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Ring of Fire News – 9 Jun 12

  • Cliffs looking for hundreds of jobs for their proposed mine site, their smelter and the transportation route connecting the two  “Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk said she is pleased Cliffs Natural Resources is already accepting resumes for anyone interested in working in the company’s chromite smelter, which is slated to open in 2015. “As mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury, I am extremely pleased with this announcement, and welcome this news as another positive step towards the development of the project and booming economy in Greater Sudbury,” Matichuk said in a statement released June 6. “I would encourage students and anyone interested to consider the skilled trades and mining sector jobs as a career path.” The company began accepting resumes June 1 via its website, where a list of positions has been posted. Administration, clerical, human resources and accounting duties are amongst the jobs listed, but Cliffs is also accepting submissions for technical positions in engineering, metallurgy, trades, IT and general labour. In a note to job seekers, the company indicates the website will act as a repository for resumes “until an expected timeframe for recruiting in the specific job categories begins.” Job seekers are encouraged to submit their resumes “for future consideration.” …. “  Source Mine site jobs call:  400-500 jobs (also here if previous link doesn’t work) – Rail line jobs call:  250-300 jobs (also here if previous link doesn’t work) – Processing plant jobs call:  350-450 jobs (also here if previous link doesn’t work) – more (media) – more more more
  • KWG files its “running a rail line on its line o’ claims into the Ring of Fire” paperwork with Ontario’s Mining Commissioner  “KWG Resources Inc. delivered last Thursday its materials to comply with the Mining and Lands Commissioner’s Order to File. The Order to File was issued on March 15, 2012 in consequence of the Minister of Northern Development and Mines referring to the Commissioner an application made to the Minister of Natural Resources (“MNR”) under the Public Lands Act by a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (“Cliffs”), for an easement over mining claims staked and assessed by KWG subsidiary Canada Chrome Corporation. The Order required Cliffs to file materials in support of its application by April 30th and the respondents KWG and MNR to file responding materials by May 30th and June 30th, respectively. Cliffs has recently confirmed that KWG has earned its 30% interest in the Big Daddy property under the program completed by Cliffs as Operator ….”  Source (KWG news release)
  • First Nations Underwhelmed:  Marten Falls  “Marten Falls First Nation Chief Eli Moonias says his northern Ontario community will need to see the benefits of a multibillion-dollar mining project before it gives its approval, something he says Canada as a whole must also consider. “We will agree only if our community will improve,” says the chief. The proposed Cliffs Natural Resources chromite mine site is in an area known as the Ring of Fire, about 540 kilometres north of Thunder Bay in the James Bay Lowlands. The American company plans to remove up to 12,000 tonnes of ore every day for 30 years. “It’s not just us that are small, you’re small too,” Moonias told reporters visiting Marten Falls on Thursday, suggesting Canada’s best interests don’t necessarily harmonize with global trading priorities. The proposed project in northern Ontario includes a smelter near Sudbury, Ont. Moonias said Cliffs intends to export 40 per cent of the chromite it plans to mine near his community to China. “It is done for the many at the expense of the few,” he said. “The language is nearly the same in the way Cliffs talks, in the way the government talks [about the proposed mine]. “Now they want to ship that ore — our ore, your ore — to China,” he added. “Now there’s lots of people over there and we’re not included in their formula. So don’t call us tiny anymore, because you’re tiny too.” …. Moonias said Marten Falls is used to seeing development over the years that benefits industry in southern Ontario, while leaving First Nations mired in poverty ….”  Source
  • First Nations Underwhelmed:  Webequie  “The Webequie First Nation is expressing frustration with one of the major players in the Ring of Fire. Community leaders say they are disappointed with Noront Resources and the slow progress being made on reaching agreements. Webequie’s senior director for the Ring of Fire senior, Michael Fox said the community is looking for a memorandum of understanding. Fox said the MOU would guide negotiations for the Impact Benefits Agreement, which has to be approved by community leadership. An exploration agreement was previously in place for Noront’s Eagles Nest project, but has since expired. Fox added that Noront’s community-based liaison was promoted and appears not to have been replaced. Last week Noront officials announced they were delaying the release of their feasibility study. The company said it wanted to evaluate recent announcements by Cliffs Natural Resources and the provincial government regarding access roads into the Ring of Fire. Noront officials were contacted, but could not immediately provide comment to Thunder Bay Television News.”  Source First Nation news release
