Archive | Ontario Mining

CEMI releases results of $6.7M deep underground mining research – by Marina von Stackelberg (CBC News Sudbury – June 24, 2016)

New tools and guidelines could prevent rock walls from collapsing

New research spearheaded in Sudbury could prevent injuries, deaths, and mine shut-downs by helping mining companies predict and prevent rock walls from collapsing kilometres below the earth’s surface.

“There was a need by the deep mining industry to better understand how the rock in underground mines behaves in response to the mining process itself,” said Damien Duff.

Duff is vice-president of geoscience and geotechnical research and development at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) in Sudbury, the group that led the research. Continue Reading →

How Kathleen Wynne has Ontario going backwards – by Charlie Gillis (MACLEAN’S Magazine – June 23, 2016)

Ontario’s premier insists she has the fix for Canada’s largest economy—more government

The morning after winning her majority, well-pressed and alert despite the previous night’s merriment, Kathleen Wynne stood before her caucus and spoke glowingly of the path ahead.

Her speech was standard post-victory fare—the honour of election, the burden of responsibility. But at its fulcrum lay a phrase of the sort seldom heard in two decades of Ontario politics: this Liberal government, the premier said, would govern from the “activist centre”—a place on the political spectrum which, though undefined, she declared to be the locus of her new mandate.

In the ensuing months, Ontarians would get a sense of what she was talking about. As promised, the province’s $11 minimum wage began rising in pace with inflation, first to $11.25, then to $11.40, giving Ontario the highest pay floor in the country. The Liberals then showed they were determined to push through their own parallel pension plan for Ontario until federal and provincial finance ministers agreed this week to expand the Canada Pension Plan. Continue Reading →

U.S. analyst John Tumazos gives a contrarian view on Kirkland Lake Gold – by Barry Critchley (Financial Post – June 21, 2016)

John Tumazos is a U.S.-based metals and forest products analyst who has a particular interest in the Canadian gold sector. For many years Tumazos plied his trade on the street — where he was a perennial all-star. For the past few years he has run his own research company — known as Very Independent Research, LLC — where he sells the service to more than 30 institutional investors. He is also an investor in some of the companies that he researches.

Recently he weighed in on Kirkland Lake Gold, which owns five former high-grade mines in the Kirkland Lake, Ont., area and which expects to produce 270,000-290,000 ounces of gold this year. The company recently replaced its chief executive, George Ogilvie, with Tony Makuch who is expected to arrive in a few weeks. In February 2015, Eric Sprott was named chairman.

Tumazos has now downgraded Kirkland Lake, a stock that he owns, to neutral from overweight. He gave two reasons: price appreciation (over the past year the stock is up by 86.90 per cent) and “future direction uncertainties.” Continue Reading →

Sudbury activists not getting credit: Mine Miller – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – June 21, 2016)

In a morning filled with more than a dozen heartfelt speeches, Tom Rannelli’s address at the 32nd Workers’ Memorial Day stood out.

The head of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor Pensioners received the only standing ovation at the two-hour event after he shared a personal peeve with about 150 people there to commemorate workers who were killed or suffered illnesses as a result of their jobs.

Employees who work in mine rescue, and health and safety advocates in mining are not receiving the recognition they deserve, said a fired-up Rannelli. “How come nobody in labour ever gets the Order of Canada?” he asked. Not one person has received Canada’s national honour from the labour movement as far as he knows. “This has to change,” said Rannelli, adding he was more than peeved, he was “pissed off.” Continue Reading →

[Mining deaths] Losses still felt in Sudbury today – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – June 21, 2016)

Many of the same people spoke at Monday’s 32nd Workers’ Memorial Day as they have in other years, but their message never fails to resonate. Mines are deadly environments where death, injury and disease are ever present. So, then, is the need to strive for improved health and safety, and to reach the goal of zero harm underground and in surface plants.

The annual event held by Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor drew more than 150 people to the union’s Richard Lake Campground for two hours of speeches and remembrances. The day was first held 31 years ago, a year after the June 20, 1984, deaths of four men in the No. 5 shaft at Falconbridge Mine.

