Field Notes
Jun. 11, 2015

Today is APGO's 13th Annual General Meeting
Welcome APGO members! Today's Annual General Meeting is held at One King West Hotel in Toronto at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Reception at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Amy Pressman, Partner at Davies LLP is guest speaker. Amy will be speaking on "More to Know for Those in the Know: Legal Developments in Expert Evidence in Ontario." Thank you once again to the generous support of TD Insurance Meloche Monnex who is sponsoring this year's Reception.More

APGO-PPDA Event in Timmins on June 18, 2015
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, in partnership with Porcupine Prospectors and Developers Association, is hosting an event in Timmins on June 18, 2015 at Days Inn and Conference Centre. The event, led by Ben Berger, APGO NE Regional Councillor, aims to reach out and bring together APGO and PPDA members from Timmins and surrounding areas. The event will provide members a forum to discuss what they want to see in their area in terms of networking and professional development opportunities as well as discuss issues and concerns. Gord White, APGO CEO will present on the latest update on the work of APGO.

We invite APGO and PPDA members to join us. Please click here to register online.More

Mining world loses 'great figure'
The Sudbury Star
A prominent mining figure and humanitarian was acknowledged by Laurentian University at the school's convocation ceremony. Peter Crossgrove, a Sudbury-born entrepreneur and business executive, died recently. Just recently he had been tapped to receive an honorary doctorate from the university, with whom he had a longstanding connection.More

Firm gung-ho on Ring of Fire
The Chronicle Journal
Noront Resources says it expects to have a strategic plan and a preliminary economic assessment regarding its recently acquired chromite deposits in the Ring of Fire by early next year. The Toronto-based mining company announced recently it will borrow an additional $2 million to advance exploration on its Ring of Fire properties, including its proposed Eagle's Nest nickel mine.More

Vale manager awarded for supporting women in engineering
Northern Life
Samantha Espley, Vale's general manager of Mines & Mill Technical Services (Ontario Operations), received the 2015 Award for Support of Women in the Engineering Profession from Engineers Canada. Espley received the national award for her achievements as an engineer and significant contributions in supporting women in the industry. The presentation was made at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala recently in Calgary. More

Weak price stalls development at Lockerby
Canadian Mining Journal
In light of low nickel prices, Toronto-based First Nickel has been forced to discontinue ramp development at its Lockerby nickel-copper mine near Sudbury. The company considered several alternatives, but settled on mining only the remaining ore on and above the 6800 level. The remaining developed ore should be mined out in the third quarter this year. At that time the company will either put the mine on care and maintenance or close it.More

Researchers discover new fundamental property of rocks
The discovery of a new fundamental rock property will improve estimates of underground resources, such as hydrocarbons and drinking water, as well as CO2 storage reservoir capacity. The revelation that electricity can flow more easily through sedimentary rocks in the vertical, rather than horizontal, direction is contrary to established scientific wisdom. This finding will improve the interpretation of geological fluid flow from geophysical surveys. More

Sudbury mine rescuers test their mettle
The Sudbury Star
Seven mine rescue teams from Ontario, including two from Sudbury, will test their emergency response knowledge and skills at the 66th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay. The competition is organized by Ontario Mine Rescue, which is part of Workplace Safety North. It will test teams' knowledge, firefighting skills, first-aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in a simulated underground emergency.More

Conservation authority issues Level I drought warning for Grand River watershed
Orangeville Banner
Here is a new one for those used to frequent spring flooding in Grand Valley. Due to the usually dry spring weather and moderate risk of drought later this summer, water takers in the Grand River watershed are being urged to cut their consumption by 10 per cent. Even with the heavy rain that fell, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) reports the watershed has received only two-thirds of the precipitation it usually receives at this time of year.More

Covergalls clothing line featured in Women Who Rock fashion show
Toronto Star
Alicia Woods' eureka small business idea came via the call of nature. She was a mile underground touring a Sudbury nickel mine 15 years ago in a bulky, oversized pair of men's coveralls as part of job shadowing for her future sales position for a mining equipment manufacturer. "I thought, 'Uh-oh, what if I have to use the washroom?' It was all men down there and all they had was a porta-potty, and I had all this gear on," she recalls. More

Province hands $5 million to Geoscience B.C.
Energetic City
A 10-year-old industry-led organization — billed as generating earth science information in partnership with First Nations, the resource sector, universities, governments and communities — has been given another $5 million by the B.C. government. Despite the government claim that energy companies are lined up at the door to invest in this province, Geoscience B.C. was set up in 2005 to attract more investment, including LNG exploration and development.More

Geoscience maps Antarctic heroes online
PS News Online
A new interactive online map has been unveiled by Geoscience Australia (GA), enabling visitors to rediscover the Agency's legacy and contribution to the mapping of the Antarctic continent, including many geographical features named after field personnel. According to GA, Australia established three Antarctic research stations on the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory in the post-war period, namely Mawson (1954), Davis (1957) and Casey (1959).More