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#RingOfFire (#RoF) News – August 22, 2015


  • “Junior project developer KWG Resources has clinched a deal to acquire five strategic claims straddling Ontario’s nascent Ring of Fire (RoF) mining district. The company planned to issue seller MacDonald Mines Exploration with about $100 000 in scrip to acquire the Hornby property, located in an area dominated by Noront Resources. Noront had earlier this year scooped-up a majority land position in the district when Cliffs Natural Resources agreed to bow out of the prospective region by selling its claims for $20-million. The deal included a 100% interest in Cliffs’ prized Black Thor chromite deposit and a 100% interest in the Black Label chromite deposit. The Hornby claims comprised an extensive holding next to the southerly boundary of the Big Daddy joint venture (70% Noront, 30% KWG) property immediately to the north and would effectively double the surface area available for possible future mining operations at the Big Daddy deposit and the adjoining Black Thor deposit ….”KWG news release
  • “Noront Files NI 43-101 Technical Report for Recently Acquired Black Thor, Black Label and Big Daddy Deposits and Restates 2014 Annual MD&A to Reflect Related Reclassification of Black Thor Estimate From Historical to Current — Noront Resources Ltd. has obtained and filed a National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) compliant Mineral Resource Estimation Technical Report on the Black Thor, Black Label and Big Daddy chromite deposits in the Ring of Fire, which it acquired in April 2015 from Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.  Noront has also filed a related restatement of its 2014 annual MD&A …. Black Thor and Black Label are 100% owned by Noront while Big Daddy is a joint venture between Noront (70%) and Canada Chrome Mining Corporation (30%) ….”
  • Commentary on one Liberal election promise made in Sudbury on the federal campaign trail  “…. The one known is a pledge to invest $200 million “more” annually to support, with private, provincial and research institute collaboration, “clean technologies in the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and agricultural sectors.”  Now we’re getting closer to a Northern angle. But then the statement wanders off into more about Harper who “does not understand that clean technologies, like those in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie (no specifics), create good, middle-class jobs . . .” and so on.  CBC in Sudbury got a bit more from the Liberal leader who said “a lot (of the $200 million) is going to be working with research institutes like Laurentian University, working with the provinces on issues like the Ring of Fire ….” – more  from that Sudbury campaign stop here, and from Trudeau’s info-machine here and here
  • New Chief seems to like RoF  “Ginoogaming First Nation near Longlac, Ontario held their Chief and Council elections on August 19th as First Nation members gathered in the community hall to cheer on their leaders and witness the results.  As the votes were being counted it became evident that Celia Echum would secure a 5th term as Chief with a considerable win defeating rival Kelly Fortier with a vote count of 185 to 107.  Chief Echum says she is “really thankful’’ to the community for their overwhelming support. Her priority as Chief is to work towards progressive community economic development and investing into youth initiatives and capacity building. Her vision is to create a vibrant, self-reliant First Nation by maximizing business opportunities with natural resource development with a focus on Premier Gold and the Ring of Fire ….”
  • Commentary on cheaper, easier power sources & RoF  “It was recently reported that Ontario is looking to buy power from Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the wrong direction. Ontario should be looking westward to Manitoba, which is more accessible …. It makes more sense to develop the unharnessed 3,000 MW now and to share at least half that with Ontario. The entire block of power could be transmitted by direct-current transmission to a converter station near Dryden, Ont. At this location, the power could be converted to conventional alternating current, with 500,000-volt transmission lines connecting eastward to Timmins, Ont., and westward to Winnipeg …. The transmission line route from Dryden to Timmins would provide a convenient power supply for Ontario’s Ring of Fire chromite mining development. Power is always an integral part of any industrial development and this supply would improve the viability of this slow-developing project ….”



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“New (James Bay) Grand Chief stepping back from Ring of Fire”

This, from the Timmins Daily Press:

The Grand Chief-elect of the Mushkegowuk Council, Jonathan Solomon, is vowing to consult with the people and chiefs of the council’s member communities more than his predecessor did.

That is likely to please those who thought Grand Chief Lawrence Martin made too many promises and announcements on important issues without seeking enough input from the communities. It is not likely to please proponents of the already stalled Ring of Fire development.

Back in February, Martin stated his support for a proposed energy and railway corridor running across Mushkegowuk territory from Moosonee to the chromite mining development located 600 kilometres northwest of Timmins.

According to Solomon, that announcement “blindsided” many people within the Mushkegowuk Council, and that under his leadership, they would be stepping back from that commitment.

“I need to step back and review everything,” said Solomon. “I was involved as a facilitator during (the consultation) process and from that report, the overwhelming concern is the environment. Business opportunities were never the priority of the people we talked to. The questions were always: ‘What is this going to do to our water? What it this going to do to our land? What is this going to the animals?’

“People were totally against how the Grand Chief (Martin) — for whatever reason — announced that we are going to build the Ring of Fire, build a railroad and bring in transmission lines.”

Mushkegowuk cannot consider supporting a project like the energy/railway corridor until all the questions about the Ring of Fire’s environmental impact are answered, said Solomon ….

More on Mushkegowuk’s previous support for a rail line here, here, here and here – with an early hint of some opposition here.


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#RingOfFire (#RoF) News – August 10, 2015

  • First Nations calling for more First Nation RoF involvement “Matawa First Nations CEO David Paul Achneepineskum called for First Nations involvement in Ring of Fire mining developments during the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange. “Our population is about 10,000 and a large percentage are young people,” Achneepineskum says, estimating youth up to 30 years old make up about two-thirds of the population. “So that makes for a large population that will be coming out or is already out there looking for jobs. otentially, there are a lot of opportunities for our First Nations mainly in the economic development area.” ….” 
  • One NDP candidate promises RoF stuff “…. “The NDP will also continue to pursue responsible, collaborative and environmentally- and culturally- conscious development in the Ring of Fire, which would create good jobs and boost the economy of not only Northwestern Ontario, but all of Canada,” concluded (Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Andrew) Foulds ….” 
  • “Wildlands League asks for environmental review process for exploration — An environmental organization based in Toronto says it worries about the environmental restoration in the Ring of Fire after exploration work concludes in the James Bay region ….” 
  • In case you think the environmentalists are all doom and gloom, though “A miner, a forester, and three environmentalists walk into a room… …. today’s meeting was strictly about threatened caribou. A representative from a mining company and a representative from a forestry company were going to explore opportunities to restore caribou habitat with us. They had never met before. Wildlands League brought them together. What a day for me! Everyone was friendly and efficient. Nobody questioned the importance of restoring habitat. We brainstormed on a new method for prioritizing which roads should be decommissioned to restore the largest parcels of forest closest to where caribou had recently been sighted. Everyone spoke freely and the companies agreed to share data and consultants’ reports with each other. I was amazed. Was I dreaming this after my early flight? I learned that everyone wants to make a difference and we are happy to help ….” 
  • Not strictly RoF, but related …. “We need effective mechanisms for sharing the benefits of natural resources to redress the extreme poverty of Canada’s aboriginals …. Benefit sharing is not about year-round moose hunting and pickerel fishing. It’s about creating mechanisms that permit to support the poorest of the poor among us.”


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