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Barkerville Gold Mines Receives Provincial Government Approval for the Bonanza Ledge Gold Mine

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Dec 06, 2011

Barkerville Gold Mines Receives Provincial Government Approval for the Bonanza Ledge Gold Mine

Vancouver, BC – Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: BGM) (the “Company”) is pleased to report it has received approval of Mines Act Permit M-238 to develop an open pit gold mine at its Bonanza Ledge property near Wells, British Columbia.

The Application, submitted to the B.C. Chief Inspector of Mines in accordance with Part 10.12 of the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia in August 2010 was formally accepted for review on November 29, 2010. The proposal was reviewed by strategic provincial and federal government agencies, with coordination by the B.C. Ministry of Mines Kamloops office and subsequently by the Chief Inspector’s office in Victoria, B.C.

Approximately 73,000 tonnes of ore per year will be produced at the Bonanza Ledge Mine, for a current mine life of four (4) years. The average grade is approximately 9.05 grams per metric tonne (or approximately 0.264 ounces per short ton). The mine design is the culmination of geological exploration, engineering and environmental studies undertaken by the Company in the Barkerville camp since the Bonanza Ledge deposit was discovered in 2000. This work included the extraction of a 10,000 tonne underground bulk sample at Bonanza Ledge in 2004 containing approximately 7,000 ounces of gold.

Frank Callaghan, president and CEO of the Company said: “Approval of the Bonanza Ledge Gold Mine is a major accomplishment for Barkerville Gold Mines in its close to twenty years of exploration in the region. The company has invested its resources in the development of the property and the QR mill, and it’s great to see this project come to fruition.

This will mean a lot to the residents of Wells, Quesnel and the Lhtako Dene Nation. It has been a joint effort to make this work with such a small environmental footprint, and the Company is excited to begin development of the mine.”

The mine site is on the southwest face of Barkerville Mountain at an elevation of approximately 1,480 m (4850′) above sea level and within roughly two kilometers of Highway 26. Existing access is in place to truck the mineralized material to the company’s permitted QR Mill, near Quesnel, B.C. for processing to gold doré.

Community and First Nations consultation has taken place on the mine proposal over several years leading up to the Application, and feedback has been incorporated in aspects of the project design. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place between the Company and the Lhtako Dene First Nation providing for continued close cooperation and benefits related to development of the Company’s projects in the Cariboo region.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“J. Frank Callaghan”

J. Frank Callaghan
President and CEO
Tel: (604) 669 – 6463

This News Release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that relate to future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our industry, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggested herein. Except as required by applicable law, the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results. All phases of the Company’s operations are subject to environmental regulation and governmental approval and permits and there can be no assurance that the Company will obtain all the requisite permits for future development. Mining is an inherently risky business with large capital expenditures and cyclical metals markets. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

*please refer to cautionary note

Legal Information
©2010 Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.
Stock Symbol: TSX-V: BGM

Head Office
1500 – 675 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 1N2
Tel: (604) 669-6463
Fax: (604) 669-3041
Toll Free: 1-800-663-9688

MLA Bob Simpson: Catching Up in the Constituency

Catching Up in the Constituency

One of the problems of having a full fall legislative session is that it’s hard to get around the riding and stay connected with the people I’ve been elected to represent. I’m thankful that I have great staff in both my Quesnel community office and my legislative office in Victoria. But, I also need direct contact with the communities and the people I serve to ensure I’m grounded in their realities and don’t lose sight of what’s important to them.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been catching up in my community office and have had a chance to travel around the riding. It’s also been great to get into the coffee shops and to drop into various Christmas events to chat with people about what’s on their minds.

I attended a community meeting in Nazko regarding West Fraser’s new log storage and reload yard in that community. A breakdown in communication, primarily the fault of government, created tension in the community and resistance to West Fraser setting up this yard, despite the fact it’s essential to the company’s strategy to bring logs into Quesnel from Kluskus over the next ten years. I’ll be working with government to organize a meeting in Nazko in the New Year so the community can hear what the resource development plans are for that area.

I met with members of Williams Lake Council and the CRD and had an opportunity to discuss some key provincial issues with them: the Pacific Carbon Trust, Prosperity Mine, First Nations relations, invasive plants, mid-term timber supply, affordable housing, the proposed Resource Road Act, and the provincial government’s mixed messages on balancing the budget.

