Canada Mining News

URSA Major Minerals announces appointment of Riyaz Lalani as director

Amar Bhalla, URSA Major Chairman stated, "Riyaz is a welcome addition to our board of directors. He has had many years working with public companies on many different fronts and his expertise will continue to strengthen our company. He will bring to the

Oil sands production hampers Copenhagen Accord emission targets

Environment Canada predicts that emissions from oil sands production, without government intervention, is going to increase by 18% over the next decade. Canada Emissions Trends, a report on greenhouse gas emissions and how various sectors of Canada's economy are faring, was released quietly last month. In December 2009 Canada signed the Copenhagen Accord committing Canada to reducing its greenhouse emissions to 607 Megatonnes in 2020, or 17 per cent below 2005 levels. The report says that Canada’s total GHG emissions were 731 Mt in 2005, representing about two per cent of overall global GHG emissions.

Altius, Cliffs expand Canadian exploration venture

Newfoundland-based Altius Minerals has expanded its exploration agreement with number-one US iron-ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources to include a new project in northern Labrador, it said on Monday. Image of serpentinized ultramafics with Cr pods in the Pipestone Pond area, by Altius Minerals

Athabasca Minerals to proceed with normal course issuer bid

Athabasca Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ABM) (the "Corporation" or "Athabasca") announces that it has obtained regulatory approval to proceed with a normal course issuer bid (the "Bid") whereby Athabasca may purchase up to a total of 1,353,375 common shares representing approximately 5% of the common shares of Athabasca currently issued and outstanding (27,067,499 common shares were outstanding as at August 1, 2011).

North America base metal miners sink, gold miners rise

Shares of North American base metal miners tumbled on Monday along with the price of copper, zinc, and nickel after the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by S&P amplified fears of a global economic slowdown.

Gold hits record high; stock markets and oil companies tumble

After the S&P downgrade announced Friday evening, North American markets opened Monday and tumbled. The Australian stock market, measured by the S&P/ASX 200, finished the day down 2.91%, while the S&P/TSX composite was down 3.4% in morning trading to 11,796, its lowest level since August 2010. Gold breached $1,710 an ounces before settling back to $1,700/oz.

Kalgoorlie Mining Company unlocks cash flow potential in ore agreement with Barrick

Kalgoorlie Mining Company, formally known as US Nickel (ASX: USN) through its wholly owned subsidiaries has acquired title to two quality advanced greenfields projects: the Snowbird Project in Northwest Territories, Canada and the Mid-Continent Project

Pipeline to West Coast will be tough to stop

The Calgary Herald reports the debate over a controversial BC pipeline and port project to ship Alberta crude oil to Asian markets escalated recently with Canada's politicians and business leaders advancing new support for the initiative. Both federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives gave strong backing to the Northern Gateway Project with Oliver calling the pipeline in the national interest. Slowing demand in the US is also adding to pressure for a go-ahead on the pipeline that will stretch for more than 1,100km to a new port facility at Kitimat, northern BC and will cost $5.5 billion.

Second-half IPO revival for Toronto hinges on commodities

Reuters reports Canada's IPO market could roar back to life in the final months of 2011 after a dismal first half – but only if a fresh bout of global market turbulence doesn't overwhelm any revival. Investment bankers say commodity producers could get the market sailing again once the summer doldrums are over. In contrast to new listings mergers and acquisitions in the mining sector have stayed robust in 2011 and Canadian companies – both as acquirers and as the targets of buyers – dominated corporate finance activity in the first half shaking on 325 deals and accounting for almost two-thirds of all the metals and minerals transactions carried out around the world.

Harsh times in Vancouver Island's coal mining past

The Times Colonist has a look at the history of coal mining on Vancouver Island starting in 1912 and writing that the troubles started in Extension, a small mining community a few kilometres south of Nanaimo. Two coal miners were fired when they complained to management that unacceptable levels of explosive gas existed at the coal face. One of the workers headed north seeking a job in the mines of Cumberland only to find he had been blacklisted - not just in Cumberland but throughout Vancouver Island. Their memories of a seemingly endless stream of disasters, from single deaths to the 150 dead in the Nanaimo No.1 mine explosion and fire in 1887, kept them implacable in their demands for greater safety.

Emerick Resources options major land package in NWT, plans $2 million financing

Ralph Rushton, the President of Emerick Resources Corp. announced on Friday that the Company has negotiated an option to acquire a 75% interest in an extensive claim package in the Northwest Territories controlled by GGL Resources Corp.

Quebec rare earth explorers make big finds in north

A small Quebec company says it has uncovered one of the world's most significant deposits of neodymium reports the Montreal Gazette. GeoMegA Resources believes its Montviel property about 500 kilometres northwest of Quebec City, has a huge potential for quick development thanks to the size of the deposit and closeness to infrastructure. Two other companies are active in the region with Commerce Resources announcing significant discoveries on Thursday following its winter drill program at its Eldor rare earth project (pictured) at what it says is ranked as one of the largest REE deposits outside of China. On Friday Vancouver-based Canada Rare Earths announced it acquired a 69.55 km2 rare earth property 350 kilometers south of Montviel adding to its assets adjacent to that of GeoMegA.

