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APGO Council election — get out and vote!
APGO
Nine APGO members are currently vying for two Councillor at Large spots on APGO's Council (Board of Directors). Councillors at Large are P.Geo.s who are elected by the membership to represent their voice on Council. With so many candidates for two positions, every vote counts. All APGO P.Geo.s were emailed a link to vote online on April 29th. Contact bkradjian@apgo.net if you did not receive a voting link. The election ends on May 27th.
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Invitation to APGO's 13th Annual General Meeting, June 11, 2015
APGO
On behalf of the Council of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, we are extending an invitation to our members to come to our 13th Annual General Meeting that will take place on June 11, 2015 at One King West Hotel in Toronto. The AGM will start at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

As well, we invited Amy Pressman, Partner at Davies LLP as our guest speaker. Amy will be speaking on "More to Know for Those in the Know: Legal Developments in Expert Evidence in Ontario."

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Peter Gray, P.Geo. honoured with June Callwood Awards
APGO
Peter Gray, Co-Chair Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival was honoured with the prestigious June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award at a ceremony on April 14, 2015 in Toronto. Leonardo da Vinci said that "Water is the driving force of all nature." Peter Gray knows this to be true. Trained as a hydrogeologist, Peter is also a dedicated father who saw a growing need to educate young people about the importance of water and our environment.
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Vale delays nickel, base metals division spin-off
Sudbury Star
Vale officials said recently they won't sell part of its base metals division — including its Sudbury assets — this year. The Brazilian miner had said late last year it was considering selling 30-40 per cent of the division this summer, but CEO Murilo Ferreira now says the new goal is to be ready to present a recommendation to Vale's board by the end of this year for possible action in 2016.
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Rail idea in Ring of Fire gathering steam
Timmins Press
The City of Timmins recently gave its formal approval to the Mushkegowuk Council plan to create a new railway link from the James Bay coast to the Ring Of Fire mining development. The issue was put forward in a resolution of support to be sent to the office of Premier Kathleen Wynne, to Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle and to the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association.
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Mining Supply Showcase opens up opportunity for Northern businesses
Northern Ontario Business
Somewhere in Greenland, there's a mining industry representative walking around wearing a toque with Larabie Logistics emblazoned across it. With temperatures still dipping below zero recently, the giveaways handed out by the Kapuskasing-based hauling company proved just the right tool to attract visitors to its booth during the 2015 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada trade show in Toronto.
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Water a worry for future Guelph
Guelph Mercury
Guelph has quality water, but whether it will have enough water in the future is uncertain. A new report warns there is a significant risk to the city's water quantity if certain conditions arise. A water quantity risk assessment report has been prepared and presented to the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee. The report identifies Guelph as a community that could face water shortages in the future if population growth and severe drought collide.
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Northern Ontario has lost a true mining ambassador
Northern Life
The northern Ontario mining community lost an esteemed colleague and long-time contributor recently. Merv Lavigne, a resident of Haileybury who dedicated his life to the pursuit of mining and the preservation of mining heritage, died following a brief illness at the age of 86. Born in Ottawa, Lavigne discovered his passion in 1948 while working at Timmins' Paymaster gold mine, mucking, hand-tramming, chute-pulling and blast-hole drilling. He would later graduate from what is now the Haileybury School of Mines. His field work was conducted at Cobalt's silver mines.
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Why the rush into Canadian gold mines may continue
Proactive Investors
In the mining sector, mergers and acquisitions can deliver rapid returns to shareholders. Investors in Cayden Resources saw their shares swell by 300 per cent in price late last year, when Cayden received a takeover offer from Agnico Eagle Mines. Steve Todoruk, a broker at Sprott Global Resource Investments, has been eyeing the next possible takeover. He believes he's narrowed down the most likely targets.
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Fiords store lots of carbon, fighting climate change
CBC News
Fiords from Alaska to Norway soak up potentially damaging carbon from the atmosphere, making the steep-sided inlets an overlooked natural ally in offsetting man-made climate change, a study showed recently. Fiords cover only 0.1 per cent of the world's ocean surface but account for 11 per cent of the organic carbon in plants, soils and rocks that gets buried in marine sediments every year after being washed off the land by rivers, it said.
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Australian researchers to develop gold detection technology
Mining Technology
Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are developing a new method for mineral exploration companies, which will help them test for gold in ore samples at the spot on the drilling rig. The university's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing researchers used light in fluorescence and absorption processes to detect gold nanoparticles at detection limits 100 times lower than achievable under existing methods.
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Scientists find 'dead zones' in Atlantic Ocean
Sci-News
A group of researchers led by Dr. Johannes Karstensen of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany has discovered unexpectedly low oxygen environments in the open waters of the tropical North Atlantic, several hundred kilometres off the coast of West Africa, a region where oxygen concentration does normally not fall much below 40  micromol per liter.
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