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Register now for APGO's 2014 AGM & Conference in Toronto
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APGO's 2014 AGM & Conference Program is now posted on our website. The program is a great mix of sessions that includes a timely and interesting topic on Natural Disasters and Geology by one of North America's leading experts in natural hazards and disasters, Dr. Stephen Evans. APGO is also bringing in an expert on the "how to's" of delivering superior presentations, a critical skill for every professional. Equally important is a session on NI 43-101 which highlights pitfalls and recurring non-compliance issues and offers practical guidance on how to improve technical disclosure.
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Closing the skills gap
Aman S. Dhesi, Professional Access Into Employment (PAIE) Program
With 2014's hiring season well underway along with the announcement of the Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement, it is an exciting time for not only geoscience professionals, but also the government-funded support programs and mechanisms set in place to assist them. Led by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the PAIE program has a history of success placing internationally trained geoscience professionals in employment opportunities where they can access the knowledge and skills required to become licensed in Ontario.
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Province pledges $1 billion to Ring of Fire
Toronto Star
The provincial government says it's prepared to pump up to $1 billion into all-season access to the mineral-rich Ring of Fire deposit in Northern Ontario — provided Ottawa matches the funding. Calling the $60 billion site Canada's next great mining development, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle announced that the funding would go toward a much-needed transportation and power corridor to the remote site located in the James Bay low-lands.
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'Exciting years' for Lake Shore Gold
Timmins Press
Dan Gagnon held a captive audience of local business owners as he talked about the prospects of Lake Shore Gold's "continuous improvement and growth" filtering down to the community. "I think we've had an exciting couple of years, definitely a breakthrough year for us in 2013," said Gagnon, who is Lake Shore Gold's senior vice-president of operations.
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Premier Gold testing new targets
Northern Ontario Business
Thunder Bay's Premier Gold Mines announced recently that it's beginning exploration to test its Bankfield West and Viper target areas near its flagship Hardrock Project near Geraldton. The two highly prospective target areas are along strike from Hardrock, which is host to a multi-million ounce open pit deposit.
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Reality Blast hits Northwestern Ontario
Net Newsledger
The North Superior Workforce Planning Board has launched Reality Blast, a new website designed to offer a realistic resource tool to allow prospective workers to find ways to engage with the mining careers in the region. The NSWPB has worked with community partners to find ways to make this project work.
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Niagara River clean-up
St. Catharines Standard
Ontario is seeking public comment on a new agreement with the federal government to restore and protect the Great Lakes, including a plan to remove the Niagara River from the list of contaminated hot spots. "The proposal is a five-year plan to continue our work protecting the lakes from harmful pollutants, conserving fish and wildlife, keeping invasive species out of our lakes and restoring areas of historic contamination," said Kate Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Environment.
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Volcano eruptions have deep origins
BBC News
Hawaiian volcanoes sometimes erupt as gentle flows of lava, but other times produce spectacular lava fountains. New data from centuries-worth of eruptions suggest that the differences reflect fluctuations deep in the Earth. Reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists considered how magma rich in volatile elements rises rapidly and erupts as high fountains.
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Premier to test potential pits near Hardrock
Canadian Mining Journal
Premier Gold Mines plans to drill two highly prospective open pit targets along strike from its Hardrock gold project near Thunder Bay. The Bankfield West and Viper properties will be tested. The Bankfield West target, located 11 kilometres west of Hardrock, was identified by reviewing historical drill data from the 1990s. The company hopes the drill program will confirm the existence of mineralization within the porphyry.
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Peter Munk's retirement at Barrick Gold marks end of a Canadian mining era
Waterloo Region Record
When Peter Munk held the first annual meeting of the fledgling Barrick Gold three decades ago, he was the half-owner of a small mine in northern Ontario flogging his dream of becoming the world's biggest gold producer. Recently, when he steps down as chair, it will be as a Canadian mining legend with more than a dozen mines around the world, a company worth some $22 billion, and with the satisfaction of turning his dream into reality.

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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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APGO event in Thunder Bay: An excellent show of collaboration
APGO
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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Burgoyne Bridge closed until mid-May
St. Catharines Standard
It's a good news, bad news kind of thing. The good news is inspections of the nearly 100-year-old Burgoyne Bridge and surrounding soil conditions showed no negative effects on the span as a result of the construction of its replacement. The bad news is the bridge will remain closed for further monitoring.
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Traders betting on gains for silver
Financial Post
Options investors are bargain hunting after a two-month slump in precious metals prices. While silver has wiped out almost all of a 15 per cent gain through the first two months of the year, the cost of bullish contracts on an exchange-traded fund tracking the commodity has climbed to a three-year high relative to bearish ones. Traders are betting prices will rise with gold amid quickening inflation.
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Ontario's last coal-fired generating station closes
Canadian Mining Journal
When the Liberals came to power in Ontario in 2003, one of the first things then-premier Dalton McGuinty promised to do was to ban the burning of coal for power generation by 2007. That deadline came and went, but recently the remaining station in Thunder Bay burned its last lump of coal.
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