Prospectors split on online map staking system launched by province this week – by Benjamin Aubé (CBC News Sudbury – April 13, 2018)

Ontario’s new online map staking system for prospectors launched Tuesday.

The province’s new online map staking system was launched this week. It means prospectors don’t have to venture into the bush to claim ground for mineral exploration.

More than 14,000 online claims have been staked since the province’s new system, CLAIMaps, was launched Tuesday morning, according to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

Hermann Daxl has been a prospector for more than 20 years. The 77-year-old retired geologist was formerly skeptical about map staking. He’s since become a convert. “It’s actually tremendous.

It’s really something good that needed to be done,” says Daxl. Daxl says prospectors who truly know the land still have a huge advantage over big companies making speculative claims.

“Experience shows that big companies are very poor in choosing ground,” notes Daxl. “Staking a claim just gives you the right to explore. It doesn’t give you anything [else]. If you want to sell the claim to a company, you still have to prove to them that it’s worth something.”

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