I’m also actively working with the City of Williams Lake, the CRD, the Williams Lake Indian Band and the communities of Big Lake, Miocene and Horsefly to advance the discussion about the proposed Williams Lake Community Forest. I’ll be attending a community meeting in Likely to get caught up on their successful community forest and other issues affecting that community.

In my Community Office we’ve been catching up on correspondence and communicating back to constituents and communities about some of the work I did for them during the session.

I appreciate how patient people have been with both my staff and me as we’ve juggled my time in the Legislature with the ongoing demands of the riding. Looks like next year will be another busy one, as the Legislative calendar has been posted and shows full spring and fall sittings.

Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo North

Adam Schaan
Constituency Assistant
Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo North
#401-410 Kinchant St.
Quesnel BC V2J 7J5
Tel:  250.991.0296
Fax: 250.991.0281

The Dance – A Touch of Miner Humour!

An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading a tired old mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat.

He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.

As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, can you dance?”

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No son, I don’t dance… never really wanted to.”

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna dance now!” and started shooting at the old man’s feet.

The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.

Everybody standing around was laughing.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly.

The silence was deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin 12 gauge barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he quietly said;

“Son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass?”

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir… but…but I’ve always wanted to.”

There are a few lessons for all of us here:

*Don’t be arrogant.
*Don’t waste ammunition.
*Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
*Always make sure you know who is in control.
*And finally, don’t screw around with old folks; they didn’t get old by being stupid.

I just love a story with a happy ending, don’t you?

Natural Resource Road Act: Discussion & Feedback

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Home


The Natural Resource Road Act is in the works and we have until December 15th to submit any questions, feedback, recommendations, and so on to the ministry. Please try to read through the information and also use the links (highlighted text) to download any documents you wish to read and use.

All the information below is on the ministry website and you can go there to fill in whatever feedback you may have. Or you can just copy and paste the information off this page and send in your feedback using the email address provided.





Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Home

Natural Resource Roads

Do you use B.C.’s resource roads for work, recreation, or because you live in or visit rural communities off the public road system? If so, help us serve you better by contributing to the Natural Resource Road Act Project to improve resource road laws and regulation for the benefit of all users.

Comments are invited on a discussion paper that will help build the foundation for the Natural Resource Road Act. The principles and proposed policy framework presented in this discussion paper are the starting point for a single, streamlined law that applies to all resource roads in B.C.

You are invited to voice your concerns and suggest solutions that will work for everyone. Comments will be accepted until December 15, 2011.

Discussion Paper

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD : Introductory Presentation



Submit Feedback 

Your input is invited to help develop the Natural Resource Road Act.

Response Form

If you would like to keep a copy of your submission for your personal records, please use the email link below.
Submit Feedback

The Province of British Columbia wants to better serve the needs of all resource road users.

A Discussion Paper for the proposed Natural Resource Road Act has been prepared to solicit input from stakeholder groups and the public.  The goal of this paper is to explain the proposed principles and key policies being used to develop the NRRA, and to invite feedback to government.

Comments will be accepted until December 15, 2011.  They will be collated and used as part of the Natural Resource Road Act policy development process.

We appreciate your time in responding to the discussion paper.  Responses should not be limited by the questions posed below.  You should feel free to respond to the proposed principle or proposed policy however you feel appropriate.  The questions provided are only intended to help prompt feedback.  You are not required to respond to every single question.  You may choose to focus on certain topics that are the most important to you.

The Policy Framework

Part 1: Framework Principles

The following principles will guide the development of this new legislation.  They will act as filters or lenses through which all policy challenges and ideas will be viewed.

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Taseko’s work permits no good, claims Tsilhqotin

Taseko’s work permits no good, claims Tsilhqotin

November 25, 2011

by Mike Caswell

When Taseko Mines Ltd. faces the Tsilhqotin First Nation in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Monday, one of the issues the judge will have to decide is a petition that the Indians have filed in Victoria seeking to quash the company’s work permits. According to the petition, the government failed to perform any meaningful consultation with the Tsilhqotin before granting approval for the work, which includes 59 test pits and 23.5 kilometres of trails. The band claims that the work will interfere with its “ceremonial or spiritual activities.”

