Field Notes
Jan. 23, 2014

APGO Council elections set to open
APGO
Have you thought about volunteering for the APGO and contributing to how the Association is run? Well, this is your opportunity to run for APGO Council. The following four positions will become available starting at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2014:

• Vice President — at least one year on APGO council is required
• Southeast Region Councillor — you must reside in the Southeast Region
• Northwest Region Councillor — you must reside in the Northwest Region
• Councillor at Large — you must reside in Ontario More

APGO hosting workshops in conjunction with Thunder Bay Symposium
David S. Hunt, P.Geo., Vice President, APGO
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario will present two workshops on April 7, 2014. These will be great professional development opportunities for APGO members. On the morning of Monday April 7, 2014, the theme will be: 'Regulations and Permitting for Early Stage Mineral Exploration Projects: What you need to know.' More

Participate in the Student Program at PDAC 2014 Convention
PDAC
The PDAC would like to invite you to participate in our Student Program at the PDAC 2014 Convention. As part of our commitment to attracting and engaging students in the industry, we host a number of student events during Convention and look forward to your support in these endeavors. You may also connect with us and our student following on Facebook or Twitter.More

APGO Northeast Ontario Regional Networking Event
APGO
Hosted by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO)

Date: February 5, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Location: Willet Green Miller Centre Auditorium, 933 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ONMore

PDAC Convention 2014: Book your accommodation as soon as possible!
APGO
The PDAC Convention 2014 is fast approaching. APGO will be there as an exhibitor. For those who are planning to come to this international event, but have not yet booked a hotel room to date, please do so at your earliest convenience. Many hotels offering PDAC group rates are sold out. Please click here to see PDAC's listing of hotels.More

Ring of Fire negotiations making good headway
NorthBayNipissing.com
Former Liberal leader Bob Rae says the Ring of Fire has high quality natural resources and shows great potential, "but it's how we take advantage of this potential that counts." Rae was in the city recently as the keynote speaker for the Northern Gateway Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining's annual meeting and luncheon held at the Davedi Club. More

$3.5 million in FedNor and NOHFC announced in Geraldton
Net Newsledger
Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and FedNor, and Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire, and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, were in Geraldton recently. The two Ministers announced $3.5 million in funding to help address regional labour needs and realize employment opportunities.More

Fishing for earthquakes: A new wave in seismology
Euronews
Euronews teamed up with scientists working off the southern French coast, who were "fishing" for the noises created by earthquakes under the sea. To land this elusive catch, they used a high-tech kit that is a lot more sophisticated than nets. Yann Hello, an electronics engineer with the research body Géoazur, showed some of the equipment: "This is a hydrophone that helps us listen to earthquakes," he said, indicating an orange buoy-like device.More

Hoverbarge proposed for year-round access to Ring of Fire
Northern Ontario Business
While the battle over the mode and route of a fixed transportation link to Northern Ontario's mineral-rich Ring of Fire drags on, a novel means of transporting construction material and equipment into the remote, waterlogged James Bay lowlands is being proposed by the Sudbury-based Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Hoverbarges, which travel on a cushion of air, can carry hundreds of tonnes of material year-round, unlike ice roads. More

Message from APGO Council Representative in southeastern Ontario
Mark Priddle, P.Geo.
Hello, fellow APGO members in southeastern Ontario: Wishing you all the best for 2014, despite some potential challenges in our profession. I would like to bring to your attention a couple of items for your consideration in the next few months.More

Ontario firm signs wastewater tech deal with California utility
Canadian Manufacturing
A southern Ontario wastewater treatment technology firm has signed a deal to supply two Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) facilities for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority in California. Anaergia announced that its FibrePlate hybrid-membrane technology is destined for MBR facilities in high growth areas and will produce a combined two million gallons per day of high quality effluent for landscape irrigation.More

De Beers not ruling out expansion of its Victor diamond mine in Canada
Mining.com
DeBeers Canada is sticking to its plans of potentially expanding its Victor diamond mine, located in northern Ontario near the community of Attawapiskat, by pursuing an environmental assessment. The process, which will include public consultation, could allow the firm to open the so-called "Tango Extension" in 2018, reported CBC News.More

Future of mining exploration under the ocean?
Northern Life
Although northern Ontario is far from the ocean now, two to three billion years ago, parts of it were actually under the sea. But this marine environment wasn't always a peaceful place. Submarine eruptions of lava caused volcanic deposits which were subsequently buried and deformed and folded through extreme pressure, and brought to surface again through erosion.More

EDC presents Wawa mining sector growth strategy
Wawa News
It is no secret that mining has been a large part of Wawa's economy for many years. In fact, Wawa came into existence due to the finding of gold at Mackey Point by William Teddy and his wife, Louise Towab in 1897. With many businesses taking advantage of the gold rushes over the years — there have also been many that bit the dust as gold prices fell, and even many of the small, vibrant communities that sprung up became ghost towns.More

Gowest signs MOU with United Commodity
Northern Ontario Business
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Gowest Gold and United Commodity could lead the way for concentrate from Gowest's Bradshaw gold deposit refined at United Commodity's processing facility in Cobalt, ON. UC's Yukon Refinery in north Cobalt is specially equipped and licensed to process the type of refractory material contained in the Bradshaw gold deposit. "This is truly a win-win opportunity for both sides involved in this plan," Gowest president Greg Romain said in a news release. More

Temex to file resource estimate
Northern Ontario Business
Temex Resources, a junior gold miner exploring in the Timmins-Kirkland Lake camps, will file an NI 43-101 resource estimate for its Juby gold project. The company announced initial results for Juby's Hydro Creek and Big Dome zones recently. Highlights of the report include 49,070 ounces of gold contained in 1,290,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.19 g/t gold in the indicated category, along with 734,580 ounces of gold contained in 22,010,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.04 g/t gold in the inferred category.More

Tanager announces gold prospect review
Canadian Mining Journal
Tanager Energy has engaged Mr. Ike Osmani, President and Chief Geologist of FGC to complete a compilation report on Tanager's Burchell Lake gold, copper and molybdenum claims located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, ON. Tanager's Burchell Lake property is bounded by properties owned by Moss Lake Gold Mines on the west and Birch Hill Gold on the north. Following evaluation of the compilation report, a 2014 work program for the 5984 hectare property will be developed.More

Seismologist claimed 'Holy Grail' of quake prediction
The Vancouver Sun
Vladimir Keilis-Borok, who has died at age 92, was a Russian seismologist and claimed to have discovered geophysics' "Holy Grail" — a foolproof method of predicting earthquakes. A bespectacled, dishevelled man, Keilis-Borok developed predictive algorithms based on identifying "seismic chains" (series of smaller tremors) that could herald more devastating quakes. He called this methodology "the tail wagging the dog."More