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News Release: Golden rule: Every new mine would improve Ontario’s finances

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Just one new gold mine in Ontario could provide more than 2,200 direct and indirect jobs and pay more than $102 million in tax revenue for all levels of government annually, according to a new study “An Au-thentic Opportunity: The Economic Impacts of a New Gold Mine in Ontario.” University of Toronto economists Peter Dungan and Steve Murphy presented the key findings of their report, which was completed for the Ontario Mining Association with assistance from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, today.

“With the increased value and relative importance of gold mining production in the province in recent years, as well as the number of announced projects currently the pipeline, it was decided that the impact of a gold mine would be the subject of our analysis,” said Mr. Dungan. “This study also recognizes the scope for the possible benefits that can be realized by Aboriginal groups.”

The four-pronged study demonstrates the positive economic impacts on an annual basis for both an underground and an open pit gold mine and for both types of operations during an estimated three-year construction phase of a new mine and the production phase of these mines, which could last for decades. The economists have used broad sources of public data, mining company disclosure documents and economic models from the Input-Output Division at Statistics Canada.

For example, an underground gold mine with about $300 million in sales annually with 620 direct employees, would create 894 jobs from mine supply companies and a further 690 induced jobs largely in the retail and service sector. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Bullion producers donate $3.28 million in gold to fight cancer

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Some donations to charitable organizations are considered as good as gold. However, in this case, the donation was pure gold that will fund research and facilities to battle cancer. At its recent fundraising announcement ceremony, Paul Alofs, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) in Toronto, boldly and proudly proclaimed. “This is a golden day.”

“We are announcing a key milestone in our five-year Billion Dollar Challenge to lead the way in personalized cancer medicine with an unprecedented investment in people, purpose-built space and technology,” said Mr. Alofs. “This will further the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s position as one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.”

Highlighting the recent fundraising announcement of PMCF Margaret was a unique gift made on behalf of nine of Canada’s leading gold mining companies. That collective donation included six gold bars weighing a total of 2,400 troy ounces with a total value of more than $3.28 million. The bullion was unveiled by Ian Telfer, a patient at The Princess Margaret and Chairman of Goldcorp Inc. Mr. Telfer was representing the Canadian gold mining industry at the ceremony. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Antipodean version of Ontario Mining Association’s SYTYKM celebrates its first winners

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

An e-mail received recently from the Land Down Under has served as a reminder that the launch of season seven of the Ontario Mining Association high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining is just around the corner. “Inspired by your initiative, South Australia’s first Dirt TV winners have been announced. I am sure you’ll enjoy the winning entry,” said SACOME (South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy) in the e-mail message.

The 2014-2015 version of SYTYKM will be offering prize money of $42,500 to Ontario high school film makers, up from $40,000 in season six. The deadline for entries is being set at March 30, 2015. Watch the OMA website www.oma.on.ca. Further details will be provided soon.

Now back to the Southern Hemisphere. Earlier this year, Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive of SACOME, said that on a visit to Toronto he was so impressed with SYTYKM that he knew he had to adopt it at home.

“The SYTYKM competition’s growth over recent years is remarkable and truly inspirational,” added Mr. Kuchel. “The competition works on so many levels, including building community awareness of the benefits of the sector, increasing understanding of career opportunities among high school children and addressing the science and arts curriculums with a practical, real-world example that is also a lot of fun.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Preliminary mining safety review panel report initiates early actions

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review’s progress report, which was released last week, is already leading to changes making positive impacts on mining health and safety. This panel started work in January 2014 with the target date for the release of a final report planned for early 2015.

Ontario Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis is leading the review, along with Fergus Kerr, industry co-chair, and John Perquin, labour co-chair. Key initiatives, which have been enacted upon already, include guidance on high visibility safety apparel by mine workers, updating joint health and safety committee certification training and advancing research.

Over the past six months, the review has held 12 public consultations, in which more than 150 people participated, and it has received more than 60 written submissions. In the key issues section of the progress report, it states “At public consultations and in written submissions, the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) was the most discussed topic. Stakeholders are unanimous in their view that an effective IRS is key to safe workplaces.”

