Field Notes
Feb. 6, 2014

Welcome and congratulations, new APGO members!
APGO would like to congratulate its new practising and limited and geoscientist-in-training members, as well as those receiving certificates of authorization. Welcome!More

XRF Operator Certification Training in Toronto
Romquest Technologies Corp.
Romquest Technologies Corp. is offering a complimentary training on XRF Operator Certification Course. This training is designed to meet the certification needs of operators of portable x-ray tube-based fluorescence (XRF) analyzers in accordance with Health Canada's Safety Code 34 requirements and ISO 20807. The training session will be conducted in Downtown Toronto on March 6th, 2014 right after the 2014 PDAC Convention. Please click here for more information.More

Noront leading Ring of Fire charge
Net Newsledger
Federal Minister Greg Rickford says "Noront is now leading the charge. They were perhaps a little under-estimated. In the wake of Cliff's very clear announcement, Noront is moving ahead with the environmental assessment process." Rickford is the federal minister responsible for the Ring of Fire. The Kenora MP has been working the file getting the pieces in place to get the Ring of Fire project on a solid footing.More

Company targeting $1 trillion worth of precious metals in old mining sites
A small nanotech company based in Mississauga claims to have developed a technology that can recover metals from mine tailings using "nature's very own sponges" — crustacean shells. "Scientists have known for years that this is a very effective answer in nature for water filtration," NanoStruck CEO Bundeep Singh Rangar said, giving the example of shrimp in a dirty harbour.More

New group hopes to increase female representation in mining
Northern Life
The inaugural meeting of Women in Mining Northern Ontario recently marked a "pivotal moment" for the sector, said the event's keynote speaker. Samantha Espley, general manager of mines and mills technical services with Vale's Ontario operations, said it is important to inform young girls and women about the career opportunities. Women represent only 16 per cent of Canada's mining workforce — the lowest proportion for any sector in the country.More

More Canadians employed in mining
Canadian Mining Journal
New data shows a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians employed in the mining and related industries with more than 418,000 people in full time equivalent jobs working in various facets of the sector, according to the Mining Association of Canada's latest Facts & Figures 2013 report. Drawing from a new data source, Natural Resources Canada released a more comprehensive estimate of mining sector employment. More

Firms partner with First Nations on mining corporation
Northern Ontario Business
A trio of mining engineering firms is teaming up with northern First Nations to form the First Nations Mining Corporation. SNC-Lavalin has partnered with Cementation Canada and the Morris Group, along with Flying Post First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Mattagami First Nation and Wahgoshig First Nation on a memorandum of understanding indicating its intent to form the corporation.More

Coal 101: Sub-bituminous coal explained
Resource Investing News
Sub-bituminous coal, also known as black lignite, falls between lignite and bituminous coal, as per the classification system used in the United States and Canada. Geologically, it is a young coal, having formed anywhere from 251 million years ago to the present. When dry and free of ash, sub-bituminous coal contains 42 to 52 per cent carbon; its calorific value ranges from 19 to 26 megajoules per kilogram.More

AESAC announces 2014 spring training courses for ESA Phase I & II
Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada
The Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC) is providing Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) training courses in accordance with the CSA-Z768 across Canada. Successful completion of these courses and passing of certification exam entitles a participant to be eligible for Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) designation.More

Central Ontario Regional Networking Event
Friendly reminder to APGO members in Central Ontario Region. We still have spaces available.

Central Ontario Regional Networking Event
Hosted by the APGO
Date: February 13, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: The Hothouse Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1T3 More

Oh, brother! Siblings share top science prize
Ottawa Citizen
Jules Blais had his brother visiting some years back and they got talking about work. They're both biology professors. Wouldn't it be fun to do research together, one of them suggested. Blais and his big brother will share a $250,000 award, the year's top prize for interdisciplinary science research in Canada. Together they have produced 40 papers on how pollutants move through the water, soil, plants and animals of Canadian ecosystems, and what effects they have.More

International sustainable mining institute launched
University of British Columbia
A new Canadian institute that will help developing countries benefit from their mining resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways was officially launched in Vancouver recently. The Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development is a coalition between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and École Polytechnique de Montréal. More

From rivers to landslides: Charting the slopes of sediment transport
eScience News
In the Earth Surface Dynamics Lab at the California Institute of Technology, the behaviour of rivers is modeled through the use of artificial rivers — flumes — through which water can be pumped at varying rates over a variety of carefully graded sediments, while drag force and acceleration are measured. The largest flume is a 12 meter tilting version that can model many river conditions; another flume models the languid process of a nearly flat river bed forming a delta as it reaches a pool. More

Vancouver researchers help exploration companies search for next big mine
The Vancouver Sun
In the old days, geologists would scrape up soil samples looking for traces of the copper, gold, molybdenum or other minerals they were looking for in deposits close to the surface. More recently, they've discovered more definite signals that come from much deeper — sometimes hundreds of metres below the dirt and glacial till.More