23rd April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Ring of Fire holds huge potential to share the wealth

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.

Virtually every sector of the economy would benefit from the responsible development of the mineral rich Ring of Fire area, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce study Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire. This paper believes that in the first decade of its development, the Ring of Fire could generate up to $9.4 billion in GDP, sustain 5,500 jobs annually and generate $2 billion in tax revenue for governments.

“Ontario, now more than ever, must identify and champion opportunities where it can be a global leader,” said Allan O’Dette, President of the OCC. “The Ring of Fire is such an opportunity. We believe that this globally significant deposit of minerals in Ontario’s Far North is one of the province’s greatest economic development opportunities in a generation.”

The jobs and positive economic development opportunities created by the Ring of Fire will be shared throughout many other sectors of the economy. The OCC’s analysis sees major benefits going to the financial services, wholesale trade, retail trade, manufacturing and utilities sectors. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd April 2014

Northern Superior Resources Junior miner still not buying Ontario’s argument – by Staff (April 22, 2014)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North.

A Sudbury-based junior gold miner that’s suing the Ontario government for $110 million still maintains the province fell short of its legal duty to consult with a First Nation that “evicted” the company from a remote area of northwestern Ontario following a series of disputes in 2011.

Northern Superior Resources responded to a recently amended State of Defence from the province by contending that the government’s version of consultation consisted of a “standard form letter” sent to them that identified Sachigo Lake as one of the First Nation communities that they should contact to advise them of their exploration work.

The company maintains that the province didn’t undertake any formal consultation with Sachigo, nor were they of any assistance or even got involved, until after the company was “evicted” by Sachigo and other area First Nation communities.

Last fall, Northern Superior Resources sued the government for failing to consult with the Sachigo after multiple disagreements with the band caused the company to abandon exploration on its mining claims near Thorne Lake in late 2011. The company said the band made unreasonable demands – including monetary – that forced them to stop work and withdraw. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: It’s Gold Mining, MacGyver-Style, when FOOL’S GOLD Premieres on Discovery May 13

New original Canadian series mines for gold…and for laughs!

Discovery Fool’s Gold 

TORONTO (April 21, 2014) – Todd Ryznar and his ramshackle crew at Shotgun Exploration are looking to strike it rich in the gold-laden hills of Northern Ontario and retiring in style. The only problem for this start-up DIY mining company? They don’t know what they’re doing! Premiering Tuesday, May 13 with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery, FOOL’S GOLD follows modern-day prospector Ryznar and his ragtag gang of would-be miners in their search for gold. But first, they’ll have to figure out what to do and how to do it – after all, their search for gold won’t be easy when the main equipment is made from a rusty bed frame and a an assortment of old washing machine parts!

Commissioned by Discovery Canada and produced by Toronto’s 11 Television Canada, the humorous eight-part series joins the beleaguered Ryznar and his rookie crew – at the mine and on the town, through bug-infested days, frigid nights, and beer-fuelled weekends – as they make a hilariously haphazard foray into the world of the professional gold digger. Armed with backwoods ingenuity, perseverance, stubbornness – and little else – will their beginner’s luck be rewarded, or will their hopes be dashed?

A real estate speculator-turned-gold prospector, Ryznar purchased the Straw Lake Beach Mine near Fort Frances, Ontario in 2005. After years of failed attempts of finding gold on his own, Ryznar has convinced a hastily-assembled group of his friends to spend eight weeks in the Ontario wilderness in a single-minded search for their share of Northern Ontario’s surprisingly plentiful gold deposits. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th April 2014

Big ore find saved Timmins 50 years ago – by Jeff Labine (Timmins Daily Press – April 15, 2014)

The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.

TIMMINS – Half a century ago, the Timmins economy faced possible collapse. The Hollinger gold mine, which had been operating since 1910, was on its last legs and there didn’t seem to be any suitable replacement to keep the economy flowing in the city.

Rumours started to spread about a possible ore discovery in the area, but few facts were known at the time. Texas Gulf Sulfur Company had made a discovery of a lifetime in November 1963 but the company kept that fact quiet for months.