The petition complains that the area the company plans to work in is a “special part” of Tsilhqotin territory. The proposed exploration will disturb wildlife and increase access and hunting by non-Indians. This will interfere with the Tsilhqotin’s use of the area as a “grocery store for country foods,” according to the petition.

The work that Taseko is seeking to perform is part of its second attempt to have the Prosperity mine approved by the federal government. The project, which could create 71,000 jobs and run for 23 years, stalled last year after the federal Ministry of Environment refused to approve the mine even after its provincial counterpart in B.C. had given the project the go-ahead. The company has since revised its proposal, hoping to address the most contentious part of the plan. Instead of draining a small water body adjacent to the mine called Fish Lake for use as a tailings pond, the company will now spend $300-million to create a separate pond.

The Indians, however, remain opposed to the plan. When Taseko attempted to access the site earlier this month, they set up roadblock that prevented the company from traversing a gravel road that leads to Prosperity.

Tsilhqotin’s petition

The Tsilhqotin First Nation filed a petition to stop work at Prosperity on Nov. 10, 2011, at the Victoria courthouse, four days after they first set up the roadblock. The respondents include Taseko, the Province of British Columbia and the chief inspector of mines. According to the petition, the Tsilhqotin have proven hunting and trapping rights to Fish Lake and the surrounding area, which they say their ancestors used before contact with Europeans.

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Critics claim mineral exploration in B.C. needs more accountability
Critics claim mineral exploration in B.C. needs more accountability

Campaigning for the B.C. Liberal Party leadership, Christy Clark promised to put the controversial Prosperity Mine project back into play.

Mineral exploration is exploding in B.C., but critics claim the provincial government isn’t assessing the environmental impact.

By Andrew Findlay,

November 24, 2011
Soaring global demand for metal has caused a surge in mining and exploration in British Columbia, and Premier Christy Clark has promised to open eight new mines by 2015. However, recent reports from B.C.’s auditor general and the UVic Environmental Law Centre suggest the provincial environmental-assessment office is not up to the task.

Mines, typically subject to both federal and provincial reviews, are extremely complex. They often require hundreds of millions of dollars in investment capital and promise high-paying jobs and a windfall in tax revenue, but their environmental footprint is equally dizzying, with potential long-term impacts on fish-and-wildlife habitat.

Currently, the 50-person staff at the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) is weighing the socioeconomic benefits and environmental impacts of 60 projects, half of them for new mines, mine expansions, or old mines being resurrected, thanks to recent high mineral prices. Among them are projects like the Ajax Mine, a proposal by Abacus Mining and Exploration Corporation (in partnership with Polish mining giant KGHM Polska Miedz S. A.) for a massive 500-million-tonne (over 23 years) low-grade-copper property that was operated by Teck Cominco in the 1980s and 1990s but abandoned when copper prices were low.

This open-pit project on the doorstep of Kamloops is worth $550 million in capital investment, and is expected to have a 400-person full-time work force. It is undergoing both federal and provincial environmental assessments and has dominated public debate in this city of almost 90,000, just as the divisive Prosperity Mine, approved by the province but rejected by the feds, did and continues to do in the community of Williams Lake.

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Link URL to view the Nov-Dec edition ofThe Cariboo Miner“.

Dear Reader,

Below are scans of the pages of the latest edition of the Cariboo Miner. If you wish to see the original pdf file please click on the link above. Then you can read it easily and download it or pass it along or print it off. If you are having problems please contact me at editor@quesnelcariboosentinel and I’ll try to assist you.







CMA Welcomes their latest corporate sponsor Super Save Gas!

The Cariboo Mining Association is pleased to welcome our latest corporate sponsor SUPER SAVE GAS!

We sincerely appreciate your support and encourage all CMA members to give consideration to stopping in at your fuel station or convenience store whenever in need of either of your products.

Thank you for supporting the mining industry of British Columbia!


Dear members,

Please send your mining-related photo of choice to me at the following email address: Try to send it as a jpg or tiff file (preferably jpg). All submissions will be posted in the website gallery for viewing and judging. Thanks. Arthur


A BIG thank you to all the folks on the Newsletter committee for this fine edition.



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