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Goodman School of Mines
Speaker: Terry MacGibbon, Executive Chairman, TMAC Resources Inc.
Hosted by Goodman School of Mines
Nov. 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University
By John F.H. Thompson
Earth is a remarkable planet, providing us with a comfortable place to live and the energy, minerals and water to sustain our societies. Geoscientists under-stand the dynamic processes within and at the surface of our rocky planet that shape our unique home.
As an exploration geoscientist working for a mining company, contractor or
consultant, you need to convince the people who control the purse strings that your
project is worth spending money on. Competition is fierce. Many excellent
exploration projects are, by necessity, underfunded or cut completely. Many
excellent proposals are not accepted because the price exceeded the anticipated
benefit. Yet many of us have received little if any training in making effective
presentations, in making our case clear, memorable and compelling.
Government of Ontario
The final phase of Ontario's plan to modernize the Mining Act will begin early in the new year. The province has set official dates for the historic end of claim staking in the province as well as for the implementation of both stages of the new Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). These dates are subject to Cabinet approval.
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.
Government of Ontario
Ontario will target hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in mines and mining plants during Global Ergonomics Month in October.
Until Nov. 30, 2017, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on MSD hazards, slips, trips, and falls during visits to mining workplaces as part of an enforcement blitz. In particular, inspectors will focus on hazards that can increase the risk of MSDs during manual material handling tasks and when using equipment that can cause hand-arm vibration.
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto-based First Cobalt Corp. has examined the mineralogies of samples from several historic mines it owns in the Cobalt camp 400 km north of Toronto. The company found high grade values and various styles. The highest grade vein style mineralization was found in muck piles throughout the camp. Containing up to 9.22 per cent cobalt and >5,300 g/t silver, First Cobalt considers them to be representative of historical ore production. The fact that the veins contain similar mineralization points toward using a consistent flowsheet for milling that ore.
More wastewater has been discharged into the Niagara River in the latest series of overflows since a discharge blackened water near Niagara Falls in view of summer tourists.
The Niagara Falls Water Board says heavy and prolonged rain is to blame for the recent discharge, which again darkened water below the falls on the U.S. side. The board says the rain caused its wastewater system to exceed capacity and overflow with semi-treated wastewater.
The sparsely populated, but mineral-rich, Ring of Fire zone in northwestern Ontario will be getting high-speed internet at a cost of $67.1 million to taxpayers.
Funding for the project, which involves the installation of 880 kilometres of new fibre-optic cable, is being announced in Thunder Bay by the federal and provincial governments in hopes of spurring the mining of an estimated $60 billion in chromite, gold and other deposits in the region.
New Gold has poured its first gold at the large Rainy River project and is on track to begin commercial production in November, which will make the mine one of the country's three gold operations expected to come online before the end of the year.
The Toronto-based miner, which began processing ore at Rainy River last month, said the first pour yielded approximately 500 ounces of gold and 600 ounces of silver.
Northern Ontario Business
Primero Mining has closed the sale of Black Fox Mine and complex, located in Black River-Matheson near Timmins, to McEwen Mining. In a recent announcement, the company said, as part of the deal, it would receive $32.5 million following a closing net working capital adjustment of $2.5 million.
This includes $27.5 million in cash proceeds and the expected release of $5 million from restricted cash that was pledged towards environmental closure liabilities in the amount of $16.5 million, which will be assumed by McEwen.
Greenland, the world's largest island and home to its second largest ice sheet, is a land of ragged cliffs, breathtaking fjords and unimaginable amounts of water on either side of the freezing point. It has also, until now, been something of a mystery.
Greenland drew some pointed attention during the world wars and the Cold War, thanks to its strategic location. But it is only today, thanks to rapid climate change, that scientists are beginning to take the full measure of all the earth, rock and ice in a place that's now raising seas by nearly a millimetre every single year.
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