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Acclaimed Producer Firdaus Kharas Fighting Malaria With Animation Campaign Initial production funding from the Canadian Red Cross

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 26, 2007

Firdaus Kharas, a multi-award winning animation producer and director, is pleased to announce the creation of animated Public Service Announcements to provide an educational tool for those trying to reduce malaria infections in Africa. Initial funding of $ 25,000 is being provided by the Canadian Red Cross to support the project.

“During my travels in Africa, I have been struck by the fact that more children die of malaria than any other disease. I want to support the efforts of organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, which help prevent malaria through massive free net distributions in Africa,” says Director and Producer Firdaus Kharas.

“My colleagues and I will create a series featuring two animated female mosquitoes that highlight the importance of using bed-nets and other educational messages to help prevent malaria in a fun and engaging way. Creating a series of world-class animated spots will provide an important tool that can be easily and widely used by broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, schools and others to educate vulnerable communities on how to protect themselves from malaria.”

Initially five spots will be created with a total of 30 spots planned, subject to funding. The series will be provided free-of-charge to any organization requesting to use them. A comprehensive website, http://www.bednets.ca, is being developed where copies of tapes and DVDs can be requested online. This campaign builds on the success of The Three Amigos, an animated HIV/AIDS prevention campaign supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with 20 spots in 41 languages currently in use in 72 countries.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Mr. Kharas on this important initiative to prevent malaria infections, which will greatly complement our existing malaria prevention campaigns,” says Paul Wharram, Interim Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. “The distribution of nets is most effective when accompanied with a strong public education component. This will be a great supporting tool for local Red Cross volunteers in Africa to use during the distributions.”

In Africa, one child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Each year, between 350 million and 500 million people are infected with malaria around the world. Even though malaria is preventable and treatable, it currently threatens over 40 per cent of the world’s population. The majority of deaths from malaria are young children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. There is no vaccine against malaria; the best defence is prevention.

Firdaus Kharas:

Firdaus Kharas has been publicly acknowledged as a “world renowned” director and producer of animation, film and television media. His current work focuses on creating various types of media to affect societal and individual behavioural change through mass communications. These media initiatives have a universal appeal in that they span many cultures and countries to better the human condition.

In the last three years, Mr. Kharas’ media work has garnered 60 international awards. These include the Peabody, CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Platinum Remi, Chris, Hugo, Golden Reel, Gold World Medal in New York and First Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Festival.

Mr. Kharas, who is Ottawa-based, owns and operates Chocolate Moose Media Inc. Further information can be found at http://www.kharas.ca. The Three Amigos HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme site is http://www.thethreeamigos.org.

The Canadian Red Cross:

The Canadian Red Cross works with Red Cross Societies in Africa to provide nets free-of-charge in some of the world’s most malaria-affected countries. Red Cross has delivered more than three million nets directly to families in Togo, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Niger, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar, thanks to the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency and Canadian donors.

Canadians wishing to support the Campaign Against Malaria are encouraged to donate online at http://www.malariabites.net, calling toll-free 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Campaign Against Malaria” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300; Ottawa, Ontario; K2P 2P2.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

For additional information and interviews, please contact:

Kita Szpak, KS Communications.

Tel: (1) 613-798-8333 or (1) 613-725-3063

Canadian Red Cross Media Line

1 (613) 740-1994


RESCUE INK – Hot on the Trail of Alleged Canadian Porn Star Murderer

Long Beach, NY (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

RESCUE INK, an animal rescue and protection organization whos tag line is We are the army for animals, today announced that it has been in hot pursuit of alleged murderer Luka Magnotta from as early as October, 2010. In 2010, a video surfaced on YouTube, of Magnotta torturing and killing two kittens. He was dubbed the KITTEN KILLER among animal rights and activist groups. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made the rounds of social media sites, as advocates from RESCUE INK, including Joe Panz, Big Ant, Jonny O and Big Mike, who is a law enforcement professional, searched for leads to his identity and location.