Other Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review panel members include Roger Emdin, Manager of Sustainable Development for Glencore’s Sudbury Operations, and Mike Bond, Chair of USW/Vale Safety, Health and Environment Executive Committee. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Best wishes to Ontario mine rescue champs entering international competition

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Let’s all hope Ontario’s 2014 mine rescue winners from Vale Canada’s East Mines find success at the ninth international mine rescue competition being held in Poland. The group from Vale, which includes Sudbury captain Lorne Plouffe, Will Davies, Justin Whitmore, Jonathan Hamilton, Fred Pelletier, Aime Gagnon, Jean Yves Doiron, Perry Simon and Mike Johnson, won the 64th annual Ontario provincial mine rescue overall event in June in Timmins.

Now, these mine rescue volunteers are off to test their skills against teams from other countries. The event in Poland is being held from September 6 to 13, 2014 in Katowice. Past international competitions have been held in Ukraine, Australia, United States and China. The squad from Sudbury can expect to be engaged in friendly and constructive competition with similar teams from Australia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Turkey, China and elsewhere.

Tomorrow, Vale Canada will be holding a special send off for its mine rescue team. On Thursday, September 4, at the Stobie Mine complex in Sudbury, a mine rescue demonstration, which will be followed by a barbecue, is scheduled to propel the Ontario winners across the Atlantic Ocean with good wishes into the next level of competition.

There are a number of components to the mine rescue program in Poland. Along with a simulated mine rescue, there are tests in measuring equipment, using breathing apparatus, first aid, emergency provisions and the theoretical knowledge of mine rescue. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Canadian mining sector states its case to politicians

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The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) presented its strengths and concerns to governments today at the 71st Energy and Mines Ministers Conference in Sudbury. The Ontario Mining Association is a participant in CMIF, whose members represent the majority of companies engaged in mineral exploration, mining and processing in Canada.

At this gathering of the nation’s mining industry leaders and politicians, CMIF reminded the high-profile audience that the mineral sector contributed $53.6 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2013, employed 388,000 Canadians in mineral extraction, processing and manufacturing and has paid $71 billion in taxes over the past decade.

“As one of the only private sector actors that invests to such a large extent in remote and northern areas, the mineral industry is a logical partner to promote economic growth,” said the brief titled Searching for the Silver Lining. “Strategic investments in infrastructure would help unlock the resource potential of these regions, facilitating grassroots exploration and enhancing the economic viability of a host mining projects.”

“Because mining is primarily a provincial responsibility legislatively, it is important for representatives from national, provincial and territorial industry groups to share their successes and their hurdles,” said OMA President Chris Hodgson. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Star finds mine well worth its salt

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

The world’s largest underground salt mine has been discovered by Canada’s largest daily circulation newspaper. The Toronto Star’s edition on Saturday, August 16, 2014 featured the Sifto Salt mine in Goderich with a two-page spread starting on the front of the Weekend Life section. Sifto Salt is a member of the Ontario Mining Association.

Toronto Star reporter and restaurant critic – who better equipped to write about salt? — Amy Pataki, traveled to the shores of Lake Huron at the mouth of the Maitland River and visited the mine, which is owned by Compass Minerals. Photographer Richard Lautens accompanied her on her recent underground expedition.

The mine has been operating since 1959 and it produces 6.3 million tonnes of salt annually. Most of the output from the 600-plus employees at Sifto is rock salt used for road safety. However, the company’s nearby evaporator plant turns out about 95,000 tonnes of food grade salt annually. This high-purity product is used as table salt – yes you do shake it on your fries – salt licks for farm animals and in water softeners.

Congratulations to Sifto for this extensive article and photography display and to the Toronto Star for reminding us that we cannot live without this valuable commodity. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Acknowledging Glencore’s environmental excellence in Timmins

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Congratulations to Glencore’s Kidd Operations in Timmins for earning the 2014 Tom Peters Memorial Reclamation Award. This environmental honour was presented in Peterborough earlier this month at the seventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip, which is jointly organized by the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and the Ontario Mining Association.

David Yaschyshyn, Superintendent of Environment at Kidd Operations, was on hand to accept the trophy. The specific project being recognized was for the closure plan design and reclamation of the Kidd jarosite pond area and Three Nations Creek. The jarosite (iron sulphate mud produced from zinc refining) pond, or landfill facility, was built in 1971 and it operated from 1972 until operations ceased in 2010. Rehabilitation activities included the removal of soils, re-vegetation and a remedial action plan for the aquatic ecosystem in Three Nations Creek.

