Archive | Ontario Mining

NEWS RELEASE: New Coalition says East-West route to Ring of Fire needed now (March 5, 2019)

(Toronto, March 5, 2019) – The East-West Ring of Fire Road Coalition (EWRFC) is a new organization at the world’s largest mining conference, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference (#PDAC2019) advocating for an “East – West road” to access the Ring of Fire.

The EWRFC contends this route will benefit the greatest number of Ontario communities, providing all-season road access, increasing the range of economic opportunities associated with the Ring of Fire – a massive deposit of the mineral chromite, with an estimate value of $60 billion.

The EWRFC was conceived to represent municipalities, First Nation communities and businesses in Northwestern Ontario supporting the construction of a four-season access road into the Far North. Which will build on the current success of First Nation businesses in Sioux Lookout. Continue Reading →

Eabametoong chief skips mining conference citing government silence on Ring of Fire (CBC News Thunder Bay – March 6, 2019)

Elizabeth Atlookan says she’s disillusioned with the state of negotiations with Ontario

The annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention wraps up in Toronto Wednesday, but one First Nations leader says she gave it a pass this year.

Eabametoong chief Elizabeth Atlookan typically attended the event because it was a forum for meetings between Matawa chiefs and government officials, sometimes regarding the Ring of Fire, she said in a release posted March 1 on the community’s web site.

But the Progressive Conservative government of Doug Ford has failed to respond to repeated requests to continue meeting with the chiefs since coming to power in June of last year, she said. Continue Reading →

This commodity is hitting record highs. Here’s how Canadian investors can profit from it – by Brenda Bouw (Globe and Mail – March 4, 2019)

A recent surge in the price of palladium, a precious metal primarily used to help lower vehicle emissions, has investors looking at how to play the sector to potentially reap future gains.

The spot price for the metal hit a record high of US$1,565.09 on Tuesday amid threats of a strike at a number of mines in South Africa, one of the world’s top palladium-producing countries. A work stoppage would further reduce the supply of the commodity which is already tight as demand for the metal continues to increase. While the price of palladium has retreated from its high earlier in the week, it has increased by more than 20 per cent so far this year.

About 85 per cent of palladium production goes toward manufacturing catalytic converters, which help to reduce emissions from automotive exhaust. Demand has soared amid tightening emissions standards around the world, particularly in emerging markets. Continue Reading →

‘They’ve lost it’: Ontario falls sharply in ranking of mining jurisdictions – by Geoffrey Morgan (Financial Post – February 28, 2019)

Ongoing delays in developing the Ring of Fire mineral deposit is one issue hindering the province’s ability ‘to unlock its considerable mineral potential’

Once the biggest destination for mining investments in Canada, Ontario now ranks among the least attractive provinces in the country, according to a new survey of the global mining industry.

The Fraser Institute published its yearly survey of mining companies on investment perceptions Thursday, which showed Ontario had fallen from the seventh most attractive destination worldwide to 20th place. Canada’s most populous province also ranks ninth out of 12 jurisdictions in Canada ahead of only Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta, while Prince Edward Island was not ranked.

“In Ontario, we see a decline in investor perception, including over geology,” Fraser Institute senior policy analyst Ashley Stedman said, adding the province could improve its poor ranking with regulatory reforms and by making progress on Indigenous land claims. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Uncover the gripping history of Ontario’s gold mining industry in NORTHERN GOLD


World premiere March 6 at 9 pm ET on TVO and

February 27, 2019 (Toronto, ON) - From Alibi Entertainment and producer, director, and writer Catie Lamer, TVO Original Northern Gold shines a light on Canada’s complex history of mining, its current effects on the economy, politics and environment, and the shadowy business of high-grading (the theft and smuggling of millions of dollars in gold).

“Many people are probably unaware of Timmins’ own Gold Rush – a part of Ontario’s legacy that is seemingly forgotten – not by all, but by many,” says Lamer. “This once-famous working town is now facing an identity crisis – like many towns in Canada built on the back of one industry.”