RESCUE INK warned authorities in late 2010 that Magnottas activities would escalate and he would take his abuse addiction to another level. Joe Panz of RESCUE INK stated “It is very important to the public to find this person as soon as possible. 100% of all the serial killers, rapists and pedophiles all started off abusing animals at one time or another. They practice on the animals until they can’t get the excitement anymore or they feel confident and move on to something else they deem to be helpless like a small child, a women or an elderly person. Anyone caught abusing an animal in this way should be made to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be put on a list for the authorities”.

During its two year investigation, RESCUE INK offered various cash rewards for information leading to Magnottas identity and through various undercover, internet based initiatives, were able to positively identify, connect and even communicate directly with bisexual porn star and model Luka Magnotta. As the investigation of the KITTEN KILLER progressed the RESCUE INK investigation revealed that Magnotta had committed more heinous crimes against animals. Working with other animal activist groups, RESCUE INK and animal activists, the Barbi Twins, developed a plan to lure Magnotta into the U.S. with the hopes to capture Magnotta and take him to the authorities. Magnotta backed out of the deal. RESCUE INK continued to pursue extradition inquiries with both the FBI and Interpol but were told that instances of animal abuse did not warrant such measures and that they would have to wait until Magnotta committed a crime against a human.

RESCUE INK has supported the current investigation and provided Canadian Authorities with the information they gathered leading to Magnottas identification and capture by the German authorities. RESCUE INK works to rally support and encourage government officials to require psychological evaluations for any animal abuser before releasing them into the public.

RESCUE INK actively seeks to put an end to the cycle of violence and abuse and continues its efforts to prevent animal abuse by investigation, education and intervention. The group has been credited with countless rescues nationwide, has won numerous awards for its service to the communities in which it operates, and wants you to know..if you are an animal abuser and hear the roar of Harley Davidsons in the distance.you better run.


Rescue Ink formed its animal-rescue group based in New York to help fight against animal abuse and neglect. The group focuses on confronting and educating the abusers to stop the cycle of violence. Their efforts have caught the attention of media across the county and the group has been featured on their own reality television show. They are tough-talking, tattooed bikers that have a soft spot for animals but a rough side for the ones causing the abuse. They utilize their nationwide network to identify the most heinous cases and then they take upon the task of rescuing and rehabilitating the animals and dealing with the abusers head on.

For more information on Rescue Ink, visit the organizations website at http://www.rescueink.org

Source: Rescue Ink


Card Processing Services Marks Canadian Industry First with Silanis e-SignLive e-Signature Service

Montreal, QC (PRWEB) August 03, 2011

Card Processing Services (CPS) will be the first Canadian credit card processing company in the country to use e-signatures to process merchant contracts. By employing Silanis e-SignLive cloud-based electronic signature service, CPS will improve client service, hone administrative procedures and sharpen its competitive edge in the marketplace.

Card Processing Services provides small to medium-sized businesses with a variety of credit card processing systems at competitive rates to those provided by Canadian banks; in fact, CPS lower payment processing rates can improve merchant profit margins by up to 20 per cent. Currently, however, the paper contracting process for a new merchant is long and prone to signing errors that can have a negative impact on service quality, as well as potential sales volume.

Our company chose Silanis e-Signlive because it simplified the signing process for our clients, says Michael Karaguezian, president of CPS. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a clear explanation of our services and contracts. Once merchants have taken time out of their busy days to discuss options with us, we wanted the actual contract signing process to be as quick and easy as possible.

Because the payment processing application can be up to 12 pages long and require seven or eight signatures, it can take two full weeks to get one contract hand signed. Using e-SignLive, we can now process an application correctly and hassle-free in about15 minutes.

While on the phone with the client, the CPS sales representative enters the necessary information into a merchant contract that is in PDF format. Then, instead of using the previous method of faxing the contract for review and signing, CPS simply emails the client the link to the PDF that has also been e-signature enabled. No downloads are required and the client can sign the merchant contract securely online from anywhere in the country. And because Silanis e-SignLive records the entire signing process from start to finish, subscribers benefit from a comprehensive audit trail that provides much stronger legal evidence than is possible with hand signing.

