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PRESENTATION: SNOLAB Underground Laboratory: An Introduction to the Facility, Science and Experiments
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Feb. 24, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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GUEST SPEAKER: Bill Mercer, P.Geo., VP of Exploration, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. and Chair of PDAC and Health and Safety Committee
PRESENTATION: Mineral Exploration Health and Safety — Implications of the PDAC Health and Safety Knowledge Base for the Professional Geoscientists and Engineers
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Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
March 9, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
300 Water Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 3C7
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has finalized a new regulation, requiring certain facilities to register their activities with air emissions on the province's Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).
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Northern Ontario Business
McEwen Mining will acquire Lexam VG Gold in a friendly acquisition, the company announced recently. According to the agreement, McEwen will acquire all the issued and outstanding securities of Lexam, and Lexam will become a subsidiary of McEwen Mining.
Lexam has a number of gold properties in the Timmins mining camp, including Buffalo Ankerite, located two miles east of Goldcorp's Dome Mine; Davidson Tisdale, located five kilometres along strike from the Hollinger, McIntyre and Coniaurum mines; Fuller, located within two kilometres of the Hollinger, McIntyre and Dome Mines; and Paymaster, which is part of the former producing Paymaster Mine.
The Lower Trent Conservation has lifted the seven-month drought advisory, triggered by extremely dry conditions throughout most of 2016.
Average precipitation in December and January and improved stream flows are no longer within the low water response program criteria, but Lower Trent Conservation officials still urge rural residents to be wary of their water use. "Dropping the low water advisory does not mean that groundwater levels have returned to normal across the entire watershed," said Janet Noyes, water resource manager.
De Beers is shelving immediate plans to study an expansion project at a remote northern Ontario diamond mine after failing to get support from a neighbouring aboriginal community, a "disappointing" setback for the world's top diamond producer, the mine's manager said.
The isolated Victor mine in the James Bay lowlands produces some 600 carats of diamonds annually and is scheduled to stop production in late 2018 and close in early 2019, De Beers Canada general manager James Kirby told Reuters.
Western University Gazette
Western PhD candidate, Ahmed Abuhussein, is drawing attention to the wastewater problem in Ghana. His research focuses on educating people of the public health problems with wastewater as well as environmental engineering.
"The shift now in the paradigm is not just to treat it, but to recover the nutrients," Abuhussein said.
Abuhussein is particularly interested in ensuring that this treated water is being used in agriculture. He aims to discover how we can recover the nutrients in the water and reduce the need for important fertilizers from overseas while creating revenue.
University of Calgary
Researchers in the University of Calgary's Department of Geoscience have taken a look back — way back — to shed new light on how geological events 252 million years ago may hold clues to the forces shaping our planet today and into the future.
Professor Charles Henderson and postdoctoral fellow Shane Schoepfer are co-authors on a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examining sediment samples from the Panthalassic Ocean floor.
Despite a bad year, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel says he's still cautiously optimistic about the future.
The uranium mining company recently reported a net loss of $62 million in its 2016 year-end financial numbers.
Uranium spot prices hit a 12-year low, caused by oversupply after Japan shut its power reactors down following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. "Market conditions in 2016 were as tough as I've seen in 30 years," Gitzel said on an investors conference call. "I think it's fair to say that no one, including me, expected the market would go this low for this long."
The Northern Miner
The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) bestowed honours on five industry trailblazers at its 29th induction ceremony in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The 2017 inductees — John Zigarlick, William S. Vaughan, Donald McLeod, James Carter and Robert McEwen — join 172 existing CMHF members.
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