Field Notes
Mar. 12, 2015

April 2015 is Networking Month for APGO!
Reconnect with your peers. Establish new connections. Learn from the experts. These events are free for our student members. Space is limited. Register early!

TORONTO, April 9 — Featuring guest speaker, Dr. James Siddorn, Ph.D, P.Geo. on The ABCs of Structural Geology in Efficient Exploration, Resource Delineation, and Operations

THUNDER BAY, April 13 — Featuring Ms. Tracy Armstrong, P.Geo. who will give a workshop on The W-5© of Setting Up Quality Control Protocols for Drill Programs and Application of Common Sense Guidelines in Monitoring Results

OTTAWA, April 28 — Featuring guest speaker, Dr. Richard Jackson, Ph.D., P. Eng. who will present on "Has Fracking Contaminated Anybody's Water Well?"

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APGO needs volunteer mentors
We encourage experienced P.Geo.s to participate in our Pilot Mentoring Program as mentors. This is your opportunity to give back to the profession and mentor a newly-minted P.Geo., a geoscientist-in-training, or a geoscience student who is aspiring to be a professional geoscientist. For more information, please click here. If you are interested to participate in the program, please contact Marilen Miguel at

Modernization of approvals EBR posting — water takings
Sharon Reid, Manager Registry Development (A), Modernization of Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
I am very pleased to let you know that a technical discussion paper regarding short-term water takings (currently subject to PTTW requirements) was posted on EBR recently — we encourage you to reach out to your respective contacts and members to submit comments — all are counted — so even if fully supportive, we would like to hear that as well.More

The Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC) is offering Phase One and Two Environmental Site Assessment training sessions this spring
For more information on Phase One Environmental Site Assessment Training & Certification, please click here.

For more information on Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment Training & Certification, please click here.More

MERC's graduate and post-graduate opportunities
Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Laurentian University
The Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) has graduate and post-graduate opportunities through its exploration-related research projects, which will be started this year. Please click on the flyer for more information.More

Read MERC's March 2015 bi-annual newsletter
Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Laurentian University
Find out the latest on MERC's education and research initiatives. Click here to read MERC's latest updates.More

Toronto Geological Discussion Group (TGDG) is hosting a mini symposium on April 16, 2015
Toronto Geological Discussion Group
Plan to attend TGDG's mini symposium entitled "Working Smart: Using the downturn in the economy as an opportunity," which will be held at the University of Toronto. Click here for details.More

Lucky Australian prospector finds massive 2-kilogram gold nugget
Australian prospector Mick Brown, 42, still can't believe his luck after he found a 87-ounce hunk of gold weighing more than two kilograms in central Victoria, near Wedderburn. According to The Age, he named it the "fair dinkum nugget" because when people feel its weight they say "fair dinkum this is huge."More

Ottawa extends flow-through tax credit for junior miners
Business in Vancouver
An annual junior mining and exploration conference in Ontario kicked off with news that the federal government will extend a flow-through tax credit for exploration projects. The 15 per cent mineral exploration tax credit, implemented in 2006, was due to expire soon. The federal government announced recently that the tax credit will be extended for another year. More

Ring of Fire road proposal to get $785,000 government study
CBC News
The Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario is getting a $785,000 boost as the federal and provincial governments announce a joint study of an all-weather road for the isolated region. Federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement recently at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual convention in Toronto. More

Mining firms strut their stuff at PDAC
Northern Ontario Business
The mineral commodities market may be scuffling, but Northern Ontario mining supply companies still made a big impression at one of the world's largest annual mining shows in Toronto. Fifty-six companies and organizations exhibited at the northern Ontario Mining Showcase at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) annual convention.More

Bob Rae: Ring of Fire mining project needs First Nations consent
CBC News
Moving ahead with the Ring of Fire will require not just consultation, but the consent of the First Nations nearest to the mining development area in northern Ontario, according to Bob Rae. Rae is the negotiator for the nine Matawa First Nations in their discussions with Ontario about the proposed mining project. Recently, the province and the federal government announced they would jointly fund a $785,000 study to look at the viability of a road that would connect four fly-in First Nations to the provincial highway at Pickle Lake, ON. More

Confederation College celebrates Noront award for RoFATA
Wawa News
Confederation College's presence at the annual four-day Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in Toronto has affirmed the college's work within the industry. During the convention, Confederation celebrated a successful alliance with Noront Resources and confirmed a new alliance with the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador. More

Thunder Bay's proposed plan looks to change the way it deals with stormwater
TB News Watch
The city's storm water management could come with a cost, but a number of benefits as well. The stormwater management master plan, currently in draft form and slated to head to city council shortly, would completely change the way the city deals with its stormwater, which eventually makes its way into Lake Superior. "We not only want to consider quantity of water but also quality of water and the impact on the environment," city environment director Kerri Marshall said.More

Breaking mining's 'rock ceiling' for women
The Vancouver Sun
By the numbers, the mining industry still looks very much like a boys club. Just 17 per cent of the sector's workforce in Canada is female, according to Mining Association of Canada statistics. Industry leaders know they need to raise that number over the long term if the sector expects to maintain a sustainable pool of applicants to fill jobs in its rapidly aging workforce. The industry has also launched programs to recruit more minority groups and First Nations, which has proved a particularly successful strategy in northern B.C. More

Dynamic Earth becomes test site for deep mine air compressor
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Dynamic Earth mining science museum will be the test bed for a new large-scale underground air compressor to supply deep mines with cool air. The compressor will use an efficient hydraulic system to move air underground. Historically, mines have mostly used centrifugal or reciprocating compressors to help meet their underground ventilation needs. More

Sudbury Platinum, Transition report significant mineralization
Northern Life
Sudbury Platinum and Transition Metals are reporting positive drill results from its Aer-Kidd Project located near Sudbury. Two of the first three drill holes have returned significant intersections of nickel, copper and precious group metals. Highlights include Hole AK-14-01A, which intersected 8.1 metres containing 1.04 per cent nickel, 0.75 per cent copper and 2.40g/t PGM from 900.8-908.9 metres, including a higher grade section of 2.47 per cent nickel, 2.47 per cent copper and 10.18g/t PGM over 1.65 metres from 907.25-908.90 metres.More

Extracting lithium from coal
Asian Scientist Magazine
Lithium is an essential component of rechargeable batteries used almost ubiquitously in mobile gadgets such as phones, laptops, tablet computers and in many electric vehicles. Worldwide annual consumption of this metal grew from 15,100 tons in 2003 to 37,000 tons by 2012, a 145 per cent increase and demand is expected to rise even further as we move more towards sustainable power and electrical storage capacity increases.More