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GTA sells Ivanhoe property to focus on Northshore gold

April 29th, 2016

by Greg Klein | April 29, 2016

An option on the Ivanhoe gold project passes from GTA Resources and Mining TSXV:GTA to Probe Metals TSXV:PRB, allowing GTA to concentrate on its Northshore flagship. Announced April 29, the deal costs Probe $234,000 and 350,000 shares, out of which GTA gets $134,000, 200,000 shares and a 1% NSR. GTA will issue 200,000 shares to the northern Ontario property’s original vendors. The acquisition increases Probe’s West Porcupine project by about 130 square kilometres, to total over 180 square kilometres.

GTA sells Ivanhoe property to focus on Northshore gold

That leaves GTA with a stronger focus on its Northshore gold property in the Hemlo greenstone belt, where the company has additional drilling planned. GTA holds a 51% interest in Northshore and acts as operator in a JV with Balmoral Resources TSX:BAR. GTA has been examining the potential for low-cost mining on a near-surface, high-grade area of the project’s Afric zone.

The Ivanhoe sale “allows GTA to recover much of its expenditures over the last two years while maintaining an upside by receiving shares of Probe, and by retaining an NSR on any future production,” commented president/CEO Wayne Reid. “The company can now concentrate its immediate efforts on evaluating the economics of the open pit potential of the Afric zone. We believe capital requirements would be minimal if contract mining, hauling and milling can be utilized.”

GTA also holds the Auden graphite project in central Ontario and the Burnt Pond copper-zinc project in Newfoundland.

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Staking expands GTA Resources’ Burnt Pond zinc-copper project in Newfoundland

August 20th, 2015

by Greg Klein | August 20, 2015

Newly acquired turf helps Ontario gold explorer GTA Resources and Mining TSXV:GTA diversify into Newfoundland zinc and copper “in a proven producing belt with excellent infrastructure and a mining-friendly jurisdiction,” the company announced August 19. GTA staked 26 claim units for its Burnt Pond property, now totalling 136 claim units or 3,400 hectares.

Located eight kilometres on strike from Teck Resources’ (TSX:TCK.A and TCK.B) Duck Pond mine, Burnt Pond is “underlain by the same geological package of altered felsic volcanic rocks,” the company added. The new ground features what third parties have interpreted as a 500-metre-long zinc- and lead-rich stringer sulphide zone.

The zinc market appears ready for a strong rebound in both demand and pricing and this represents an opportunistic low-cost entry into this market, with no option commitments or future royalties payable.—Wayne Reid, president/CEO
of GTA Resources and Mining

2001 drilling featured a best result of 0.79% copper, 24% lead, 25.8% zinc, 791.1 grams per tonne silver and 1.6 g/t gold over 0.37 metres at a vertical depth of 405 metres, GTA stated. With limited historic drilling, extensive geophysical and geochemical surveys show untested electromagnetic targets coinciding with anomalous base metals in rock and soils.

“The existing targets can be easily advanced to a drill stage with the use of more modern technology,” said GTA president/CEO Wayne Reid. “The zinc market appears ready for a strong rebound in both demand and pricing and this represents an opportunistic low-cost entry into this market, with no option commitments or future royalties payable.”

After compiling previous work, plans call for gravity and EM surveys with drilling anticipated late this year.

Last month GTA reported gold samples up to 1.13 g/t from its Ivanhoe project west of Timmins. The company’s flagship is its Northshore project on the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt. Having earned a 51% interest in the joint venture with Balmoral Resources TSX:BAR, GTA is considering the project’s potential for a small-scale contract mining operation.

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GTA Resources samples gold over IP anomalies at Ivanhoe

July 20th, 2015

by Greg Klein | July 20, 2015

Sample results reported July 20 by GTA Resources and Mining TSXV:GTA confirm gold associated with induced polarization anomalies at the Ivanhoe project in Ontario. Summer field work collected 83 rock samples and 47 soil samples, with rock samples ranging from less than 5 ppb to 1.13 grams per tonne gold.

GTA Resources samples gold over IP anomalies at Ivanhoe

Among the grab samples were grades of 0.75 g/t and 1.13 g/t found near the western end of the 500-metre-long Montana high resistivity zone. Samples reported from the area last year reached as high as 4.81 g/t.

