Field Notes
May. 21, 2015

2015 APGO Photo Contest
APGO looks to its membership for photos to use in displays, brochures, newsletters, Facebook and presentations to enhance the public's appreciation for geoscience. We're looking for great photos that showcase the different facets of the geoscience profession. Share your story. Submit a picture. All entries must be received at the APGO office no later than May 29, 2015. Photos must be submitted by email to Before we can use your material, we need to obtain your permission. The following is an example of a statement that can be used in your email body when submitting your photo:

"I (name), give permission to the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) to use the material(s) attached to this email as it sees fit and I release APGO from any obligation to me with respect to the attached material(s)." More

36th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes
International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes
October 25-27, 2015
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by MIRARCO-Mining Innovation and the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) More

Rubicon secures CPP loan for Red Lake mine build
Northern Ontario Business
Rubicon Minerals has secured a $50 million loan from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to help finish development of its gold mine in Red Lake. The Toronto miner announced that it had entered into a financing agreement with CPPIB Credit Investments, a subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The proceeds are earmarked for its Phoenix Gold Project during the ramp-up period and toward commercial production this year. More

Northeastern Ontario municipalities back First Nations' proposal for a railway across traditional lands for Ring of Fire
Timmins Press
Grand Chief Lawrence Martin has won more political support in his bid to create a railway link to the Ring of Fire by building it across the traditional lands of the Mushkegowuk First Nations. Martin was a guest speaker at the spring meeting of NEOMA, the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association, which met in Iroquois Falls recently. He outlined for municipal leaders from across the North how the plan is to build and east-west rail corridor from Moosonee, up to Kashechewan and then over to Webequie, where the Ring Of Fire mining prospects are located. More

It seems Sudbury really is the centre of the mining universe
Northern Life
Greater Sudbury was represented at an awards gala held by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal recently. The annual event celebrates leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past years. Northern Ontario winners include Christine Bertoli, recipient of the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards. Based in Lively, Bertoli is the chief mine engineer of Nickel Rim South Mine for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Glencore). More

Update on Water Quality Improvement Project
Soo Today
The PUC would like to inform customers that the final step in commissioning the newly installed soda ash system at the water treatment plant has been completed. The soda ash system is the final advanced treatment method prescribed in Stage 1 of the Water Quality Improvement Project. With the implementation of Stage 1 complete, PUC will continue to monitor and adjust the new systems. An Ipsos Reid survey, designed to measure public satisfaction with the city's water quality, will be conducted in the 4th quarter of 2015.More

Sudbury tech firm employs 3-D mapping in underground mines
Northern Ontario Business
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3-D mapping technology. Syed Naeem Ahmed, a physicist who worked in Sudbury's underground neutrino laboratory for five years, started Clickmox Solutions after his work with that project ended. "We want to be the go-to place for innovative products and technologies," he said in his office at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology.More

Osisko wades into iron ore amid 'perfect' market for royalty companies
Financial Post
Osisko Gold Royalties says it has confidence in its recent acquisition of a stake in Labrador Iron Ore Royalty, even if its shareholders don't quite know what to make of the investment at a time when the metal's price languishes near half its value of a year ago. "We understand that there are cycles and 'buy low, sell high' is easy to say but hard to do," said Osisko CEO Sean Roosen. "In this case and time, when everyone is running for cover, that's when we want to wade in. I think we bought it right."More

Geoscience voyage puts equipment to the test
Hydro International
Australia's blue-water research vessel, the Marine National Facility's RV Investigator, has returned from her maiden geoscience voyage where researchers took the opportunity to learn more about an ancient reef system off the east coast of Tasmania. In water depths ranging from 90 metres to 3,900 metres, the survey acquired new bathymetry data using multibeam sonar, plus continuous sub-bottom profiles, magnetometer and gravity data. More

Lithium demand will grow faster than experts imagine
Mining Feeds
It all started with Tesla's announcement of its battery giga-factory last winter. That news was discussed endlessly with breathless excitement. The news sparked a revival in lithium, cobalt and graphite juniors. For example, Western Lithium U.S.A., based in Nevada, more than doubled that month. At the time, I wrote a few articles saying that the giga-factory was great news for select graphite companies.More

Tiny 'crystal cushion' drives big earthquakes
Live Science
Earthquakes are some of the largest-scale and most-destructive events on the planet, involving plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of miles across. But new research shows that the physics of Lilliputians govern this shuddering of giants. Researchers found that both earthquakes that occur close to the surface and deeper tremors involve the same culprit: a lubricant made of nanometer-size crystals. More