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Noront eager to mine Ring of Fire ore
The Sudbury Star
The head of Noront Resources is appealing to the provincial government to allow it to begin work developing its Eagle's Nest nickel mine in the Ring of Fire while a plan to share resources with First Nations over the long term is developed. Alan Coutts wants the province to give Noront the environmental approval it needs to start on its mine and all-weather road while an "over-arching" framework agreement is being negotiated with First Nations about resource sharing and related issues.
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Dynamic Earth becomes test site for deep mine air compressor
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Dynamic Earth mining science museum will be the test bed for a new large-scale underground air compressor to supply deep mines with cool air. The compressor will use an efficient hydraulic system to move air underground. Historically, mines have mostly used centrifugal or reciprocating compressors to help meet their underground ventilation needs.
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Richmont plans $48.3 million capex for Island Gold mine
Canadian Mining Journal
This is going to be a transformational one for the Island Gold mine near Wawa, if Richmont Mines president and CEO Renaud Adams has his way. He expects to see the mine life extended, the resource reach more than a million ounces, production grow, and the mine to generate superior free cash flows. Toward that end, the company has set it 2015 capital budget at $56.3 million, of which $48.3 million will be spent on development and operation of the Island Gold mine.
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Real-time communications to allow deep mining
Northern Ontario Business
It may sound like something straight from science fiction, but for miners of the future, suits and helmets that monitor their vital signs, regulate their body temperature and communicate to above-ground operators isn't so far from reality. Sudbury company Jannatec Technologies is working to develop fully connected, wearable gear that would do all these things to help miners go deeper underground.

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PDAC names Andrew Cheatle new Executive Director
The APGO congratulates our member, Andrew Cheatle, P.Geo. for his appointment as Executive Director of the PDAC. Andrew is an active volunteer at the APGO, serving many years on Council. He was the Council President for 2013-2014 and is currently our Past-President. APGO wishes Andrew well in his new and influential position.

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The Water Institute, University of Waterloo releases its 2013-2014 Annual Report
University of Waterloo
As you review the report, you will find that the mandate of the Institute has been renewed for a further five years and also that the University has identified water as one of three priority research areas of the institution. Clearly, the University is continuing its long-standing commitment to excellence in water research.

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Goldcorp offers $526 million for Probe Mines, owner of Borden gold project
CBC News
Goldcorp has offered to buy full control of Probe Mines and its Borden gold project near Chapleau, ON, in a friendly takeover valued at $526 million. Goldcorp currently owns about 9.3 per cent of Probe and is offering 0.1755 of a Goldcorp share for each of the remaining shares. Probe shareholders would also receive shares of a new publicly listed company focused on the Ring of Fire area.
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Brant County wants water, wastewater study for Tutela Heights
Brantford Expositor
Brant County council wants water and wastewater studies conducted for the potential development of the Tutela Heights area. The corporate development committee has endorsed a staff recommendation to hire R.V. Anderson Associates to undertake — for $162,848 — class environmental assessments for water and sewer services toward the Tutela Heights area study.
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Former Xstrata CEO mulls bid for Vale nickel mines
The Globe and Mail
Former Xstrata PLC chief executive officer Mick Davis is considering a bid for the nickel business of Vale SA, the world's top producer of the metal, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Mr. Davis's investment vehicle X2 Resources values Vale's nickel business at $5 billion to $7 billion, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.
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What people report 'feeling' in earthquakes offer valuable information
Canadian Underwriter
There is a distinct difference between magnitude and intensity when it comes to earthquakes, and what people actually "feel" can provide valuable insight to seismologists, Hadi Ghofrani, a seismologist and research assistant at the University of Western Ontario, noted during a luncheon recently in Toronto. Ghofrani quipped during the luncheon, hosted by the Property Casualty Underwriters Club, that seismologists consider people to be good seismometers.
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Isotopic memory of atmospheric persistence
McGill University
Chemical analysis of some of the world's oldest rocks, by an international team led by McGill University researchers, has provided the earliest record yet of Earth's atmosphere. The results show that the air four billion years ago was very similar to that more than a billion years later, when the atmosphere — though it likely would have been lethal to oxygen-dependent humans — supported a thriving microbial biosphere that ultimately gave rise to the diversity of life on Earth today.
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Copper Mountain projects copper output from B.C. mine near last year's level
The Prince George Citizen
Copper Mountain Mining says it plans to produce about 80 million pounds of copper from its flagship mine in southern British Columbia this year. That would be slightly less than the 81 million pounds produced in 2014, along with 22,600 ounces of gold and 443,700 ounces of silver. The Vancouver-based company — which owns 75 per cent of the Copper Mountain mine near Princeton, B.C. — didn't provide estimates on its production costs or realized price for copper.
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