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Indigenous people find employment in Ontario’s Ring of Fire – by Jeff Walters (CBC News Thunder Bay – October 20, 2016)

Noront Resources has over half of its staff comprised of Indigenous employees

The one company in the Ring of Fire still doing active exploration said it has already made a positive impact on neighbouring Indigenous communities. Noront Resources has set a target of having over half of its staff comprised of Indigenous employees. So far, the company has met the target.

“Even at an early stage, where we are today in terms of exploration, we want the communities to realize some of those benefits through jobs, through training,” said Ryan Weston, the VP of Exploration with Noront Resources. “So that in a longer term scenario, they will ultimately be believers in the benefits, the positive benefits that a mine would create here in the Ring of Fire.”

Although the camp itself has few staff at the moment, half of the workforce is comprised of Indigenous workers. Kevin Jacob is a member of Webequie First Nation, the nearest community to the Ring of Fire’s Esker exploration camp. Continue Reading →

Digging into diversity: Mining panel reflects on women, Indigenous inclusion in the workplace – by Ella Myers (Northern Ontario Business – October 20, 2016)

When Anna Tudela walked into her first mining conference, she was the only women in a room packed with men. She was sure she had found the wrong place.

On October 18, the vice-president of diversity, regulatory affairs and corporate secretary at Goldcorp was happy to see other women at the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operations Conference (MeMO) in Sudbury, where she participated in a panel on diversity and inclusion.

She was joined by Jennifer Maki, executive director of Vale Base Metals, and Sudbury’s Ron Sarazin, special projects coordinator at Gezhtoojig Employment and Training. The panelists tackled gender, Indigenous peoples, immigrant labour, and mental health and wellness in mining. Continue Reading →

[Sudbury Basin] Charges in miner’s death – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – October 20, 2016)

Tears will be shed today by hard-rock miners at Nickel Rim South Mine, by the union that represents them, and by friends and family as they mark the one-year anniversary of the workplace death of a man who was beloved.

Richard Pigeau, 54, was killed Oct. 20, 2015, when he was struck by a piece of machinery while working in the mine owned by Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Glencore).

Just days before this sombre anniversary, the Ministry of Labour laid seven charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Glencore Canada Corp. and two against a supervisor after a one-year investigation into Pigeau’s death. Continue Reading →

People, innovation the “new normal” in mining – by Ella Myers (Northern Ontario Business – October 19, 2016)

Pragmatism, innovation, and people dominated the early discussions at the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operations Conference (MeMO) in Sudbury, Oct. 17. The heads of Sudbury’s three leading mine operations led off the first session of the two-day conference, discussing how to lead and manage in a volatile economy.

The conference brings together mine operators to share information on reducing costs and increasing productivity and improving safety and reliability in mining. It is run by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Rather than focusing on optimistic predictions of when the current downturn will end, the panelists focused on how they are adapting to the low nickel prices and demand, by driving for innovation and maximizing the potential of people at their companies. Continue Reading →

Noront sheds light on Ring of Fire’s untapped potential – by Lesley Stokes (Northern Miner – October 17, 2016)

VANCOUVER — The greenstone belt that hosts the nickel-copper-platinum group metal (PGM) and chromite deposits in northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire camp, 540 km northeast of Thunder Bay, is unique compared to other regions in Canada, says Noront Resources’ (TSXV: NOT) President and CEO Alan Coutts.

“In our case we have a typical, greenstone belt, but we also have this very large, layered ultramafic intrusion complex and iron formations abutting it. So it had all the right things going on to create the diversity of deposits we see there today,” he tells The Northern Miner during a phone interview.

