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This Week's Showcase: APGO signs geoscience practice mobility agreement with APEGBC
APGO
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) have announced the signing of an incidental practice agreement that will support improved labour mobility for geoscience professionals in both provinces. This bilateral agreement will be implemented as a two-year pilot program and will take effect January 1, 2014.
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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.


Alert systems notify workers of underground danger
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Hard-Line is introducing a new product to the mining industry that will increase safety for workers, with the aim of preventing injury or death on the job. The Prox Proximity Detection System, launched in August, is designed to alert workers when they get too close to a piece of heavy equipment while working underground. Because Prox is integrated into Hard-Line's system, it eliminates the opportunity for interference and, by extension, failure.
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Mining reps look for skills gap solutions
CBC News
Many industries, especially mining, say there aren't enough skilled workers to fill the jobs coming open in the next decade. Recently, two Sudbury colleges — College Boreal and Cambrian College — held a conference to address the skills gap facing local businesses. The President and CEO of NORONT Resources said he's very excited about the prospects for an upcoming mining project.
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Researchers: Nitrogen fertilizer remains in soils, leaks towards groundwater
e! Science News
Nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops lingers in the soil and leaks out as nitrate for decades towards groundwater — "much longer than previously thought," scientists in France and at the University of Calgary say in a new study. Thirty years after synthetic nitrogen (N) fertilizer had been applied to crops in 1982, about 15 per cent of the fertilizer N still remained in soil organic matter, the scientists found.
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Palladium: Shaft hoisting begins at Lac des Iles
Canadian Mining Journal
North American Palladium of Toronto has begun hoisting material through the new shaft at its Lac des Iles palladium mine 85 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. The new shaft is six metres in diameter, concrete lined and 825 metres deep. A conventional back leg head-frame was built, and the shaft boasts production, service and auxiliary hoists.
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Geophysics GPR (Goupil, Paul, Reid) International Inc. has been providing geophysical services in Ontario since 1991. We want to thank the geoscientists and engineers of Ontario for their strong support. We will be featuring the geophysical applications relevant to hydrogeologists and environmental concerns over the next several weeks.
 


What happens in Vegas may boost Sudbury's economy
Northern Life
A Sudbury company is mining business opportunities in Nevada's metals industry, thanks to a burgeoning partnership with Canada and a business group from the U.S. State. While most people associate Nevada with Las Vegas, the area has much more to offer than gambling, says Bob Groesbeck, vice-president of the Canada-Nevada Business Council. Nevada his home to a billion-dollar mining industry that's enjoying a resurgence, even as the rest of the state tries to recover from the recession.
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The big news in corrosion prevention is very, very small
By Sasha Viasasha
For decades, nanotechnology has held out a great deal of promise for preventing corrosion — along with a host of other wonders — but the practical applications have always been stalled by the high cost of production. That era is about to end, thanks to some significant production improvements achieved recently in the creation of graphene.
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Report: About 50 per cent of B.C. junior miners won't be around by 2015
Mining.com
Despite the global mining industry is showing the first signs of recovery, a study published recently says that only about 50 per cent of junior miners currently operating in British Columbia will be around by 2015. The report, commissioned by the British Columbia Securities Commission, predicts a massive exodus of mining companies and exploration endeavours in the next three to five years.

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Listing of geoscience-related events and conferences across Canada
APGO
One of the things that our members regularly ask for is an update on geoscience-related events and conferences taking place in Ontario and across Canada. Click here for a list of geoscience-related events.

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Iron ore deposits could be easier to find
The Australian
It may be best to strike while the iron's hot, but you've got to find it first. For many years, finding large deposits of the world's most important commodity after oil has been difficult and largely haphazard. Small iron deposits are common, but the giant deposits are much harder to find. The problem is that geologists still don't know how those huge ore bodies form and that makes it hard to look for them. But three new studies may help solve those mysteries.

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Exploration begins on northwest mining group
Northern Ontario Business
Do companies in northwestern Ontario really dig the idea of a mining cluster group? That's the question being posed this fall to businesses and organizations engaged in the mining field. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is working with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, and other organizations in opening a discussion on whether the northwest needs a version of Sudbury's already successful mining cluster model.
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Research coordinator advocates new mining method for gold, platinum
Mining Weekly
A new mining method, which avoids the wasteful shattering of precious metal during blasting, has the potential to boost gold and platinum mining significantly, says a highly experienced research coordinator. Selected blast mining, assisted by modern computer programming, could be re-piloted in a matter of months to become standard practice across South Africa's narrow-reef precious metals mines within a year.
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Mining academy equips students with high-tech know-how
Winnipeg Free Press
No, a pickaxe isn't on the list of school supplies. Not like when Dallas Mihalicz's forebears went down into the mines. The 18-year-old from Flin Flon, MB wants to follow them, but she'd be operating with sophisticated technology or working the controls of a 50-ton loader two kilometres below the rugged Canadian Shield. Though, more likely, Mihalicz wouldn't get near the underground until she'd put in her time working on the frozen tundra at an exploration camp searching for the next motherload.
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Alberta energy regulator given immunity in landmark fracking suit
The Tyee
Alberta's chief justice has ruled that a landmark lawsuit against the Alberta government and the energy giant Encana Corporation over groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracking can finally proceed to court. But in the same lengthy 41-page ruling, Justice Neil Wittman also struck the province's energy regulator from the lawsuit. His decision found that the Alberta government had granted statutory immunity to the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) from all legal claims.
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