Wescan - Alto approves $300,000 Fall exploration program at Mud Lake, Beardmore-Geraldton Gold Belt

    SASKATOON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Wescan Goldfields Inc. (WGF: TSX-V) and Alto
Ventures Ltd. (ATV: TSX-V) are pleased to announce that a $300,000 surface
exploration program and budget has been approved by the parties for the Mud
Lake property in the Beardmore-Geraldton Gold Belt. The program will include
mechanical stripping and trenching which is scheduled to start in mid
September followed by diamond drilling in October or early November when the
contracted drill becomes available.
    A major auriferous shear zone (Mud Lake Shear - "MLS") that extends for
over six kilometers along strike has been identified on the property. Thirteen
gold occurrences are exposed in surface trenches along the MLS and sampling of
these has returned gold assays as high as 50 g/t in grab samples (see Alto's
news release from November 27, 2006). The planned mechanical stripping and
washing program will concentrate on areas of mapped shearing in-between some
of the previously identified surface occurrences along the MLS to determine if
these segments of the shear zone contain mineralized quartz veins.
    Previous drilling by Alto (see Alto's news releases from March 5 and
March 20, 2007) has intersected gold in each of three surface occurrences
tested along the MLS, with values of up to 13.9 g/t gold over 1.0 meters. The
2007 fall drill program will consist of 18 to 20 holes and will in part
follow-up on gold mineralization intersected at two of the three occurrences
drilled previously and test for the first time, another three occurrences
along the MLS not yet drilled.
    The current program is part of a longer term strategy to evaluate each of
the surface occurrences with diamond drilling and start to delineate in detail
those that display continuity of mineralization and grade and show potential
for the concentration of economic mineralization.
    Under the terms of the Mud Lake Option Agreement entered into in June
2007 by the two parties, Wescan can earn 50% in the property by funding
$600,000 in exploration and issuing a total of 150,000 Wescan shares to Alto
over two years. This program is funded by Wescan as per terms of the Option
    The Beardmore Geraldton Gold Belt is experiencing a resurgence of gold
exploration and Wescan is pleased to participate with its partner Alto in this
    Mike Koziol, P. Geo., P.Eng. and Alto's President and Director is the
Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved the content of this news

    Wescan Goldfields Inc. is a growth oriented exploration company based in
Saskatchewan engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of
mineral properties. In addition to Wescan's participation in the Mud Lake
Project with Alto, it has a portfolio of properties that include prospects for
gold, uranium and base metals located in northern Saskatchewan's "Greenstone
Belt" and "Athabasca Basin". Shares in the company trade on the TSX Venture
exchange under the trading symbol "WGF".

    "The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

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world gold markets, risks relating to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and
other currencies relative to the US dollar, changes in exploration,
development or mining plans due to exploration results and changing budget
priorities of Wescan or its joint venture partners; the effects of competition
in the markets in which Wescan operates; the impact of changes in the laws and
regulations regulating mining exploration and development; judicial or
regulatory judgments and legal proceedings; operational and infrastructure
risks and the additional risks described in Wescan's most recently filed
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the foregoing risks.
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