Monday 27th March 2017

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Update: BonTerra Resources’ high gold grades bring big money and Kinross to Urban Barry

March 21st, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 22, 2017

Update: On March 22 BonTerra Resources TSXV:BTR announced a $5.2-million private placement by Kinross Gold TSX:K, giving the global miner around 9.5% of BonTerra’s issued and outstanding shares. The parties expect to close by March 24. The news follows $15 million of BonTerra financings raised in February and March with strong participation from Sprott Capital Partners.

Kinross’ “entry into the Urban Barry gold camp further validates our ongoing progress and success at the Gladiator deposit and surrounding properties,” said BonTerra president/CEO Nav Dhaliwal. “The depth of technical expertise that Kinross offers will be of great value to BonTerra’s development going forward.”

The previous day BonTerra released assays up to 41 g/t gold over 6 metres, showing further progress as the company works to bring continuity to a 1.2-kilometre potential strike. Part of an effort to bridge the gap between the Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the east, hole BA-17-05 encountered five zones, two of them new, as well as a western extension of the project’s Footwall zone. Highlights show:

  • 1.1 g/t gold over 12 metres, starting at 19 metres in downhole depth
BonTerra Resources’ Quebec Gladiator hits 41 g/t gold over 6 metres

Backed by over $20 million in recent financings,
BonTerra has three rigs busy at Gladiator.

  • 23.6 g/t over 5 metres, starting at 45 metres

  • 41 g/t over 6 metres, starting at 72 metres
  • (including 147.9 g/t over 1.6 metres)

  • 36.6 g/t over 1 metre, starting at 152 metres

  • 2.2 g/t over 6.8 metres, starting at 527 metres

True widths weren’t available.

Last year’s final assays came from the project’s East Side, with highlights showing:


  • 5.5 g/t over 1.5 metres, starting at 786.5 metres

  • 2.3 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 831 metres

  • 6.8 g/t over 2.4 metres, starting at 944.6 metres

[Kinross’] entry into the Urban Barry gold camp further validates our ongoing progress and success at the Gladiator deposit and surrounding properties. The depth of technical expertise that Kinross offers will be of great value to BonTerra’s development going forward.—Nav Dhaliwal, president/CEO
of BonTerra Resources


  • 1 g/t over 13.3 metres, starting at 726 metres

  • 2 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 816 metres


  • 4.8 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 855 metres

Again, true widths weren’t available.

While additional assays are pending, three rigs focus on the Deep East zone, the Rivage Gap western side and Rivage Gap infill. The company has a fourth rig under consideration to explore the on-trend Coliseum property.

Last week BonTerra announced property acquisitions in the Urban Barry area play that’s home to Gladiator, as well as new turf near the company’s Larder Lake project in Ontario’s Cadillac-Larder Lake Break camp.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Aurvista Gold completes initial met tests for Abitibi project

March 21st, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 21, 2017

Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA declared preliminary metallurgical results for its Douay deposit “in line with the recoveries achieved elsewhere in the Abitibi belt at projects with comparable mineralization styles and similar or lower gold grades.” Ten composite samples totalling 311 kilograms and averaging 1.89 g/t gold from seven zones underwent the tests.

Aurvista Gold completes initial met tests for Abitibi project

Visible gold enhances Aurvista’s
confidence in its Abitibi deposit.

With consistent results, gold recovery averaged 26% from gravity and 66% from flotation, for an average total of 92%. The correlation between gold and sulphur recovery suggested the metal’s association with sulphide minerals.

Cyanidation leaching of a gravity and flotation concentrate averaged 85% recovery. The process improved recovery of samples from the project’s North West zone, characterized by a felsic volcanic host rock, but other composites did better. Excluding the North West samples, recovery averaged 88.9% for material from mafic volcanic and porphyry host rocks.

Results suggest capex and opex advantages to gravity-flotation-leach over an entirely leach process. The company has further tests planned later this year to optimize results and lower costs.

Earlier this month Aurvista issued a clarifying news release with an amended resource estimate. Using a 0.5 g/t cutoff within a conceptual pit shell, Douay’s eight zones total:

  • inferred: 83.3 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t for 2.81 million gold ounces

Last month Aurvista released assays up to 2.2 g/t over 23.1 metres. Backed by $7.5 million raised in 2016, the company has about 30,000 metres of additional drilling planned this year.

