Archive | Ontario Mining

Noront expands RoF land-holdings, outlines exploration and development strategies – by Henry Lazenby ( – August 26, 2016)

VANCOUVER ( – Northern Ontario-focused project developer Noront Resources has increased its position as the dominant land-holder in the prospective Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp after closing the acquisition of 75% of MacDonald Mines’ claims in the region, the company said this week. Through the transaction, valued at about C$750 000, Noront has increased its claim blocks in the RoF from 375 claim units to 522.

Under the terms of the transaction, MacDonald has a 25% carried interest until a National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant resource has been issued on one of the properties, at which time MacDonald will have the option to convert the carried interest into a 1% net smelter return royalty.

Should MacDonald choose not to exercise its conversion right, Noront will be able to buy back MacDonald’s 25% interest for C$3-million, payable in cash or shares. If neither the conversion right nor the buyback right are exercised, the parties will form a joint venture to develop the properties. Continue Reading →

HISTORY: A look back at the Hollinger Mine – by Karen Bachmann (Timmins Daily Press – March 14, 2016)

Karen Bachmann is the director/curator of the Timmins Museum and a local author.

TIMMINS – If you live in Timmins (or you’ve just driven through), you’ve passed by this complex, for lack of a better word, many, many times. It is a local landmark, a symbol of the Porcupine then and now. It is a monument to the thousands of miners and their families who have called this community home; indirectly, it has helped countless others set up businesses and make a home in this community.

Its contribution to the social fabric of Timmins cannot be diminished – the people involved saw fit to start a hospital, a school, a train station, hotels, homes, sports facilities and clubs. The history of Timmins, like it or not, is intimately attached to the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mines – even today.

The Daily Press published a brilliant supplement to their paper in July 1960, that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hollinger Gold Mine. As part of that celebration, Jules Timmins, president and chairman of the company (at 72 years young), was called upon to pour the 18,490th gold bullion bar, marking the Hollinger’s total production (to that date – July 22, to be exact) at a half-billion dollars, the largest output record of its kind in Canada. Continue Reading →

What’s one more Ring of Fire road study? – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – August 26, 2016)

As the Ontario government sifts through three separate Ring of Fire road proposals, mine and railroad developer KWG Resources has now posted a preliminary plan of its own.

The Toronto exploration firm has decided to make public a once-confidential east-west access road study, outlining a permanent road to the Ring of Fire that would link four remote First Nation communities along the way.

The 2013 report was prepared by Green Forest Management of Thunder Bay. Their proposed 305-kilometre gravel road begins northeast of Pickle Lake and tracks eastward toward the mineral deposits of the Ring. The projected costs range between $83.6 million to $99.9 million. Annual maintenance costs are pegged between $4.2 million and $6.1 million. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: KWG Tables Study of East-West Road to Ring of Fire Networking Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Webequie and Marten Falls With Nibinamik, Kingfisher, and Wunnumin Lake Connections Also Feasible

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Aug. 26, 2016) – KWG Resources Inc. (CSE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) (“KWG”) has posted on its website an all-weather road study that was previously prepared for it by Green Forest Management Inc. The report estimated that an all-weather gravel road starting in the west at the Northern Ontario Resource Trail Road northeast of Pickle Lake, projecting eastward to the Ring of Fire area over a distance of approximately 305 kilometres, would cost between $83.6 million to $99.9 million.

Trunk roads from it to connect the First Nations communities of Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Webequie and Marten Falls would cost between $36.1 million and $73.1 million depending on the route alignments selected. The study notes that additional trunk roads to connect Nibinamik, Kingfisher, and Wunnumin Lake are also feasible but required further research for construction budgeting purposes.

“We had this report prepared in 2013 to scope out the most rational options available to supply our railroad construction and address local aspirations,” said KWG President Frank Smeenk. “While we shared it extensively on a confidential basis, it’s very practical approach has not yet found traction, so we thought it timely to make the study public now as we prepare to discuss railroad construction financing options. Continue Reading →

Plans for roads to Ring of Fire development in limbo with inconclusive study – by Bill Curry (Globe and Mail – August 25, 2016)

OTTAWA — Plans to provide road access to remote Northern Ontario First Nations and spur development of the Ring of Fire mineral deposits are in limbo after a government-funded consultation failed to produce a clear consensus on how to proceed.

