Field Notes
Oct. 30, 2014

NW Representative on APGO Council
A vacancy has arisen on Council and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) is seeking a councilor to represent the Northwestern Ontario region. The successful candidate will be appointed by Council to serve until the end of the current term in June 2015. Candidates will be Ontario Professional Geoscientists, residing in Northwestern Ontario, with a keen interest in serving the geoscience profession by participating in Council matters and advancing the mission and vision of APGO. More

Online access to Goodman School of Mines' Lecture Series featuring Pierre Lassonde
Goodman School of Mines Lecture Series featuring Pierre Lassonde's talk on "Canadian Mining, Like Diamonds, is Forever" will be streamed live on November 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Please click here to read a brief summary about the talk. This link will also give you access to online registration to the event should you choose to attend this free event in Sudbury.

For anyone who won't be able to attend the event in person but would like to listen to this interesting talk, you will be able to do so online. Please use this link to watch it from your computer. You will need to install the software to watch it and this should not take longer than two minutes.

A link to the talk will also be made available here.More

The 42nd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum — November 25-27, 2014
Northwest Territories Geoscience
This event will include technical presentations and keynote address by Dr. David Snyder, a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. Find out more by clicking on this link.More

REMINDER: Don't miss APGO's Regional Networking Events
SUDBURY — November 5, 2014

WATERLOO — November 19, 2014 More

Hopes for Ontario's Ring of Fire doused
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's "Ring of Fire" mineral belt was supposed to be a $60 billion natural resources treasure trove that would bring employment and economic prosperity to a remote part of the province's north. It hasn't worked out that way. The project's key player has given up, leaving the future of the deposit in question and hurting prospects that it will ever reach the lofty expectations of politicians.More

Detour Gold, Hatch garner engineering awards
Northern Ontario Business
The Detour Lake Gold Mining Project was a big winner at the 2014 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards in Winnipeg recently. The Cochrane-area development received the Engineering a Better Canada Award given to a project that demonstrates how engineering "enhances the social, economic or cultural quality of the life of Canadians."More

Glencore digging deeper for new mines
Northern Life
If approved, Onaping Mine will go as deep as 2,700 metres. The future of Glencore's nickel operations in Sudbury will require deeper mines to access previously untapped deposits, said Marc Boissonneault, the company's vice-president of Sudbury nickel operations. Boisonneault, who addressed the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce recently, said the mining giant is eyeing two potential Sudbury developments that would require mine shafts as deep as 2,700 metres. More

Hazardous wastewater processing pilot proposed
Blackburn News
A private Cleantech Corporation is interested in setting up a second test facility in Sarnia. KmX Corporation is seeking environmental approval for a hazardous wastewater processing facility at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park off Modeland Road. CEO Issac Gaon says treating the industrial wastewater will recover 80 per cent re-usable water and the remaining 20 per cent will become suitable for normal disposal methods.More

Pure Gold digs in at Red Lake
Northern Ontario Business
Pure Gold Mining is drilling new targets at its Madsen Gold Project in Red Lake. The company has a $4 million exploration program under way, which includes 9,000 metres of drilling. The first phase is focused on near-surface high-grade mineralization along a 12-kilometre long trend, which includes the former Madsen Mine, Red Lake's second largest past producer with more than 2.4 million ounces produced. More

Modern prospector's golden nugget sells at auction
Artnet News
California's Gold Rush may seem like a far away, bygone era, and these days the phrase "gold-digger" more readily brings to mind the opportunistic, money-loving girlfriend maligned by the 2005 Kanye West and Jamie Foxx song. A gold-digger of the traditional kind, however, has just made his or her fortune through the sale of the newly discovered Butte Nugget: just over six pounds of nearly pure gold unearthed from the foothills of California's Butte County this summer.More

2014 Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium (OEGS) in Sudbury
Ontario Prospectors' Association
OPA's event, Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium, is fast approaching. The event will take place on November 4th and 5th at United Steelworkers Local 6500 Hall in Sudbury. Please click on the link for the program and registration information. More

Super batteries charge in 2 minutes and last 20 years
Digital Journal
A group of technologists have created a remarkable new battery: the battery can be charged up within two minutes and, once fully charged, power on for up to 20 years. With the new battery, the conventional graphite used for the anode (negative pole) in lithium-ion batteries has been replaced with a new gel material made from titanium dioxide (a material commonly found in soil). More

Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference aims to keep drinking water safe
TB News Watch
An idea started by a handful of people 60 years ago is now an important step in making sure water supplies are safe across the region. The Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference is a chance for more than 200 operators across the region to network, train and learn about new technology for water systems. Conference chair Henry Connor, who's also a technology management specialist with the city, said the conference also has 35 booths with suppliers and companies showing off the latest ways to keep drinking water safe.More

42.8-acre gravel pit approved in North Dumfries
Cambridge Times
The Township of North Dumfries is about to get another big gravel pit. During a recent meeting, in a 3-1 vote, council approved the rezoning of a 42.8-hectare site on the northeast corner of Spragues and Greenfield roads to allow its use as a gravel pit. Coun. Gordon Taylor declared a conflict of interest on the application, as he owns property adjacent to the site, while Coun. Neil Ritchie cast the opposing vote. More

Saskatchewan mining has quiet future
The Leader-Post
Gouging potash from deep beneath Saskatchewan's surface has been the work of nasty, snarling, belching beasts of machines for more than 60 years. The application of brute force courtesy of workhorse diesel engines did the job just fine, but with each burly r.p.m. came the inevitable byproducts of internal combustion — fumes and diesel particles and the need to bring more sweet, clean air down the shaft and deep into the subterranean tendrils of the mines.More

Diminishing sea ice doubles chance of colder winters in Europe and Asia
New research published in the journal Nature Geoscience indicates that the decline of Arctic sea ice could be linked with extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere–specifically, that especially cold winters in Europe and Asia are twice as likely now. Some may confuse the finding with the notorious polar vortex, where air from the Arctic sweeps down to North America, Europe and Asia, causing frigid winters. But recently, these especially cold winters have been happening way more frequently than projections indicate they should.More