s a broad range of opinions and perspectives among indigenous people when it comes to mining in and around their communities.

“Mining is such a hot topic in First Nations communities and across Canada, it has long-ranging effects on everybody, whether you live on reserve or off reserve – economic, political, social and environmental,” said Mike Hankard, assistant professor and chair in the department of indigenous studies at the University of Sudbury.

Hankard hopes to touch on those topics with Indigenous Peoples and Mining: Exploring Relations into the Future, a panel discussion at the university’s Canisius Hall on March 1. Panel members include Maurice Switzer, Lorraine Rekmans, Cheryl Recollet, Ugo Lapointe, Dana Sasarean and Denis Lefebvre. Continue Reading →

Northern Prospectors Association expects challenges in 2017 (Kirkland Lake Northern News – February 15, 2017)

KIRKLAND LAKE – The Northern Prospectors Association recently held its annual general meeting. During the meeting Association President Gino Chitaroni gave a speech which reviewed 2016. Chitaroni stated it was an up and down year for the mining industry.

“Exploration expenditures are once again down in 2016 making this current bear cycle going on to 6 years. Its nothing short of brutal. Yet, there has been one good news story, in another tough year for exploration, and that is the “Cobalt Rush” that has been happening in the Cobalt Mining Camp. This rush has not been seen in the Cobalt Camp since the Silver discovery in Cobalt of 1903 which has resulted in a renaissance of property acquisitions and exploration from Temagami to Elk Lake, in and around the Town of Cobalt spilling over into Quebec, and over to Gowganda-Shining Tree areas right down to the northern outskirts of Sudbury.”

From the political side, Chitaroni had very few good things to say about Premier Wynne “from the possible roll out of Map Staking by MNDM to pushing for changes to streamline the process for plans and permits for exploration; to staving off hostile advances against exploration beit the Cariboo Story of negativity regarding exploration to the Carbon Tax assault on our industry and all business. Continue Reading →

KWG favours railway to Ring – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – February 13, 2017)

KWG Resources sees a bright future for the Ring of Fire and believes the best way to reach that future is on iron rails.

KWG is an original player in the Ring, a large deposit of chromite and other metals in the mineral-rich James Bay Lowlands, about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. In 2006, the company took part in the first major discovery of chromite, a key component in making stainless steel.

“We came to the realization that the biggest consumers of chromium on the planet are the Chinese stainless steel makers,” said Moe Lavigne, KWG’s vice-president of exploration and development. In the chromite-chromium-ferrochrome industry, the metals are exchanged under offtake agreements, between the resource producer and the buyer, rather than in an open market like nickel, copper and gold. Continue Reading →

Timmins Primero Black Fox Mine GM talks upcoming projects – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – February 9, 2017)

Primero Mining Corporation is hard at work exploring its options when it comes to finding new gold deposits that will expand the life of their Black Fox Mine located outside of Timmins.

This year, the company will be pumping millions of dollars into surface and underground exploratory drilling, and has begun the permitting and First Nations consultation process on a new open pit mine called the “Froome Zone” which could double amount of ore the company extracts every day.

At the same time, another promising new project dubbed “the Grey Fox Mine” has been shelved for the foreseeable future. “There is a lot of potential to find a lot more gold in that area,” said Dan Gagnon, general manager of the Black Fox Mine. “We are a producer of 60,000 to 70,000 ounces (of gold) per year for the next couple year, and we have projects to bring us up to 100,000 ounces.” Continue Reading →

OPINION: Letting diamond mine go won’t help Attawapiskat’s community crisis – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – February 7, 2017)

No one begrudges the political administration in Attawapiskat First Nation for placing a high priority on youth suicides in their community. But surely, community leaders can put two and two together and see a connection between limited economic prosperity and an absence of hope among their youth.

During the height of the suicide crisis last year, the lack of adequate mental health services for youth on First Nations in the North was identified as a key problem. Yet, there is only so much enhanced mental health services can offer.

Real hope comes from available opportunities to fulfil life’s goals. Living in an environment of despair, surrounded by drug abuse and unemployment isn’t likely to fuel confidence that the ripening fruits of adulthood are worth waiting for. Continue Reading →

De Beers shelves Northern Ontario’s Tango extension – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – February 7, 2017)

ATTAWAPISKAT – Plans for an expansion of the Victor diamond mine north of Timmins have been put on indefinite hold by De Beers Canada after the mining company failed to get the support for the project it was seeking from the Attawapiskat First Nation.

The Tango Extension, as the project was called, would have allowed the Victor Mine to continue producing diamonds past its expected closure at the end of 2018. However, despite the company’s efforts, the First Nation’s government, headed by Chief Ignace Gull, never warmed to the project.

Tom Ormsby, De Beers’ head of external and corporate affairs, put a positive spin on the company’s decision to put the Tango Extension aside by saying it was a “refocusing of priorities.” Instead of continuing to work towards making the Tango Extension a reality, De Beers hopes to make use of the leftover low-grade ore that has already been mined. 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 →

First Nations monitor mining case – by Monica Lamb-Yorski (Williams Lake Tribune – February 2, 2017)

A van load of chiefs and elders from two Tsilhqot’in communities are in Vancouver to attend a BC Supreme Court civil claim concerning the Taseko Mines Ltd.’s New Prosperity Mine project.

In its lawsuit, Taseko claims the Government of Canada and its agents failed to meet the legal duties owed to Taseko and in doing so they caused and continue to cause damages, expenses and loss to the company.

When the company filed the civil claim a year ago, Taseko’s president and CEO Russell Hallbaurer said given the conduct of the Government of Canada and its agents, Taseko had no other choice but to defend the interests of its shareholders and to protect their assets. Continue Reading →

Contract for Mine Millers ‘a tough one’ – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – February 1, 2017)

Union representatives were confident a tentative deal with Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations would be approved Tuesday as production and maintenance workers packed a conference room at the Radisson Hotel to place their votes.

And indeed it was, by a 79 per cent margain. The four-year deal, recommended by the bargaining committee for Mine Mill Local 598 Unifor, will see a two-percent wage increase over the length of the contract and a couple of tweaks to dental and drug plans, but no major concessions.

“This one was a tough one, I have to say,” said chief negotiator Richard Paquin, a veteran of four previous rounds of bargaining. “With the price of nickel hovering around $4.20 or $4.30 (per pound), versus what it was four years ago, around $8, it makes bargaining a lot different.” Continue Reading →

Detour Gold to delay mining at West Detour project – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – January 31, 2017)

Detour Gold said the start of mining at its West Detour project would be delayed due to the expected wait time for the completion of a federal environmental assessment process.

In a news release, the company said it had filed an environmental study report with the province on Jan. 30, which it believed met the requirements of the provincial and federal environmental assessment process.

Detour later found out its Indigenous partners have requested an additional federal environmental assessment process, which the company anticipates will take between two and three years to complete. Continue Reading →

Sudbury INO, Mine Mill have contract – by Staff (Sudbury Star – January 31, 2017)

Glencore and its production and maintenance employees in Sudbury have reached a tentative collective agreement. Workers will vote on the deal Tuesday. The negotiations team for UNIFOR Local 598, Sudbury Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, is unanimously recommending ratification of the tentative agreement.

The current contract expires Jan. 31 at midnight. Peter Xavier, vice president of Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), a Glencore company, praised the agreement in a release.

“We are very pleased that the parties have reached a tentative agreement that is competitive, fair and represents a balance of interests in securing a longer term future for Sudbury INO, particularly at this time of prolonged market uncertainty,” Xavier said. Continue Reading →