Archive | Ontario Mining

Chinese more likely to build rail link to Ring of Fire – by John R. Hunt (North Bay Nugget – May 4, 2016)

A recent report may be good news for the development of the Ring of Fire. It also is a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Ontario and Canada. The report stated that representatives of a Chinese railway had visited the Ring of Fire with a view to connecting it to the nearest rail head.

They were invited or welcomed by KWG Resources, a mining company which is developing a property in the Ring of Fire. KWG has long argued that a rail link is much more essential than highway access.

The Ring of Fire may be the richest mineral deposit since the discovery of nickel at Sudbury and the founding of silver in Cobalt. It has the potential to create thousands of jobs with many opportunities for First Nations in the area.

Presumably the Chinese are capable of doing a good job, but so are companies from many other nations. Continue Reading →

[Northwest Ontario First Nations] Looking for new power – by Jeff Labine and Carl Clutchey (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – May 3, 2016)

A new energy conference is pairing up First Nations communities with companies that could provide solutions to power problems.

Marten Falls First Nation Chief Bruce Achneepineskum attended the first Matawa First Nations energy conference in Thunder Bay on Monday in order to learn more about different trends in providing power. Many First Nation communities including Marten Falls aren’t connected to any electrical grids and rely on other forms of power like diesel fuel to provide electricity.

The continued use of expensive and unreliable diesel-fired generators to produce electricity on remote aboriginal reserves isn’t jut bad for air-quality, says Matawa First Nations. The Thunder Bay-based agency says a lack of clean reliable power sources severely limits the ability of bands located in Ontario’s far north to plan and develop economic projects. Continue Reading →

Growing gold industry in Northwest Ontario – by Maureen Arges Nadin (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – May 2, 2016)

A simple question was posed by an astute audience member to a mining company representative at a recent public information session. “What good is gold anyway?” It’s a good question — especially in the face of fluctuating gold prices that can seem mysterious to the average person.

The World Gold Council provided a detailed answer to that question in a 2013 report authored by Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, called The Direct Economic Impact of Gold. The foreword tells us that this is a time of change for the gold industry but stresses the importance of gold in the global economy.

The report takes a broad approach to the concept of gold in general and looks at the entire “value chain,” which includes not just gold mining, but refining, fabrication and consumption. Continue Reading →

Timmins Urban mine pit draws interest from BC – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – May 2, 2016)

TIMMINS – The mayor of Kamloops, along with a delegation of councillors from that B.C. community, were in Timmins this past weekend to meet with their counterparts at the local city hall and to take a tour of the Hollinger open pit mine on Saturday.

The City of Kamloops is currently considering whether or not to approve a proposal from KGHM for a new copper and gold mine located 1.7 kilometres outside of their city. The mayor and councillors came to Timmins so they could see how the city deals with having an active gold mine right next to its downtown.

Timmins Mayor Steve Black said he and the local council were happy to meet with the delegation from Kamloops and to help them arrange a tour of the Hollinger facility with Goldcorp.Representatives from both municipalities met on Saturday for a few hours to discuss the ups and downs of being a community with an active mining operation so close by. Continue Reading →

EDITORIAL: Roads to First Nations working in other areas (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – April 30, 2016)

Current economic, social, education and health stats paint a bleak picture of Canada’s First Nation communities. This is particularly true of the so called fly-in First Nations located in Northern Ontario beyond surface road or rail access.

These communities have existed for centuries and once were self sufficient thanks to trapping and fishing. Today most fly-in First Nations are dependent on financial assistance provided by senior government.

Picture a situation where you live in a remote reserve linked only to the outside world by expensive air service of dubious merit; that you are governed by a distant oblivious ruler (Ottawa and Queen’s Park), and that you exist on government hand-outs which, if you decide to quit the reserve, you will lose. Continue Reading →

[Ring of Fire] Gov’ts keep in touch: Wynne – by Brent Linton (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – May 2, 2016)

Ontario and federal cabinet ministers keep in touch regularly on important projects including the Ring of Fire, claims Kathleen Wynne.

Ontario’s premier paid a visit to Thunder Bay last week and spoke about the massive chromite project in the lower James Bay area known as the Ring of Fire.

She made it clear that communication with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet is much better than under the former Conservative government.

“Unlike the previous government, we actually have regular conversations between ministers about these files,” Wynne said. Continue Reading →

Mines donate $2 million to Timmins Hospital Foundation – by Sarah Moore (Timmins Daily Press – May 2, 2016)

The Timmins and District Hospital Foundation marched $2 Million closer to its $15 million fundraising goal on Saturday thanks to substantial donations from both Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines and Detour Gold Corporation.

Paul Martin, president and CEO of Detour Gold, presented a $1.5 Million contribution to the foundation’s 2013-2016 Capital Campaign — Building For Tomorrow’s Healthcare Today at the 18th Annual Spring Gala and Lottery at the Days Inn on April 30.

The company has already contributed $500,000 of that amount to date and will continue to fund the remaining $1 Million over the next two years. Martin, who traveled from Toronto to attend the presentation, said the donation is part of Detour Gold’s philanthropic commitment to giving back to the communities where it operates. Continue Reading →

Sudbury forum: Leap Manifesto the future – by Steve May (Sudbury Star – April 29, 2016)

Rarely I have a read an editorial as disconnected from reality as the Point of View piece, “Leap Manifesto a threat to Sudbury, NDP,” published April 13, 2016. The Leap Manifesto poses no risk to the mining industry, which helped build our local economy, and which will help transform Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire into a 21st century mineral extractive enterprise.

