Field Notes
Mar. 13, 2014

Attention APGO Members in Southeastern Ontario! Save the Date — April 29, 2014!
The APGO is hosting its Second Annual Southeastern Regional Networking Event on April 29, 2014. All members, as well as students and interested members of the geoscience community, are welcome to attend this event. This year, we will be meeting for dinner at Carleton University (River Building Atrium) and our guest speaker will be Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, former Executive Director of the APGO and now an independent consultant in the field of "geoscience governance." More

APGO at the PDAC Convention 2014
The recently concluded PDAC Convention 2014 attracted more than 25,000 delegates from around the world. PDAC hosted a record number of international mines ministers and garnered the biggest attendance to date by Canada's Members of Parliament that included Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There was a general consensus that the worst is over for the mining industry and optimism, while cautious, is beginning to grow.More

American Association of Petroleum Geologists: 42nd Annual Eastern Section Meeting
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is being hosted by the Ontario Petroleum Institute in London, ON. Oil and natural gas exploration and development in the four major basins of the Eastern Section have witnessed transformative changes and challenges. After 156 years of commercial petroleum production the treasure abounds in the reservoirs beneath the original North American oil patch.More

Managing Finances in a Difficult Marketplace Workshop
Goodman School of Mines
The Managing Finances in a Difficult Marketplace Workshop will provide tools and strategies for owners and financial managers of small- and medium-size manufacturing and service businesses. Topics discussed will provide the foundation and lexicon for understanding and interpreting financial statements, demonstrate how to use various financial planning tools in declining and rebounding market conditions, describe different sources of financing and how to use them effectively depending on market conditions, and provide step-wise strategies to avoid bankruptcy. More

Changing Agricultural Landscapes and Groundwater Quality in Sensitive Aquifers
University of Guelph School of Engineering
Monday, March 17, 2014
Richards 3504, University of Guelph
1:30 pm — 3:30 pm

Please RSVP with names of attendees to jlevison@uoguelph.caMore

Ontario ranked 28th among world's friendliest mining jurisdictions
Northern Ontario Business
Alberta finished first as the top Canadian mining jurisdiction in the Fraser Institute's annual global mining survey. Three Canadian jurisdictions ranked in the top 10; Alberta (3), New Brunswick (7) and Newfoundland-Labrador (9). "Miners praise Alberta for its transparent and productive approach to mining policy," said Kenneth Green, the Fraser Institute's senior director of energy and natural resources in a recent news release. More

Colour changes in clay show soil stability
Laboratory Equipment
Scientists have found that colour changes can be used to indicate the suitability of soil for construction purposes. Although much research has focused on the harmful effects of fog and haze on human health, a new study shows that interactions with the atmosphere also impact the structural stability of soil, which in turn can have serious implications on engineering and construction.More

Kirkland Lake Gold extends Amalgamated Zones to the east
Northern News
Kirkland Lake Gold continues to extend the Amalgamated Break Zones to the east. The company announced its surface diamond drill program has extended the Amalgamated Break Zones 500 feet east, with the intersection of 5.54 ounces gold per ton over a true width of 0.9 feet. Kirkland Lake Gold has one surface drill working the South Claims Property as it continues to define the potential for near surface resources that will be included in its new 43-101 resource estimate.More

Women in Mining chapter starts in Sudbury
Northern Ontario Business
The inaugural meeting of Women in Mining Northern Ontario in Sudbury marked a "pivotal moment" for the sector, said the event's keynote speaker. Samantha Espley, general manager of mines and mills technical services with Vale's Ontario operations, said it is important to inform young girls and women about the career opportunities.More

Programs to spark training, innovation
The Sudbury Star
NORCAT recently launched two major training initiatives. The first, the Global Centre of Excellence in Training and Development/Health and Safety, focuses on the development and provision of programs, services and resources to reduce workplace injuries and save lives. "Our new initiatives will serve each of our priority areas, pushing NORCAT to a new level of excellence and capability," company CEO Don Duval said in a release.More

Automation supplier lands government money
Northern Ontario Business
Northern Ontario mining operations could become more efficient and safe thanks to an improved solution developed by a Sudbury-based software company. Symboticware received a $100,000 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to develop an improved version of its SymView software, which allows mining companies to access important data, such as machinery performance and ground stability in real time.More

Tesla battery plant will need 6 new flake graphite mines
U.S. automotive giant, Tesla, has revealed plans to build a new $5 billion lithium-ion battery (Li-ion battery) "giga-factory" which could potentially increase natural graphite demand by up to 37 per cent by 2020. The factory, which is forecast to start production by 2017, is expecting to have an output of 35 gWh/year by as early as 2020, which would over double the size of the current market.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

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

Innovative wastewater technology in Edmonton
Edmonton Sun
The business landscape of Greater Edmonton is increasingly populated by successful technology companies that, in their early days, used government or non-profit agency help in starting their businesses — a societal investment that have earned a major return in new wealth creation and new tax revenue. Nine years ago, Jerry Hanna incorporated Clearflow Enviro Systems Group to commercialize a water cleaning process he'd developed with the assistance of researchers at the University of Alberta's Water Initiative.More

Campaign calls on employers to create safer working conditions
Global News
A single wreath was laid recently in Nova Scotia to honour the 26 victims of the May 9, 1992 Westray mine explosion in Plymouth. It was the first stop on a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness about a national campaign called Stop The Killing: Enforce The Law. "We're starting it here because this is where we think it all started," said Stephen Hunt, director of United Steelworkers district 3.More