Dubreuilville-area mine becoming a gold producing ‘juggernaut’ – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – June 30, 2022)


Alamos Gold supersizes its expansion plans for Island Gold, forecasts 18 year mine life

The Island Gold Mine outside Dubreuilville is poised to become one of Canada’s most prolific and profitable mines for decades to come.

Over the next four years, Alamos Gold’s underground operation will get larger in scale, mine at a higher rate, deliver more ounces, and become one of the industry’s lowest cost producers over a longer mine life.

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Does Canada have what it takes to become a global EV innovation hub? – by Tony LaMantia (Automotive World – July 1, 2022)


Tony LaMantia argues the case in favour of turning Canada into an EV mobility hub

The news that Stellantis and LG Energy Solutions are partnering on a Canadian electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facility was transformative for the automotive industry in Canada.

It’s a CA$5bn (US$4.1bn) investment—the biggest single automotive investment in Canadian history. It will have an annual production capacity of 45 gigawatt hours and will create 2,500 jobs. It’s a pillar for the foundation of Canada’s EV ecosystem, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Opinion: Ring of Fire on the horizon, but labour is needed – by Todd Clyde (Northern Ontario Business – June 30, 2022)


Todd Clyde is the CEO of BlueBranch, a labour mobility organization that has partnered with the Government of Ontario.

Consultant says incentives needed for skilled tradespeople to move where jobs need to be filled

The stars are finally aligning for the Ring of Fire to be developed. But one thing is still missing: labour.

Announced at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in June 2022, the U.S., Canada, the European Commission, and several other allies have established the Minerals Security Partnership to secure the supply of critical minerals needed to fuel the transition to net zero. Many of those minerals are found in the Ring of Fire.

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Lithium plant developer zeros in on Thunder Bay refinery site – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – June 29, 2022)


Avalon Advanced Materials making purchase offer on city property to start refinery construction by 2023

The developer of a much-anticipated lithium processing plant in Thunder Bay said he’s narrowed down his city-wide search to one property that fits the bill. But Don Bubar, president and CEO of Avalon Advanced Materials, isn’t disclosing the specific site just yet as his company is in the process of making a purchase offer to the property owner.

Bubar delivered an update on Avalon’s Separation Rapids Project in northwestern Ontario and its refinery plans for Thunder Bay with an online presentation at the Emerging Growth Conference last week. “It’s all coming together pretty nicely,” said Bubar.

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Kinross Gold to publish Great Bear resource estimate with 2022 results – by Cecilia Jamasmie (Mining.com – June 29, 2022)


Canada’s Kinross Gold (TSX: K) (NYSE: KGC) expects to declare an initial mineral resource for its recently acquired Great Bear gold project in Red Lake, Ontario, as part of its 2022 year-end results, it said in an update.

The gold miner, which paid $1.8 billion in cash and shares for Great Bear in a deal that closed in late February, said the estimate is predominantly in the inferred resource category, with some indicated resources.

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Post Noront takeover, Wyloo gets to work on Ring of Fire assets: Exclusive interview – by Alisha Hiyate (Northern Miner – June 29, 2022)

Global mining news

Wyloo Metals made a big splash last year with its battle against Australian behemoth BHP for control of Ring of Fire junior Noront Resources. The private, Western Australia-based company, owned by Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Tattarang investment group, outlined its vision for Noront’s high-grade nickel-copper-PGM Eagle’s Nest project early on.

The miner plans to build a net-zero mine that would process the nickel in-province and create a ‘future metals hub’ while awarding $100 million worth of contracts to First Nations-owned businesses and establishing a training and employment centre for northern and Indigenous communities.

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The pick of Ontario. A story of amethyst and adventure – by Bill Steer (Sudbury.com – June 22, 2022)


This week, Back Roads Bill stops at an amethyst mine on the way to the most westerly point in Ontario

It’s road trip time, again, and this time we are headed west, not to the oil patch, but to stand on the most western, surveyed boundary of Ontario. The outcome of this trip and the subsequent story remains to be told.

Along the way will gather more day trip information from provincial parks and nearby communities for another travelogue. On the way, though, there will be a stop for a cool souvenir from a Northwestern Ontario back roads repeated destination. So many times a story was warranted but this is the time one was written.

