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APGO will be at the 2015 PDAC Convention
If you have already registered for the 2015 PDAC Convention (March 1-4) or planning to, please drop by and see us at the Exhibitors' Area. APGO's booth number is 0851. Staff will be there including our Registrar, Aftab Khan, P.Geo. and CEO, Gord White.

APGO is also very pleased to participate in the PDAC-CIM Toronto Branch Student Tours during the convention. We hope to see you there!
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Register now for APGO regional networking events in April 2015
APGO is offering three great networking opportunities this coming April 2015. Don't miss these events!

April 9 in Toronto
April 13 in Thunder Bay, in conjunction with OPA's 2015 Northwestern Ontario Mines & Minerals Symposium
April 28 in Ottawa

Register online here!

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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.

Canada's gold mines are shooting the lights out
According to the United States Geological Survey provisional data, estimated global gold production amounted to 2,860 tons in 2014, and was 2.1 per cent higher than 2013 totals. The top 10 gold producing countries mined out 1,920 tons of the precious metal which is 2.3 per cent more than in 2013. Among them, five countries — China, Australia, Russia, Canada, Uzbekistan — increased their gold output.
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Ontario Mine Rescue, OPP talk partnership
Northern Life
Ontario Mine Rescue is in talks to form a partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police's urban search and rescue teams. The organization, which responds to an average of three calls a month, mostly related to underground fires from electrical systems or mobile mining equipment, was previously in talks to initiate more collaboration with Toronto's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. But according to Alex Gryska, Ontario Mine Rescue's director, those discussions have ceased.
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Federal investment needed to spur mining innovation
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is proposing a program to address the gap between good innovative ideas and finding ways to commercialize them for the mining industry. While there is no shortage of good ideas and intellectual property related to mining in Canada, many of those ideas and potential innovations lay dormant and are never adopted by companies, said Charles Nyabeze, director of business development.
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  International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange
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!

Premier Gold expands Red Lake operations
Net Newsledger
Premier Gold Mines has announced that it has entered into an agreement to increase to 100 per cent its interest in the past-producing Hasaga Property, located in Red Lake, ON, from Goldcorp. In exchange, Premier will assign to Goldcorp its 35 per cent participating interest in the East Bay Property (Red Lake) and its 100 per cent interest in the PQ-North Property located near Goldcorp's Musselwhite Mine in Ontario.
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Tech with Sudbury link 'sniffs' gold grades in mineral samples
Northern Life
Innovator Jim Kendall remembers the exact circumstances surrounding his eureka moment: While on the elliptical trainer at the Ajax Community Centre. It was then the mining engineer alighted on an idea that some believe could be a game-changer for the mineral exploration industry. Kendall, who holds four engineering degrees, was working for a large gold mining company at the time, and his job was to come up with new technologies for mineral exploration.
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Pele Mountain shifts focus to monazite
Canadian Mining Journal
After a decade of work at its Eco Ridge uranium property in Elliot Lake, Toronto's Pele Mountain Resources is shifting its focus to the recovery of rare earths from monazite-bearing tailings. The company intends to create a low cost, early-to-market, Canadian rare earth supplier in Elliot Lake.

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Geologists: Inner core of Earth has its own inner core
An international team of geologists, headed by Prof Xiaodong Song from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Nanjing University in China, has found that the Earth's inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal new information about our planet.

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Local history: Ontario's first gold mine near Madoc
Kingston Whig
Hiking through scraggly scrub brush, clambering up jagged, rocky hills, and across grassy fields in the mid-1860s, the prospectors scrutinized each area carefully for signs of a soft reddish-orange mineral. A copper mine would set a lot of people on the road to good fortune; in demand for coins, housewares, bathtubs, ship-building, the metal was indispensable in Canada.

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Study: 'Mega-drought' threatens U.S. Southwest, Plains in decades to come
CBC News
The U.S. Southwest and Central Plains regions are likely to be scorched by a decades-long "mega-drought" in the second half of this century if climate change continues unabated, scientists from NASA and Cornell and Columbia universities have warned. In a study published by the journal Science Advances, the researchers forecast that future drought risk in the area is likely to exceed even the driest conditions experienced during extensive Medieval-era periods that have been dubbed "mega-droughts."
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Better data tools for a bigger geothermal future
To fully realize the potential of harnessing energy from the heat within the earth will require a far more detailed understanding of what's going on down there than scientists currently have. And beyond naturally occurring geothermal systems, man-made ones that emulate them could, by some conservative estimates, produce a total of 100 gigawatts of cost-competitive electricity over the next 50 years. But to get there, energy providers will need sophisticated systems for gathering and analyzing data about the rock mechanics and hydrology at work.
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