Archive | Ontario Mining

First Nations contractor digs into gold project – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – July 21, 2016)

A First Nation-owned construction company is cutting its teeth on a new gold mine project under development in northwestern Ontario.

Onikaajigan Construction Limited Partnership is running a 600-man camp for the construction workforce that’s building New Gold’s Rainy River open-pit gold mine, 65 kilometres northwest of Fort Frances.

It’s a temporary work camp at this point, said Onikaajigan’s general partner, Dean Bethune, with the eventual aim of transitioning it into a slightly smaller version since New Gold hopes to source most of its permanent mining workforce of 600 locally instead of flying them in. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Government of Ontario Invests in Innovation at Great Lakes Graphite Inc.

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 21, 2016) – Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (“GLK” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:GLK)(OTC PINK:GLKIF)(FRANKFURT:8GL) will benefit from up to $412,000 from the government of Ontario for business expansion and support of technological and product innovation at the Matheson Micronization Facility in Matheson, Ontario.

The funding will fund capital expenditures needed to prepare the Matheson Micronization Facility for commercial production operations and will assist Great Lakes Graphite in adopting technologies to improve its production processes. The capital is offered as a combined grant and loan with 30% of the requested funds provided as a grant and the remaining 70% provided as a non-revolving term loan (the “Loan”) in an aggregate principal amount of up to $288,652.

The funding package will add meaningful financial strength and flexibility as the Company is entering the value-added graphite products market. Continue Reading →

Timmins Dome Mine to continue to the end of 2016 and beyond – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – July 21, 2016)

The surprise announcement on Wednesday by Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) that operations will continue at the Dome Mine has been welcomed on many levels in Timmins.

It means the longest-running gold mine in Canada will continue to be just that as the Dome will soon be moving into its 107th year of operation. The news from PGM Timmins mines general manager Brendan Zuidema was passed to employees Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

It was a welcome change from the announcement Zuidema had to make back on Jan. 15 when the company had decided the Dome Mine underground operations would be shutting down for good. Back then, it was estimated the closing date would be the end of July 2016. Continue Reading →

Glencore reveals tax payout – by Staff (Sudbury Star – July 16, 2016)

Glencore paid the government of Canada $5.65 million US in taxes last year for its Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. The figure is contained in a report released by the miner called Glencore: Payments to Government 2015.

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies, and a major producer and trader of more than 90 commodities, it says on its website. In Sudbury, Glencore operates two underground nickel-copper mines: Nickel Rim South, which the company says is Sudbury’s largest mining operation, and Fraser Mine.

Its Strathcona concentrator receives ore from those two mines and from third-party custom feed ores, and produces two concentrate streams, a nickel-copper concentrate that goes to the Sudbury smelter and a copper concentrate that goes to Glencore Copper for smelting and refining. Continue Reading →

First-hand account of the “romance of the Klondike” – by Karen Bachmann (Timmins Daily Press – July 16, 2016)

Ah, the romance of the Klondike. Or perhaps more appropriately – ah, the romance of the Porcupine Gold Rush; venturing into the wilderness, armed with a canoe, a pick, and a dream! Well, as a good friend of mine reminded me, “it’s always romantic for those who were not there,” and he certainly was right.

Waltzing into the Porcupine back in 1908-1909 was no great picnic; the railway did not venture this way which meant walking and portaging with little stops along the way at halfway houses, a.k.a. “tents with airs above their station.” But why listen to me? Here is an excerpt from the diaries of Charles Auer, one of the early prospectors to the Porcupine – and I’ll wager big bucks he didn’t find the whole affair “romantic:”

– Friday, June 14th, 1 p.m. –

For the past two hours, we have been wind-bound about two miles north of the mouth of the Abitibi with a heavy sea driving directly on shore so that we will have to stay here until it lets up as we cannot weather the seas to get around a point about half a mile to the south. Continue Reading →

Clinic studying link between McIntyre Powder and workplace disease – by Lindsay Kelly(Northern Ontario Business – July 13, 2016)

Can a link be made between aluminum powder administered to miners over more than three decades and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Advocates are hoping a growing body of anecdotal research will demonstrate a link between aluminum and occupational disease and force more scientific study on the subject.

In May, Timmins played host to an intake clinic designed to catalogue the experiences, job histories and illnesses of miners who have worked in Northern Ontario mines and were mandated to inhale a finely ground aluminum dust called McIntyre Powder as part of their employment. Continue Reading →

Prof, grad win award for paper on Copper Cliff’s geology – by Heidi Ulrichsen (Sudbury Northern Life – July 5, 2016)

Study commissioned by Vale makes several new findings

A Laurentian University professor and a master’s student who worked alongside him have won an award from the Mineralogical Association of Canada for a paper published in the journal “The Canadian Mineralogist.”

Andy McDonald and Sarah Gordon picked up the Hawley Medal at the joint annual Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon in early June.

The Hawley Medal is awarded to the authors of the best paper to appear in the “The Canadian Mineralogist” in a given year. Continue Reading →

Deadline looms for multimodal transportation input – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star – July 7, 2016)

Northern Ontario residents are being encouraged to shout out the need for more than just roads to be included in a multimodal transportation study currently underway by the province.

The Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines are developing the strategy for Northern Ontario to develop a blueprint that will set a course for transportation initiatives over the next 25 years.

