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Speaker: Rosemary Ash, P.Geo., Financial Assurance and Brownfields Services at Environmental Approvals and Service Integration Branch, MOECC
Sept. 22, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Twenty Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto
Oct. 11 & 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Speakers: Bill Leedham P. Geo., CESA, QPESA and David Wade, P. Geo., CRM, FRM, QPRA
Oct.19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer McKelvie, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Presentation: The Role of Geoscientists in Evidence-Based Decision Making
Disclaimer: The events and media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.
Oct. 22-25, 2017
Exploration '17 is the sixth of the very successful series of DMEC decennial mining exploration conferences, which have been held in the seventh year of every decade starting in 1967. The theme of the Exploration '17 conference is "Integrating the Geosciences: The Challenge of Discovery," featuring a multi-national, multi-disciplinary technical program, exhibition, workshops and field schools.
Disclaimer: The media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.
The provincial government's announcement that paves the way for an all-year road to be created to the Ring of Fire region also means several Northern Ontario communities will step-up their game to have a ferrochrome facility established in their community.
Mayor Christian Provenzano said he's met twice with representatives of NorOnt to push Sault Ste. Marie's attributes to house a ferrochrome plant.
"Both times NorOnt came to the Sault they told me their priority was the road," Provenzano said. "I asked how to help and they told me to lobby for the road so I did that."
Northern Ontario Business
Sage Gold has started mining the upper portions of its Clavos gold mine near Timmins in preparation to send a bulk shipment for a mill run in mid-October.
The Toronto mine developer reports it's building a stockpile of mineralized material both on surface and underground at the past producing mine, some of which was left behind by the previous operator.
The company reports that it has started mining on the east part of the 150-metre level, the east part of the 100-metre level and shortly on the western half of the 150-metre level and the 200-metre level.
Under normal social circumstances, starting a conversation with a reference to dirty undergarments almost certainly would create a poor first impression. But this year in Ontario's agricultural community, an initiative dubbed "Soil Your Undies" has been getting a lot of positive attention.
And recently, three busloads of visitors to the Avonbank-area cash crop farm of Bob and Laurel McIntosh got to learn about their efforts to "Soil Your Undies."
"It is great icebreaker to start the conversation about soil health, which a hot topic right now in the agricultural community," explained Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Water Quality Technician Tatianna Lozier, who was the person who suggested the campaign to Bob McIntosh.
Northern Ontario Business
One isolated First Nation community near the Ring of Fire declares that a year-round access road will bring a "prosperous, sustainable, and more inclusive future for its elders, youth and families."
In a recent news release, Marten Falls said the time has come to finally be connected to the provincial highway system after "years of negotiating and planning" for a community access road.
Premier Kathleen Wynne's two-corridor Ring of Fire road proposal unveiled in Thunder Bay was initially being celebrated as a breakthrough in finally making progress on development in the stalled Far North mineral camp.
As Dwight Chandler sipped beer and swept out the thick muck caked inside his devastated home, he worried whether Harvey's floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pit just a couple blocks away. Long at the centre of the nation's petrochemical industry, the Houston metro area has more than a dozen such Superfund sites, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among America's most intensely contaminated places. Many are now flooded, with the risk that waters were stirring dangerous sediment.
Gold nuggets, almost synonymous with the Yukon, are becoming more rare in a territory where a gold panner is on the licence plates.
Tara Christie, who grew up on various placer mining creeks in the Klondike region, said it has always been the case that some creeks had nuggets while others had hardly any.
But she said the valley bottoms where nuggets are more likely to be found have been mined out or placer miners are now re-working those old claims collecting fine gold missed during the original go-over. They're also working new ground on higher up tributaries where there won't be many nuggets to be found.
Bacteria found in a lake beneath Antarctica may prevent methane from being released into the atmosphere as ice sheets melt, according to scientists at Aberystwyth University.
Following a study with Louisiana State and Montana State researchers, the scientists said the methane-eating bacteria could provide a "bio-filter."
Scientists had been concerned about the effect the gas could have if released.
The findings have been published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
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