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N. Manitoba mine temporarily shut

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CANICKEL Mining Ltd. has decided to temporarily shut down operations at its Bucko Lake nickel mine near Wabowden and put it on care and maintenance.

The struggling northern Manitoba mine -- the province's newest mine -- received a stop-work order from Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Division to cease blasting operations in May.

That order has been lifted, but due to falling nickel prices the company will temporarily stop production and continue working on optimizing its mining plan to achieve sustainable and profitable operations.

Nickel is trading around $7.40 per pound, down from around $10 in February.

The Vancouver company also announced its CEO, Dianmin Chen, will resign effective July 17 due to personal reasons and Wenfeng Liu, chairman of the board, will assume the role of interim CEO after Chen's departure while a new CEO is being recruited.

CaNickel shares closed unchanged at one cent.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 7, 2012 B17

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