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Reminder about CPD hours
This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to enter your CPD hours is March 31, 2014! If you have any questions or require assistance, please call 416-203-2746 ext. 24 or ext. 25.
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Combined Compensation and Benefits Study 2013 — APGO | OGQ | APGNS
Gord White, CEO
APGO, in collaboration with the Ordre des geologues du Quebec and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia are pleased to offer a combined compensation and benefits study of our sector for 2013. 3,327 emails were sent out in June 2013 and 1,123 were returned in response. The survey ended on August 26, 2013. Previous surveys included Ontario and Quebec and we believe that the inclusion of Nova Scotia's P.Geo. cohort strengthens the overall data.
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Register now for the APGO Regional Meeting in Thunder Bay!
The APGO Regional Meeting in Thunder Bay is fast approaching — April 7, 2014. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about the latest on NI 43-101 and the approaches to writing effective NI 43-101 technical reports. Equally important, particularly to those who are supervising field-based mineral exploration programs, is the workshop on what you need to know about regulations and permitting during the early stage of mineral exploration projects.
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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.

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Numbers show mining still king in Sudbury
The Sudbury Star
Sudbury is still very much a mining town, even if the definition of one has changed. "It's a primary structural element of this community," said Dick DeStefano, executive director for the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Centre. "It's a wealth creator." He's not surprised by the numbers in a recent report by the Ontario Mining Association, which underlines not only the industry's importance to the provincial economy, but also Sudbury's importance to the industry.
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Laurentian University professor takes to the waves to further research
Northern Ontario Business
Although Northern Ontario is far from the ocean now, two to three billion years ago, parts of it were actually under the sea. But this marine environment wasn't always a peaceful place. Submarine eruptions of lava caused volcanic deposits which were subsequently buried and deformed and folded through extreme pressure, and brought to surface again through erosion.
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First Nickel positioned to benefit from higher nickel prices
Canadian Mining Journal
First Nickel recently provided commentary on recent nickel price increases and improved price forecasts, based on industry feedback from the Prospectors and Developers Association Conference (PDAC) held in Toronto earlier this month. Wood Mackenzie's principal nickel analyst, Andrew Mitchell, presented analysis regarding nickel production and demand growth at the PDAC and provided a long term price outlook.
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Mining spin-off benefits targeted in Fort Frances
Fort Frances Times
The Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) has reviewed the final environmental assessment for the proposed New Gold project near Barwick and now is in the process of developing a positive response. RRFDC has requested the company provide incentives and assistance to encourage local procurement (i.e., shopping locally), and urged it to do as much business in Fort Frances as possible.
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Final Deloro clean-up underway
Community Press
The beginning of the end of Ontario's clean-up of the Deloro mine site has begun. Contractor Quantum Murray has started its work to build a containment facility for contaminated material. The site is on Private Road just north of Highway 7 in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake. "Construction of a containment cell in the Young's Creek area is a major step forward in our long-term effort to clean up this abandoned mine and industrial site," a ministry press release quoted Environment Minister Jim Bradley as saying.
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Kirkland Lake Gold improves grade and cuts costs
Northern News
Kirkland Lake Gold continues to make progress in reducing its costs, increasing it mine grade and moving toward a positive cash flow. During Kirkland Lake Gold's third quarter the company produced 31,22 ounces of gold and is on line to produce this year's fiscal guidance of between 120,000 and 125,000 ounces of gold.
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Water from a stone: Tiny diamond contains secrets of Earth's mantle
The Globe and Mail
A pea-sized diamond picked up a decade ago by a Brazilian prospector has unlocked evidence that, hundreds of kilometres under our feet, the Earth's mantle holds as much water as all of our planet's oceans. The discovery by a University of Alberta team bolsters theories about the existence of a water-saturated zone between the Earth's rocky layers that would explain volcanic activities and the interaction of tectonic plates.

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APGO at the PDAC Convention 2014
The recently concluded PDAC Convention 2014 attracted more than 25,000 delegates from around the world. PDAC hosted a record number of international mines ministers and garnered the biggest attendance to date by Canada's Members of Parliament that included Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There was a general consensus that the worst is over for the mining industry and optimism, while cautious, is beginning to grow.

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Attention APGO Members in Southeastern Ontario! Save the Date — April 29, 2014!
The APGO is hosting its Second Annual Southeastern Regional Networking Event on April 29, 2014. All members, as well as students and interested members of the geoscience community, are welcome to attend this event. This year, we will be meeting for dinner at Carleton University (River Building Atrium) and our guest speaker will be Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, former Executive Director of the APGO and now an independent consultant in the field of "geoscience governance."

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Wallbridge Mining makes development decision for Ontario flagship
Mining Weekly
Wallbridge Mining recently announced that its board had approved a development decision for the Broken Hammer copper/platinum group elements (PGEs) project in Sudbury, ON. The Broken Hammer project would be an open pit operation that would extract about 195,000 tons of in-pit copper/nickel/PGEs by making use of a local mining contractor.
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Brantford's water management in good shape
Brant News
A long-term outlook on the city's servicing plan projects for costs upward of $330 million over the next 16 years to cover the infrastructure related to water, wastewater and stormwater management. But overall, Brantford's systems are in good shape looking ahead to 2031. City council received an update on the city's master servicing plan at a recent committee meeting.
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Drilling precursor to construction
Belleville Intelligencer
Downtown Belleville revitalization is already breaking ground in the core. Drilling crews will be moving to sites throughout the downtown to pull up soil samples needed for geological testing, a precursor to excavation and construction work tagged for the core, a city official said. Recently, crews were outside the Memorial Arena slicing through asphalt and different layers of soil, digging down several feet until they hit bedrock below the roads surface, said one crew member.
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Mining the moon: The 21st century gold rush
Metro News
Five years ago, if you had brought up moon mining among geologists, "you would have been laughed out of the room," said Gordon Osinski, founder and director of the Canadian Lunar Research Network, and an assistant professor of geology at the University of Western Ontario. Times have changed. Mining on the moon and on asteroids, formerly the stuff of science fiction, is clearly in the sights of governments and, increasingly, private companies.
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