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Last call to register for the April 13th APGO Regional Networking Event in Thunder Bay!
This event features a workshop followed by an APGO general meeting and reception. The workshop, The W-5© of Setting Up Quality Control Protocols for Drill Programs and Application of Common Sense Guidelines in Monitoring Results, will examine the why, when, what, where and how of setting up quality control protocols for drill programs and practical, common sense guidelines for dealing with the results. The first half of the three-hour workshop will lead participants through the theory and practice of setting up the protocol. The second half will present case studies dealing with different commodities.

To register online, please click here.
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Don't miss Dr. Richard Jackson's presentation on 'Has Fracking Contaminated Anybody's Water Well?'
APGO's regional networking event in Ottawa on April 28th will feature Dr. Richard Jackson, Ph.D., P. Eng. as the guest speaker. This will be a presentation on public concern about hydraulic fracture stimulation of tight gas-rich formations, particularly shales, that has been surrounded with controversy about groundwater contamination. The technical nature of the problem will be discussed and what is known about groundwater contamination will be presented. The issue of baseline groundwater quality sampling will also be addressed.

To register online, please click here.

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20th Annual Contaminated Site Management Course
GOwen Environmental Limited
GOwen Environmental Limited is a sponsor of the 20th Annual Contaminated Site Management Course being held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto from June 8-12, 2015. You are invited to take advantage of the GOwen registration rates we have provided.

For details on the more than 15 lectures, three workshops and 15 demonstrations, nightly events and networking sessions packed into this five-day course, please go to

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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.

A new deal for the Ring of Fire
The Chronicle Journal
The cards have been shuffled on the ownership and history of the Ring of Fire. Noront Resources has made a brilliant play in buying the claims of Cliffs Natural Resources for a small fraction of what was originally paid for them. Noront's shares jumped on the news. Optimism has returned. The recent announcement of a road study for an east-west link to First Nations communities near the Ring has furthered hopes for movement on the entire project.
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Longer mine life in store for Lac des Iles
Northern Ontario Business
North American Palladium announced recently that it has filed a revised technical report outlining expansion at its Lac des Iles Mine, near Thunder Bay. The Toronto-headquartered miner said a preliminary economic assessment, first discussed in a news release, supports a new base case which extends the mine life from 2019 to 2029, including current operations with the addition of an open pit expansion.
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Geophysical GPR International Inc.

New Website “Sneak Peek”

Geophysics GPR (Goupil, Paul & Reid) International Inc. provides geophysical services catering to the needs of the geological, engineering and environmental communities. Please explore the first phase of our new website and see how we can provide new insights to your projects.

Camosun student makes unique discovery during geoscience field trip
Nexus Newspaper
Camosun College geoscience student Julio Flores made an interesting discovery during a recent field trip with Tark Hamilton, a professor in the department of Chemistry and Geoscience. Flores found half a maxilla of some species of canid, and he was determined to identify the species and age of the bone fragment. With the help of Hamilton and Annette Dehalt, instructor of Biology and Environmental Technology, Flores managed to contact several relevant experts.
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Innovation key to solving mining sector woes
Northern Miner
Miners are facing a more complex and difficult business environment than ever, with the pressures of rising costs, declining commodity prices, and rising social and investor demands. The need for innovative solutions to these and other challenges has never been more urgent. But what exactly does innovation mean for the mining sector, and how can it be achieved?
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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.


Study finds new pattern to tornadoes' frequency
The Anniston Star
Anyone who's ever lived in a region known for its severe weather probably sees no good choice in the scenario proposed by Kansas geoscientist Grady Dixon. Dixon was referring to the results of a study released last fall by researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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CT scan tech used to check soil health
Western Producer
The penetrometer has been the primary instrument for measuring soil compaction since its introduction in 1905. More recently, Scandinavian soil scientists have used hospital CT scans for a more accurate measurement to clearly depict and quantify soil structures.

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Scientists claim gold in human excrement is worth millions
A team of U.S. researchers has given the expression, "where there's muck there's brass," a whole new meaning by claiming you can extract gold and other precious metals from human faeces.

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James Bay gold mine enters commercial production
Montreal Gazette
The Eléonore gold project in Quebec's James Bay region passed a major milestone recently when owner Goldcorp confirmed commercial production has been reached only four years after construction began. Eléonore was discovered in 2002 by geologist André Gaumond and his team at Virginia Gold Mines. They were searching for copper when they found very high-grade gold showings in a huge surface boulder. Exploration later showed Eléonore hosted a major gold deposit.
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How Western Canada glaciers will melt away
CBC News
Wonder what your favourite glacier to ski or hike will look like in 20 or 40 years? A new study makes detailed predictions about how the glaciers in B.C. and Alberta will melt and shrink between now and 2100. Glaciers are melting rapidly around the world, including in Canada, and human-caused climate change is now considered to be the main driver.
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Scientists: California drought made worse by climate change
Toronto Star
The severe California drought that has led the state to order cutbacks in water use may not have been set off by climate change, scientists say, but global warming is making the situation worse. "The drought is made of two components: not enough rain and too much heat," said Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton. "The rain deficit isn't clearly connected to climate change, but the planetary warming has made it more likely that the weather would be hotter in California."
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Study solves mystery of how continents formed
Red Orbit
The secrets of how Earth's continents first formed over 2.5 billion years ago lie in relatively recent geologic events that took place 10 million years ago in what is now Panama and Costa Rica. By studying recent volcanic activity in that region, the authors of a new Nature Geoscience paper set out to unravel the mysteries surrounding the extreme continent-building that occurred billions of years earlier, as well as how Earth's life and climate have continued to be profoundly affected by those processes over the past 70 million years.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study of last summer's Burlington flood recommends $3.2 million in infrastructure upgrades (Inside Halton)
Geologists set to update land maps between Iqaluit and Pangnirtung (Nunatsiaq Online)
Quotations from current APGO Councillors on their Council experience (APGO)
Cliffs Natural Resources completes costly exit from Ontario's Ring of Fire (The Globe and Mail)

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