A quartz float sample at the BP porphyry zone graded up to 1.13 g/t and was found 180 metres northeast of a float that last year graded 18.1 g/t gold. Of 15 soil samples from an area approximately 200 metres by 500 metres, seven showed anomalous results ranging from seven to 102 ppb gold.

GTA has drilling planned for autumn. The 13,258-hectare property features an interpreted extension of the Porcupine Destor fault zone and the northeast extension of the interpreted trend hosting the Borden Lake gold discovery acquired earlier this year by Goldcorp TSX:G through its takeover of Probe Mines.

GTA’s flagship is the 337-hectare Northshore project on the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt. An engineering study announced last month examined a possible small-scale, low-cost open pit operation. The company has completed a 51% earn-in on the project, a joint venture with Balmoral Resources TSX:BAR.

In Newfoundland, GTA has geophysics planned for its recently acquired Burnt Pond zinc-copper property.

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Low-hanging fruit

June 26th, 2015

GTA Resources considers mining near-surface, high-grade Ontario gold

by Greg Klein

For the majors, the really big new gold deposits seem more and more elusive. But GTA Resources and Mining TSXV:GTA thinks it might have found enough low-hanging fruit to make a substantial impact on a small-cap company. Recently optimized high-grade pit shells have GTA examining the possibility of low-cost production at the Northshore project, 125 kilometres west of Hemlo.

GTA Resources considers mining near-surface, high-grade Ontario gold

A program of shallow infill drilling would help determine
the viability of small-scale mining at GTA’s Northshore project.

“We knew we had a high-grade zone within the Afric deposit,” CEO Wayne Reid says of Northshore’s June 2014 resource estimate. “And we wanted to know what could be put in shallow pits as a high-grade resource because it might be very simple to mine this stuff in an open pit with very little stripping and truck it to an existing mill.”

In a joint venture with Balmoral Resources TSX:BAR, GTA has completed a 51% earn-in and acts as operator of the 337-hectare project on the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt. Based on 52 holes totalling 11,390 metres, the Afric zone’s resource used a 0.5 gram-per-tonne cutoff to show:

  • indicated: 12.36 million tonnes averaging 0.99 g/t for 391,000 ounces gold

  • inferred: 29.58 million tonnes averaging 0.87 g/t for 824,000 ounces

Intrigued by the high-grade areas close to surface, GTA commissioned an engineering study that detailed two pit shells within the existing resource. In results released this month, two options were provided within each shell, with those for the West area showing:

Pit Pws 28

  • indicated: 56,825 tonnes averaging 2.92 g/t for 5,335 ounces

Pit Pws 31

  • indicated: 100,665 tonnes averaging 2.8 g/t for 9,062 ounces

For the East area, the two options showed:

Pit Pws 28

  • inferred: 62,809 tonnes averaging 2.86 g/t for 5,775 ounces

Pit Pws 31

  • indicated: 91,449 tonnes averaging 2.38 g/t for 6,998 ounces

  • inferred: 287,060 tonnes averaging 2.63 g/t for 24,273 ounces

For both East and West areas, pit 28 totals 5,335 ounces indicated and 5,775 ounces inferred. Pit 31’s total comes to 16,060 ounces indicated and 24,273 ounces inferred. The strip ratio for each pit came to 0.5 and 0.8 respectively.

If a low-cost mining scenario proves possible, such numbers could offer significant opportunity for a company like GTA, Reid says. An affable Newfoundlander who’s been a professional geologist for close to 40 years, he looks back on a career largely focused on Archean gold deposits, mainly in the Timmins camp but also in Red Lake, along with base metals and uranium experience.

Reid spent over 20 years in senior roles with the Noranda/Hemlo group. He’s also served as manager of Canadian exploration for Echo Bay Mines and exploration manager for St. Andrew Goldfields TSX:SAS, in addition to positions with other companies. Reid initially staked and began exploration at Brewery Creek and took part in the team that sunk the first holes in Newfoundland’s Boundary deposit, which became the Duck Pond mine.

