21st August 2014

First Nations poised to emerge as leaders in Ring of Fire development – by Suzanne Leclair (Mining Markets – August 21, 2014)

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Suzanne Leclair LL.B is the founder of Connect Counsel, a Canadian professional multi-disciplinary business advisory firm dedicated to developing major aboriginal and non-aboriginal partnerships in energy and natural resource related infrastructure projects. She is an infrastructure advisor to Mushkegowuk Council.

In July, on the day after the Ontario Court handed a victory to Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) against KWG Resources (TSXV: KWG) regarding a potential road into the Ring of Fire, Cliffs’ legal representative flew to Marten Falls, an aboriginal community in the Ring of Fire region to explain the implications of the decision to the chiefs at their annual general meeting.

After his presentation, Cliffs’ representative fielded his first question from one of the chiefs: “How can two mining companies fight in a Toronto court over land that is simply not theirs?” With that simple question, the chief underscored the challenges as to who can lead the development of a transportation corridor into the isolated but mineral-rich region.

Also last month, another potential challenge arose with the Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot’in Nation decision. It’s the first time that aboriginal title has been granted in Canada, and it could have implications for resource development in Ontario. So, what’s changed with respect to the Ring of Fire since Canada’s highest court handed down a major victory for aboriginal communities in the form of the Tsilhqot’in ruling? Read the rest of this entry »

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21st August 2014

Mushkegowuk Council Sets Ring of Fire Business Case – by NNL Staff (August 20, 2014)

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Mushkegowuk MUSHKEGOWUK HOMELANDS – The Mushkegowuk Council has announced they will coordinate the development of their business case in support of a Ring of Fire rail, sea port, fibre-optic, and energy transportation corridor through an Aboriginal-led-alliance. “We now have the experience, people, credibility and knowledge to take an active role in leading the development of infrastructure corridors. We have learned from our mistakes and we have the confidence from our successes” said Deputy Grand Chief Leo Friday.

Deputy Grand Chief Leo Friday, on behalf of Mushkegowuk Council, announced to the Matawa Council of Chiefs at their annual general meeting on July 31st, 2014 that Mushkegowuk is fully supportive of Matawa’s interests in the Ring of Fire.

Mushkegowuk Seeks Matawa Agreement

In the spirit of our joint declaration between Matawa and Mushkegowuk Chiefs, Mushkegowuk Council offered the Matawa Council of Chiefs to jointly develop sustainable infrastructure opportunities to unlock the economic potential of the Ring of Fire while safeguard ing the historic rivers of the Matawa and Mushkegowuk homelands.

For example; Mushkegowuk’s Moose Cree First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation have negotiated equity partnerships in power generation stations. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th August 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Grand opening of first Remote Training Centre celebrated in Neskantaga

NESKANTAGA, ON, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ – The grand opening of the Neskantaga Training Centre was celebrated today in Neskantaga Territory, Ontario, showcasing the new innovative facility and collaboration technology which delivers training directly to the remote community.

The Neskantaga Training Centre is a multi-purpose facility with construction components designed to be flown into remote communities and assembled on-site. The centre is outfitted with state of the art technology, including Cisco TelePresence, high-definition two-way video communication and collaboration technology, a 70-inch Smart Board, a 70-inch LED HDTV, high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, as well as individual laptops. The centre directly connects to e-learning tools and programs to offer a wide variety of curriculum including access to secondary and post-secondary institutions, safety training courses, trades and technical certifications. To see the Neskantaga Training Centre in action, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASjo4mFVOdQ&feature=youtu.be.

“The partnerships formed to build this facility, along with all of the hard work, have culminated in a facility that will have a positive impact on the people of Neskantaga for many years to come,” said Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation during the opening ceremonies. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th August 2014

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – August 14, 2014)

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TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Ontario-focused explorer KWG Resources on Wednesday announced that subsidiary Canada Chrome Corp (CCC) would seek permission from the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn the July 30 ruling of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that ruled that CCC’s consent should be waived in an application for an easement to build a road over its mining claims.

In its decision in the appeal brought by 2274659 Ontario Inc, a subsidiary of US-based Cliffs Natural Resources, the Divisional Court set aside the decision of the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner issued on September 10, granting the original application to dispense with CCC’s permission for an easement over its mining claims.

