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IBM’s Watson takes a deep look at Red Lake: Goldcorp using artificial intelligence analytics to hunt for gold – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – November 26, 2018)

IBM’s Watson supercomputer is being employed to help look for gold in northwestern Ontario’s Red Lake mining camp. Goldcorp and the U.S. tech giant have teamed up for an “innovative first” with a new product – IBM Exploration with Watson – that employs artificial intelligence to predict the potential for gold mineralization using exploration data sets from the company’s Red Lake Gold Mines.

A Nov. 26 Goldcorp news release said IBM Exploration with Watson help geologists find key information in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods through the use of spatial analytics, machine learning, and predictive models.

“The potential to radically accelerate exploration target identification combined with significantly improved hit rates on economic mineralization has the potential to drive a step-change in the pace of value growth in the industry,” said Todd White, Goldcorp’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer in a Nov. 26 statement. Continue Reading →

McEwen invests in explorer Great Bear – by Mariaan Web ( – August 27, 2018)

Precious metals miner McEwen Mining and its chief owner Rob McEwen will invest a combined C$6-million in Ontario explorer Great Bear Resources, which last week announced a high-grade gold discovery in the Red Lake district.

Rob McEwen has agreed to purchase $4.8-million and McEwen Mining $1.2-million of the TSX-V-listed exploration company’s private placement financing to raise C$10-million. The private placement, announced on Friday, is priced at C$1.45 a unit.

On completion, the two entities will collectively own 18.8% of Great Bear, which Rob McEwen believes could be onto a “significant new gold discovery” in one of Canada’s premier mining camps. Continue Reading →

[Ontario Gold mining history] The Red Lake Marines – by Leslie Roberts (MACLEAN’S Magazine – November 15, 1937)

Freighting that ties up the air lanes with ice and water routes is a big job

BILL COOK, transportation executive at the Red Lake base, said, “If you’re all set, let’s get going.” The mechanic cast off from the dock. The pilot gunned the motor. The ship taxied out into clear water, nosed into the wind, raced over the choppy surface, stepped into the air.

Behind us the town of Red Lake faded toward the northern horizon a town of 900 people who live in virtually the same circumstances of creature comfort as may be found in Aurora or Orillia, excepting the absence of railroads or motor highways. Back in Red Lake, nattily uniformed waitresses were spreading white damask and spotless silver on the tables in the hotel dining room; guests were debating politics and the stock market in deep armchairs in the lobby.

Around the streets youngsters were wondering if this Infantry Paralelasis, or whatever it is, would mean longer holidays, the way it did in Toronto. Their mothers were plugging electric-iron cords into wall sockets, buying steaks down at the shops along the Main Street sidewalk, talking bridge, tennis, plans for the coming badminton season with their neighbors. Continue Reading →

Back to the drawing board: Rubicon outlines its Red Lake exploration program – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – January 10, 2017)

New management at Rubicon Minerals promise a more thorough, responsible and transparent approach toward getting its shuttered Phoenix Gold Project back on track. The would-be Red Lake miner provided the details on its exploration plans over the next two years on Jan. 10.

“We have finalized the details of our 18- to 24-month exploration program that will advance our understanding of the F2 Gold Deposit at the Phoenix Gold Project,” said Rubicon president-CEO George Ogilvie in a news release.

Coming out of creditor protection and refinancing, Rubicon is out to restore investor confidence and attempt to shake off its reputation as one of Northern Ontario’s biggest mining blunders. Continue Reading →

Restructuring the shaft of shame: Rubicon Minerals aims to start anew in 2017 – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – December 20, 2016)

An Ontario court has approved a restructuring plan to revive a shuttered gold mine development in northwestern Ontario.

Rubicon Minerals was granted a sanction order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Dec. 8, to approve the Toronto-based mine developer’s refinancing and restructuring plan for its Phoenix Gold project near Red Lake. The company sought protection from its creditors on Oct. 20. Ernst & Young was appointed as the monitor.

A majority of the affected creditors had earlier voted to approve the plan on Dec. 2. Rubicon announced Dec. 20 that the restructuring process was complete and that the company has been notified by the TSX that its common shares will remain listed on the TSX under the symbol RMX. Rubicon shares will resume trading on Dec. 22. Continue Reading →

Abandoned mine tailings threaten Pickle Lake development – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – May 27, 2016)

Pickle Lake Mayor Karl Hopf said his northwestern community is being “handcuffed” by a one-size-fits-all provincial policy that’s stonewalling future development. Drafting a new Official Plan for the township of 425 has stirred the pot on a four-decades-old environmental legacy issue that’s resulted in a standoff between the municipality and three provincial ministries.

