Field Notes
Apr. 16, 2015

Join us at APGO's Southeast Regional Networking Event in Ottawa
APGO's networking event in Ottawa is coming up on April 28, 2015. Space is limited. Register online as soon as you can! The event will feature guest speaker, Dr. Richard Jackson, Ph.D., P.Eng. Don't miss his talk — "Has Fracking Contaminated Anybody's Water Well?"More

Final reminder: APGO 2015 Council Election — Call for Nominations
This notice serves as the official call for nominations for the APGO Council for the 2015-2016 term. There are four positions open:

Vice President — This is a progressive three-year term whereby the elected representative will serve as the VP for 2015-2016, President for 2016-2017, and Past-President for 2017-2018. Candidates must have at least one year of experience on Council.

Two Councillors at Large — Three-year term, 2015-2018. Candidates must reside in Ontario.

North West Regional Councillor — Three-year term, 2015-2018 representing geoscientists in the North West region. Candidates must reside in North West region to be eligible. More

Special offer for APGO members from the Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC)
AESAC's Toronto Phase One and Phase Two ESA training courses are fast approaching. Phase One is April 24th-26th and Phase Two is May 7th-9th. AESAC has space available at both courses and it is offering a special 15 per cent discount to ALL APGO members for both courses. Members who are interested should contact Erik Luzak directly at or call 877-512-3722.

AESAC Phase One

AESAC Phase TwoMore

Canadian Securities Regulators' review finds room for improvement in mining issuers' investor presentations
Canadian Securities Administrators
Members of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released CSA Staff Notice 43-309 Review of Website Investor Presentations by Mining Issuers, which summarizes the findings of staff of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) (collectively, the Principal Mining Jurisdictions) and outlines the CSA's expectations for website disclosure by mining issuers. More

Women in Mining (U.K.) launches search for the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015
Women in Mining
Following the success of its 2013 campaign, Women in Mining (U.K.) is delighted to launch the 2015 search for the "Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining." Candidates are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate inspirational colleagues. The nomination form can be found online and applications must be submitted online by June 15th.More

Province to renew mineral development strategy
Northern Ontario Business
The province's decision to renew its mineral development strategy — first established in 2006 — comes at a time when the sector is in a downturn, says the executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association. When the strategy was developed nine years ago, Ontario's mining sector was on an upturn, but the timing for the renewed strategy will give the province a very different picture, said Garry Clark.More

Ontario gives northern industry permanent relief from energy costs
CBC News
A program that reduces energy costs for northern industries — like mining and forestry — will carry on indefinitely, the Ontario government says. Speaking at a news conference at Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay pulp mill recently, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle told reporters that Ontario would commit up to $120 million a year permanently to the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program, which was to expire next spring.More

Mining companies risk competitive edge without more women on board
Mining Weekly
Canadian mining companies should have more women on their boards to sharpen their competitive edge, increase diversity and boost creativity, Patrice Merrin told an audience at the Women in Mining Toronto branch recently. Among her many roles, Merrin was currently a corporate director on the boards of Glencore, Stillwater Mining and Novadaq Technologies. She was also a former president and CEO of Luscar and former executive VP and COO of Sherritt International. More

Harte Gold has eyes on 2016 production
Northern Ontario Business
If all goes according to plan, Harte Gold could soon be commissioning the first new mine in the Hemlo gold belt in 30 years. President and CEO Stephen Roman said the high-grade deposit at the company's Sugar Zone property has open-ended potential that could lead to a new gold camp in northeastern Ontario. "The project's really ready to go now," said Roman, whose Toronto-based junior has a permit in hand to take a massive 70,000-ton bulk sample by the middle of this year.More

In a world filled with gluts, one metal is suddenly hard to find
The Globe and Mail
Tucked away in the remote limestone plateaus of northern Australia, the owners of a massive zinc mine have begun preparing its transition back to cattle-grazing land. For the miner, China's MMG, it's a problem because replacing the tapped-out mine — which is responsible for four per cent of the world's zinc output — with a fresh source of the metal has proven elusive. More

The gem-like turquoise ice found on Lake Baikal
Russian photographer Alexey Trofimov calls Lake Baikal "the gem that does not need to be cut." It's the oldest, largest, deepest, and clearest freshwater lake in the world. Every winter, as temperatures plummet to well below zero, the crystal clear lake water forms brilliant gem-like ice that glimmers in the sunlight.More

Camosun student makes unique discovery during geoscience field trip
Nexus Newspaper
Camosun College geoscience student Julio Flores made an interesting discovery during a recent field trip with Tark Hamilton, a professor in the department of Chemistry and Geoscience. Flores found half a maxilla of some species of canid, and he was determined to identify the species and age of the bone fragment.More

A new deal for the Ring of Fire
The Chronicle Journal
The cards have been shuffled on the ownership and history of the Ring of Fire. Noront Resources has made a brilliant play in buying the claims of Cliffs Natural Resources for a small fraction of what was originally paid for them. Noront's shares jumped on the news. Optimism has returned. More

First grads from Yukon geoscience program face uncertain prospects
CBC News
The Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining will soon have its first-ever graduates. Students of the geoscience technology program at Yukon College are completing the two-year program. "We have a good foundation towards getting a geology degree, learning more and being more academic," says student Jutta Hopkins-LeCheminant. "But right now we're very employable as technical people."More

Rubicon closes $30.2 million flow-through offering
Canadian Mining Journal
Rubicon Minerals of Toronto has closed a previously announced financing with the issuance of $23.6 million flow-through shares at a price of $1.28 per share. Gross proceeds total more than $30.2 million. Rubicon originally announced the deal recently, saying it would raise $15 million. A day later, the company said it had increased the offering to $25 million.More

Cliffs puts more Canadian assets on the block
After shutting down its Bloom Lake iron ore mine as part of a plan to exit Eastern Canada amid low commodity prices, U.S. miner Cliffs Natural Resources is about to divest itself of more Canadian assets. CBC News reported recently that the Cleveland-based company's subsidiaries, which filed for creditor protection, are "seeking a Quebec court's permission to solicit interest in the Bloom Lake mine, the Wabush Mine, and related port and rail assets in Quebec and Labrador, according to a motion filed by monitor FTI Consulting Canada."More