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Update: Ximen Mining/GGX Gold add tellurium to B.C. gold-silver project

March 18th, 2019

by Greg Klein | updated March 18, 2019

New assays add impressive critical mineral results to near-surface, high-grade precious metals at southern British Columbia’s Greenwood mining camp. The news comes from the Gold Drop project, where earlier this month Ximen Mining TSXV:XIM and GGX Gold TSXV:GGX reported intervals as high as 129.1 g/t gold and 1,154.9 g/t silver over 7.28 metres, along with 107.5 g/t gold and 880 g/t silver over 6.9 metres. After 14 intervals surpassed the upper analytical limit of 500 g/t tellurium, the core was re-assayed specifically for the critical mineral.

Among the results were 823.4 g/t tellurium over 7.28 metres and 640.5 g/t over 6.9 metres. Combined with the gold-silver results, the intervals now show:

Ximen Mining/GGX Gold examine tellurium potential of B.C. gold-silver project

Hole COD18-67

  • 129.1 g/t gold, 1,154.9 g/t silver and 823.4 g/t tellurium over 7.28 metres, starting at 23.19 metres in downhole depth

COD18-70

  • 107.5 g/t gold, 880 g/t silver and 640.5 g/t tellurium over 6.9 metres, starting at 22.57 metres

True widths were unavailable.

Other individual samples graded as high as 3,860 g/t and 2,250 g/t tellurium, both in near-surface 0.38-metre intervals from COD18-67. COD18-70 also showed individual samples up to 3,340 g/t over 0.45 metres and 2,960 g/t over 0.4 metres.

“Tellurium occurs in a soft silver-grey telluride mineral,” the companies stated. “Whenever this mineral is observed in the drill core, the interval has elevated silver, gold and tellurium values. This telluride mineral is likely a silver-tellurium-gold alloy named sylvanite.”

The decision to re-assay the core was prompted by “multiple industry inquiries and spiked interest with regards to the tellurium grades,” Ximen president/CEO Chris Anderson said earlier this month.

Due to the multiple industry inquiries and spiked interest with regards to the tellurium grades, as well as the fact that the grades have exceeded upper analytical limits at the lab, the decision was made to re-assay these drill core samples.—Chris Anderson,
Ximen Mining president/CEO

GGX acts as operator on the 5,628-hectare property. If GGX completes its 100% option, Ximen may form a JV by reimbursing GGX 30% of its spending to that date. Ximen retains a 2.5% NSR. The property sits about 500 kilometres by highway east of Vancouver.

Included in last year’s U.S. government list of 35 critical minerals, tellurium finds uses globally in solar applications (40%), thermo-electric production (30%), metallurgy (15%), rubber applications (5%) and other purposes (10%), according to a recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. imports over 75% of its tellurium supply.

The 2018 Gold Drop campaign sunk 71 holes on the COD vein in the property’s Southwest zone and also conducted trenching in the COD area along with drilling on the Everest vein.

Ximen’s flagship is the Brett project in southern B.C.’s Okanagan region. Last November the company announced that metallurgical tests on material stockpiled during early-stage mine development in the 1990s support an historic account of 4 g/t to 5 g/t gold.

Ximen has its Treasure Mountain property under option to New Destiny Mining TSXV:NED. Grab samples from last year’s program included gold grades of 11.3 g/t and 8.81 g/t from the property’s east-northeast areas, and up to 1.45% zinc, 122 g/t silver, 0.87 g/t gold, 57 g/t tellurium and 12.3 g/t indium in the southeast region. Grab samples from a trench in the southeast area showed anomalous gold grades including 0.877 g/t, 0.46 g/t and 0.359 g/t.

The companies received permits last month for additional work on the property, which partly surrounds Nicola Mining’s (TSXV:NIM) Treasure Mountain project, about three and a half hours’ driving distance from Vancouver. Nicola’s property underwent silver-lead-zinc underground mining in 2008 and 2013.

Last month Ximen appointed Mathew Ball as VP of exploration. With over 30 years of experience, he’s served as president/COO of B.C.’s Bralorne gold mine and currently acts as interim CEO/COO/chief geologist for Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM, another company active in the Greenwood camp. “Dr. Ball brings a wealth of practical experience and knowledge of lode and epithermal gold-silver, porphyry copper-gold and related skarn deposits,” all of which potentially occur in Ximen’s three projects, the company stated.

