Gogama open-pit mine build on track for 2023 production start – by Staff (January 12, 2022)


Year of heavy spending ahead at IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project as mine site complex takes shape

Construction of IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project at Gogama is nearing the halfway mark. The Toronto-based international miner said construction at Côté was at the 43 per cent mark at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021. Things look on schedule for the start of commercial gold production in the second half of 2023.

The company delivered a project update with its year-end financials and production numbers.

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Harvey Yesno to advise Far North gold exploration outfit – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – January 11, 2022)


Lithoquest Resources hires former NAN Grand Chief to help with community engagement

A new gold exploration player in the Far North has brought respected regional leader and former Eabametoong Chief Harvey Yesno aboard as an advisor. And he’ll be basically working in the backyard of his home community.

Lithoquest Resources, a Vancouver junior miner, holds more than 41,000 hectares of prospective ground situated on an untapped greenstone gold belt near Eabametoong, 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay. The company’s three exploration projects all fall within Eabametoong’s traditional territory.

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The Drift: Temiskaming battery metals park should fill missing link in electric vehicle battery supply chain – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – December 28, 2021)


Electra Battery Materials’ integrated metals processing complex could bring 200 to 300 jobs

Trent Mell and Electra Battery Materials are out to occupy some crucial middle ground in the growing North American electric vehicle industry.

The Toronto company is refurbishing a once-shuttered refinery outside the town of Cobalt that’s 12 months away from the start of production to process cobalt hydroxide coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo into cobalt sulfate, one of the critical materials needed for manufacturing rechargeable batteries for the automakers. But they’re not stopping there.

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Beardmore-area mine developer cashes up to process Ontario lithium material in Europe – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – Janurary 6, 2022)


Rock Tech Lithium, owners of a lithium deposit in northwestern Ontario, are poised to start construction this year on a processing plant in Germany that will be fed by its mine project near Lake Nipigon.

The Vancouver-based junior miner, with strong European connections, announced Dec. 30 that it has raised U.S.$39.6 million (Cdn$50.7 million) of which a portion is earmarked to develop of its spodumene deposit, the Georgia Lake Project, in the Beardmore area. Spodumene is the most widely used lithium because of its high lithium content.

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Rushing headlong into electrification, the West is replacing one energy master with another – by Rick Mills (Ahead of the Herd.com – January 7, 2022)


The United States and its allies, such as Canada, the UK, the European Union, Australia, Japan and South Korea, face a dilemma when it comes to the global electrification of the transportation system and the switch from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

On the one hand, we want everything to be clean, green and non-polluting, with COP26-inspired goals of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050; and several countries aiming to close the chapter on fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, including the United States which is seeking to make half of the country’s auto fleet electric by 2030.

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Sudburians recall how the city banded together to weather the 1958 Inco strike – by Vicki Gilhula (Northern Ontario Business – December 24, 2021)


Just days before Christmas in 1958, some 14,000 Sudbury miners and their families got the news they had been praying for: the three-month strike at Inco was over. Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Local 598 president Mike Solski announced an agreement had been reached with Inco.

A three-year contract and a six-per-cent wage increase over three years was offered. This amounted to pennies on the hourly wage at the time of less than $3, but union leaders considered the settlement a victory.

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Ontario is building enough snow and ice roads to span almost the entire country – by Jack Landau (BlogTO – December 22, 2021)


In southern Ontario, most know of ice roads only through sensationalized reality television shows, but in the province’s northern hinterland, these temporary frozen highways are more than just a novelty, providing essential seasonal infrastructure.

That’s why the province is investing $6 million to connect 31 remote First Nations communities and the Town of Moosonee through the construction and maintenance of 3,170 kilometres of temporary snow and ice roads this winter.

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It’s a Wyloo world in the Ring of Fire – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 22, 2021)


Australian mining investor expects to develop ‘Canada’s next great mineral district’

Wyloo Metals’ looming acquisition of Noront Resources and its James Bay region mineral assets is being called a “significant milestone” that “paves the way” for new leadership to “responsibly develop” the Ring of Fire.

The Perth, Australia-headquartered said in a news release that it plans to enter into a binding agreement with Noront’s board and will provide Noront shareholders with more information at a special meeting in early January to vote on a plan of arrangement.

