BLACK RIVER-MATHESON – The gold mining industry in Northeastern Ontario took another hit this week.
Primero Mining Corporation announced Thursday that 56 workers have been laid off as a result of the closure of the open pit operation at the Black Fox mine, located about 10 kilometres east of Matheson. It was formerly the Brigus Gold property.
Primero’s Black Fox underground mine continues to operate, despite the layoffs in the pit, said mine general manager Dan Gagnon at a news conference in Timmins Thursday morning.
Gagnon, a veteran in mine management, was appointed as the new boss at Primero just three months ago. Gagnon made it clear the underground operation at Black Fox is continuing and provides jobs for roughly 310 employees.
It was this time last week that IAMGOLD revealed that 33 employees were to be laid off from the Côtė Lake gold project, located southwest of Gogama. Read the rest of this entry »
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Noront Resources has filed an updated technical report for its Black Thor, Black Label and Big Daddy chromite deposits located in the Ring of Fire.
The company filed an NI 43-101 resource report for the properties, which were acquired for $27.5 million from Cliffs Natural Resources in April, on August 21.
Black Thor and Black Label are 100 per cent owned by Noront, while Big Daddy is a joint venture between Noront (70 per cent) and Canada Chrome Mining Corporation (30 per cent), a subsidiary of KWG Resources.
According to the report, Black Thor has 107.6 million tonnes in the measured category, grading at 32.2 per cent chromium; an additional 30.2 million tonnes in the indicated category, grading at 28.9 per cent chromium; as well as 26.8 million tonnes in the inferred category, grading at 29.3 per cent chromium. Read the rest of this entry »
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The lay-off notices have been issued and nearly three dozen miners are out of work.
Anne-Marie MacInnis, president of Mine Mill Local 598-Unifor, said Thursday she received an email at about 5 a.m. informing her that First Nickel Inc. (FNI) was shuttering operations at its Lockerby mine site, located off Highway 17 near Fairbank Lake.
Effective immediately, 35 of the union’s members have been laid off. “People are feeling surprised,” she told The Star on Thursday. “They showed up today and the gates were locked.”
MacInnis is currently liaising with the union’s legal department to settle severance for affected employees. “I will be talking to the legal department to see if we have any kind of legal action we can take on behalf of our members,” she said.
MacInnis said her members could be eligible for a federally-funded severance program, but only to a maximum of $3,800. It would also mean they would relinquish any recall rights. Read the rest of this entry »
GOGAMA – It appears IAMGOLD is shutting down its exploration camp in Gogama.
The Daily Press received unofficial word on Tuesday that the Côté Gold Project will be completely shut down by the end of the week. According to the source, some exploration at the site will be continuing for the time being, but after this Friday the mining camp will be closed, and a skeleton staff will continue to dismantle it next week.
The Daily Press subsequently contacted IAMGOLD to get confirmation.
When asked if the information was true, Cheryl Naveau, the company’s head of aboriginal and community relations for the Côté project, said she could not comment, but that IAMGOLD was planning a teleconference early next week.
The Côté Gold Project was initially proposed in 2012, and for the past few years has been conducting prospecting for a potential open pit mine with an expected ore production period of 15 years. No actual mining has taken place yet. Read the rest of this entry »
MOOSONEE – The Grand Chief-elect of the Mushkegowuk Council, Jonathan Solomon, is vowing to consult with the people and chiefs of the council’s member communities more than his predecessor did.
That is likely to please those who thought Grand Chief Lawrence Martin made too many promises and announcements on important issues without seeking enough input from the communities. It is not likely to please proponents of the already stalled Ring of Fire development.
Back in February, Martin stated his support for a proposed energy and railway corridor running across Mushkegowuk territory from Moosonee to the chromite mining development located 600 kilometres northwest of Timmins.
According to Solomon, that announcement “blindsided” many people within the Mushkegowuk Council, and that under his leadership, they would be stepping back from that commitment.
It looks like Lake Shore Gold in Timmins is able to expand local operations by taking over Temex Resources, a junior mining company that has been working historic mining properties in the East End of Timmins.
LSG is a mid-level gold producer with all its mining operations in Timmins, sees the Temex takeover as a ways to contribute more gold to the newly rejuvenated LSG Bell Creek milling complex in Porcupine, according to a company news release issued last month.
The new deal is based on terms agreed to in June. Under those terms of proposal, as outlined in an earlier news release, Temex shareholders would receive, for each Temex share, 0.105 of a Lake Shore Gold share, having a value of $0.13 based on the closing price of Lake Shore Gold’s shares on the TSX on July 15, 2015.
The Lake Shore deal was made at the end of June, in the midst of a pending deal Temex had with Oban Mining Corporation. As part of the new deal, Temex is now required to provide a termination payment to Oban of $691,896. Read the rest of this entry »
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In This Heaven/Rings of Fire, documents the tireless efforts of Mae Katt, a First Nations nurse practitioner who runs a mobile drug addiction treatment program in the remote underserved Matawa First Nations communities of Northern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry »
Opiate addiction and mining developments are threatening the future of Canada’s First Nations rural communities.
In the far north of Canada’s Ontario province, where opiate addiction afflicts the First Nation population, nurse practitioner Mae Katt runs a mobile drug treatment programme.
Her urgent mission is to set up effective programmes to treat this devastated population in the hopes that they will be able to shape their future, on their territory, and become the employment workforce backbone of the coming “Ring of Fire” mining operations.
It is a mammoth challenge, especially as up to 80 percent of the adult population of some communities negotiating the mining developments are addicted to opiates.
