Could there be another lithium processing plant coming to Thunder Bay? – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – May 2, 2022)

Australia’s Green Technology Metals has been scoping out the city for a processing plant site

Thunder Bay was once known as one of the forest products manufacturing capitals of Canada. These days, the city looks to be shaping up to become the North American centre of lithium processing for the electric vehicle revolution.

Australia’s Green Technology Metals is looking to fast-track one of its four lithium properties in the Armstrong area of northwestern Ontario into mine production. The company is further eyeballing Thunder Bay as a regional processing hub to convert lithium concentrate mined from its flagship Seymour Project into battery-grade material for the electric vehicle industry.

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Sudbury election file: City has key role in critical minerals, Green candidate says -by Staff (Sudbury Star – April 30, 2022)

The Ford government “kneecapped” Laurentian University and its ability to conduct mining research and development when it was needed the most, the Green Party’s Sudbury candidate says.

Referring to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, David Robinson said the world must cut emissions to fight climate change. A key part of that is the need for critical minerals for such things as batteries used in electric vehicles.

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Communities on the Move: Home builders wanted in Wawa – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 27, 2022)

Resurgent gold mining and forestry activity holds promise and provides growth pressure for north shore community

When Maury O’Neill was hired by the Township of Wawa in 1990, there were seven operating gold mines in the area. As the community’s new housing coordinator, her job was to find lodgings for the influx of workers, including many employed at the Citadel gold mine on the outskirts of town.

Today, O’Neill finds herself in familiar territory as the current CAO and economic development officer for the town of 2,700 situated between the northeast shore of Lake Superior and Wawa Lake.

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The Drift: Junior miners chasing nickel, palladium and gold in the Sudbury area – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 28, 2022)

SPC Nickel emerging as new nickel player in the Sudbury basin in seeking to resurrect former nickel mine

A new nickel player in the Sudbury mining camp expects great results toward resurrecting a former mine, while two other junior miners pursue palladium and gold at the opposite ends of the basin.

SPC Nickel cashed up over the winter with more than $3 million to go exploring for nickel, copper and platinum group metals (PGM) on its three properties in the Sudbury area.

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Red Lake gold miner looks to get out of a financial hole – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 22, 2022)

Pure Gold Mining makes cost-cutting moves, searches the market for financing

Pure Gold Mining’s path to “operational excellence” begins with a shovel-full of pink slips. Buried in an April 22 news release from the financially struggling Red Lake miner was news that 20 per cent of its workforce — 65 employees — were laid off in February to get staffing levels down from 340 to 275.

It’s one of many cost-cutting moves made by the Vancouver-based gold miner to reach the break-even point on the cash flow side at the northwestern Ontario underground operation. But management is promising better results down the road

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North has ‘unique opportunity’ to become part of Ontario’s auto sector – by PJ Wilson (Sudbury Star – April 23, 2022)

Provincial program strives to connect region’s mining and mineral expertise with southern Ontario’s manufacturing facilities

Northern Ontario is set to become part of the Ontario auto sector for the first time in 120 years.

The region, covering northeastern and northwestern Ontario, has been combined into the Northern Ontario Regional Technology Development Site, connecting the North’s mining and mineral expertise with southern Ontario’s manufacturing facilities.

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Thunder Bay palladium company inks exploration agreement with three First Nation communities – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 18, 2022)

Potential mine development could provide benefit for northwestern Ontario Indigenous bands

A Thunder Bay palladium company has signed an exploration agreement with three First Nations.

Clean Air Metals, Fort William First Nation, Red Rock Indian Band and Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek announced last week that they’ve advanced their ongoing relationship with a signed exploration agreement. A year ago, all the parties signed an initial memorandum of understanding concerning the company’s Thunder Bay North project.

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Delving into critical minerals: What Canada can learn from the Australian experience – by Andrew Pickford (MacDonald-Laurier – April 19, 2022)


The emergence of “critical minerals” is forcing a rethink in foreign investment, defence strategy, industry policy and global supply chains throughout the Western world. While numerous white papers and strategy documents have been developed, national approaches vary depending on institutions, national priorities and, most importantly, natural resource endowment.