Tom Peters was a pioneer in the field of mine reclamation and a founding member of the CLRA, which was established in 1975. Mr. Peters died in 2007. He enjoyed a lengthy and successful career at Vale’s predecessor company Inco where he led the company’s tailings re-vegetation and land reclamation programs. He played a major role in the re-greening of Sudbury and was awarded a honourary degree from Laurentian University in recognition of that significant contribution. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Celebrating mining tradeswomen of the year

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The Ontario Mining Association congratulates tradeswomen of the year Dani Drewek and Sarah Hunter. This duo was recognized recently as two of the dozen 2014 Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award winners. They are accomplished, talented females becoming leaders in their workplaces and positive role models. With all due respect to the abilities and accomplishments of all the winners, we would like to focus on two all-stars working in mining.

Ms Drewek, a 22-year-old Thunder Bay native, works as cage tender at Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine, where she started in 2012. She is the first female to be doing this job. Ms Hunter is an electrician working underground for nickel-copper producer Vale in Sudbury, where she has worked since 2005.

The Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards are run by Northern Ontario Business. The award categories include executive, entrepreneur, young entrepreneur and three new categories – Aboriginal leadership, tradeswomen and influential community trailblazer. There were 12 winners in 2014, six from Northeastern Ontario and six from Northwestern Ontario. Direct quotations in this e-news are attributed to Northern Ontario Business. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: 2013 SYTYKM winner works on 2014 awards gala

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Surinder Gill has traveled the path from winner to worker at Ontario Mining Association high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining award galas. Surinder, who is a graduate of Northview Heights Secondary School in Toronto, was a double winner in the 2013 SYTYKM high school video competition. His production “Mined Power” earned him the $2,500 prize for Best Directing and the $2,500 OMA Academy Award.

The quality and creativity of his video attracted the attention of Engage Learning Systems, which was providing media support for the awards gala. This Toronto-based company has collaborated with the OMA for three years in providing promotional and support materials for SYTYKM. Surinder tells us that Mary Hayes, Engage Learning CEO, and James Liborion, Director of Video, “meet with me in 2013, after I received my awards and passed on their contact information, informing me about a possible job opportunity.”

“Through e-mails and heading down to the office a couple of times before I was hired, I learned what the company did and different roles employees had there,” added Surinder. “I was hired as a video editor and helped the video team with multiple projects in the month of August (2013) I had worked last year.” Come September 2013, Surinder headed off to McMaster University in Hamilton to start his courses in engineering. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Vale volunteers gain gold in provincial mine rescue competition

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Congratulations to the team of mine rescue volunteers from Vale Canada’s East Mines in capturing the gold hardhats, which were presented to the overall winners of the 64th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition. The event was held in Timmins earlier this month at the Goldcorp’s Dome Mine.

Seven teams, which won their regional competitions qualified for the finals. They were evaluated on their firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision making under the stress of a simulated emergency underground situation. The 2014 gold hardhat winners from Vale Canada in Sudbury included captain Lorne Plouffe, Will Davies, Justin Whitmore, Jonathan Hamilton, Fred Pelletier, Aime Gagnon, Jean Yves Doiron, Perry Simon and Mike Johnson.

The overall runner up was Compass Minerals Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich. Along with Vale East Mines and Sifto, other mines involved in the provincial competition included Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine #2, Richmont Mines Island Gold Mine, Kidd Operations, a Glencore Company, St Andrew Goldfields and Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore Company.

Denis Prevost from First Nickel’s Lockerby Mine earned the award for top technician and Jeff Sowerby, a mine rescue volunteer from Sifto, was honoured for 30 years of service to Ontario Mine Rescue. While Vale Canada East Mines also captured the team first aid award, St Andrew goldfields earned the team firefighting honour and Richmont Mines Island Gold Mine gained the team special equipment award. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Commodity expert sees Ontario minerals ascending

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Commodity expert Patricia Mohr told miners that global economic forces indicate improvement in markets for Ontario minerals. Ms Mohr, Scotiabank Vice President of Economics and Commodity Market Specialist, was the featured speaker at an OMA board of directors meeting held earlier this month. Her address was titled “Price Outlook for Base and Precious Metals 2014 – 2015.”