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Pirie humbled by ministerial nod – by Andrew Autio (Timmins Daily Press – June 28, 2022)


In the process of setting up new constituency office in Timmins

It has been a whirlwind month for George Pirie. He was elected the Member of Provincial Parliament for Timmins, appointed as Ontario’s newly minted minister of mines, and sworn in to the new cabinet led by Premier Doug Ford in Toronto on Friday.

“Well it’s been, quite frankly, very humbling,” he told The Daily Press on Monday. “Thursday evening’s ceremony was quite humbling, and being named a Minister on Friday amplified that experience.”

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‘We really want to find a long-term solution’: Canada inches toward permanent storage of radioactive waste – by Gabriel Friedman (Financial Post – June 18, 2022)


Report suggests two Ontario communities have what it takes to store nuclear waste

Canada has moved one step closer to finding a permanent spot to store the millions of bundles of radioactive waste that have been generated in the nearly half-century since it started producing nuclear energy.

On Thursday, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a Toronto-based non-profit created by Parliament that has been scouring the country for storage spots since 2010, released reports that detail why it believes two communities in Ontario could safely store radioactive nuclear waste for time immemorial.

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Musselwhite team wins Ontario Mine Rescue contest – by Jackson Chen (Canadian Mining Journal – June 15, 2022)


From June 7 to 9, Ontario Mine Rescue hosted the provincial competition at Vale’s Creighton mine in Sudbury, Ont., and announced the winners at a banquet on the final evening.

“The invitation-only event marks the final month of the annual mine rescue volunteer training cycle, and the provincial competition brings together all of the district winners and challenges them to resolve an advanced mine emergency,” Ted Hanley, VP of Ontario Mine Rescue, stated in a news release.

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The Drift: Glencore makes battery vehicle order from MacLean Engineering – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – June 16, 2022)


Onaping Depth mine project will be an all-electric underground operation at production start in 2024

Glencore’s deepest new mine in the Sudbury Basin will be populated by electric vehicles from MacLean Engineering.

MacLean’s battery electric mining vehicles (BEVs) were chosen to be one of the mobile equipment suppliers of fleet vehicles for Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations and its Onaping Depth mine project, now under construction.

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Greater Sudbury ‘the epicentre for mining,’ mayor says – by Staff (Sudbury Star – June 16, 2022)


City has ‘critical minerals, a strong industrial base and a highly skilled workforce’

Many people know Greater Sudbury as a relatively small northern Ontario mining community, but it is also a community that should be on everyone’s radar, city officials say.

Nearly 80 Sudbury-based companies were showcasing themselves as global leaders at the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. It is North America’s largest mining industry event and wrapped up Wednesday in Toronto.

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Exhibit showcases Northern Ontario’s mining might to the world – by Len Gillis (Sudbury.com – June 14, 2022)


More than 700 jobs and $80 million in revenue created over a 10-year period because of cooperative Northern Ontario Mining Showcase

TORONTO — A record number of Northern Ontario businesses have taken part in the annual Northern Ontario Mining Showcase (NOMS), which makes up the largest single exhibit at the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

The showcase, which is co-sponsored by FedNor and the City of Temiskaming Shores, has this year brought 130 different mining supply and mining technology companies to be part of the annual PDAC trade show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Northwestern Ontario miners, First Nations at developers conference tackle land-use consent (CBC News Thunder Bay – June 15, 2022)


Annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Conference wraps up in Toronto today

Miners and First Nations from northwestern Ontario helped lead a discussion at a major mining conference this week about First Nations’ consent in mining projects.

The chiefs of Long Lake #58 and Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek joined representatives of Greenstone Gold Mines on a panel at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference. It began Monday and wraps up Wednesday in Toronto, to be followed by an online component at the end of the month.

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Zinc mine builder willing to share benefits with First Nation – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – June 14, 2022)


Metallum Resources signs agreement with Pays Plat First Nation

A would-be zinc mine builder has signed a “negotiation agreement” with a First Nation community on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Metallum Resources calls the agreement with Pays Plat First Nation (PPFN) a “major milestone” that puts the wheels in motion toward early-stage development at the site. It also moves the relationship along toward signing a more fruitful impact benefit agreement (IBA) later this year.

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