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City unveils new logo, branding strategy –

‘By being bold and confident in how we tell our story, we will inspire others in the community to do the same’ – Tom Vair

Sault Ste. Marie City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve this new municipal icon and logo.

Developed with help from consultants as part of a $100,000 identity, branding and logo initiative, the new icon’s colours “speak to our indigenous roots, while also representing our glorious natural environment: fall foliage, the waters of the Great Lakes, and forests and mountains,” said an information package released at the civic centre today by Future SSM.

“The Sault Ste. Marie icon is a graphic representation of our core values and ideals,” the materials said.

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Énergie Saguenay Project — Public Comments Invited

May 17, 2019 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Énergie Saguenay Project, located in the District of La Baie, Saguenay City, Quebec.

Public Comment Period

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in the proponent’s summary of the Environmental Impact Statement.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by June 17, 2019 to:

Énergie Saguenay Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550 d’Estimauville Avenue
Québec, QC G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444

Open House Session

The Agency invites the public to attend an open house on the project. Representatives of the Agency, the expert federal departments and the proponent will be on site to answer questions and collect comments from the public.

  • Date: Tuesday June 11, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Le Montagnais, 1080 Boulevard Talbot, Chicoutimi (Québec)

To view the summary of the Environmental Impact Statement or for more information, please visit the Agency’s website at (Registry reference number 80115). Printed copies are also available at the following locations:

  • Bibliothèque municipale de Chicoutimi
    155, Racine Street E.
    Chicoutimi (Québec)
  • Bibliothèque municipale de La Baie
    1911, 6e avenue
    La Baie (Québec)
  • Municipalité de Saint-Fulgence
    253, Saguenay Street
    Saint-Fulgence (Québec)

For more information on the Agency’s privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its website at


Nemaska Lithium Provides Project Update

• Construction pace is adapted to ensure optimal use of current resources
• 55% of detailed engineering completed in Shawinigan as of April 30, 2019
• Quality hydroxide products steadily produced out of the Phase 1 plant

QUÉBEC CITY, May 16, 2019 — Nemaska Lithium Inc. (the “Corporation”) (TSX: NMX) (OTCQX: NMKEF) (Frankfurt: N0T) today provides an update on the overall Whabouchi project and discloses its quarterly financials.

“We have made good overall progress during the past months on both the construction at the Whabouchi mine and the detailed engineering at the Shawinigan plant. While we are carefully managing cash at our disposal, we are also reviewing financing opportunities and strategic alternatives with the help of our financial advisors. We are diligently proceeding one step at a time towards achieving our ultimate goals within the best possible timeframe in the best interest of all our stakeholders,” said Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium.

As at March 31, 2019, the Corporation had on hand CAD $262.3M in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and the equivalent in CAD $522M of restricted cash and in-trust deposits (mainly bond proceeds). As at March 31, 2019, CAD $190.1M has been incurred for the Whabouchi mine, and CAD $111.4M for the Shawinigan electrochemical plant.

Construction Execution Plan Underway

At Whabouchi, the foundations for the primary, secondary and tertiary crushers are completed and structural steel installation is well advanced. Furthermore, concrete pouring and backfilling are nearing completion, electric distribution is completed, and the construction camp, its cafeteria and training facilities are fully functional. About 50% of the crushing, ore sorting and concentrator equipment has been received, and most of it has been installed.

In Shawinigan, detailed engineering work for the electrochemical plant continues. The progress achieved over the past few months will be reflected in the updated 43-101 Technical Report – Feasability Study expected to be completed in June. As at April 30, 2019, the detailed engineering progress was estimated at approximately 55% complete, which will add considerable knowledge to the project that could translate into cost savings in the subsequent bidding and procurement process set to resume upon completion of the project financing.

As previously mentioned, the construction pace at both the Whabouchi mine and the Shawinigan plant has been adapted to ensure an optimal and efficient use of current resources. In addition, the majority of BBA’s recommendations received at the end of April have been implemented.

Financing alternatives under review
The dual-track financing action plan and review process of all available alternatives is underway as the Corporation is, with the assistance of Clarksons Platou Securities and National Bank Financial, in touch with different parties and analyzing potential available options. The reception of the BBA report at the end of April 2019 was a key element in advancing these discussions as it provided validation of the cost-to-complete estimate and the operational strategy.

