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MacDonald Mines Announce Changes in Management: Provides Exploration Results and Plans for Continued Exploration of its SPJ Property

TORONTO, Sept. 09, 2021 — MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: BMK, OTC: MCDMF) (“MacDonald Mines” or the “Company”) announces that Mia Boiridy…

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TORONTO, Sept. 09, 2021 — MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: BMK, OTC: MCDMF) (“MacDonald Mines” or the “Company”) announces that Mia Boiridy has left the organization, effective immediately.

Stuart Adair, CPA, CA, MA, BA, a member of the Board of Directors of MacDonald Mines and Chair of its Audit Committee, has been designated as the Company’s interim Chief Executive Officer effective September 8, 2021. Mr. Adair has extensive financial and operating experience as a “C” suite executive and will provide support, direction, and guidance to MacDonald Mines’ Management during this transition.

MacDonald Mines priorities are to continue with our business plan, deliver on our exploration models, and maintain a stable and effective organization. The Board of Directors has commenced a search for a new CEO. We thank Mia for her contributions and wish her success in her future endeavours.

MacDonald Mines also reports on results from its Summer 2021 mechanized stripping, channel sampling and regional prospecting program at its 100% owned SPJ Project, 30 km east of Sudbury, Ontario (Figure 1).

In the Glade area, channel sampling extended gold mineralization in the Alkin-Glade trend over 225 metres along strike. Exploration work in the Glade area also led to the discovery of a broad zone of anomalous gold in the Espanola limestone 150 m below the mineralized Alkin-Glade corridor in hole AG-21-097. Channel sampling at the Jerome showing indicates that the Nipissing intrusion contains palladium-rich mineralization.

Figure 1 – SPJ Property

2021 exploration highlights include:

Alkin-Glade

  • New channel sample results confirming gold mineralization at the Glade West showing
    • 5.12 g/t gold over 3.40 metres including 17.10 g/t gold over 0.80 metre
  • Discovery of quartz veins with visible gold 100 metres west of the Glade East showing and 125 metres east of the Glade West showing on trench AGT-21-011
    • Suggests that gold mineralization in the Alkin-Glade extends between the Glade East and Glade West showings over 225 metres
  • Identification of a broad zone of anomalous gold in the Espanola limestone at the southern margin of the Nipissing diabase (Glade diabase) hosting the Glade system 150 m below the Alkin-Glade trend
    • Analysis of the Espanola limestone below the southern contact of the Nipissing sill in hole AG-21-097 indicated 0.14 g/t gold over 31.50 metres

Rathbun block of the SPJ project

  • Confirmation that palladium-rich mineralization exists in the Nipissing sill at the Jerome showing in the Rathbun block of the SPJ property
    • Channel sample contains 2.97 g/t Pd, 0.42 g/t Pt and 0.24 g/t Au over 4 m (Cu and Ni assays are pending)

Fall 2021 exploration plans

During the Fall of 2021, the Company plans to complete the channel sampling and mapping program in the Glade and Alkin areas of the Alkin-Glade trend in preparation for diamond drilling in the Alkin-Glade corridor. The first phase of the drilling program will consist of a series of drill holes to test the continuity of gold mineralization between the Glade East and Glade West showings, separated by 225 m.

In parallel, the Company plans to prospect, sample and map the McLeod showing where historic diamond drilling intersected significant gold mineralization. The Company also plans to prospect and map gold-copper mineralization at the historic Alwyn Mine and explore for additional palladium-rich mineralization in the Nipissing sill hosting the Jerome showing,

Table 1 – Results of channel sampling along the northern contact of the Glade diabase in the Alkin-Glade trend

Channel sampleFrom
(m)
To
(m)
Length*
(m)
GoldStructure
(g/t)
AGT-21-004C0.702.101.403.61Alkin-Glade
Trend
AGT-21-005ANo significant results
AGT-21-005BNo significant results
AGT-21-005C0.704.103.405.12
Including
2.303.100.8017.1
AGT-21-005D1.302.100.800.71
AGT-21-005E1.802.300.502.02
AGT-21-006A2.002.800.800.14
AGT-21-006B0.003.103.100.20
*Assay results are presented over the apparent length of the channel samples. Additional work is necessary to define the true width of the zone of mineralization.

