West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

August 17, 2009 08:00 ET

WTM Announces Approval of Shareholder Rights and Stock Option Plans

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) ("WTM" or the "Company") today announced that at the Company's annual general meeting held on August 13, 2009, its shareholders approved the Shareholder Rights Plan which was adopted by the Board of Directors and announced on June 23, 2009 (To view NR09-19 please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/r/wtm817).

The Rights Plan was adopted to ensure the fair treatment of shareholders in connection with any take-over bid for common shares of the Company. The Rights Plan was not adopted in response to any proposal to acquire control of the Company. The Rights Plan will expire at the end of the third annual general meeting of the Company's shareholders following this approval, unless renewed by the shareholders.

The shareholders also approved renewal of the Company's stock option plan at the annual general meeting. As with the Rights Plan, the stock option plan will expire at the end of the third annual general meeting of the Company's shareholders following this approval, unless again renewed by the shareholders.

About West Timmins Mining Inc. (www.westtimminsmining.com):

WTM is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold projects in the major gold camps of North America. The Company is advancing the high-grade Rusk and Porphyry Gold discoveries on its Thunder Creek joint venture in Timmins, Ontario and continues to test the nearby 5.0 kilometre long Golden River Trend, host to 11 known zones of gold mineralization. West Timmins Mining is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.

On behalf of the Board of West Timmins Mining Inc.

Darin W. Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer

For further details on West Timmins Mining Inc. please refer to prior disclosure at www.sedar.com. The securities described in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any U.S. state securities laws, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from such registration requirements.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities regulation, including statements regarding the future activities of the Company. Forward looking statements reflect the current beliefs and expectations of management and are identified by the use of words including "will", "expected to", "plans", "planned" and other similar words. Actual results may differ significantly. The achievement of the results expressed in forward looking statements is subject to a number of risks, including those described in the Company's annual information form as filed with the Canadian securities regulators which are available at www.sedar.com. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward looking statements.

The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

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