“Prices for base metals appear to be bottoming,” said Ms Mohr. “There are reasonable hopes for a rebound in the next two years.” Ms Mohr developed the Scotiabank Commodity Price Index, which was the first yardstick designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. It was introduced in 1987. The index is weighted approximately 40% for oil and gas, 30% for minerals, 15% for forest products and 15% for agriculture products.

“We think the U.S. economy is on the cusp of a stronger recovery based on the most recent job number reports, lower consumer debt and improving mortgage affordability,” she added. “However, China still gets the gold medal among countries for economic growth.”

Although China’s growth rate is slowing a bit from the hectic pace of 7.7% in 2013 and 2012, it is still predicted to be more than 7% in 2014 and throughout the balance of the decade. China is consuming key metals at four times the pace of the U.S. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: And the So You Think You Know Mining film competition winners are . . .

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The creative talents of some of the best high school film makers were on display at the Ontario Mining Association’s So You Think You Mining awards this evening. This is the sixth year the competition has offered teenagers a chance to present their take on the benefits of mining to society through their film productions.

The video entries from across the province were evaluated by an independent panel of media professionals to determine the winners in 11 categories, with prize money ranging from $500 to $5,000. In addition, OMA member company representatives voted for the $2,500 OMA Academy Award winner in a secret ballot and educators voted to determine the winner of the new Teachers’ Choice Award. Details about the contest, as well as the winning videos can be seen at www.oma.on.ca/en/contestpages/index.asp.

“These teenage filmmakers are amazingly creative,” said OMA President Chris Hodgson. “It is a privilege to see the artistic talent of these young people on show. Their musical ability and sense of comedy is superb.”

“These students grasped the essential importance of mining and depicted it in interesting and fresh perspectives,” he added. “I would like to thank the independent panel of judges for volunteering their time and expertise and I am sure, like me, they never tire of the valuable presentations showing the industry through the eyes of high school students.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: And . . . a drum roll please for the 2014 OMA SYTYKM video competition winners

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

The stage is being set, the scripts are being finalized, the spotlights are being cleaned, the stars are rolling into town and tomorrow night, the winners of the 2014 Ontario Mining Association So You Think You Know Mining high school video competition will be revealed. More than 300 industry celebrities, students, educators and other supporters will be on hand for the sixth SYTYKM awards gala, which is being held in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Several talented teenagers will walk off the stage with SYTYKM Oscar-style statuettes and prize money. “This year, $40,000 in prizes will be available to high school star filmmakers,” said OMA President Chris Hodgson. “Including the winners recognized tomorrow evening, since its inception, SYTYKM will have provided $173,000 in scholarship support for students.”

The producer of the Best Overall video wins $5,000 and his, or her, high school receives $500 to support filmmaking. First and Second Runners-Up for the Best Overall will receive prizes of $2,500 each. Winners in other categories including Best Writing, Best Music, Best Directing, Best Comedy, Best Animation, Best video in a language other than English, Best 30-Second Commercial, People’s Choice Award and the Award from the OMA Academy will also receive $2,500. This year, the Teachers’ Choice Award, also with a $2,500 prize, will be presented for the first time.

In addition, Ridwan Howlader from Danforth Tech in Toronto will be on hand to film the awards ceremony for future viewing on the OMA website. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Ontario mine earns national safety honours

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For the second year in a row, an Ontario Mining Association member company has earned the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy for metal mines symbolizing the highest standards of mine safety across Canada. Barrick Hemlo’s Williams gold mine, near Marathon, shares the honours with Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine in Saskatchewan. Both operations had reportable injury rates of zero for the 2013 calendar year.

The previous year, Glencore’s Kidd Operations captured the honours as the safest metal mine in the country. That marked the eleventh time, the Timmins copper-zinc operation gained this national award.

“Safety performance in mining for 2013 was outstanding,” said Gord Winkel, Chairman of the John T. Ryan Safety Trophies Committee. “This year, we are pleased to announce a tie for best performance in the national metal mining category, along with a three-way tie in our national select mine category. These mining operations are joined by another company in the national coal mine category for a total of six award winners in 2013.” Continue Reading →