Osisko Mining Corporation
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Osisko Mining Corporation

September 11, 2009 08:30 ET

Osisko Intersects 1.20 g/t Au Over 86.9 Metres at Jeffrey Zone

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce the initial results from the 2008 drill program targeting the Jeffrey Zone on the Malartic CHL property, currently under option from Golden Valley Mines Ltd. (GZZ:TSX-V).

The Jeffrey Zone is a gold-mineralized prospect located at the southern extremity of the CHL porphyry, approximately 3.5 km east of the center of the Canadian Malartic deposit, currently under development by Osisko. The Jeffrey Zone was tested with a series of nineteen (19) drill holes (CHL08-2063 to CHL08-2090 for 5,601m) located along drill sections spaced 50 metres apart over a 400 x 100 metre area. All of the holes in the Jeffrey Zone were oriented to the north or south, perpendicular to the regional E-W fabric and were inclined from -45 to -78 degrees.

Most of the holes intersected mineralization along each section drilled. The most significant near-surface drill results include 86.9m averaging 1.20g/t Au (CHL08-2079) including 6.0m averaging 7.35g/t Au. The depth extension of the Jeffrey Zone was also confirmed with drill intercepts of 33.5m averaging 0.78g/t Au (CHL08-2088) and 12.6m averaging 1.14g/t Au (CHL08-2090). Assay highlights from the nineteen new drill holes are summarized in the table below:



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Hole No. Section From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au g/t

CHL08-2066 7150E 22.0 28.0 6.0 1.26

CHL08-2071 7165E 19.5 22.5 3.0 3.65

CHL08-2073 7215E 14.5 31.0 16.5 0.76
and 48.0 57.8 9.8 0.57

CHL08-2074 7215E 38.0 41.2 3.2 7.32
including 40.2 41.2 1.0 20.9

CHL08-2075 7250E 15.5 49.0 33.5 1.00
including 38.5 41.5 3.0 3.49

CHL08-2076 7250E 16.0 76.5 60.5 0.85
including 46.0 53.5 7.5 2.58

CHL08-2077 7250E 18.5 78.5 60.0 0.82
including 27.5 32.0 4.5 2.45

CHL08-2078 7300E 8.4 80.9 72.5 1.25
including 74.0 75.0 1.0 16.5

CHL08-2079 7300E 8.6 95.5 86.9 1.20
including 43.0 44.5 1.5 23.4

CHL08-2080 7350E 11.5 70.6 59.1 1.07
including 11.5 13.0 1.5 22.3

CHL08-2081 7350E 21.0 31.5 10.5 0.73
and 55.5 89.2 33.7 0.85
and 191.5 194.5 3.0 2.12
and 203.5 236.5 33.0 0.89

CHL08-2082 7350E 11.0 102.5 91.5 0.95

CHL08-2083 7400E 40.5 71.9 31.4 0.90

CHL08-2084 7400E 12.7 72.0 59.3 1.42
including 49.0 53.5 4.5 7.71

CHL08-2085 7450E 10.0 70.0 60.0 1.01
including 55.0 62.5 7.5 5.51

CHL08-2086 7450E 63.0 101.5 38.5 1.28
and 131.5 172.1 40.6 0.42

CHL08-2088 7500E 111.5 124.5 11.3 0.62
and 147.5 153.5 6.0 1.86
and 167.0 200.5 33.5 0.78

CHL08-2089 7500E 141.1 179.0 37.9 0.68

CHL08-2090 7550E 183.9 196.5 12.6 1.14
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Mineralization at the Jeffrey Zone consists of disseminated pyrite-gold in potassic-altered quartz-feldspar porphyry dikes in contact with a predominately ultramafic flow sequence, and in lesser gabbro and sedimentary units. Narrower, higher grade mineralization is hosted in quartz veins or silicified porphyry or talcose ultramafic schists.

Presently the Jeffrey Zone has been traced continuously by surface diamond drilling over a strike length of 400 metres and a depth of 90 to 150 metres. True average width is estimated at 42 metres. The mineralized system remains open to the east and at depth, as was highlighted from the results from a 9-hole, 2,400 metre program completed in 2007 (see April 17, 2008 press release), which produced significant intersections as far as 375 metres further to the east. Significant near-surface drill results from the 2007 program include 53.9m averaging 1.25 g/t Au (CHL07-2022) and 40.5m averaging 1.39g/t Au (CHL07-2021).

Results from the 2007 and 2008 drill programs warrant a follow-up definition drill program to be completed with the objective of issuing, if warranted, a NI 43-101 resource estimate. Due to very wet ground conditions in the area of the Jeffrey Zone, this definition drill program is planned for the winter of 2009-2010.

Currently the last remaining holes from the 2008 program are being logged and sampled with additional results to be released in the coming weeks for the reconnaissance drilling completed along the prospective CHL porphyry-volcanic contact and the Shaft Zone.

Osisko has the right to acquire a 70% interest in the Malartic CHL Property in consideration for $150,000 in cash payments over a four year period (total amount paid to date) and by completing a minimum $2,000,000 in exploration work over a four year period. Upon earning its 70% interest, Golden Valley will maintain a free-carried interest of 30% to production. Presently, option/joint venture partner and operator Osisko has completed 19,746 metres (101 drill holes) on the property in 2008 and 15 holes totaling 6,544 metres in 2007.

All NQ or HQ core assays reported above were obtained by standard 50 g fire assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish at ALS Chemex laboratories in Val d'Or, Quebec. Reported weighted averages were calculated using a minimum of 0.50 g/t Au over successive maximum intervals of 20 metres with no upper cut-off of individual assays. Intersected drifts or lost core within mineralized intersections were incorporated as blank intervals.

Osisko Mining Corporation is currently developing the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and evaluating adjacent areas for a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. The Canadian Malartic deposit currently represents one the biggest gold reserves in Canada for a single deposit, and is still growing through ongoing drilling on new mineralized zones. Current reserves for the Canadian Malartic property are 6.28 million ounces, plus (including the Barnat deposit) a measured and indicated resource of 3.65 million ounces and an inferred resource of 0.84 million ounces. Mr. Robert Wares, P. Geo. and Executive Vice-President of Osisko, is the Qualified Person who has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information.

Cautionary Notes Concerning Estimates of Mineral Resources

This news release uses the terms measured, indicated and inferred resources as a relative measure of the level of confidence in the resource estimate. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources are not economic mineral reserves and that the economic viability of resources that are not mineral reserves has not been demonstrated. In addition, inferred resources are considered too geologically speculative to have any economic considerations applied to them. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or economic studies except for Preliminary Assessment as defined under NI 43-101. Readers are cautioned not to assume that that further work on the stated resources will lead to mineral reserves that can be mined economically.

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