Field Notes
Jun. 25, 2015

54th Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2015) —
Aug. 23-26th, 2015

Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM
Hosted by Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM
Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Canadian mining industry feeling the sting from China's steel surplus
The Globe and Mail
The steel industry is about to go from bad to worse. China, the world's biggest consumer of steel, needs less metal. The Chinese housing market, responsible for using the bulk of steel, is bulging with empty properties. As a result, the country, also the largest steel producer, is swimming in the metal and exporting more to get rid of it.More

Report: Mining sector faces labour shortage
Northern Life
Canada's mining industry will need to hire between 86,000 and 127,000 new workers over the next 10 years, to meet demand, says a new report from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council. "In the long term, there is a tremendous amount of opportunities for careers in the mining industry," said Ryan Montpellier, the organization's executive director. "We still face an aging workforce." More

Noront Resources one step closer to nickel mine in Ring of Fire
CBC News
Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the terms of reference recently for the environmental assessment of the Noront Resources nickel project in the Ring of Fire. The company first submitted its plan more than two years ago. The terms of reference sets out the rules for consulting First Nations about the impacts of the proposed mine.More

$500,000 to advance women in mining
Daily Commercial News
Canada's Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Kellie Leitch recently announced nearly $500,000 in funding support for a new project that's geared towards helping women advance in the mining industry. The Mining Industry Human Resources Council is receiving $495,102 for a three-year project which will see the creation of a Gender Champions Task Force, states a release from the federal government.More

Water facility on budget, time
Belleville Intelligencer
A treatment plant slated to pump potable water to dozens of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory homes and community services buildings is on budget and on schedule, says Chief R. Donald Maracle. Maracle's comments come on the heels of the Mohawk's investing $2.4 million into the Deseronto sewage expansion project, "which will provide an additional 400 sewer connections to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte."More

Rubicon drills high grades north of Phoenix development
Canadian Mining Journal
As Rubicon Minerals puts the finishing touches on its Phoenix gold project — start-up is scheduled to begin soon — near Red Lake, it continues to explore and drill excellent grades north of the current mine development. The area under examination is less than a kilometre north of the new mine in the F2 gold system.More

Earth's groundwater reserves likely far smaller than thought
Groundwater aquifers are typically located in soil or deeper rock layers beneath the planet's surface. The depth and thickness of many make it tough and costly to drill to or otherwise reach bedrock and learn where the moisture bottoms out. The new studies, published online in the journal Water Resources Research, are the first to characterize groundwater losses via data from space.More

Geoscience Australia pools resources with U.S.
PS News
Geoscience Australia has signed a deal with the United States Geological Survey to establish a comprehensive new partnership on mapping the planet. Chief Executive of Geoscience Australia, Chris Pigram said the new partnership elevated an already strong relationship and would see both organizations combine to further unlock the Landsat program, the longest running satellite series for imaging Earth from space.More

A dual-phase lithium metal anode for next-generation lithium-sulphur batteries
Researchers have proposed an efficient and stable dual-phase lithium metal anode for Li-S batteries, containing polysulfide-induced solid electrolyte interphase and nanostructured graphene framework at Tsinghua University, appearing in ACS Nano. More