Canada Mining News

Bayfield extends near surface gold-silver mineralization in easterly step-out holes at Rainy River

Bayfield Ventures Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BYV) (FRANKFURT:B4N) (the "Company") is pleased to announce additional gold and silver intercepts on its 100% owned Burns Block property in the Rainy River District of north-western Ontario. The Burns Block is situated adjacent to the east and on strike to Rainy River Resources' (TSX-V: RR) multi-million ounce gold deposit.

Rare earth company in Kenya faces protests

NTVKenya reports that a rare earth company in Kenya is facing angry opposition from residents who want the company to stop exploration work. The project is located on the south coast, 85 kilometers from Mombasa. The exploration license was issued to Cortec Mining Kenya, a South African company that was incorporated in Kenya last year.

Benton provides update on drill programs and options gold project in Timmins area

Benton Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BTC) ("Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has commenced diamond drilling on its 100% owned RIM copper nickel project located 100km south of the world class Voisey's Bay nickel deposit. The program will consist of 6-7 diamond drill holes totaling approximately 3000 metres testing a series of east-west trending conductive anomalies located within the mapped outline of the main Suture Zone. The Company believes that the conductors may represent magmatic sulphide along an east-west trending structural conduit cutting through the Suture Zone similar to the emplacement of the Voisey's Bay deposit. Results of the drilling will be released after they been completed and compiled by Company personnel.

Silver Quest intersects 278 metres of 2.8 grams per tonne gold at Davidson gold project, BC

Silver Quest Resources (TSX VENTURE:SQI) ("Silver Quest" or "the Company") is pleased to report drill results from 11 holes (BW-171 through BW-179, BW-181 and BW-182) drilled in the current 20,000 metre drill campaign to expand the resources on the Davidson Gold Project claims, a joint venture with New Gold Inc., which is the operator of the joint venture. Silver Quest has a 25% interest in the joint venture. The project is approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, BC.

North Country Gold Corp. extends high-grade gold trend at Three Bluffs and Three Bluffs West to depth and along strike

North Country Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NCG) (NCG or the "Company") announces the third tranche of results from the 2011 drill program at the Three Bluffs Gold Project in the Committee Bay Greenstone Belt located northeast of Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada. Drilling has intersected high grade gold to depth and along strike, west of the current resource area at the Three Bluffs and Three Bluffs West zones, increasing the strike length of the core Three Bluffs zones to over 1300 metres. Drilling has also confirmed the presence of mineralization over an additional 700 metres of strike between the Three Bluffs West and Antler zones.

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