Field Notes
Jan. 8, 2015

Summer work experience for Geoscience students
Attention Geoscience students!

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) is now accepting applications for Ontario Geological Survey Field Work. This is an excellent opportunity for geoscience students to gain hands-on experience by working as summer field assistants with the Ontario Geological Survey. Deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2015. Apply as soon as you can.

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Canada's mining sector braces for another challenging year
Canadian Manufacturing
Canada's mining sector is bracing for another challenging year in 2015 as slower growth in China is expected to continue to dampen selling prices for many metals. Iron ore suffered the biggest drop in the past year, losing nearly half its value to reach the lowest price in more than five years. Some expect the price could fall further — perhaps to $60 per tonne — on increased supply from Australia and Brazil by giants like Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton, outpaces demand.More

Toronto geoscientists release paper on 'deep-Earth life'
eCanada Now
Considerable public interest surrounds the publication in the highly-respected journal Nature of a scholarly article reporting findings by a team of researchers engaged in the study of Precambrian rocks. Dr. Lollar and colleagues from the University of Toronto, Princeton University and Oxford University divulged some preliminary conclusions concerning the collection of data from 19 mining sites, which may indicate that the world's hydrogen reserves beneath the ocean floor may be considerably higher than many experts previously believed.More

San Gold, Kerr decide not to merge
Northern Ontario Business
San Gold and Kerr Mines have terminated an agreement that would merge the two mining companies. The two companies announced last summer they were working toward a merger. Kerr Gold controls a 26-kilometre-long section of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Break that straddles the Ontario-Quebec border, including the McGarry and Cheminis gold mines in the Kirkland Lake area, and the Larder Lake gold project, located west of the McGarry Mine.More

Ice floe serves as lab for drifting Arctic explorers
Macro Insider
Regardless of his situation, Yngve Kristoffersen is calm. The 73-year-old Norwegian geoscientist is camping in a hovercraft, parked on the ice deep within the Arctic circle. He final saw the sun in late October, and won't see it once again till spring.More

Update from APGO Registrar, Aftab Khan, P.Geo.
Recent Diagnostic Study for nationally and internationally trained geoscientist under Admission Support Tools (AST) project under taken by Geoscience Canada revealed one of the following outcomes: Set Realistic expectations for the time frame to applicants. More

PDAC honours 6 industry leaders with 2015 PDAC Awards
APGO is very proud that our Founder and APGO Member 0001, Bill Pearson, P.Geo., has been selected by the PDAC to receive their 2015 Distinguished Service Award for his many accomplishments as a visionary, builder, and leader in the geoscientist community in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. Well done, Bill!More

Boréal to launch prospecting program
Northern Life
Collège Boréal is opening a new avenue for people to enter the mining industry with its upcoming prospecting and exploration technician program. The two-year program, which will launch next year, will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the prospecting and exploration stages of a mine's life. Jeff Lafortune, a professor with the program, said Boréal decided to create the program after a series of committee meetings in 2007 and 2008.More

Study: Supply and services sector contributes 41,000 jobs
Northern Ontario Business
In 2011, Ontario's mining supply and services sector contributed $3.9 billion to the province's gross domestic product, and sustained around 68,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to a new study published by the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE). CAMESE managing director Jon Baird said the study's findings are historic, because economic contributions from the mining supply and services sector had never been studied to such a degree.More

Construction begins on Oakville wastewater project
Inside Halton
Construction has started on a 60-metre deep shaft at Coronation Park in Oakville that will eventually form part of an underground pipe carrying effluent wastewater from the Mid-Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lake Ontario. Halton Region is building the majority of the 4.3-kilometre outfall pipe under Third Line, which also includes an additional 2.1 kilometres offshore, to support the expansion of the treatment plant on North Service Road West. More

Rare earths discovered in Peru
U.S.-based rare earth explorers RioSol and its Peruvian mining arm Compañia Minera Rio Sol recently announced a significant rare earth element and poly-metallic claim discovery in the South American nation. Third-party geology and geochemical analysis indicates the 10-kilometer claim is the largest in Peru, but further exploration will be necessary to delineate its size and scale.More