  • Latest clarification in RFP for Thunder Bay/Fort William First Nation Mining Readiness Strategy:  who’s the consultant work for exactly?  Bid document amendment (here, via Google Docs) also includes a map and background information of the power system in the northwest.
  • Greenstone getting ready to benefit long term from mining expansion  “Members of the Greenstone community met with economic developers, landscape architects and design professionals to come up with creative ideas and solutions to address the predicted growth associated with increased mining activity in the region. Members of the community engaged in a three-day Charrette planning process to map out future development in Greenstone and build consensus at the community level for our shared growth plan. The event provided an opportunity for community representatives and other key stakeholders to develop a preliminary vision, goals and priorities which will provide direction in the community Economic Development Strategic Plan. This process was a unique approach to strategic planning, and involved collaboration between residents from all wards, community leaders, government and First Nation representatives, as well as the private sector, resulting in a collective voice for the region ….”  Source
  • Ring of Fire mentioned in latest federal cabinet road show on new environmental assessment rules  “….the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and Harper Government Ministers throughout Canada are putting the spotlight on the benefits of the Government’s plan for Responsible Resource Development to communities across the country, specifically the job creation, growth and long-term prosperity that all Canadians can share in …. Natural resources will continue to play an important role in Ontario’s economy. For example, the development of the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario holds the potential for billions in mineral wealth. This vast reserve of minerals and metals will generate jobs and economic growth in Ontario for decades to come. “That’s why it’s so important to ensure that Canada has the right conditions in place to attract global investment in our provinces and territories,” said the Minister. “The time is now for Canada’s immense resources. Canada must compete with other resource-rich countries around the world for these job-creating investment dollars. And this is why we need to ensure timely, efficient and effective project reviews.” Responsible Resource Development is founded on four main pillars: to make project reviews more predictable and timely while still maintaining thoroughness; to reduce duplication of project reviews; to strengthen environmental protection; and to enhance Aboriginal consultations ….”  Source (news release)more
  • “The Sudbury-based Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is partnering with Ontario Centres for Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to help the mining industry solve some of the daunting problems it faces in developing mega-projects in remote areas like Ontario’s Ring of Fire. While the opportunities offered by this promising new mineral zone are tremendous, so are the challenges of building environmentally, socially and financially sound mining operations in an undeveloped area that is devoid of the requisite infrastructure. Finding innovative ways to manage water, waste, mining by-products, energy consumption and extraction could accelerate the rate of mineral development, as well as related productivity and profitability, in the far northern Ring of Fire zone. In response, the three partners have established a $2.3-million program to fund research on advanced manufacturing projects that will have the potential for immediate upstream or downstream benefit to the mineral industry. The program will focus on transformative R&D in productivity, energy, water and waste relating to Ontario’s mining industry and its value chain ….”  Source (In Support of Mining blog)More
  • Stay tuned to CBQ-FM Thunder Bay for more Ring of Fire stories coming soon  “Jody Porter ‏@cbcreporter – Excited to be heading off to Marten Falls, Moose Cree, Webequie and Keewaywin First Nations this week. Watch for stories on #ROF #FN soon” Source (Twitter post, re-tweeted by NorontResources)

More information (excerpts from open sources monitored 25 May-8 Jun 12 – 16 page PDF) here. All information shared here in accordance with the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act. The blog is not responsible for the accuracy of the source material, and inclusion of material doesn’t mean endorsement.

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