Many merchants are now aware that we can offer them a better payment processing rate than the banks do, but some of them are hesitant to make the switch because the process can seem intimidating, says Karaguezian. Paper signing means possible delays because documents have been printed on older machines and the fine print is not legible or because signatures werent placed in the right place. By moving our signing processes online with e-SignLive, we can circumvent these pitfalls and help retailers transfer to a more cost-effective payment processing system without spending a lot of their valuable time.

e-SignLive will not only help CPS improve its service quality. The time that the company shaves from its administrative procedures will also help CPS to expand its sales efforts. Currently, about half of the sales agents time is spent on duties related to execution and managing of the signing of the payment purchasing agreement. Now, agents can dedicate more of their day to increasing the companys sales volumes.

CPS selected Silanis e-SignLive after assessing several competing e-signing solutions. In addition to noting the ease and security of the web-based signing solution, the company was impressed by the service it received.

The FREE edition of e-SignLive lets you invite your customers, partners and suppliers to electronically sign documents over the web, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, from the convenience of their home or office. Try it now.

About Card Processing Services

Card Processing Services is a leader in providing full-service payment processing systems to Canadian businesses. CPS ensures that its clients can accept credit and debit card payments easily and securely. Its wide variety of affordable payment processing options are appropriate for any size business or payment method, including mail and telephone orders, face-to-face or online. Credit card and debit card processing is a rapidly changing industry; Card Processing Services is dedicated to supporting its clients with the latest card processing technologies, giving them the tools to be as efficient and as profitable as possible.

About e-SignLive

As a cloud-based electronic signature service, e-SignLive offers the quickest time to market with the lowest up-front investment. With no software or hardware to purchase or install, subscribers can be up and running in minutes for a low monthly fee. Users can easily be invited to log into e-SignLive and electronically sign documents over the web. Theres no limit to the number of signers or documents involved–and no extra charges! e-SignLive is the ideal solution for signing non-disclosure agreements, sales contracts, real estate documents, insurance and loan applications, supplier agreements, employee on-boarding and HR documents, and more.

About Silanis

Silanis’ solutions have processed hundreds of millions of e-signatures since the company was founded in 1992 (50 million in 2010 alone), making it the most widely used e-signature solution. The worlds largest insurance and financial services companies, government agencies, and service providers depend on Silanis to accelerate business transactions and reduce costs while improving compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The companys on-premise, cloud and SaaS e-signature solutions eliminate manual, paper-based processing to enable e-commerce and e-government transactions to be executed fully electronically from start to finish.


Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons Chooses Yardstick as its Software Provider

Edmonton, AB (PRWEB) February 09, 2012

Yardstick Software, Canadas premiere testing and training platform provider is thrilled to announce the launch of BoatExams.com.

Operated by the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons,BoatExams.com is powered by Yardsticks Learning Management Platform and the website is well on its way to becoming the number one choice for boating enthusiasts to obtain a Transport Canada approved Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC Boater License).

For $ 49.95, anyone over the age of 16 can purchase the three hour Boating Basics Online Course which includes one-year complimentary associate membership with the CPS, five professionally designed interactive course modules and upon successful completion of the course, immediate access to a downloadable PDF wallet certificate and bonus lessons on trailering, docking, and locking. Transport Canada issues the official PCO card four to six weeks after the exam.

This project has been two years in the making and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is delighted to have worked with Yardstick. Yardstick played a pivotal role in getting our online boater training program to market, and going forward we are extremely confident that Yardstick has the technology and infrastructure to support the thousands of Canadians who will take this course in the years to come,” says Alain Briere, Executive Director.

Greg Kureluk, VP Sales & Marketing at Yardstick Software comments, We are grateful to have been selected by the CPS-ECP as the online training and testing technology partner for the PCOC training course. In the high-stakes world of certification and licensure, reputation and experience means everything and I believe that our partnership with the CPS-ECP will solidify our position as a Canadian leader in the online training and certification industry.

The comprehensive CPS Boating Safety online study guide, offered by CPS-ECP, is approved by Transport Canada for candidates to the online version of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Boating Safety exam.

