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APGO is holding its 12th Annual General Meeting and Conference on June 12, 2014 at 1 King West, Toronto
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The event will bring together Professional Geoscientists, Geoscientists-in-Training and students from across Ontario. Click here for the full AGM and Conference website and to register.

Recognition of 2014 Sponsors
APGO is very pleased to announce the continued support of Golder Associates and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex as Platinum sponsors and Manulife Financial Corporation as a bronze sponsor. These companies have been supporting APGO's AGM & Conference for a number of years now. To learn more about our sponsors, please click on their logo on the AGM and Conference website.
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APGO event in Thunder Bay: An excellent show of collaboration
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APGO's April 7th event in Thunder Bay, presented in conjunction with the Northwestern Ontario Mines and Minerals Symposium, proved to be a collaborative effort, thus demonstrating once again the importance of building and nurturing strong relationships. It was no small feat bringing together eight speakers from various provincial ministries and municipal public health unit for the morning workshop.
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Coming up — AESAC Training Courses
Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada
Environmental Site Assessment Phase I (MOE Expanded): April 25–27, 2014, Monte Carlo Inn, Vaughan ON. Instructor: Bill Leedham P.Geo, QP. Guest Speaker: Janet Bobechko from Blaney McMurtry LLP (Environmental Lawyer).

Environmental Site Assessment Phase II (MOE Expanded): May 2-4, 2014, Monte Carlo Inn, Vaughan ON. Instructor: Bill Leedham P.Geo, QP. Guest Speaker: Mike Slocki from Profile Drilling.

For detailed information, please visit the AESAC website.

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Transition Metals cashes up for exploration
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Transition Metals has closed a private placement financing of more than $2 million. The recent announcement comes days after earlier financing news of a $1.5 million investment by Royal Nickel into Transition Metal's 65 per cent-owned subsidiary, Sudbury Platinum Corporation, to advance its flagship Aer-Kidd nickel project in the Sudbury basin.
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Niagara Parks begins rock-scaling operation
Bullet News Niagara
The Niagara Parks Commission will begin conducting its annual rock scaling operations along the wall of the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. This rock scaling will continue through until completion, weather permitting. A sure sign of spring, staff from the NPC will undertake this activity to remove any of the loose rocks and debris that have built up over the winter months.
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Red Lake area running out of power to feed mines
CBC News
The Northwest Energy Task Force is keeping a close eye on the power needs of two mines scheduled to open next year at Red Lake. Task force member John Mason said there's a looming problem for two new mining projects that need a solution. "Between the Rubicon operation and (Goldcorp's) Cochenour Bruce Channel, I would estimate over $700 million has been spent, and yet could be hampered with power issues, which would be devastating to these new operations."
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Big ore find saved Timmins 50 years ago
Timmins Press
Half a century ago, the Timmins economy faced possible collapse. The Hollinger Mine gold mine, which had been operating since 1910, was on its last legs and there didn't seem to be any suitable replacement to keep the economy flowing in the city. Rumours started to spread about a possible ore discovery in the area, but few facts were known at the time. Texas Gulf Sulfur Company had made a discovery of a lifetime in November 1963, but the company kept that fact quiet for months.
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First Nation participating in mine environmental assessment
Northern Ontario Business
The Naotkamegwanning First Nation is receiving $45,000 from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to participate in the environmental assessment of Treasury Metals' proposed Goliath Gold Mine near Dryden in northwestern Ontario. Treasury Metals Limited is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and abandonment of an open pit and underground gold mine and associated infrastructure.
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Scientists find 'easy' way to extract rare earths from sea floor
Mining.com
While economists and geologists worry the world's supply of rare earth metals will soon be outpaced by demand, a team of German geochemists has found a way to easily extract them from the vast deposits lying under the sea. In a study, published recently in the journal Applied Geochemistry, the scientists suggest rare earth metals could be mined from the solid nodes of iron and manganese found strewn across much of the deep ocean floor.
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Company buys interest in Sudbury mining property for $1.5 million
Northern Life
Royal Nickel Corporation has purchased for $1.5 million, a 25 per cent interest in Sudbury Platinum Corporation, a subsidiary of Transition Metals Corporation. Sudbury Platinum holds an option to earn up to 70 per cent of the Aer-Kidd property in the in the Sudbury basin. "Opportunities to participate in compelling Sudbury area sulphide exploration plays such as Aer-Kidd are rare and I am pleased that RNC will gain exposure to the upside potential of this promising project," said Mark Selby, interim president and CEO of Royal Nickel Corporation, in a release.
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Atom probe assisted dating of oldest piece of earth
Phys.org
It's a scientific axiom: big claims require extra-solid evidence. So there were skeptics in 2001 when University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor John Valley dated an ancient crystal found in Australia to 4.4 billion years ago. The date, after all, was only 100 million years after Earth started to solidify from a ball of molten rock.

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Ontario Prospectors hand out annual awards
Northern Ontario Business
The Ontario Prospectors Association presented the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award to Transition Metals and Impala Platinum Holdings. The award was presented recently at the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association Symposium and awards dinner in Thunder Bay. The award was given in recognition of the companies' Sunday Lake Property, a platinum group metals discovery, north of Thunder Bay.

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The future of the water supply for Las Vegas is unclear
Canada.com
The Bellagio Fountains gush 140.2 metres high every 15 minutes nightly. Golf courses carpet the desert, as they have since Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack played Las Vegas. And the casino restaurants still serve water without asking. The two million residents and 43 million visitors a year in the Las Vegas area might never know that their principal water supply, Lake Mead on the Colorado River, is almost the lowest since Hoover Dam created it in 1936.

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McArthur River uranium mine is high-grade deposit, huge investment
Ottawa Citizen
The McArthur River uranium mine in northeastern Saskatchewan is the largest and richest uranium mine in the world. So how big and rich is McArthur River's uranium ore body? "We're the world's highest-grade uranium mine," said Rick Morrison, a senior manager at the McArthur River joint venture, which is owned 70 per cent by Cameco of Saskatoon, and 30 per cent by Areva Resources Canada, a subsidiary of the French state-owned power company.
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The robot is ready — so when will deep sea mining start?
Mining Weekly
The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high-grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea — when a wrangle over terms is solved. In international waters, regulation and royalty terms for mining the planet's sub-sea wealth have also yet to be finalized. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.
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From waste land to park land: Mining greens up
The Globe and Mail
Today, the aerial view of the historic Coniaurum gold mine, owned by Goldcorp since 2002, more closely resembles a putting green on a golf course than an old mine site. But it didn't always look like this. For decades, it was a waste land of discarded rock — leftovers from its previous life as an active mine since 1913, until a storm in 1961 caused a breach in the tailings dams and shut down operations for good.
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Northern grads find mining work
Northern Ontario Business
Richmont Mines wants to snatch up graduates of Northern College's underground hard rock miner common core program. Ten students were given job offers after they completed the on-site portion of their training at Richmont's Island Gold Mine in Dubreuilville. Northern delivers its 12-week program through a partnership with Richmont.
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A place to study Arctic oil spills
Winnipeg Free Press
The University of Manitoba is proposing a unique research centre at Churchill that would study the potentially profound environmental effects of industrializing the Arctic. The $28 million Churchill Marine Observatory would develop ways of detecting oil in ice-covered waters, study its impact on the ecosystem and develop technologies for cleaning up Arctic waters in case of a spill.
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