The Divisional Court, in part, said: “Whether or not it is in the public interest to grant an easement for a road is a matter for the Minister of Natural Resources to determine, after an environmental assessment and consultation with First Nations and other affected interests.

“It is for the Minister to determine whether the easement should be granted in the public interest and on what terms. CCC will be able to participate in that process.” Read the rest of this entry »

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13th August 2014

NEWS RELEASE: KWG’s Canada Chrome Corporation to Seek Leave to Appeal Divisional Court Decision

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TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Aug. 13, 2014) – KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) subsidiary Canada Chrome Corporation (“CCC”) has served notice of its intention to seek an Order of the Court of Appeal of Ontario granting leave to appeal the decision of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released July 30, 2014.

As reported on August 1, 2014, the Divisional Court decision ruled that CCC’s consent should be waived in an application for an easement to build a road over its mining claims.

About KWG: KWG has a 30% interest in the Big Daddy chromite deposit and the right to earn 80% of the Black Horse chromite where resources are being defined. KWG has also acquired interests in provisional patents including a method for the direct reduction of chromite to metalized iron and chrome using natural gas.

KWG also owns 100% of Canada Chrome Corporation which has staked claims and conducted a $15 million surveying and soil testing program for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Exton, Ontario.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th August 2014

Ring of Fire funding a must with or without feds – by Jeff Labine (Timmins Daily Press – August 12, 2014)

The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.

TIMMINS – The Minister of Northern Development and Mines believes stable federal funding for infrastructure is needed to ensure the province’s economic growth. But the province will still spend upwards of $1 billion on infrastructure for the Ring of Fire with, or without, federal backing.

Premier Kathleen Wynne recently urged the Conservative federal government to increase funding for infrastructure to 2% of the GDP annually or roughly $12 billion a year. That’s about four times the amount that the province currently gets from Ottawa.

Wynne called out the federal government while attending a special inter-provincial summit on infrastructure in Toronto last week.

Infrastructure has been a major focus for the recently formed majority government as the province plans to spend $13 billion on infrastructure this year alone. By 2015, the province plans to invest $2.5 billion for highway rehabilitation and expansion.

The long-term plan is to invest $130 billion in infrastructure throughout the province over the next decade while also promising to eliminate the $12 billion deficit in the next three years.

Michael Gravelle, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, said the federal government needs to recognize that it plays an important role when it comes to Ontario’s infrastructure needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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11th August 2014

Other players active in Ring – by Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal (August 10, 2014)

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

WHAT a difference a year makes. In 2013, Northwestern Ontario communities were giddy at the prospect of getting in on the tremendous economic opportunities connected to the Ring of Fire mining belt. Thunder Bay and Sudbury were fiercely competing to be the site of a processing facility while Greenstone and other centres were pitching themselves as logical transportation hubs.

Then the big player walked away. For a variety of reasons — provincial indecision, First Nations objections, competitors’ alternatives, falling commodity and stock prices — Cliffs Natural Resources ended its substantial exploration activities. A coup of sorts among shareholders put in place a new CEO who agreed to return Cliffs’ attention to its iron ore business which Thunder Bay area residents can see when they drive through northern Minnesota.

While Cliffs hasn’t abandoned its stake in the Ring’s massive chromite deposit other companies that remain active in the region are now getting all the attention.

Noront Resources has its eye on the region’s rich nickel deposits and has promoted an east-west transportation route linking mine sites with the CN main line and running past several First Nations which would stand to enjoy direct employment opportunities along with economic partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »

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11th August 2014

Commentary: Road to Ring of Fire is paved with legal briefs – by Bill Gallagher (Northern Miner – August 8, 2014)

The Northern Miner, first published in 1915, during the Cobalt Silver Rush, is considered Canada’s leading authority on the mining industry. Editor John Cumming MSc (Geol) is one of the country’s most well respected mining journalists.  jcumming@northernminer.com

Now that Cliffs Natural Resources has finally won a round in Ontario’s legal system, are they any closer to gaining access to their Ring of Fire chromite mother-lode?

Initially they lost a procedural ruling to Matawa First Nations over caribou studies. Then they lost two Mining Commission rulings to junior miner KWG Resources/CCC over who controls the right-of-way. That’s the only north-south route in — all of which is under mining claim to KWG/CCC.