Table 2 – Results from diamond drilling and channel sampling along the southern contact of the Glade diabase and the Espanola Limestone

Drill holeFrom
(m)
To
(m)
Length*
(m)
Gold
(g/t)
Structure
AG-21-097184.90216.4031.500.14Espanola- Glade Diabase contact
Including
188.97190.441.470.56
Channel sampleFrom
(m)
To
(m)
Length*
(m)
Gold
(g/t)
AGT-21-007A01.001.000.27
AGT-21-007BNo significant results
AGT-21-007C
AGT-21-007D
AGT-21-007E
AGT-21-007F 
*Assay results are presented over core and channel sample length. As they represent discoveries, additional work is necessary to estimate the true width of the identified zones of mineralization.

Table 3 – Results from channel sampling at the Jerome showing

Channel sampleFrom
(m)
To
(m)
Length*
(m)
Gold
(g/t)
Palladium
(g/t)
Platinum
(g/t)
Zone
RAT-21-001ANo significant resultsJerome showing
RAT-21-001BNo significant results
RAT-21-001C0.004.004.000.242.970.42
Including
0.003.003.000.293.690.51
RAT-21-001D2.004.002.000.252.930.42
*Assay results are presented over core length. As they represent discoveries, additional work is necessary to estimate the true width of the identified zones of mineralization.

Table 4. Coordinates of the reported channel samples and drill hole

IDXYZAzimuthDipLength /
Depth (m)
Type
AG-21-0975290545165626292.5145-45217.0Drill hole
AGT-21-004C5291135165571308.1295102.1Channel
AGT-21-005A5290825165560303.756-82.1Channel
AGT-21-005B5290765165552304.830-58.3Channel
AGT-21-005C5290875165551306.0336206.7Channel
AGT-21-005D5290835165545305.9319151.3Channel
AGT-21-005E5290825165542310.134003.5Channel
AGT-21-006A5290975165545309.632263.5Channel
AGT-21-006B5290975165545309.6306253.7Channel
AGT-21-007A5292815165356312.3325107.0Channel
AGT-21-007B5292765165367312.03-223.5Channel
AGT-21-007C5292795165369313.4358-204.4Channel
AGT-21-007D5292895165373315.020-253.0Channel
AGT-21-007E5292885165369309.0801.8Channel
AGT-21-011TBPTBP    Channel
AGT-21-007F5292955165362310.3300-181.7Channel
RAT-21-001A5269915173020320.9350103.8Channel
RAT-21-001B5269905173029321.713-82.7Channel
RAT-21-001C5269815173029323.74-245.0Channel
RAT-21-001D5269815173030321.320304.0Channel

Alkin-Glade

The Alkin-Glade trend is located at the contact between a Nipissing intrusion and sedimentary rocks. The structure hosts two significant zones of mineralization – the historic Alkin Mine and the Glade showings. In the Glade area, Ontario Geological Survey maps and historical exploration identified a broad zone of disruption, alteration, deformation and mineralization that extend over a strike length of 300 m. High-grade gold in quartz veins was reported historically. Old exploration trenches, now overgrown with vegetation are the only evidence of the 1930’s and 1940’s exploration work done at Glade with gold mineralization still exposed at the Glade East and Glade West showings.

The historical Alkin gold mine is located 2.2 km W-NW of the Glade showings. At the Alkin mine, gold mineralization occurs as a network of quartz veins hosted in the felsic phase of the Nipissing Diabase intrusion that also hosts the Glade showings. Reconnaissance work by the Ontario Geological Survey reported gold assays up to 38.8 g/t gold in grab samples taken from the veins exposed at the Alkin Mine (OFR 5771). The reader is cautioned that grab samples are selective by nature and do not represent the actual grade of the targeted mineralization. In addition, the reader is cautioned that a qualified person has not done sufficient work to validate the accuracy of the historical results. The Company is not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources.

Diamond drilling under the Glade West Showing in holes AG-21-096 and AG-21-097 revealed a large alteration and mineralization system where shear-hosted quartz veins are surrounded by networks of gold mineralized, multidirectional and variably spaced quartz tension veins concentrated in the Nipissing intrusion at its northern contact with the Bruce conglomerate. Diamond drilling also identified that mineralization extends in the Espanola limestone along the southern contact of the Nipissing diabase hosting the networks of gold-bearing shear zones and quartz veins. Visible gold was observed in many of the quartz veins in both holes AG-21-096 and AG-21-097, and in the channel samples taken at Glade East. Surface work at the Glade East showing confirmed comparable mineralization 225 m east of the Glade West discovery. Visible gold is associated with iron-rich chlorite alteration emplaced and crosscutting the quartz veins. This association between gold and iron-rich chlorite observed at the Glade West is similar to the iron-chlorite and gold at the Scadding Deposit. The observed relationship in mineralization could represent a considerable extension of the mineralized system of over 800m.

