Field Notes
Dec. 18, 2014

Year end wishes from the president
As another year draws to an end I want to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Over the year, we at APGO have tried to streamline our operations, become more user-friendly and reach out to our members in this big province by holding more regional gatherings. I hope you've noticed a difference. We have also recently updated our website. It now has a new and updated look and we've worked to make it much easier for you to find the things you need, quickly. Please check it out and let us know what you think. And Field Notes aims to provide something of interest to everyone on a weekly basis. More

PDAC honours 6 industry leaders with 2015 PDAC Awards
APGO is very proud that our Founder and APGO Member 0001, Bill Pearson, P.Geo., has been selected by the PDAC to receive their 2015 Distinguished Service Award for his many accomplishments as a visionary, builder, and leader in the geoscientist community in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. Well done, Bill!


Update from APGO Registrar, Aftab Khan, P.Geo.
Recent Diagnostic Study for nationally and internationally trained geoscientist under Admission Support Tools (AST) project under taken by Geoscience Canada revealed one of the following outcome: Set Realistic expectations for the time frame to applicants.More

Spotlight on the work of APGO this Fall 2014
This Fall was a busy time for a number of our APGO Councillors. As they did every year, they held APGO information sessions at a number of universities across Ontario. As well, they hosted regional networking events to bring together members to connect with and learn from each other.More

Wesdome reaches 1 million ounces
Northern Ontario Business
Wesdome Gold Mines poured its one millionth ounce of gold at its Eagle River mine near Wawa earlier this month. It's short of two decades since the first gold brick poured in October 1995 from the mine, which has produced one million ounces of gold from 3.4 million tonnes at a recovered grade of 9.2 grams per tonne. More

Kirkland Lake Gold produces free cash flow
Northern News
Kirkland Lake Gold generated $16.3 million in cash flow and recorded a net and comprehensive income of $2.7 million during the company's second fiscal quarter of 2015. Kirkland Lake Gold operates the Macassa Mine and mill in Kirkland Lake and employs just over 1,000 people. The company achieved a head grade of 0.41 ounces gold per ton during the quarter and sold 38,335 ounces of gold at a price of $1,395 per ounce. More

Deep in the heart of the geopark
Pique News Magazine
The rocks around Saint John tell many stories. A billion years worth according to the tagline of Stonehammer Geopark, conceptual aegis for a 2,500-square-kilometre swath of southern New Brunswick.More

Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) work activity posters presented at 2014 Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium
Ontario Geological Survey
For those who were not able to attend the Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium hosted by OPA in November 2014, please find the link to the posters presented by geoscientists of the OGS' Earth Resources and Geoscience Mapping Section at said symposium.More

Ring of Fire needs urgency, warns Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Toronto Star
Ontario needs to move quickly on development of the stalled Ring of Fire mineral belt or risk losing huge economic benefits for the province when metal prices bounce back again, warns a preliminary report card by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.More

Marcotte, Smith in Sudbury hall of fame
The Sudbury Star
Many years after he passed away, Paul Marcotte helped his daughter, Alicia Woods, get started in the mining industry. Woods was only 13, a Grade 8 student, when Marcotte, who helped found Marcotte Mining Machinery with his father and brothers in the late 1970s, lost his life unexpectedly in 1992, at just 37 years of age. Woods now works as sales director for MacLean Engineering, which designs and builds heavy equipment for the mining industry. She also founded Covergalls, a company specializing in workwear for women.More

Probe, Noront recognized by mining association
Northern Ontario Business
Dr. David Palmer, president and CEO of Probe Mines, and Noront Resources are among those being recognized by the Prospectors andDevelopers Association of Canada (PDAC) for their work in mineral exploration. PDAC doles out the awards annually to showcase the achievements of companies, individuals and groups in the mineral exploration and mining sector. Probe Mines' Borden Gold discovery, which was made in 2010, is located in a deposit not known for hosting gold, and is considered a promising find.More

Direct-use geothermal exploration coming
The Rocky Mountain Goat News
Over this coming winter, Geoscience B.C. will be gathering existing geothermal data on Valemount and other areas of the province. The aim is to help identify sites with economically feasible potential for geothermal direct-use applications, and potentially start a consortium to drill test holes to verify that potential. Carlos Salas, professional geoscientist and Vice President of Oil and Gas for Geoscience B.C., says the non-profit organization has been around for about 10 years. More

Replenishing reserves
Resource Clips
Miners of other commodities might welcome half of the diamond dilemma. Forecasts see continued market growth for another decade. But production will taper off. That's the 10-year prognosis from Bain & Company and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. Meanwhile another report from the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines addresses the need to maintain production in the Northwest Territories, the world's third-largest source of diamonds by value and home to a busy exploration scene.More

New USGS website offers data-driven insights on California drought
Water World
As part of the federal government's Open Water Data Initiative, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new website providing a unique and interactive visualization of the California drought that aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the water shortage and a timeline of its impacts on water resources. The visualization page features high-tech graphics that illustrate the effect of drought on regional reservoir storage from 2011 to 2014. More