“Gold is one of the most scrutinized commodities in markets around the world, and the history of gold is frequently romanticized,” says John Ferri, Vice President TVO Current Affairs and Documentaries. ” Northern Gold gives a voice to the people who are rarely heard from – those directly involved in extracting it.” Continue Reading →

[Consolidate Ontario’s Mine Engineering Programs at Laurentian] OPINION: Three wishes for the North: number two – by David Robinson (Northern Ontario Business – February 28, 2019)

Ontario needs Northern development, but the way it plays its major pieces is stuck in the 20th century.

Greg Rickford, minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, emphasized investing in people and technologies. For Northern development, that means investing in people and technologies in the North.

Last month I asked what to ask for if Premier Doug Ford gives us just three wishes. For wish one, I suggested that we lobby for a cross-laminated timber industry. For wish two, I suggest we ask for brains. I’m not saying we don’t have brains. I’m suggesting the research and educational facilities that support our Northern industries should be located in the North.

Right now, the province takes tax money from Northern Ontario taxes and buys brains for universities in the south. For example, of the three Ontario universities offering mining engineering programming – Laurentian, Queen’s and Toronto – two are in southern universities, hundreds of kilometres from where the mining happens. Continue Reading →

Environmental assessment starts on Ring of Fire supply road – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – February 28, 2019)

Webequie, SNC-Lavalin prepare study outline for airport-to-exploration camp route

The first step in a provincial environmental assessment (EA) of a supply road to the Ring of Fire is underway. Webequie First Nation, the community closest to the Far North mineral deposits, has initiated the EA study of a permanent road running from Webequie’s airport to the fly-in exploration camps near McFaulds Lake in the James Bay lowlands.

The length of the proposed road is 107 kilometres. According to a document posted Jan. 25 on a community road project web page, the EA’s terms of reference (ToR) are being prepared, which basically outlines the framework and the work plan for the study.

The ToR will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for review this spring. The actual environmental assessment, slated to start this year, is a three-year process. Continue Reading →

Ford government proposes to scrap controversial law placing ‘restrictions’ on development in northern Ontario – by Fatima Syed (National Observer – February 26, 2019)

The grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is cautiously welcoming a proposal by Premier Doug Ford’s government to repeal a 2010 law that his nation viewed as a form of colonialism.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler made the comments after Premier Doug Ford’s government announced a public consultation to repeal the Far North Act, legislation adopted by the former provincial Liberal government that gave First Nations some control over development in their traditional territories.

The government said on Monday that it was proposing to repeal the law with the aim of “reducing red tape and restrictions on important economic development projects” in the northern part of the province, including the Ring of Fire, all-season roads and electrical transmission projects. Continue Reading →

Ontario Energy Minister tells Senate committee Bill C-69 skewed against economic productivity – by Shawn McCarthy (Globe and Mail – February 26, 2019)

The federal government’s environmental assessment legislation falls far short of achieving a proper balance between economic development and protection for the environment, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford told a Senate committee.

Mr. Rickford appeared late on Tuesday before the Senate committee that is reviewing the Liberal government’s Bill C-69, which overhauls how Ottawa reviews major resource and other development projects.

“We’re concerned with an omnibus type of environmental legislation that has the potential to significantly increase the amount of time these processes take, and we think … [is not] weighted sufficiently in favour of the economic productivity and activity that can arise from these projects,” Mr. Rickford said in an interview. “To the extent that Bill C-69 imposes lengthier processes, that’s not an appealing option for us. We don’t support it.” Continue Reading →

NAN lauds move to repeal Far North Act (Timmins Daily Press – February 27, 2019)

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is applauding the Government of Ontario’s plan to repeal the Far North Act.