Constant Deliveries Out of the Phase 1 Plant

Activities out of the Phase 1 plant continue at a steady pace. High purity lithium hydroxide monohydrate commercial samples are delivered every week to current and potential clients internationally.

Conference Call

Nemaska Lithium will host a conference call on May 16, 2019 at 10:30 am EST. The Corporation’s President and CEO, Mr. Guy Bourassa, will discuss this morning’s announcement. The call can be accessed at the following:


Dial information:
US/CANADA Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (866) 353-6129
US/CANADA Participant International Dial-In Number: +1 (409) 217-8084
Conference ID: 6769469
About Nemaska Lithium

Nemaska Lithium Inc. is a developing chemical company whose activities will be vertically integrated, from spodumene mining to the commercialization of high-purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate. These lithium salts are mainly destined for the fast-growing lithium-ion battery market, which is driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage worldwide. With its products and processes, the Corporation intends to facilitate access to green energy, for the benefit of humanity.

The Corporation will be operating the Whabouchi mine in Québec, Canada, one of the richest lithium spodumene deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at the Whabouchi mine will be processed at the Shawinigan plant using a unique membrane electrolysis process for which the Corporation holds several patents.

The Corporation is a member of the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index, S&P/TSX Global Mining Index, S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index, S&P/TSX Equal Weight Global Base Metals Index, and the MSCI Canada Small Cap Index. For more information, visit


Victor Cantore
Investor Relations
514 831-3809

Wanda Cutler
Investor Relations
416 303-6460


Commerce Resources Corp. Announces Inuit Corporations Sign Letter of Intent for the Ashram REE Deposit, Quebec

May 15, 2019

Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the “Company” or “Commerce”) is pleased to announce that the Nayumivik Landholding Corporation of Kuujjuaq and the Makivik Corporation have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Commerce Resources Corp. for the ongoing development of the Ashram Rare Earth Elements Deposit in Nunavik, Northern Quebec.

Sammy Koneak, the President of the Nayumivik Landholding Corporation of Kuujjuaq states, “We look forward to working closely with Commerce and Makivik Corporation to implement the LOI during the pre-development phase of the proposed Ashram Deposit. We are confident that continued communication between the parties under the terms and spirit of the LOI will result in ongoing respect for our rights and our environment.”

Maggie Emudluk, the Vice-President of Economic Development at the Makivik Corporation states, “This Letter of Intent (LOI) is a first for Nunavik mining development, specifically for a pre-development project such as the Ashram REE Deposit.By implementing the LOI, Inuit will be directly involved upstream in any discussions and proposed planning of this project. They will also be enabled to provide insights and share concerns during the progression of the project. Makivik is pleased that the LOI is in accordance with the Nunavik Inuit Mining Policy objectives that look forward to establishing clear lines of communication with the industry.”

Chris Grove, the President of Commerce Resources states, “We are very pleased that the Nayumivik and the Makivik have signed this Letter of Intent with us. This is a milestone that speaks to the cooperation between all parties; a document that recognizes the primacy of the James Bay agreement, the practicalities of advancing our Ashram Deposit through the next few years of development, the practicalities of getting our material to world markets, and the best way to achieve our collective goals of a new producing mine in Nunavik through the cooperation of the Inuit and Commerce towards our mutual benefit. We look forward to this future with the Inuit in Nunavik.”

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Ashram Rare Earth Element Deposit in Quebec and the Upper Fir Tantalum-Niobium Deposit in British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the corporate website at or email

On Behalf of the Board of Directors


“Chris Grove”

Chris Grove
President and Director
Tel: 604.484.2700


Stornoway Announces Results From Annual General Meeting

LONGUEUIL, Québec, May 15, 2019– Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY; the “Corporation” or “Stornoway”) announces the results of the vote at its annual general meeting of shareholders held on May 14, 2019 in Montréal, Québec.

Each of the director nominees proposed by management was elected to the Board of Directors, without a vote by ballot being conducted.  Stornoway received proxies with regards to voting on the eight directors nominated for election as set forth below:

Darling, Michele S.  426,981,277 99.14% 3,699,174 0.86%
Godin, Patrick  427,106,379 99.17% 3,574,072 0.83%
Hadjigeorgiou, John  428,643,505 99.53% 2,036,946 0.47%
Kyle, Hume  426,387,154 99.00% 4,293,297 1.00%
Lacroix, Hubert T.  426,450,601 99.02% 4,229,850 0.98%
Mehta, Angelina  427,048,097 99.16% 3,632,354 0.84%
Morin, Gaston  427,118,828 99.17% 3,561,623 0.83%
Tawil, Marie-Anne  427,778,015 99.33% 2,902,436 0.67%

Mr. Hubert T. Lacroix has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has been re-appointed as auditor for the ensuing year.