Coutts says the similar belts elsewhere in Ontario and Quebec are less known for their magmatic copper-nickel, PGM and chromium deposits, which include examples such as Balmoral Resources’ (TSX: BAR; US-OTC: BALMF) Grasset copper-cobalt-PGM deposit in northern Quebec, the Raglan nickel-copper-PGM belt in northernmost Quebec, and some in Ontario’s Timmins district. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp going electric with Chapleau, Ontario gold mine – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – October 14, 2016)

Goldcorp wants to take a low profile in developing an all-electric mine at its Borden Lake deposit. The Canadian gold miner is determined to make its physical presence less felt with the first mine out of the chute in the Chapleau area’s emerging gold camp.

Situated 10 kilometres east of the town, Goldcorp’s 2015 acquisition of the project from Probe Mines was touted as one of the best new development assets in the industry.

Since mining is relatively new to this part of northeastern Ontario, Marc Lauzier, mine general manager at Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) in Timmins, said his team is taking extra care to educate everyone and gather residents’ feedback in developing a “green mine” that will have minimal environmental impact. Continue Reading →

Noront Resources waits for road to the Ring of Fire – by Jeff Walters (CBC News Thunder Bay – October 17, 2016)

Minerals in the ground, expensive transportation holding up development

It is one of the most remote mining camps in Ontario, and it was heralded as the next economic engine for the province, and possibly Canada. The Ring of Fire, about 575 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, holds massive amounts of chromite, nickle and copper, among other metals.

The area at one point had 35 exploration companies searching for minerals and a dozen mining camps housing workers. Now, just the Noront Resources Esker camp remains. A skeleton crew keeps the camp running, as well as doing geophysical work, looking for more mineral deposits.

“We’re committed to it. We’re continuing to consolidate in the Ring of Fire, where as other companies haven’t had the ability to stick around,” said Ryan Weston, Noront’s Vice-President of Exploration. Continue Reading →

[Ontario] Boost to mining at the first level – Editorial (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – October 17, 2016)

Mining is a very important industry in Northwestern Ontario, always has been. It employs many hundreds of people from Marathon to Red Lake, more in related industries. It is a business that creates wealth literally right out of the ground. That’s why it is important that government help make the sector sustainable.

Case in point, the announcement late last week by Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle of $1.2 million in funding to prop up the junior exploration assistance program. The fund helps these companies claim up to $100,000 on specific projects that seek new mining possibilities.

It’s part of a $5 million investment that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund made to put together the second round of a junior exploration assistance program. “We’ve recognized that times are tough and commodity prices aren’t great,” said Gravelle. Continue Reading →

Noront lobbies for road access to Eagle’s Nest – by Lesley Stokes (Northern Miner – October 11, 2016)

VANCOUVER — Noront Resources (TSXV: NOT) is encouraged that the Ring of Fire camp in northern Ontario, where the junior has its remote Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper and platinum group metal (PGM) deposit, has been designated a priority in Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Sept. 23 mandate letter to re-appointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle.

The most specific item in the letter is an instruction to Gravelle to “work towards upgrading existing roads and infrastructure in the region to connect with future Ring of Fire infrastructure, with a target of 2018 to begin road work.”

The nearest paved road from Eagle’s Nest is 280 km to the south, and Noront is looking for the provincial government to pay for and build an all-season, all-access road into the Eagle’s Nest site, which is the leading contender to be the first deposit mined in the camp. Continue Reading →

[Ring of Fire road] Assessment work ‘must start’ soon – by Carl Clutche (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – October 8, 2016)

An environmental review into a long-awaited access road into the Ring of Fire mineral belt needs to start early next year if the province is serious about meeting its own timelines for getting the road constructed, says one of the region’s mining proponents.

Noront Resources, which is proposing to build the first nickel mine in the RoF about 550 kilometre northeast of Thunder Bay, said that it wants to start building its proposed $700 million mine in 2018.

That’s the same year the province has said it will start building an access road into the RoF by “upgrading existing roads and infrastructure in the region that would connect with future Ring of Fire infrastructure.” For that to happen, says Noront Resources CEO Alan Coutts, the company “believes that environmental assessment work must start in early 2017.” Continue Reading →

Ontario introduces bill to “modernize” Mining Act – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – October 7, 2016)

A bill was introduced at Queen’s Park to set new regulations for mineral and aggregate extraction in the mining industry. New provincial legislation is coming out to update the rules on how extraction will be done in the mining and aggregate industry.

