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Buzz on the Bullboards: The Next Pot of Gold in 2022?

Stockhouse Editorial
1 Comment| March 17, 2022

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(Photo of mineralization from NFGC-21-195 approximately 285m down hole depth and Right: NFGC-21-202 approximately 146m down hole depth. Image via New Found Gold Corp.)

We have waited three long years for this: St. Patrick’s Day is back, and so are all our favourite traditions.

For investors looking for that “pot o’ gold” to brighten up the portfolio, New Found Gold (TSX-V: NFG, Forum) just released assay results from 51 diamond drill holes drilled as part of the company’s ongoing 400,000 metre diamond drill program at its Queensway Project, located 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland.

These holes were designed to test for epizonal style high-grade gold mineralization along the JBP Fault Zone.

The company highlighted the fact that the JBPFZ consists of a network of NE-trending, steeply dipping, regional-scale, gold bearing shear zones that extend for +100km of strike parallel to and approximately 5km east of the Appleton Fault Zone. Reconnaissance diamond drilling completed to date has focused on a +3.5 km segment of the JBPFZ that encompasses the 1744 and Pocket Pond target areas.

Recent drilling intersected several near surface high-grade gold occurrences in the 1744 and Pocket Pond target areas. Highlights include the intercepts of 31.88 g/t Au over 2.05 metres in NFGC-21-180 and 25.40 g/t Au over 2.25 metres in NFGC-21-304 and are interpreted to be epizonal style high-grade gold mineralization.

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ, Forum) is a technology company developing hydrogen-based ventures, that could be complementary to its Quart Reduction Reactor (QRR) effort.

The company was recently issued a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled “Silica to High Purity Silicon Production Process”, covers the PUREVAP QRR process, which permits a one-step transformation of quartz into high purity silicon metal.

HPQ and a high-tech company PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX-V: PYR, Forum) have been working together to help produce these materials. PyroGenesis is working in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce greenhouse gases.

HPQ PUREVAP QRR can not only produce a higher purity silicon material than traditional processes in one step, but it also does not require an “extremely” pure feedstock needed by conventional processes. The process only requires 4.5 tonnes of raw material to make one tonne of silicon, making a 25% reduction in the process. It can potentially allow a 20% cash cost advantage.

HPQ Silicon’s President and CEO, Bernard Tourillon stated that the US patent issuance on this novel new approach to making silicon, combined with the end of Q1 start of the GEN3 PUREVAP QRR pilot plant, have culminated at an opportune time for his business, as demand for high purity silicon from the battery and high-performance material companies continues to rise just as bottlenecks are now occurring in the silicon supply chain.

Investors take note: High purity silicon is in demand for battery makers and high-value applications manufacturers. It significantly reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint compared to traditional processes.

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Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX: IVN, Forum) has secured options to use solar power with liquefied natural gas to power its Platreef Project in South Africa.

Construction of Ivanhoe’s first solar power plant at the Platreef Mine is set to begin by April 2022. The initial five-megawatt (MW) plant is expected to begin supplying solar-generated electricity to the mine in early 2023.

Design and engineering of the initial solar plant at the Platreef Mine are complete and construction is set to commence next month. The solar-generated power from this initial plant will be used for mine development and construction activities, as well as for charging Platreef’s battery-powered underground mining fleet, further reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Construction is progressing at the Platreef Mine and initial production is expected from the first phase of operations in Q3 2024. Ivanhoe expects the Platreef Mine to require approximately 30 MW of installed electrical power for its Phase 1 operations, and approximately 100 MW for its Phase 2 operations at full production.

Ivanhoe Mines indirectly owns 64% of the Platreef Project through its subsidiary, Ivanplats, and is directing all mine development work.

In other news, Ivanplats recently acquired the exclusive right to negotiate an offtake agreement with South Africa-based Renergen Ltd. for electricity generated from Renergen’s gas and solar hybrid-power facility to be constructed at the Virginia Gas Project.

Ivanhoe is confident that through the two companies they will be able to provide Platreef with an uninterruptible power supply to meet the mine’s base-load requirements.

Renergen is an emerging producer of helium, energy and liquified natural gas with near-term production and sales of compressed natural gas and helium from its Virginia Gas Project.

Ivanhoe has made an initial equity investment in Renergen of approximately $13 million (USD), which gives Ivanhoe an approximate 4.35% interest in issued and outstanding shares. It has the option to eventually subscribe up 55% of Renergen to provide equity funding for Phase 2 at the Virginia Gas Project.

They say there is no such thing as bad press and TAAT Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd. (CSE: TAAT, Forum) is sure feeling that.
Its flagship TAAT brand is being featured at the beginning of all episodes of professional football podcast “In the Huddle” hosted by sports reporter Vinny Bonsignore, best yet for the company, it is at no monetary cost.

As a non-tobacco product, TAAT benefits from the ability to take out public-facing advertisements and sponsorships in the United States, a practice that has long been prohibited for tobacco companies. As one of the country’s most popular sports, TAAT has chosen to pursue professional football as a sponsorship category to broaden its scope of exposure as the company continues to grow its footprint.