Douay consists of 14,520 hectares along a 20-kilometre segment of the Casa Berardi deformation zone in Quebec’s Abitibi region. Aurvista holds a 100% interest in 13,310 hectares, a 90% interest in 20 hectares and a 75% interest in the 1,190-hectare North West zone, a JV with 25% partner SOQUEM, the mineral exploration branch of the provincial government’s Investissement Québec.

Read more about Aurvista Gold.

BonTerra Resources expands its land in Urban Barry and Larder Lake

March 16th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 16, 2017

Growing an already major position in the Windfall Lake-inspired Urban Barry area play, BonTerra Resources TSXV:BTR announced additional property acquisitions March 15. Among them is Thubiere, northwest of the company’s Arena property and surrounded by Osisko Mining TSX:OSK turf.

BonTerra Resources expands its land in Urban Barry and Larder Lake

BonTerra’s Gladiator project consists of the
West Arena, East Arena and Coliseum properties.

One day previously BonTerra closed a $1-million private placement, bringing the March total to about $15 million. Obviously well-funded, the company has three rigs working a program of up to 40,000 metres at its nearby Gladiator gold project. Recent results have graded up to 16.8 g/t gold over 3.8 metres and 15.7 g/t over 8.5 metres as the company endeavours to connect zones across a 1.2-kilometre potential strike.

BonTerra describes the 338-hectare Thubiere property as poorly explored, despite historic, non-43-101 assays grading 13.7 g/t gold over 1.2 metres, 10.98 g/t over 1.83 metres and 74.8 g/t over 0.61 metres.

The historic work “strongly supports a pattern of future exploration along the main fault and specifically in areas where porphyritic felsic intrusives are recorded to exist,” BonTerra stated. “This gold-fault-felsic intrusive association is beginning to emerge as a useful gold pathfinder [in the] Urban Barry greenstone belt of Quebec, based on recent discoveries.”

The company staked four new claims north of its Gladiator project’s Lacroix Lake block and intends to buy another 226 contiguous hectares.

In Ontario, BonTerra signed a purchase agreement for another 56-hectare claim proximal to the company’s Larder Lake gold project, currently active with 25,000 metres of resource development and exploration.

Subject to approvals, Thubiere’s price tag comes to $5,000 and 150,000 shares. The 226 hectares north of Lacroix would cost $10,000 and 150,000 shares. The Larder Lake addition calls for 100,000 shares and a 2% NSR, half of which may be subject to a $750,000 buy-back.

Due for updates are the Gladiator and Larder Lake resources. Gladiator’s 2012 estimate used a 4 g/t cutoff to show 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 gold ounces inferred.

Historic, non-43-101 estimates at Larder Lake give the Bear Lake deposit 683,000 gold ounces inferred, and the Cheminis deposit 43,800 gold ounces indicated and 233,400 ounces inferred.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

92 Resources expands B.C. frac sand property adjacent to takeover target

March 13th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 13, 2017

A 2,404-hectare addition to 92 Resources’ (TSXV:NTY) Golden frac sand property brings the total to 3,211 hectares next to a silica sand mine in southeastern British Columbia.

“A domestic or western Canadian frac sand deposit with suitable quality would benefit from more advantageous transportation and exchange rate costs over foreign competitors,” said 92 Resources president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux. “We believe these to be important factors in the recent takeover of the neighbouring Moberly silica sand mine.”

92 Resources expands B.C. frac sand property adjacent to takeover target

Next door to the Golden property, Heemskirk Canada’s Moberly project produced silica sand for high-quality glass manufacture for over 30 years. It’s now being redeveloped as a frac sand production and processing operation. Meanwhile Heemskirk’s parent company, Heemskirk Consolidated, is subject to a takeover bid by Northern Silica, a subsidiary of Taurus Resources No. 2 BC, that’s expected to close next month.

Golden’s expansion gives the property over 18 kilometres of strike along the Mount Wilson formation, which consists of high-purity, white quartzite, 92 Resources stated. With only initial prospecting, sampling and testing done so far, results from the most recent program in 2014 show silica content grading 98.3% to 99% SiO2. In two of four samples, over 65% of material fell in the 40- to 170-mesh range. “The two adequate size fraction samples passed 6,000 PSI compressibility testing, each producing 8.1% fines,” the company added.

