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This Week's Showcase: Message from APGO Council Representative in Southeastern Ontario
Mark Priddle, P.Geo.
Hello, fellow APGO members in Southeastern Ontario:

Wishing you all the best for 2014, despite some potential challenges in our profession. I would like to bring to your attention a couple of items for your consideration in the next few months.
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Speed Mentoring
It is worth repeating! The launching of Speed Mentoring at the 2013 AGM & Conference led by Milan Situm, P.Geo. was very well-received. That is why APGO is offering the session again at its 2014 AGM & Conference in June.
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 In the Media

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.

Hoverbarge proposed for year-round access to Ring of Fire
Northern Ontario Business
While the battle over the mode and route of a fixed transportation link to Northern Ontario's mineral-rich Ring of Fire drags on, a novel means of transporting construction material and equipment into the remote, waterlogged James Bay lowlands is being proposed by the Sudbury-based Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Hoverbarges, which travel on a cushion of air, can carry hundreds of tonnes of material year-round, unlike ice roads.
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WS-2 Water Level Indicator

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.

$5.6 million sewage tender awarded
The Village of Sundridge has awarded a $5.6 million tender for their sewage system. The tender includes work on the sewage lagoons, pumping stations, work on the force main and the aeration system at the lagoons south of Lake Bernard. Of the seven tenders received, the $5,643,509 plus HST tender was awarded to Kingdom Construction of Ayr, ON, the company with the lowest bid.
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North American Palladium targets 170,000 to 175,000 oz in 2014
Canadian Mining Journal
Along with guidance figures for 2014, Toronto-based North American Palladium has published capital expenditure and exploration forecasts for its Lac des Iles palladium mine 85 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. The target for total metal production this year is between 170,000 and 175,000 oz of palladium. To reach that goal underground production is expected to be 3,000 t/d in the first half, rising to 5,000 t/d in H2 2014, thanks to commissioning of the new shaft at the mine.
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Lake Shore Gold hits key milestone
Financial Post
Lake Shore Gold received more optimistic reviews from analysts after the miner achieved record production in the fourth quarter. The company reported gold production of 51,700 ounces in the quarter, with full-year production coming in at 134,600 ounces. That was at the top end of Lake Shore's guidance of 120,000-135,000 ounces.
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Kate Rice honoured for mining first
680 News
Kate Rice was so brilliant she could have done anything, and her family was so wealthy she could have done nothing at all. One hundred years ago, the adventurous, tough-as-nails beauty from southern Ontario set out for the rugged Manitoba wilderness with a shotgun and snowshoes in search of treasure. She never struck it rich, but she did discover the first nickel deposits in the province and made headlines across the continent as Canada's first "girl" prospector.
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Drones offer 360 degree vision for oil-hunting geologists
The Conversation
Geologists are using drones to help extract more resources from the North Sea, using the latest visual technologies to identify oil-bearing rocks. Using an eight-rotor, camera-equipped "octocopter" drone to record rock faces in minute detail, the research team from the Universities of Aberdeen and Bergen in Norway are creating a "Google Earth for geologists."
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Inline Disposable Filters

Waterra currently has 3 Inline Disposable Filter options available — the 0.45 Micron high turbidity FHT-45, 0.45 Micron medium turbidity FMT-45, and the 0.2 Micron CAP300X2. All our filters use high quality polyethersulphone filter media (which offers excellent particle retention above the target micron size range) and are pre-rinsed with 1L of de-ionized water to ensure purity.

Is space mining commercially viable?
There's been a lot of talk lately about space mining and the idea has earned some pretty reputable backers. NASA announced recently that it would launch sample-collecting mission in 2016. On the business side, Planetary Resources — a company backed by Google and in partnership with Virgin Galactic — is devoted solely to harvesting valuable minerals from space rocks.

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Fundamentals of Environmental Risk Assessment: April 9-11, 2014, Sudbury
Laurentian University Goodman School of Mines
The Sudbury region has a long, rich history in mining and metal processing, with a parallel history of both environmental degradation and environmental rehabilitation and recovery. This three-day intensive course will teach participants the fundamentals of environmental risk assessment, using world-class expertise and examples borrowed from the Sudbury story and from elsewhere around the world.

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APGO's Central Ontario Regional Networking Event in Toronto
February 2014 will be another busy month for the APGO. Our Central Ontario's regional representative, Peter Diorio, P.Geo., will be hosting a networking event that will take place in Toronto on February 13, 2014. The event will feature guest speaker, Rodney Thomas, P.Geo. who will be talking about the role of junior companies as a vital component of the Canadian mineral exploration and mining sector.

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Kirkland Lake Gold pauses amid dropping gold prices
CBC News
Kirkland Lake Gold is the latest northern Ontario mining company to slow things down after reporting some multi-million-dollar losses in recent months. It announced a hiring freeze and a strategic review of its operations recently. But in a town that's accustomed to the ups and downs of the gold business, no one seems to be panicking yet, said David Gorman, president of the Kirkland Lake Chamber of Commerce.
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U.S. researchers grow graphene on silver
Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have recently proved that graphene — the one-atom-thick carbon layer with extraordinary conductivity and strength — can be grown on a single-crystal silver substrate. The finding, say the experts, could result in exceptionally pristine samples, which are ideal to produce ultra-fast electronics and advanced optics.
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Sudbury basin still fertile ground for base metal producer
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury-based Wallbridge Mining has focused its gaze toward platinum group elements (PGEs) in the Sudbury basin. "We're almost entirely focused on the projects that have significant potential for PGEs," Joshua Bailey, the company's vice president of exploration, told Northern Ontario Business at the 2013 Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Sudbury.
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Gold isn't the only precious metal in 2014
Sugar and coffee may be out of vogue, gold is too flash, and, thanks to the glimmers of a global industrial recovery, we're back to basics when it comes to industrial metals. Recent data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed net long commodity positions falling by 11 per cent. But while investors think we'll see softer prices for sugar, coffee, and corn, they have become more bullish on gold, with net long positions in the shiny metal rising 18 per cent.
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Mining skills shortage in B.C. in 2014 and beyond
The Vancouver Sun
British Columbia is known as a world-class centre of mining excellence, and Canada's largest producer of copper, exporter of coal and the only producer of molybdenum. Mining has a production value of approximately $8.6 billion each year and currently employs over 30,000 people across the province. The B.C. government recognizes the importance of mining. The B.C. Jobs Plan has set a target of opening eight new mines, and expanding nine existing mines by 2015.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Development hopes still alive for Ontario's Ring of Fire (Metro News)
Canada looking to break into 'critical' rare earth elements mining (Ottawa Citizen)
Cold snap has us quaking! (CTV News)

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