Field Notes
May. 8, 2014

Register now for APGO's 12th AGM & Conference on June 12th!
The event will bring together Professional Geoscientists, Geoscientists-in-Training and students from across Ontario. Representatives will include professionals from mining, environmental and government sectors. The main theme of the event is "Building Strong Connections," which has been APGO's guiding principle in the past six months as it embarks on a campaign to promote stronger connections within the Association and with various stakeholders at local, provincial and national levels. More

2014-2015 Council election results
Ian Macdonald, Nominations Chair
Four positions were available on the 2014-2015 APGO Council this year, which starts after the 2014 AGM in June. All candidates submitted a consent letter that they were willing to sit on Council, their curriculum vitae and a nomination form seconded by ten APGO members. The nomination committee has reviewed this information and has indicated to council that all candidates met the requirements. More

Webinar on report template for phase 2 environmental site assessment
APGO sent out a notice regarding the webinar that it will be hosting on requirements of amended O. Reg. 153/04 in completing the phase two environmental site assessment report. The response surpassed our expectation and we thank all members who registered for this webinar. The webinar will be held on May 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. More

WATCH: A message from George Torok, guest speaker at APGO's 12th AGM & Conference
APGO via YouTube
The APGO features George Torok as guest speaker at the AGM on June 12, 2014. He is delivering the program How to Deliver Superior Presentations. This is a practical approach for the members of APGO to deliver presentations more confidently and effectively. George coaches executives and trains professionals to Deliver Superior Presentations. He's been doing that for more than 18 years. Click here to see the video.More

Framework will help guide development in Ring of Fire
Daily Commercial News
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne and the Matawa member First Nations Chiefs recently signed a regional framework to ensure the parties will work together on resource opportunities in the Ring of Fire. "With this agreement, we have taken an important step forward together — we have adopted a different kind of negotiating process that is based on respect. We now have a framework to guide our discussions as we work toward achieving our common goals, and ensuring that everyone benefits from development in the Ring of Fire," said Wynne. More

Cobalt on the comeback trail?
Northern Ontario Business
Increasing domestic demand and rising prices for cobalt has spurred a Vancouver-based junior miner to re-evaluate a property in northwestern Ontario. Global Cobalt said it's started a technical review of its Werner Lake cobalt project, north of Kenora. The company's main focus is in Russia, but president-CEO Erin Chutter said it's time to take a second look at Werner Lake and firm up some resource numbers from an exploration program that began in 2009-2010.More

Genomic tools offer vision of a cleaner mining industry
The Vancouver Sun
A few key microbes are on the verge of becoming key players in B.C.'s mining industry. Engineering professor Sue Baldwin has spent much of the past 15 years farming various combinations of anaerobic bacteria that have the ability to consume or remove heavy metals from mine tailings. Tailings are ground up rock and chemical pollutants left over from the extraction of metals from ore.More

Jackleg drilling challenge issued
Timmins Press
The queen of last year's Boart Longyear Northern Jackleg Drilling Competition has thrown down the gauntlet for all women challengers to try and claim her crown. Tina Pellerin took home the top prize at the Northern Ladies Jackleg Open Invitational last year. The two-day event, which is a part of the Big Event, Northern Ontario Mine Expo, has competitors drilling into solid rock using a Jackleg drill.More

Clearford closes $3 million Kemptville-area contract
Ottawa Business Journal
An Ottawa-based clean-tech company has landed a multimillion-dollar deal to provide water and wastewater treatment systems for a mobile home park near Kemptville. Clearford Industries announced recently it has inked a 30-year, $3 million agreement with the Fetherston Mobile Park in North Grenville to replace the park's aging water treatment infrastructure. More

Mine production kick-off for Wallbridge
Northern Ontario Business
Wallbridge Mining expects to begin ore production at its Broken Hammer copper and base metals open pit in Sudbury shortly. In a recent news release, the company said contractors have been mobilized and construction of site facilities has begun. The company expects to stockpile 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of ore at the site by mid-June, at which time spring load restrictions on the highway should be lifted. More

Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Mudslides. Landslides. Volcanic debris flows. Avalanches. Falling rocks. They can come along so suddenly that people, homes, roads and even towns are buried or destroyed without much warning. And as much as ancient Pompeii serves as the most dramatic, historic reminder of the incredible element of surprise these events can wield, what seems extraordinarily incalculable is becoming... well, calculable.More

Volcano eruptions have deep origins
BBC News
Hawaiian volcanoes sometimes erupt as gentle flows of lava, but other times produce spectacular lava fountains. New data from centuries-worth of eruptions suggest that the differences reflect fluctuations deep in the Earth. Reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists considered how magma rich in volatile elements rises rapidly and erupts as high fountains. More

Register now for APGO's 2014 AGM & Conference in Toronto
APGO's 2014 AGM & Conference Program is now posted on our website. The program is a great mix of sessions that includes a timely and interesting topic on Natural Disasters and Geology by one of North America's leading experts in natural hazards and disasters, Dr. Stephen Evans. APGO is also bringing in an expert on the "how to's" of delivering superior presentations, a critical skill for every professional. Equally important is a session on NI 43-101.More

Province chips in $65 million for Ottawa River clean-up
Ottawa Citizen
The province has come through with $65 million in funding as part of its long-awaited commitment to the city's plan to clean up the Ottawa River. Liberal MPPs from every corner of the city joined Mayor Jim Watson for the announcement recently at the Bytown Museum, which overlooks the lower locks of the Rideau Canal near where it meets the Ottawa River.More

Soils may absorb less CO2 than thought
Scientists from the U.S., China and Ireland may have settled one big question about climate change: don't rely on the soil microbes to help damp down the temperatures. They report in Science that as carbon dioxide levels rise, and temperatures increase, so does the turnover of carbon in the soil.More

Scugog approves plans for new Port Perry sewage lagoons
Scugog council has approved plans to build a nearly 9,000-square-foot water pollution control plant to replace the existing sewage lagoons in Port Perry. Paul Sauder from CH2M Hill, the consulting engineering firm for the project, submitted the plans for construction to councillors at a recent council meeting. The new plant will consist of three industrial buildings that will be able to accommodate future expansion for population growth, councillors heard. More

Watch seismic waves of 1964 great Alaska earthquake roll through state
Live Science
For the first time, a new computer model details the path of destruction wrought by the enormous 1964 Alaska earthquake, and could help researchers better predict future quake damage in the state. The 3-D model of the earthquake simulates the powerful seismic waves that rolled through southern Alaska during the massive temblor, and was presented recently at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America. More