92 Resources has mapping, sampling and drilling now in the planning stages for Golden.

Besides a product used in oil and gas exploration, 92 Resources pursues a clean energy commodity at two lithium properties. In January the company filed a 43-101 for its Hidden Lake project in the Northwest Territories, which hosts at least six lithium-bearing spodumene dykes. Channel samples on four of them averaged 1.03% Li2O, with one hitting a peak of 3.31%. Ground magnetics, along with liquid separation and flotation tests, have been recommended for the project.

The 1,659-hectare property has all-weather access to Yellowknife, 45 kilometres southwest.

92 Resources also anticipates initial exploration this year on its 5,536-hectare Pontax property in Quebec’s James Bay region.

Last month the company closed an oversubscribed private placement of $895,199.

The Aurvista Gold team reflects on a successful year at the Douay project

March 10th, 2017

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Commerce Resources president Chris Grove notes the advantages of a high-grade rare earths project with relatively simple metallurgy

March 2nd, 2017

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Intact Gold begins drilling its Belleterre gold project in Quebec

March 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 2, 2017

With a nine-hole, 1,000-metre program now underway, Intact Gold TSXV:ITG plans to target promising areas of a western Quebec project with an historic resource.

Intact Gold begins drilling its Belleterre gold project in Quebec

Extensive previous work has left Belleterre
an historic resource and some intriguing targets.

Plans for the 1,700-hectare Belleterre property call for three holes testing previously undrilled gold-in-soil anomalies that coincide with conductors and magnetic anomalies. Four other holes will test the extension of a gold-bearing structure drilled between 2010 and 2011. Two more holes will step out from 1990s drilling which intersected gold-bearing quartz veins along a northeast-trending structure, the company stated.

Previous work consisted of 567 holes totalling 65,800 metres. A 2007 resource that Intact treats as historic and non-43-101 for the property’s Guillet area used a 1 g/t cutoff:

  • measured: 19,487 tonnes averaging 2.16 g/t for 1,356 ounces gold

  • indicated: 301,463 tonnes averaging 2.66 g/t for 25,754 ounces

  • inferred: 76,570 tonnes averaging 2.31 g/t for 5,687 ounces

Located 145 kilometres south of Val-d’Or and covering part of a greenstone belt, the road-accessible Belleterre project sits about two kilometres from a former mine of that name which produced 2.17 million tons averaging 10.73 g/t gold from 1936 to 1959.

BonTerra Resources closes $14-million bought deal to fund Windfall Lake-area drilling

March 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 2, 2017

Clearly Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) not the only company attracting money to the region. BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) private placement began with a $6-million offer early last month that was raised three times to close March 2 at $13.97 million. That’s not including a non-brokered $1.02 million expected to close mid-month.

BonTerra Resources closes $14-million bought deal to fund Windfall-area drilling

A fresh financing supports BonTerra’s quest for high-grade gold.

The news follows $82 million in financings that Osisko closed on February 28. BonTerra’s Gladiator project sits about six kilometres south of Windfall Lake, where Osisko’s high-grade gold has attracted a busy area play to the Abitibi’s Urban Barry greenstone belt. Among other companies in the area, Beaufield Resources TSXV:BFD closed a $6-million bought deal a week earlier.

Acting as lead underwriter for BonTerra was Sprott Capital Partners, a division of Sprott Private Wealth LP. Eric Sprott invested $3.89 million, raising his stake in BonTerra from 0.3% to about 10.3%.

Assays reported last month from Gladiator reached as high as 16.8 g/t gold over 3.8 metres, which followed a standout of 15.7 g/t over 8.5 metres released two days earlier. The company hopes to connect zones across a 1.2-kilometre potential strike and update the resource. The 2012 inferred category came to 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 gold ounces at a 4 g/t cutoff. The deposit remains open in all directions.

BonTerra’s Larder Lake project in Ontario features two historic, non-43-101 resources: Bear Lake with 683,000 gold ounces inferred, and Cheminis with 43,800 gold ounces indicated and 233,400 ounces inferred. Larder Lake has a 43-101 underway, incorporating another 25,000 metres of drilling.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Commerce Resources and TUGLIQ Energy ink MOU on wind power for Quebec rare earths project

March 1st, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 1, 2017

Looking at the dual benefits of cutting costs and cutting emissions, Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE and TUGLIQ Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding to assess the potential for wind energy on the Ashram rare earths project. Announced February 28, the MOU follows TUGLIQ’s preliminary evaluation of local and regional wind data proximal to the northern Quebec deposit that Commerce is advancing towards pre-feasibility. Funding for the wind energy study comes partly from the province’s Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles.

