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Chile’s mining waste poses silent threat to humans on multiple fronts (Channel News Asia – July 25, 2019)

For every ton of minerals extracted, 30 tonnes of mining waste are generated.
With 1.5 million tons of residue created per day, Chile is the world leader in
mining waste.

REQUINOA, Chile: From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbour an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country’s mining industry, are ticking time bombs.

Mines are the pillar of Chile’s economy, but their byproducts – which accumulate in ravines, mountain areas, river beds and reservoirs, and which are often used to create tailings dams, pose a handful of problems for surrounding inhabitants.

Apart from the environmental threat, the recent collapse of two Brazilian dams that killed hundreds of people has triggered alarm in Chile, which produces approximately a third of the world’s copper. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: VRIFY Partners With Kirkland Lake Gold to Launch the KL Gold Deal Room

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TORONTO, June 24, 2019 /CNW/ – VRIFY Technology Inc. is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Kirkland Lake Gold to launch the KL Gold Deal Room, a new online corporate development initiative that enhances the process of identifying and evaluating potential investment opportunities.

The initiative utilizes the VRIFY Deal Room platform, a cloud-based 3D presentation and collaboration technology that helps strategic investors and growth-oriented companies, like Kirkland Lake Gold, identify new opportunities to complement existing asset portfolios.

The launch of the KL Gold Deal Room supports Kirkland Lake Gold’s objective to deploy its capital and technical expertise to make new discoveries, develop new mines, secure future gold resources and continue to responsibly deliver value to its shareholders. Kirkland Lake Gold has outlined a simple set of criteria for assets which have the potential to complement its growth strategy and will consider possible strategic investments, joint ventures and M&A opportunities. Using the KL Gold Deal Room, companies with assets that require capital, and meet these criteria, are invited to make online submissions to the KL Gold Deal Room using one standardized format that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Continue Reading →

Blowback to the word genocide proves the national inquiry report was right – by Tanya Talaga (Toronto Star – June 12, 2019)

I should have anticipated the blowback to the final report of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

I should have realized as I listened to question after question from non-Indigenous journalists during the formal release how much the pushback would hurt, that Indigenous people would be reminded, once again, of the great gulf of misunderstanding between ourselves and Canada.

I should have realized that the inquiry’s finding that Indigenous peoples are the victims of a “race-based” genocide empowered by colonial structures would be mocked by pundits in the media. After all, the media is among those colonial structures. My profession has been complicit in the suffering of Indigenous people. It still is. Continue Reading →

The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 138: Indigenous People as ‘Resource Rulers’ in Canada ft Bill Gallagher – part 1 (Northern Miner – May 17, 2019)

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This episode features the first of a two-part conversation with strategist, lawyer and author Bill Gallagher on the topic of Canada’s Indigenous People and their land rights, and how that relates to resource development in the country.

Bill is the author of two popular books on the topic: the recently published Resource Reckoning: a Strategist’s Guide from A to Z and the 2012 milestone Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources.

To buy the books and for more information, visit and find him on Twitter at @ResourceRulers. Continue Reading →

[Ontario 1950s Uranium Boom] The Hunch that’ll pay off in Billions – by Leslie Roberts (MACLEAN’S Magazine – March 19, 1955)

This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on March 19, 1955.

The Hunch that’ll pay off in Billions

They scoffed at Franc Joubin when he insisted Algoma was rich in uranium. But, after a secret staking rush that reads like fiction, his colossal finds are now sparking the world’s biggest uranium mines and his theories have started a stampede from coast to coast

IN MID-MAY 1953 a mysterious expedition took off from South Porcupine in northern Ontario. Its members were a dozen geologists and mining engineers, eighty prospectors and, of all people, several young lawyers. The planes carried more than fifty tents, as many geiger counters, a hundred axes and other bush gear and several tons of food.