Final voting results on all matters voted on at the annual general meeting of shareholders will be published shortly on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) website at


The Renard Diamond Mine is Quebec’s first producing diamond mine and Canada’s sixth. It is located approximately 250 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of north-central Québec. Construction on the project commenced on July 10, 2014, and commercial production was declared on January 1, 2017. Average annual diamond production is forecast at 1.8 million carats per annum over the first 10 years of mining. Readers are referred to the technical report dated January 11, 2016, in respect of the September 2015 Mineral Resource estimate, and the technical report dated March 30, 2016, in respect of the March 2016 Updated Mine Plan and Mineral Reserve Estimate for further details and assumptions relating to the project.


Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY and headquartered in Montreal. A growth oriented company, Stornoway owns a 100% interest in the world-class Renard Mine, Québec’s first diamond mine.

On behalf of the Board
/s/ “Patrick Godin”
Patrick Godin
President and Chief Executive Officer

For more information, please contact Alexandre Burelle (Manager, Investor Relations and Business Development)
at 450-616-5555 x2264
or toll free at 1-877-331-2232

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter Alexandre Burelle (Directeur, Relations avec les investisseurs et
développement des affaires) au 450-616-5555 x2264,

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Quebec seeks $8M to fix Nunavik airport terminal – Nunatsiaq News

16 May, 2019

New terminal in Inukjuak officially opened less than a year ago

The new $14.7-million airport terminal in Inukjuak, which officially opened less than a year ago, was supposed to be light, bright and spacious, both inside and out.

The orange, red and grey colours, rainbow decorations and leafy-berry plant on the building’s side made for a big change from the previous terminal, a dull, cramped wooden structure, which opened in 1996.

The problem is this swanky new terminal turns out to have serious structural issues—and three years after opening its doors, the building is at risk of falling apart.

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Giving young Montréalers the skills and experience they need to launch meaningful careers

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

May 16, 2019 Montréal, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s continued prosperity depends on young Canadians launching meaningful careers. By helping them gain the skills and experience they need for a fair chance at success, we are investing in our greatest asset—our people.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, highlighted funding of over $5.2 million through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) in Hochelaga to the Comité sectoriel de main d’oeuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ) and Accès-Travail de Montréal for their projects Ton 1er emploi en aérospatiale and Ensemble vers l’intégration.

Ton 1er emploi en aérospatiale gave 200 new aerospace graduates an opportunity to gain work in their chosen sector in positions such as piloting, aerospace mechanical assembly, aircraft maintenance and air transport management. The ongoing program Ensemble vers l’intégration has so far offered more than 180 youth participants employment skills training as well as work experience placements.

The YES is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Canada’s newest workers get a strong start to their careers and has three complementary program streams: Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience. Improvements to the YES since 2015 have resulted in more than 220,000 youth finding good-quality jobs or improving their skills.


“Our continued prosperity depends on young Canadians successfully transitioning from the classroom to the workforce. Giving Canadian youth a fair chance at success is how we will grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The Youth Employment Strategy is helping thousands of youth making the transition from school to the workforce. Our government is taking concrete actions to address labour shortage and offer valuable working experience to young Canadians.’’

– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“The aerospace sector requires a high degree of rigor and complexity, and on average it takes between 9 and 12 months to fully integrate a new graduate into the workforce as a fully independent professional. Financial assistance under the Career Focus Program has enabled companies to facilitate the transition of these highly-skilled youth into a fast-moving and ever-changing labour market.”

– Nathalie Paré, Director General, Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ)

Quick facts

  • Budget 2019 proposes to invest $49.5 million to support the ongoing modernization of the YES. This builds on investments in Budgets 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the YES to help youth gain the skills and experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • The YES is currently being modernized, informed by the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and extensive engagement with youth, service delivery organizations and other stakeholders.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa


Statement: Minister Qualtrough celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


May 16, 2019              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, today issued the following statement:

“Today marks the 8th Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which aims to recognize the importance of digital access and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Technology and the Internet play such a crucial role in everyone’s day-to-day life. For persons with disabilities, these tools play an even bigger role as they help build bridges with friends, family, workplaces and communities. Working with persons with disabilities to ensure full participation in the online world is paramount.