Ximen closed private placements of $540,000 in December and $250,000 in February. On March 18 the company announced it arranged a private placement of $405,000 subject to TSXV approval.

Ximen Mining/GGX Gold examine tellurium potential of B.C. gold-silver project

March 7th, 2019

This story has been updated and moved here.

Canadian investors remain at risk despite awareness of fraudulent tactics: BCSC

March 6th, 2019

by Greg Klein | March 6, 2019

The scamster’s quickest way to a mark’s wallet might be through the victim’s family and friends. Out of six warning signs of investment fraud, a new poll finds, being encouraged to invest because friends and family have already done so fools the most Canadians.

Conducted for the B.C. Securities Commission, the online survey questioned 2,915 Canadians, including 1,407 in B.C. In the lowest score of awareness, only 61% of B.C. respondents and 55% nationally recognized the family and friends ruse, among the half-dozen gambits that also included:

Canadian investors remain at risk despite awareness of fraudulent tactics: BCSC

  • Guaranteed high returns with little or no risk

  • Moving money outside the country to avoid tax

  • A strong push to act now

  • An offer of inside information

  • An offer available only to a select few

The most widely recognized ruse was guaranteed high returns, spotted by 77% in B.C. and 74% in Canada overall. Only 44% of British Columbians and 40% of Canadians overall caught all six.

“But one missed sign is sometimes all it takes for someone to be victimized,” pointed out BCSC director of communications and education Pamela McDonald.

British Columbians scored slightly better than the national results, but also admitted to a slightly greater tendency to getting ripped off. Twelve percent of B.C. respondents said they’d been conned, compared with 10% nationally. Oddly enough, another 12% (B.C.) and 10% (Canada-wide) said they didn’t know whether they’d been swindled.

Scam losses amounted to $5,000 or more for 40% (B.C.) and 45% (Canada-wide). But British Columbians expressed marginally less insecurity, with 44% conceding they were as likely as anyone else to get scammed, compared with 45% nationally.

The closest affinity between B.C. and nation-wide results came with responses to a statement that “reporting a fraudulent investment is more trouble than it’s worth.” In both groups, only 16% agreed.

“We are encouraged to see that most people are willing to report investment fraud, rather than just letting it go,” said BCSC director of enforcement Doug Muir. “Our investigators need the public’s help. The sooner we know about scams, the better our chances of preventing further losses.”

The BCSC accepts tips at 604.899.6854, 800.373,6393, inquiries@bcsc.bc.ca and via online form.

Read more about the fraud-awareness survey.

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Miners and explorers pick their spots in Fraser Institute’s latest report card

February 28th, 2019

by Greg Klein | February 28, 2019

Ontario dropped dramatically but an improved performance by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut helped Canada retain its status as the planet’s most mining-friendly country. That’s the verdict of the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2018, a study of jurisdictions worldwide. Some 291 mining and exploration people responded to questions on a number of issues, supplying enough info to rank 83 countries, provinces and states.

Canadian and American jurisdictions dominated the most important section, with four spots each on the Investment Attractiveness Index’s top 10. Combined ratings for all Canadian jurisdictions held this country’s place as the miners’ favourite overall.

The IAI rates both geology and government policies. Respondents typically say they base about 40% of their investment decisions on policy factors and about 60% on geology. Here’s the IAI top 10 with the previous year’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 1 Nevada (3)

  • 2 Western Australia (5)

  • 3 Saskatchewan (2)

  • 4 Quebec (6)

  • 5 Alaska (10)

  • 6 Chile (8)

  • 7 Utah (15)

  • 8 Arizona (9)

  • 9 Yukon (13)

  • 10 Northwest Territories (21)

Here are Canada’s IAI rankings:

  • 3 Saskatchewan (2)

  • 4 Quebec (6)

  • 9 Yukon (13)

  • 10 Northwest Territories (21)

  • 11 Newfoundland and Labrador (11)

  • 12 Manitoba (18)

  • 15 Nunavut (26)

  • 18 British Columbia (20)

  • 20 Ontario (7)

  • 30 New Brunswick (30)

  • 51 Alberta (49)

  • 57 Nova Scotia (56)

Despite Ontario’s fall from grace, the province’s policy ratings changed little from last year. Relative to other jurisdictions, however, the province plummeted. Concerns include disputed land claims, as well as uncertainty about protected areas and environmental regulations.

