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Ring of Fire News – May 31, 2013

  • “Dry conditions and a forest fire have shut a mining camp in the Ring of Fire. The camp in the James Bay region of Northern Ontario has closed down operations at Bold Ventures.  Bold Ventures Inc. wishes to advise that on Tuesday May 28th a forest fire was spotted adjacent to the Muketei Drill camp located in the Ring of Fire area of the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario. Bold personnel and Orbit Garant drilling crews are currently housed in this location while completing a diamond drill program testing the Fancamp Exploration Ltd. claims under option to Bold  and in turn optioned to KWG Resources Ltd..  Haveman Brothers Forestry Services Ltd., the camp operator, immediately responded with a prepared emergency response plan. This included, among other things, the evacuation of personnel and safeguarding of equipment, data and drill core. Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) fire suppression crews were notified immediately and their quick response using ground and air attack crews has been successful in bringing the fire under control. There were no injuries or loss of data or equipment.  The Muketei Camp is located approximately 4.5 km north of the Noront Resources Ltd. Eagles Nest massive sulphide deposit ….”  Source
  • Discovery Harbour Resources Corp. is pleased to announce that drilling has resumed at the Wabassi VMS Project, located in Northwestern OntarioThe program is anticipated to include +1,700m of drilling to occur principally at Anomaly “E” with the intention of further testing for conductive mineralization inferred from surface EM surveys and to test targets inferred from the down-hole gravity survey reported to the project partners (Discovery (51%) and Northern Shield Resources Inc. [NRN:V] (49%)) by Abitibi Geophysics in May, 2013.  The Wabassi Property features a land position covering 38,720 ha. This District-Size land holding with multiple volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) discoveries, two significant gold drill intercepts and indications of Cu-Zn-Ag is the most recent VMS District to be discovered in Canada. The proposed road access to the Cliffs Natural Resources owned Black Thor chromite deposits in the “Ring of Fire” passes through the Wabassi Property ….”
  • Three Ring o’ Fire First Nations sign deal with chopper company  “Three First Nation communities have signed multi-year agreements with Wisk Air Helicopters. These agreements will enable the First Nations communities to participate in helicopter services within their traditional territories, focusing on the Ring of Fire.  The Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) include Mikawaa (Marten Falls), Eabametoong (Fort Hope), and Webequie First Nations …. The confidential agreements made with each First Nation community state that Wisk Air will foster engagement, respect, and transparency while supplying services to industrial groups working on First Nation land. The agreements provide for joint oversight between Wisk Air and each First Nation for helicopter services in their territory …. Wisk Air has agreed to provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth including sanctioned forest fire training, sanctioned drill training, as well as helicopter ground training. These skills are transferable provincially and nationally to other helicopter and mining companies.  The MOUs also confirm that the four First Nations support Wisk Air’s “open for business” policy; encouraging mining companies to seek helicopter services through these open-door partnerships in the Ring of Fire ….”  Source (company news release) – moremore (from the In Support of Mining blog)
  • It is believed there is enough mineral wealth within the Ring of Fire to boost the Northeastern economy for decades to come.  However, any excitement from the mining industry has been tempered by a sense of impending conflict with First Nation communities in the regionPhil Fontaine, former national chief of Assembly of First Nations, suggested conflicts are inevitable if mining companies play by the “old rules” and try imposing their will onto First Nation communities.  “Resource interests should strive to negotiate with First Nations up front instead of the way it was done in the past, as an afterthought,” said Fontaine, who was a keynote speaker at the Big Event mining expo in Timmins Thursday.  He stressed the importance of gaining an understanding and appreciation of the history and values of the people within the communities in which mining companies are proposing to work ….”
  • Documents (not shared with the public at this point) say it’ll cost to sell off Ontario Northland  “Recently uncovered provincial cabinet documents reveal the Dalton McGuinty government went against top officials’ advice to defer the sale of Ontario Northland.  The documents also reveal the sale was a potential bargaining chip between the Liberal and New Democratic parties to strike a deal for the 2012 budget and avoid an election.  “The people who crafted this said, ‘Don’t do it,’ and they went ahead and did it anyway,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, whose office discovered the documents during a hearing into the gas plant cancellations in Oakville and Mississauga.  One of the documents Fedeli released to the media on Tuesday is dated February, 2012 and is marked ‘Confidential Cabinet Advice.’  In point form the single page from a 21-page report outlines the issues surrounding the ONTC with funding requirements described as, “not on a sustainable financial path.”  It concludes however, by describing the potential harm from the decision to divest including significant short-term costs, the loss of up to 500 jobs ‘primarily in North Bay,’ and that there is no costing for things such as severance, write-downs and pension shortfalls.  “It is recommended that this lever be deferred to the document process for further due diligence and analysis of fiscal and policy implications,” is the report’s conclusion. The government announced on March 23, 2012 it was selling almost all of ONTC’s assets ….”
  • Chiefs of Ontario, Serpent River First Nation joining legal action against Canadian-Chinese investment agreement
  • (Not in the Ring of Fire, but still interesting) CP Rail in B.C. pushing for resource revenue from lands it doesn’t even own anymore  “CP Rail has launched an unprecedented lawsuit to reclaim timber and mineral rights on hundreds of thousands of acres of land in B.C.  The railway filed the claim in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday against the province and hundreds of unnamed landowners and contractors.  CP claims it never gave up resource rights on more than 800,000 acres of land it transferred to private owners and the province.  The land — mostly in the Kootenays and Okanagan — was originally granted to the railway companies in the late 1800s.  Now the company wants compensation for the harvesting of the resources on and under that land.  CP’s director of public affairs Breanne Feigel says the company wants title and damages past and present — a claim that could reach back more than a century and amounts to millions of dollars in damages if their lawsuit is successful.  “It’s a file that is very unusual and complex and really does go back to the founding of Canada,” she says ….”

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