Field Notes
Apr. 10, 2014

Geoscientists Canada continues work on professional admissions and labour mobility
Keith Johnson, BA, MBA, and Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FCG
While it seems like no time ago, almost five years have passed since the Premiers of Canada's 13 provinces and territories agreed together to revise and change Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The 2009 revisions to AIT marked a significant moment for all regulated professions in Canada, wherein those licensed and registered by a professional association in one province or territory, upon application, can be recognized and re-registered for the same professional occupation in any other province or territory, provided they are in good standing. More specifically, it states that re-registration should occur "without any requirement for any additional training, experience, examinations or assessments." More

Matawa signs framework agreement with Ontario
Wataway News
Matawa First Nations and Ontario have signed a framework agreement that the two parties say will ensure the First Nation communities benefit from the proposed Ring of Fire development. The framework agreement allows the two parties to move forward with a negotiation process on a community-based regional approach to development in the Ring of Fire.More

OPSEU: Mine inspectors need improved training
Northern Life
The Ministry of Labour has failed to update training for its mine inspectors, say representatives from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), who represent the inspectors. "Despite repeated studies that have identified the need for ongoing and current training for occupational health and safety inspectors in all sectors, the Ministry of Labour has failed to implement any training that will keep our Inspector members current," Neil Martin, provincial representative for OPSEU's 338 industrial health and safety inspectors, said in a release.More

Workplace mental health stressed
The Sudbury Star
If Tammy Eger could start work on a research project tomorrow to improve mine safety, it would be on mental health in the workplace. A researcher at Laurentian University's Centre for Research in Occupational Health and Safety, Eger gave one of seven presentations to the advisory group for the Ontario Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review.More

Graphene carbon tubes could change construction
Net Newsledger
Mining across Northern Ontario is seen as the next economic wave for the region. Often, however, the reality of what happens with minerals found in the region, and what impact they can have in the world is not fully realized. Near Constance Lake First Nation, at the company's Albany Project, Zenyatta Ventures is developing a major graphite find.More

AuRico ramps up gold production
Northern Ontario Business
AuRico Gold is reporting its seventh consecutive quarter of record production, representing a 10 per cent increase over the prior quarter and a 17 per cent over the first quarter of 2013. The Toronto miner said production growth has been driven by its cornerstone Young-Davidson Mine at Matachewan in northeastern Ontario and its El Chanate Mine in Mexico.More

Canadian firm raises more than $1 billion for precious metals fund
Financial Post
Canadian private equity player Waterton Global Resource Management has raised more than $1 billion for a precious metals fund, a massive number which demonstrates that private equity interest in the mining space continues to rise. Toronto-based Waterton announced recently that it has received capital commitments of $1.016 billion.More

Report: Mining, oil and gas companies, at highest risk of cyber attacks
The number of targeted cyber attacks increased an alarming 91 per cent last year, with mining companies as well as oil and gas firms among the most at risk of being attacked, reveals a study published recently. According to U.S.-based IT security provider Symantec, personal assistants at large mining companies and PR workers were the most targeted by these kinds of online criminals. In fact, one in 2.7 mining firms were subject to email-based attacks or "spear phishing," last year.More

Wiarton sewer project aims to open development floodgates
Wiarton Echo
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula's Mayor, John Close, is quite happy these days. The Mayor has confirmed hearing that the Federal government has approved $2.08 million for the Wiarton Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade project. The federal funding is also being matched by the province.More

Sealed for safety
Canadian Mining Journal
Closure design for mine openings requires careful consideration of many factors, including but not limited to strength, installation method, transport and longevity. Following the conclusion of mining activities (including decommissioning and remediation) responsibility for the site is typically returned to the government to be managed in perpetuity.More

Northwest business may benefit from mine development spinoffs
Northern Ontario Business
Mine development in the Rainy River District has taken on a greater importance following the closure of the paper mill in Fort Frances. At about the same time Resolute Forest Products decided to padlock its mill and pink-slip 150 employees in January, local economic developers were preparing to steer the area's economy into a new direction.More

Poo-Gloos could be the answer to wastewater woes
Inside Belleville
The Municipality of Brighton is once again a pioneer in the field of wastewater treatment technologies in Ontario. The first time was in 1999, when it took some convincing for Ministry of Environment officials to give the go-ahead for the local constructed wetland project, designed to increase the capacity of wastewater system using Mother Nature as a treatment technology.More

Gold bugs invade Northern Ontario
Canadian Mining Journal
It's already bug season in Northern Ontario — gold bug season, that is. The numbers of junior exploration companies eager to drill the region are almost as many as there will be black flies when the weather warms up. Well... maybe not quite as many, but the winter drilling programs are promising for some. More

Ontario, First Nations reach Ring of Fire agreement
Toronto Star
The Ontario government has reached a negotiation framework agreement with Matawa First Nations on how to develop the world-class Ring of Fire mineral belt in Northern Ontario. The deal, signed recently by all nine chiefs of the affected Matawa-member First Nations groups in the metals-rich area, is a first step in a "historic" community-based negotiation process that began last July, said Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle in a release. More

Elliot Lake wildcat strike led to key law
Elliot Lake Standard
United Steelworkers will mark a milestone in occupational health and safety this month with a forum to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a wildcat strike in Elliot Lake that led to safer workplaces throughout Ontario. The forum will mark the start of the three-week strike by about 1,000 Steelworkers in 1974 at Elliot Lake's Denison uranium mine that resulted in the Government of Ontario appointing a royal commission headed by James Ham.More

Geologists share their knowledge
Pique News Magazine
The first rays of winter sun strike the Tantalus Range, and as the morning light pierces the cold steep rock faces of Mt. Garibaldi and Black Tusk, the daily alpine warming cycle begins up and down the Sea to Sky corridor. This daily natural happening caught the attention of a young geologist named Bill Mathews in the 1930s, and some years later another geology keener named Bob Turner was similarly fascinated by the natural wonders of the rocks and landscapes between the mouth of Howe Sound and the peak of Blackcomb.More

Major seismic study launched in Norwegian North Sea
Daily Record
A major seismic survey has been launched covering more than 80 existing license regions in the Norwegian North Sea. Oil and gas geoscience giant CGG will survey 19,000 square kilometres in a year-long project which aims to collate data on existing resource and potential new finds in the Norwegian continental shelf.More