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Solaris Resources (TSX:SLS) Unaffected by Rainforest Mining Ruling in Ecuadorian Courts 

Ecuador’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday that mining in the country’s protected rainforest violates nature’s constitutional rights. The landmark…



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Ecuador’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday that mining in the country’s protected rainforest violates nature’s constitutional rights. The landmark decision was reached after a lawsuit filed by environmental organizations, which argued that mining activities threatened Ecuador’s constitutional provisions granting rights to ecosystems and protection from degradation or pollution. In their ruling, Ecuadorian justices found that the state mining company Enami and Cornerstone Capital Resources, its Canadian partner violated constitutional protections granted to natural resources in the Los Cedros Protected Area.

Solaris Resources (TSX:SLS) is exploring its Warintza property in southeastern Ecuador, which lies east of Cuenca. The project is not located in any of the biologically sensitive areas mapped out by the government, and does not lie within or near the rainforest. 

This is good news for the junior mining company that has made significant progress in its drill program, making back-to-back discoveries at multiple targets. With several hundred kilometres between the Warintza project and the nearest protected forest, Sangay, Solaris should be able to avoid much of the risk that other mining companies will need to deal with.

Warintza Project Location Map. Source: Solaris Resources

The ruling creates uncertainty for other junior mining companies through this new precedent that could threaten their projects if they lie within or around the protected rainforest or other environmentally sensitive areas.

This could also be harmful to the country’s tax base and economic prosperity as the mining industry has been an important source of economic growth and contributes to Ecuador’s GDP.

With this latest constitutional court decision on protecting nature’s rights, it looks like Ecuador could be witnessing a shift towards greater environmental protections at the expense of foreign investment which could impact future economic development initiatives by President Guillermo Lasso’s administration.

The ruling is a landmark victory for the rights of nature movement, which has been growing in popularity as more countries adopt constitutional amendments and legislation recognizing the legal rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish. Ecuador is one of the first countries to recognize constitutional rights for nature, doing so in 2008 with Article 71-A of its Constitution.

Good for Nature, Harmful to Business

This week’s ruling by Ecuador’s constitutional court follows another groundbreaking verdict that granted the Vilcabamba River constitutional rights and recognized it as an entity with legal interests in the protection against pollution or degradation. The watershed of this Andean river spans across six provinces through Peru and three more provinces in southern Colombia before reaching its mouth at the Amazonian city of Iquitos, where approximately 500,000 people reside. This unprecedented ruling was also decided by seven justices voting unanimously for nature’s right to exist and flourish under Article 71A of Ecuador’s Constitution.

An Infringement of Rights?

However, the most recent ruling from the constitutional court is seen by some as an infringement of mining rights that were granted to two companies authorized to operate on those lands.  According to Ecuador’s Ministry of Mines and Metal Resources, mining is the second most important source of income for the country after oil.

This places the country’s interests directly in contention with the legal ruling made by the constitutional court, which is expected to set a precedent for future constitutional protections on nature. Ultimately, this could open the country up to more litigation in the future as companies with projects in protected lands that have worked to protect those regions while maintaining operations are shut down or have their licenses revoked.

Miners may also consider the risk of doing business in Ecuador to be too high if the constitutional court continues to hand down rulings in this way, evoking images of overreach in some cases. Foreign investment from the mining industry in Ecuador is important because it boosts the country’s economy through royalties, taxes, and job creation.

If nature’s rights begin to impede economic progress, the constitutional court may have to begin to weigh that into its decision-making process. It is likely that eventually, Ecuador’s constitutional court will be forced to make definitive rulings on these issues in order for them not to continue being brought before it with each new instance of violation of pollution taking place within ecosystems protected by constitutional rights.

This ruling sets a public global precedent as well, which could lead other countries around the world where nature also has constitutional protections – such as Colombia and Bolivia – to follow suit if they are seeing similar environmental degradation from mining activities there.

For now, mining companies and investors will be watching very closely for the progress in Ecuador and any future news on this case and others.


The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.

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Opawica Files Annual Audited Financial Statements for Recovation of Cease Trade Order


Vancouver, B.C. – TheNewswire – January 28, 2022 – Opawica Explorations Inc. (TSXV:OPW) (FSE: A2PEAD) (OTC:OPWEF) (the “Company” or “Opawica”)…


Vancouver, B.C. – TheNewswire – January 28, 2022 – Opawica Explorations Inc. (TSXV:OPW) (FSE: A2PEAD) (OTC:OPWEF) (the “Company” or “Opawica”) announces that further to the news releases dated December 30, 2021 and January 14, 2022, it has completed the filing of its annual audited financial statements, accompanying management discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certifications for the year ended August 31, 2021 (the “Annual Filings”) under its SEDAR profile on Therefore, it expects the Company’s Management Cease Trade Order (“MCTO”) in respect of the delayed Annual Filings to be revoked by the securities regulators in accordance with National Policy 12-203 – Cease Trade Orders for Continuous Disclosure Defaults in due course.