About Yardstick Software

Yardstick works with Associations, Licensure and Regulatory organizations, Government, and Educators to set the standards of their separate industries through online licensing and certification, training, and testing. For more information on Yardstick, visit: http://www.GetYardstick.com.

About the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

CPS-ECP is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that works to offer high-quality education, safety publications and other resources available to its membership. Members have access to a huge network of new friends, educators and enthusiasts. For more information, visit: http://www.cpsboat.ca.


Parker Waichman LLP Calls Upon FDA to Take Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Warnings, Following Takeda-Signed Warning to Canadian Healthcare Professionals

New York, New York (PRWEB) April 26, 2012

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people injured by defective drugs, is calling upon the U.S. Food & Drug Administrations (FDA) to increase its efforts to inform the public about the risk of bladder cancer associated with the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos. While the agency did issue a Drug Safety Communication this past June regarding the increased risk of bladder cancer posed by long-term use of Actos, the FDA has not yet compelled Takeda Pharmaceuticals to issue its own warning to either doctors or the public.

This contrasts sharply with recent actions of Canadian drug regulator, Health Canada. On April 16, in collaboration with Health Canada, Takeda Canada, Inc. issued a letter to healthcare professionals confirming the potential for Actos to increase the risk of bladder cancer and announcing modifications to the Actos label in Canada. A copy of the Takeda communication was also posted to the Health Canada website. The letter was signed by Dr. Brad Pamenter, Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs for Takeda, Canada, Inc. [hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/advisories-avis/prof/_2012/actos_3_hpc-cps-eng.php]

On June 15, 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication stating that use of Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA also announced that new information about this risk was being added to the “Warnings and Precautions” section of the Actos label. However, Takeda has never issued a letter to U.S. healthcare providers warning them of Actos’ association with bladder cancer, or informing them of the updated U.S. label. In light of Takeda’s April 16 communication to Canadian healthcare professionals, Parker Waichman calls upon the FDA to require the company to take similar action in the U.S.[fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm259150.htm]

We are hopeful that the FDA will take the strongest action possible to protect patients by requiring Takeda to directly notify the physicians of serious adverse events associated with taking Actos, states Daniel Burke, attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.

Since the FDA issued its June safety communication, Actos users throughout the country have filed lawsuits alleging the drug caused them to develop bladder cancer. All federally filed Actos bladder cancer lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana before the Honorable Rebecca Doherty (Re: Actos Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2299). In March, Judge Doherty appointed Jerrold S. Parker, founding partner of Parker Waichman LLP, to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Actos Litigation. [lawd.uscourts.gov/MDL2299/html/news.html]

For more information on Actos bladder cancer side effects, please view this video blog produced by Parker Waichman LLP.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of Actos. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, please contact their office by visiting the firm’s Actos injury page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

For more information regarding Actos side effect lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).


Parker Waichman LLP

Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney

(800) LAW-INFO

(800) 529-4636


AvantLink Launches Canadian Affiliate Network on 7th Anniversary

Park City, UT (PRWEB) October 01, 2012

AvantLink, an innovative affiliate network, has launched AvantLink.ca, the Canadian version of their network consisting of affiliate marketing programs specifically for that market. Since all merchants are focused entirely on that market, it makes AvantLink.ca the first exclusively-Canadian affiliate network.

“AvantLink publishers are savvy individuals and having access to a dedicated, Canada-only affiliate network will enable them to take their marketing efforts to the next level,” stated Scott Kalbach, CEO of AvantLink. “Today marks the 7th anniversary of the launch of AvantLink.com, so it seems very appropriate to be launching AvantLink.ca on the same day to commemorate those seven years.”

AvantLink.ca will retain all of the dynamic, innovative tools for affiliates found on the AvantLink.com network and place the same emphasis on working only with high-quality affiliates and merchant programs. AvantLink.ca will be launched with a number of popular affiliate programs including:

Under Armour Canada
North by Northwest
Skull Candy Canada

AvantLink.ca is also proud to work in conjunction with AffiliateTraction Canada, a Canadian outsource program management company, on bringing in and managing many of the affiliate programs available at launch.

