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Upcoming Regional Networking Events
APGO Northwest Regional Networking Event in Thunder Bay
Hosted by APGO Council President, Dave Hunt, P.Geo.

April 13, 2015 at Valhalla Inn
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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APGO Southeast Regional Networking Event
Hosted by APGO Council Vice-President, Mark Priddle, P.Geo.

April 28, 2015 at Centurion Conference and Event Centre
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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APGO Central Ontario Regional Networking Event
Hosted by APGO's Central Ontario Regional Councillor, Peter Diorio, P.Geo.

April 9, 2014 at Twenty Toronto Street, 2nd Floor
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Check out upcoming courses from MERC/Goodman School of Mines
Laurentian University
May 9 to May 15, 2015
Target Audience: Professional geoscientists who have recently entered the exploration sector, or professionals who are new to gold and base metal exploration in Precambrian Shields.

Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration
GEOL 5307 — Aug. 24 to Sept. 7, 2015
This is a 14-day field-based course in structural geology applied to gold deposits offered by the Department of Earth Sciences and Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) at Laurentian University.

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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.

Ring of Fire road proposal to get $785,000 government study
CBC News
The Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario is getting a $785,000 boost as the federal and provincial governments announce a joint study of an all-weather road for the isolated region. Federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement recently at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual convention in Toronto.
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Geophysical Services

Geophysics GPR (Goupil, Paul, Reid) International Inc. has been providing geophysical services in Ontario since 1991. We want to thank the geoscientists and engineers of Ontario for their strong support. We will be featuring the geophysical applications relevant to hydrogeologists and environmental concerns over the next several weeks.

Ottawa extends flow-through tax credit for junior miners
Business in Vancouver
An annual junior mining and exploration conference in Ontario kicked off with news that the federal government will extend a flow-through tax credit for exploration projects. The 15 per cent mineral exploration tax credit, implemented in 2006, was due to expire soon. The federal government announced recently that the tax credit will be extended for another year.
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Gravelle: The time is right to refresh mineral development
Net Newsledger
Minister Michael Gravelle states, "Ontario is seeking input to renew the province's Mineral Development Strategy to attract further investment to maintain Ontario's place as a world leader in mining." Minister Gravelle says that the future in Ontario for mining is bright. "I believe the sector is poised for growth," said the Minister.
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Eastern Soil Investigation Limited

Our service, quality and knowledge has made us a leader in the industry. We pride ourselves on our abilities to both complete all jobs and communicate professionally with all clients and their representatives.


Grand Bend sewage project recognized
Sarnia Observer
The design for a $16.6 million upgrading project underway at the Grand Bend sewage treatment plant is receiving international attention. The Washington-based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has announced the project earned its Envision rating system's platinum award. It's the first Canadian project, and first wastewater facility in North America, to be verified using the assessment system that is a collaboration between the institute and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
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PDAC 2015: CRU analyst sees base metals beating out bulk commodities
Financial Post
Prices for base metals and bulk commodities both performed poorly in 2014 amid ample supply and slowing growth in China. But we're now heading into a period where they will start to diverge, according to Paul Robinson, director of multi-commodity projects at London-based CRU Group. He is bullish on base metals like copper, nickel, tin and zinc, noting that Chinese demand growth remains robust, deficits should be very large in a few years, and new mines take a long time to ramp up production.
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Geoscience Australia and the search for MH370
Hydro International
Geoscience Australia has been applying specialist marine geoscience knowledge and capability to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370. Geoscience Australia has produced a short video to describe the key processes of bathymetric mapping and sidescan sonar which are being used to gather data within the search area.

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APGO launches Pilot Mentoring Program
Milan Situm
The APGO is pleased to announce that we will be commencing our Pilot Mentoring Program this March 2015. There was a call out six months ago for volunteers and we currently have a small number of mentors and mentees to initiate the program. Starting small will allow us to closely monitor every step of the process and determine whether or not we can sustain the program over a longer period of time given the current staff resources that we have.

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About APGO's registration process
David S. Hunt, P. Geo., President
During the past few months, I've noted an increase in complaints from prospective members who have been told they are missing critical academic course work and must take certain courses in order to qualify for registration. In many cases, this happens to those who have graduated some years ago and have either been working without professional registration, or have been out of the business for a while and now want back in.

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Waubetek's plan to engage mining stakeholders
Northern Ontario Business
Waubetek Business Development has developed a new mining strategy designed to help stakeholders navigate the intricacies involved with resource development in northeastern Ontario. The three-year Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario outlines priorities in four strategic areas, including developing Aboriginal mining industry knowledge; building mining industry relations; engaging a skilled Aboriginal workforce; and promoting Aboriginal business and partnerships.
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NAP looks to expand pit, lengthen life of Lac-des-Iles
Canadian Mining Journal
North American Palladium of Toronto has completed a preliminary economic assessment aimed at extending the life of its Lac-des-Iles palladium mine 85 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. The base case, including current operations plus an open pit expansion, could extend the life to 2029. The plan has an after tax net present value of $593 million at a five per cent discount rate.
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A new level of earthquake understanding
Berkeley Lab
As everyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows, the Earth moves under our feet. But what about the stresses that cause earthquakes? How much is known about them? Until now, our understanding of these stresses has been based on macroscopic approximations. Now, the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is reporting the successful study of stress fields along the San Andreas fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate.
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