The Company confirms that since the date of the Default Announcement: (i) there has been no material changes to the information set out in the Default Announcement that has not been generally disclosed; (ii) the Company is satisfying and intends to continue to satisfy the provisions of the alternative information guidelines under NP 12-203; (iii) there has not been any other specified default by the Company under NP 12-203; and (iv) there is no material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.

The Company would like to thank its shareholders for their patience during this time.

About Opawica Explorations Inc.

Opawica Explorations Inc. is a junior Canadian exploration company with a strong portfolio of precious and base metal properties within the Rouyn-Noranda region of the Abitibi Gold Belt in Québec and in Central Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company’s management has a great track record in discovering and developing successful exploration projects. The Company’s objective is to increase shareholder value through the development of exploration properties using cost effective exploration practices, acquiring further exploration properties, and seeking partnerships by either joint venture or sale with industry leaders.


Blake Morgan

President and Chief Executive Officer Opawica Explorations Inc.

Telephone: 604-681-3170

Fax: 604-681-3552

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as the term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy of accuracy of this news release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, which relate to future events or future performance and reflect management’s current expectations and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company.  Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those expected including, but not limited to, market conditions, availability of financing, actual results of the Company’s exploration and other activities, environmental risks, future metal prices, operating risks, accidents, labor issues, delays in obtaining governmental approvals and permits, and other risks in the mining industry.  All the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and those in our continuous disclosure filings available on SEDAR at  These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances save as required by applicable law.

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Harte Gold Announces Court Approval of Successful Bidder in Sale and Investment Solicitation Process

Harte Gold Announces Court Approval of Successful Bidder in Sale and Investment Solicitation Process
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TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2022

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2022 /CNW/ – As announced on December 7, 2021, HARTE GOLD CORP. (“Harte Gold” or the “Comp…

Harte Gold Announces Court Approval of Successful Bidder in Sale and Investment Solicitation Process

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TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2022 /CNW/ – As announced on December 7, 2021, HARTE GOLD CORP. (“Harte Gold” or the “Company“) was granted creditor protection pursuant to an order (the “Initial Order“) granted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the “Court“) under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-36, as amended (the “CCAA“). Pursuant to the Initial Order, FTI Consulting Canada Inc. was appointed as monitor of the Company (in such capacity, the “Monitor“).

As announced on December 20, 2021, the Court granted an order (the “SISP Order“) authorizing the Company to conduct, with the assistance of the Monitor, a sale and investment solicitation process (the “SISP“) in accordance with certain terms and conditions relating thereto (the “SISP Procedures“). As part of the SISP Order, the Court approved the Company’s execution of a subscription agreement (the “Subscription Agreement“) with 1000025833 Ontario Inc. (the “Investor“), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Silver Lake Resources Limited (ASX: SLR) and the use of the Subscription Agreement as a “stalking horse bid” in the context of the SISP, in order to establish the baseline consideration for the Company’s business and assets.

As announced on January 20, 2022, in accordance with the SISP Procedures, an improved bid by the Investor had been designated as the “Successful Bid” and a Qualified Bid submitted by ANR Investments 2 B.V., an Appian affiliate, had been designated the Back-Up Bid. 

Harte Gold announces today that, at the Approval Hearing held earlier today, the Court approved the Successful Bid and granted authority to consummate the transactions provided for therein. Closing of the transactions contemplated in the Successful Bid is anticipated to occur in mid-February 2022.

The Successful Bid provides for the payment of substantially all of Harte’s liabilities, other than the Excluded Liabilities, as defined in the Successful Bid.  Neither the Successful Bid nor the Back-Up Bid provide any recovery for holders of existing equity interests in the Company.

Additional Information

Capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein have the meanings attributed to them in the SISP Procedures.

Further updates will be provided as appropriate. Copies of the Orders granted in by the Court, as well as any other information regarding the CCAA proceedings, are available on the Monitor’s website at A copy of the Successful Bid has been filed as an exhibit to the Company’s motion for the approval of the Successful Bid, which is also available on the Monitor’s website.

About Harte Gold Corp.

