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Timely look-back at local pioneer prospectors

from Timmins Press

As part of the modernization of the mining act, Ontario will move to an online mining claim registration process. Sure, we can't stop progress; sure, we can't live in the past; sure, we can't blah, bah, blah. At the risk of sounding like some romanticized Luddite, the adventure that was prospecting and its impact on the development of Northern Ontario is now just another bit of history. Before I go any further, I will admit that being a prospector in the Porcupine in 1907 was not an easy proposition. Waltzing into the hinterland back then was no great picnic; the railway did not venture this way, which meant walking and canoeing and by association, portaging, was the norm. more

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