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APGO's Annual General Meeting and Conference is only 2 weeks away
APGO
A friendly reminder to our members — P.Geo.'s, GITs and students to register for this event.

Date: June 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 am — 7:00 pm (see full agenda)
Place: One King West, Toronto

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APGO's Annual Photo Contest: Deadline to submit your photos is this Friday
APGO
This is a reminder that the deadline to submit your photos for APGO's Annual Photo Contest is this Friday, May 30, 2014. You still have time. We're looking for great photos that showcase the different facets of the geoscience profession — the beauty, the excitement and the challenges. Here's your chance to show off your photography skills. Please submit your photos by email to mmiguel@apgo.net.
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Southeast regional networking event in Ottawa highlighted the importance of APGO and honoured one of its best
APGO
APGO's southeast regional event in Ottawa on April 29th underscored the importance of APGO's dual role of being a self-regulatory body and a professional association. Guest speaker, Andrea Waldie, took members back to APGO's mandate to emphasize the importance of why APGO exists. The statutory functions of APGO carried out by the Discipline, Complaints, and Registration Committees ensure that we continue to safeguard the integrity of the geoscience profession in Ontario, thus ensuring protection of the public.
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Goodman School of Mines is hosting a workshop
Laurentian Univerity's Goodman School of Mines
Goodman School of Mines is hosting a workshop on June 25-27 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. The workshop is titled Resource Evaluation — Discovery to Feasibility: Drill Core Sampling, Mineralogy and Geometallurgy in Support of Resource Estimation. Please see here for more details.
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Disclaimer: The media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.


Noront to buy Cliffs Ring of Fire camp in Northern Ontario
CBC News
A mining camp in the Ring of Fire mineral deposit north of Thunder Bay is set to change hands by the end of the year. Noront Resources announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Cliffs to acquire its exploration camp at McFaulds Lake. "When [Cliffs} announced they were suspending their project indefinitely, we inquired what they were doing with the exploration camp," Noront president Alan Coutts said.
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Decision on Marathon mine not until mid-2015
Northern Ontario Business
Palladium prices will have to stay high over the long haul before Stillwater Mining Company is ready to push the button on its Marathon PGM project. The Montana miner is reworking the economics of its palladium-copper deposit just outside of the town of Marathon on the north shore of Lake Superior. The company said in its latest investor presentation that a decision on a potential open pit will be reached "no earlier than mid-2015."
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Barrie expects to spend $60 million to achieve required phosphorus levels
The Barrie Examiner
Barrie has dodged a $100 million bullet, along with a 2015 deadline, on meeting phosphorus removal levels at the city's sewage plant. Instead, it's expected to cost $60 million for the membrane technology — but by 2021 — to meet Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) nutrient removal standards at the Bradford Street Wastewater Treatment Facility.
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Premier expands high grade mineralization at the Cove Gold Project
Canadian Mining Journal
Premier Gold Mines recently announced that ongoing drilling continues to confirm the potential to define high-grade mineralization in multiple horizons at the Company's Cove Gold Project, located along the Eureka-Battle Mountain Trend in Nevada. Initial drill results from the 2014 exploration program have intersected multiple zones of gold and poly-metallic mineralization, including massive sulphides proximal to the historic open pit Cove gold mine.
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Scientists find rare earth-like magnetic properties in iron
Mining.com
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory in Iowa have discovered rare earth-like magnetic properties in iron under some special circumstances, which may provide a new and more available ingredient for manufacturing electric motors and generators.
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Erosion exposes carbon on Great Plains
Net Newsledger
Soils that formed on the Earth's surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet's carbon cycle. The finding, reported recently in the journal Nature Geoscience, is significant as it suggests that deep soils can contain long-buried stocks of organic carbon which could, through erosion, agriculture, deforestation, mining and other human activities, contribute to global climate change.
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Mysterious fairy circles not caused by termites
Discovery
"Fairy circles" that form in the arid grasslands of Namibia have baffled scientists for decades. In the latest attempt to explain the cause of these mysterious circular patches, a group of researchers turned to aerial images. From the aerial images, the scientists discovered that fairy circles are distributed in surprisingly regular patterns, which might rule out the popular theory that termites are the creators.

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Lighting the way to graphene-based devices
Net Newsledger
The Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario and its chromite potential might be the top focus for many in the region. However it is very likely in the longer run, the "Arc of Fire" which includes graphite could end up having the greatest long term impact on our society. The Zenyatta Albany Project near the Constance Lake First Nation along with development and exploration of several other nearby projects has generated small excitement over recent years.

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Mining executive: Nickel price to reach huge highs
Northern Ontario Business
The price of nickel could reach highs previously seen in 2007, said Mark Selby, president and CEO of Royal Nickel, at a recent Canadian Institute of Mining event in Sudbury. Selby expects nickel prices to $15 to $20 per pound by mid-2015. The reason is Indonesia's decision to cease nickel exports indefinitely. The Asian country contains 25 per cent of the world's nickel supply.

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B.C. provides $3 million for mine, geothermal exploration
Business in Vancouver
A heretofore under-explored region west of Prince George will see enhanced geological surveying, thanks to $3 million in new funding from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines. The funding — recently announced at the Minerals North 2014 conference in Vanderhoof — will be used by Geoscience B.C. for its Targeting Resources for Exploration and Knowledge (TREK) project to explore for both mineral formations and geothermal heat sources.
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Montoro starts First Nations consultation near Elliot Lake
Northern Ontario Business
International Montoro Resources has started communication with a trio of Aboriginal stakeholders before going ahead with mineral exploration on its Pecors property near Elliot Lake. Montoro has sent information to Serpent River First Nation, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and Mississaugi First Nation, outlining its intention to embark on a minimum two-hole deep diamond drilling program— approximately 700 to 1,000 metres each — into the centre of its Pecors nickel-copper-PGE anomaly.
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UBC technology converts wastewater into reusable water and chemicals
Metro News
A team of researchers are working on a new technology that converts CO2 emissions and wastewater into reusable water and valuable chemicals. The team, based out of UBC, said the development would serve a dual purpose of reducing global CO2 levels and addressing the problem of sinking global water reserves at the same time.
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Team Kidd ready to defend mine rescue title
Timmins Times
In the coming weeks, the best mine rescue people from all over Ontario will be coming to Timmins to try to win the provincial mine rescue trophy. The real winners, however, will be the everyday men and women working in mines across the province who might someday benefit from the expertise and experience of a mine rescue team.
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Tesla battery plan could fire up graphite hopes
The Australian
With iron ore succumbing at last to market gravity and copper still looking a bit iffy, perhaps it is time to check back with a new technology material — graphite. There has long been a feeling around, shared by your correspondent, that the graphite space was becoming seriously over-populated, that the market would at some future time be groaning under mountains of surplus graphite, that the graphite enthusiasm was redolent of the uranium frenzy of 2007 or the 2011 rare earths madness.
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