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Harte Gold Progress at Sugar Zone Property 80KMs east of Hemlo Gold Camp


Harte Gold Corp. (“Harte Gold”) is focused on the exploration and development of its 100% owned Sugar Zone property where it has recently completed a 70,000 tonne Advanced Exploration Bulk Sample at the Sugar Zone Deposit and mined 30,000 tonnes under its Phase I Production Permit.

The Sugar Zone property is located 80 kilometers east of the Hemlo Gold Camp. Using a 3.0 g/t Au cut-off, the Mineral Resource Estimate dated February 15, 2018 contains an Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate of 2,607,000 tonnes grading 8.52 g/t for 714,200 ounces of contained gold and an Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate of 3,590,000 tonnes, grading 6.59 g/t for 760,800 ounces of contained gold. Continue Reading →

Bright prospects for exploration industry: Opportunity and change in store for prospectors, junior miners in 2018 – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – April 23, 2018)

The good vibes of confidence and recovery in the mining industry from this past spring’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto have filtered into northwestern Ontario.

Garry Clark, executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA), expects this year to be a busy field season, judging from what he hears and sees walking the floor at the recent Ontario Prospectors Exploration Showcase held in Thunder Bay in early April.

Many companies are ready to do exploration work on their properties if they can raise the financing. Others have money in their treasury and were just waiting for the snow to melt. Clark is expecting to see a mix of new mineral discoveries in 2018 and some stale projects, not worked for years, springing back to life. Continue Reading →

Sudbury mining industry poised for global expansion – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – April 20, 2018)

President of CEMI touts region as the future global hub of mining at opening luncheon of Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury

Sudbury’s mining sector has come a long way in the last three decades, and the next big phase is going to be the region as home for global innovation.

That was the message from Douglas Morrison, president of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, the opening speaker at the business luncheon kicking off Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury (MMTS) on April 20.

The hall at Bryston’s on the Park in Copper Cliff was filled with industry executives, as well as members of mining service companies and event sponsors, to get a rundown on the schedule of the week-long event and hear what Morrison had to say about his experiences and where he sees the industry going. Continue Reading →

NDP makes principled promise to give First Nations all mining tax revenue – by Erik White (CBC News Sudbury – April 18, 2018)

Mining towns and cities have long argued they should get cut of provincial royalties

The Ontario NDP are promising to give First Nations all of the money the province makes from mining tax revenue. Party leader Andrea Horwath says that would amount to about $41 million dollars a year.

She says the NDP has long thought that Indigenous peoples should benefit from the resources taken from their traditional lands. “That’s been a principle that we’ve held for many, many, many years. And we feel that should we form government, we should actually live up to that principle and begin to change the circumstances,” Horwath says.

The loss of revenue has been accounted for in the party platform, Horwath says, and will be largely made up by raising taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

Production ramping up again at Sudbury Vale’s Coleman Mine – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – April 11, 2018)

Spring may still seem postponed, but work has finally resumed at Coleman Mine in Levack. Operations were suspended before Christmas for repairs to an underground ventilation compartment, idling many workers on temporary layoff.

That was initially supposed to last just a month or two; instead, the shutdown dragged on nearly five months. Now, however, it’s business as usual at the Vale facility.

“The entire workforce is back at the mine working on regular shifts,” said Angie Robson, manager of corporate and aboriginal affairs, in a message to The Star. She said employees were called back in mid-March for training and crews are now “performing value-added work in the orebodies, with production ramping up later this week.” Continue Reading →

Noront eager for start of Ring of Fire road construction – Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 10, 2018)

First Nation community takes partial stake in mining company in share deal

Noront Resources, the largest claim holder in the Ring of Fire, said it’s doing its part to expedite road development into the mineral-rich Far North.

The Toronto mine developer also announced on April 10 that one of its First Nation community partners is now officially a part owner of the company.

Since the province announced last summer that it was starting the design and environmental work before the start of building two access road corridors into the Ring of Fire, Noront said it’s been pitching in to help area First Nation communities better understand what’s coming by making environmental assessment and engineering studies available to residents. The company hopes it will move the permitting process along. Continue Reading →

‘Deep will be the new norm’ — Glencore spends $1B to find new ore beneath Sudbury – by Erik White (CBC News Sudbury – April 5, 2018)

First ore expected in about 4 years, with full production by 2025

Glencore is spending nearly $1 billion to mine new ore underneath Sudbury. The Onaping Depth project was announced at the same time as Vale revealed plans to go ahead with its multi-million dollar expansion of Copper Cliff Mine, also known as “Copper Cliff Deep.”