Xstrata Nickel approves two projects in Canada

Xstrata plc has approved two Xstrata Nickel projects totaling USD 649 million as it continues its investment in growth options within its Canadian portfolio. Xstrata Nickel?s development of the USD 530 million Raglan extension project in Northern Quebec

One-two hit for oil sands producers

Canadian Natural Resources announced this week it is poised to restart its Horizon plant seven months after it went up in flames and aims to spend over $2 billion to more than double its capacity. The Horizon outage led to a shortage of syncrude – a light oil manufactured from bitumen – which helped Alberta's producers attract a premium of $18 above benchmark US oil prices. That nice little earner will now likely melt away and follows a Reuters poll that showed a majority of analysts and oil traders expect the spread between US and international crude prices to surpass $30 in the next year.

Liberty Mines' ops still halted

TSX-listed Liberty Mines posted a $4.3-million operating loss for the second quarter on Friday, as production still hadn’t started at its Ontario nickel operations remained halted after problems with its tailings storage.

Canadian government collected 65% more revenue from mining firms in 2010 – MAC

Mining companies are expected to invest more than $116-billion in Canada over the next five years, an industry body said on Thursday.

Northgate Minerals delivers bad news all round

Canada's Northgate Minerals reported a wider quarterly net loss of $13 million hit by lower production and higher costs, and it lowered its full-year production forecast. Revenue fell 45% to $67.4 million. In July, Northgate Minerals said it would buy Primero Mining to form a new mid-tier gold producer, which will have a combined market capitalization of approximately $1.2 billion and will tie together the San Dimas mine in Mexico; the Fosterville and Stawell gold mines in Australia; and the Young-Davidson gold development project in Ontario. Investors shrugged off the news and the Vancouver-based company's shares opened barely changed in Toronto at C$3.15 on Friday giving it a market valuation of some $920 million.

Mining, energy sectors lead Canadian stocks lower

Toronto’s main stock index closed down 435 points Thursday as Japanese intervention in the yen and concern over the spreading sovereign-debt crisis sent the U.S. dollar soaring, and oil and materials prices falling.

'Queen of Diamonds' departs Stornoway

Eira Thomas, the renowned diamond geologist whose spectacular success in the diamond exploration game earned her the moniker 'Queen of Diamonds', has resigned from the company she helped found, Stornoway Diamonds. In a news release yesterday, Stornoway published a statement from Thomas, who served as CEO until 2008:

Despite Japan, one of best decades ahead for uranium – Cameco's Gitzel

TORONTO ( – Cameco, which reported a 23% drop in second quarter profits on Thursday, said despite again lowering its uranium demand growth projections, it expects the decade ahead to be one of the industry’s best ever. “We still

Cameco profit drops 23%; lowers demand forecast

Canada's largest uranium producer lost 23% of its profits in the second quarter, as uranium sales volumes declined. In announcing its second-quarter results Thursday, Saskatoon-based Cameco also lowered its industry forecast in the wake of the Japan Fukushima nuclear crisis, which has slowed the expansion of nuclear power in Japan and resulted in Germany deciding to move away from atomic energy by phasing out and shutting down nuclear reactors.

Rio Tinto investors wake up Thursday $10 billion poorer

Rio Tinto reported a surge in profits due to strong demand in Asia and higher metals prices on Thursday but shares in the company spiked lower in New York, opening down more than 7% and wiping more than $10 billion off the value of the globe's second largest miner. Net earnings for the first half year were $7.6bn, up 30% on the $5.8bn the firm made a year earlier. Commenting on the results chairman Jan du Plessis said the economic environment remains volatile but expected the Australia-based company continue to experience higher than average growth for the rest of the year. The company also said it was experiencing high cost inflation in some "mining hotspots" and cautioned that the strong Australian and Canadian dollar were impacting its profitability.

New Gold profit jumps, keeps cash costs at $400/oz

New Gold, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Australia, and is also developing projects in Canada and Chile said second-quarter earnings rose to $49.8 million from a year-earlier profit of $14.1 million. Quarterly gold sales volumes rose 15% to 95,039 ounces, while revenues rose 52% to $171.6 million. New Gold also reiterated that it expects to produce between 380,000 to 400,000 ounces of gold this year, at cash costs of $390 to $410 per ounce.

North Bay Resources acquires two BC rare earth properties

North Bay Resources Inc. announced on Wednesday that the Company has acquired a 100% undivided interest in two rare earth properties in southeastern British Columbia. The Perry River Carbonatite property covers 505 hectares (1,247 acres) and is located approximately 42 kilometres northwest of Revelstoke, BC. The property is known to host niobium, lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, and other REEs.

Gabriel Resources has $175 million war chest for ancient Roman gold mine

Gabriel Resources announced on Wednesday that it has accumulated over $175 million in cash and equivalents to move ahead its gold mining project in Transylvania in an area where tunnels used by Roman miners during the first century still exists. It has been more than a decade since Gabriel Resources first obtained the Rosia Montana concession, believed the be one of the richest in Europe, and the Canadian firm has faced protests since receiving an archaeological discharge certificate from Bucharest authorities in July. More recently the site was a Romanian state-owned open pit operation (pictured) and Gabriel Resources has set aside $35 million for what it calls "rescue archaeology" .