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Ontario has formally asked the federal government to match the $1 billion it has committed to infrastructure for the Ring of Fire with $1 billion from its Building Canada Fund.
Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, nominated the Ring of Fire project under the national infrastructure component (NIC) of the fund.
The $4-billion NIC supports projects of national significance that have broad public benefits and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic growth and prosperity.
Ontario’s Northern Development and Mines Minister, Michael Gravelle, said the Ring of Fire offers tremendous opportunity. By developing a transportation corridor and building hydroelectric systems, many First Nations will be able to “get off diesel,” said Gravelle.
“We can open up all kinds of economic development opportunities and that’s where the contribution from the federal government is so important.” Read the rest of this entry »
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A research project on the mental health of workers in the mining industry is exactly the type of study Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn would like to see more of in Ontario.
The three-year, $400,000 study, funded by Vale Ltd., is a partnership among the mining company, United Steelworkers and Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).
The goal of the study, called Mining Mental Health, is to collect information to develop strategies to promote strong mental health among workers in Vale’s Ontario operations.
Flynn paid his first visit to a mine earlier this year when he went underground at Vale’s Coleman Mine.
Travelling 5,000 feet below surface “was quite the experience for a city kid,” Flynn told about 100 people in the lobby of Laurentian’s Ben Avery building Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »
Not everyone is happy about a recently announced pan-Canadian task force on diesel fuels in remote communities.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says it’s been trying to deal with electricity issues in its communities for years, and wants separate negotiations with the Ontario government.
In a statement, NAN said some of its member First Nations want to accelerate their energy developments and can’t wait for the new process to get going. “It is NAN’s position … that the unique nature of our territory, demography and remoteness justify a separate negotiations table within the Ontario round-table or [pan-Canadian] task force as NAN First Nations,” the statement said.
“[The First Nations’] energy groups’ progress cannot be impeded by an all-Ontario or [pan-Canadian] approach.”
Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Yukon established the task force, which will prepare a report that examines efforts that have been, or are currently, underway to reduce diesel use in remote communities, among other things. Read the rest of this entry »
Provincial and federal governments need to provide more support to the country’s mining sector. The industry is a wealth generator, employing hundreds of people in Northwestern Ontario and across the country, and providing millions of dollars in wages to workers and taxes to government.
Communities like Red Lake and Pickle Lake were created by gold mining booms that continue today. Thunder Bay and other communities in the region supply workers, equipment and expertise to the sector. Very few communities are not receiving some economic spin-offs from mining, a industry that still faces a number of challenges to growth.
As Canada’s energy and mines ministers meet for their 72nd annual conference this week, the country’s exploration and mining industry is asking governments to turn their attention to several areas that are challenging the sector during this period of economic downturn and uncertainty.
A report prepared by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has detailed three policy priorities that will help the industry overcome current challenges and capitalize on the opportunities before it. Read the rest of this entry »
Low metal prices, government red tape, jittery investors conspire against exploration industry
Mineral exploration in northern Ontario has been on a steady decline for the past four years, and that’s causing some to worry.
The executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association is used to the cyclical nature of the exploration industry, but he said he isn’t used to this.
“Exploration in northern Ontario is the lowest it’s been, probably since I’ve been in the business, and I’ve been in the business 30 years,” Garry Clark said.
He estimates the number of people employed in the industry is half of what it used to be, when metal prices were up.
Figures from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines confirm the severity of the situation. The number of active claims in the province has dropped by more than 16,000 thousand in the last five years. And exploration spending in Ontario is down about $100 million, compared to last year. Read the rest of this entry »
Visitors to the former David Bell mine near Marathon, Ontario, would never know that there used to be a mine there. Hundreds of saplings dot re-contoured areas, and it’s not uncommon to see black bears rummaging through reclaimed fields for tasty native grasses to snack on.
“This is a part of our commitment to our local stakeholders and the general public — to remediate the land back to what it was when we received it,” says Shane Hayes, Mine Closure Coordinator at Barrick’s Hemlo operation, and part of the team that spearheaded the remediation.
The Hemlo property actually consists of three mines: David Bell, Williams and Golden Giant. Mining operations at David Bell ended in 2010, while operations at Golden Giant concluded in 2014.
Students have helped plant 30,000 trees.
Barrick was responsible for rehabilitating the David Bell mine and various areas of the former Golden Giant site. This involved removing the rock used to build the foundations for several facilities at the site, which had been excavated during the initial development of the mine — and some of it contained gold. Read the rest of this entry »
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Development is picking up speed at Harte Gold’s (TSXV: HRT; US-OTC: HRTFF) Sugar Zone deposit, 60 km east of the Hemlo gold camp, with a major financing and recent bulk sampling and toll milling deals.
Harte has signed a letter of intent with Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX) to process a 70,000-tonne bulk sample from the Sugar Zone Mine at its nearby Hemlo Mill, and inked a deal for a gold loan of up to US$6 million from metal merchant Auramet International. The term sheet with Auramet includes an undisclosed working capital facility on top of the loan of physical gold, and a final agreement is expected by the end of August.
In May, Harte Gold signed a preliminary agreement with Sudbury-based Technica Mining for a $20 million fixed price mining contract, and a final agreement is expected before the end of July. Technica expects to mine the first mineralized rock from the bulk sample in January 2016 at a rate of 300 tonnes per day.
“This will get the project started and cash flowing and then the plan is to construct our own mill on site once we have the permitting completed,” says Stephen G. Roman, Harte Gold’s president and chief executive. Read the rest of this entry »