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Kirkland Lake Gold raises stake in Osisko Mining – Staff (Northern Miner – September 19, 2018)

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Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX: KL; NYSE: KL) has boosted its ownership in Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK) from 8.58% to about 13.61%.

The mid-tier gold producer reported it has invested about C$25 million to acquire 14.71 million Osisko shares at $1.70 apiece, bringing its total shares in the company to 32.63 million.

Kirkland Lake’s president and CEO, Tony Makuch, said the strategic investment increases its ownership interest in northwestern Quebec’s Urban Barry area, which he believes “has become a new, highly prospective mining camp in the prolific Abitibi Greenstone belt.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Wallbridge Announces $3.9 Million Strategic Investment by Eric Sprott (September 14, 2018)

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Toronto, Ontario – September 14, 2018 – Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) through the issuance of 30,000,000 units of the Company (each a “Unit”) for gross proceeds of $3,900,000. Eric Sprott, through 2176423 Ontario Ltd., a corporation which is beneficially owned by him, was the sole purchaser of the Offering.

“We are pleased to have a gold investor such as Eric Sprott as one of our large shareholders. Eric is very familiar with high grade gold deposits in the world and Fenelon obviously fit that bill,” stated Marz Kord, President & CEO of Wallbridge. “On behalf of all Wallbridge shareholders, we welcome Eric’s support in our drive to make Fenelon Gold to be the first high grade operating mine in this emerging belt in Northwestern Quebec.”

Under the terms of the Offering, the Units were issued at a price of $0.13 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) and a one-half Common Share purchase warrant. Each whole Warrant (a “Warrant”) will entitle the holder to acquire one additional Common Share (a “Warrant Share”) for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the closing date at an exercise price of $0.20 per Warrant Share. Continue Reading →

Detour Gold reports initial mineral resource for Zone 58N – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – July 26, 2018)

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Gold deposit located near Detour Lake gold mine

Detour Gold is reporting an initial mineral resource for its Zone 58N, which is located six kilometres south of the Detour Lake gold mine.

The mineral resource estimate is comprised of an indicated resource of 2.87 million tonnes grading 5.80 grams per tonne for 534,300 ounces of gold, and an inferred resource of 0.97 million tonnes grading 4.35 grams per tonne for 136,100 ounces of gold.

“Detour Gold is in the fortunate position of having a large mineral reserve base of 16 million ounces supporting a mine life of 23 years,” said Michael Kenyon, Detour Gold’s interim CEO, in a July 26 news release. Continue Reading →

Yamana Gold Inc. shares surge on strong quarterly results – by Niall McGee (Globe and Mail – July 28, 2018)

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Shares in Yamana Gold Inc. surged the most in two years on Friday, after the mid-tier gold company swept past analyst expectations in its latest quarter and sounded a bullish tone on future production.

The bump in Yamana’s shares, which closed up 9.1 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday, comes the day after heavy selling in senior producers Barrick Gold Corp., Goldcorp Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., all of which missed quarterly earnings estimates.

Yamana’s second-quarter adjusted profit came in at 5 cents a share, 3 cents better than analysts were expecting, thanks to higher production and lower costs. On a net basis, the Toronto-based miner earned US$18-million in profit. Continue Reading →

[Alexandria Minerals Proxy Fight] How a penny stock miner came to face a multimillion-dollar problem – by Jennifer Wells (Toronto Star – July 18, 2018)

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It’s tough to get anyone to pay attention when you’re running a four-cent stock. But then the name Sprott Inc. shows up. And Institutional Shareholder Services. And Glass Lewis. And Joe Groia, the lawyer. And Navigator, the crisis management firm. And a wagonload of mud slinging. And a full-on proxy fight with a voting deadline of this week.

All of which leads the reasonable person to ask: what the heck is going on here? The company in question: Alexandria Minerals Inc., a penny miner with dreams of gold. The agitator: geologist and ousted CEO Eric Owens, who founded the company more than a decade ago.

