Field Notes
Feb. 20, 2014

APGO Council Elections: Nominations Close February 27, 2014
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

Water Management for Mining — Toronto
Infocast's Water Management for Mining series returns to the mining capital of North America — Toronto. This premier Canadian mining water event provides a forum for mining, field service and water technology companies to meet with engineers, infrastructure specialists and consultants to dig into the issues and brainstorm solutions for optimal water management in mining operations. More

Ontario seeks advice on Ring of Fire
Toronto Star
Ontario has hired a major consulting firm to advise it on how to proceed on the $60 billion Ring of Fire mineral belt in the northwestern region of the province. Deloitte LLP will advise the government on how to set up a corporation to oversee infrastructure development in the region, Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development and mines, announced recently.More

NAP pleased with increased production
Northern Ontario Business
North American Palladium (NAP) is pleased on the progress of its production ramp up from the lower Offset Zone utilizing the new shaft infrastructure at its Lac des Iles palladium mine in northern Ontario. Underground production averaged more than 3,100 tonnes per day, ahead of the company's operating guidance, which forecasted 3,000 tonnes per day for the first half of the year.More

Vale's Totten Mine officially opens soon
Northern Life
Local media and dignitaries will finally get a look at Vale's newest mine, when Totten Mine officially opens. It is the Sudbury Basin's first new mine in 35 years. Mayor Marianne Matichuk will be among the officials on hand when the company hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The mine, located near Worthington, will eventually employ about 150 people, Vale says on its website. It has a projected life of 20 years.More

North Madsen contains more than top 1 million ounces
Canadian Mining Journal
The updated resource estimate for the North Madsen gold project owned by Mega Precious Metals of Thunder Bay, ON, contains over one million ounces of the yellow metal. The company said it is increasingly confident in the project, even at a $1,200/ounce gold price. The North Madsen project lies in the Red Lake gold camp.More

Mining industry slump forces students to look overseas for work
CBC News
A downturn in the minerals industry is affecting students looking for work. More than 250 mining students from across Sudbury gathered at Cambrian College recently to take part in Mining Day, an annual conference where hopeful mining sector workers meet with industry professionals. Those professionals included representatives from Cementation Canada, the Ministry of Labour, Redpath, Sandvik, Stantec, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, the Technica Group and Vale.More

Traders to look to heavy slate of earnings news from Canadian miners
The focus of the Toronto stock market will again be on earnings news after positive corporate data pushed the TSX above the 14,000 mark recently for the first time in almost three years. Traders will take in a slate of earnings from the resource sector with base metal miners HudBay Minerals, Lundin Mining and Sherritt International delivering results. More

5 lost rivers that run under Toronto
The Don, Humber, and Rouge get all the glory, but Toronto is much more than a three-river town. Before John Graves Simcoe, when the land that would occupy the city was thick with trees and thickets, its soft soil was traversed by numerous streams and creeks that over centuries etched out deep ravines and sculpted rolling dales. More

Wallbridge tries to understand its 'enigmatic' minerals
Northern Ontario Business
Around two billion years ago, an asteroid or comet approximately 10 to 15 kilometres in diameter collided with what is now the Sudbury basin. When it entered Earth's orbit, it was travelling at a speed of around 36,000 kilometres per hour. The power of the impact when it hit the planet's surface was "off the scale," according to Gordon Osinski, an associate professor of planetary geology at the University of Western Ontario. More

Northern Iron looks to Prince Rupert as export option for HBI
The Northern View
Hot briquetted iron (HBI) could be making its way through the Port of Prince Rupert in the years ahead as Northern Iron works to develop two mining properties in Ontario. The company is currently in a holding pattern following a recent decline in the resource market, but is working to secure a partner to develop the Griffith mine near Ear Falls, ON and Karas property near Kenora.More

Rubicon finishes Red Lake shaft sinking
Northern Ontario Business
Rubicon Minerals reported it has completed sinking the shaft at its Phoenix Gold Project near Red Lake in northwestern Ontario. In a recent release, the company said the shaft sinking was completed in mid-December down to a depth of 730 metres. The installation of a loading pocket from surface is finished and the surface skip dump is nearing completion.More

Mining review group meets again
The Sudbury Star
It looks as if the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review Advisory Group has their work cut out for them. The group, which is conducting a comprehensive mining review in Ontario, will meet for a second time at the Willet Green Miller Centre at Laurentian University. The agenda will focus on the scope of the group's work, a review of statistics and research, developing processes for public consultations, and discussions regarding technology in the mining sector and the internal responsibility system.More

New 'historic' gold mine brings dual benefits
Canadian Mining Journal
Goldcorp's Porcupine Gold Mines plan to develop an open pit mine on the site of the historic underground Hollinger gold mine brings a series of environmental and economic benefits to Timmins. The company has recently received its final environmental approval for the project. The plan has been under development since 2006. The aim is to recover gold through an open pit operation from the workings of a historic underground gold mine, while simultaneously eliminating legacy environmental concerns and carrying out mine reclamation activities.More

Prospectors find massive 753 carat sapphire
Australian Mining
A fossicker has uncovered an enormous 753 carat sapphire whilst simply scanning the ground at the aptly named Gemfields, near Emerald, Queensland. The discovery of the golf ball sized sapphire, uncovered by "specking," is believed to be the largest found in the last few years, according to The Morning Bulletin.More