Canada Mining News

Golden Predator completes $22.7 million bought-deal private placement

Golden Predator Corp. (TSX:GPD) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced bought deal private placement offering. The Company sold a total of 16,675,000 Flow-Through Shares at a price of $0.90 per Flow-Through Share and 10,350,000 Units at a price of $0.75 per Unit, for gross proceeds to the Company of $22,770,000, including the exercise of the Underwriters' option of $2,970,000.

Canadian mining sector poised to hire

The Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s mining sector is set for a hiring spree in the coming quarter, making it the most upbeat sector in the country as other employers remain cautious. Across all industries, one in five employers expect to boost their payrolls in the April-to-June period, according to a Manpower Inc. survey released Tuesday. According to The Globe, almost three-quarters, or 73 per cent, expect no change in staffing levels while 5 per cent are planning cutbacks – responses that are little changed from the prior quarter. It’s a different story for mining, where second-quarter hiring intentions are by far the strongest, and where the outlook also jumped the most in the quarter.

Equinox commences offer to acquire Lundin

Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX and ASX: EQN) ("Equinox" or the "Company") advises that it has commenced its previously announced offer (the “Offer”) to acquire Lundin Mining Corporation ("Lundin"). The Offer will remain open until 6:00pm on April 14, 2011 unless withdrawn or extended.

Forum and Mega Option the Maurice Bay Uranium Deposit From Cameco

Forum Uranium Corp. (TSX VENTURE:FDC) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an option agreement with Cameco Corporation whereby Forum and Mega Uranium Ltd. may jointly earn a 60% interest in the 98 square kilometer North West Athabasca project, including the historical 1.5 million pound Maurice Bay uranium deposit in the Western Athabasca Basin.

Pan Orient announces closing of Can$45 million bought-deal financing

Pan Orient Energy completed a previously announced bought deal financing of 6,870,240 common shares at a price of $6.55 per Common Share for gross proceeds of $45,000,072 on a private placement basis. The syndicate of underwriters was co-led by Raymond James Ltd. and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. and included GMP Securities L.P., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Mackie Research Capital Corporation, Haywood Securities Inc. and Paradigm Capital Inc.

Nunavut government plans public consultation on uranium mining: CBC

CBC reported that there will be a series of public forums held across Nunavut to guage the public's views about uranium mining.

Detour Gold Commences Drilling Program at Conquest's Sunday Lake Property

Detour Gold Corporation has commenced a 2,000-metre diamond drilling program at Conquest's Sunday Lake Property, which is currently under joint venture option to Detour Gold.

Spirit Resources SARL advises of intention to acquire additional Diamond Fields shares

Diamond Fields International Ltd. has been advised by Spirit Resources Sarl that it intends to acquire additional shares of the Company through an ordinary course purchase program for up to additional 5% share of DFI from time to time, over the next twelve months

C53.3mn all-share deal ends NovaGold-Copper Canyon takeover battle

Copper Canyon Resources is getting more for its Copper Canyon property along with a spin-off company to develop its other exploration assets.

Another Canadian iron ore partnership in the works

Closely following the CAD$4.9 billion Cliffs-Consolidated Thompson deal earlier this year, Canadian iron ore company New Millenium Capital Corp. has teamed up with Tata Steel Ltd. for a huge iron ore project, The Financial Post reported: With a giant Indian steelmaker providing the cash, New Millennium Capital Corp. is preparing to develop what it thinks will be the largest mine in Canadian history. Following months of due diligence, Montreal-based New Millennium unveiled a joint venture with Tata Steel Ltd. on Monday that will guide financing and construction of its mammoth Taconite iron ore project in Labrador and Quebec.

Canadian gov't to spend $25 million on exploration

Reporting from the PDAC, The London Free Press says the federal government will spend $25 million on mineral exploration over the next five years in the hopes of driving more mining business to Canada. Minister of Natural Resources Christian Paradis made the announcement from the annual mining conference in Toronto on Monday. The announcement more than doubles the initial two-year allocation of $12 million to help develop new ways of looking for deep mineral deposits and to help boost private sector activity in the highly lucrative and increasingly competitive industry, the minister's office said.

Ridgemont Strikes MOU With Toquaht Nation of Vancouver Island, BC

Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp. (TSX-V:RDG) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Toquaht Nation whereby the parties have agreed to an ongoing business relationship with respect to the exploration and development of Ridgemont's Redford iron ore property located on Vancouver Island, outside of Ucluelet, British Columbia. The MOU establishes that Ridgemont and the Toquaht Nation will work together to establish a long term, mutually beneficial and cooperative business relationship.

Inmet, Lundin shareholders given two more weeks to review Equinox bid

Shareholders of Lundin Mining Corp. and Inmet Mining Corp. will have two more weeks before they are asked to vote on a friendly merger of the two entities. Canadian Press said the posptponement of the shareholder meetings, from March 14 to March 28, was decided on the weekend after a hostile takeover bid was announced last week by Equinox Minerals: The reason for the postponement is to allow time for shareholders to receive and review the recommendation of the board of directors in relation to the Equinox (TSX:EQN) bid, Lundin said Sunday in a news release.