The Policy Perception Index ignored geology to focus on how government treats miners and explorers. Saskatchewan ranked first worldwide, as seen in these Canadian standings:

The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars. A sound regulatory regime coupled with competitive fiscal policies is key to making a jurisdiction attractive in the eyes of mining investors.—Ashley Stedman,
senior policy analyst,
the Fraser Institute

  • 1 Saskatchewan (3)

  • 9 New Brunswick (13)

  • 10 Quebec (9)

  • 11 Nova Scotia (24)

  • 14 Alberta (16)

  • 18 Newfoundland (10)

  • 24 Yukon (22)

  • 30 Ontario (20)

  • 33 Manitoba (27)

  • 42 NWT (42)

  • 44 B.C. (36)

  • 45 Nunavut (44)

The NWT and Nunavut’s indifferent PPI performance suggests greater appreciation of the territories’ geology boosted their IAI rank.

This year’s study included a chapter on exploration permitting, previously the subject of a separate Fraser Institute study. Twenty-two jurisdictions in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Scandinavia were evaluated for time, transparency and certainty. Cumulatively, the six American states did best, with 72% of explorers saying they got permits within six months, compared with 69% for the eight Canadian provinces, 53% for the two Scandinavian countries (Finland and Sweden) and 34% for the six Australian states.

A majority of respondents working in Canada (56%) said permitting waits had grown over the last decade, compared with 52% in Australia, 45% in Scandinavia and 28% in the U.S.

A lack of permitting transparency was cited as an investment deterrent by 48% of respondents working in Australia, 44% in Canada, 33% in Scandinavia and 24% in the U.S.

Eighty-eight percent of explorers working in the U.S. and Scandinavia expressed confidence that they’d eventually get permits, followed by 77% for Australia and 73% for Canada.

Saskatchewan led Canada for timeline certainty, transparency and, with Quebec, confidence that permits would eventually come through.

As for the IAI’s 10 worst, they include Bolivia, despite some recent efforts to encourage development; China, the only east Asian country in the study; and problem-plagued Venezuela.

  • 74 Bolivia (86)

  • 75 La Rioja province, Argentina (80)

  • 76 Dominican Republic (72)

  • 77 Ethiopia (81)

  • 78 China (83)

  • 79 Panama (77)

  • 80 Guatemala (91)

  • 81 Nicaragua (82)

  • 82 Neuquen province, Argentina (57)

  • 83 Venezuela (85)

Explorers made up nearly 52% of survey respondents, producers just over 25%, consulting companies over 16% and others nearly 8%.

“The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars,” said Ashley Stedman, who co-wrote the study with Kenneth P. Green. “A sound regulatory regime coupled with competitive fiscal policies is key to making a jurisdiction attractive in the eyes of mining investors.”

Download the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2018.

Battlefield correspondent

January 24th, 2019

Rex Murphy sees human casualties in the war on Canada’s resource industries

by Greg Klein

Rex Murphy sees human casualties in the war on Canada’s resource industries

An SRO audience paid rapt attention to Rex Murphy’s VRIC speech.

 

There’s something inspiring about a Newfoundlander—a Newfoundlander born in Newfoundland before it even joined Canada—coming to the West Coast largely to defend Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Actually Rex Murphy’s message applies to Canada’s resource industries overall, focusing on the people who work in them, their families and others who helped build the country. He sees the chasm between those who find fulfillment in employment and those who would shut down the industries that provide it.

Rex Murphy sees human casualties in the war on Canada’s resource industries

A National Post columnist who’s somehow tolerated by the CBC, Murphy proved a huge hit with an overflow crowd at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2019. “As a journalist, I’m in a room full of achievers,” he quipped. “This is a very awkward spot.” But unlike most journalists, he neither ignores nor celebrates an enormous shift in Canadian society.

He remembers miners from Baie Verte and Buchans who frequented his mother’s restaurant in the 1950s, “the gentlest of men” despite their gruelling work. But important as mining was, Newfoundland’s main source of survival was fishing. That changed dramatically in 1992.

That’s when 31,000 people, “at the stroke of a pen on a single day, were completely removed from the Newfoundland inshore fishery. Something that had gone on for 450 years, that defined the culture, the humour, the idiom, the songs, the pattern of settlement, the whole idea of Newfoundland, was wrapped up in that fishery…. For the first time in 500 years no one could jig a codfish and have it for supper. But also it was 31,000 people abruptly unemployed.”