The American-based company didn’t make the discovery public until April 16 1964. The Daily Press ran the news that the company had discovered more than 23 million tons of ore.

The Kidd Creek mine would become world-famous for its copper, zinc and silver deposits and also earn the distinction of being the deepest base metal mine in the world reaching depths as far down as 10,000 feet.

But trying to break that story was a difficult task for Gregory Reynolds, a reporter at the time for The Daily Press. He and a fellow reporter dogged miners and the higher-ups at Texas Gulf, trying to find someone who could confirm their suspicions that something big was going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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11th April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: OMA film competition People’s Choice Award voting is now open

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.

Now is your chance to stand up and be counted for your taste in artistic integrity. The voting for the People’s Choice Award in the Ontario Mining Association’s high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining is now open and runs until May 31, 2014. Why not cast a vote to support the film production of your choice?

In order to view the videos and make your choice, go to the OMA website at www.oma.on.ca. Click on the SYTYKM box at the bottom of the page, then People’s Choice Award and follow the instructions. Voting is done through Facebook. The winner of the People’s Choice Award earns a $2,500 prize.

In past years, students have found many creative ways to attract People’s Choice Awards votes for their productions. Contestants have used Facebook pages to promote their videos and many have contacted local media for a story. We have also seen SYTYKM contestants wearing sandwich boards at busy intersections and launching bring out the vote campaigns at their high schools.

The number of people voting for the SYTYKM People’s Choice Award has been steadily increasing. Sara Johns from Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton gained 491 out of 1,807 votes cast for her film Don’t Mind If I Do and won this SYTYKM award category in its inaugural year. Read the rest of this entry »

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10th April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Discovery of the Year Award Presented to Transition and Implats by Northwestern Ontario Prospector’s Association

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Transition Metals Corp. (XTM – TSX.V) (“Transition”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce that the Bernie Schneiders Discovery of the Year Award has been presented to Transition Metals and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) in recognition for the Sunday Lake Platinum discovery. The award was presented last night by the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association (NWOPA) to representatives of the discovery team at the annual awards dinner hosted during 2014 Northwestern Ontario Mines and Minerals Symposium in Thunder Bay.

NWOPA awards committee member Don Hoy congratulated the team commenting “we are all pleased to see another significant platinum discovery realized in the Thunder Bay region. It confirms our conviction that Northwestern Ontario remains a great place to explore. Northwestern Ontario is a low cost, stable jurisdiction with great infrastructure and a skilled workforce that continues to prove itself to be a rewarding region to make discoveries. We wish the team at Transition continued success as they continue to work with partner Implats to advance Sunday Lake.”

Sunday Lake Project Update

One drill is on site at the Sunday Lake project with a total of 2,500 metres of drilling planned to focus on expanding the extent of mineralization intersected during the discovery program. Geophysical crews have been mobilized to site to conduct borehole EM surveys in accessible holes completed during the discovery program. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: AurCrest Announces Proposed Lac Seul / Cyr Drilling Summer Drill Program

APRIL 9, 2014 (TSXV Symbol: AGO)

Toronto, Ontario April 9, 2014 – AurCrest Gold Inc. (the “Company” or “AurCrest”) (TSX-V: AGO) is pleased to report that it has begun discussions with the Lac Seul First Nation and Cyr Drilling to work out a creative arrangement to train Lac Seul First Nations band members as certified drillers. This solution to the current exploration market would continue the drilling for gold within the ‘Jacquie-Girl’ iron-formation discovered in 2012 on AurCrest’s Richardson Lake Gold project. Due to the difficult market conditions, the Company’s 2013 drill season was cancelled and there has not been any follow-up drilling on the discovery-hole announced in April of 2012 (see the Company’s press release dated April 30, 2012).

The parties have agreed to work towards an arrangement that would commence a summer drill program in June of 2014 at Richardson Lake. A Cyr Drilling drill rig remains on the Richardson Lake Property and will be used to drill the Richardson Lake discovery without the Company incurring any mobilization costs. Equally as important, this will further the drill training, apprenticeship and certification of a number of Lac Seul band members, who have otherwise been unable to find certification/apprenticeship in these markets, and complete their training as qualified drill helpers.

