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This Week's Showcase: Funding opportunity for Northern Ontario organizations to encourage hiring of new graduates
APGO
The Ontario Government recently announced a funding initiative that encourages organizations in Northern Ontario to provide internships to new graduates that will eventually result to full time employment. It is called the Northern Ontario Internship Program. This is certainly a resource worth exploring, as it means providing opportunities to recent graduates to earn work experience. Companies such as in the mineral and mining, water technologies and services and forestry sectors are eligible to apply for this funding.
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APGO celebrates Deborah McCombe
APGO
APGO hosted a dinner reception in honour of Deborah McCombe, P.Geo. as recipient of 2013 Canadian Professional Geoscientist of the Year award given by Geoscientists Canada. Deborah is an accomplished and respected geoscientist who has contributed enormously to the geoscience profession — both in Canada and around the world. She was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and had served as the Association's president in 2010/2011.
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100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining
Standard Bank
The Women in Mining U.K. 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project is an international collaboration between women in mining groups across the U.K., Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States. It is widely acknowledged that inspirational role models can play a large part in inspiring a new generation of professionals and we aim to facilitate development in this arena.
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Ring of Fire high on agenda for Northern leaders
The Sudbury Star
Some of Ontario's top politicians — including Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk — met with their Northern Ontario colleagues in Timmins recently. Not surprisingly, the stalled Ring of Fire development was very much on everyone's minds. "We've had a great session here with northern leaders — municipal and First Nations and Metis," Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a teleconference with reporters.
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Government approves a mining safety review
Northern Life
They did not get the government inquiry they had asked for, but the United Steelworkers and members of the Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support (MINES) Committee said the provincial government's decision to start a mine safety review was a big victory. Briana Fram, the MINES Committee's secretary, and Jordan Fram's sister, said the review would fulfill all the recommendations an inquiry would have achieved. "It most definitely feels like a victory," she said.
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More than $700,000 to protect drinking water
MyKawartha.com
Local municipalities are receiving a combined $734,177 to protect drinking water. The money, announced recently, comes out of the Ontario government's $13.5 million Source Protection Municipal Implementation Fund. The one-time grants will be used by municipalities in a variety of areas related to implementing source protection plans.
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Sudbury biosolids plant wins national P3 award
Northern Ontario Business
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Or, if you live in Lively, something smells rotten. For more than 30 years, the city of Greater Sudbury has used tailings ponds in Lively, on the city's outskirts, to dispose of sewage sludge from its wastewater treatment facilities. Residents have long complained of a foul odour emanating from the area. That will soon change.
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Scientists create graphene quantum dots from coal
Resource Investing News
Widely regarded as the "wonder material" of the 21st century, graphene, a crystalline allotrope of carbon, is not a fixture in the coal space. However, research released recently by Texas-based Rice University suggests that may be about to change. The university states that chemist James Tour has found "simple methods" of reducing three kinds of coal into "microscopic discs of atom-thick graphene oxide" known as graphene quantum dots.

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Deloitte: Mining companies need to innovate to survive
Times Colonist
Mining companies need to innovate and consider structural changes to deal with volatile commodity markets, a report suggests. The report by audit and consulting firm Deloitte says mining companies are facing a seismic shift in the industry. Jurgen Beier, a national mining practice leader at Deloitte, says mining companies need to think in new ways as they face tighter margins.

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Noront: We're still in the Ring of Fire
Northern Ontario Business
Cliffs Natural Resource has decided to ice its Black Thor chromite mine project, but Noront Resources, a Ring of Fire neighbour, maintains its still full speed ahead on development of its deposits. Noront "reaffirmed" its plans to continue development of its Eagle's Nest mine project and remains on track to deliver its environmental assessment by year's end.

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Wastewater plant delays costing another $1.2 million
Waterloo Region Record
Construction delays at the Waterloo wastewater treatment plant will cost another $1.2 million. Regional councillors heard recently that they'll need to extend a contract by up to four months to dispose of biosolids from the plant, while the $118 million project to upgrade the facility continues. A similar extension has already cost the region more than $1 million.
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Coppercorp remains viable for Superior Copper
Northern Ontario Business
Like the legend of the big fish that got away, the giant slab of native copper once witnessed in the depths of the Coppercorp Mine near Sault Ste. Marie is feeding dreams and hopes of a major find for Superior Copper. Bruce Staines, a registered professional mining engineer sitting on Superior Copper's board of directors, once saw that slab of copper firsthand. It was difficult to mine back then, but the company believes Coppercorp remains a promising find.
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P3s can support Canadian resource development
Daily Commercial News
Canadian resource development presents a conundrum. Without infrastructure there will be no development, but without development there will be no infrastructure. While public-private partnerships (P3s) are largely used to deliver infrastructure to taxpayers, the model can also deliver roads, ports and railroads required to support the Canadian resource economy. At stake for Canadian builders — billions of dollars in contracts.
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Governments collect more than $71 billion over decade from mining industry
Canadian Mining Journal
The Mining Association of Canada has released the results of its annual look at mining industry payments to Canadian governments. The report found mining payments to federal and provincial governments total an estimated $71 billion from 2003 to 2012, the decade that MAC has been publishing these numbers. The report was prepared by Entrans Policy Research Group.
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Renowned freshwater scientist speaks at Brock
Welland Tribune
A leader in researching the role humans play in environmental change is coming to Brock University. John Smol, a Brock master of science grad in biology, is returning to his alma mater as the recipient of the "2013 Distinguished Mathematics and Science Alumni Award." Smol is world-renowned in studying how changes to sediment and other aspects of freshwater lakes tells us how our climate and ecosystems are evolving.
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