3rd July 2015

Wallbridge Mining reports promising find near Capreol – by Staff (Sudbury Star – July 3, 2015)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

Wallbridge Mining Company says it has uncovered what it is calling massive sulfide nickel-copper and platinum group metals mineralization on one of its Sudbury properties.

“The Parkin properties have high quality near-surface exploration targets and also have significant potential at depth evident from the presence of a surface resource and a past producing mine, as well as significant mineralization intersections at depth in the Milnet 1500 Zone,” Marz Kord, president and CEO of Wallbridge, said in a release.

“We are working to attract new partner financing to advance the Parkin properties and in the meantime we add value by further exploration on the properties.” The Parkin properties are located north of Capreol.

Wallbridg said the properties (Parkin, Milnet, CBA Parkin, and Parkin East) cover a 9.4-km strike length of the Parkin Offset dyke, which hosts nickel, copper, and platinum group metals mineralization, including: Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd July 2015

NEWS RELEASE: ALAMOS AND AURICO METALS ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF MERGER

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 2, 2015) – Alamos Gold Inc. (“Alamos”) (TSX:AGI)(NYSE:AGI) and AuRico Metals Inc. (“AuRico Metals”) (TSX:AMI) are pleased to announce the completion of the previously announced arrangement (“Arrangement”) involving Alamos Gold Inc. (a predecessor to Alamos) (“Former Alamos”) (TSX:AGI)(NYSE:AGI) and AuRico Gold Inc. (a predecessor to Alamos) (“Former AuRico”) (TSX:AUQ)(NYSE:AUQ).

Pursuant to the Arrangement, Former Alamos and Former AuRico amalgamated to form Alamos, and certain assets of Former AuRico, including the Kemess project, certain royalties and cash, were transferred to AuRico Metals. Approximately 95.1% of the common shares of AuRico Metals (“AuRico Metals Shares”) were distributed to Former Alamos and Former AuRico shareholders. Following completion of the Arrangement, Alamos holds an equity interest of approximately 4.9% in AuRico Metals.

Under the terms of the Arrangement, each Former Alamos share held was ultimately exchanged for 1 Class A common share of Alamos (“Class A Shares”), US$0.0001 in cash, and 0.4397 AuRico Metals Shares, and each Former AuRico share held was ultimately exchanged for 0.5046 Class A Shares and 0.2219 AuRico Metals Shares. Upon closing, Alamos has approximately 255,505,000 Class A Shares outstanding with Former Alamos and Former AuRico shareholders each owning approximately 50% and AuRico Metals has approximately 118,120,000 shares outstanding with Former Alamos and Former AuRico shareholders each owning approximately 50% of the shares not held by Alamos. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th June 2015

Exploration not benign, NGO says of Ring of Fire – by Jonathan Migneault – (Sudbury Northern Life  – June 30, 2015)

http://www.northernlife.ca/

Wildlands League asks for environmental review process for exploration

An environmental organization based in Toronto says it worries about the environmental restoration in the Ring of Fire after exploration work concludes.

Representatives with Wildlands League, a chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, flew over parts of the Ring of Fire development in northwestern Ontario in March 2015 and took aerial photos of exploration camps in the region.

One image showed more than 25 drill pads – cleared circular areas that host two or three drill holes each – along a one-kilometre stretch of land. In the photo, the drill pads were connected by an horizontal trail cut through the woods, and a series of vertical lines.

“Exploration is a necessary part of the mining cycle, but it’s not benign,” said Anna Baggio, Wildlands League’s director of conservation planning.

Baggio said there is no environmental review process for mining exploration, and has advocated for a regional environmental assessment in the Ring of Fire, that would provide a blueprint for future exploration activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th June 2015

Ring of Fire flyover photos raise concern – by Jeff Labine (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – June 30, 2015)

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal is the daily newspaper of Northwestern Ontario.

A Toronto-based environmental group is claiming mining exploration in the Ring of Fire has already caused damaged to the Far North’s ecosystem.