Red flags have been raised from the presence of arsenic in old surface tailings from a mine that closed in the 1950s. It’s caused the province to curb any new development along a highway corridor that the municipality wants to set aside for business opportunities.

The township is now at loggerheads with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in refusing to sign off on a new Official Plan until the province finally commits to remediating the site. “For 40 years, they keep saying it’s a health issue,” said Hopf. “Well, let’s fix it.” Continue Reading →

Rubicon Minerals Corp warns ‘significant doubt’ it can survive after breaching loan – by Peter Koven (Financial Post – March 23, 2016)

TORONTO — Rubicon Minerals Corp. is at risk of collapse after breaching a debt covenant and halting its high-profile Ontario gold project due to technical problems.

The junior miner announced Tuesday that there is “significant doubt” it can continue as a going concern because of its debt, and may have to seek creditor protection.

To stay onside with the terms of its loan facility, Toronto-based Rubicon needed to have its Phoenix mine up and running by now. That has not happened. Rubicon had to halt development work at the Red Lake-based project last year after getting underground and realizing that the geology was far more complex than it initially thought. Continue Reading →

Rubicon Minerals Corp shares plunge as miner slashes its gold resources by 88% – by Peter Koven (National Post – January 12, 2016)

Junior miner Rubicon Minerals Corp. has slashed its gold resources by an astounding 88 per cent, confirming the company will go down as one of the worst Canadian mining meltdowns in years.

The stock plunged 64 per cent on Monday, closing at 5 cents, as this news crushed any remaining investor confidence in the formerly high-flying company. Rubicon has hired financial advisors to try to salvage value for shareholders, but there is little confidence that they will succeed.

“We’re very disappointed, as management and the board, at what’s transpired,” interim chief executive Michael Winship said on a conference call.

Toronto-based Rubicon was one of the hottest junior mining stories of the past decade, but the company made fatal errors while developing its Phoenix gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake camp. Continue Reading →

What went wrong at Rubicon Minerals, one of the biggest junior mining meltdowns in years – by Peter Koven (National Post – December 1, 2015)

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Even before its meltdown, investors watching Rubicon Minerals Corp. could see some troubling warning signs.

Everything seemed fine on the surface. The company said in April that it was on track for first gold production at its Phoenix project in Northern Ontario in mid-2015. And in June, it did indeed pour its first gold.

Yet at the same time, Toronto-based Rubicon was saying very little in what should be a busy period. Its second quarter financials, which were filed to SEDAR in August with a press release, showed the company spent tens of millions more than expected in the quarter, leading some analysts to wonder what was going on. Sources said they had trouble getting detailed answers from the company. Continue Reading →

AUDIO: Mine closure in Red Lake, Ont., surprises mining economist (CBC News Thunder Bay – Novemeber 5, 2015)

New strategy required for gold extraction, Lakehead postdoctural fellow says

The news of a temporary closure at the Rubicon Minerals mine in Red Lake, Ont., came unexpectedly to one mining economist at the Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Mining at Lakehead University.

The shutdown of the mine is leaving 330 workers without a job in the northern Ontario town with 5,000 residents.

In a paper highlighting key mining developments, Karl Skogstad said the Rubicon mine was one of the more promising projects in northern Ontario.

“That came as a bit of a surprise to me,” Skogstad said. “That was one of the two projects that we said, ‘this is going to open, you know, relatively on schedule, and it’s doing well.'”

The volatile price of gold is presenting challenges to companies such as Rubicon, he added. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Underground Activities Temporarily Suspended at the Phoenix Gold Project; Rubicon to Enhance Its Geological Model and Develop an Implementation Plan

Rubicon Minerals First Gold Pour: June 2015 from Rubicon Minerals on Vimeo.

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 3, 2015) – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX:RMX)(NYSE MKT:RBY) (“Rubicon” or the “Company”) today announced it is moving to suspend underground activities at the Phoenix Gold Project (the “Project”) while it enhances its geological model of the F2 Gold Deposit and develops a project implementation plan.

