ASHBURTON VENTURES INC.: COMPLETION OF QUALIFYING TRANSACTION AND BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

ASHBURTON VENTURES INC.: COMPLETION OF QUALIFYING TRANSACTION AND BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

Ashburton Ventures Inc. has completed its previously announced
acquisition of an undivided 60-per-cent interest in and to the OG
property located approximately 110 kilometres northwest of Dawson City,
Yukon. The acquisition constitutes the company’s qualifying transaction
pursuant to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. The qualifying
transaction was completed on Dec. 31, 2008.

Pursuant to
the qualifying transaction, the company issued 500,000 common shares to
Full Metal Minerals Inc., which shares are subject to a hold period
expiring May 1, 2009.

The company’s board of directors now comprises Michael England, Tom
McCandless, Lorne McCarthy, Marvin Mitchell and Philip Taneda. Mr.
England is the chief executive officer, and Mr. Taneda is the chief
financial officer and secretary.

Concurrently with the completion of the qualifying transaction, the
company completed a brokered private placement of 3.5 million
flow-through units at a price of 10 cents per FT unit for gross
proceeds of $350,000. Each FT unit consists of one flow-through common
share and one non-transferable share purchase warrant, with each
warrant entitling the holder to purchase one additional share of the
company at a price of 21 cents per share for a period of five years
from the completion of the financing.

Bolder Investment Partners Ltd. acted as agent for the private
placement and received a commission of $22,000, together with 220,000
agent’s warrants. Each agent’s warrant entitles the holder to purchase
one additional common share at 14 cents per share for a period of two
years from the completion of the financing. The agent also received a
work fee of $15,000 plus GST.

The shares, warrants and agent’s warrants are subject to a hold period expiring May 1, 2009.

After completion of the qualifying transaction and private placement,
the company has 10,233,000 shares outstanding, with 4,806,800 shares
reserved for issuance upon exercise of options and warrants.

For further details regarding the qualifying transaction, please refer
to the company’s filing statement dated Dec. 18, 2008, filed under the
company’s profile on SEDAR.

For further information contact:
Michael England, Director
Telephone: (604) 683-3995
Facsimile: (604) 683-3988
Email: [email protected]

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

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