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Central Ontario Regional Networking Event
APGO
Friendly reminder to APGO members in Central Ontario Region. We still have spaces available.

Central Ontario Regional Networking Event
Hosted by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO)
Date: February 13, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: The Hothouse Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1T3
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2014 Northwestern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium
Ontario Prospectors Association
"Perseverance in Challenging Times." April 8-9, 2014, Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay. Please click here for full details.
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AESAC announces 2014 spring training courses for ESA Phase I & II
Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada
The Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC) is providing Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) training courses in accordance with the CSA-Z768 across Canada. Successful completion of these courses and passing of certification exam entitles a participant to be eligible for Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) designation. These courses are designed for experienced practitioners and those considering to enter the field.
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Expert: Reward Canadian mining companies for social responsibility
Toronto Star
It's not the ore in the ground, nor the mineral exploration licences, but commitment to environmental sustainability, community development and human rights that are Canadian mining companies' most under-appreciated assets, a former mining executive said recently. If financial analysts better understood these things, companies that excel in "corporate social responsibility" would see their stock rise, said Craig Ford, the former vice president for corporate responsibility at Inmet Mining.
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Mine safety review begins
Northern Life
The first meeting of the provincial government's review of mine safety began recently in Sudbury. After a campaign from the United Steelworkers and the Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support Committee for a mine safety inquiry, the government agreed to instead begin a tri-partite review of the mining industry, chaired by public representatives, union leaders and industry representatives.
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Sudbury mining centre gets $15 million for deep mines research
CBC News
The head of the Centre of Excellence in Mining and Innovation in Sudbury says deep underground mining research could change how oil and gas companies approach fracking in the future. The federal government recently announced CEMI will receive $15 million for research in ultra-deep mining. The government said the research could assist the oil and gas industry to improve its ability when extracting deep shale deposits.
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Gowest signs gold processing agreement
Northern Ontario Business
Gowest Gold recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Swiss-based United Commodities AG (UC) in moving toward an agreement that will see future concentrate from Gowest's Bradshaw gold deposit processed at UC's facility in North Cobalt. In a news release, Gowest president Greg Romain called it a "win-win opportunity" for both parties.
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Gold prospectors take advantage of drought in California
CTV News
Gold prospectors are eyeing Northern California riverbeds, hoping to spot something shiny, as water levels dip to historically low levels during the drought. In Placer County, rivers have dropped to levels that haven't been touched in decades, opening new possibilities for prospectors, the Sacramento Bee reported. "Stuff that's normally submerged in water is now available," said James Hutchings, Sacramento chapter president of the Gold Prospectors Association of America.

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APGO hosting workshops in conjunction with Thunder Bay Symposium
David S. Hunt, P.Geo., Vice President, APGO
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario will present two workshops on April 7, 2014. These will be great professional development opportunities for APGO members. On the morning of Monday April 7, 2014, the theme will be: 'Regulations and Permitting for Early Stage Mineral Exploration Projects: What you need to know.'

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Ring of Fire negotiations making good headway
NorthBayNipissing.com
Former Liberal leader Bob Rae says the Ring of Fire has high quality natural resources and shows great potential, "but it's how we take advantage of this potential that counts." Rae was in the city recently as the keynote speaker for the Northern Gateway Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining's annual meeting and luncheon held at the Davedi Club.

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Implats and Transition Metals strike platinum in Ontario
Mining.com
Discovery-focused Transition Metals says it has intersected "significant" platinum group metals mineralization at its Sunday Lake project in Ontario, a joint venture with the world's second biggest platinum producer, Impala Platinum (Implats). The Sunday Lake property is located about 25 kilometres west of Panaromic Resources' Thunder Bay north deposit, which is currently under development.
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Orix grows, triples chances of success
Canadian Mining Journal
Orix Geoscience, Zone 14 GeoInfo Solutions and Grassroots Syndicate announced recently that they have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby Orix will acquire Zone 14 and Grassroots. The acquisition builds on Orix's expanding presence in the mineral exploration industry and its ability to provide skilled geoscience professionals and services to exploration and mining companies.
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Computer power clicks with geochemistry
R&D Magazine
Sandia National Laboratories is developing computer models that show how radioactive waste interacts with soil and sediments, shedding light on waste disposal and how to keep contamination away from drinking water. "Very little is known about the fundamental chemistry and whether contaminants will stay in soil or rock or be pulled off those materials and get into the water that flows to communities," said Sandia geoscientist Randall Cygan.
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Kerr Mines to acquire Bear Lake
Northern News
Just after announcing it had signed a letter of agreement to purchase American Bonanza Gold Corp, Kerr Mines announced it has signed a letter of agreement to purchase Bear Lake Gold. Under terms of the agreement Kerr Mines, formerly Armistice Resources, will issue 1.4 Kerr Mines units for every common share of Bear Lake. The unit consists of one Kerr Mines share and on half Kerr Mines warrant.
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Sliding loonie may ease pressure on Canadian miners
Mining Markets
For the past year, the Canadian dollar has been weakening — falling from above parity with the greenback at the beginning of 2013 to its current price of 91.5 cents. The loonie has lost 2.4 per cent of its value recently, and Goldman Sachs predicted last year that it would reach 88 cents within a year. For Canadian miners with operations in Canada, there's an upside and a downside to a weaker loonie.
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Stillwater re-evaluates Marathon PGM mine
Northern Ontario Business
The construction of an open-pit base metals mine near the shores of Lake Superior could be three years away at the earliest, said the Montana mining company that is developing it. "It is unlikely we will do anything on this in the very near term," Mick McMullen, president and CEO of Stillwater Mining Company, told industry analysts in a recent conference call on its Marathon PGM (platinum group metals) project.
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Proposed development would need sewage services
Northumberland Today
Hamilton Township's mayor, chief administrative officer and public works director have been directed to approach the town of Cobourg to discuss extending sewage services into the township to support a proposed commercial/industrial development. Hamilton Township councillors passed the motion so that Mayor Mark Lovshin, CAO John Baird and acting public works director Doug Thompson will speak to the township's urban neighbour "regarding the servicing requirements for the potential site(s)."
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Study: Gold production soars to record in 2013 despite price drop
Financial Post
Despite plummeting gold prices, global production of the precious metal reached a record in 2013 for the fourth-consecutive year. The result appeared in a recent report from the precious metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS. In addition to dispelling theories about "peak gold," the study shows that gold miners are churning out the metal at a furious pace.
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