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July 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
University of Toronto — Mississauga
GUEST SPEAKER: Laurra Olmsted, P.Geo., Executive Director, UniWater Education
PRESENTATION: A Novel Approach to Solving Water Challenges in Africa
This presentation highlights an example of how professionals in Canada, such as professional geoscientists, can work internationally to share their experience and knowledge to benefit those in developing countries.
|Michael Bourassa named 'Lawyer of the Year'
Who's Who Legal named Michael Bourassa "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017. Mr. Bourassa was a big contributor to getting the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000 passed for which he was recognized as an Honorary Member of APGO. Congratulation Mr. Bourassa!
Disclaimer: The events and 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.
Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences
"Integrating the Geosciences: The Challenge of Discovery,"
successful series of DMEC Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences,
held once every 10 years since 1967.
The 2017 conference will take place in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Oct. 22-25, 2017, with pre-
and post-conference workshops at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and a pre-conference
field school in Sudbury. This meeting is unique in drawing together international mineral
explorers, including geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, government employees,
academics, students and many more. We expect more than 1,200 participants from
over 50 countries to attend.
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.
Northern Ontario Business
It'll be wait-and-see proposition if Ottawa is finally ready to invest in mining-related transportation infrastructure for Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire.
Federal transport minister Marc Garneau announced some of the details behind the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI) as part of the government's "nation-building infrastructure plan." The feds said they're prepared to spend $2 billion over 11 years on trade-oriented transportation infrastructure through investments in ports, waterways, airports, roads, bridges, border crossings, and rail networks.
Owen Sound Sun Times
Work on the most-expensive single capital project in Owen Sound's 160-year history is now down to the short strokes.
Ken Becking, the city's director of public works and engineering, said he expects the $48 million upgrade to the waste water treatment plant on 3rd Avenue East will be wrapped up by late next month.
"We're within a whisker of being finished," he said recently in an interview.
"We're very pleased with the operation. The quality of the effluent is superb and far exceeds our expectations."
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto-based Harte Gold has closed a $25 million bought deal private placement, including the underwriters' option. Harte issued approximately 40.3 million common shares at a price of $0.62 per share. Roughly half the shares — 19.5 million — were purchased by Appian Natural Resource Fund. Appian now owns, either directly or indirectly, about 17 per cent of Harte.
Ecologists who study the Rideau River thought they knew what questions to ask, until the nature of flooding in Eastern Ontario changed before their eyes.
A new study of the Jock River by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority says ecologically it is stable despite many pressures. But the flood threat is a new variable.
The conservation authority studied the Jock because it pumps a lot of water into the Rideau.
"The big issue about the Jock is the boom-and-bust cycle," said Martin Czarski, a watershed ecologist at the conservation authority.
"His cough is loose; considerable amount of thick, black expectoration; cannot run; in the past six months has lost 16 pounds in weight; has no appetite in the morning and feels shaky and dizzy; diagnosis: Extensive bilateral fibrosis due to silicosis."
So reads the medical report on a Finnish miner in the October 1924 volume of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He had been working at the Porcupine gold camp near Timmins, ON, for nine years on the day of his examination. The mining boom, begun in 1909, attracted miners, geologists and investment from around the world.
Any talk of electric vehicles draws intense response from readers, much of it positive, some of it smartly critical.
Here's one. "Remember a Tesla battery contains about 150 pounds of graphite which is a product so toxic that it is only allowed to be mined in China (where worker safety is of little importance)."
Yes, China produces the lion's share of the world's graphite, as key a component in the lithium-ion battery as the lithium itself. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, China produced 66 per cent of the world's graphite in 2016. India was a distant second at about 14 per cent.
Business in Vancouver
Vancouver's Goldcorp, B.C.'s second largest mining company and the world's number four bullion miner in terms of output, is moving forward with its Century project, which aims to extend the life its century-old Dome mine in Ontario. The Dome mine, one of the oldest operating gold mines in North America and one of the two underground assets that are part of the Porcupine complex, received a death sentence in January 2016. At the time, Goldcorp announced it was closing the operation in the summer, due to weak bullion prices that nearly half the company's share price over the previous year.
Scientists at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom suggest increasing sunshine over the past 20 years is accelerating ice melt across Greenland.
The findings in their new study are concerning, as Greenland's ice sheet is 1.7 million square kilometres. If all of the ice sheet melted, its estimated that global sea levels could rise by six metres.
The researchers found that even just a one per cent decrease in cloud cover is equal to 27 gigatons of extra ice melt on the Greenland ice sheet. That's 180 million times the weight of a blue whale.
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