Jerome Showing

The Jerome showing is located on the Rathbun block of the SPJ property. PGE mineralization is hosted in an intrusion pertaining to the Nipissing sills according to the Ontario Geological Survey maps of the area. PGE mineralization is associated with disseminations of pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and magnetite in the Nipissing sills. The base metal results for the channel samples taken by MacDonald Mines remain pending.

Qualified Person

Jean-François Montreuil, P.Geo., Chief Geologist of MacDonald Mines, is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, responsible for preparing, supervising, and approving this news release’s scientific and technical content.

On-site Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) Measures

Drill core samples were transported in security sealed bags for analysis to Actlabs in Ancaster, Ontario. Individual samples are labelled, placed in plastic sample bags and sealed. Groups of samples are then placed into durable rice bags and then shipped. The samples transported to Actlabs were dropped in rice bags with security seals by Manitoulin Transport. The remaining coarse reject portions of the samples remain in storage if further work or verification is needed.

MacDonald Mines has implemented a quality-control program to comply with best practices in the sampling and analysis of drill core. As part of its QA/QC program, the Company inserts external gold standards (low to high grade) and blanks every 20 samples in addition to random standards, blanks, and duplicates. All samples over 10 g/t gold or the samples with abundant visible gold are analyzed using a 1-kilogram metallic screen. Check assays are routinely performed for samples with visible gold to ascertain the gold content of the mineralization zone.

COVID-19 Precautions

MacDonald Mines has developed and implemented precautions and procedures that are compliant with Ontario’s health guidelines. Strict protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all staff, thereby reducing the potential for community contact and spreading of the virus.

About MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd.

MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. is a mineral exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BMK”.  

The Company is focused on developing its 100%-owned SPJ Project in Northern Ontario. Following up on its successful 2019/20 exploration and drilling campaigns, MacDonald Mines is focused on what it theorizes to be a large gold system at work on the 18,340 ha property with high-grade gold surrounding the past-producing Scadding Gold Mine and gold/polymetallic mineralization over several kilometres around it.

To learn more about MacDonald Mines, please visit www.macdonaldmines.com

For more information, please contact:

Stuart Adair, CEO, sadair@macdonaldmines.com
Fiona Fitzmaurice, CFO, ffitzmaurice@macdonaldmines.com

This News Release contains forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may”, “should”, “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. 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.

Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

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Earlier this week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced that the real yield on dollar cash and cash equivalents is likely to be -5% or less over the next 12 months. Yes, your cash balances will lose at least 5% of their purchasing power over the next year, and that's virtually guaranteed. So what are you—and others—going to do about it?

Assumptions: This forecast of mine optimistically assumes that 1) the first Fed rate hike of 25 bps comes, as the market now expects, about a year from now, and 2) the rate of inflation slows over the next 12 months to 5% from its year-to-date rate of 5.9%. Personally, I think inflation next year likely will be higher, if only because of the delayed effect of soaring home prices on Owner's Equivalent Rent (about one-third of the CPI), the recent end of the eviction moratorium on rents, and the continued, unprecedented expansion of the M2 money supply.

I'm a supply-sider, and that means I believe in the power of incentives. Tax something less and you will get more of it. Tax something more and you will get less of it. Erode the value of the dollar at a 5% annual rate and people will almost certainly want to hold fewer dollars than they do today.

I'm also a monetarist, and that means I believe that if the supply of dollars (e.g., M2) increases by more than the demand for dollars, higher inflation will be the result. We've already seen this play out over the past year: the M2 money supply has grown by more than 25% (by far an all-time record) and inflation has accelerated from less than 2% to 6-8%. Massive fiscal deficits have played an important role in this, but so has an accommodative Fed. Between the Fed and the banking system, 3 to 4 trillion dollars of extra cash were created over the past 18 months. At first that was necessary to supply the huge demand for cash the followed in the wake of the Covid shutdowns. But now that things are returning to normal, people don't need or want that much cash. Yet the Fed continues to expand its balance sheet, and they won't finish "tapering" their purchases of notes and bonds until the middle of next year. That means that there will be trillions of dollars of cash sitting in retail bank accounts (checking, demand deposits and savings accounts) that people will be trying to unload.

