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Economic slowdown hurts employment — Again

By George Wahl, P.Geo.
This is not the first, nor will it be the last time that the world economy affects employment opportunities for P.Geo.'s and those wanting to become P.Geo.'s. APGO member George Wahl, P.Geo. wrote the following article that was first published in the Jan./Feb. 2009 Field Notes. He suggested that the article be re-published in Field Notes as the recommendations he made to get through the tough cycle of 2009 remain true today in 2013. This is a difficult time for many APGO members, just as it was four and half years ago. Our thanks go to George for his sage advice.
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Production drill core logging in operating mines
APGO
Recently, the APGO Geology Sub-committee of the Professional Practice Committee was asked to respond to the following questions:

"Is it acceptable for a mining company to employ core splitters or others having no formal education at all in geoscience as core loggers? Would such persons be legally able to log production core at a mine site? Would such persons be legally able to log core for the purpose of generating a 43-101 resource if supervised by a qualified P. Geo.?"

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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.


Harper government launches cross-country extractive-sector consultations
Government of Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, recently launched a series of consultations that will help guide the Government of Canada as it looks at ways to continue to support the extractive sector and better help it succeed in priority markets around the world. Minister Fast made the announcement at a round-table meeting with representatives of many of Canada's world-leading extractive-sector companies.
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Northern Ontario mine recognized for safety excellence
Northern Ontario Business
Glencore's Kidd Operations in Timmins has been acknowledged with a prestigious award by Workplace Safety North (WSN). The mine was bestowed the President's Award for being a top performer in each of WSN's core sectors during the inaugural Workplace Excellence Awards, held recently in North Bay. The award recognizes commitment to continuous improvement in occupational health and safety.
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Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on Yukon mining to affect entire country
Mining.com
The Supreme Court of Canada recently decided that it would not challenge a Yukon court's ruling that current land-staking practices defy the constitution. The final legal decision has the industry riled up as it assesses what this means for the mining sector. The Supreme Court's decision has major implications for nearly all Canadian provinces and territories — they will have to amend their mining acts.
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Why is this lake long and narrow?
Wataway News
Lakes are bodies of water deep enough to contain water for long periods of time. Looking at a map of Ontario, it is easy to see that there are many lakes across the province, especially in the north. In fact, there are about 250,000 lakes in Ontario, covering about 15 per cent of the province. This is about one third of all the freshwater on the surface of the Earth. These lakes were filled with water in the last 10,000 years.

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APGO Members Speak Out
APGO
In preparation for the APGO Council strategic planning session in September, a survey asking for feedback was sent to the membership. Please read the overview of the survey and click the link within to read the survey written responses. The APGO 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, once approved by Council will be posted on the APGO website, likely in the month of December.

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Graphite exploration in Northern Ontario
Graphite Investing News
Fervour over Zenyatta Ventures' Albany graphite deposit, located in Northern Ontario, has brought the region to the forefront, inspiring companies such as Brookemont Capital, Cavan Ventures and TAD Mineral Exploration to set up shop near the deposit. Here's a look at what Zenyatta is doing in Ontario, as well as an overview of seven other companies that picked up properties nearby over the summer.

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Mining and milling resumes at Goldex
Canadian Mining Journal
Agnico Eagle Mines of Toronto has resumed mining and milling at its Goldex gold mine near Val d'Or. Work is underway on satellite deposits, and the first bullion pour is expected in October 2013. The property is expected to produce 15,000 ounces of gold in the last quarter of the year. Mining was suspended in the Goldex Extension zone (GEZ) in October 2011 because of poor ground conditions. The GEZ, the first area of the mine to be developed, remains suspended.
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Kirkland Lake expands strike of South Mine Complex
Proactive Investors
Kirkland Lake Gold has unveiled drilling results from its underground exploration program, which the Kirkland Lake, ON-focused gold miner says have further expanded the South Mine Complex. In particular, the company said in a statement recently that it expanded the New South Zone on the HM claim and the North Amalgamated-Kirkland claim, both of which were formerly held under a joint venture with Queenston Mining, but were acquired by Kirkland in August last year.
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Cliffs: Chromite mine, Capreol smelter uncertain
Sudbury Star
Three months after Cliffs Natural Resources stopped work on the Ring of Fire, the company has hit another roadblock. Its application for an easement over claims staked by KWG was rejected recently. A Cliffs' official isn't sure where the company will go from here, or when it can get the project up and running. "Unless a solution to that is found, it's kind of a showstopper, potentially," Bill Boor, the senior vice-president of global ferroalloys, said.
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Predicting volcanic eruptions
Yale Daily News
For over a century, scientists have studied the warning signs of impending volcanic eruptions, but accurate predictions of these explosions are often imprecise. A new study on volcanoes published in Nature Geoscience put out by a group of scientists from Europe and Yale, identifies key signals of an imminent eruption. The study used gas flow measurements from within volcanoes to identify different types of oscillations that the volcano undergoes prior to eruption.
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