Field Notes
Oct. 31, 2013

APGO Membership Renewal
It's that time of year again to renew your APGO membership. A letter from our Council President, Andrew Cheatle, will be sent to you via email on October 31st, along with the online link to your membership renewal page. If by any chance you do not get this email, please contact us at 416 203-2746 or via email at As well, this is a great time to review and update your membership profile. More

APGO Welcomes New Members to its Council
An active Council is integral to APGO's success as we forge ahead to realize our vision to be the leader of the geoscience professions. APGO happened as a result of strong leadership, determination, and tireless work. The Association benefits immensely from the collective work of its Council members, both past and present.

APGO is pleased to announce the new additions to its Council. We welcome Brad Leonard, John Gartner, Rustam Juma and Robert Linnen. Their addition will further enhance what is already a stellar group of very committed and active professionals. More

Important tax tips for APGO members
Oscar Torres, CPA, CA, LPA of Bateman MacKay LLP
The way in which expenses are deducted for tax purposes is related to whether a person is an employee, a self-employed individual or an incorporated business.

Employees are very limited in the expenses they can deduct when calculating the tax that is owed to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Self-employed individuals as well as incorporated businesses have much more flexibility. They can deduct any reasonable expenses incurred to earn income from their businesses.More

Exploration begins on northwest mining group
Northern Ontario Business
Do companies in northwestern Ontario really dig the idea of a mining cluster group? That's the question being posed this fall to businesses and organizations engaged in the mining field. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is working with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, and other organizations in opening a discussion on whether the northwest needs a version of Sudbury's already successful mining cluster model.More

Tests by nuclear agency show west-end Toronto uranium plant is safe
Toronto Star
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has joined the City of Toronto and Ontario environment ministry in declaring that emissions from the GE-Hitachi uranium plant on Lansdowne Avenue "pose no health risk." The federal agency released a report recently based on analyses of soil from the commercial property and surrounding residential neighbourhood.More

Recent grads working in mining industry
Timmins Press
Nearly all of the newest Northern College Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core graduates are already working in the field after finishing the program less than two months ago. The class was made up of Aboriginal students from Matachewan, Kirkland Lake, Timmins and North Bay. Two-thirds of the graduates are now working in the Kirkland Lake area. More

Using eucalyptus trees to find gold
Eucalyptus trees that contain minute quantities of gold may be an "emerging technique" for prospecting. Researchers had known that eucalyptus leaves contained gold, but they did not know if the gold came from the ground or airborne particles, writes Melvyn Lintern in his recent research paper published by Nature.More

Where zombie miners lurk
Calgary Herald
Blown up in explosions, smothered in collapsing shafts, crushed by heavy carts, the ghosts of coal miners are said to linger at the Atlas Coal Mine Historic Site just outside the tiny town of East Coulee, AB. There, a tall wooden structure looms against the starkly beautiful backdrop of the Badlands. It is the last wooden coal tipple in Canada, protected, with the outbuildings and tunnels that surround it, as a national historic site and a reminder of the dangerous days of Canadian coal mining.More

What happens in Vegas may boost Sudbury's economy
Northern Life
A Sudbury company is mining business opportunities in Nevada's metals industry, thanks to a burgeoning partnership with Canada and a business group from the U.S. State. While most people associate Nevada with Las Vegas, the area has much more to offer than gambling, says Bob Groesbeck, vice-president of the Canada-Nevada Business Council. Nevada is home to a billion-dollar mining industry that's enjoying a resurgence, even as the rest of the state tries to recover from the recession. More

Researchers: Nitrogen fertilizer remains in soils, leaks towards groundwater
e! Science News
Nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops lingers in the soil and leaks out as nitrate for decades towards groundwater — "much longer than previously thought," scientists in France and at the University of Calgary say in a new study. Thirty years after synthetic nitrogen (N) fertilizer had been applied to crops in 1982, about 15 per cent of the fertilizer N still remained in soil organic matter, the scientists found. More

On the hunt for remarkable rocks
Waterloo Region Record
Geologist Barry Warner can hardly wait until the oldest rock on the planet is loaded into a helicopter and sent on its way to the University of Waterloo. Warner is on a mission these days. As chair of UW's earth and environmental sciences department, he has been scouring the country for remarkable rocks for the Peter Russell Rock Garden on campus. And you can't get much more remarkable than a 4.2-billion-year-old boulder. More

Thunder Bay unveils stormwater pilot project
CBC News
The city of Thunder Bay is testing a new way to deal with stormwater runoff as it unveils what it hopes will be the first in a series of new stormwater retention sites. The pilot project, located on a traffic island at the intersection of Beverley and High Streets, close to Memorial Avenue, uses specially-designed soil and select plant species to help treat runoff from nearby streets.More

Greenland opens door to mining
Wall Street Journal
Greenland opened its doors to mining with two major government decisions that could eventually alter the world's largest island, and perhaps the entire Arctic region, in fundamental ways — environmentally, economically and politically. The government of the semi-autonomous Danish island recently dropped a law that prohibited the mining of radioactive substances like uranium and rare earth minerals in a narrow parliamentary vote.More

Sewage spill leads Waterloo to upgrade plant ahead of schedule
CTV News
A water treatment plant in Waterloo will see more than $7 million in upgrades one year ahead of schedule. The upgrades at the Colonial Acres pumping station are coming in the aftermath of a power outage earlier in October that led to a spill of 860 cubic metres of raw sewage in the Grand River. The upgrades will see older equipment replaced, while the station itself will be expanded to double its current capacity.More

The world's top 3 zinc mines: An overview
Resource Investing News
Zinc is an important metal that an increasing number of investors and analysts believe will rally in the next few years. It has many applications, and can be used in galvanizing, batteries and as an anti-corrosion agent. Zinc is also important in some renewable energy technologies. Zinc production is highest in China, followed by Peru and Australia. More