The Wildlands League, which is a not-for-profit charity, released a series of aerial photos on Monday showing some of the exploration in the Ring of Fire area. The photos were taken last March when the group was heading to a First Nations community for a visit. One of the photos was of Esker Camp, which is about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, as well as some of the camps that were once held by Cliffs Natural Resources and a runway.

The group claims that the photos challenge the idea of early mining exploration having little impact to the area.

Anna Baggio, the director of conservation planning with Wildlands League, said they have shown the pictures to First Nations advisors and government officials including the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and all have been surprised by what they have seen.

“People haven’t really grasped what’s been going on in the Ring of Fire, even with early explorations,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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29th June 2015

Miners create community with food – by Maureen Arges Nadin (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – June 29, 2015)

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal is the daily newspaper of Northwestern Ontario.

‘Food is one of the only comforts that people have when they are away from home,” says Allan Bedard, manager of Windigo Ventures and Catering.

And he is someone who knows, as his company supplies, plans and prepares nutritious and tasty food to feed and comfort FIFO (fly in fly out) workers at mining camps like Goldcorp’s camp at Musselwhite.

FIFO lifestyle is an occupational reality for many workers in the mining industry who are flown in on a rotational basis from various parts of Northwestern Ontario and other parts of Canada.

And attracting and retaining workers who are facing being away from their families for two weeks at a time can be a challenge. Many FIFO workers will say that when they are away, their co-workers and the people who provide support services at the mine, become their second family. And families generally eat together. This is a dynamic that Bedard understands well.

“It fosters a sense of community when we live with people and share food,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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29th June 2015

NEWS RELEASE: KWG Acquires 100% of Chromium Intellectual Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 29, 2015) – KWG Resources Inc. (CSE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KWG6) (“KWG”) has now acquired one hundred percent of the ownership rights in two United States provisional patent applications relating to the production of chromium iron alloys directly from chromite ore, and the production of low carbon chromium iron alloys directly from chromite concentrates (the “Chromium IP”) announced on April 21, 2014.

The vendor assigned its remaining fifty-percent interest in the Chromium IP in exchange for 25 million units of KWG (each, a “Unit”), with each Unit comprising one common share of KWG and one common share purchase warrant of KWG exercisable at a price of $0.10 for 5 years from closing. The Chromium IP includes the right to use these provisional patent applications as the basis for filing additional patent applications in the United States, Canada and elsewhere worldwide.

“With the support recently demonstrated by Minister Rickford and the scientists of Natural Resources Canada it became clear that owning all of this intellectual property now would put us into a better situation for further investment into testing and commercialization,” said KWG President Frank Smeenk. “It was very encouraging to learn that our national government was so well-informed on the economic potential of the Ring of Fire chromite resources and the reduction technology that we are developing, in workshops held in Ottawa last week.” Read the rest of this entry »

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29th June 2015

AUDIO: Mining exploration causing permanent damage in Ring of Fire, Wildlands League says – by Jody Porter (CBC News Thunder Bay – June 29, 2015)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay

Environmental group takes photos to show landscape is ‘disturbed and disrupted’

Photos released Monday by the Wildlands League are proof that mining activity is causing permanent damage in a fragile ecosystem in northern Ontario, according to the environmental group.

The pictures of a snowy boreal forest patterned with grid lines and pockmarked by drill rig indentations were taken during a March flight across the mineral-rich area, known as the Ring of Fire, in the James Bay lowlands.

The images challenge the idea that early mining exploration is benign, said Wildlands League director of conservation planning, Anna Baggio.

“I don’t think people fully grasp how much activity has happened just at the exploration stage and what is being done to the land here,” Baggio said. “If all the claims were to be developed at a similar level of intensity, it would modify the entire landscape.”

Nearly two dozen companies hold claims, spending more than $278 million on exploration in an area that has yielded “significant discoveries” of chromite, nickel and copper-zinc, according to the province’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th June 2015

A visit to the world’s largest operating salt mine – by John M. Smith (Inside Belleville – June 26, 2015)

http://www.insidebelleville.com/bellevilleregion/

My wife and I recently spent a couple of days in the picturesque town of Goderich, which is located in western Ontario, north of Grand Bend and south of Kincardine on the shore of Lake Huron. We were drawn to this destination by its having the world’s largest operating salt mine. We soon found that it was, indeed, quite a sight to simply view the humungous surface storage silos and the blue elevator shafts that decorate much of Goderich’s harbour area.