The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, introduced by the provincial government on Oct. 6, is aimed at setting new regulations on how these companies will operate in Ontario, will update fees and royalties, and will increase public participation in the entire extraction application process.

The government said the new management rules will improve environmental accountability and increase the oversight in this industry. In the mining industry, the government said the bill will “enhance” the province’s international competitiveness by allowing claims to be done online and improve how claims are registered via the electronic mining lands administration system. Continue Reading →

A decade ago, Vale bought Inco: What’s the company’s legacy in Sudbury? – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Northern Life – October 6, 2016)

Brazilian miner purchased Inco for $19.4 billion on Oct. 6, 2006

Ten years ago today, Canadians became much more familiar with a Brazilian mining company called Vale. On Oct. 6, 2006, Vale purchased homegrown miner Inco in a $19.4-billion bid.

The New York Times said at the time the sale “further undermines Canada’s status as a force in the mining industry.” But with the benefit of hindsight, others have said Vale’s purchase of Inco had to happen.

Jean-Charles Cachon, chair of Laurentian University’s department of management, has argued both Inco and Falconbridge did not have the financial clout needed to expand their operations and meet growing global demand for nickel and copper.

In 2006, said Cachon, both companies forecasted demand for nickel and copper would increase by about 50 per cent over the next seven years, due to growing demand in emerging markets like China and India. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: CEMI’s Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction delivers industry & economic value

Setting the stage for large scale mining operations, now and in the future

Sudbury, ON (October 6, 2016) – CEMI (Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation) and Rio Tinto celebrate the completion of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC) at CEMI. This $10M investment in Canada’s mining innovation was created to undertake research in support of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future™ programme with a focus on underground mining infrastructure and footprint reliability.

This state-of-the-art research and knowledge centre played a role in the development and implementation of innovative step-change research and technology development for underground mines, designed to minimize delays and create value through speed and geo-risk mitigation. The results of this collaborative centre have set the stage for large-scale mining operations, now and in the future. CEMI 2016 Annual Report

Since being established in December 2010, the RTC-UMC interacts and collaborates with academics, consultants and representatives from a consortium of Rio Tinto operations worldwide. Continue Reading →

Borden project raising bar as ‘green mine’ – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – October 4, 2016)

CHAPLEAU – Goldcorp’s next Northern Ontario mine is on track to managing environmental impacts to an entirely new level. The Borden Gold Project, which is set to begin construction next year near Chapleau, may be the world’s first-ever diesel-free hard rock mine. They are accomplishing this by utilizing the latest in battery-powered mining equipment.

Marc Lauzier, the manager of Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, said the move toward what he characterizes as a “green mine” has been in the works for many years, and is likely the way of the future for the industry.

“We’re trying to build a mine that is as environmentally-friendly as possible. And part of that decision is to not utilize diesel equipment. So we’re using electric and battery powered equipment instead.” explained Lauzier. “I’ve been looking into this stuff for the past 10 years. Borden is a new project in an environmentally pristine area, so it’s opened us up to think differently. Continue Reading →

[Mining] Project aims to link powder with diseases – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – October 4, 2016)

The voice of James Johnson Hobbs, 76, may have been silenced by Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder daughter Janice Martell believes was caused by a substance inhaled in his workplace.

As long as she draws breath, the Elliot Lake woman will fight to tell the stories and be the voice of thousands of miners exposed to aluminum dust and try to win compensation for their illnesses.

As many as 20,000 miners were exposed to a dust called McIntyre powder, developed at McIntyre Mine in Timmins more than 60 years ago. The premise behind the powder was that it would coat the lungs of workers heading into gold and uranium mines, and prevent them from contracting deadly silicosis. Continue Reading →