A community study that cost $785,000 in combined provincial and federal funds has concluded that Ottawa and Ontario have not provided enough information for First Nations to make a clear decision on how to proceed.

“A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision for a community road or road corridor option cannot be made at this time,” states a section of the report that summarizes the conclusions and recommendations. The Globe and Mail obtained a copy of the three-page conclusions section but has not seen the full report. The four communities involved – Webequie First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation and Nibinamik First Nation – have not made the report public. It is not clear whether the section obtained by The Globe is a draft or final version. Continue Reading →

Has the federal government dropped the ball on Ring of Fire development? – by Jordan Press (Victoria Times Colonist – August 25, 2016)

The Canadian Press – OTTAWA – “The Ring of Fire is a provincial initiative that the previous federal government was extremely detached from and uninterested in.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

When a local reporter went digging for answers from Justin Trudeau about stalled development in the so-called Ring of Fire in northern Ontario, the prime minister went panning for political points.

Far away from where he stood in Sudbury lies one of the world’s largest undeveloped deposits of chromite — a key ingredient in stainless steel — as well as deposits of nickel, copper and platinum. But development hasn’t budged in the last 10 years.

Trudeau pointed the finger at the previous Conservative government. “The Ring of Fire is a provincial initiative that the previous federal government was extremely detached from and uninterested in,” Trudeau said after a cabinet retreat in Sudbury, one of the cities that could benefit from Ring of Fire development. Continue Reading →

For now, publicly funded report locked away – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – August 25, 2016)

Taxpayers paid $785,000 for Ring of Fire study

The results of a much-vaunted study, said to be a starting point in plans to develop infrastructure for the Ring of Fire, will not be released unless and until the First Nations who completed it make it public.

The governments of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne announced with fanfare in March 2015 they would jointly fund a $785,000 study into an east-west road corridor near the Ring.

The study was to look at how developing an east-west road to connect with the provincial road system would benefit First Nations in the area. The report, “All Season Community Road Study, Final Report June 30, 2016” was completed almost two months ago, but no mention of that has been made by either government. Continue Reading →

New mine debunking Northwestern Ontario economic myths – by Jon Thompson ( – August 24, 2016)

THUNDER BAY – New Gold has yet to mine an ounce of gold from the site under development located 420 kilometres west of the city but it’s already had a $70-million impact on Thunder Bay’s economy.

Twenty-seven local firms have successfully bid for contracts to construct and supply New Gold’s Rainy River project. The lion’s share of the local impact goes to EKT90, which will be constructing the mine’s on-site gold mill.

Other companies are providing a spectrum of goods and services, from roads and highways to power line management, propane, fabricated products, as well as health and safety equipment. Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission mining services project manager John Mason. Continue Reading →

Vale team savouring competition – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – August 24, 2016)

‘They’re our underground heroes and they make sure we’re safe’

Paul Aho is short on words and big on action, as is the rest of the mine rescue team from Vale West Mines.

Aho is briefing officer for the team participating in the International Mine Rescue Competition in Sudbury this week. It didn’t find out until the end of June the team would be among the more than 25 teams from about 20 countries competing in the event held in Canada for the first time.

A couple of spots opened up when teams pulled out, although Vale West Mines performed well at the provincial competition won by Compass Minerals’ Goderich salt mine. “We just thought we’d take a humble approach and savour the moment,” said Aho a few hours his team competed Tuesday after the first-aid event his team competed.

Details of the mock emergency can’t be revealed until the last day of competition, but it clearly tested the mettle of those involved. Aho admitted to being tired after the three- or four-hour event, most of it underground. Continue Reading →

[Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupation Safety and Health] New job for ex-Sudbury mayor – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – August 24, 2016)

Thirty years in the health and safety sector, some on the front lines and some in administration, will serve Marianne Matichuk well as inaugural chief administration officer of a research institute.

Her political connections won’t hurt, either, when Matichuk goes looking for money to pay for projects to be conducted by Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupation Safety and Health (CROSH).