Canadian-focused merchants and publishers are encouraged to apply to AvantLink.ca, however, affiliates do not need to be located in Canada to participate on the network. All existing publishers on the AvantLink.com network will be automatically added to Canadian network, while any new publishers wishing to participate can apply to the network. All publisher and merchant applications to AvantLink.ca will follow the strict quality control and verification guidelines in place and used by AvantLink.com.

Publisher payments will support Canadian, US, British, and Australian currencies and will be payable by EFT/direct deposit or checks (CAD only).

“AvantLink has been the leader in quality and innovation in the affiliate industry for the last seven years,” says Kalbach. “We’re excited to bring those traits to a new network focused entirely on Canadian programs.”

About AvantLink.ca:

AvantLink.ca is the Canadian version of the popular AvantLink.com affiliate network. AvantLink has a unique approach to the performance marketing industry, partnering only with web retailers who supply product catalogs on a percentage of sale (CPS) arrangement. Publishers on the network are given access to the industrys most innovative marketing tools, many of which go far beyond the typical banner ad and enable dynamic product-level advertising.

About AvantLink.com:

AvantLink is the premiere Affiliate referral tracking, analytics and technology platform for web retailers. Founded in October, 2005 on the ideas of innovation, quality and service, AvantLink offers an array of industry leading affiliate tools and scripts that are integrated in the network free of charge. They also maintain a zero tolerance policy for fraud or other rogue practices pervasive in other affiliate networks. For more information, or to apply to the network as an publisher or merchant, visit

Canadian Company Hits It Big: A New Beginning for Uranium

Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) February 14, 2013

Four years of painstaking detective work by a young Canadian geologist has helped propel his fathers junior exploration company to the brink of a major discovery in the uranium-rich Athabasca Basin of northwestern Saskatchewan.

Garrett Ainsworth, a graduate of London Universitys prestigious Birkbeck College and a Professional Geologist, is currently Vice-President of Exploration at Alpha Minerals Inc. He was nudged into uranium exploration by his father, Ben Ainsworth, a known name in Canadian mineral exploration.

As a Vice-President at Hathor Exploration in 2005, the senior Ainsworth helped steer development of Hathors massive Roughrider uranium deposit in the Athabasca until Rio Tinto bought the company in 2011 for $ 642 million.

Not one to stand idle, Ben turned his attention to a promising area around Patterson Lake South, about 70 kms from mining giant Areva Canadas former producing mine at Cluff Lake, from which more than 60 million lbs. of uranium were extracted.

Ben Ainsworths company, initially called ESO Uranium, negotiated a Joint Venture (JV) with Fission Energy in 2008 to explore their adjoining claims at Patterson Lake South, which shared a common geophysical anomaly.

We both had done aerial surveys, and some ground work, and we thought it would be a good idea to put that into a 50-50 joint venture, says Ben.

His son Garrett seized with enthusiasm the first major opportunity of his career and was made Project Manager.

From 2008 on, he immersed himself in the historical records of the Athabasca Basin and the Patterson Lake South area in particular, spending months poring over old reports and surveys, transcribing and digitizing data.

Garrett gleaned an important first clue from the pages of the Geological Atlas of Saskatchewan, which revealed some good-looking conductors just to the south of the original Joint Venture properties.

With a friend, Garrett staked claims on three blocks for the JV. As they cut the claim lines, they came upon a spring tainted with what looked like iron sludge. Analyses showed there was radon and radium in the red mud uranium indicators.

Further historical research turned up a report done in 1977 that showed a radon anomaly on the JV property, 1.2 kms by 1.6 kms. It stood out on the page, says Garrett. It got me pretty excited when I saw that.

He was intrigued, and a little puzzled, that whoever prepared the report had apparently written off the radon anomalies as due to the presence of exotic boulders in the glacial till.

To me the word exotic meant they thought the boulders came from too far away to be of interest, says Garrett. But they werent paying attention to what happened at Cluff Lake. These boulders dont usually travel that far.