If we're lucky, the inept and feckless Biden administration will be unable to pass its $1.5 trillion infrastructure and $3.5 trillion reconciliation bills in the next several weeks. This will lessen the pressure on the Fed to remain accommodative, but it's not clear at all whether it will encourage the Fed to reverse course before we have a huge inflation problem on our hands. Non-supply-siders (like Powell) view an additional $5 trillion of deficit-financed spending as an unalloyed stimulus for the economy. Supply-siders view it as a virtually guaranteed way to increase government control over the economy and thereby destroy growth incentives and productivity.

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Chart #1

Chart #1 is a reminder of just how low today's interest rates are relative to inflation. Terribly low! In normal times, a 4-5% inflation rate would call for 5-yr Treasury yields to be at least 4-5%. yet today they are not even 1%. The incentives this creates are pernicious: holding cash and/or Treasuries implies steep losses in terms of purchasing power. That in turn erodes the demand for cash and that fuels more spending and higher inflation.

Chart #2

Chart #2 shows the growth of the non-currency portion of M2 (currency today is about 10% of M2). Currency in circulation—currently about $2.1 trillion—is not an inflation threat, because no one holds currency that they don't want. The rest of M2, just over $18 trillion, is held by the public (not institutions) in banks, in the form of checking, savings, and various types of demand deposits. For many, many years M2 has grown at an annual rate of 6-7%. But beginning in March of last year, M2 growth broke all prior growth records. As the chart suggests, the non-currency portion of M2 is about 25% higher than it would have been had historical trends persisted. That means there is almost $4 trillion of "extra" money in the nation's banks. This extra money has been created by the same banks that are holding it: banks, it should be noted, are the only ones that can create cash money. The Fed can only create bank reserves, which banks must hold to collateralize their deposits. Today banks hold far more reserves than they need, so that means they have a virtually unlimited ability to create more deposits. And they have been very busy doing this over the past 18 months. 

For most of the past year I have been predicting that this huge expansion of the money supply would result in rising inflation, and so far that looks exactly like what has happened. People don't need to hold so much of their wealth in the form of cash, so they are trying to spend it. But if the Fed and the banks don't take steps to reduce the amount of cash, then the public's attempts to get rid of unwanted cash can only result in higher prices, and perhaps some extra spending-related growth. It's a classic case of too much money chasing too few goods and services. And Fed Chair Powell has just added some incentives for people to try to reduce their cash balances. He's fanning the flames of inflation at a time when there is plenty of dry fuel lying around.

Chart #3

Now for some good news. Chart #3 shows the evolution of household balance sheets in the form of four major categories. The one thing that is not soaring is debt, which has increased by a mere 20% since just prior to the 2008-09 Great Recession. 

Chart #4

With private sector debt having grown far less than total assets, households' leverage has declined by 45% from its all-time peak in mid-2008. The public hasn't had such a healthy balance sheet since the early 1970s (which was about the time that inflation started accelerating). Hmmm....

Chart #5

In inflation-adjusted terms, household net worth is at another all-time high: $142 trillion. 

Chart #6

On a per capita and inflation-adjusted basis, the story is the same (see Chart #6). We've never been richer as a society.

Chart #7

Total federal debt owed to the public is now about $22 trillion, or about the same as annual GDP. It hasn't been that high since WWII. So it's amazing that, as Chart #8 shows, federal debt has not exploded relative to the net worth of the private sector. As I've shown in previous posts, the burden of all that debt is historically quite low, thanks to extraordinarily low interest rates. 

Chart #8

Chart #8 adds some color to my prior post, "What's wrong with gold?" What it suggests is that gold prices are weak today because the market is anticipating higher short-term interest rates. The red line shows the yield on 3-yr forward Eurodollar futures contracts (inverted), which is a good proxy for where the market thinks the federal funds rate will be in three years' time. Gold peaked when forward interest rate expectations were at an all-time low. Why? Because super-low interest rates pose the risk of higher inflation. With the Fed now talking about raising rates (albeit sometime next year, and very slowly thereafter), gold doesn't make as much sense because forward-looking investors are judging the risk of future inflation to be somewhat less than it was a few years ago.

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Beijing withheld banning possession of cryptocurrencies, which would have dealt a massive blow to the entire crypto space.  A banning of possession of cryptos probably would have sent everything crypto 20% lower.  If you are a Chinese crypto holder, you might be deciding now is the time to cash out.  Three years ago, crypto was heavily centralized in China, with over two-thirds of the mining happening there.  If Chinese crypto holders fear a ‘possession ban’ is looming, a tremendous amount of selling from old wallets may occur.

Bitcoin remains extremely vulnerable on the break of the $38,000 level, which could trigger momentum selling to the $35,000 level.

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