Proportionately that would have been 660,000 people in Ontario, he added. One man he knew, desperately hoping for a job in Hamilton, sold his house for seven plane tickets. “That’s how rough it was.”

Rex Murphy sees human casualties in the war on Canada’s resource industries

But as one regional resource economy collapsed, another boomed. Alberta’s oilpatch needed workers. Murphy calls it “one of the great rescue operations of Canadian Confederation, which most people still haven’t even heard about…. It was one of the great moments, unsung, of Confederation at work, where one region of the country, very willingly, allowed a strange bunch with certainly a stranger language to wander into their province … one of the great songs that we should be singing, that the enterprise of Alberta and a primary industry rescued one of the great social and cultural blows of another part of the Confederation. Did you ever hear about it?”

We more likely heard vilification, often coming from activists, celebrities, media and increasingly Ottawa, he maintained. “You heard every criticism you could hear about poor Fort McMurray. Even after the fire they went after it…. You had the oil price decline, you had the burning of Fort McMurray, you had a flood in Fort McMurray, you had the departure of capital from Fort McMurray, you had the layoff of engineers in Fort McMurray, and what did they decide was the cure? Let’s bring in a carbon tax.

“I mean, the poor creature’s already laid out on the morgue table and they want to take another few shots at the head.”

Rex Murphy sees human casualties in the war on Canada’s resource industries

Resource extraction was vital to the generations who built this country, Murphy emphasized. “It is only in a country as prosperous as our own that we get to the point where we denigrate and derogate the essential industries that brought us precisely to where we are.”

Prosperity, or at least just simply work, can provide intangible benefits too, he pointed out.

“Do you know what it’s like not to have work? There’s no psychological stress greater except loss of a loved one or breakup of a family…. It’s not just the work, it’s not just the paycheque, it is the fulfillment of the human personality.”

Although often incredulous, Murphy’s cri de coeur falls short of actual despair, especially when laced with homespun humour. Nevertheless a despairing thought might occur to listeners who wonder whether the intangible value of an earned paycheque matters much in a culture of entitlement, or among those who find remuneration in activism. As for work’s fulfillment of the human personality, maybe another type of personality has gained prominence, one that finds fulfillment in espousing fashionable convictions and obstructing useful projects.

What remains to be seen is whether the people he speaks for are declining, in numbers as well as influence. Maybe previous generations could have offset such a fate by producing a few more Rex Murphys.

Videos of VRIC 2019 presentations will be posted online in the coming weeks by Cambridge House International.

92 Resources plans 2019 advancement of Canadian energy metals projects

January 22nd, 2019

by Greg Klein | January 22, 2019

With a portfolio that features lithium projects in Quebec along with vanadium and frac sand properties in British Columbia, 92 Resources TSXV:NTY now has its new year agenda in preparation. Taking precedence will be the FCI claims, a recent acquisition that enhances the company’s adjacent Corvette lithium project in Quebec’s James Bay region.

92 Resources plans 2019 advancement of Canadian energy metals projects

High-grade channel sampling has brought
Corvette’s CV1 pegmatite to the drill-ready stage.

Under a 75% earn-in, 92 has a year one spending commitment of $250,000 on FCI. The company has been reviewing historic data while working with operator Osisko Mining TSX:OSK to plan a surface program for the spring and summer. Following that will be a new field campaign at Corvette to precede the first-ever drill program on the two bordering properties.

Encouraging developments from Corvette last year include channel sampling on the CV1 pegmatite that revealed lithium grading as high as 2.28% Li2O over 6 metres and 1.54% over 8 metres, along with tantalum results. The team discovered two more spodumene-bearing pegmatites that suggest a potentially large mineralizing system along strike and at depth, 92 reported. A substantial staking expansion to Corvette along with the FCI earn-in covers about 15 kilometres of potential strike.

Looking at other possible sources of Quebec lithium, 92 also has field programs planned for the Pontax, Eastman and Lac du Beryl properties. Pontax grab samples have graded up to 0.94% Li2O and 520 ppm Ta2O5.

Additionally, the 2019 agenda calls for surface sampling on the Silver Sands vanadium prospect acquired in B.C. last November. The property features regionally mapped rock units that potentially host vanadium-bearing horizons.