As often as the tragedy is recalled, the story of how Sulo Korpela, Richard Chenier, Daniel Lavallee and Wayne St. Michel lost their lives still causes chills to run down the spine. The men died after a 3.5-magnitude rock burst struck at 10:12 a.m., damaging the mine between the 3,800-foot and 4,200-foot levels. Continue Reading →

Sudbury forum: Natural resources still king – by Debbie M. Nicholson (Sudbury Star – June 18, 2016)

Debbi M. Nicholson is president and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce network is celebrating resource champions across the nation. Chambers recognize that Canada’s future prosperity means creating the conditions for our natural resource sectors to succeed.

Greater Sudbury is home to the largest integrated mining complex in the world. Mining and mining supply and services is a key economic driver for our community and employs more than 14,000 people in Sudbury. The natural resource sector contributes greatly to the economic vitality of our community and this is why we decided to join the Resource Champions Initiative of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Canada’s chamber network – a group of 420 chambers from across the country representing every industrial sector – knows how important forest products and fisheries, miners and farmers, and energy producers of all stripes are to Canada’s economy. Continue Reading →

[De Beers and diamond mining] Eye-opening Attawapiskat documentary a labour of love for Ottawa filmmaker – by Evelyn Harford (Ottawa Citizen – June 17, 2016)

After The Last River – Official Trailer from Victoria Lean on Vimeo.

Nearly eight years ago, Ottawa-raised documentary filmmaker, Vicki Lean, immersed herself into the Attawapiskat First Nation. Three states of emergency later, she came away with a documentary film that exposes the reality of living down stream from an open-pit diamond mine.

After the Last River, which begins a three-day run at the ByTowne Cinema Sunday, delves headfirst into what mineral extraction from the De Beers Victor diamond mine has meant for Attawapiskat. The eye-opening documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the complex issues that underpin systemic poverty and crisis in the remote northern community, situated on the edge of James Bay. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Compass Minerals Mine Rescuers Tops in Ontario

Back row (L to R): vice captain Matt Vandenhuevel, 2-man Chris Lammerant, Captain Jim Ahrens, Briefing Officer Drew Anderson, Equipment Technician Drew Dalgleish Front row (L to R): 4-man Aaron Duckworth, 3-man Dennis Hogan, 7-man Joel Paquette, 6-man Jack Miller

Back row (L to R): Vice Captain Matt Vandenhuevel, 2-man Chris Lammerant, Captain Jim Ahrens, Briefing Officer Drew Anderson, Equipment Technician Drew Dalgleish
Front row (L to R): 4-man Aaron Duckworth, 3-man Dennis Hogan, 7-man Joel Paquette, 6-man Jack Miller

June 11, 2016 – Mine rescue volunteers from Compass Minerals Goderich Mine were crowned with gold hard hats by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Sudbury, June 9 and 10.

The Compass Minerals mine rescue team consisted of: Captain Jim Ahrens, Briefing Officer Drew Anderson, Matt VandenHeuvel, Chris Lammerant, Jack Miller, Aaron Duckworth, Dennis Hogan, and Joel Paquette. The team won the Southern District competition in Goderich in May.

The team also won the Team First Aid Award, and by winning the overall competition earned a guaranteed entry into the 2016 International Mines Rescue Competition ( to be held in Sudbury in August. Continue Reading →

Octoberfest for Lawyers: Prospecting in Ontario’s Far North – by Bill Gallagher (Sudbury Star – June 17, 2016)

Bill Gallagher, lawyer, author and strategist.

The last six months saw Ontario courts issue two major rulings on accessing resources. Junior miners operating in the Far North have not had an easy time, mainly due to not keeping abreast of the rise of native empowerment nationally and how that dynamic impacts (or should impact) their approach to accessing traditional lands. That’s because natives have land rights writ large.

I track this phenomenon right across the country and have maintained a special interest in Ontario ever since I was kicked-off the KI reserve by the entire community; turned out to greet Platinex’s CEO and his archeologist. I personally witnessed the resulting litigation or public gyrations of all the juniors: Platinex, God’s Lake Resources, Solid Gold (and indeed Cliffs); attended many pivotal events like the roll-out of Matawa’s Ring of Fire policy, keynoted at PDAC’s grand opening, lectured at Lakehead, and attended closing arguments in the Northern Superior litigation.

My trump card was my strategic role in helping to bring-in the Voisey’s Bay IBA (although that precedent was never treated as relevant by the juniors) caught as they were in the throes of Queen’s Park and Mining Act turmoil – and the thrall of litigation lawyers. Continue Reading →

Gowest gets go-ahead – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – June 17, 2016)

TIMMINS – The arrival of this sunny summer weather in Timmins this week brought some sunny news for Gowest Gold Ltd., which reached an important milestone for the new gold property it is promoting in Timmins.