TAAT’s principles of Beyond Tobacco and Beyond Nicotine align with the show’s network’s values and TAAT anticipates it can continuously generate new awareness and fortify existing awareness of its brand as a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes through constant name repetition on the podcast.

(Image via TAAT Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd.)

Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX: WEED, Forum) and its partnership with TV celebrity Martha Stewart continues to pay off, as she just unveiled the latest expansion and flavor innovation within their CBD portfolio – Tropical Medley CBD Wellness Gummies.

Featuring three brand-new flavors inspired by the lush fruits of tropical destinations - Alphonso Mango, Coconut, and Pineapple, the new Martha Stewart CBD Tropical Medley Wellness Gummies are intended to transport consumers to sunny destinations.
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She said her favorite tropical fruits, Alphonso Mango, Coconut, and Pineapple were the inspiration for this new product.

“It's always a pleasure to create new products that make wellness more accessible, convenient and delicious.”

Canopy Growth’s Interim Chief Product Officer, Tara Rozalowsky added that the new Tropical Medley CBD Wellness Gummies feature three delicious flavors and are made with Canopy Growth’s CBD isolate, which is the purest and most potent form of CBD.

“As we gear up for Spring Break season, we can't wait for consumers to kick off getting into a tropical mindset with these new flavors inspired by their favorite sunny destinations.”

The Martha Stewart CBD Tropical Medley Wellness Gummies will be available in three sizes:
  • 30-count offering ($34.99) shipping March now
  • 10-count offering ($12.99) available in April
  • 3-count offering ($3.99) available in April

Vertically integrated healthcare company StageZero Life Sciences Ltd. (TSX: SZLS, Forum) announced this week that the Care Oncology Clinic service and COC Protocol is now available to patients living in Europe. This builds on the availability of the service and program in the UK, the US and Canada.

The Care Oncology Clinic provides high quality outpatient treatment in an independent setting with experienced UK and European specialists. The Clinic offers adjunctive treatments that may complement or enhance standard-of-care cancer management. Its patented COC Protocol incorporates a multifaceted approach, supported by peer-reviewed scientific studies, which highlight the potential of certain treatments to target the specific energy requirements of cancer cells, impacting their ability to grow and multiply.

A provider of intelligent video solutions for public transport and smart cities, Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (TSX-V: GSI, Forum) grabbed a deal of investor attention this week on news that it received a purchase order for approximately $335,000 (CAD) from a school district to equip their fleet of school buses with the Company’s recently-launched Mobile Wi-Fi System. The purchase order also includes a 12-month services contract that is renewable for up to five years.

The Mobile Wi-Fi System is an enhanced distance learning solution that provides 4G or 5G internet connectivity for students and authorized users while the bus is transporting students or while the bus is parked in a neighborhood for the purpose of providing internet access to students who do not have suitable connectivity at home. Data is routed through the school’s content filters and network infrastructure to ensure that students are provided with a safe internet environment and that firewall-protected school content is accessible.

This follows the company’s launch of the Gatekeeper Mobile Wi-Fi System last week, which is a new enhanced distant learning initiative that enables 4G and 5G broadband access for students. The Company has also received a purchase order of approximately $560,000 (CAD) from a school district to equip their fleet of school buses with the Mobile Wi-Fi System. The purchase order also includes a 12-month services contract that is renewable for up to five years.

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POET Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: PTK, Forum) began trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market this week under the symbol POET.

The company’s Chairman & CEO, Suresh Venkatesan said that this trading on the NASDAQ marks a significant milestone for POET, and the team is excited to share in this achievement alongside fellow shareholders.

“In addition to making shares of the company available to a broader set of prospective institutional investors, today’s listing serves to elevate POET’s overall visibility and increase market awareness of our highly differentiated POET Optical Interposer platform. Together with our continued expansion of customer engagements and product commercialization, we believe trading on Nasdaq will further support our growing momentum as well as maximize value for shareholders of the company.”

The company will maintain its TSX Venture listing, and no action is required by existing shareholders associated with the Nasdaq listing.

POET Technologies Inc offers integration solutions based on the POET Optical Interposer, a novel platform for the seamless integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single module using advanced wafer-level manufacturing techniques and packaging methods.

BlackBerry Limited (TSX: BB, Forum), along with driver-centric fleet management solution provider, ISAAC Instruments, released details this week on their partnership, where BlackBerry Radar had been integrated within the ISAAC Open Platform, allowing fleet managers will now have an aggregate view of current tractor and trailer operations in a single console, enabling them to better manage and automate their dispatch operations, driver messaging and hours of service compliance.

The first customer to roll out the joint solution is Titanium Transportation Group (TSX-V: TTR, Forum), a North American transportation company with asset-based trucking operations and logistics brokerages servicing Canada and the United States, who has deployed the newly integrated solution offering for its entire fleet of trailers and commercial vehicles.

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As for last week's survey, it seems that gold's rise above $2,000 (USD) / Oz was a blip on the radar, but that doesn't mean it won't happen again ... and soon.

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