Field Notes
Jun. 5, 2014

There is still time to register for our AGM & Conference
We're a week away from our Annual General Meeting & Conference — June 12th, 2014 at One King West Hotel, Toronto. You can still register. Click here to access the event page and for registration.More

APGO's 12th AGM & Conference Sponsors
APGO thanks its generous sponsors for supporting us this year:

Golder Associates
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

BRONZE Sponsors
Manulife Financial Corporation
Dillon Consulting
Associated Environmental Site Assessors of CanadaMore

Your new 2014-2015 APGO Councillors
Ian Macdonald, Nominations Chair
As indicated in a previous edition of Field Notes, the following four candidates for the 2014-2015 APGO council ran unopposed and were therefore acclaimed to their positions.

• Vice President — Mark Priddle, P.Geo. — past Southeast Regional Councillor
• Southeast Region Councillor — Zen Keizars, P.Geo., P.Eng.
• Northwest Region Councillor — Alan Aubut, P.Geo. (returning Councillor)
• Councillor at Large — Wally Rayner, P.Geo.More

Did you vote for your favourite photos?
Your vote counts. If you haven't already done so, vote for your favourite photos for APGO's 2014 Photo Competition. You can vote for up to three photos simply by clicking on the link:


The deadline to vote is this Friday, June 6, 2014. The winners will be announced at this year's AGM on June 12th. More

Lake Shore Gold predicting a good year
Timmins Times
A dramatic $40 drop in the price of gold during Mine Expo week in Timmins no doubt sent a shudder through those in the local gold mining community recently. But gold mining executives, much like prospectors, remain an optimistic group. That was evident when Lake Shore Gold's Mark Utting spoke at the opening of the Mine Expo.More

Fix found for water issues
Chatham Daily News
A $1 million fix has been approved to try to solve short-term colour, taste and odour issues with treated municipal water that left many residents upset late last summer. The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission approved the spending during its board meeting recently to address these problems, beginning with the colour issue.More

Temex announces 'exceptional' drill results
Northern Ontario Business
Temex Resources is describing results from a recent drill program on its Whitney gold project in Timmins as "exceptional." Highlights include a hole showing 49.53 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold over six metres, and 48.09 g/t of gold over 4.5 metres. Temex is exploring the 2,155-acre property through a joint venture with Goldcorp, which retains 40 per cent of the project. More

ONTC gets strong support from mining company
Bay Today
A major player in the Ring of Fire development, KWG Resources, has come out strongly in favour of using the ONTC to move ore from its proposed mine to market. Development of the Ring of Fire would have a major impact on North Bay's economy because of the large number of mining support companies located here.More

Pascua-Lama deal hailed as 'historic'
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto's Barrick Gold has come to an initial agreement with 13 of the 18 indigenous Diaguita communities that have vigorously opposed development of the Pascua-Lama gold project on the Chile-Argentina border, according to the lawyer representing the local groups. "This is historical, never seen in Chile's mining history," Lorenzo Soto, the lawyer for the Diaguita, said. "A new phase in the way that large scale mining is done in Chile has begun."More

University of Alberta researcher looks back in time with Canadian stones
Edmonton Journal
A University of Alberta researcher has studied rocks from the Northwest Territories to demonstrate that Iceland offers a window into the formation of continents. "There's an open and controversial question of when did continents form through time?'" said Jesse Reimink, a PhD doctoral candidate. "Looking at some of the oldest rocks in the world we can say something about how those rocks form... and how possibly continents were forming early on in Earth's history."More

SGX completes Timmins acquisition
Northern Ontario Business
SGX Resources has completed an agreement giving it a 100 per cent interest in Timmins-area property. According to a news release, the agreement, between SGX and Shoreacres Exploration, dates from May, 2010. It solidifies the company's land position around its Edleston gold deposit located south of Timmins between the Côlté Lake deposit and the Young Davidson mine.More

Miniature digital zenith telescope for astronomy and geoscience
Science Codex
As a kind of ground-based optical astrometric instrument, the zenith telescope observes stars near zenith, which substantially reduces the influence of normal atmospheric refraction. Its high-precision observations can be used to calculate astronomical latitude and longitude, which are mainly applied in mobile measurement for deflection of the vertical, long-term measurement for the variations of the vertical, and related researches of astronomical seismology.More

Noront to buy Cliffs Ring of Fire camp in Northern Ontario
CBC News
A mining camp in the Ring of Fire mineral deposit north of Thunder Bay is set to change hands by the end of the year. Noront Resources announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Cliffs to acquire its exploration camp at McFaulds Lake. "When [Cliffs} announced they were suspending their project indefinitely, we inquired what they were doing with the exploration camp," Noront president Alan Coutts said. More

Southeast regional networking event highlighted importance of APGO, honoured one of its best
APGO's southeast regional event in Ottawa on April 29th underscored the importance of APGO's dual role of being a self-regulatory body and a professional association. Guest speaker, Andrea Waldie, took members back to APGO's mandate to emphasize the importance of why APGO exists. More

Nunavut rock hounds dig for treasure on the tundra
Nunatsiaq Online
Harry Iyerak is an avid hunter. As one of the few active Nunavummiut prospectors in the territory, his game is rocks and minerals — the wealth that lies etched into Nunavut's landscape. He came by it naturally; his father mined nickel in Rankin Inlet in the 1950s. Iyerak took a shine to minerals as a young college graduate and signed up for his first prospecting course in Igloolik in the 1990s, offered through the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation.More

Researchers look to Southern Ocean for explanation of LGM
The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the "Last Glacial Maximum" (LGM) — tells of a cold Earth whose northern continents were covered by vast ice sheets. Chemical traces from plankton fossils in deep-sea sediments reveal rearranged ocean water masses, as well as extended sea ice coverage off Antarctica. Air bubbles in ice cores show that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was far below levels seen before the Industrial Revolution.More

Are the clouds parting for juniors?
The Northern Miner
Junior gold explorer Novo Resources checks all the boxes: it's led by a well-known, connected and respected geologist; it has several prospective gold projects (one of which has an inferred resource) in the low-risk jurisdiction of Australia; it has a tight share structure and supportive shareholders (including Newmont Mining), which bought a 35.7 per cent stake in the junior last year); and it has delivered both positive news and an increasing share price over the past three tumultuous years. More