The initiative is designed to examine improvements for the movement of people and goods throughout the Canadian Shield. The study, led by consultants IBI Group, have already developed a number of draft reports examining transportation requirements or economic development, a geographic and policy context working paper, the effects of transportation on climate change, a socio-economic report and a survey of the needs for commercial vehicles and passengers. Continue Reading →

AUDIO: Sudbury researcher John Gunn meets Sweden’s environmentally minded king – by Samantha Lui (CBC News Sudbury – July 13, 2016)

John Gunn shared the story of Sudbury’s regreening efforts with the king and other researchers

The regreening of Sudbury’s damaged landscapes is a story known across the world. In fact, it’s even caught the attention of Carl Gustaf, the king of Sweden. Sudbury’s John Gunn was recently invited to attend the king’s 12th Royal Colloquiam just outside of Stockholm.

The event’s been held since 1992 by Gustaf, and it invites leading scientists and researchers to take part in discussions about issues relating to environment and development. Gunn, who is the director of the Vale Living with Lakes Centre in the city, shared details about Sudbury’s progress over the years with the king and other researchers around the world.

“It was a great honour to participate in such a discussion group with the king of Sweden,” he said. “Sweden and the adjoining Norway are very supportive of international studies in the environment. I was pleased to be able to go and represent Sudbury and provide some information.” Continue Reading →

Miners recall use of black powder during employment – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – July 12, 2016)

Danny Hway vividly remembers the impact McIntyre Powder had on his father, Nicholas, who worked at Timmins’ McIntyre Mine for 47 years. At home, his dad wouldn’t speak of it, but he didn’t need to. His grim appearance at the end of every shift did the talking for him.

“He’d come home and his hands were black all the time, and any exposed skin was black,” Danny recalled. “He’d be coughing all the time and, blowing his nose, it was black all the time. He didn’t really want to talk about it — (that’s) life, right?”

Nicholas was one of thousands of miners across the North who were required to inhale the finely ground aluminum dust as a condition of their employment. But for him the stakes were higher than for most: preparing the powder for dissemination was his job. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Goldeye Explorations Agrees to Be Acquired by Treasury Metals

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 11, 2016) – Goldeye Explorations Limited (TSX VENTURE:GGY) (“Goldeye” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to a proposal with respect to the acquisition of the Company by Treasury Metals Inc.
(TSX:TML) (the “Proposal”).

Given the complementary nature of Treasury’s development stage portfolio, and Goldeye’s exploration assets located in Northwestern Ontario, Goldeye believes that there is a compelling case for the combination of Treasury and Goldeye and that such a combination would be mutually beneficial to both sets of shareholders.

The Proposal contemplates that Treasury and Goldeye will enter into a business combination pursuant to a structure to be mutually agreed (the “Proposed Transaction”). Continue Reading →

Canada’s forgotten silver boomtown – by Douglas Baldwin (CIM Magazine – June/July 2016)

Douglas Baldwin is a retired history professor from Acadia University, Nova Scotia. This piece has been adapted from his new book, Cobalt: Canada’s Forgotten Silver Boom Town.

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Most Canadians know about the Klondike Gold Rush, but few realize that the stampede for silver in Cobalt, Ontario only five years later far surpassed the Klondike in terms of profits, production and long-term impact.

Concentrated in an area less than 13 square kilometres, Cobalt mines supplied almost 90 per cent of Canada’s silver production between 1904 and 1920, and by the time the boom petered out in the 1920s, the camp had become the fourth-largest silver producer ever discovered. The early history of hard rock mining in Ontario is essentially the story of the discovery of silver near Cobalt in 1903. Continue Reading →

MEDIA RELEASE: Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity Report Overlooks Sudbury’s World-Class Mining Clusters

Sudbury is the Silicon Valley of underground mining research

Nickel Belt – (July 6, 2016): The Toronto-based Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity recently issued a report titled “Clusters in Ontario: Creating an ecosystem for prosperity” that, in the opinion of industry experts, overlooks Sudbury’s vibrant mining clusters.

Industrial clusters are interrelated businesses in compact geographical regions that are supported by educational, research and government institutions which enhance economic growth, prosperity and innovation through value-added manufacturing and internal/external exports.

Marc Serré, Nickel Belt MP and a member of The National Standing Committee on Natural Resources says, “Sudbury’s dynamic mining clusters are a globally unique concentration of Canadian hard-rock expertise and innovation, unique in North America and found in very few other cities around the world. My fear is that federal and provincial policy experts and politicians will read this report and assume any requests for multi-million dollar strategic investments for Sudbury to further enhance educational or research aspects would not be warranted.” Continue Reading →

Detour gold mine spreading the wealth – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – July 6, 2016)

TIMMINS – The Detour Gold mine might be located close to Cochrane, but the company continues to be a vital source of revenue for the mining supply sector and employees in Timmins.

That was part of the message presented last week when Detour president and chief executive officer Paul Martin spoke to Timmins city council outlining the progress of the mine and plans for expansion at what Martin said is a “very economic and viable operation” where the cost of producing gold is at less than $900 per ounce.

If there was any doubt about the company’s economic impact on Timmins, Martin laid out the cold, hard numbers. He revealed there are 126 Timmins companies that provide goods and services to Detour Gold. “Over the last 18 months, we have purchased $60.5-million worth of supplies or contracting services from them,” Martin added. Continue Reading →

Toronto think-tank’s industry cluster model excludes mining – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – July 5, 2016)

Researchers at the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity sure didn’t do their homework in the eyes of Dick DeStefano, executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA).

The influential Toronto-based think-tank released a working paper in late June highlighting five of the most impactful industry clusters in Ontario, and is recommending Queen’s Park put the right supports in place to recognize and strengthen them.

In its paper entitled “Clusters in Ontario – Creating an Ecosystem for Prosperity,” the institute focused on Windsor’s automotive industry; Toronto’s marketing, design and publishing companies; Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge’s “supercluster” high-tech triangle; Toronto’s financial services district; and the Niagara region’s hospitality and tourism sector. Continue Reading →