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Ring of Fire News – April 5, 2013

  • Cliffs latest money numbers being shared April 25, 2013  Sourcemore
  • KWG rooting around the Ring of Fire  “KWG Resources Inc. and Bold Ventures Inc. have launched their exploration programs under the option agreements between them and Fancamp Exploration Ltd.. Two drills are testing the horizon of the Black Horse chromite discovery in which KWG may earn up to an 80% joint venture interest.  A third drill is focusing on exploration for magmatic massive sulphides type mineralization (copper-nickel sulphides and PGMs) similar to that discovered on the northwesterly adjacent Noront property. All three drills were initially drilling deep targets and only one was nearing the target zone of the Black Horse chromite horizon when operations were halted. It had recovered core from a 50 meter intersection of quartz veining in talc schist similar to Noront’s Triple J gold discovery on their adjacent claim.  Based on the strike orientation of the Triple J zone, its extension onto the Koper Lake project claims is being further investigated ….”  Source
  • First Nation concerns about implementing changes to Ontario’s Mining Act ….  “Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee has asked Minister Michael Gravelle to postpone the mandatory implementation of the new mining regulations. “We would like the chance for our leadership to meet with their citizens to discuss concerns with regulations that did not go through a proper consultation process,” said Grand Council Chief Madahbee about the regulations that were to take affect yesterday. The Anishinabek Nation is requesting the opportunity for a meeting with the Minister and the establishment of a bilateral table on mining as was committed to by Ontario on September 24, 2012. “We hope to use a bilateral table so that the Anishinabek Nation and the ministry can work together through a mutual process as consultation and accommodation should be.” The Anishinabek Nation has concerns in the following four areas:  1. Recognition of Anishinabek inherent and treaty rights;  2. Requirement for Resource Revenue Sharing;  3. Requirement for Environmental Stewardship; and 4. Requirement for Providing Resources for Capacity at the local level to permit First Nations to meet the heavy demands that the new regulations require ….”  Source (Anishnabek Nation news release) – moremoremoremore (In Support of Mining blog)
  • …. and Ontario’s mines minster responds  “We remain committed to promoting mineral exploration and development while respecting Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Our goal is to provide clarity to industry by encouraging early engagement and ongoing relationship building with Aboriginal communities.  These new rules enhance notification and consultation with Aboriginal communities and private landowners potentially impacted by proposed exploration activities, they help protect sites of Aboriginal cultural significance and new provisions for exploration site remediation reduce the impacts of early exploration activities. I was certainly grateful to have the opportunity to discuss these changes directly with Grand Chief Madahbee just last week, and reaffirmed our commitment to establish a bilateral table on mining. Modernization of the Mining Act, and now the supporting regulations, is the result of comprehensive consultations.  Between January 1, 2010 and January 31, 2012, over 70 discussions and consultation sessions were undertaken with Aboriginal groups and communities, industry stakeholders, environmental organizations, and municipal representatives. Following a five-month voluntary period, new regulations for exploration plans and exploration permits came into effect April 1, 2013.”  Source
  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne OK with working with Bob Rae helping First Nations in Ring of Fire, but wants some sort of “terms of reference” on consultation, saying there’s no “shared understanding” about what consultation means  Source (interview with APTN)
  • City of Thunder Bay releases latest version of Mining Strategy  “The city needs to address gaps in infrastructure, energy and education if the region expects to benefit from an expected and upcoming mining boom. Those were the main recommendations found in the city’s mining readiness strategy. The City of Thunder Bay released the draft final report of the strategy at a media conference Friday at the Victoria Inn. The report contained about 50 recommendations and used 10 advanced mining projects as a base to help create a prediction of the economic impact to the region as well as to look at the shortcommings (sic.) that would need to be addressed. The strategy will act as a priority guide for the city as it attempts to meet the increasingly tight deadline in order to meet the demands for the hundreds of mining projects. Program manager for the strategy Stephen Lindley said infrastructure, energy and training were the top imperatives that need to be addressed soon ….”  SourceDRAFT Mining Readiness Strategy (398 page PDF) – Mining Readiness Strategy page
  • Federal NDP Leader & Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair makes the rounds of the north ….  “Success in the Ring of Fire could face two major hurdles, says the leader of the official opposition. While speaking to local media in Thunder Bay Tuesday, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said cuts to FedNor and not consulting with First Nations could impede progress of the Ring of Fire development ….”  Sourcemoremore
  • …. as well as Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak  “Unions and radical environmentalists are threatening Ontario’s economic progress, Tory Leader Tim Hudak says. Hudak on Tuesday blamed unions — particularly public sector unions — for stalling Ontario’s economic recovery, and environmentalists for stalling development of the Ring of Fire, a vast northwestern Ontario mineral deposit. “What the oilsands are to Alberta, what potash is to Saskatchewan, the Ring of Fire could be for the province of Ontario … it’s too bad that the Liberals seem to be captured by radical environmental groups,” Hudak told reporters at Queen’s Park. Hudak said the Liberal government and the New Democrats are too busy listening to the unions and not the rest of Ontarians. “The problem that we have is that we have public sector union bosses who are running the government right now. And they seem to have access to the front door to Kathleen Wynne as premier,” he said. “I think it’s just unfortunate that the NDP and Liberals seem to be so singularly focused on appeasing the public sector union bosses, it’s causing a province to go bankrupt and it is costing us jobs. Nobody is going to invest in a province that has huge debts.” ….”  Source

More open source information (excerpts from information monitored 8 Mar-5 Apr 13 (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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