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Numbers show mining still king in Sudbury

Posted Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Sudbury is still very much a mining town, even if the definition of one has changed. “It’s a primary structural element of this community,” said Dick DeStefano, executive director for the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Centre. “It’s a wealth creator.” He’s not surprised by the numbers in a recent report by the Ontario […]

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Women in Mining in Canada Changing the Mining Industry

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Dick DeStefano, Executive Director SAMSSA One of most current issues in the mining community is the growing population of professional women who are actively participating in the mining work force globally. I recently wrote an article entitled, “What Would We Do Without Women in Mining?” describing an organization recently reconstructed and reorganized into an association […]

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Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Funded primarily by the Brazilian Government, the SwB scholarship program was launched in July 2011. The program to send 101,000 Brazilian students to study internationally in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects by 2015. The Government of Brazil is funding 75,000 scholarships and a further 26,000 are being funded by the private sector.

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Sudbury entrepreneurs recognized for their contributions

Posted Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Darryl Lake never thought of himself as an entrepreneur, but in the early 1990s, his career as an academic took an unexpected turn with his effort to end the Sudbury brain drain of young talented people. In 1995, Lake left his position as Cambrian College’s dean of health sciences, trades and technology, and started the […]

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Change to Vale’s buying scheme makes city more attractive

Posted Monday, December 16th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Mining giant switching to a regional focus for supply and service procurement
Dick DeStefano, executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association, said Vale’s decision to switch to a local procurement model was the best news he has heard in a long time for his sector.

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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Announce Plans to Halt Development of its Chromite Project Indefinitely

Posted Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today that its affiliate, Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc., will suspend indefinitely its Chromite Project in Northern Ontario by the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company determined that it will not allocate additional capital for the project given the uncertain timeline and risks associated with the development of necessary infrastructure to bring this project online. In June of this year, Cliffs suspended the environmental assessment activities because of pending issues impeding the progress of the project.

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Transportation costs key for successful Ring of Fire development [Part 4 of 4]

Posted Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by SAMSSA

Throughout this four-part series, transportation infrastructure has been highlighted as one of the key issues — a host of aboriginal concerns is the other — that must be resolved in order for the Ring of Fire’s world-class mineral projects, conservatively worth about $60 billion and counting, to move forward.

Since Cliffs Natural Resources is a billion-dollar multi-national, it seems to have taken up all the attention or oxygen in the room when discussing transportation issues. I have often heard from a variety of mining and government colleagues that Cliffs has the money and size, so their proposal must be the right one.

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ACCENT: Ring’s potential ‘astounding’ – by Stan Sudol [Part 3 of 4]

Posted Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by SAMSSA

In Sudbury, when people hear about the Ring of Fire, they think of Cliffs Natural Resources and its plan to ship chromite from a mine in northwestern Ontario to a plant in Capreol for processing that would create between 300 and 400 local jobs. But we should remember that this proposal is only a “benchmark” scenario and that many issues still need to be resolved. As a result, the location of this facility could change.

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Is rail or road the best choice for [Ontario's] Ring of Fire? [Part 2 of 4]

Posted Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Earlier this year, KWG Resources released a commissioned report by engineering consulting company Tetra Tech on the costs of a road versus a railroad in the Ring of Fire.

By way of background, KWG wants to build a railway to ship ore out of the Ring of Fire. It’s rival, Cliffs Natural Resources prefers a road. However, KWG has staked some of the land Cliffs needs for such a road. Cliffs appealed to the Mining and Lands Commissioner of Ontario to get access to the land, but lost — a decision it is now appealing.

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KWG — the chromite mouse that roars – by Stan Sudol [Part 1 of 4]

Posted Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by SAMSSA

On Sept. 10, Ontario’s Mining and Lands Commissioner set off a nuclear explosion in Ontario mining circles and announced that tiny Canadian-owned KWG Resources would not have to give American iron ore giant, Cliffs Natural Resources, access to its staked mining claims to construct a proposed road into the Ring of Fire.

In a proverbial David and Goliath bruising battle over a much sought-after route into Ontario’s newest mining camp, it was a precedent-setting sucker punch no one expected. The Mining Commission report started with an understatement of the century: “The North is not a quiet place.” And with good reason.

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