Looking at Northshore’s optimized pits, he says, “I think that if our preliminary numbers can be verified you could have a good profit without needing a lot of capital. What we need to do now is put some economic numbers on that and also firm up those ounces.”

To accomplish that, Reid wants to do shallow infill drilling, baseline environmental studies and a mini-bulk sample ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 tonnes, depending on what permitting allows. A four-kilometre road linking to the Trans-Canada Highway would need upgrading. “We’ve already talked to some existing mills within a 150-kilometre radius of the deposit,” Reid says.

With $600,000 now in the till, GTA hopes to raise more money soon through a flow-through share offering which would allow further work to resume around mid-summer.

I think it would take one key person to co-ordinate it. After that, it’s all contracting—the mining, the trucking, the milling.—Wayne Reid, CEO of
GTA Resources and Mining

While the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt discovery remains GTA’s flagship, the company’s also active farther east, between Timmins and the Borden Lake deposit acquired by Goldcorp TSX:G earlier this year. Now in the second year of a 100% option on the Ivanhoe project, GTA expanded its claims by 40% over the last year to compile a 13,258-hectare land package. An interpreted extension of the Destor Porcupine fault zone extends across the northern part of the property.

Last year’s prospecting identified four areas of gold mineralization on the Destor Porcupine break and a porphyry trend. Samples graded up to 4.1 g/t and 18.1 g/t. Magnetometer and induced polarization surveys followed, with IP finding several high resistivity and chargeability targets that appear to coincide with the mineralized areas. With additional fieldwork to come, drilling is tentatively planned for late summer or early fall.

In Reid’s home province and near the Duck Pond mine he helped explore, GTA optioned claims earlier this month that comprise part of the Burnt Pond zinc-copper property. “We’re going to do a geophysical program to better identify some VMS or base metals targets and get ready to drill them,” he says. The plan is to take advantage of Newfoundland’s 50% rebate on exploration costs. Surveys could begin in summer or fall.

Back in Ontario but currently on the backburner is GTA’s Auden property, immediately south of Zenyatta Ventures’ (TSXV:ZEN) Albany graphite project.

If all goes well at Northshore, the high-grade, near-surface areas could potentially “make serious money for our market cap,” Reid emphasizes. For the exploration company to go into production, “we would have to get the right people in the right places,” he explains. “I think it would take one key person to co-ordinate it. After that, it’s all contracting—the mining, the trucking, the milling.”

He adds, “Now if someone wanted to take it out and buy it from us, we’d be open to that also.”

Undaunted by dogma

April 25th, 2014

Kapuskasing Gold wants to prove, once again, that Mike Tremblay’s right about Ontario’s newest gold district

by Greg Klein

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He might have spent over 20 years as a voice crying in the Kapuskasing wilderness, but prospector Mike Tremblay saw his theories validated by a 2010 discovery on property he staked. That was the Borden Lake project in what Probe Mines TSXV:PRB calls Ontario’s newest gold district, the Kapuskasing structural zone. Now as an adviser to Kapuskasing Gold TSXV:KAP, Tremblay wants to open up more of this almost unexplored region.

The Kapuskasing zone sits tantalizingly close to a number of gold camps. Yet it’s received surprisingly little attention. Having grown up in the nearby town of Chapleau, Tremblay says locals often asked, “Why do we have mines all around us but there’s no mines here?” His response: “It was because of this great big Kapuskasing structure that nobody was exploring in.”

Kapuskasing Gold wants to prove, once again, that Mike Tremblay’s right about Ontario’s newest gold district

Tremblay says he was “lucky enough to learn from really smart people, the kind of people who would take you under their wing and teach you.” But something about the region close to home intrigued him. “I always had that contrary, stubborn streak in me, so you couldn’t tell me that something wasn’t possible.”

While working with Noranda Mines he learned about a VMS target that the company walked away from. Tremblay staked it in 1987, lost it at one point, re-staked it and, along with partner Jack Robert, finally sold it to Probe.

That was in March 2010. By June of that year the company had flown a VTEM survey. That summer they hit, eventually announcing a 91-metre intercept averaging two grams per tonne gold from one of six near-surface mineralized holes over a potential 250-metre strike.

