In a Northern Miner interview, Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs discussed nt plans to move ahead with a series of initiatives, including the creation of the Centre for Next generation Nuclear in Ontario and the plan for Saskatchewan-based uranium producer, Cameco to supply fuel bundles for Bruce Power’s Unit 6 nuclear plant scheduled to restart in 2024.
He stated his hope that the government will be able to begin dialogue with Neskatanga and Eabametoong First Nations on the construction of the Northern Road link and related environmental assessments. He also indicated that he has been in close communication with Alan Couts of Norton to discuss moving forward with environmental assessment processes related to mine operation.
On September 11, Ontario Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau met with IAMGOLD’s president and CEO Gordon Stothart to announce the Côté Gold open pit gold mine project, set to begin construction in a couple of weeks, in Gogoma, Ontario, 200 km northwest of Sudbury.
Trudeau referred to the mine as a “’model of’ Indigenous development.” An MOU was signed between Flying Post and Mattagami First Nations and IAMGOLD in 2019. According to Ford, “[T]he opening of this mine is a prime example of how the Ontario government can help businesses grow and create jobs by cutting red tape and removing regulatory roadblocks, without cost to taxpayers.”
September 9, 2020 (The Northern Miner)
Mining is at the forefront of Ontario’s recovery: Minister Greg Rickford interview
“But now, the provincial government is turning its attention back to the mining sector to pick up where it left off at PDAC. To this end, Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, as well as the Minister of Indigenous Affairs, took part in the announcement of a series of initiatives on Aug. 20 between Saskatchewan-based uranium producer Cameco (TSX: CCO) and Ontario-based nuclear energy generator Bruce Power.
One of those initiatives is the creation of a new Centre for Next Generation Nuclear in Ontario, which will study small modular reactors (SMRs) and medical isotopes. As well, it was announced that Cameco would be supplying Bruce Power with 1600 specialized fuel bundles for the nuclear power plant’s Unit 6, which is scheduled to restart in 2024.” Read more here…
September 11, 2020 (Northern Ontario Business):
Prime minister, premier break ground for new gold mine
Construction for IAMGOLD’s Cote Gold project is expected to start in a couple of weeks
“With ground officially being broken for the Côté Gold Mine, IAMGOLD’s president and CEO, Gordon Stothart, believes it’s the start of a 30-year operation. IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project is a joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining. In July it was announced approvals had been received to start construction at the Gogama-area site. At a construction staging area for the mine, Stothart, Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with other dignitaries, broke ground for the project today.” Read more here…
September 13, 2020 ( Northern Ontario Business):
Mining plays a role in green economy, reconciliation, says Trudeau
Rickford challenges Ottawa to step up on cost-sharing Ring of Fire infrastructure
“Mining has a place in Justin Trudeau’s green agenda in restoring Canada’s economy. The prime minister called IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Mine development “a model” for Indigenous engagement that Ottawa would like to see replicated across the country. “This is part of reconciliation,” said Trudeau during a Q & A with reporters at the Sept. 11 sod-turning for the mining company’s $1.8-billion open-pit gold project outside Gogama.”” Read more here…
September 13, 2020 (Sault Online):
New mine shows Northern Ontario ‘open for business’
“It was a beautiful, sunny morning to break ground at IAMGOLD’s new open pit gold mine about 20 km southwest of Gogama. On Friday, local First Nation leaders, MPPs, and municipal leaders from Sudbury, Gogama and Timmins, joined Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the company’s new Côté Gold site to show their support for a project that is expected to create hundreds of jobs and contribute billions to the economy. “The opening of this mine is a prime example of how the Ontario government can help businesses grow and create jobs by cutting red tape and removing regulatory roadblocks, without cost to taxpayers,” Ford said.” Read more here…