“We believe in the potential of the Phoenix Gold Project,” said Michael Winship, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Rubicon. “We have high-grade gold mineralization with extensive infrastructure, in one of the top producing gold camps in the world. Similar to other high-grade, narrow-vein, underground gold deposits, the geology can be quite challenging and requires additional analysis to be fully understood. During the trial stoping period, we have discovered that the F2 Gold Deposit is much more geologically complex compared to our understanding of it from historical drilling.” Continue Reading →

Rubicon Minerals shares plunge on Phoenix gold project suspension – by Peter Koven (National Post – November 4, 2015)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

The meltdown at Rubicon Minerals Corp. highlights the risk of building a gold mine without getting to know the deposit as well as possible.

The Toronto-based miner’s shares plunged as much as 68 per cent on Tuesday after it halted underground development of the Phoenix gold project. Rubicon said it needs to do further work to understand the deposit in order to mine it most effectively.

“We believe there is considerable room for improvement in the development of the Phoenix gold project,” interim chief executive Michael Winship said on a conference call. He added that it is a complex, narrow-vein deposit that is more difficult to mine than surface drilling suggested. The company is now studying a mix of possible mining methods.

The stock closed down 55 per cent at 26 cents Tuesday. The problem, experts said, is that Rubicon may have identified these problems much sooner if it hadn’t moved so quickly. Continue Reading →

Filmmaker goes home to document Red Lake mining life – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – June 30, 2015)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North. Ian Ross is the editor of Northern Ontario Business [email protected].

Abudding Toronto filmmaker has paid an artistic and captivating tribute to his hometown of Red Lake with the release of his first feature-length documentary.

Cliff Caines’ 78-minute film, “A Rock and a Hard Place,” is a nostalgic and critical portrait of a resource-dependent town built upon some of the world’s richest gold deposits.

Under the umbrella of his production company, Headframe Films, the documentary received an honourable mention at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver this past May.

The catalyst for the project was in 2010 when he got wind of rumours that Goldcorp was evaluating the possibility of digging up entire subdivisions of Balmertown, a small community within Red Lake where he grew up, to convert the land into a huge open pit. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp, Wabauskang sign agreement – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – January 30, 2015)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North.

Goldcorp and Wabauskang First Nation have signed a collaboration agreement that paves the way for long-term economic benefits for the northwestern Ontario First Nation.

The new agreement, which marks Goldcorp’s sixth First Nation partnership in Canada, provides a framework for strengthened collaboration in the development and operations of Red Lake Gold Mines. A signing ceremony was held Jan. 29 in Wabauskang, located about 100 kilometres south of Red Lake.

Goldcorp now has collaboration agreements in place with all of the First Nations which assert Aboriginal and treaty rights in the vicinity of its active operations in Canada: Red Lake Gold Mines, Musselwhite Mine, Porcupine Gold Mines and Éléonore Mine.

“This new agreement is about so much more than economic benefits,” said Brent Bergeron, Goldcorp’s executive vice-president of corporate affairs and sustainability, in a news release. “It’s about long-term partnership, open dialogue and shared prosperity. It demonstrates our company’s ongoing commitment to develop Northern Ontario’s natural resources in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way, and will bring well-deserved recognition to the people of Wabauskang.” Continue Reading →

Underground entrepreneurs: Red Lake miners now members of small business cells operating with more autonomy – by Alexandra Lopez-Pacheco (CIM Magazine – November 2014)

Last fall Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine was organized conventionally, with teams reporting to supervisors who in turn reported to a general foreman. With a wicket system in place, employees arriving for their shift lined up to receive their assignment from their supervisor for the day, taking them to different parts of the mine. It was a hierarchical approach that managers had determined was less than ideal.

To build the foundation for a more employee-driven organization, Red Lake management chose to reorganize operations into 14 different cells – or business units – each comprising between 10 and 15 members. Each cell is assigned dedicated resources that include equipment, labour and support of organizational structures. And each one handles its own accounting and metrics.

“Essentially, we set up each cell to act as an independent small business,” says Bob MacDonald, operations manager at Red Lake. “Collectively, we get to learn from the best practices of each unit, and independently, each unit is best equipped to deal with its own unique operating conditions. It’s a win-win.”

The planning process for the new organizational structure took three months, carried out by a team made up of a general foreman and a technical services representative as well as Trevor Krawchyk, Goldcorp’s operations excellence manager. They also worked closely with daily supervisor and technical teams to revise and fine-tune every aspect of the plan. Continue Reading →