Field Notes
Mar. 6, 2014

APGO Regional Meeting in Thunder Bay on April 7, 2014
To all APGO members in Northwest Ontario!

Connect with your peers on April 7, 2014 at APGO's Regional Meeting in Thunder Bay. APGO has workshops lined up for you and a reception will follow after a full-day event. Don't miss this learning and networking experience!

Register now or click here for detailed information. We hope to see you there.More

Feds promote mining prospects at annual PDAC event
CBC News
As the world's mining community meets for the annual Prospectors and Developers Association conference, the federal government is also talking about its role in promoting development. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver met with junior mining companies at the conference recently and released the latest information government researchers have gathered on remaining mineral deposits.More

Noront Resources pursues Ring of Fire despite setbacks
Northern Ontario Business
If all goes to plan, Noront Resources could begin work on its Eagle's Nest project in the Ring of Fire by 2017, said the Paul Parisotto, the company's chairman and director. Despite a number of obstacles that have brought development of the Ring of Fire to a near halt, Parisotto said he remains optimistic about his company's stake. "We're very committed to building this mine as soon as we possibly can," Parisotto said recently.More

Kearney graphite mine showcases big hopes for future
North Bay Nipissing
Big dreams are in the works for the Kearney graphite mine. Jerry Janik, general manager at the Ontario Graphite mine in Kearney, shared progress and hopes for the mine slated to open in the fall of 2014 at Showcase Almaguin last month. "We're looking to be the largest producer outside of China," he said. More

Kidd Operations focus on extending mine life
Timmins Press
There are enough minerals within Kidd Mine's reach to extend the life of that operation beyond 2021. The key is cutting costs enough to make extending the mine life worthwhile, says Tom Semadeni, general manager of Kidd Operations — GlencoreXstrata. "We know there is more material in the mine," said Semadeni, who was the guest speaker at a Timmins Chamber of Commerce luncheon held recently at the Porcupine Dante Club. More

Good news for Sifto Salt Mine employees
Blackburn News
The mayor of Goderich got some good news from Sifto recently. Deb Shewfelt says he's been told by the mine manager that following the regular maintenance break, they'll be calling all of their laid-off employees back and then adding another 43 jobs. Shewfelt points out the return to a traditional winter has kept production levels up at the mine and they now need extra help in building reserves back up.More

Mine safety review sets dates for public consultations
Northern Life
The Ministry of Labour has released dates it will host public consultations as part of its year-long review of mining health and safety. The public consultations in Sudbury are planned for next month. The Ministry of Labour has not yet announced a time or location for both consultations. The review's advisory group, chaired by George Gritiziotis, Ontario's chief prevention officer, has scheduled four more meetings in Sudbury, later on this year.More

Kirkland Lake Gold strikes it rich
Northern Ontario Business
A surface exploration drilling program has yielded a new discovery for Kirkland Lake Gold. The company reported recently of a new high-grade zone near its Macassa Gold Mine in northeastern Ontario. The new Zone 3 came about through a drilling campaign designed to follow up on earlier work which produced some near-surface mineralization. More

Growers turn to mysterious practice to locate underground water
570 News
With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground.More

Peat soils as gigantic batteries?!
TG Daily
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tubingen describe a process that suppresses the formation of methane in soils that are rich in humic substances. For this process to work, the soils need to switch between having no oxygen and having oxygen.More

In pictures: APGO'S North East and Central Ontario Networking Events in February 2014
Click here to see the album! More

APGO's networking events in Sudbury and Toronto: A big success!
APGO has done it again! A big THANK YOU to the leadership and commitment of our Regional Councillors, Ben Berger, P.Geo. (North East) and Peter Diorio, P.Geo. (Central), the regional networking events that took place in Sudbury and Toronto this February were well received.More

FedNor funds Sudbury robotics company
Northern Life
Sudbury's Penguin Automated Systems is getting $1 million in federal funding to develop a remote controlled assessment and removal robotic system for use in underground mines. FedNor Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement while visiting the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto.More

Survey: Alberta best place to mine in Canada
Canadian Mining Journal
Alberta remains the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment in Canada, according to the annual global survey of mining executives released recently by the Fraser Institute. Alberta ranked first in Canada and third worldwide in the survey, which is based on input from 690 mineral exploration and development company executives. This year's survey spotlighted 112 jurisdictions worldwide.More

Gold prices up, but is it just seasonal buying?
Financial Post
Bullion prices are sitting at a four-month high, but figuring out whether this is a bounce back for the beleaguered precious metal, or just seasonal buying, is tricky. Gold ended its 12-year bull run last year after falling 28 per cent, taking down some big names with it. This year has been a little kinder, with gold rallying in 22 of the past 30 sessions and tacking on 10 per cent year to date.More