Owens found himself turfed from the firm in February four days after he publicly announced his intention to call a shareholder meeting to remove three board members, in what the chairman of the board calls a “costly and distracting proxy fight.” Continue Reading →

The odds are stacked against gold juniors like never before: Abitibi Royalties CEO – by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud (Mining.com – July 14, 2018)

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Huge hurdles are stacked against gold juniors in the quest to become a mine, says Abitibi Royalties’ CEO Ian Ball.

Ball, who spoke to MINING.com in March at PDAC in Toronto, was former President of McEwen Mining before moving onto Abitibi Royalties four years ago. During Ball’s tenure as CEO, the company’s stock has increased 3.1 times in value going from $3.27 per share to $10.44.

Ball sees a lot of headwinds in the industry. He does not see a significant gold price moves to the upside. Average gold grade is declining, which requires larger plants and more capital to move ore. Regulations are becoming more stringent. Productivity improvements are still lagging. Continue Reading →

Osisko Mining shareholders vote in favour of controversial stock-options package – by Niall McGee (Globe and Mail – June 29, 2018)

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Osisko Mining Inc.’s shareholders voted in favour of a controversial stock-options package Friday, while its chief executive officer says the company intends to move away from options as a form of compensation over time.

Ahead of Friday’s annual general meeting, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) advised shareholders of the junior mining company to vote against the package, citing concerns over its excessive cost, and criticizing the lack of performance-based criteria for receiving the options.

At Osisko, options are widely granted to officers, directors and employees, and often make up the lion’s share of compensation. For example, CEO John Burzynski made $3.15-million, with about $2.1-million in options, a $500,000 salary and a $590,000 bonus. Independent director Sean Roosen was paid $743,000 last year, $688,000 in options and a $55,000 cash fee. Continue Reading →

[Quebec Mining] Urban Barry gold camp gold explorers merge – by Esmarie Swanepoel (MiningWeekly.com – June 19, 2018)

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TSX-V-listed junior Bonterra Resources and Metanor Resources have struck a merger agreement to create an advanced Canadian gold exploration and development company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bonterra will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in Metanor for C$0.73 in equity consideration, at an exchange ratio of 1.6039 Bonterra shares, for each Metanor share.

Following the acquisition, Bonterra shareholders will hold some 58% of the combined company with Metanor shareholders holding the balance. Continue Reading →

Osisko builds critical mass in Quebec – by Trish Saywell (Northern Miner – May 17, 2018)

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In the first five months of the year, Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK) released resource estimates for two projects in Quebec while keeping in step with an ambitious drill program that is the largest of its kind in Canada.

Earlier this month, Osisko unveiled its first resource estimate on its 100%-owned Windfall deposit, 115 km east of the town of Lebel-sur-Quevillon. Windfall is one of the highest-grade resource-stage gold projects in Canada.

The company outlined an indicated resources of 2.38 million tonnes grading 7.85 grams gold per tonne for 601,000 ounces of contained gold and inferred resources of 10.61 million tonnes grading 6.7 grams gold for 2.28 million oz. of gold, using a cut-off grade of 3 grams gold per tonne. Continue Reading →

Orefinders pick up former northeast gold mine – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 4, 2018)

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Gold explorer building stable of northeast properties with McGarry Mine acquisition

There’s new ownership coming for a former gold mine in the Kirkland Lake area. Toronto’s Orefinders Resources announced April 3 that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Kerr Mines (formerly Armistice Resources) to acquire the McGarry Mine and Barber-Larder properties.

Under the deal, Orefinders will issue 8 million common shares to Kerr. The shares are subject to a lock-up agreement with Kerr and are scheduled to be free trading over a two-year period.