However, we didn’t find any mounds of salt, for the operation actually occurs far underground, at a depth of about 1800 feet, and the Sifto Canada mine, which is now a part of the American-owned Compass Minerals Company, apparently extends for more than two miles into Lake Huron and averages a width of more than a mile. To put this into perspective, the salt mine is about as deep as the CN Tower is high, and massive trucks carry the blasted rock salt through a series of large underground tunnels into crushing and screening operations before it’s then hoisted to the surface via customized skiffs.

I hoped to get an up close and personal guided underground tour of the operation, but that was not to be. In fact, there are no tours available to the public, for the work continues non-stop, 24 hours every day, except when the lake freezes and shipments by the massive freighters become impossible. There’s, of course, a real concern with work stoppages and with liability, so the Compass Mineral Company doesn’t seem very anxious to get into the touring business. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th June 2015

NEWS RELEASE: Ontario Mining Association Welcomes New Chair

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 Ontario Mining Association is pleased to announce that Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s Vice President of Operational Support Canada US, has been appointed as Chair of the OMA for a two-year term. Marc replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position of Vice President, North American Mining Operations at Nyrstar.

“Marc is passionate and deeply knowledgeable about issues that are important to OMA members, including health and safety, competitive energy pricing and efficiency, as well as research and development,” said Chris Hodgson, OMA President. “He is committed to helping the industry reach its goal of zero harm in the work environment, to innovate, and be a model mining jurisdiction globally. We are excited to continue to build successful partnerships and grow under his leadership.”

With over 24 years of experience in the mineral sector, including in safety, training, geology, technical services and operational management, Marc is considered a leader in his field. He began his career at Canamax Resources in 1990, and the following year joined Placer Dome, which is now known as Goldcorp. Marc has served in various capacities for the company and developed a reputation for strong strategic planning and delivering results. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th June 2015

[Ontario Mining] Schools engineer partnership – by Sandi Krasowski (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – June 25, 2015)

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal is the daily newspaper of Northwestern Ontario.

Lakehead University and Queen’s University are mining each other’s resources to serve engineering students.

The deans of the engineering programs at the two schools signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday in a step toward making their engineering courses available to students on both campuses.

David Barnett, the dean of engineering with Lakehead University says they don’t offer a mining engineering program at Lakehead, but there is active research going on within the mining sector.

“Queens is a worldwide-known mining engineering school and (partnering) just seemed to make sense,” says Barnett. “Whether it’s chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical or software engineering, mining touches all the engineering programs that we have here.”

He says it’s very difficult to start a new mining engineering program, but since mining is such an important part of the Northern Ontario economy, it make sense to get their students that expertise. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th June 2015

Ontario clears framework for Noront to work with First Nations – by Jon Thompson (tbnewswatch.com – June 23, 2015)

http://www.tbnewswatch.com/

“I’d like to throw this out to industry: if you want to work with First nations,
resource them enough so that we work together. We’re not in opposition, we’re
pro-development. We want to make sure that when the mine is gone, we’re still
going to be there.” (Aroland First Nation Chief Sonny Gagnon)

Terms of reference are in place for how the first mining project in the Ring Of Fire will work with nearby communities on environmental assessment.

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change approved the plan for the Eagle’s Nest nickel mine on Friday, nearly three years after proponent, Noront made its first submission.

Noront continued social and technical work over that time, meeting with First Nations and operating with the best information available.

“We said, ‘we’re going to assume our terms of reference are right and we’re going to do the environmental work that supports those terms of reference,’ which we did over those three years,” said Noront CEO Alan Coutts, on Tuesday.

