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[Timmins Cote Lake project] IAMGOLD set for restart – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – February 14, 2018)

TIMMINS – Timmins, Gogama, Mattagami First Nation and Sudbury are all expected to benefit from the creation of the North’s newest gold mine, the IAMGOLD Corporation Cȏté Lake project.

The property is located 27 kilometres south of Gogama and 132 kilometres south of Timmins. The company revealed Tuesday that ground-clearing is expected to happen there by this time next winter.

The construction phase could create as many as 1,200 jobs over two years with the operational phase having 400 to 500 jobs. It’s a brighter story now than it was back in August 2015 when IAMGOLD revealed it was temporarily suspending the project and laying off workers, going from 33 permanent employees down to two. Continue Reading →

Timmins team making final pitch to Noront – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – January 31, 2018)

TIMMINS – Team Timmins is in Toronto today hoping to bring good news the top executives of Noront Resources Ltd., the Canadian mining company that has the biggest claim in the Ring of Fire mining development.

Timmins is among four Northern Ontario communities that have responded to an official invitation from Noront on why their communities would be the best to host a new ferrochrome processing facility.

Along with Timmins, the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are responding to the same bid. Mayor Steve Black, also a mining engineer, who is part of the Timmins team, said he believes this city’s bid has advantages. Continue Reading →

TIMMINS HISTORY: What’s in a name? – by Karen Bachmann (Timmins Daily Press – January 28, 2018)

TIMMINS – Am I dating myself if I ask the following – do you remember some of the old K-Tel commercials that were featured about every five seconds on television in the 1970s?

And yes, they were repeated at a high rate because I still remember some of the commentary “Octavian! Edward Bear! April Wine!” followed by a list of hits that you just had to own (I don’t know why those three bands have remained embedded in my brain, but there it is).

The records were a success and an easy way for kids to buy music – albums were $4.99, tapes $5.99 (pricey for the time, but oh so worth it if you were a young person collecting hit music). I admit it – I still have a few of those gaudy albums – and if you are feeling nostalgic, a lot of those early ads are on YouTube (pretty dated but fun to watch – the production values are worth the search alone). Continue Reading →

2017 a record year for Tahoe gold production – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – January 19, 2018)

TIMMINS – Tahoe Resources Inc. is reporting record gold production for 2017 and the local mining operations at Bell Creek and Timmins West have made a significant contribution to that.

Tahoe this week reported 2017 gold production of 445,000 ounces, “achieving the high end of its annual gold production guidance range of 400,000 to 450,000 ounces, which was revised upward in September 2017,” said the company in a news release.

While most of the company’s gold production came from the La Arena mine in Peru, with 196,000 ounces in 2017, Timmins was close behind with 167,000 ounces of gold. The company’s third gold mining venue, the Shahuindo Mine, also in Peru, was third in production with 79,000 ounces. Continue Reading →

McEwan gearing up for ‘aggressive exploration’ – by Staff (Timmins Daily Press – January 20, 2018)

BLACK RIVER-MATHESON – McEwan Mining Inc. is about to embark on an aggressive exploration program for its recently acquired Black Fox property, formerly Primero Mining Corp. near Matheson.

McEwan completed the purchase of the Primero property in October in a $35-million deal. In a news release issued Wednesday, McEwan Mining said the acquisition and exploration program is aimed at increasing gold production and expanding the company’s resource base.

“A $10 million property-wide exploration program that will include approximately 330,000 feet (100,000 metres) of drilling is underway. The main objectives are to test for extensions of existing resources, follow-up on significant drill results, and to investigate new exploration targets,” said the release. Continue Reading →

The Dome School of Mines – by Kelsey Rolfe (CIM Magazine – December 20, 2017)

The mine near Timmins, Ontario has been a fixture on the Canadian mining scene for over a century. At the end of December miners there will work their last shift

The Hocevar family has worked at the Dome mine in the famous Timmins-Porcupine gold camp for nearly 70 years. Joseph joined up after emigrating from Slovenia in 1949, working as an underground miner, and was followed by his sons Edward, a maintenance supervisor, in 1981 and Bill, a mining engineer, in 1984. Edward will be the last Hocevar to work at Dome, which will close its doors and tunnels on Dec. 31.

The Hocevars are just one of many mining families that have long and deep ties to Dome. “There are families that have had multiple generations working at the mine from when it first opened,” said Bill Hocevar, who left Dome in 1992 and is now a business development superintendent at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. Continue Reading →

Timmins’ criminal past with gold headed for TV – by Emma Meldrum (Timmins Daily Press – January 15, 2018)

TIMMINS – Timmins’ criminal history with gold is on its way towards being featured in a two-part TV mini-series. Author Kevin Vincent announced last week that a television network – which won’t be named until the “docu-drama” is ready to air – has picked up the project, based on his books: Bootleg Gold, volumes one and two.

Vincent has come a long way since moving to Timmins 34 years ago, when he “wouldn’t know a gold mine if I tripped into one.” Today is a completely different story.

“There are literally thousands of stories that I’ve captured,” he said. “I have 17,000 pages of research. I’ve done dozens and dozens of hours of on-camera interviews with people that have been a part of that world. I have audio interviews with people I’ve interviewed that date back far into the 1930s. Notwithstanding that, even though I have the largest collection of these stories, it’s still a fraction of what’s out there.” Continue Reading →

HISTORY: Timely look-back at local pioneer prospectors – by Karen Bachmann (Timmins Daily Press – January 12, 2018)

TIMMINS – Jan. 8th marked the last day for “physically” staking a mining claim in Ontario. As part of the modernization of the mining act, Ontario will move to an on-line mining claim registration process.