Leap offers a way forward for the Ring of Fire, where development has come to a grinding halt under Liberal and Conservative governments at the provincial and federal levels.

The Star’s editor contends that Leap’s goal is to shut down mining. Nothing could be further from the truth. The editor quotes directly from the Manifesto to bolster his case, but the quotes are selective. Missing is the piece of the Manifesto that refers to how mining and resource extraction must take place in a low-carbon future: by first obtaining a social license from people who make their homes in the areas impacted by the enterprise. Continue Reading →

Delay, delay for KGHM’s Sudbury Victoria mine project – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 29, 2016)

Sudbury’s next great base metals mine is “advancing,” but at a “reduced pace.” That’s the word coming from Polish mining giant KGHM International on its Victoria Mine project, lauded by many in the Sudbury camp as the next great nickel and base metals mine.

After some layoffs in March, the company issued an April 29 news release with a reassuring tone amid ongoing rumours in the community that the company might be mothballing the project.

“Although the anticipated date of commencement of construction of Victoria has been delayed, this does not impact other necessary and essential activities at Victoria,” said the release. “Development activities will continue to progress to ensure that the project is ready to commence construction when the market conditions for base metals improve.” Continue Reading →

Ring of Fire bigger vision than fast as possible: Wynne –by Matt Vis ( – April 29, 2016)

THUNDER BAY – Kathleen Wynne views the Ring of Fire as more than just an economic development opportunity.

The Ontario premier was asked about the province’s progress in developing the potentially lucrative mineral deposit in the remote north during her media availability in Thunder Bay on Thursday.

Wynne responded that her government is dedicated to acting in an environmentally responsible manner while engaging and consulting with First Nations communities to ensure their children will experience the resulting economic prosperity.

“That’s a bigger vision than just how do we, as fast as possible, get trucks in to get those minerals out, get them out and then leave the site,” Wynne said. Continue Reading →

[New Gold Rainy River Mine] Aboriginal firm takes charge of camp security – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 26, 2016)

The construction of New Gold’s Rainy River Mine is proving to be a huge economic boon in business spinoffs for the entire Rainy River district. But as with all mineral developments, it has a finite mine life – 14 years at last count

Training and building businesses for today and tomorrow is on the collective minds of three northwestern Ontario First Nation bands. And one Aboriginally owned business venture is offering safety and security in more ways than one.

Synterra Security Solutions LP is a joint venture partnership launched in 2011 between Canadian Securities Management (CSM) and the First Nation communities of Wunnumin Lake, Kingfisher Lake and Naicatchewenin. Continue Reading →

KWG CEO: Unlock Ring of Fire Riches With Chinese-Built Rail – Bloomberg TV’s Pamela Ritchie Interviews Frank Smeenk (April 22, 2016)

Frank Smeenk, President & CEO of KWG Resources joins Bloomberg TV Canada’s Pamela Ritchie to discuss his proposal to build a railroad to Ring of Fire that could be financed by Chinese banks.

Ring of Fire development a political winner, but not quite so for mining companies – by Barrie McKenna (Globe and Mail – April 25, 2016)

OTTAWA — Good lobbyists know that advancing an agenda works best when the stars align. That’s the moment when what you want is in sync with what the government wants. Take the Ring of Fire – a mineral-rich, but untapped swath of northwestern Ontario.

The problem (beyond the immediate inconvenience of depressed commodities prices) is that the area is essentially cut off from the world. There are no roads, rail links or power supply to get at the vast deposits of nickel, chromite, copper and platinum buried in the belt, located 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

Enter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He’s committed to spending billions of dollars on infrastructure. He also wants to forge a new relationship with indigenous Canadians, involve them in resource development and create economic opportunities for troubled northern communities, such as Attawapiskat. Continue Reading →

Ontario Minister talks up energy cost incentives for mines – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – April 22, 2016)

TIMMINS – The Ontario Government is working hard to make energy rates competitive for the Northern Ontario mining industry but they’re still not able to compete with the low electricity prices offered in Manitoba and Quebec.

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli was speaking about that to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce on Thursday as he announced that two Northern mining companies are taking part in the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program.

Chiarelli announced that Alamos Gold Inc. which operates the Young-Davidson Mine at Matachewan and St. Andrews Goldfields Ltd., which operates near Matheson, are both signed up with the IEI Stream-3 program which provides for adjustable hydro rates. Continue Reading →

Criminal charge laid in gold mining death – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – April 22, 2016)

A criminal charge against Detour Gold for the June 2015 death of a worker at its Cochrane mine validates United Steelworkers’ campaign for better enforcement of the Westray amendments to the Criminal Code, says a leader of the union.

Ontario Corporation 1909583, operating as Detour Gold Corp. of Toronto, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death in the June 3 death of Denis Millette, 52. Millette was repairing equipment at Detour Lake Mine when workers found him in medical distress. On-site personnel tended to Millette, but he perished. The investigation concluded he died of acute cyanide intoxication.

A first appearance in court on the criminal charge is scheduled for May 10 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cochrane. USW Ontario director Marty Warren said he hopes the charge will be prosecuted as soon as possible. Detour Gold Mine is not unionized, Warren pointed out. Continue Reading →