Ian Brodie-Brown, President of AurCrest stated: “We would like to thank Lac Seul for bringing this creative approach to the Company and Cyr Drilling for participating in these talks. We believe these creative discussions will lead to an arrangement that will provide our shareholders with a new opportunity during these very difficult times in the exploration industry.” Read the rest of this entry »

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8th April 2014

PROSPECTING FOR CHANGE: Barriers and Proposed Solutions for Northwestern Ontario Explorers (October 2013)

Industry Roundtable


A number of mining and exploration companies operating in Northwestern Ontario “NWO” have identified that they are experiencing significant barriers in advancing projects. In an effort to promote NWO as a jurisdiction that supports and encourages responsible natural resource development, industry members facilitated a forum for discussion.

A roundtable discussion with executives and professionals from the mining industry was held on September 16th, 2013 in Thunder Bay, ON and was facilitated by the office of the Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission. The primary objective of the discussion was to identify barriers exploration and mining companies are experiencing in advancing projects in NWO, and to outline solutions for overcoming the same.

Although representatives from all stages of the mining cycle were invited to attend, the participants were primarily comprised of exploration companies with projects at an advanced stage of exploration. All projects discussed are subject to Ontario regulations, policies and standards.

The roundtable agenda items discussed:

1. Ontario Mining Act – Plan and Permits (Exploration) & Mineral Development
(Advanced Exploration and Closure Plan Process)
2. CEAA/MOE Read the rest of this entry »

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8th April 2014

Minerals ‘aren’t going anywhere’ (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – April 8, 2014)

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

Given the depressed state of metal prices, they could be forgiven for feeling a little morose. But the Ontario Prospectors Association says it expects to attract more than 300 participants today and Wednesday to its annual Thunder Bay mines and minerals symposium.

And the mood should be upbeat, despite price drops in key metals like copper and gold. “You get a bunch of prospectors, geologists and junior miners in one room and you can’t help feeling optimistic,” OPA executive director Garry Clark remarked Monday from his Thunder Bay office.

“I think people are cautiously optimistic about the market’s ability to raise money for exploration,” Clark added.
“The minerals (in the ground) aren’t going anywhere.”

Last year’s event attracted about 500 participants, but that was before metal prices crashed and many companies — including major Northwestern Ontario industry players like Barrick Gold and Cliffs Natural Resources — downsized or halted operations. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th April 2014

Grassroots mineral exploration is undergoing a massive decline – by Ed Thompson (Canadian Mining Journal – April 2014)

The Canadian Mining Journal, is Canada’s first mining publication.

E. G. Thompson has worked in the exploration industry for over 50 years and been associated with a number of successful mining companies.

With both the senior and junior mining/exploration companies facing a plethora of problems, grassroots exploration is undergoing a dramatic decline as the industry comes off its recent highs.

Most of the senior companies have had massive cost overruns on their projects due to a combination of inflation , permitting , environmental and social costs and delays and difficult engineering supervision in their attempts to develop large projects in remote areas of the world.

Virtually no major mining project performed to specification and the financial markets have downgraded these companies. Lower metal prices, especially for gold, and many governments raising taxes, have exacerbated the situation.

This negative publicity has not been lost on the investor who understandably says “If the majors can’t perform, why should I risk my money on juniors?”  Read the rest of this entry »

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7th April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Keep dates open for seventh annual mine reclamation conference

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 and the Canadian Land Reclamation Association are once again combining forces for the Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip, which is being held June 17 and 18, 2014 in Peterborough. This will be the seventh annual conference dedicated to this industry environmental activity.

A one-day symposium will highlight the history and status of mining in Southern Ontario. Also on the agenda are updates on current research and rehabilitation practices and specific reclamation projects.

The field trip will take participants to mine and aggregate sites in the Peterborough and Bancroft areas. This area was home to some of the earliest mining sites in Ontario. As part of the program, there is also a reception and banquet.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the Tom Peters Mine Reclamation Awards. There are two components to this environmental award – for companies rehabilitating specific mine sites and a $5,000 scholarship for university students, who must deliver a presentation on their research topic. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th April 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Mining weeks — and days — help recognize and celebrate industry contributions

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.