Sure, we can’t stop progress; sure, we can’t live in the past; sure, we can’t blah, bah, blah. At the risk of sounding like some romanticized Luddite, the adventure that was prospecting and its impact on the development of Northern Ontario is now just another bit of history.

But that glamourized bit of our history is what seems to interest people; after all, tourists visit Dawson City, Cobalt and Timmins with the hope that they will somehow be able to relive those thrill-seeking times. And what exciting times they were… Continue Reading →

[Timmins Goldcorp] PGM aims to build larger milling facility – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – January 12, 2018)

TIMMINS – The skyline around the Dome Mine property is likely to see a dramatic change. With the recent closure of the Dome underground workings, the company is preparing to remove all the existing infrastructure and familiar surface buildings at that site.

Those changes were part of the presentation revealed to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce lunch event by Marc Lauzier Thursday. Lauzier is the mines general manager for Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM).

The chamber audience consisted mainly of mining supply and service representatives who seemed assured to hear that PGM is still in business as strongly as ever in the Porcupine Camp despite the Dome underground shutdown and especially with the prospect of the new Century Project. Continue Reading →

Timmins Sage Gold ramping up operations (Timmins Daily Press – January 9, 2018)

TIMMINS – Sage Gold Inc. the company that has 100% ownership of the Clavos Mine in Timmins, reports that its bulk sampling program has so far yielded almost 800 ounces of gold and expects to mill even more this month despite the unexpectedly cold temperatures in the past two weeks.

The information contained in a news release said the bulk sample so far represents what the company called “lower grade pre-stope development rock” mined by Sage and well as broken rock left by the previous mine operator, St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd.

“To date, the company has completed three mill runs between October and December 2017, as part of its bulk sampling program, yielding approximately 790 ounces of gold,” the company stated in its release. Continue Reading →

Timmins Dome mine story still hasn’t reached an end – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – January 9, 2018)

TIMMINS – The closing of the Dome Mine underground operations at the end of December is but one chapter in the overall story that is Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM), according to Marc Lauzier.

As the mines general manager for PGM, Lauzier said it is not yet time to fully close the book on the Dome story, or the bigger story of PGM in the Porcupine Camp.

Lauzier was commenting Monday on the final shutdown of underground work at the historic Dome mine and what that operation has meant for the community over the past century.

“I think it has had an impact on the whole region,” said Lauzier. “The Dome has been open since 1910 I believe. I mean, that’s 107 years. How many communities can say they’ve had 107 years of active mine life from the same gold mine?” Continue Reading →

City hopes to tie leash on Noront plant in 2018 – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – December 30, 2017)

TIMMINS – With Timmins making a hard push to convince Noront Resources to locate its ferrochrome production facility here, 2018 is shaping up to be a potentially significant year for this city.

“When you look at the Ring of Fire and Noront, there is probably no more crucial time to celebrate our successes,” said Timmins Mayor Steve Black. “This has been the heart of mining in Ontario for a century now and will likely be for another century going forward.

“We have the expertise, we have the supply sector, we have the people, we have the goodwill. When you look at Timmins versus some of the other communities that are in that race … there is no community that is as positively supporting of mining as Timmins is. Continue Reading →

Document lists all mines that used McIntyre Powder – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – December 29, 2017)

TIMMINS – The McIntyre Powder Project has obtained a document that outlines all the mines in Ontario where aluminum dust was used in an ill-fated attempt to protect workers from developing a lung condition known as silicosis.

At the time, the mines were unaware of the potential toxic effects of having their workers inhale aluminum dust particles.

At least a dozen mines from Timmins and the immediate surrounding area are listed in that document, which Janice Martell, of McIntyre Powder Project, said was obtained through a Freedom of Information request to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Continue Reading →

Legendary Timmins Dome underground operations ended Dec. 31: ‘It’s just amazing what this mine has done for the community’ – by Maija Hoggett (Northern Ontario Business – January 2, 2017)

Legendary Dome Mine Timmins Ontario (Wiki Photo)

The final day of 2017 marked the end of an era at a Timmins mine. More than 100 years after the Dome underground mine started, work permanently ceased on Dec. 31.

Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) announced the closure, which directly affects about 140 people, in August. To mark the end of the historic operation, mine general manager Marc Lauzier said each crew enjoyed cake, a photographer took keepsake photos for interested crew members, and the workers received a memento to bring home.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our crews; they’ve done a phenomenal job, they’ve kept their heads up right until the end, and the morale is actually better than it could be,” Lauzier said. Continue Reading →

How J.P. Bickell helped shape Toronto, from Famous Players to the Maple Leafs – by Sammy Hudes (Toronto Star – December 7, 2017)

John Paris Bickell’s life began with loss. But it would never hold him back. Born in Molesworth, Ont., and raised in Toronto, Bickell, most commonly known as J.P. or Jack, would grow up to run his own brokerage firm by 23, become a millionaire before 30, serve as an owner and director of the Toronto Maple Leafs — spearheading the construction of Maple Leaf Gardens — and contribute significantly to the war effort.

His influence touched the mining, banking and movie industries in Canada and his philanthropy profoundly impacted medical research and children’s health for years to come. Yet for Bickell, household name status never quite came, even in death.

“If anybody in Canada has owned gold, silver, flown in a plane, been in a sporting event, been in a hospital or benefited from medical research, been in a movie theatre, you have been touched by J.P. Bickell,” says Graham MacLachlan, who co-authored a book published in September titled J.P. Bickell: The Life, the Leafs and the Legacy. Continue Reading →