Volume 100 Number 51

Feb 2 - 8, 2015

Editorial: Base metal woes in Canada's north

Base metal mining in Canada took another couple of hard blows in late January, as falling base metals price bit deeper and deeper into operations.Read More →


Oil slump spells uncertainty for fracking, frac sand

The decline in oil and gas prices has clouded the outlook for 2015, particularly for oilfield service providers, including pressure pumping firms, which make most of their revenue from fracturing. Read More →


Franco's Harquail: 'My belief in exploration has been shaken'

VANCOUVER — It’s hard to find a better value-builder over the past decade than Franco-Nevada (TSX: FNV; NYSE: FNV), which essentially pioneered the royalty-stream finance model in its previous incarnation and has seen its share...Read More →


Mining industry revisits anti-corruption procedures

Mining companies should take note of Canada’s stricter penalties and more aggressive enforcement of anti-corruption laws and make sure their anti-bribery compliance procedures are up to speed, lawyers, forensic accountants and mining...Read More →


Telfer dazzles at Mining Hall of Fame soirée

For those lucky enough to get a seat at this year’s sold-out Canadian Mining Hall of Fame dinner in Toronto on Jan. 15, inductee Ian Telfer did not disappoint. Within moments of taking the stage, donning a pair of gold-hued shoes, the...Read More →


InvestX introduces miners to PE crowd-funding

The $40-million investment that private equity firm Resource Capital Funds announced in privately held TMAC Resources and its Hope Bay gold project in Nunavut is exactly the kind of deal entrepreneur Marcus New wants to offer retail investors...Read More →


Commentary - CPM Group: China key to moly market

The following is a summary of the newly released Molybdenum Market Outlook from New York-based research firm CPM Group. The full study offers in-depth analysis of global molybdenum supply, demand and price trends, including projections for the...Read More →


Kirwin collection arrives at the ROM

It’s been six years since the first discussions about bringing geologist Douglas Kirwin’s renowned rock collection to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, and after a $3.7-million fundraising effort the vast collection has...Read More →


TSX posts strong gains, Jan. 19-23

The Bank of Canada’s surprise cut of the overnight interest rate to 0.8% from 1% — the first move on rates since September 2010 — combined with the European Central Bank’s decision the next day to buy €60-billion...Read More →


TSX Venture returns to positive territory, Jan. 19-23

The S&P/TSX Venture Composite bounced back during the trading period, as it gained 1.6%, or 10.87 points, en route to a 678.18-point close. Miners benefitted from higher gold futures prices, while markets welcomed a wave of stimulus...Read More →


U.S. equities march higher, Jan. 20-23

U.S. stocks snapped a three-week losing streak to close the abbreviated trading week higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 161.03 points, or 0.9%, to finish at 17,672.60, while the S&P 500 Index moved up 32.4 points, or 1.6%, to...Read More →


Fission team talks Triple R resource and next steps at PLS

VANCOUVER — It’s been an exciting journey for Fission Uranium (TSX: FCU; US-OTC: FCUUF) at its wholly owned Patterson Lake South (PLS) discovery, which has effectively changed the way explorers look at Saskatchewan’s Athabasca...Read More →


Paladin gets PE from Asia

Like most uranium companies last year, Paladin Energy (TSX: PDN; ASX: PDN) struggled with tough markets and low commodity prices.Read More →


Forum's high hopes for Fir Island in Athabasca basin

VANCOUVER — Forum Uranium (TSXV: FDC; US-OTC: FDCFF) is coming off its tenth year as a prospect generator in Saskatchewan’s prolific Athabasca basin. Over that time the company has leveraged its technical expertise to generate...Read More →


NexGen continues drilling the Arrow discovery

Analysts believe NexGen Energy (TSXV: NXE) may be on to something at its Arrow zone on the Rook 1 property in the southwest part of Saskatchewan’s Athabasca basin.Read More →


B2Gold eyes 35% production growth in 2015

B2Gold (TSX: BTO; NYSE-MKT: BTG) expects another record production year in 2015, building upon the solid output it had in 2014.Read More →


Hecla contemplates open-pit revival at San Sebastian

VANCOUVER — U.S. silver outfit Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) could be on the verge of adding a new asset to its near-term production profile after a 2014 drill program at its San Sebastian property in Durango, Mexico. The company briefly...Read More →