“If there were amendments, we’d deal with them when they came.” The final draft commits the company to supporting the collection of Aboriginal traditional knowledge and incorporating it into environmental planning. Read the rest of this entry »

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24th June 2015

Liberals failing to deliver on Ring of Fire, opposition says – by Richard J. Brennan (Toronto Star – June 24, 2015)

The Toronto Star has the largest circulation in Canada. The paper has an enormous impact on federal and Ontario politics as well as shaping public opinion.

The real Ring of Fire wealth sits untouched at Queen’s Park.

Experts say there are untold riches in the Ring of Fire but the real pot of gold sits untouched at Queen’s Park.

Not a dime of the $1 billion the provincial government has set aside to develop the mineral-rich area in northwestern Ontario has been spent. And it may not for a few years yet.

Last summer, Premier Kathleen Wynne made Ring of Fire development a central part of her election platform. However, the money is not officially booked until 2018-19, which is after the next provincial election.

“There is nothing preventing this provincial government to start building those roads to those communities and electrifying them . . . the government is in the driver’s seat here,” NDP MPP Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin) said. Read the rest of this entry »

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24th June 2015

Noront Resources ‘daunted’ but excited by Ring of Fire approval – by Jody Porter (CBC News Thunder Bay – June 23, 2015)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay

Provincial government makes 17 amendments to Noront’s nickel mining proposal

Noront Resources will need to enhance its consultation with First Nations and study more potential transportation routes after the provincial government made 17 amendments to the company’s plan for an environmental assessment for its nickel project in the Ring of Fire.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change approved Noront’s terms of reference last week for the environmental assessment of its planned underground mine north of Pickle Lake, Ont.

The amendments include a requirement for Noront to study four potential transportation routes for moving its ore. The company was looking at two. There are also many amendments prescribing the level of consultation and engagement with First Nations.

“It’s a bit daunting, but at the same time we’ve got our future in our own hands, we know what is expected of us and so that clarity is a great thing to have,” said Noront president Alan Coutts. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd June 2015

Ontario Approves Terms of Reference for Noront Resources’ Eagle’s Nest Mine

http://norontresources.com/

Allows Provincial Permitting Process to Advance for First Mine in the Ring of Fire

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – June 22, 2015) – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX VENTURE: NOT) has received a Notice of Approval from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on the Terms of Reference for its Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium project. The Terms of Reference, approved with a number of amendments, allows the company to move forward on the environmental assessment process (EA) for what is expected to be the first mine in the Ring of Fire.

“This is an important step because it allows us to advance the provincial EA process for Eagle’s Nest and provides direction on how the province would like us to work with local communities,” stated Noront President and CEO, Alan Coutts. “We recognize the significant role First Nations will play in our mine development and we remain eager to sit down with the communities to discuss how we can work together in this important undertaking.”

Noront has been collecting baseline environmental data on its Eagle’s Nest mine, evaluating impacts and developing mitigation strategies for three years. A draft Environmental Impact Study/Environmental Assessment Report was completed and circulated for comment in December 2013. Going forward, the additional work defined by the Terms of Reference amendments will be integrated into our existing documentation to satisfy both the federal and provincial environmental assessment requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th June 2015

NEWS RELEASE: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Approves Terms of Reference for Noront Resource’s Environmental Assessment Process

(June 19, 2015) Toronto: Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray has approved with amendments to the Terms of Reference for Noront’s proposed Eagle’s Nest multi-metal mine in the Ring of Fire.

The Terms of Reference is the first step in the company’s environmental assessment process and there is much work to be done before a decision on the project is made. It’s a work plan that outlines the types of studies and consultation Noront must undertake to demonstrate whether the proposed project can be done in a way that is protective of the environment and human health.

Some of the amendments to Noront’s Terms of Reference include ensuring potentially impacted First Nation communities can fully participate in and contribute to the company’s environmental assessment process. The amendments include:
• identifying and assessing alternative road alignments within their preferred road corridor
• providing specific opportunities for potentially impacted First Nations to fully participate in the company’s environmental assessment
• assessing impacts of aggregate extraction, and
• considering the impacts of climate change on the project and the impacts of the project on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »

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