Osisko Mining Corporation
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Osisko Mining Corporation

November 21, 2008 11:35 ET

Osisko Intersects 185.2 Metres Averaging 1.97 g/t Au at South Barnat

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2008) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce new results from the definition drill program currently under way at South Barnat, a separate gold mineralized zone located approximately 1200 metres northeast of the center of the Canadian Malartic deposit. Significant results include 1.97 g/t Au over 185.2 metres (BA08-3114) and 5.09 g/t Au over 61.5 metres (BA08-3110). Narrow zones of exceptional high-grade gold values were also encountered, including 224.0 g/t Au over 1.2m (BA08-3093) and 191.2 g/t Au over 1.5m (BA08-3116). Results from twenty-three new holes are tabled below:



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Hole No. Section From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au g/t
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BA08-3092 200E 200.8 218.4 17.6 3.56
Including 215.3 216.4 1.1 41.90
BA08-3093 250E 97.1 173.5 76.4 5.70
Including 145.0 146.2 1.2 224.0
BA08-3093 Cut(i) 250E 97.1 173.5 76.4 2.66
BA08-3094 250E 289.0 325.0 36.0 1.60
And 362.5 457.0 94.5 0.83
BA08-3096 100E 15.8 73.0 57.2 1.54
BA08-3097 050E 32.0 84.5 52.5 2.11
BA08-3098 050E 129.0 170.3 41.3 1.31
BA08-3099 050E 130.0 178.5 48.5 1.93
BA08-3100 400E 17.0 75.2 58.2 1.31
And 98.0 123.0 25.0 1.45
And 170.0 240.2 70.2 2.25
Including 208.0 209.0 1.0 77.90
BA08-3102 150E 110.5 116.7 6.2 4.93
BA08-3104 300E 62.0 69.0 7.0 5.98
And 172.5 180.5 7.7 8.34
BA08-3105 200E 17.5 33.0 15.5 2.32
BA08-3106 200E 122.5 178.0 55.5 2.06
BA08-3107 200E 177.0 244.0 67.0 1.39
BA08-3110 300E 21.5 83.0 61.5 5.09
Including 26.0 27.0 1.0 54.30
Including 59.5 61.0 1.5 74.90
BA08-3111B 250E 14.5 42.1 27.6 0.97
BA08-3112 250E 18.0 27.0 9.0 1.98
BA08-3113 400E 63.2 95.0 31.8 4.89
Including 81.5 83.0 1.5 54.50
And 119.7 161.0 41.3 1.73
BA08-3114 600E 71.0 146.4 75.4 1.58
And 176.5 361.7 185.2 1.97
Including 346.0 361.7 17.2 6.85
BA08-3115 400E 161.1 292.5 131.4 1.22
BA08-3116 300E 20.5 56.5 36.0 9.43
Including 28.0 29.5 1.5 191.2
BA08-3116 Cut(i) 300E 20.5 56.5 36.0 2.71
BA08-3117 300E 13.9 36.0 22.1 1.63
BA08-3118 600E 10.2 11.5 30.4 1.45
BA08-3119 350E 193.0 260.0 67.0 1.15
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(i) Drill holes BA08-3093 and BA08-3116 include intervals cut to 30 g/t Au
due to exceptionally high grade intervals intersected in the drill
hole.


Drill hole BA08-3098 represents new gold mineralization intersected north of the main deposit. This zone will be investigated with further drilling. Drill hole BA08-3114 was lost in mineralized sediment and the extension of the mineralized zone will be drilled from the opposite azimuth.

Drill holes BA08-3091, BA08-3101, BA08-3103, BA08-3108 BA08-3109 and BA08-3120 did not intersect significant mineralization. The latter were mostly drilled north of the known mineralized zone. Drill hole BA08-3095H was lost at shallow depths and did not intersect mineralization. Drill holes BA08-3102, BA08-3104 and BA08-3118 intercepted historic mine workings and did not reach the intended target depths. Assay results for further holes at South Barnat are pending.

The definition drill program is focused on an 850 metre-long grid oriented northwest-southeast with drill sections spaced 50 metres apart. All holes on this grid are inclined 45 to 75 degrees to the northeast or southwest. True widths of the mineralized intersections reported above are 40 to 70 percent of the drilled intersections.

Drilling to date suggests that the minimum strike length of the South Barnat Zone is 850 metres with a true width between 20 and 160 metres. The mineralized zone is open along strike to the southeast, where it merges with the old East Malartic Mine. It extends to depths of 250 to 400 metres in the southeastern portion, where the system is still open at depth. Estimated depth in the northwestern third of the deposit is 130 to 200 metres.

Mineralization in the South Barnat Zone is located to the north and south of the old Barnat and East Malartic mine workings, largely along the southern edge of the Cadillac fault. The gold mineralization comprises multiple subvertical, tabular subzones hosted both in silicified greywackes of the Pontiac Group south of the fault contact and in schistose, carbonated and biotitic ultramafic rocks north of the fault contact. Porphyry dykes on both sides of the fault contain disseminated mineralization as well as late quartz veins containing visible gold. Gold mineralization in the South Barnat Zone likely extends to the east along the north and south walls of the past-producing East Malartic mine.

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 Corp. is currently evaluating the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and adjacent areas for a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. The Company is well-funded with approximately $130 million on hand and is carrying out an aggressive definition drilling and exploration campaign. An updated NI 43-101 compliant, Measured and Indicated resource estimate on the main Canadian Malartic gold deposit was released on September 8, 2008 and has been filed on SEDAR. This updated resource estimate did not include the South Barnat Zone nor any other mineralized zone located outside the main deposit that is currently being evaluated by Osisko.

Mr. Robert Wares, P. Geo. and Executive Vice-President of Osisko, is the Qualified Person responsible for the technical information reported in this news release.

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