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This Week's Showcase: APGO's Central Ontario Regional Networking Event in Toronto
APGO
February 2014 will be another busy month for the APGO. Our Central Ontario's regional representative, Peter Diorio, P.Geo., will be hosting a networking event that will take place in Toronto on February 13, 2014. The event will feature guest speaker, Rodney Thomas, P.Geo. who will be talking about the role of junior companies as a vital component of the Canadian mineral exploration and mining sector. Faced with tough financing markets and overall market downturn, junior companies are the hardest hit as cited in PwC's Junior Mine 2013 Report. Nevertheless, these challenges do not negate the importance of junior companies as significant contributors to the industry.
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Northeast Ontario Regional Networking Event in Sudbury
APGO
Reminder for APGO members and geosience students in Greater Sudbury Area about our networking event taking place on February 5th at Willet Green Miller Centre Auditorium in Sudbury. Don't miss this event. Register online by clicking here. For more information, please click on the event flyer.
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Science and Technical Writing Workshop on January 18, 2014 in Sudbury
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines and MERC
Reminder that the workshop being offered by Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines and MERC is on January 18, 2014 at Willet Green Miller Centre Auditorium. This workshop is open to students and industry professionals. Space is limited to 60 attendees. Register by contacting Roxane Bourgouin-Mehes at (705) 675-1151 ext. 6575 or at rmehes@laurentian.ca. For more information, please click on the workshop flyer.
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Fundamentals of Environmental Risk Assessment: April 9-11, 2014, Sudbury
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines
The Sudbury region has a long, rich history in mining and metal processing, with a parallel history of both environmental degradation and environmental rehabilitation and recovery. For almost a decade, it was the subject of one of the world's largest environmental risk assessments. This three-day intensive course will teach participants the fundamentals of environmental risk assessment, using world-class expertise and examples borrowed from the Sudbury story and from elsewhere around the world.
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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.


Canada looking to break into 'critical' rare earth elements mining
Ottawa Citizen
Canada is quietly staking its claim to being a global leader in a growing multi-billion dollar industry, largely unknown to most Canadians but deemed by the government as "critical" to the country's economy. Canadian extractive companies, in collaboration with the federal government and other groups, have launched more than 200 exploration projects targeting what are called rare earth elements.
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Development hopes still alive for Ontario's Ring of Fire
Metro News
Hopes for development of the promising $60 billion Ring of Fire mineral belt in northwestern Ontario took a heavy blow last year, but they aren't dead yet. Just weeks after Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources stunned the province by suspending its $3.3 billion project, a Toronto mining company is taking a major step forward. Noront Resources, the second-largest player after Cliffs, has completed studies required for an environmental assessment of its plan to develop the Eagle's Nest deposit.
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Glencore, Vale slow to offer Sudbury mining plan details
CBC News
Rumours continue to swirl about what the future looks like for Vale and Glencore in Sudbury. The two mining giants still aren't talking publicly about plans to combine some operations. Comments from Vale's CEO indicated the two rivals are now in serious discussions about how to work more closely in Sudbury. But one industry expert says details will be slow in coming.
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Carleton students head for the Antarctic mainland
Ottawa Citizen
On a research expedition in Antarctica, students from Carleton University have seen icebergs and penguins while collecting the data they need for their project. The purpose of the voyage is to examine the changes to the chemical composition of the water as the glacial ice melts into the ocean, and the impact this could have on aquatic life.

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New technologies transform hunt for minerals
Business World Online
From intelligent drills to analyzing gum tree leaves, an unprecedented push to develop new methods and technologies promises to transform the way miners explore for deposits, allowing them to dig deeper, faster and more cheaply. The results could ultimately unlock so-called "covered" deposits: riches hidden under hundreds of metres of soil, rock or sea water, sometimes in or near previously explored areas.

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2013 — APGO in pictures
APGO
APGO has prepared a slideshow showcasing some of our memorable events in 2013. We hope you enjoy it!

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Hays Canada: Industry upbeat about 2014
Canadian Mining Journal
Optimism for 2014 remains high in the Canadian resources and mining sector even though 2013 saw a drastic downturn in business and hiring activity, according to Hays Canada's 2014 Salary Guide. Hays collected data from more than 150 employers. Although 11 per cent originally forecast a dip in business activity, fully 42 per cent experienced one. The effect was seen in a decrease in permanent positions.
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Detour Gold resumes milling at Cochrane-area mine
Northern Ontario Business
Milling operations have resumed at the Detour Lake Mine north of Cochrane, following a temporary recently due to mechanical issues with the pre-leach thickener system. In a news release, Detour Gold said repairs to the system, including replacement of the bottom section of the torque cage, were successfully completed and re-commissioning of this system has commenced.
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Gold recovers after sudden, mysterious dive
The Globe and Mail
Gold prices rose recently, shaking off an unusual and sudden tumble earlier in the session, with weakness on Wall Street extending bullion's rally to a third consecutive session. The benchmark S&P 500 stock index eased after data showed the pace of growth in the U.S. services sector slowed for a second straight month.
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Cold snap has us quaking!
CTV News
While the polar vortex is not going to have much of an impact on Maritimers, it's bitter reality for residents of Ontario. Recently, dozens of loud "booms" have been reported in Toronto. These startling booms are "frost quakes." A frost quake is caused when rain seeps down into the soil and then freezes as temperatures drop.
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Mississauga nanotechnology company makes waves in clean water industry
Cambridge Times
When most people look at a shrimp, they see a tasty party snack that goes well with garlic dip. But to the folks at Mississauga tech firm NanoStruck, they are one of nature's finest filtration devices — and one they're using to clean water around the world. The answer was cracked by scientists at the University of Saskatchewan who spent eight years developing a power-like "nano-media" that can be tuned to trap particular contaminants at the molecular level and bind to them, making them inert.
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Coal exports from world's largest terminal hit record high
Mining.com
Coal exports from South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), the world's No. 1 single facility for the fuel, climbed up to a record high in 2013, according to data posted by the firm recently. The terminal shipped over 70 million metric tons last year, compared with 68.3 million tons in 2012, plus 70.42 million tons brought by rail, 2.8 per cent more than in 2012.
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'Dr. Doom' delivers mining-friendly growth prediction
Resource Investing News
The economist nicknamed "Dr. Doom" who correctly predicted the 2008 global financial crisis offered some positive news for mining in a 2014 outlook piece published by The Project Syndicate. Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and a senior economist for the White House during the Clinton Administration, believes that economic growth will pick up this year in both developed economies and emerging markets.
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Wellgreen to complete financing agreement
Northern Ontario Business
Wellgreen Platinum intends to complete an equity financing of $1.93 million. Wellgreen Platinum (formerly Prophecy Platinum) owns the Shakespeare PGM, nickel and copper mine located about 70 kilometres west of Sudbury near the town of Webbwood. Its other properties include advanced projects in the Yukon and Manitoba.
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