One of the Government of Canada’s priorities is to create a truly inclusive and accessible Canada—where everyone in Canada has an equal opportunity to succeed, has the same rights and obligations, and is equal participants in their communities and workplaces. That is why the Government of Canada developed Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. This proposed legislation will proactively identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility in a number of priority areas, including information and communication technologies. Digital content and technologies that are accessible to all play an important role in the full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Through new investments included in Budget 2019, the Government has reiterated its commitment to make Canada more accessible. Funding was recently announced to make reading material accessible for persons with print disabilities; to improve the accessibility of point-of-sale payment machines; and to help the Government identify, remove and prevent technological barriers in federal workplaces.

These investments are in addition to existing initiatives such as the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities and the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program. These programs all contribute to increasing accessibility and the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

So much progress has been made on our journey towards a barrier-free Canada. I am confident that if we continue to work together, we can make sure everyone has access to the tools they need to fully participate in Canadian society.

I invite everyone, whether you are a designer, a developer, a usability professional, or someone who wants to participate, to join the conversation on social media by using #GAAD, or visiting the Global Accessibility Awareness Day web page.”


Ashley Michnowski
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


Government of Canada hosts a symposium on Indigenous justice systems

May 15, 2019 – Gatineau, Quebec – Department of Justice Canada

The Government of Canada is renewing its relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable David Lametti, Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, spoke at the closing of the Exploring Indigenous Justice Systems in Canada and around the World symposium. This two-day event fostered dialogue on the important work of rebuilding Indigenous systems of justice and brought together Indigenous leaders, Indigenous law students, experts and government officials from across Canada and around the world. The goal was to generate ideas on what Indigenous justice systems could look like in Canada, and how they could be integrated into Canada’s justice system.

Indigenous people are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and the ability of Indigenous communities to enforce and adjudicate their own laws is central to reconciliation. It can help produce better outcomes for Indigenous peoples who are often marginalized in the broader justice system, and it can improve the overall implementation of Indigenous rights and self-government.

During facilitated conversations, symposium participants had the opportunity to discuss existing models of Indigenous justice systems, and find the best ways to implement them. To help guide these discussions, representatives from nations that currently have innovative Indigenous justice systems – the Navajo Nation and the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne – took part in moderated panels.

The symposium follows the release of Budget 2019, which committed to supporting the development, use and understanding of Indigenous laws by funding of Indigenous law institutes. The proposed contribution funding of $10,000,000 over five years will increase the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada, by Indigenous peoples themselves and all Canadians, by providing support for the creation of legal tools, research, training and community capacity building.


“Indigenous peoples have formed and operated dynamic systems of justice from time immemorial. Fostering discussion and exchange on Indigenous laws and legal traditions is an important step towards advancing reconciliation, and ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are reflected in the Canadian justice system.”

The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“It’s important that we hear directly from Indigenous communities, elders and chiefs about Indigenous laws and legal traditions. By creating a space where everyone can listen, exchange ideas and learn from one another’s experiences, we can better understand how Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal traditions can co-exist within Canada’s constitutional framework.”

Arif Virani, M.P.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Quick facts

  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to commit to the recognition and implementation of Indigenous justice systems. It calls for this to be done in a manner consistent with the Treaty and Aboriginal rights of Indigenous peoples, the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • In 2016, Indigenous people in Manitoba made up 18% of the population and Indigenous adults represented 74% of admissions to provincial custody.
  • Indigenous adults comprised 4.1 percent of Canada’s population, but represented 27 percent of admissions to federal custody and 30 percent in provincial and territorial custody.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada


StartUP Nations brings youth from 10 Indigenous communities to Concordia – Concordia University News

Budding entrepreneurs will learn how to build a successful business relevant to their own social economies

May 15, 2019

More than 50 Indigenous youth from across Quebec will come to Concordia to learn the tools for succeeding as entrepreneurs in their communities at the second edition of StartUP Nations.

The event, to be held at the university from May 23 to 25, aims to teach Indigenous teens and young adults about social and collective entrepreneurship and support them in becoming economic engines in their own contexts.

“We want to work with youth to develop some different projects that can help their communities,” says Karine Awashish, the social economy advisor at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC) and the event’s founder.

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