Harte Gold holds a 100% interest in the Sugar Zone mine located in White River, Canada. The Sugar Zone Mine entered commercial production in 2019. The Company has further potential through exploration at the Sugar Zone Property, which encompasses 81,287 hectares covering a significant greenstone belt.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking information:

This news release includes “forward-looking statements”, within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which are based on the opinions and estimates of management and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “budget”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “should”, “believe” and similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, closing of the transactions being anticipated to occur in mid-February 2022 and the Company having further potential through exploration at the Sugar Zone Property. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions including material estimates and assumptions related to the factors set forth below that, while considered reasonable by the Company as at the date of this press release in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Strategic Review Process failing to result in a transaction that provides value to the Company’s stakeholders; the Company being unable to secure sufficient financing to complete the Strategic Review Process; the Company being unable to continue as a going concern; the risk that the Company will not have adequate sources of funding to finance the Company’s operations in the near future; the risk that the Company will not be able to obtain sufficient financing for working capital, capital expenditures, debt service requirements, and general corporate or other purposes; the risk that the Company has insufficient assets to meet its liabilities or satisfy its creditors; the Company being able to attract and retain qualified candidates to join the Company’s management team and board of directors, risks associated with the mining industry, including operational risks in exploration, development and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to production, costs and expenses; the uncertainty surrounding the ability of the Company to obtain all permits, agreements, consents or authorizations required for its operations and activities; and health, safety and environmental risks, the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the ability of Harte Gold to fund the capital and operating expenses necessary to achieve the business objectives of Harte Gold, the uncertainty associated with commercial negotiations and negotiating with contractors and other parties and risks associated with international business activities, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2021, and in other filings of the Company with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at Due to the risks, uncertainties and assumptions inherent in forward-looking statements, prospective investors in securities of the Company should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks, uncertainties and other factors are not exhaustive.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or in any other documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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Lincoln Announces Passing of Director Shing Lee

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 28, 2022 / Lincoln Gold Mining Inc. ("Lincoln" or the "Company") (TSXV:LMG) announces with great sadness the sudden…

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 28, 2022 / Lincoln Gold Mining Inc. (“Lincoln” or the “Company”) (TSXV:LMG) announces with great sadness the sudden passing of Mr. Shing Lee, a director of Lincoln since 2019. In addition to his tenure with the Company, Mr. Lee was a prominent businessman in Hong Kong and Chief Executive Officer of Wuling Motors Holdings Ltd., a publicly listed automotive company in Hong Kong. His commitment, guidance and support will be greatly missed.

Paul Saxton, Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Lee’s passing. He was a well-liked and much respected colleague and we will greatly miss his friendship, guidance and unwavering support. On behalf of the management and staff, we are grateful for all his contributions to the Company and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time”.

On behalf of Lincoln Gold Mining Inc.
Paul Saxton
President and CEO, Lincoln Gold Mining Inc.
Tel: (604) 688-7377

About Lincoln Gold Mining Inc.

Lincoln Gold Mining Inc. is an advanced-stage gold mine exploration and development company holding a 100% interest in the Pine Grove Gold Project, in the Walker Lane structural zone of western Nevada. The Company has prepared a preliminary economic assessment of the Pine Grove Gold Project pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Lincoln is working with the United States Forest Service to secure the permits necessary to develop the property into a low-cost open pit heap leach operation including a high-grade gravity circuit.

Lincoln continues the development of exploration plans for the newly acquired Shawinigan property in Quebec to evaluate the copper, nickel, and cobalt opportunities at the site. The Company has recently expanded the area of exploration to approximately 50 square kilometers.

Lincoln also owns an interest in a joint venture in respect of the Oro Cruz Gold Property in California. Lincoln’s joint venture partner is advancing the Oro Cruz Gold Property towards further exploration, development, and production.

Lincoln holds its interests in the US projects through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Lincoln Resource Group Corp., and Lincoln Gold US Corporation, both Nevada corporations.

For more information, please contact Paul Saxton, President and CEO of the Company.


Neither 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.

All statements, trend analysis and other information contained in this press release relative to markets about anticipated future events or results constitute forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including, without limitation, statements relating to the permitting process, future production of Pine Grove Gold Project, budget and timing estimates, the Company’s working capital and financing opportunities and statements regarding the exploration and mineralization potential of the Company’s properties, are forward-looking statements. Forward- looking statements are subject to business and economic risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results of operations to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Lincoln’s expectations include fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; the need for cooperation of government agencies and native groups in the exploration and development of properties and the issuance of required permits; the need to obtain additional financing to develop properties and uncertainty as to the availability and terms of future financing; the possibility of delay in exploration or development programs and uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones; and uncertainty as to timely availability of permits and other governmental approvals. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made. Lincoln does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward- looking statements.

SOURCE: Lincoln Gold Mining Inc.

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