Nonferrous minerals exploration rebounds 45% to second-highest total on record

Responding to rising metals prices and more stable markets, most mining companies increased exploration budgets in 2010. The result was a 45% increase in estimated worldwide nonferrous metals exploration spending over 2009. Regionally, Latin America (led by Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina) was the top exploration destination in 2010-a position it has held for the better part of two decades-while Canada was the top country overall. Gold was the leading target, attracting more than half the global exploration budget total, with copper a distant second.

PotashCorp’s Allan mine in expansion mode

The increase in the demand for potash, along with higher prices, is fuelling an expansion of PotashCorp's Allan mine in Sasatchewan, The Star Phoenix reports. The $550 million expansion began in 2009 and is expected to push production at the site from two million to three million tonnes per year by 2012: “Over the last two decades the potash industry has been fairly stable, it had plateaued,” said Larry Long, general manager of the Allan mine. “Now with all the influx of orders for potash, the market has expanded quite a bit, countries all over the world are using our product at a higher rate, so we are in a position where we have to expand to meet the demand.

Chilean mine rescue capsule to be on display in Toronto at upcoming Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention

One of the three rescue capsules built to rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped underground last year will be on public display at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (south building) from Sunday, March 6 to Wednesday, March 9.

New Gold has record year

New Gold had their best year in 2010, with increased production and declining costs resulting in record earnings and cash flow, the B.C.-based company said on Friday. Consolidated revenue for the year was $530 million compared to $324 million in 2009, which the company attributed to higher production rates and elevated gold prices. Earnings from mine operations jumped 129% to USD$203 million, compared to $89 million in the previous year.

Lake Shore Gold hits high-grade intersections at Thunder Creek

Lake Shore Gold Corp. (TSX:LSG) announced results from six drill holes (3,035 metres) from the 730 Level at the Thunder Creek Project with four holes (1,060 metres) being collared underground and two holes (1,975 metres) on surface. The holes are part of a continuing drill program to define the overall geometry and grade of the Porphyry and Rusk Zones near the 730 elevation in order to complete an initial National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate. The Thunder Creek project is within the company's Timmins West Gold Complex near Timmins, Ontario.

Teck announces coal shipment with Westshore

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck", TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that it has reached agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership ("Westshore") on terms for the shipment of steelmaking coal from Teck's mines in British Columbia and Alberta for a four year term from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016. The new agreement envisions Teck shipping 16 million tonnes of coal in the initial contract year, and larger amounts in subsequent years when Teck's production is scheduled to increase, all at fixed rates through Westshore.

Peregrine completes Can$8.4 million private placement

Peregrine Diamonds completed a non-brokered private placement of 3,000,000 common shares at a price of $2.80 per share for proceeds of $8.4 million. Proceeds will be used for mineral exploration projects in Canada.

Bralorne moves forward to start milling

Start-up of the mill is now planned following completion of service repairs that were initiated in last fall. Underground development material has been stockpiled at the surface for mill feed. By the end of February, a total of 11,866 tonnes (13,080 tons) of material was stockpiled at an estimated average grade of 12.5 grams per tonne (0.365 oz/ton) gold. The total to date of the stockpile plus the underground broken inventory currently stands at 20,500 tonnes (22,678 tons) at an estimated average grade of 12.4 grams per tonne (0.363 oz/ton) gold.

Coalhunter Mining to be acquired by Cardero Resources for $2 million

Cardero Resource Corp. announced on Friday that it will acquire all of Coalhunter Mining Corporation's outstanding securities. Cardero will pay about Can$2.1 million in the transaction. Cardero Resources was up over 5% on the TSX to Can$2 a share.

Canada eclipsed China in mining M&A: PwC report

China may have dominated mining news headlines over the past year, but it is a small player when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, according to a report released today from PwC. The Mining Deals report states that in 2010, just 6% of global mining involved purchases by Chinese companies, compared to 36% from companies domiciled in Canada, 16% in the US and 16% in Australia. The numbers appear to dispel the myth that China is amassing control of the world's resources by merging and acquiring firms into its orbit.

BC mineral explorers respond to Fraser Institute survey of mining companies

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) is encouraged by British Columbia’s return to the top half of the Fraser Institute rankings of mining companies’ perceptions of the province, but acknowledged that challenges remain with regard to business certainty.

Mapping project by British Columbia Geological Survey identifies "unprecedented opportunities" in new zones and offers insights in Romios' Dirk/Newmont Lake area Geology

Romios Gold Resources announced that a 2010 mapping project from the British Columbia Geological Survey confirmed Romios' previous claims that the Dirk property mineralization is analogous to and may be as large as the Galore Creek project. Samples collected by Romios from the Dirk property produced numerous anomalous values including a 3.0 metre chip sample of 6.21% Cu, 0.57 g/t Au, and 44.1 g/t Ag. The BCGS also reports values up to 21 ppb platinum and 64 ppb palladium from samples that they collected from the Dirk property.