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Mark your calendar for APGO's upcoming Regional Networking Events!
April 9, 2015 — Toronto
April 15, 2015 — Thunder Bay in conjunction with OPA's 2015 Northwestern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium
April 28, 2015 — Ottawa

Detailed information will be shared soon via Field Notes and posted on APGO Events.
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Presentation Skills Training for APGO Members — new for 2015
Superior Presentations: Hosted by George Torok of Superior Presentations
Program starts February 19, 2015
Monthly web-based training and coaching

For more information, please click this link.

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Goodman School of Mines presents pre-PDAC Executive Program
Laurentian University
February 25-27, 2015 — Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods Presented by Mr. John M. Stermole, President of Investment Evaluations Corporation
8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. at Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre
130 King Street West, Ground floor, Unit SW8/10, Toronto, ON

Please click here for more information and to register online.

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Ontario Prospectors' Association's (OPA) upcoming events
Ontario Prospectors' Association
February 17-18, 2015
The Boreal Prospectors Association is pleased to announce the upcoming Northern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium being held in Sioux Lookout at the Sunset Inn and Suites. Please click here for more information.

March 28-31, 2015
The 2015 Northeastern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium "ABITIBI-GOLD 2015" will be held in Kirkland Lake at Northern College. Please click here for more information.

As well, a pre-symposium workshop on APGO PPE Exam will be held on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Please click here for more information.

April 14-15, 2015
The 2015 Northwestern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium will be held at the Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay. Please check the OPA website for further information closer to the date.

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Iron ore collapses to lowest in 5 years
Montreal Gazette
Iron ore retreated to the lowest level in more than five years as a slow-down in China hurt the outlook for demand in the world's biggest user while the largest mining companies add to supply, boosting a surplus. Ore with 62 per cent content delivered to Qingdao, China, tumbled 4.3 per cent to $63.54 a dry metric ton, according to data by Metal Bulletin.

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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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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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Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) unveils a Five-Year Business Plan
Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University
MERC's accomplishments and future plans as outlined in their Five-Year Business Plan indicate a vibrant, revitalized exploration research and education centre within Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines. Accomplishments include the initiation of paid memberships, the establishment of an Advisory Board comprised of leaders from Industry and Government, hiring of an Associate Director and a focus on exploration research for ore deposits in Precambrian Shields. Significant new collaborative research projects focus on the development of exploration models for Abitibi gold, and low sulfide, PGE- rich deposits at Sudbury. The Business Plan indicates that MERC is firmly on a path of growth and sustainability. We welcome new members and projects. For further information, contact
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March 1-4  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada

The world’s leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors, 25,122 attendees from over 100 countries, it allows you the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses as well as social and networking events. For more information, visit or click here to register now!
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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.

Congratulations to Fuzail Siddiqui PhD, P.Geo.
APGO member, Fuzail Siddiqui PhD, P.Geo. was selected as focal person and chief author of "Mineral Policy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan (KPMP 2014)." Although a National Mineral Policy (NMP) existed since 1995, KP is the first province to launch its own mineral policy in a ceremony held on July 7, 2014 at Merriott Hotel, Islamabad. This followed constitutional amendments that transferred, to each province/territory, the right to manage its own mineral wealth. KPMP 2014 is a distillation of ideas based on multiple sources, including Mineral Policy of Pakistan 2013, assessment by USAID funded Firms Project Consultant, suggestions from members of KP Working Group on Minerals, input from Frontier Mine Owners Association, mineral policies of selected countries with similarities to KP/Pakistan and the author's own experience of taking mineral projects from greenfield to production.
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Mines minister: Liberals 'on top' of Ring of Fire
The Sudbury Star
When it comes to working with first nations to develop framework agreements for developing the Ring of Fire and approving environmental assessments for projects there, the Liberal government is "absolutely on top of it," says Ontario's mines minister. Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said the province is continuing its "good work" on framework agreements and advancing the development corporation established to design and build infrastructure for the Ring of Fire.
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Kirkland Lake Gold gets good grades
Northern Ontario Business
Kirkland Lake Gold believes there are more ounces to be had deep within its South Mine Complex. The northeastern Ontario mid-tier producer released the results of an underground program currently underway on its South Claim properties purchased from Queenston Mining. One drill hole result yielded 1.85 ounces per ton over a width of 11.6 feet, while another returned 0.36 ounces over a width of 14.7 feet.
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Water protection plan approved
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
The province has given the thumbs up for local plans to protect drinking water sources. The Ministry of the Environment this week approved plans for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities to enforce local water source protections. Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee, Laurence Brown, says the plans were seven years in the making.
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Thunder Bay companies tag team on mine project
Northern Ontario Business
Two Thunder Bay firms are teaming up to advance a gold project on the East Coast. Benton Resources announced recently that it's executing an agreement with Nordmin Engineering to develop the Cape Ray gold project in southwestern Newfoundland. The deal involves forming a joint venture — SubCo B — that would grant Nordmin up to a 50 per cent stake in the project by delivering on a series of expenditures and performing some technical work in reaching some milestones involving four deposits.
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Kirwin collection arrives at the Royal Ontario Museum
Canadian Mining Journal
It's been six years since the first discussions about bringing geologist Douglas Kirwin's renowned rock collection to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and after a $3.7-million fundraising effort the collection has finally arrived — but the work is far from over. "It's organized chaos at the moment," says Katherine Dunnell, mineralogy and geology technician at the museum.
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University of Calgary researchers hunting for 'rare rock' after fireball flies over Rockies
Calgary Herald
A month after a fireball was snapped by a Calgary photographer streaking across the night sky over the Rockies, researchers with the University of Calgary are now on the hunt for the "rare rock" believed to have fallen into a remote, forested area in B.C. Judging by the high altitude at which the meteor was first spotted and where it fragmented, it appears to be a weak type of asteroid, producing fragments that represent only three per cent of meteorites that fall on Earth.
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B.C. premier commits funds to support new mining projects
Journal of Commerce
B.C. has ramped up mine industry funding to support major projects expected to proceed in the next few years. Expected funding in Budget 2015 will establish a Major Mines Permitting Office to improve the co-ordination of major mine permits across government, add staff to conduct more inspections and permit reviews, and maintain improved turnaround times for notice of work permits, Premier Christy Clark announced.
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Geophysicists find the crusty culprits behind sudden tectonic plate movements
Science Daily
Yale-led research may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in geology — namely, why do tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface, which normally shift over the course of tens to hundreds of millions of years, sometimes move abruptly? A new study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says the answer comes down to two things: thick crustal plugs and weakened mineral grains.
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