Last year 92 filed a 43-101 technical report for its Golden frac sand project in southern B.C., adjacent to Northern Silica’s high-grade Moberly silica mine.

In the Northwest Territories, 92 holds an interest in the Hidden Lake lithium project, the subject of a maiden drill program last year by Far Resources CSE:FAT. The latter company has completed 60% of a 90% earn-in from 92.

92 closed a private placement of $618,000 in late December.

Read more about 92 Resources.

Ximen Mining and GGX Gold report more high-grade, near-surface gold-silver with tellurium from B.C.

January 21st, 2019

by Greg Klein | January 21, 2019

Ximen Mining and GGX Gold report more high-grade, near-surface gold and silver with tellurium from southern B.C.

Visible gold brings new potential to an historic British Columbia camp.

 

Heralding the results as once again “some of the highest-grade intersections ever drilled over the last 100 years in the Greenwood gold mining camp,” Ximen Mining TSXV:XIM CEO Chris Anderson welcomed the latest Gold Drop news from optionee GGX Gold TSXV:GGX. The property was one of the former gold and silver mining sites in the historic camp about 500 kilometres by highway east of Vancouver.

Following the previous week’s batch featuring 129 g/t gold and 1,154 g/t silver over 7.28 metres, these assays come from the final four holes of an 11-hole November campaign on the southern extension of Gold Drop’s COD vein. All holes were sunk within 25 metres of two 2018 holes and “suggest a continuous high-grade gold mineralized structure has been confirmed,” Ximen stated.

The standout of this batch was COD18-70, which showed:

  • 107.5 g/t gold and 880 g/t silver over 6.9 metres, starting at 22.57 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 541 g/t gold, 4,532 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 0.85 metres)
Ximen Mining and GGX Gold report more high-grade, near-surface gold and silver with tellurium from southern B.C.

Some other highlights featured:

COD18-68

  • 8.77 g/t gold, 85.4 g/t silver and 56.3 g/t tellurium over 2.76 metres, starting at 19.49 metres
  • (including 14.47 g/t gold, 131.8 g/t silver and 87.9 g/t tellurium over 1.39 metres)

COD18-69

  • 5.76 g/t gold, 67.9 g/t silver and 61.2 g/t tellurium over 7.46 metres, starting at 26.72 metres
  • (including 9.77 g/t gold, 95 g/t silver and 110 g/t tellurium over 0.8 metres)
  • (and including 70.9 g/t gold, 569 g/t silver and 278 g/t tellurium over 0.4 metres)

True widths were unavailable.

GGX acts as operator under an option to earn 100% of the project. Should GGX fulfill the 100%, Ximen may form a JV by reimbursing GGX 30% of its spending to that date. Ximen retains a 2.5% NSR.

Also in southern B.C., Ximen plans springtime underground drilling and remedial work for its flagship Brett project in the Okanagan region. Metallurgical tests on 1990s material stockpiled during early-stage mine development support an historic report of 4 g/t to 5 g/t gold, the company announced in November.

About a three and a half hour drive northeast of Vancouver, Ximen holds the Treasure Mountain property near Nicola Mining’s (TSXV:NIM) Treasure Mountain silver project, the location of underground mining in 2008 and 2013.

In late December Ximen closed a private placement of $540,000 and offered another private placement of $250,000.

Ximen Mining/GGX Gold report near-surface 129 g/t gold and 1,154 g/t silver over 7.28 metres in B.C.

January 14th, 2019

by Greg Klein | January 14, 2019

Ximen Mining GGX Gold report near-surface 129 g/t gold and 1,154 g/t silver over 7.28 metres in B.C.

Gold Drop gives up high grades near surface at B.C.’s historic Greenwood camp.

 

With assays from seven of 11 November holes now in, Ximen Mining TSXV:XIM and GGX Gold TSXV:GGX report high gold and silver grades along with tellurium at the Gold Drop project in southern British Columbia’s Greenwood camp. All from near-surface intervals on the southern extension of the property’s COD vein, the batch featured a standout result of 129.1 g/t gold and 1,154.9 g/t silver over 7.28 metres. GGX operates the project under option from Ximen.