But losing three in a row prompted Cliffs to up and leave:

“You can’t mine in the Ring of Fire if you can’t get materials in and product out … It’s hard for us to continue spending a pretty significant amount of money, month in and month out, on a project that the government has said we don’t have land for … I think we’re kind of going to be in the position of not being able to move forward if we don’t have land.” (Cliffs vice-president Bill Boor quoted in Northern Ontario Business, Sept. 26, 2013)

It was lack of legal access to the discovery site that drove Cliffs out; more so than lack of physical infrastructure. But now Cliffs’ luck might be changing on account of finally winning before the Divisional Court; in a ruling that allows them to apply for an easement along the top of KWG/CCC claims. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th August 2014

Environmental monitoring training underway at Matawa – by Rick Garrick (Wawatay News – August 8, 2014)

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This year’s science and environment workshops at the Nibinamik Youth Retreat were part of the training for the RoFATA Environmental Monitoring Training Program.

“(The youth) really enjoyed it,” said Harry Bunting, a Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance (RoFATA) environmental monitoring student from Constance Lake. “They learned quite a bit actually, and so did I. I was able to do some sampling of fish, learned how to age a fish and what to do when you are sampling and doing your protocols to help assess the water quality and assess the environment itself.”

The Environmental Monitoring Training Program is being delivered by Four Rivers Matawa Environmental Services Group at the Matawa First Nations building in Thunder Bay.

“As part of the training program, students are assigned to real community based projects or initiatives so that they can learn to do the work by actually doing it,” said Sarah Cockerton, manager of environmental programs at Four Rivers, in an e-mail. “This year, the environmental monitoring students organized, prepared and delivered the science/environmental workshops to the youth in addition to planning and organizing a lot of the logistics to the trip itself.”

The Four Rivers staff and the environmental monitoring students travelled to Nibinamik on July 14 for the youth retreat and returned on July 18. Soon after arriving back in Thunder Bay, the environmental monitoring students were back in class. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th August 2014

Half a Loaf? Getting maximum value from the Ring of Fire – by Rick Millette (Northern Policy Institute – August 8, 2014)

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When I was a youngster, we had a neighbour who kept a jar of coins. When kids would visit, he’d offer the jar and say, “take as many as you like”. If you grabbed too many, your bulging fist wouldn’t make it through the neck of the jar. Lesson learned.

As the development of the Ring of Fire moves ahead, those involved will need to make complicated decisions on how much of the Ring’s wealth to keep in Ontario and how much to let go.

At this point, there are many scenarios of where the North’s chromite might end up. It’s certain that the raw ore will be reduced to concentrate at the mine sites, but after that, it’s a guess. When Cliffs Natural Resources was grabbing the headlines, the plan was to have the concentrate shipped to Sudbury to be turned into ferro chrome at a new smelter they would build in Capreol.

Right now, it’s debatable whether the Ring’s chromite will ever see an Ontario smelter due to provincial electrical costs. Quebec and Manitoba sell their power to industries for less than three cents per kilowatt hour (KWH), while Ontario’s rates are based on a spot market that is often double that.

Other than government intervention, there is nothing that would stop a company from shipping the chromite directly to another province or to another country. At the very least, northerners want the chromite smelted into ferro chrome in the North. Read the rest of this entry »

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6th August 2014

AUDIO: Ring of Fire ‘soap opera’ continues with recent court ruling (CBC News – August 05, 2014)

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A mining industry observer says a recent court ruling will do nothing to spur development in the Ring of Fire. A divisional court ruled last week that Cliffs Natural Resources may apply to the province to build a road over KWG Resources’ land. KWG had been withholding its consent.

Cliffs has said it wants to build a road to transport ore from the Ring of Fire in the Northwest. In an interview last week, Cliffs vice-president Bill Boor said the decision was reason for optimism for Sudburians.

The company has floated the idea of a chromite smelter in Capreol. But the head of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association said Cliffs still has to satisfy the minister, negotiate with Aboriginal groups and complete environmental assessments.

“If it’s a good step, I’m not sure for whom,” Dick Destefano said. “But it seems to open up another avenue for discussion — which means another delay and another discussion, and another study.”

He noted there are so many variables that the opportunities around the project could easily vanish. “This is like the Wizard of Oz for me,” Dick Destefano said. Read the rest of this entry »

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6th August 2014

Cliffs wins key court battle – by Staff  (Sudbury Star – August 6, 2014)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

The company that once planned to build a $1.8-billion chromite plant in Capreol has won a key court battle. Last week, an Ontario Divisional Court set aside a decision reached by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner in September 2013. In that decision, the lands commissioner denied Cliffs Natural Resources an easement for a road to reach its Black Thor chromite deposit in the so-called Ring of Fire area of northwestern Ontario.