The McGarry property is in Virginiatown, between Kirkland Lake and the Quebec border, and spans 2.4 kilometres on the Cadillac Larder Lake Break, considered one of the world’s most prolific gold structures. It’s located next to the Kerr-Addison Mine, which once produced more than 12 million ounces of gold over a 58-year period ending in 1996. Continue Reading →

Roundup 2018: Osisko’s Roosen on tackling ‘tough’ markets – by Matthew Keevil (Northern Miner – January 25, 2018)

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VANCOUVER — Sean Roosen’s Osisko group of companies is among a rare breed of mining-focused entrepreneurial firms that have flourished over the past decade despite frigid capital markets and low commodity prices.

The group emerged as a major financial player following the $4.3-billion sale of Osisko Mining’s flagship Canadian Malartic gold mine in mid-2014 and now provides alternate capital funding to explorers and miners via stream financings, equity placements, and related partnership models.

On Jan. 23, Roosen took the stage at thee Association for Mineral Exploration’s (AME) annual Roundup conference to discuss the state of capital markets, and the challenges the mining industry must overcome to combat falling discovery rates and a lack of interest from generalist investors. Continue Reading →

Legendary Timmins Dome underground operations ended Dec. 31: ‘It’s just amazing what this mine has done for the community’ – by Maija Hoggett (Northern Ontario Business – January 2, 2017)

Legendary Dome Mine Timmins Ontario (Wiki Photo)

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The final day of 2017 marked the end of an era at a Timmins mine. More than 100 years after the Dome underground mine started, work permanently ceased on Dec. 31.

Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) announced the closure, which directly affects about 140 people, in August. To mark the end of the historic operation, mine general manager Marc Lauzier said each crew enjoyed cake, a photographer took keepsake photos for interested crew members, and the workers received a memento to bring home.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our crews; they’ve done a phenomenal job, they’ve kept their heads up right until the end, and the morale is actually better than it could be,” Lauzier said. Continue Reading →

Orefinders consolidates prospective Shining Tree district, in Ontario’s famed Abitibi – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – December 1, 2017)

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VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – TSX-V-listed Orefinders Resources has entered into agreements for a series of three acquisitions of adjoining properties from two individual landholders and from private company Premet.

Orefinders said in a press release on Thursday that it views the Shining Tree District as a significantly underexplored and a not well understood region of Ontario’s Abitibi, which holds great potential for a district scale mining camp.

Orefinders’ Shining Tree consolidated land package now includes 67 claims and 14 patented leases covering over nearly 2 348 ha, which makes the company a significant mineral landholder in the region. Continue Reading →

Wallbridge pushing for early production at Fenelon: Quebec property showing good results, say executives – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – November 24, 2017)

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A Sudbury-based junior mining company says it is feeling so confident over a Quebec gold property, a production decision could be made by late 2018. Wallbridge Mining presented their latest findings and core samples from their Fenelon property at a special presentation of the Sudbury Prospectors and Developers Association, Nov. 21.

The talk by senior geologist Attila Pentek and exploration vice-president Joshua Bailey was a comprehensive history of the property, the geology of the deposits, initial test drills and preliminary assay results of core samples, and timelines on production plans.

Fenelon is located 150 kilometres north of Val d’Or, an area Bailey described as being largely overlooked by prospectors. Exploring the property was part of a valuation strategy by the company, which met the investment criteria for a number of reasons. Continue Reading →

Gowest aims to unlock refractory gold potential of legendary Timmins Camp – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – November 14, 2017)

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VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Little-known exploration and development company Gowest Gold is preparing to become the newest gold producer in the legendary Timmins Gold Camp, which, since its discovery in the early 1900s, has produced almost half of all the gold mined in Canada.

The TSX-V-listed company is moving its North Timmins gold project – host to the Bradshaw deposit – through the permitting process, with a view to start commercial production during the first quarter of 2019. It expects to ship first ore to a nearby plant before the end of the year as part of a 30 000 t bulk sample.

Gowest CEO Gregory Romain told Mining Weekly Online in an interview that the company is unlocking an opportunity in the Timmins Gold Camp by being one of the first to look into the potential of developing the refractory and sulphide ores in the region, something most other district participants overlooked in their quest for the “low-hanging fruits” that made the region famous. Continue Reading →