Mining brings a lot to the society and economy of Ontario. The Ontario Mining Association’s website www.oma.on.ca contains a number of studies which illustrate the industry’s contribution to direct and indirect employment, transportation networks and other vital infrastructure, high tech investment in Research & Development, taxes provided, balance of trade support, communications and community development.

To help remind us all about the vital role of mining and its importance, several communities across the province hold Mining Week, or Mining Day, activities to focus on those contributions. By way of example, a strictly non-exhaustive sample of some of these events follow.

In Timmins, members of the local mining community have declared May 24 to 30, 2014 as Mining Week. During that period Northern Mines Expo is being held May 28 and 29 at the McIntyre Community Centre. Also, on Saturday, May 24, Timmins Square will be the focal point for a number of mineral related activities and displays. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th April 2014

News Release: Transforming the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Ontario Investing in Northeastern Transportation Services and Infrastructure

April 4, 2014 11:07 a.m.Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario will continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail freight, and refurbishment services of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) as a government-owned transportation company.

The province will make new strategic investments to ensure ONTC’s transportation services and infrastructure continue to support economic growth in northeastern Ontario.

The investments include more than $23 million over three years, subject to annual budget approvals, to purchase new motor coaches for its bus line and to refurbish rail coaches for the Polar Bear Express. This will maintain and improve vital transportation services, and provide new work for the ONTC refurbishment division.

Ontario has also reached an agreement with Bell Aliant to purchase Ontera. Proceeds from the sale include $6 million in cash and will result in long-term revenue to ONTC estimated at $10 million. The province and Bell Aliant will each commit $15.1 million as part of a $30.2 million public-private investment in telecommunications infrastructure in northeastern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th March 2014

Gold bugs invade Northern Ontario – by Marilyn Scales (Canadian Mining Journal – March 26, 2014)

Marilyn Scales is a field editor for the Canadian Mining Journal, Canada’s first mining publication. She is one of Canada’s most senior mining commentators.

It’s already bug season in Northern Ontario – gold bug season that is. The numbers of junior exploration companies eager to drill the region are almost as many as there will be blackflies when the weather warms up. Well … maybe not quite as many, but the winter drilling programs are promising for some.

Toronto’s Harte Gold Corp. is examining its Hemlo style Sugar zone property, located 60 km east of the Hemlo camp, between White River and Hornepayne. Having discovered what it calls the “Peacock Boulder” with gold values up to 87 g/t, Harte has mounted surface and airborne surveys. The next step is to conduct an induced polarization and magnetic survey to targets for additional drilling. The Sugar zone gas a 43-101 compliant indicated resource of 1.12 tonnes grading 8.41 g/t and an inferred resource of 417,000 tonnes grading 7.13 g/t. (HarteGold.com)

Lake Shore Gold has identified new, high grade structures near the current mining at the Bell Creek Labine deposit in the Timmins area. The previously untested gap in the North A zone and two hanging wall structures returned 14.12 g/t over 10.2 metres, 8.41 g/t over 12.0 metres, and 7.01 g/t over 10.7 metres. Near the active 685 level mine workings, core assayed 11.42 g/t over 3.6 metres, 8.47 g/t over 4.6 metres, 7.76 g/t over 8.7 metres, 5.96 g/t over 6.5 metres, and 6.38 g/t over 6.0 metres. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th March 2014

Ontario, First Nations ink RoF regional framework agreement – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – March 26, 2014)


TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The province of Ontario and Matawa-member First Nations on Wednesday took an important step to move development of the province’s vast northernmost mineral wealth forward, by reaching a landmark regional framework agreement that will ensure First Nation communities benefit from the proposed Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp.

The agreement is a first step in a historic, community-based negotiation process, which began in July last year at the request of nine Matawa-member First Nations.

“This regional framework agreement is a landmark achievement in community and regional discussions. I am proud that our collaborative work with Matawa-member First Nations continues to progress.

“Together, we are moving forward on realising the RoF’s potential and making important advancements on regional, environmental and economic developments,” Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said. Read the rest of this entry »

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