Field Notes
Feb. 26, 2015

About APGO's registration process
David S. Hunt, P. Geo., President
During the past few months, I've noted an increase in complaints from prospective members who have been told they are missing critical academic course work and must take certain courses in order to qualify for registration. In many cases, this happens to those who have graduated some years ago and have either been working without professional registration, or have been out of the business for a while and now want back in. More

APGO launches Pilot Mentoring Program
Milan Situm
The APGO is pleased to announce that we will be commencing our Pilot Mentoring Program this March 2015. There was a call out six months ago for volunteers and we currently have a small number of mentors and mentees to initiate the program. Starting small will allow us to closely monitor every step of the process and determine whether or not we can sustain the program over a longer period of time given the current staff resources that we have.More

Register now for the April 9th APGO Networking Event in Toronto
APGO
Hosted by APGO's Central Ontario Regional Councillor, Peter Diorio, P.Geo.
April 9, 2014 at Twenty Toronto Street, 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Siddorn, Ph.D., P.Geo. presenting on the The ABCs of Structural Geology in Efficient Exploration, Resource Delineation, and Operations.

April 13, 2015, NW Regional Networking Event in Thunder Bay

April 28, 2015, SE Regional Networking Event in Ottawa

Click here for details and online registration. More

Top university mining minds compete at 2015 Canadian Mining Games
Global News
It's the academic Olympics of mining engineering. What started out as four teams of post-secondary engineering students 25 years ago, has evolved into 10 schools competing for Canadian Mining Games gold. "It's the closest thing I think to simulating a real life situation," said 2015 Canadian Mining Games co-chair Tanner Edwards. "It tests students, how they are able to adapt and react to changing circumstances."More

Gold, heavy metals rise to Earth's surface from core with help of vapour bubbles
International Business Times
Valuable metals like gold, copper and platinum, reach the Earth's surface from deep underground as vapour bubbles arising from the magma carry the metals, says a new study. On the surface, the metals bound to iron sulphides form rich ore deposits.More

Pele Mountain shifts focus to monazite
Canadian Mining Journal
After a decade of work at its Eco Ridge uranium property in Elliot Lake, Toronto's Pele Mountain Resources is shifting its focus to the recovery of rare earths from monazite-bearing tailings. The company intends to create a low cost, early-to-market, Canadian rare earth supplier in Elliot Lake. More

Tech with Sudbury link 'sniffs' gold grades in mineral samples
Northern Life
Innovator Jim Kendall remembers the exact circumstances surrounding his eureka moment: While on the elliptical trainer at the Ajax Community Centre. It was then the mining engineer alighted on an idea that some believe could be a game-changer for the mineral exploration industry. More

Sudbury's Collège Boréal to launch prospecting program
Northern Ontario Business
Collège Boréal is opening a new avenue for people to enter the mining industry with its upcoming prospecting and exploration technician program. The two-year program, which will launch later in 2015, will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the prospecting and exploration stages of a mine's life. Jeff Lafortune, a professor with the program, said Boréal decided to create the program after a series of committee meetings in 2007 and 2008.More

Mining review final report near end of March
The Sudbury Star
A much-anticipated report on improving safety in Ontario mines will be released by the end of next month, focusing on challenges in the mining sector today and those anticipated tomorrow, says the province's chief prevention officer. It will contain some recommendations that are regulatory and require amendments to mining legislation and others that are voluntary or industry-led, directed at employers, workers, health and safety committees, and other stakeholders.More

Public comment sought on Saugeen Shores wastewater discharge plan
Shoreline Beacon
Discharging Port Elgin's treated sewage into Mill Creek is not "the best or preferred situation" but the plan to do just that has "conditional support" from the Ministry of Environment. Town consultant, Jeff Graham with GSS Engineering, said using Mill Creek is the only one of five "reasonable" options studied that relieves problems of access, and potential back-ups with the existing pipe that runs under Mill Creek to the Saugeen River.More

SAS gives okay to commercial production at Taylor
Canadian Mining Journal
St. Andrew Goldfields has given the green light for commercial production at its Taylor gold project 53 kilometres east of Timmins. The decision comes on the heels of a successful bulk sample processing program completed recently. The Taylor property hosts two near surface areas of mineralization, the Shoot zone and the deeper West Porphyry zone (WPZ). In 2014, SAS completed 2,000 metres of ramp development to access to the 1004 lens at the WPZ.More

Low dollar could help Sudbury miners in labour negotiations
Northern Ontario Business
A low Canadian dollar could work in the United Steelworkers' favour as they enter into contract negotiations with Vale in Sudbury, said a Laurentian University commerce professor. The current five-year collective bargaining agreement between the United Steelworkers Local 6500 and Vale will expire in the next few months. Jean-Charles Cachon said the low Canadian dollar should give the Steelworkers more bargaining leeway when it comes to salaries.More

Quebec climbs to 6th spot in Fraser Institute's mining survey
Montreal Gazette
After tumbling in the rankings in recent years, Quebec has re-established itself as one of the world's most attractive mining jurisdictions, according to the Fraser Institute's annual survey of the mining industry made public recently. The province jumped to sixth spot in the 2014 rankings for investment attractiveness after finishing 18th the year before. The survey rated 122 jurisdictions around the world "based on their geological attractiveness and the extent to which government policies encourage exploration and investment."More

New map shows the world's ecosystems in unprecedented detail
Wired
Ecology has always been a bit doughy compared to subject like physics, chemistry, even biology. But cut ecologists some slack. The places they study, like alpine prairies, peat bogs, or oases, are the diametric opposite of controlled lab settings. So how do you bring hard data to the study of life on our soft planet? A new map. The Global Ecological Land Unit map is the most detailed look ever at Earth's ecosystems. More