“I think deep will be the new norm and certainly in Sudbury, that’s where the future lies,” said Peter Xavier, Glencore vice-president of Sudbury operations.

The deposit is located 2,500 metres beneath the mothballed Craig Mine in Onaping and was found in the 1990s. Xavier says it’s taken years of planning to figure out how to mine safely and economically at that low level. Continue Reading →

Conference aims to build interest in prospecting (CBC News Thunder Bay – April 4, 2018)

Ontario Prospectors Exploration Showcase running this week in Thunder Bay

About 500 mining industry workers are expected to be at Thunder Bay’s Valhalla Inn this week for the annual Ontario Prospectors Exploration Showcase.

The three-day event — running Tuesday, April 3 to Thursday, April 5 — will include guest speakers, a trade show and awards banquets, all with the overall goal of building interest in prospecting, said Garry Clark, executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association.

“The biggest thing we can hope is that some of these people that come here either get interested in becoming a prospector, or interested in prospecting, or that prospectors hook up with companies that they can sell their properties to,” Clark said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

Residents, cottagers in Ontario’s Muskoka region fight quarry proposal near unique Skeleton Lake – by John Lorinc (Globe and Mail – April 2, 2018)

When Jessica Dixon first heard about a 58-hectare quarry proposed for a patch of bush near Skeleton Lake and her farm, west of Huntsville, Ont., she began worrying about the sound of blasting and the dust kicked up by the operation.

But her main concern was the steady stream of heavy gravel trucks that would rumble by the home she shares with her husband and four young children. “It’s a busy and difficult road,” the 37-year-old Ms. Dixon said.

Last year, Ms. Dixon joined several hundred local residents and Skeleton Lake cottagers in what’s become a fierce local campaign to halt the quarry − a medium-sized independent operation owned by investor Frank Lippa, based in Woodbridge, Ont. Continue Reading →

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

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 →

Future looks bright for Sudbury mining – by Brian Bigger (Sudbury Star – April 1, 2018)

Brian Bigger is the Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury.

I would like to provide an update to the community on my very productive and successful trip to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference at the beginning of last month.

PDAC, as always, is an opportunity for companies working in all aspects of mining to come together, showcase what they have been working on to government representatives, stakeholders and investors. This year in particular showed great signs of enthusiasm in the industry and once again Greater Sudbury’s presence was very prominent in the mining world.

In fact, more than 80 companies and organizations from Greater Sudbury were on display and approximately 750 Sudburians were in attendance. Representatives from around the world were amongst the 25,000 attendees. Continue Reading →

Greens back chromite smelter, with conditions – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – March 28, 2018)

Manufacturing of laminated wood timbers would be one way to boost the economy of the North, said Ontario’s Green Party leader Tuesday, while admiring a building constructed of that very material.

“We’re sitting on a gold mine here if we start utilizing new technologies and advanced manufacturing,” said Mike Schreiner, after a tour of the McEwen School of Architecture. “If you want to talk about a climate change solution, wood buildings are great because they have so much embodied energy in them and the trees store carbon emissions.”

Wood construction is also less energy-intensive than cement, he added, as the latter generates a lot of greenhouse gases in its manufacture. Schreiner said he could picture a series of plants in Northern Ontario that could produce cross-laminate timber — which utilizes wood that would otherwise go to waste — for the construction of prefabricated buildings across the province and even farther afield. Continue Reading →

High hopes for Côté Gold Project: IAMGOLD project manager talks progress, latest findings at planned Gogama-area gold mine – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – March 27, 2018)

If all goes well, there could be an open-pit gold mine near Gogama by the year 2021. And the project manager with IAMGOLD credits their progress to careful planning, doing their due diligence, and successful negotiations with neighbouring communities.

Steven Bowles gave a presentation on the progress of the project at the monthly Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining on March 22 at Dynamic Earth.

He told a packed house the company and its partner Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., are pleased with their progress and findings and are getting a lot of interest from companies hoping to be a part of the project. Continue Reading →

Demolition of Sudbury iron ore plant to be complete by year’s end, says Vale – by Arron Pickard (Northern Ontario Business – March 26, 2018)

Going green has many benefits, especially when it results in significant cost savings ranging in the millions. Vale will save about $6 million by recycling most of the scrap metal that will be left over once the Copper Cliff iron ore recovery plant is demolished.

The original price tag was just over $8 million, but the contractor who will demolish the facility will take the scrap metal for recycling purposes, cutting the cost down to just over $2 million, said Angie Robson, spokesperson for Vale.

Demolition work began in August 2017 and it will be completed by the end of this year, she said. The plant operated from the mid-1950s until the mid-1980s. Continue Reading →