The Cluff Lake mine had about seven separate deposits, all of which were traced back from nearby boulder fields.

In 2009, Garrett was able to persuade his father to undertake a spectrometer survey to confirm his theories. If he found a boulder field, it might lead him directly to the uranium mother lode.

Ben Ainsworth recalls: The survey resulted in a map showing some singular events that appeared to be due to uranium sources. This map sat on Garretts wall for two years and he kept saying: Ive gotta get up there.

Adds his son: The survey showed those radioactive anomalies were uraniferous. You had radon, you had an uraniferous signature, you had a spring nearby with radon and radium, and all of this down-ice from historical conductors. Everything was now fitting together.

Money was still tight, but, says Ben, eventually we put together a $ 40,000 budget to get (Garrett) up there. He called me back after his first day out in the bush and he said very softly because he was standing in a cook shack full of people he didnt want to hear him We did it, dad. I said, What did you do? and he said, We found high-grade boulders.

It was a discovery Garrett will long remember.

It was supposed to be my last field job, because times were pretty tough and Id agreed to sign a contract to work with another company. Then, on the first day on the survey, we discovered high-grade uranium boulders.

The first two boulders we found were nothing special. As I walked by a tree, I saw the scintillometer spike up and I did a double take. I kicked some soil out of the way and put my scintillometer down and it went to 150 counts per second (cps). I dragged my shovel out of my backpack and started digging down. The scintillometer went up to 600 cps, then 1,200, then 5,000. I couldnt believe I was getting such high radioactivity. It went off scale before I could even see what was causing it. I took the shovel, and with one cut a bunch of black (stuff) spilled out into the pit I had dug. My first reaction was that it was burnt log, like charcoal, and then I picked some up. I didnt have to look too closely before it registered that what I was holding in my hand was high-grade uranium.

There was a lot of hooting and hollering. It was incredible. Id always thought it would be so amazing, to be the first man on the ground finding those boulders.

After the euphoria, reality returned.

Garretts boulder field discovery is among the largest in the Athabasca basin and the boulders are unusually large and high-grade for the region. Twenty-five boulders had grades of more than 10 percent uranium and the highest grade assayed at 39.6 percent. The largest boulder, more than 40 cm long, came in at 25.7 percent.

However, One of the problems with these radioactive boulders is that they stand out like a bright light in the middle of a dark sky, says Ben Ainsworth, Alphas President and CEO. They get your attention very strongly, but in between the boulders you have nothing. If you average out all the material, its more than likely you would find that there was not enough uranium to make it worth mining.

The next question to be answered was: Where the heck do the boulders come from?

For Garrett, finding the boulders meant he would now be more than ever committed to Patterson Lake South. I went from being in the office maybe 80 percent of the time, to being in the field 80 percent of the time, he said.

Early in 2012, the JV began a $ 2.76-million, 33-hole winter drill program roughly 3 kms up-ice from the boulder field. In April, the last month of the program, results suggested they were on the right track. One hole returned a bedrock intercept of 19.5 metres, averaging 935 cps, starting just 98 metres from surface, with seven metres averaging above 1,000 cps. Further holes continued to indicate elevated radioactivity.

The next milestone came in November 2012, when the project reported intersecting a six-metre wide interval of high-grade mineralization at shallow depth in basement rocks. Assay results included 12.5 metres at 2.49 percent uranium.

Ben Ainsworth called it the most significant discovery of new mineralization in the southwest Athabasca Basin area since Cluff Lake and Shea Creek and he credited good science and the hard work of an exploration team and its contractors who pushed their limits to get here.

This winter, a new drilling program is underway focusing on the discovery area with a much more detailed drilling pattern. Results from the first two holes of the Winter 2013 program, released Feb. 7, revealed near-surface, high-grade uranium mineralization. One hole reported a 37-metre wide interval of well-developed mineralization; the second a similarly well-developed mineralization at a 21-metre interval.

Says Ainsworth Snr: Two elements are very important for the viability of a mining operation at Patterson Lake South: the shallow depth and the high grade. The infras