A closer look at hole COD18-67 shows the breakdown of sub-intervals:

  • 129.1 g/t gold and 1,154.9 g/t silver over 7.28 metres, starting at 23.19 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 106 g/t gold, 1,250 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 0.37 metres)
  • (and including 232.1 g/t gold, 2,001.1 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 3.13 metres)
  • (and including 143 g/t gold, 1,372.9 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 0.77 metres)
Ximen Mining GGX Gold report near-surface 129 g/t gold and 1,154 g/t silver over 7.28 metres in B.C.

Some of the program’s other highlights showed:

COD18-61

  • 5.29 g/t gold, 32.4 g/t silver and 31.4 g/t tellurium over 1.38 metres, starting at 22.62 metres

COD18-63

  • 28 g/t gold, 424.7 g/t silver and 150.4 g/t tellurium over 1.17 metres, starting at 26.14 metres
  • (including 49.7 g/t gold, 787 g/t silver and 245 g/t tellurium over 0.59 metres)

COD18-66

  • 6.97 g/t gold, 46.8 g/t silver and 34.4 g/t tellurium over 0.94 metres, starting at 22.96 metres

True widths were unavailable.

The autumn campaign followed two initial holes sunk last August within 25 metres’ distance. Again at near surface, those results featured 50.15 g/t gold and 375 g/t silver over 2.05 metres for COD18-45, along with 54.9 g/t gold and 379 g/t silver over 1.47 metres for COD18-46.

Drilling and trenching have traced COD’s mineralized vein system for about 400 metres in strike, remaining open to the northeast, at depth and possibly to the southwest, the operator stated.

Gold Drop was one of the sites of historic gold and silver mining in the Greenwood camp, roughly 500 kilometres by highway east of Vancouver.

The Gold Drop option allows GGX to earn 100% of the project, with Ximen retaining a 2.5% NSR. If GGX completes the 100% earn-in, Ximen may form a JV by reimbursing GGX 30% of its work expenses to that date.

Ximen’s flagship Brett project in southern B.C.’s Okanagan region has underground drilling and remedial work planned for spring. In November the company announced that results from a batch test supported an historic report of 4 g/t to 5 g/t gold from material stockpiled when a mine portal was built during the 1990s. Ximen plans further metallurgical tests on the stockpiled material.

In southwestern B.C., Ximen holds the Treasure Mountain property proximal to Nicola Mining’s (TSXV:NIM) Treasure Mountain silver project, where underground mining took place briefly in 2008 and 2013.

After closing a private placement of $540,000 in late December, Ximen offered another private placement of $250,000.

B.C. votes down Greens’ voting reform proposal, but do Greens need it?

December 20th, 2018

by Greg Klein | December 20, 2018

If a new electoral system might have reduced British Columbian voter apathy, not many voters showed interest. Only 42.6% of registered voters bothered to take part in a mail-in referendum on proportional representation and 61.3% of them rejected change. Results were released late December 20, after the voting deadline ended December 7.

British Columbians vote down Greens’ voting reform proposal

With or without electoral changes, Greens increasingly
make inroads in B.C. and some other parts of Canada.

B.C.’s ruling NDP put the matter to test as part of an agreement with the province’s three-MLA Green Party, whose legislative support is necessary to the minority government. In theory proportional representation would give smaller parties like the Greens a better chance of electing members.

Voters who did want change had three options: Mixed Member Proportional, used in Germany, New Zealand and Scotland; Rural-Urban Proportional, a never-tried approach that combines MMP and another system that’s used in Ireland, Australia and Malta; and Dual Member Proportional, a made-in-Canada system that’s used nowhere.

Of those who marked that part of the ballot, 41.24% chose MMP, 29.31% RUP and 29.45% DMP. But First Past the Post prevailed.

Small parties might be disappointed but Greens in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada have been increasing their presence under the current rules. B.C.’s Greens went from one MLA to three in the May 2017 election, holding the balance of power in a very tight result.

In June of this year Ontario elected its first Green MPP. Three months later the New Brunswick legislature increased its Green presence from one to three in an election where the new People’s Alliance also won three seats. Nevertheless electoral reform supporters said the top two parties’ standings showed the need for proportional representation. The Progressive Conservatives won 22 seats with 31.89% of the vote, while the incumbent Liberals won 21 seats with 37.8%. The Liberals managed to retain the government position for over five weeks until a non-confidence vote put the PCs into precarious power.

One week later Québec Solidaire, a new party sometimes described as separatist-environmentalist, won 10 seats in that province’s National Assembly. Three of the four elected Quebec parties support proportional representation.