Vindicated, Tremblay and his collaborators sought new turf in the Kapuskasing. Meanwhile by January 2013 Probe revealed a global resource of 5.19 million ounces indicated and 1.18 million ounces inferred. In May of last year Agnico Eagle TSX:AEM took a 9.9% stake in Probe. Then in November Tremblay, Robert and Probe won the 2013 Ontario Prospectors Association Award. The OPA credited the “new and unique discovery” to the fact that Tremblay and the others showed themselves “undaunted by dogma.”

Early this year Tremblay and his staking team sold two more properties, “my dream concepts in the area,” to Olympic Resources. He also joined as an adviser, helping transform the company into Kapuskasing Gold.

The acquisitions are Borden North, two claim blocks totalling 6,800 hectares by the Kapuskasing zone’s eastern margin about 60 kilometres north of Probe’s resource, and Rollo, a 7,136-hectare property just east of the zone.

“On Borden North there’s a big S-fold up in the mafic volcanics, so if there was anything it would fatten out in the fold, it would be a structural trap,” Tremblay explains. “When KAP got involved, we staked ground around it to cover all the potential.”

“Rollo was another one that I generated,” he adds. “I once worked with a prospector in his 80s. He was 18 years old in 1933, when they made some big discoveries in the region. So he had intimate knowledge of the area and he told me about this gold showing on a portage on what is now the Rollo project. So when that ground came open, 20 years after he passed on, I remembered he talked about a porphyry on that portage where he panned gold. That was the enticement to get the other guys to put in money.”

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Meet the juniors

September 24th, 2012

Toronto Resource Investment Conference 2012 links investors with opportunities

By Ted Niles

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When market uncertainty prevails, perspective is one of the most valuable (and, needless to say, scarce) commodities an investor can hope for. And there will be perspective in abundance at Cambridge House’s Toronto Resource Investment Conference 2012 on September 27 and 28.

“It’s an anomaly right now,” says Cambridge House Owner and Founder Joe Martin. “You have record-setting prices for most of the mineral ore that we’re looking for, and yet the prices of the stocks are extremely depressed. That’s primarily because of the lack of available capital as a consequence of the world crisis, particularly in Europe. Looking at gold: companies are profitable at $800 gold, and yet we have clients who have more cash in the bank than their market cap. So it’s been a very tough period for these companies to raise money. You’re seeing financings at 10, 15, 20 cents when they should be in the 60-, 70-, 80-cent range.”

Martin notes that the last three months were particularly brutal for junior mining stocks, but he believes that August saw the bottom of the market. “We went through a very depressing summer, but the tempo of my sales force and the attitude of my whole staff in the last three weeks has been very upbeat. And we’re a good barometer of that, because we’re in touch with a wide variety of the exploration people. If you look at the TSX Venture index you’ll see that we’ve turned the corner.”

Toronto Resource Investment Conference 2012 links investors with opportunities

Investors, miners and explorers will converge on Toronto for one of the industry’s biggest annual events.

That said, it’s some indication of the strength of a number of Cambridge House’s exhibitors that they have remained reasonably unscathed despite the length and sharpness of this particular bear market’s claws. Most remarkable would be Argonaut Gold TSX:AR, whose share price has increased over 260% during the last two years, reporting in August record revenue and production from its La Colorada and El Castillo mines in Mexico. Not quite so dramatic but still noteworthy are GoldQuest Mining TSXV:GQC, Great Panther Silver TSX:GPR, Eurasian Minerals TSXV:EMX, Comstock Metals TSXV:CSL and Balmoral Resources TSXV:BAR, who have all performed well in recent months.

Martin says there is no shortage of opportunities for juniors moving forward. Consider that half the world’s population is living in countries whose economies are growing at 6% per year. Note too that central banks increased their gold purchases 571% in 2011. “Ore bodies run out, and it’s primarily up to the Canadian juniors to find new ones,” he declares. “Canadian juniors are very adept at doing this. Right now the big thing is the rush for battery-technology metals—lithium, graphite and, coming down the pipe, zinc. It’s the Canadian juniors that are meeting this demand.”

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