The planes took off at irregular intervals and headed north—a touch of cloak-and-dagger designed to confuse the curious. Most of them made several flights. As soon as settled areas were left behind, they turned southwest on compass bearings that carried them two hundred and fifty miles into the Algoma country, midway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, just north of Lake Huron. Some of the parties landed on lakes within an outfielder’s throw of the CPR Soo Line and the hard-surfaced Trans-Canada highway. Continue Reading →


Leaders in Mineral Exploration and Mine Development to be Recognized at AME Roundup Awards Gala

Vancouver, B.C. – December 6, 2018 – The Association for Mineral Exploration (“AME”) is proud to announce its 2018 Celebration of Excellence Award winners. Leaders will be recognized for their significant efforts and contribution to the industry at the renowned AME Awards Gala on January 30 during the AME Roundup 2019 conference. Tickets are available through registration at

Commenting on the Award Winners success, ‘Lyn Anglin, Chair of the AME Board of Directors, said;

“Congratulations to the industry leaders who are receiving AME’s 2018 awards. I am honoured to commend each winner for their momentous contributions to our industry, paving the way for its future beneficiaries. The theme of AME’s 2019 Roundup conference is ‘Elements for Discovery’ and these individuals and teams, through their remarkable efforts in elements of exploration, development and outreach, have generated discoveries and advancements which will bring benefits to the many diverse communities throughout British Columbia and Canada. The Awards Gala at Roundup is a chance for us all to recognize and rejoice in their accomplishments.”

This year’s Award Winners are: Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Saskatchewan 2nd most attractive jurisdiction worldwide for mining investment; Quebec and Ontario also in global top 10 (February 22, 2018)

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CALGARY—Saskatchewan is the world’s second most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment after Finland, according to the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Rich mineral reserves, competitive taxes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty around environmental regulations will still attract significant investment—even with slumping commodity prices,” said Kenneth Green, senior director of the Fraser Institute’s energy and natural resource studies.

This year’s survey of mining executives rates 91 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and the extent to which government policies encourage or deter exploration and investment. Continue Reading →

Mining Watch News Release: Class Action Against Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold: Malartic Fight Continues

Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal—27 October 2017. Over 200 community members, families, and property and business owners are still fighting Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold over the impacts from the Canadian Malartic gold mine – the biggest open pit mine located on the edge of a community in Canada. The case will be before the Quebec Superior Court today, in Val d’Or.

“We are quite concerned about Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold’s response to this suit. They appear to be willing to spend more money on isolating and wearing out affected community members rather than swiftly and responsibly resolving the conflict through a mediation or arbitration process,” states Ugo Lapointe, Canada Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada.

“The current approach taken by both Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold is not meeting the best practices and standards.” Continue Reading →

[Mine Tailings Storage Safety] NEWS RELEASE: UN Body Urges Mining Companies To Put Safety First

London Mining Network – MiningWatch Canada
Earthworks – Amnesty International Canada

New UNEP report “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident” finds mining waste dams threaten people and the environment

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London-Washington-Ottawa, 23 October 2017. An international coalition of non-governmental organizations welcomes the new Assessment Report Summary released last week in Geneva by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges States and the industry to end deadly and damaging mining waste spills by enforcing a “zero-failure objective.”

The joint UNEP-GRID Arendal assessment, “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident,” highlights over 40 mining waste failures over the last decade, including eight ‘significant’ spills since 2014 alone. These failures have killed some 341 people since 2008, damaged hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affected drinking water sources, and jeopardized the livelihoods of many communities. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Osisko Sponsors Search for Avro Arrow Artifacts


Canada 150 Project to Find and Recover Lost Arrow Free Flight Models

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 14, 2017) – Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) (“Osisko” or the “Corporation”) is proud to announce that it is a participating sponsor in the search for and recovery of nine Avro Arrow free flight models launched over Lake Ontario in series of tests during 1954 – 1957.

The models are one-eighth scale replicas of the famed flying jet, and were part of the final flight design test work done prior to the production of the CF-105 Arrow. The goal of the search is to discover the resting place of the nine models, recover and ultimately house them at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.

The search and recovery program is a Canada 150 collaborative effort spearheaded by OEX Recovery Group Incorporated, sponsored by Osisko group companies Osisko Mining Inc. and Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., in collaboration with their financial partners at National Bank, the Bank of Montreal, Canaccord Genuity, Maxit Capital, Eight Capital and Northfield Capital; the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Canadian Conservation Institute, and Bennett Jones LLP. Support for this project is also being provided by Scarlett Janusas Archaeology, Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and Canada Company. Continue Reading →