Greg Romain, company president and chief executive officer, said the long permitting process is finally over. “Yeah, we got the last permit signed off yesterday. It has been a long time coming but we’re certainly happy about it,” the Timmins native said in an interview Thursday morning.

Gowest is a junior gold exploration company working to develop the North Timmins Gold Project located roughly 35 kilometres north of the built-up area of Timmins. The project, which is part of the well-known Bradshaw gold venture, has more than 400,000 indicated ounces of gold and more than 750,000 ounces inferred. Continue Reading →

Province wins exploration duty to consult case – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – June 16, 2016)

Score one for Ontario. A mining strategist said the Ontario government won an impressive victory in its court case against a Sudbury exploration company that sued the province for breach of its duty to consult with a northwestern Ontario First Nation band.

Waterloo-based natural resources consultant Bill Gallagher considers the May 25 ruling in an Ontario Superior Court of Justice a landmark decision, not just for Ontario but across Canada. “It is the most important ruling in terms of getting this country up and running in the mining sector on the duty to consult.”

He’s also called it an indirect legal win for First Nations even though they were not a party to the lawsuit. The trial, which took place last October, wrapped up on May 25 when Justice Thomas Lederer dismissed the company’s claim against the Ontario government. Continue Reading →

Plan to pressure the province for action on Ring of Fire – by Gord Young (North Bay Nugget – June 15, 2016)

Rising electricity prices topped the agenda of a meeting of the mayors of Northern Ontario’s largest cities in North Bay Wednesday.

The Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors group – consisting of North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay – has agreed to request a meeting with Ontario’s new energy minister during an upcoming municipal conference in August. The group hopes to lobby Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, who was recently appointed the the portfolio, for changes that will provide some hydro relief for homeowners and businesses.

“It is the topic around the table from all of the mayors,” said Mayor Al McDonald, noting there is growing concern that rising electricity prices are driving industry out of the province and making it increasingly expensive for residents to live in their own homes. “We believe it’s becoming a crisis in the province.”

McDonald said the high cost of power is a dilemma for municipalities trying to attract industry. Continue Reading →

Project consolidator Oban rebrands as Osisko Mining, updates Marban resources – by Henry Lazenby ( – June 14, 2016)

TORONTO ( – A famous name in Canada’s recent gold mining history lives again after project consolidator Oban Mining formally announced Tuesday that it would change its name to Osisko Mining.

The company said the rebranding exercise would better reflect the corporation’s current management, board and technical teams, who were responsible for much of the success of the original Osisko Mining Corporation.

The original Osisko had earned international recognition with the successes of its exploration and development team – a team that included several current members of the current company’s board and senior management, such as current co-chairperson Sean Roosen and president, CEO and director John Burzynski, who was one of the original three founding members of the old Osisko Mining. Continue Reading →

Change at the top for Lake Shore Gold – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – June 14, 2016)

TIMMINS – Tony Makuch, who built up one of the newest gold mining ventures in Timmins, is leaving Lake Shore Gold to join another gold mining company.

While Makuch could not be reached for comment Monday, LSG confirmed that Makuch is moving to become the new chief executive officer of Kirkland Lake Gold (KLG), which operates the Macassa Mine, among others. A news release from Kirkland Lake Gold revealed that George Ogilvie had resigned as CEO and that Makuch, a former mine manager for that company, was moving into the top job.

“After careful consideration, the board of eirectors has determined that Tony is ideally positioned to lead Kirkland Lake Gold into the next stage of its development,” said Eric Sprott, chairman of the KLG board of directors, in the company news release. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp donations top $5-million mark – by Thomas Perry (Timmins Daily Press – June 13, 2016)

TIMMINS – Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines has a rich history of giving back to the community that has seen it donate more than $5 million to worthy causes in the past 10-plus years.

“We understand the importance of contributing to our local community which is why we support initiatives contributing to areas such as health, education, community development and arts/culture.” said sustainability manager Bryan Neeley.

“When making decisions to support initiatives, we review each request to ensure it supports sustainable development within the community.” Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines is carrying on a tradition that was started in the early days of the Porcupine camp that saw the large mines literally build the communities in which they operated. Continue Reading →