Field Notes
Dec. 5, 2013

This Week's Showcase: APGO receives warm reception at University of Waterloo and University of Western Ontario
APGO was buzzing with back-to-back networking events held in Waterloo and London, ON this November. We would like to recognize Council member, Doug Cater, our regional representative in South West Ontario for his leadership in making these events a success. APGO received a warm reception at both events, which highlights the strong relationship we developed through the years with both University of Waterloo (U of W) and University of Western Ontario (UWO). We saw a strong presence of department faculty members who took the time out of their busy schedule to support this initiative. We recognize Dr. Barry Warner (U of W) and Dr. Robert Linnen (UWO) for being strong APGO champions. Their role is critical in our effort to establish strong links with students — the future of geoscience. We saw first-hand their enthusiasm and commitment to prepare the future geoscientists of Ontario.More

International Union of Geological Science's Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism
Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism
The Member Organizations of the International Union of Geological Science’s new Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP) are pleased to report on its recent progress and to announce the launch of its website at, as a service to geoscientists and the geoscience profession. The TG-GGP will continue to expand this website to add to its value to the profession, globally.More

OPSE — Advocacy and policy reports available
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is currently undertaking research and analysis on a number of issues affecting professional engineers through its various task forces and committees. OSPE's public reports are available online under the issues section of our website.More

Deloitte: Mining companies need to innovate to survive
Times Colonist
Mining companies need to innovate and consider structural changes to deal with volatile commodity markets, a report suggests. The report by audit and consulting firm Deloitte says mining companies are facing a seismic shift in the industry. Jurgen Beier, a national mining practice leader at Deloitte, says mining companies need to think in new ways as they face tighter margins.More

Noront: We're still in the Ring of Fire
Northern Ontario Business
Cliffs Natural Resource has decided to ice its Black Thor chromite mine project, but Noront Resources, a Ring of Fire neighbour, maintains its still full speed ahead on development of its deposits. Noront "reaffirmed" its plans to continue development of its Eagle's Nest mine project and remains on track to deliver its environmental assessment by year's end.More

TSX warns remote junior miners need infrastructure plans to get listings
Financial Post
For junior mining companies hoping to get listed on the main Toronto Stock Exchange, having a gazillion-dollar deposit in the middle of nowhere is not good enough. The TSX has sent a clear message to these firms that they need a credible plan to get their product to market. Otherwise, they are not getting off the Venture exchange, where capital is far more scarce.More

Zenyatta releases initial resource for 'very rare hydrothermal' deposit
Resource Clips
Highly anticipated but hardly welcomed by the market, Zenyatta Ventures released a low-grade, high-tonnage maiden resource recently for the Albany graphite project in north-central Ontario. The company says its cutoff grade — only 0.6 per cent graphitic carbon (Cg) — is justified by a "very rare hydrothermal" graphite that can be treated to compete with high-purity synthetic stuff, fetching far higher prices than the flake product.More

How a Canadian mining company put a Wi-Fi network underground
IT World Canada
It took industrial-strength protection to get a wireless network into cold, dirty environment The average Wi-Fi access point in the average office building lives a quiet life on a wall. The most dangerous thing it faces is gradually collecting an thin layer of dust over the years. APs in a mine, however, have to deal with humidity, cold, grime, the occasional brush with the shoulders of a huge dump truck and explosives. More

CPD Opportunities for APGO Members — PDAC 2014 Short Courses
PDAC has now published the list of short courses it will be offering at its event, the PDAC Convention 2014. The APGO considers these courses as acceptable Continuing Professional Development activities for its members. More

Cliffs suspends massive Ontario 'Ring of Fire' mine project
Sun News Network
A plan to mine a massive chromite deposit in northwestern Ontario and ship the ore to a Capreol, ON plant for processing has been put on hold — along with hundreds of new jobs that would have been created. Cliffs Natural Resources announced recently it will suspend indefinitely its activities in the "Ring of Fire" by the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. More

Major composting facility coming to Belleville
Quinte News
One of Canada's largest compost facilities will be built in Belleville over the next few months. The official sod-turning for the $18 million project was held recently. A company called Astoria Organic Matters Canada has teamed up with David Moore and Sons Environmental to build the largest compost facility in eastern Ontario, and one of the largest in Canada.More

Steam-enhanced extraction in action on Brantford site
Daily Commercial News
There's nothing like an effective demonstration to promote an innovative technology. The City of Brantford is the site of Ontario's first use of steam-enhanced extraction technology to treat contaminated soil. The 24 hectares of land now known as the Greenwich Mohawk site was once the home of the Cockshutt Plow Company and Massey Harris manufacturing facilities, which had both closed in the 1980s. Left behind: contaminated soils and groundwater. More

Melkior cuts 34 g/t at Carscallen
Canadian Mining Journal
Melkior Resources of Ottawa reports bonanza grades — 34.06 g/t Au over 1.50 metres — from drilling at its Carscallen gold project in Timmins. The assay was among those from six of the 15 holes in the current program. Nor was that the richest intersection. Another hole in the ZamZam zone returned 40.40 g/t over 0.65 metres. And the hole that assayed 34.05 g/t has a 0.55-metre intersection that went 80.50 g/t. A third high grade hole in the zone returned 25.7 g/t Au over 0.50 metres.More

Scientists get window on 'the big one' with expedition off Tofino
Times Colonist
A team of scientists from Canada and Japan hoping to learn more about the underwater earthquake zone expected to cause the next "big one" departed on a research expedition from Sidney harbour recently. The team will spend 10 days placing instruments that detect movement along the northern Cascadia subduction zone, about 150 kilometres west of Tofino. The instruments, called seismometers, will collect data for 10 months.More