“We strongly oppose the Far North Act and are encouraged that Ontario is taking a second look at this controversial legislation,” Fiddler said in a statement. “The Act was enacted without meaningful consultation to legislate our territory under the control of the province and threatens the inherent, treaty and Aboriginal rights of our people.”

“Ontario does not have free reign to do as it pleases in the Far North, and we will defend our right to control development so that the wealth from our lands benefits our people and the growth of our Nation. We welcome the opportunity to engage with the province, but any process must begin with government-to-government dialogue in our traditional territories. We are prepared to facilitate a consultative process for the development of the lands and resources in NAN territory. Continue Reading →

Introducing our new publication: ‘The Drift’ – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – February 26, 2019)

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Let us introduce you to Northern Ontario Business’ newest publication, The Drift. This 60-page, glossy magazine highlights the innovative work of the Northern Ontario mining service and supply sector.

In its pages we tell the stories behind the leading-edge companies, state-of-the-art products, and passionate, hardworking people that contribute to what is a $6-billion industry in Ontario.

Readers can find this publication at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase during the 2019 convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), being held March 3-6, 2019, in Toronto. Continue Reading →

Sharing the natural wealth: Through industry partnerships, Wabun Tribal Council has the recipe for producing resilient communities – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – February 25, 2019)

Wabun Tribal Council executive director Jason Batise recalls a conversation with a provincial negotiator on a resource revenue sharing model that the former Wynne government planned to carry into the 2018 provincial election.

During a break, the senior bureaucrat took him aside and confided that these talks represented a “crowning achievement” in his professional career. “I’ve been in the public service for 25 years and this is the best thing I’ve ever done,” recalled Batise.

When it goes into effect this fall, the series of agreements between the province and 32 First Nations, including six from Wabun, enables them to receive 40 per cent of the annual mining tax and royalties from existing mines in areas covered by the agreements, 45 per cent from future mines, and 45 per cent of forestry stumpage. Continue Reading →

Confidence abounds over Ring of Fire development – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – February 22, 2019)

NORONT CEO tells Sudbury audience ore could be mined from Eagle’s Nest by 2024

If all goes well, the first load of ore concentrate could be coming out of the Ring of Fire by 2024. But before that, a lot of variables need to be addressed. Most critically, government commitment to funding and permitting, as well as smelter selection and road construction.

Even then, Alan Coutts said Noront Resources has contingency plans for several scenarios. Even taking ore processing out of province, if need be.

He gave an audience gathered for the Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s annual Winterlude event an update on where the corporation is at in their plan on Feb. 21. Continue Reading →

Kirkland Lake expects a million ounces in 2019 – by Staff ( – February 21, 2019)

Canada’s Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX. NYSE: KL) announced today that management increased its consolidated three-year production guidance and improved its unit-cost guidance for 2019.

In a press release, the miner explained that there is potential for a million ounces in 2019 as guidance was increased to 920,000 – 1,000,000 ounces from the previously announced 740,000 – 800,000 ounces.

For next year, Kirkland Lake said guidance would be 930,000 – 1,010,000 ounces and for 2021 995,000 – 1,055,000 ounces. Continue Reading →

Timmins Bell Creek shaft delivers immediate benefits, enhanced opportunities – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – February 13, 2019)

The new shaft at Bell Creek Mine has been in operation since December, and management with Tahoe Resources Canada say the increase in productivity has been immediate.

The new shaft at Bell Creek Mine has been in operation since December, and management with Tahoe Resources Canada say the increase in productivity has been immediate.

“We currently are down to 1,200 metres below surface with our ramp but it’s become uneconomic to do that with trucks,” Peter Van Alphen, vice-president of operations for Tahoe Canada, who was in Timmins Tuesday for the official opening of the Bell Creek shaft.

“We’ve now taken the shaft down to a thousand (1,080) meters and that creates a whole new environment for us here at Bell Creek … Productivity will go up, costs will come down and we can increase our production rate.” Continue Reading →