TORONTO, Dec. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Angus Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: GUS) (“Angus” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Talisker Gold Corp. (“Talisker”) pursuant to which it will acquire a 100% interest in the Wawa Properties of Talisker, including its option earn-in properties, for $600,000 in cash and the issuance of 4,000,000 common shares of Angus (the “Transaction”). 

The Wawa Properties are located within the prolific Mishibishu Lake Greenstone Belt of Northern Ontario, which forms part of the Wawa Subprovince and is host to the high-grade Eagle River Mine of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (“Wesdome”).  The Project is located approximately 50 kilometres west of the town of Wawa and is situated immediately between the Eagle River underground mine and the Mishi open pit mine of Wesdome.  The property is host to the near-surface Dorset Gold Zone, which contains an historic estimated resource.

The consolidated 100-square-kilometre property package in Wawa brings significant exploration upside for expansion of existing mineralization and new discoveries.

Patrick Langlois, CEO of Angus, states, “The project follows a proven strategy of acquiring underexplored areas within producing belts and applying focussed exploration programs to unlock value.  We have had success with this formula in the past and we look forward to beginning exploration in Q1 of 2020 on the Mishibishu Belt.”    

The Transaction
At closing, in a series of transactions, Angus will acquire the following interests (the “Project”):

  • 100% interest in 141 mining claims from Talisker totaling 22.9-square-kilometres.
  • option to earn a 100% interest in 202 mining claims from IAMGOLD Corporation’s (“IAMGOLD”) Mishi Property, representing 37.9-square-kilometres.  Angus may earn a 100% interest in the Mishi Property by spending an aggregate of $1,500,000 on exploration expenditures before September 25, 2023.
  • option to earn a 100% interest mining in 188 mining claims from Exiro Minerals Corp. (“Exiro”) totaling 40.5-square-kilometres.  Angus may earn a 100% interest in Exiro’s mineral claims by making cash payments of $20,000 and issuing $45,000 of Angus shares.

The Project
The Project is located in the Mishibishu Lake Greenstone Belt of Northern Ontario (“MLGB”), an extension of the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt and host to the high-grade Eagle River Mine of Wesdome.  The Project is situated in north-central Ontario approximately 50 kilometres west of the town of Wawa and hosts the Dorset Zone, which was discovered in 2006.

Work in the area was stimulated by the discovery of the high-grade Eagle River Mine, which commenced production in 1995.  However, most of the exploration work in the area of the Project claims was conducted between 2005 – 2007 and included airborne geophysical surveying, trenching, and the completion of 92 diamond drill holes, which resulted in the discovery of the Dorset Zone in 2006. Highlights from the drilling of the Dorset Zone included 47 intersections of at least 1.5 g/t Au that ranged in length from 1.0 metres to 19.1 metres. Results of this drilling were used to compile an historic resource estimate (using a 0.50 g Au/t cut-off) consisting of an indicated resource of 40,000 ounces of gold (780,000 tonnes grading 1.42 g/t Au), and an inferred resource of 180,000 ounces of gold (4,760,000 tonnes grading 1.19 g/t Au). The historic estimate was prepared by G. Cavey, P.Geo and Gary Giroux P.Eng in December 2007 in a technical report.  Angus considers the historic estimate to be relevant and reliable given that it was prepared under NI 43-101 standards and there has been no further work or historic estimates completed since that time. Angus is not treating the historic estimate as current as a Qualified Person has not completed sufficient work to classify the historic estimate as current, although it is believed that minimal work would be required by a Qualified Person to verify and upgrade the historic estimate to current.

SUMMARY OF THE DORSET HISTORIC MINERAL RESOURCE ESTIMATE

Dorset – Indicated ResourceDorset – Inferred Resource
Cut-off
Au (g/t)
(tonnes)Grade
Au (g/t)
Ounces
Gold
Cut-off
Au (g/t)
TonnesGrade
Au (g/t)
Ounces
Gold
0.50780,0001.4240,0000.504,760,0001.19180,000
1.00540,0001.7130,0001.002,580,0001.58130,000
1.50290,0002.1220,0001.501,180,0002.0080,000

* This historic resource estimate was independently prepared by Cavey and Giroux (2007) in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 dated December 2007.

HIGHLIGHTS 2006-2007 DRILL PROGRAMS

HoleFrom (m)To (m)Width (m)1Grade (g/t) AuGold Zone
MC-06-3681.392.411.11.9A
MC-06-51126.2138.712.53.3A
MC-06-54151.0170.119.11.9A
MC-07-62182.8200.818.02.6A
MC-07-6997.7109.511.82.1A
MC-07-76260.3273.713.42.0A
MC-07-9299.4113.113.72.4B
MC-07-9338.546.07.52.8B
MC-07-94126.0138.512.51.6A
MC-07-98156.9170.513.61.8A
MC07-101140.7150.69.91.9A
MC07-11622.528.56.03.0B

1 Width, measured in meters, represents core length.
2 The true width is estimated to be approximately 70% - 90% of drill interval.

Gold mineralization in the MLGB is localized within regionally extensive, steeply dipping deformation zones consisting of anastomosing ductile and brittle-ductile shear zones. Gold is most concentrated in quartz veins of varying sizes and orientations within these deformation zones. Numerous gold showings, prospects and deposits occur within a series of west-northwest trending deformation zones both on and adjacent to the Dorset Zone.

The Mishi property, optioned from IAMGOLD, is adjacent to the Dorset Zone property and is largely unexplored. Wesdome’s Eagle River Mine, the largest gold deposit discovered in the MLGB to date, is within 1 kilometre of the Property’s southern boundary and is located along the same shear zone. The Eagle River Mine has produced over 1 million ounces of gold at 9.1 g/t Au to-date (source: https://www.wesdome.com/operations/eagle-river-complex/). Wesdome’s mineral processing facilities is located adjacent to the Project and permitted at 1,200 tonnes per day. It is noted that geological information on the Mishi Property is limited and that the Qualified Person has been unable at this time to determine the significance of the above information on the Eagle River Mine.  Accordingly, there is no assurance that the information is necessarily indicative of the mineralization on the Wawa Properties.

The Transaction is subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Financial Advisors
Medalist Capital Ltd. is acting as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the Transaction and will receive an advisory fee through the issuance of 400,000 common shares of the Company in accordance with the policies of, and subject to approval of, the TSX Venture Exchange.

Qualified Person
The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Breanne Beh, P.Geo, who is a "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").

About Angus Ventures:
Angus Ventures Inc. is a Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties.

For more information, please contact:
Patrick Langlois
President and Chief Executive Officer
Angus Ventures Inc.
Tel: (416) 807-1311

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