Prince Edward Island has one Green MLA, while Canada’s sole Green MP represents a B.C. riding.

Greens surged to prominence in Vancouver last October, electing three each to the city’s council, parks board and school board. Neighbouring Burnaby elected its first Green councillor. New municipal electoral rules did play a role, however, by hindering the funding advantages that larger parties once held.

Back to the referendum, the NDP officially supported the Green stance on proportional representation but an NDP promoter ran the official anti-PR campaign. The group quickly pulled a sensationalist TV ad that suggested PR would bring goose-stepping Nazis into the legislature.

If the NDP appeared ambivalent, it might have been because FPTP has historically served the party well. In 1996 the NDP won a majority of provincial seats with 39.5% of the vote, although the rival BC Liberals won 41.8%. And arguably the NDP has more to fear than the BC Liberals from rising Green power.

In a 2005 B.C. referendum, PR got 57.7% support but failed to meet the 60% minimum requirement. B.C. PR support fell to 39.09% in a 2009 referendum.

Ximen Mining announces progress as GGX Gold wraps up fall drilling on B.C. option

December 11th, 2018

by Greg Klein | December 11, 2018

Ximen Mining announces progress as GGX Gold wraps up fall drilling on B.C. option

Core shows a gold-bearing quartz vein from previously released hole COD18-45.
(Photo: GGX Gold)

 

While the company’s focus remains the Brett project, Ximen Mining TSXV:XIM sees continued encouragement from another southern British Columbia gold property. On December 11 the company updated progress on Gold Drop, under option to GGX Gold TSXV:GGX and located in the historic Greenwood mining camp about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver. Assays are now pending for an 11-hole autumn campaign conducted by GGX.

Taking place within 25 metres of two holes sunk earlier this year, the program targeted the southern extension of the property’s COD vein. Assays for the two holes released in August showed:

COD18-45

  • 50.15 g/t gold and 375 g/t silver over 2.05 metres, starting at 27.85 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 1.34 g/t gold, 13.35 g/t silver and 9.31 g/t tellurium over 0.43 metres)
  • (and including 28.1 g/t gold, 134 g/t silver and 85.5 g/t tellurium over 0.83 metres)
  • (and including 167.5 g/t gold, 1,370 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 0.46 metres)
  • (and including 5.69 g/t gold, 65.5 g/t silver and 58.2 g/t tellurium over 0.33 metres)
Ximen Mining announces progress as GGX Gold wraps up fall drilling on B.C. option

COD18-46 showed further indication of the
gold-bearing quartz vein. (Photo: GGX Gold)

COD18-46

  • 54.9 g/t gold and 379 g/t silver over 1.47 metres, starting at 29.57 metres
  • (including 5.57 g/t gold, 22.2 g/t silver and 16.85 g/t tellurium over 0.29 metres)
  • (and including 34.8 g/t gold, 239 g/t silver and 191 g/t tellurium over 0.3 metres)
  • (and including 223 g/t gold, 1,535 g/t silver and >500 g/t tellurium over 0.3 metres)
  • (and including 11.4 g/t gold, 127 g/t silver and 95.1 g/t tellurium over 0.14 metres)

True widths were unavailable.

Results announced in November from the as-yet undrilled COD North area included a grab sample grading 15.45 g/t gold, 159 g/t silver and 114.5 g/t tellurium. A chip sample showed 21.7 g/t gold, 216 g/t silver and 149 g/t tellurium over 0.4 metres. COD North has been permitted for a maiden drill program.

Ximen has received two of four annual payments on the option signed in 2016, which totals $400,000 cash, $600,000 in shares, another million shares and $1 million in spending over four years. Ximen retains a 2.5% NSR. Should GGX complete the 100% option, Ximen could form a JV by paying GGX 30% of its work expenses to that date.

In southern B.C.’s Okanagan region, Ximen has underground drilling and remedial work planned for the company’s flagship Brett project next spring. Last month the company stated that a gold recovery batch test supported an historic report of 4 g/t to 5 g/t gold from material stockpiled when a mine portal was built during the 1990s. The company plans additional metallurgical tests on the stockpiled material.

In southwestern B.C., Ximen holds the Treasure Mountain project proximal to Nicola Mining’s (TSXV:NIM) Treasure Mountain silver deposit, the site of short-lived underground mining operations in 2008 and 2013.

Earlier this month Ximen offered a private placement of $540,000.