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PDAC names Andrew Cheatle new Executive Director
APGO
The APGO congratulates our member, Andrew Cheatle, P.Geo. for his appointment as Executive Director of the PDAC. Andrew is an active volunteer at the APGO, serving many years on Council. He was the Council President for 2013-2014 and is currently our Past-President. APGO wishes Andrew well in his new and influential position.
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Don't miss this event! January 16, 2015
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines
Goodman School of Mines Lecture Series presents "My Top Ten Mining Mistakes" by Ian Telfer, Chairman of Goldcorp Inc.

Admission: $40/ticket or $300 for a table of eight
Where: Alumni Hall, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON
When: Friday, January 16, 2015 12:00 p.m.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, please click here.

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The Water Institute, University of Waterloo releases its 2013-2014 Annual Report
University of Waterloo
As you review the report, you will find that the mandate of the Institute has been renewed for a further five years and also that the University has identified water as one of three priority research areas of the institution. Clearly, the University is continuing its long-standing commitment to excellence in water research. You will also be introduced to our revitalized five-year strategic plan and will revisit some of the successes of our initial five-year term.
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Access Goodman School of Mines (GSM) Lecture Series online, any time!
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines
Did you missed Pierre Lassonde's presentation on "Canadian Mining, Like Diamonds, is Forever" or Mark Wiseman's talk on "Sustainability — Lessons Learned in the Junior Mining Sector" or J. Paul Rollin's talk on "Meeting the Challenges of the Global Mining Industry?"

Goodman School of Mines has now made it possible for students, industry professionals and anyone interested in mining industry to access past lecture series online, anytime and anywhere. It's free! Click on this link to access the page.

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Canadian ghost mining town sold to Chinese real estate developer
Mining.com
The abandoned town of Bradian, a former suburb of a Canadian gold mining city located in British Columbia, has been sold for less than $1 million to a Chinese real estate developer who intends to bring it back to life.

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Canada's mining sector braces for another challenging year
Canadian Manufacturing
Canada's mining sector is bracing for another challenging year in 2015 as slower growth in China is expected to continue to dampen selling prices for many metals. Iron ore suffered the biggest drop in the past year, losing nearly half its value to reach the lowest price in more than five years. Some expect the price could fall further.

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Toronto geoscientists release paper on 'deep-Earth life'
eCanada Now
Considerable public interest surrounds the publication in the highly-respected journal Nature of a scholarly article reporting findings by a team of researchers engaged in the study of Precambrian rocks. Dr. Lollar and colleagues from the University of Toronto, Princeton University and Oxford University divulged some preliminary conclusions concerning the collection of data from 19 mining sites.

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Disclaimer: The media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.


First Nickel to extend life of Lockerby nickel-copper mine in Ontario
Mining Technology
Canadian mining and exploration company First Nickel (FNI) is preparing to restructure the Lockerby nickel-copper mine located in the Sudbury basin, in a bid to increase exploration and extend its life. According to the company, the restructuring plan is expected to reduce costs while maintaining relatively consistent nickel production. By lowering costs at Lockerby mine, FNI plans to recommence the ramp development below the 6,800th level to reach the 7,100th level in the first half of 2016.
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Hays predicts fewer full-time mining jobs
Canadian Mining Journal
According to the fifth annual Hays Canada salary guide, more than half of Canadian mining and resource employers expect to grow their business in 2015, but only a third intend to boost permanent head-count. Although the mining industry has had to adjust hiring plans as a result of the global downturn, the Hays survey found it too, along with all other industries, is very optimistic about growth.
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Waterloo chemist one step closer to a new generation of electric car battery
Exchange Morning Post
An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo have announced a breakthrough in lithium-sulphur battery technology in a recent issue of Nature Communications.
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Ontario Mining Association featured gold mine study
Net Newsledger
The Ontario Mining Association study An Au-thentic Opportunity: The economic impacts of a new gold mine in Ontario was featured at a University of Toronto economic outlook conference recently. Several representatives from financial institutions and government were on hand to hear the presentation by Peter Dungan and Steve Murphy from the University of Toronto's Policy and Economic Analysis Program.
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Lake Shore fattens treasury after record 2014 production
Canadian Mining Journal
Gold production in 2014 set a new record — 185,600 ounces — for Toronto's Lake Shore Gold. That amount topped the guidance number that was set at between 160,000 and 180,000 ounces last year. The company said that mill throughput in 2014 was 1.25 million tonnes at an average grade of 4.8 g/t Au. Of the 186,500 ounces that were poured, 183,300 ounces were sold at an average price of $1,269 per ounce.
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    Canada's mining sector braces for another challenging year (Canadian Manufacturing)
San Gold, Kerr decide not to merge (Northern Ontario Business)
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PDAC honours 6 industry leaders with 2015 PDAC Awards (APGO)

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Rare rock with 30,000 diamonds examined
Science Daily
Diamonds are beautiful and enigmatic. Though chemical reactions that create the highly coveted sparkles still remain a mystery, a professor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is studying a rare rock covered in diamonds that may hold clues to the gem's origins. The golf-ball sized chunk of rock contains more than 30,000 diamonds, each less than a millimeter in size (rendering them worthless), along with speckles of red and green garnet and other minerals.
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British scientist suggests commercial lunar mining may be worth it
Examiner
Space.com reported recently about a paper that will shortly be published by Ian Crawford, a professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck College, London in the journal Progress in Physical Geography on the subject of lunar mining. Crawford comes to a number of interesting conclusions concerning the utilization of lunar resources. He does not believe that any one resource will be sufficiently valuable to drive a commercial lunar mining industry.
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Queensland exports record coal tons
Mining Weekly
Coal miners in Queensland exported a record amount of coal during 2014, with nearly 216 million tonnes shipped, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said recently. QRC analysis of port export data for the 2014 calendar year shows that the Port of Gladstone topped the list with exports of 69.6 million tons, followed by Dalrymple Bay with 67.5 million tons, Hay Point with 40.8 million tons, Abbot Point with 22.9 million tons, and the Port of Brisbane with eight million tons.
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