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Sudbury junior miner raises $12 million for northwestern Ontario lithium project – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 17, 2021)


Frontier Lithium seeks to mine PAK project to supply electric vehicle sector

A Sudbury junior mining company has cashed up to do more exploration of its high-grade and open-ended lithium property in northwestern Ontario.

Frontier Lithium announced Dec. 15 that it’s raised $12 million in flow-through shares to boost the resource numbers at its PAK project, 175 kilometres north of Red Lake, near the Manitoba border.

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Deep-Sea Mining Could Help Meet Demand for Critical Minerals, But Also Comes with Serious Obstacles (U.S. Government Accountability Office – December 16, 2021)


Deep below the sea lay critical minerals that are both high in value and demand. These critical minerals—such as cobalt, nickel, and manganese—are used in everyday devices like cellphones and cars. But they are hard to come by, and demand is expected to double or triple by 2030.

Because of this demand, interest has turned toward the deep ocean seabed, which contains vast quantities of critical and other minerals. Today’s WatchBlog post looks at our new Science & Tech Spotlight on deep-sea mining—how it works and its challenges.

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Construction price tag balloons for Dubreuilville Mine – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – December 15, 2021)


Argonaut Gold execs blame inflation, pandemic for development cost increases for Magino Mine

Things just got a tad more expensive for Argonaut Gold at its Magino Mine project, under construction outside Dubreuilville.

The Toronto mining company announced this week that capital expenditures to build the open-pit mine have ballooned from $510 million to $800 million, and that its president-CEO, Pete Dougherty, the founder of Argonaut, is out the door.

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Mining the Northwest: Kinross sees Red Lake’s Dixie Project as a ‘top tier’ asset – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 15, 2021)


Toronto miner planning for both open-pit and underground mines in northwestern gold camp

Expect to see more drill rigs heading up the Red Lake highway this winter, and well into 2022.

In a webcall with mining analysts last week, executives with Kinross Gold viewed its pending acquisition of Great Bear Resources and its Dixie Project near Red Lake as a multi-deposit mine complex with plenty of operating life and the legs to grow in scale based on its mineral potential.

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NOBA 2021: Larissa Stevens of LBS Environmental Consulting is the Young Entrepreneur of the Year – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 13, 2021)


A decade of experience under her belt, Stevens is currently working as community consultation coordinator for the Marten Falls Community Access Road project

Larissa Stevens considers herself a bit of a “shapeshifter.” Whether it’s her natural ease in explaining a development project in a public engagement session or relaying the thoughts and concerns of a First Nation community to a group of engineers in a boardroom setting, the Thunder Bay-based environmental scientist is considered a trusted figure.

The 36-year-old Métis owner and president of LBS Environmental Consulting has spent a decade as a specialist in environmental consulting and Indigenous community engagement. One of her supporters wrote in a nomination letter about her expertise in the field and her prowess to operate and communicate effectively in any environment.

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Historic Monel: the alloy that time forgot – by James E. Churchill (The Nickel Institute – March 23, 2021)


James E. Churchill believes that telling the history of Monel and renewing the scientific data will empower conservators to educate and preserve key metallurgical heritage.

In 2019 I was introduced to a material I had only heard of in passing, Monel®*. Having previously come across it through the wrought craft of Samuel Yellin, a field trip to the southern tip of Manhattan placed me in front of a gleaming Monel elevator in an art-deco lobby. My interest was piqued. What was this alloy, how was it used and was it still popular?

In an attempt to hunt down interiors, I found redevelopment of department stores and banks, where the metal had flourished, had sadly led to total loss. I also discovered I was not alone in my ignorance.

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NOBA 2021: CreeQuest Corp. is the recipient of the Indigenous Business Award of Excellence – by Staff (Elliot Lake Today – December 10, 2021)


CreeQuest Corp. has become a leading supplier for remote mining camp services

Eleven years ago, Tina Sheridan’s entrepreneurial journey began at the kitchen table with her laptop and $200 in the bank. A single mom of two young kids at the time, Sheridan was determined to improve her situation and that of her family, and ultimately leave behind a positive legacy.

CreeQuest began in 2010 as a sole proprietorship, a catering side hustle to supplement her minimum wage job. There was an opportunity in her community of Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), near Cochrane, to do small catering jobs for meetings and gatherings. She focused on delivering traditional Indigenous fare and eventually, the jobs got bigger.

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