Cleveland-based Cliffs wanted the easement, even though the land is owned by rival KWG Resources. Cliffs, which has halted all exploration on its chromite project, launched the appeal in October. The case was heard in Toronto in June.

The court’s decision means that Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro will now decide if Cliffs gets the OK for a road into the Ring of Fire.

“Whether or not it is in the public interest to grant an easement for a road is a matter for the minister of natural resources to determine, after an environmental assessment and consultation with First Nations and other affected interests,” the court ruled. “It is for the minister to determine whether the easement should be granted in the public interest and on what terms.”

Cliffs wants to stake a 330-kilometre long corridor using mining claims from Nakina north to the exploration camps in the James Bay lowlands. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th August 2014

Cliffs’ boardroom shake-up presents buying opportunities for Canadian miners – by Peter Koven (National Post -August 5, 2014)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

A boardroom shake-up at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has raised the likelihood that its international assets will hit the market, creating some intriguing buying opportunities for Canadian miners in their own backyard.

These assets include a large but troubled iron ore mine in Quebec, and a huge chromite deposit in Northern Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” that one company has already expressed interest in buying.

Cleveland-based Cliffs has been engaged in a vicious proxy war with hedge fund Casablanca Capital LP for the past six months. That battle ended in an apparently decisive victory for Casablanca last week, as the New York-based activist fund said it claimed six of the 11 seats on Cliffs’ board. Cliffs has not yet confirmed the final numbers.

Casablanca has been very open about its plans for Cliffs: It wants the company to focus on its core U.S. iron ore operations and look at divesting everything else, including assets in Canada and Australia.

The fund had plenty of shareholder support for this strategy, because Cliffs’ recent international forays have simply not worked out. In Canada, the company spent a staggering $4.9-billion in cash to buy the Bloom Lake iron ore mine in the 2011 takeover of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th August 2014

What is the role of rail in Ontario? – by Greg Gormick

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Greg Gormick is a Toronto transportation writer and policy adviser. His clients have included CN, CP, VIA and numerous elected officials and government transportation agencies. This column was originally posted on the Northern Policy Institue website.

That question was at the heart of the work of a provincial task force appointed in 1980 by Premier Bill Davis and headed by MPP Margaret Scrivener. The group’s appointment was a response to many then-current issues and trends in railroading. VIA Rail Canada had just been launched by the federal government to take over the crumbling passenger services operated by CP and CN.

The energy crises of 1973-1974 and 1979 had caused many people to recognize the fuel efficiency of rail compared with cars, trucks and planes. The derailment and explosion of a CP freight train carrying dangerous commodities in Mississauga in November 1979 raised serious questions about rail safety and investment.

Thirty-three years after the Scrivener task force delivered its final report, The Future Role of Rail, it’s appropriate to again ask many of the same questions. The world has changed greatly in ensuing years and so has railroading, particularly in northern Ontario. But many of the issues explored by the task force are hauntingly familiar – and still unresolved.

Today, the symptoms indicating our once proud and efficient rail system is stressed include: Read the rest of this entry »

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1st August 2014

Cliffs wins victory in Ring of Fire court case – by Sudbury Northern Life Staff (August 1, 2014)

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It’ll be up to Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro to decide if Cliffs Natural Resources gets permission for an overland transportation route into the Ring of Fire.

On July 29, an Ontario Divisional Court set aside a decision reached by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner last September that denied Cliffs an easement for a road to reach its Black Thor chromite deposit atop the mining claims of a rival company, KWG Resources.

Cliffs, which has halted all exploration on its chromite project, launched the appeal last October. The case was heard in Toronto, June 16-17.

The bone of contention with Cliffs has been over the use of surface rights by KWG to stake a 330-kilometre long corridor using mining claims from Nakina north to the exploration camps in the James Bay lowlands.

Cliffs contended that KWG was holding other mining companies hostage by blocking a critical path into the region. KWG, through its Canada Chrome subsidiary, wants to use the corridor for a future railroad.

KWG also has a 30-per-cent stake in the Big Daddy chromite deposit that it shares in an adversarial relationship with Cliffs. Read the rest of this entry »

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