Field Notes
May. 28, 2015

Spotlight on APGO Regional Networking Events Spring 2015
April 2015 ushered in a series of networking events that brought together 189 P.Geo.s, Geoscientists-in-Training and Students. The events were held in Toronto on April 9th, Thunder Bay on April 13th, and Ottawa on April 28th. The APGO acknowledges the leadership of Council members — Peter Diorio, Dave Hunt and Mark Priddle for hosting these events. More

Deadline to submit your photos for APGO's Photo Contest is this Friday
APGO looks to its membership for photos to use in displays, brochures, newsletters, Facebook and presentations to enhance the public's appreciation for geoscience. Share your story. Submit a picture. All entries must be received at the APGO office no later than May 29, 2015. Photos must be submitted by email to Before we can use your material, we need to obtain your permission. The following is an example of a statement that can be used in your email body when submitting your photo: "I (name), give permission to the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) to use the material(s) attached to this email as it sees fit and I release APGO from any obligation to me with respect to the attached material(s)."More

The proposed Ontario Permit To Take Water changes, what does it mean for the practicing hydrogeologist?
By Simon Gautrey, MSc, MBA, P . Geo.
This article is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the APGO.

It is difficult to proceed with almost any project without a source of water, and in Ontario, the act of taking water can be authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) by applying for and receiving a Permit To Take Water (PTTW). These permits often require supporting hydrogeology studies and significant time needs to be built into a project schedule for their approval by the MOECC. So when changes are proposed to the way the MOECC treats PTTW applications, it may be worth paying attention. More

Ontario's new PC leader tours Ring of Fire with Nipissing MPP
Bay Today
After a helicopter tour of the Ring of Fire, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown met with supporters at the Discovery North Bay Museum recently. Brown told reporters, "I wanted to make my first trip as the Ontario PC leader to Northern Ontario to show it's a priority for me." Brown toured a parcel of the Ring of Fire with representatives of Noront Resources and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli.More

Rubicon enrols in long-term power program
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto's Rubicon Minerals is busy preparing the Phoenix gold mine and mill near Red Lake for production later this year, but not too busy to take a positive step toward controlling operating costs. The company has been accepted into the Industrial Electricity Incentive Stream 3 program from the Independent Electricity System Operator. Over the nine-year length of the program contract, Rubicon anticipates saving $4 million per year (based on 2014 electricity rate information).More

Mine ceremony touts 'teamwork'
Fort Frances Times Online
Though some work already has been underway at New Gold's Rainy River Project site north of Barwick, an official ground-breaking ceremony was held recently atop the land where the open pit mine is set to be developed. Rain didn't dampen the spirits of the New Gold personnel, community leaders, and government reps who were bused to the site for the special event. "It's a wonderful day for the Rainy River District," enthused Geoff Gillon of Rainy River Future Development, who acted as the emcee for the ceremony.More

Centre Wellington officially opens $24 million sewage treatment plant
Wellington Advertiser
Centre Wellington council took time recently to celebrate completion of the construction phase of the Elora wastewater plant. In 2012, the Township of Centre Wellington began the construction phase to upgrade and expand the Elora Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Clyde Street Sewage Pumping Station. The township, Triton Engineering Services Limited and Wellington Construction Contractors announced recently that this phase of the project is now complete.More

Kapuskasing Gold beats the bushes for precious metal
Northern Ontario Business
Kapuskasing Gold has launched a second round of exploration at its Borden North and Rollo properties in northeastern Ontario. The Vancouver-based junior announced recently that exploration is underway to follow up on last year's prospecting, which returned significant gold values, including some high-grade gold surface samples at Rollo. Kapuskasing Gold properties are situated along a projected extension of the Destor-Porcupine fault zone inside a burgeoning belt for gold exploration and mine development. More

Water testing facility an economic driver
Blackburn News
The test facility at the Greenway Pollution Control Centre is putting London, ON, companies on the world map when it comes to wastewater treatment. The old wastewater treatment space was transformed into a think-tank space for companies to test new clean water technologies. The renovations came at a cost of roughly $8 million, which was split between the city and federal government. Since the Walkerton incident, rules have been tightened when it comes to testing water and wastewater. More

MIT developing platinum replacement
Fears of a looming crunch in platinum supply, driven mainly by an ongoing strike at the world's top producers of the metal in South Africa, may be about to fade. MIT graduate student Sean Hunt, post-doc Tarit Nimmandwudipong, and Yuriy Romàn, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, are working on a new process to replace platinum-group metals with more widely available elements in renewable energy technologies.More

Peruvian discovery may hold 'hidden pool' of rare earths
U.S.-based rare earth explorer RioSol and its Peruvian mining arm Compañia Minera Rio Sol said studies carried out at its recently-unveiled rare earth element and poly-metallic claim discovery in Peru have confirmed the site potentially holds a "hidden pool" of the coveted elements. A geological report completed previously shows the 10-kilometer Capacscaya and adjacent claims, contain Total Rare Earth Oxides at three per cent or greater within the granite and altered granite ore bodies.More