Commerce Resources and TUGLIQ Energy ink MOU on wind energy for Quebec rare earths project

TUGLIQ Energy provides wind-generated electricity
for Glencore’s Raglan mine. (Photo: TUGLIQ Energy)

An independent power producer already active in northern Quebec, TUGLIQ operates a 3 MW wind turbine with energy storage that the company built in 2014 at Glencore’s Raglan mine. In the Northwest Territories, the Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO/Dominion Diamond TSX:DDC Diavik mine has been supplementing its diesel power with a four-turbine, 9.2 MW wind farm since 2012.

TUGLIQ’s Ashram study will consist of wind resource assessment, electrical system engineering and an integration study including assessment of greenhouse gas emission reductions.

“We are excited to be collaborating with TUGLIQ and to have the support of the Quebec government on this renewable resource project,” said Commerce president Chris Grove. “We look forward to evaluating this potential in much further detail. The potential to incorporate cost-effective renewable energy into the Ashram project only makes it that much more attractive for development.”

In mid-February the company closed a $1.71-million private placement that included $1 million from Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of the provincial government corporation Investissement Québec. The money will be used to complete Ashram’s pilot plant and produce REE and fluorite concentrates for companies that requested samples. Among them are Solvay, Mitsubishi, Treibacher, BASF, DKK, Albemarle and Blue Line.

Having reached PEA in 2012, the high-grade, near-surface deposit features an impressive distribution of magnet feed elements and relatively simple metallurgy, suggesting a potentially low-cost operation.

Quebec maintains its respected position as a mining jurisdiction, according to a Fraser Institute study released February 28. “Quebec ranks third in Canada and sixth globally—up from eighth spot last year—and is the only other Canadian jurisdiction [along with Saskatchewan and Manitoba] in the top 10 worldwide for overall investment attractiveness,” the FI stated.

In another rare metals project, Commerce holds the Upper Fir tantalum-niobium deposit in southeastern British Columbia, which reached PEA in 2011 and a resource update in 2013.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba first and second globally as mining jurisdictions

March 1st, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 1, 2017

Saskatchewan edged one notch upwards to take first place worldwide while Manitoba soared from 19th to second in this year’s Fraser Institute survey of mining and exploration jurisdictions. Those two provinces pushed last year’s top performer, Western Australia, down to third place. Canada’s other top 10 spot went to Quebec, rising to sixth from eighth the year before. All continents but Antarctica came under scrutiny but Canadian, American, Australian and European locales monopolized the top 10.

Farther down the list, the strongest Canadian improvements were Newfoundland and Labrador, climbing to 16th from 25th, and the Northwest Territories, now 21st, previously 35th. Most disappointing were British Columbia (falling to 27th from 18th), Nunavut (31st from 23rd) and Alberta (47th from 34th).

Those findings come from the survey’s Investment Attractiveness Index, which combines two other indices—Policy Perception, a “report card” on government attitudes, and Best Practices Mineral Potential, concerning geological appeal. Representatives of 104 companies responded with their 2016 experiences in mind, giving a numerical rating to questions in several categories regarding their likelihood of investing in a particular jurisdiction. The previous year 109 companies responded.

Here’s the top 10 globally for overall investment attractiveness, with last year’s standings in parentheses:

1 Saskatchewan (2)

2 Manitoba (19)

3 Western Australia (1)

4 Nevada (3)

5 Finland (5)

6 Quebec (8)

7 Arizona (17)

8 Sweden (13)

9 Ireland (4)

10 Queensland (16)

Here are the Canadian runners-up:

15 Yukon (12)

16 Newfoundland and Labrador (25)

18 Ontario (15)

21 Northwest Territories (35)

27 British Columbia (18)

31 Nunavut (23)

40 New Brunswick (45)

47 Alberta (34)

52 Nova Scotia (59)

At least those provinces and territories steered far clear of the bottom 10, where Argentina figures prominently:

95 Mozambique (84)

96 Zimbabwe (98)

97 India (73)

98 Mendoza province, Argentina (101)

99 La Rioja province, Argentina (109)

100 Afghanistan (not available)

101 Chubut province, Argentina (104)

102 Venezuela (108)

103 Neuquen province, Argentina (93)

104 Jujuy province, Argentina (86)

“We believe that the survey captures, at least in broad strokes, the perceptions of those involved in both mining and the regulation of mining in the jurisdictions included in the survey,” stated authors Taylor Jackson and Kenneth P. Green.

Download the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2016.