The former city mayor has decades of experience in the field, some of it reactive when she worked in health care, and some preventive, as a health and safety professional with the City of Greater Sudbury and Vale Ltd. Matichuk will be responsible for expanding CROSH’s capacity and steering its efforts to achieve key priorities. Continue Reading →

Consent required to develop Moose Cree land says chief – by Alan S. Hale(Timmins Daily Press – August 24, 2016)

The newly elected chief and council of the Moose Cree First Nation held a press conference in Timmins on Tuesday to declare publicly – in no uncertain terms – that their traditional territory and the resources within it belonged to their people. Not only that, but anyone looking to develop it would need to get prior consent from the Moose Cree people as a whole, not just the band administration.

After a short ceremony performed by an elder, Chief Patricia Faries stood up and officially reaffirmed her First Nation’s declaration that a large swath of land along the southern shore of James Bay and for several hundred kilometres inland is their homeland since time immemorial, and so is theirs by right. The original Homeland Declaration was made in 2008.

“We the Moose Cree people are the original people of this land; the Creator has given us this land as our home. We are Indigenous to this land and we have an inherent right to this land … a right no other government can take from us,” affirmed Chief Faries. Continue Reading →

Noront boss puts pressure on province for Ring of Fire road – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – August 23, 2016)

A Ring of Fire developer is putting the onus squarely on Queen’s Park to find a way to fold three separate Ring of Fire road studies into one cohesive plan to get moving on building an access corridor to reach the stranded James Bay mineral deposits by 2018.

Though Al Coutts has no knowledge of an exact date on when the provincial and federal governments are expected to make a joint funding announcement on a road, the impatient president-CEO of Noront Resources is anticipating a speedy decision by the province on picking a route and providing a timetable for construction. “I was already expecting it earlier this year.”

In early August, Noront outlined its Ring of Fire development plan in pegging construction of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper project to begin in 2018, the first in its stable of chromite and base metals properties. The first concentrate production from Eagle’s Nest begins in 2021. The company is counting on the province to hold up its end of the bargain with the construction of a permanent east-west road to service the future mines and the remote communities. Continue Reading →

Update: Ring of Fire road study stalls as KWG rail study proceeds – by Greg Klein (Resource Clips – August 22, 2016)

Hours after KWG Resources CSE:KWG updated its Ring of Fire rail proposal, CBC reported that a highly anticipated government-funded road study simply called for more study. Specifically excluded from its scope, the network added, was a route to the potential mining sites.

CBC obtained a copy of the document entitled All Season Community Road Study, Final Report June 30, 2016 and quoted this excerpt:

“This study has always been considered to be focused on an all-season community service road rather than an industrial road to connect to the Ring of Fire mineralized zone. Its intention was always to (1) link the four communities together; and (2) link the communities to the existing highway system.” Continue Reading →

KWG and Chinese engineering group move ahead with RoF rail feasibility study – by Henry Lazenby ( – August 23, 2016)

VANCOUVER ( – Junior exploration firm KWG Resources has appointed a China-based consulting engineering group to undertake a conditional bankable feasibility study on a proposed railroad from the mineral properties in Ontario’s Ring of Fire (RoF), to a junction with the CN Railroad at Exton, Ontario.

KWG on Monday announced that it has signed a framework strategic cooperation agreement with China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group (FSDI) to undertake the study. KWG had hosted a delegation of eight railroad engineering specialists from FSDI earlier this year to conduct a reconnaissance visit to review the proposed railroad alignment and the field and design work previously completed by the company.

Under terms of a conditional bankable feasibility study consultation service agreement, the parties have agreed on the deliverables and timetable for FSDI. The study is expected to be complete by year-end. Continue Reading →

Ring of Fire talk scarce at Sudbury federal retreat – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – August 23, 2016)

The federal government’s role in developing the Ring of Fire wasn’t on the agenda at this weekend’s Liberal cabinet retreat, although the broad issue of natural resources was, says the prime minister. The central discussion of the two-day retreat held at Laurentian University was relationships, particularly the federal government’s relationship with the provinces and territories, said Justin Trudeau.

He fielded questions Monday afternoon from reporters, most from national news organizations. The prime minister spoke at a podium with his cabinet ministers lined up behind him, with a sparkling Ramsey Lake in the background.

Security was tight at the news conference held behind the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Only those with media or other accreditation were admitted, and the park and boardwalk were closed to the public for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Continue Reading →