Canada Mining News

Stornoway announces 2011 exploration program and budget

Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY) is pleased to announce the2011 exploration budget for the Company's portfolio of diamond exploration projects. Stornoway's flagship property is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project in north-central Quebec, where a Feasibility Study and an associated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment are on track for completion in the third quarter of this year. Over the upcoming 12 month period Stornoway will also conduct a complementary program of discovery oriented exploration at several additional projects elsewhere within Canadawhere the potential exists for the discovery of new kimberlite camps close to infrastructure. Stornoway has allocated a budget of $5.6m to the 2011 exploration program, to be funded from existing cash resources.

Revolver to acquire operating iron ore assets in Brazil

Revolver Resources Inc., (TSX VENTURE:RZ) ("Revolver") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arm's length letter of intent with Oculus Mining S.A. ("Oculus") effective April 11, 2011, relating to a reverse takeover transaction (the "Transaction"), pursuant to which Revolver proposes to acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Oculus from the shareholders of Oculus (the "Oculus Shareholders") on a pro rata basis. Trading in the shares of Revolver has been halted in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") and will remain halted until such time as all required documentation has been filed with and accepted by the TSXV and permission to resume trading has been obtained from the TSXV.

LIM completes Can$110 million equity financing

Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited (TSX:LIM) (the "Company" or "LIM") is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced public offering of C$100,000,000 in common shares and C$10,000,500 in flow-through shares of the Company, at a price of C$12.50 per common share and C$15.00 per flow-through share (collectively, the "Offering"). The Offering was completed by a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and included BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., Jennings Capital Inc., Haywood Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc. (collectively, the "Underwriters").

Stock exchange merger good for junior explorers, executives say

A proposed merger between the parent companies of the Toronto and London stock exchanges will benefit junior mining companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), say two leading executives behind the deal. “We anticipate the merger will benefit public companies of all sizes, but in my opinion SMEs will benefit the most,” said John McCoach, president of the TSX Venture Exchange, speaking at a recent luncheon in Vancouver hosted by the BC Association of Mineral Exploration (AMEBC). “Investors will benefit from the increase in liquidity, lower transaction costs, and access to new investment products.”

Crowflight’s Bucko Lake mine resumes operations: BIV

A nickel mine in northern Manitoba will start producing again after a 6-month suspension of operations due to a dispute over contractors, Business in Vancouver reported: Vancouver-based junior mining company Crowflight Minerals Inc. (TSX: CML) […]

Peregrine discovers CH-51 kimberlite at Chidliak

Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. ("Peregrine" or "the Company") (TSX:PGD) is pleased to report the discovery of the CH-51 kimberlite by core drilling on the Chidliak project ("Chidliak") on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. CH-51 is the first target drilled in 2011 and the fifty-first kimberlite discovered at Chidliak since 2008. CH-51 is located approximately 200 metres south of the CH-17 kimberlite, ten kilometres south of the CH-28 kimberlite and 40 kilometres north of the Southern Focus Area. Currently, CH-28 and six kimberlites within the Southern Focus Area have characteristics consistent with economic potential in Arctic settings.

Quest Board approves funding for pre-feasibility study, Strange Lake B-Zone deposit, Quebec

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:QRM) is pleased to report that its Board of Directors has approved funding for a pre-feasibility study of the Corporation's Strange Lake B-Zone rare earth element deposit, located in northeastern […]

Barrick announces agreement to acquire Equinox

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) ("Barrick" or "the Company") announced today that it has entered into a support agreement with Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX:EQN)(ASX:EQN)("Equinox") for Barrick to acquire, through an all-cash offer, all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Equinox (including the shares represented by Equinox's CHESS Depositary Interests) by way of a friendly take-over offer (the "Offer"). The Offer is for C$8.15 per Equinox share in cash, or a total of approximately C$7.3 billion. The Offer represents a 30% premium based on Equinox's closing share price on the Toronto Stock Exchange on February 25, 2011 (the last trading day before Equinox announced its intention to make a take-over bid for the common shares of Lundin Mining Corporation).

Detour hits even more gold beyond pit shell

Drilling beyond the open-pit shell of an already massive gold deposit, Detour Gold is pushing the limits of gold mineralization with new discoveries. Detour Lake keeps getting bigger for Detour Gold (TSX: DGC). Twelve of 20 drillholes collared outside the western extent of its proposed open-pit project in northeastern Ontario — which so far contains proven and probable reserves of 14.9 million ounces gold @ 1.03 g/t gold — hit long gold-mineralized intercepts.

Quadra FNX outlines 3.4bn pound resource at Sudbury

Quadra FNX Mining Ltd (QUX.TO) outlined a resource at its Victoria copper-nickel project in Ontario that is equivalent to about 3.4 billion pounds of contained copper, the company said on Thursday.