The classification of critical minerals varies in each country, but they generally fall under what has been traditionally understood as strategic commodities. Contemporary interest in critical minerals is driven by two main trends.

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‘Actions speak louder than words,’ says Wyloo Metals CEO on their Ring of Fire plans – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 16, 2022)

Western Australian miner intends to make Eagle’s Nest mine a zero-emissions operation, built on Indigenous procurement and input

Well done is better than well said. That was the message from Wyloo Metals CEO Luca Giacovazzi, the new man at the controls of Noront Resources and its prized Eagle’s Nest nickel project in the Ring of Fire.

Giacovazzi made a crack-of-dawn introductory media call — Western Australia time — only hours after the Perth-headquartered mining company celebrated the closing of its $616.9-million acquisition of the Toronto junior miner on April 7.

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The step by step process to get a road to the Ring of Fire – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 14, 2022)

Environmental assessment work for Ring of Fire road can now begin as First Nation road proponents file terms of reference

Construction hasn’t started on the road to the Ring of Fire, but the Ontario government promises the environmental assessment process is well underway.

The provincial government and two remote First Nations near the remote mineral belt are calling the filing of the terms of reference of the Northern Road Link a “historic milestone to unlocking jobs and economic opportunities in the Ring of Fire region.”

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With an election in sight, Doug Ford once again ready to hop on the Ring of Fire ‘bulldozer’ – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 8, 2022)

Ontario premier appears in the Sault to charge up Algoma Steel and the critical minerals mining industry

Premier Doug Ford didn’t back down from his government’s commitment to invest in the development of a north-south road network into the Ring of Fire.

The premier and some provincial cabinet ministers were in Sault Ste. Marie on April 8, surrounded by steel coils on the floor of Algoma Steel’s Direct Strip Production Complex to unveil the province’s expanded Northern Energy Advantage Program (NEAP), a power rebate program for heavy industrial users in the North.

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As EV market grows, mining exec says he wants keep Northern Ontario control over lithium project – by Len Gilles ( – April 9, 2022)

Lithium is one of the key minerals used in the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles

A Sudbury mining executive told the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that he is working hard to keep managerial control of his company and its assets in Northern Ontario.

Trevor Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium, was speaking at the chamber’s president’s series luncheon held in Copper Cliff. Walker said Frontier has spent more than 10 years developing an incredibly rich and significantly large lithium mineral deposit in Northwestern Ontario. Lithium is one of the key minerals used in the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Indigenous Leaders: The successes and pitfalls of industry partnerships – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 6, 2022)

Mining partners maintain good relationships and trust are ongoing processes

Fifty years ago, it was unheard of for mining companies to share the wealth and the benefits from their operations with Indigenous communities in Canada, much less be on speaking terms.

Times have dramatically changed with the massive need for ‘critical minerals’ to feed the emerging net-zero emissions economy. There’s the pressure for mining companies to find and develop deposits while meeting their obligations to build trust with Indigenous people.

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Wyloo Metals seals the deal in the Ring of Fire – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 7, 2022)

Australian miner tables a socio-economic and green agenda to benefit Indigenous business and deliver a net-zero mine

The Ring of Fire’s newest player contends it will “set a new global benchmark in sustainable mining” in Ontario’s Far North. Australia’s Wyloo Metals announced April 7 that it has formally completed its acquisition of Noront Resources and its flagship Eagle’s Nest nickel asset in the James Bay region.

After Noront shareholders gave their blessing on March 15, the final court and stock trading regulatory hurdles have now been cleared.

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Canada Nickel raises $51.6 million to bring Timmins deposit to mine-ready stage – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 6, 2022)

Mine developer intersects high-grade nickel at Crawford project

This is has been one of those ‘milestone’ weeks for Timmins mine developer Canada Nickel Company and its Crawford nickel sulphide project.

First, the Toronto-based company announced it had pulled the highest grade of nickel drill core ever recorded on the property, then it cashed up for the remainder of this year, taking in $51.6 million from the sale of flow-through shares.

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