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With 2013 coming to a close, APGO would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Field Notes subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.

Disclaimer: The media articles featured in Field Notes do not express or reflect the opinions of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, or any employee thereof.

10. The 50 Most Influential — Toronto Life Magazine, December 2013
Nov. 21, 2013: In the December issue of Toronto Life Magazine, Maureen Jensen, P.Geo., APGO member and former President (2006-2007) was named the 10th most influential person in Toronto in her capacity as the Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. Referred to as "the most feared person on Bay Street" by the magazine, Ms. Jensen has brought cases against a number of high profile companies.
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9. Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on Yukon mining to affect entire country
Sept. 26, 2013: The Supreme Court of Canada decided that it would not challenge a Yukon court's ruling that current land-staking practices defy the constitution. The final legal decision has the industry riled up as it assesses what this means for the mining sector. By the looks of it, the ruling could change the way miners operate across Canada. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Yukon government over a lower-court's ruling that Class 1 mineral exploration programs must "consult with" and "accommodate" the Ross River Dena Council before allowing exploration to take place.
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The new Waterra digital WS-2 Water Level Indicator is an improved version of the original WS-1. The WS-2 is available with either imperial or metric tapes and open or closed reel formats. The Waterra WS Water Level Sensors are advanced products utilizing the most recent electronic technology. These sensors have been designed to offer the user the best features available at an affordable price.

8. Home of the world's richest gold mine braces for coming headwinds
Calgary Herald
Sept. 12, 2013: Fifty-four hundred feet below the surface, roughly underneath the local airport, a massive drill is pounding out a path to Red Lake's latest set of riches. It is slow and careful work; the horizontal drill makes about 15 to 23 feet of progress per day, sometimes less. But it is closing in on the destination, which will be reached after more than three years of work.
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7. Where are all the women in mining?
Huffington Post Canada
Aug. 22, 2013: We need to encourage girls to pursue their interests in science, technology, and engineering. All too often, girls lose this interest by the time they reach university. But just as it is up to parents, teachers, and government policy to foster a love in girls for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, corporations can play a critical role, too. The mining industry is no exception.
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6. Iron ore deposits could be easier to find
The Australian
Oct. 17, 2013: It may be best to strike while the iron's hot, but you've got to find it first. For many years, finding large deposits of the world's most important commodity after oil has been difficult and largely haphazard. Small iron deposits are common, but the giant deposits that the big miners are looking for are much harder to find. The problem is that geologists still don't know how those huge ore bodies form and that makes it hard to look for them. But three new studies may help solve those mysteries.
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5. 2013 survey results: Canadian mine salaries, wages and benefits
Aug. 8, 2013: CostMine's labour reports include actual wage and salary scales, benefit plan profiles, and bonus plans for many of the participating mines. Once again, we see that mining companies have increased their employees' wages. Fifty-eight of the mines surveyed have increased wages by an average of three per cent.
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4. Production drill core logging in operating mines
Sept. 26, 2013: Recently, the APGO Geology Sub-committee of the Professional Practice Committee was asked to respond to the following questions. "Is it acceptable for a mining company to employ core splitters or others having no formal education at all in geoscience as core loggers? Would such persons be legally able to log production core at a mine site? Would such persons be legally able to log core for the purpose of generating a 43-101 resource if supervised by a qualified P. Geo.?"
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3. APGO develops the Knowledge Requirement Tool Kit
Gord White, CEO
Aug. 8, 2013: Many of our members know that APGO makes annual presentations to students in the eleven Ontario universities that offer a four year undergraduate degree in an area of geoscience. We've done this for years. Often, it's Council members and volunteers who take on this responsibility. We prefer that these presentations are made in the Fall, with the purpose of explaining to students the role of the APGO, how to meet the requirements to become a P.Geo., and the opportunities that P.Geo's. have in the marketplace.
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2. Economic slowdown hurts employment — Again
By George Wahl, P.Geo.
Sept. 26, 2013: This is not the first, nor will it be the last time that the world economy affects employment opportunities for P.Geo.'s and those wanting to become P.Geo.'s. APGO member George Wahl, P.Geo. wrote the following article that was first published in the Jan/Feb 2009 Field Notes. He suggested that the article be re-published in Field Notes as the recommendations he made to get through the tough cycle of 2009 remain true today in 2013. This is a difficult time for many APGO members just as it was four and half years ago. Our thanks go to George for his sage advice.
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1. APGO member survey 2013 results
Gord White, CEO
Sept. 9, 2013: APGO sent an online survey to the membership in August to gather data for September's strategic planning session of the Council. Here's what we found out from our members:

• 276 members completed the survey
• Nearly half of the respondents have been members for 9 years or more
• They wrote more than 450 comments
• The members ranked what they wanted to be APGO's priorities
• The number one trend that has the greatest impact on members' professional practice is Mobility and Government Relations

Council has received the entire survey and all of the comments and they will use these insights from the members to develop APGO's on-going strategic plan. On behalf of the Council, I thank the members for their interest and their concern for their professional association and regulator.

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