Trevali Mining getting $30m loan to fast-track production

With a new loan close to being secured, Trevali may soon join the ranks of bona fide miners, producing at two poly-metallic mines in Peru and New Brunswick.

Teck more than doubles Q1 profits

Vancouver-based Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) reported earnings attributable to its shareholders of $461 million, or $0.78 per share. Adjusted quarterly profit was $450 million, or $0.76 per share, more than double the $198 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. Image by Teck Resources Limited

Hathor Exploration acquires Terra Ventures for $24 million

Hathor Exploration has acquired Terra Ventures in an all-stock deal valued at approximately $24 million. Under the deal announced Monday, Terra shareholders will receive 20 cents of a Hathor common share for each common share held, which represents a 16% premium on Terra's April 15 closing share price of 33 cents.

Capstone Mining to acquire Far West Mining in $725 million deal; shares down seven percent

Capstone Mining will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Far West Mining. Total transaction value will be Can$725 million. Capstone released details of the agreement in a press release on Sunday. On Monday morning, Capstone shares (TSE:CS) were down about 7% to $3.93 a share.

Anaconda Mining posts fifth straight quarterly loss

Canadian gold miner Anaconda Mining Inc posted a fifth-straight quarterly loss, but expenses were lower from a year-ago levels and production rose sequentially. Net loss for the third quarter was $1.9 million, or 1.5 cents a share, compared with a loss of $2.2 million, or 2.5 cents per share, a year ago.

Largest iron ore deposit in Canada gets a nod: NunatsiaqOnline

An $8.5 billion joint venture between Adriana Resources and Wuhan Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. would create the largest iron ore mine in Canada, capable of producing 50 million tonnes of iron ore over 100 years. Nunatsiaq Online reports on a preliminary economic assessment of the project released this week:

Grand Cache Coal cuts 2012 sales forecast

Metallurgical coal mining company Grande Cache Coal Corp cut its 2012 coal sales forecast as it expects production to be affected by the challenging mining conditions. The company now sees coal sales volumes of 2.2-2.4 million tonnes, down from the previous forecast of 2.4-2.6 million tonnes.

Balmoral Resources surges on high-grade gold in Quebec

The extent of a newly discovered high-grade gold zone at Balmoral Resources' Martiniere project in Quebec - not far from Detour Gold's 11 million ounces at Detour Lake - is growing.

SAS declares commercial production at its Holt Mine

St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (T-SAS), ("SAS" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Holt Mine has now achieved commercial production after operating for 90 days at an average daily throughput of between 450 to 500 tonnes per day ("tpd"). Operational statistics will be provided in the Company's upcoming scheduled first quarter 2011 earnings release on or about May 6, 2011. The Holt Mine and Mill are located on the eastern portion of the Company's extensive land package in the Timmins Mining District.

Silver stocks fall on Bolivian nationalisation fears

The shares in some North American silver miners fell sharply on Thursday after Bolivia's leftist government said it might rescind concessions on four mines in the country run by Glencore International Ltd [GLEN.UL] affiliates and Canada's Pan American Silver Corp (PAA.TO: Quote)(PAAS.O: Quote).

Magma completes A$20 million placement

Magma Metals Limited (ASX & TSX: MMW) (“Magma” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of an A$20 million placement of approximately 71.4 million new fully paid ordinary shares at a price of A$0.28 per share (“Issue Price”) (the “Placement”).

Orbite identifies rare earths in its Grande-Vallée deposit

Exploration Orbite VSPA has discovered the presence of high-value byproducts such as scandium, gallium and other important rare earth elements in its Grande-Vallée deposit in the Gaspé region of Quebec, all of which offer strong economic potential for the company and for Canada, the company believes.

Osisko Mining pours first gold at Malartic

Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK) poured its first gold at the Canadian Malartic open-pit gold mine in Quebec on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The act ushered in not only one of Canada's newest miners, but one of its largest, with production at Malartic planned to hit 600,000 ounces gold a year, over a 12-year mine life.

Northgate expects Ontario gold mine output to start in Q1 2012: Reuters

Reuters reports: Canadian gold miner Northgate Minerals Corp expects production at its Young-Davidson mine in Northern Ontario to start in late first quarter of 2012.

Big Daddy chromite project advancing to feasibility

A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Big Daddy chromite deposit in northern Ontario is recommending that the project advance to the feasibility stage. The PEA was commissioned by Montreal-based KWG Resources, which owns a 28% interest and a 1% net smelter royalty (NSR) in the deposit, located in the remote James Bay lowlands of northern Ontario. The company also has NSRs on the adjacent Black Thor and Black Label chromite deposits, and has the option to increase its interest in Big Daddy to 30%.