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Date: April 7, 2014
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Upcoming Courses and Workshops
Goodman School of Mines
The Goodman School of Mines is offering a variety of courses and workshops, including the following:

• Managing Finances in a Difficult Marketplace
• The Fundamentals of Environmental Risk Assessment
• Risk-Based Quality Control Workshop
• Exploration Targeting — Mini-Module

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Ontario winter blitz targets underground mines
Canadian Occupational Safety
This month, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors will conduct a blitz of hoisting plants in underground mines across the province to focus on hazards involving locking and tagging of equipment. During the blitz, ministry inspectors will examine hoisting equipment and check that mines have proper safety and training procedures in place for locking out and tagging the hoists.
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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.

Sudbury software company provides real-time mine safety data
Northern Life
Northern Ontario mining operations could become more efficient and safe thanks to an improved solution developed by a Sudbury-based software company. Symboticware received a $100,000 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to develop an improved version of its SymView software, which allows mining companies to access important data, such as machinery performance and ground stability, in real-time.
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New Gold aiming to start mine construction next year
Atikokan Progress
New Gold released its feasibility study for the gold project the company acquired from Rainy River Resources a few months ago, and the report shows a profitable mining operation at slightly increased gold and silver prices. The report uses a base gold price of $1,300 per ounce, with silver at $22 per ounce. Some mining analysts predict these prices will rise considerably this year, and the company is planning to begin construction of the open pit mine in 2015.
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Vale operation in Ontario gets upgrades to ore-processing mill
Canadian Manufacturing
Global automation firm ABB said it has completed upgrades to a Vale Canada mill in Ontario that will help the miner break down ore. According to ABB, the upgrades to Vale's existing Clarabelle dual pinion semi-autogenous mill will allow it to reduce the size of the ore at the company's nickel and copper mines in the Sudbury, ON area. Vale's Sudbury operations are primarily underground nickel sulphide mines with integrated mining, milling, smelting and refining operations.
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Water Quality Management and Analysis Software

AquaChem water quality data management and analysis software by Schlumberger Water Services is used globally by geoscientists to gain critical insight into environmental water quality data. With over 25 geochemical plots, trend analyses, statistical reports, and geochemical modeling capabilities, AquaChem delivers invaluable tools that lead to confident and effective decisions.
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Wynne visits the Bay, discusses infrastructure, ONTC and The Ring of Fire
Bay Today
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was in North Bay recently at a business on Voodoo Crescent, which is a part of North Bay's newest industrial park, adjacent to the Jack Garland Airport. She was there to announce that Drillers Edge, a manufacturer of core drilling tools, is to receive $600,000 of government funding to help mineral exploration thrive within the North.
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Wallbridge tries to understand its 'enigmatic' minerals
Northern Ontario Business
Around two billion years ago, an asteroid or comet approximately 10 to 15 kilometres in diameter collided with what is now the Sudbury basin. When it entered Earth's orbit, it was travelling at a speed of around 36,000 kilometres per hour. The power of the impact when it hit the planet's surface was "off the scale," according to Gordon Osinski, an associate professor of planetary geology at the University of Western Ontario.
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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.

5 lost rivers that run under Toronto
The Don, Humber, and Rouge get all the glory, but Toronto is much more than a three-river town. Before John Graves Simcoe, when the land that would occupy the city was thick with trees and thickets, its soft soil was traversed by numerous streams and creeks that over centuries etched out deep ravines and sculpted rolling dales.

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Company targeting $1 trillion worth of precious metals in old mining sites
A small nanotech company based in Mississauga claims to have developed a technology that can recover metals from mine tailings using "nature's very own sponges" — crustacean shells. "Scientists have known for years that this is a very effective answer in nature for water filtration," NanoStruck CEO Bundeep Singh Rangar said, giving the example of shrimp in a dirty harbour.

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Welcome and congratulations, new APGO members!
APGO would like to congratulate its new practising and limited and geoscientist-in-training members, as well as those receiving certificates of authorization. Welcome!

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Zenyatta reports on 'one-of-a-kind graphite deposit'
Net Newsledger
Zenyatta Ventures is reporting on recent geological research at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The report covers Zenyatta's unique Albany graphite deposit. The unusual mode of formation, through igneous hydrothermal processes, accounts for the superior purity and crystallinity of graphite found in this "one-of-a-kind" deposit.
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Goldcorp using analytics to reduce harm
Northern Ontario Business
Goldcorp is undertaking a new kind of mining designed to improve the health and safety record across its operations. Data mining is the process of using analytics to find patterns or trends in data that can help predict outcomes and shape future actions. Teaming up with financial advising firm Deloitte, Goldcorp undertook a pilot project to examine data gleaned from its Porcupine Gold Mine in Timmins.
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Mining market cap hit hard in 2013
Canadian mining equities witnessed a 45 per cent decrease in market capitalization over the course of 2013, according to EY's Canadian Mining Eye: Q4 2013. The index decreased nine per cent in Q4 alone as concerns around global economic growth and uncertainty surrounding the Federal Reserve stimulus program continued.
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Survey: Optimism rising on mining in Nova Scotia
The Chronicle Herald
A recent survey of Nova Scotia's mining industry bosses indicates there are brighter days ahead. "It's still cautious at this point, but the survey shows our members are starting to feel that optimism returning and starting to think more about creating jobs and investing in the future," Sean Kirby, executive director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, said recently.
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