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Mark Your Calendar — APGO's 2014 AGM & Conference on June 12, 2014
Plan to attend APGO's 2014 Annual General Meeting & Conference on June 12th at One King West Hotel, Toronto. We have interesting presentations lined up. Our 2014 AGM & Conference webpage and online registration will be live on the week of April 25th, so make sure to check the APGO website then.

We hope to see you at the AGM on June 12th.
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Attention APGO members in Southeast Ontario
Register now for the APGO networking event that will take place at Carleton University in Ottawa on April 29th, 2014.

Guest Speaker: Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC

Please click on this link to access the event information and online registration.

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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.

City of Kenora looks to mining industry
Kenora Online
The City of Kenora presented their Mining Services Sector Profile at the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors and Mining Symposium in Thunder Bay recently. Economic Development Officer, Jennifer Findlay, explained what she spoke about during her presentation: "I was unveiling Kenora's Mining Services Sector Profile, so just letting the audience there know that Kenora is a potential location for mining services. Whether you're an exploration company, you're at the development stage or you're into full production," she said.
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Mining employment tool released by NSWPB
Net Newsledger
The North Superior Workforce Planning Board has released the Visual Timeline of Occupational needs and Skills demands in mining. This fluid resource tool was developed for the NSWPB's recent study entitled Occupational Time Continuum in Mining. The tool will provide a timeline continuum of the projected occupational and skills demands in mining projects over the next ten years in Northern Ontario.
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Ontario Prospectors hand out annual awards
Northern Ontario Business
The Ontario Prospectors Association presented the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award to Transition Metals and Impala Platinum Holdings. The award was presented recently at the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association Symposium and awards dinner in Thunder Bay. The award was given in recognition of the companies' Sunday Lake Property, a platinum group metals discovery, north of Thunder Bay.
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Kirkland Lake Gold projecting brighter future
Northern News
Kirkland Lake Gold expects to produce between 140,000 and 155,000 ounces of gold during its 2015 fiscal year, which starts next month. The company says this is consistent with an annual average increase of 18 per cent in production growth over the past four years. In fiscal 2015, Kirkland Lake Gold is projecting an average gold grade of 0.37 ounces gold per ton and an average recovery rate of 96 per cent.
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Local mining manufacturer sold to U.S.-based company
Northern Life
A major mining manufacturer in Greater Sudbury has been sold to a international mining company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Joy Global announced recently it was buying Mining Technologies International for $51 million. MTI, which is based in Lively but has offices across Canada and the U.S., manufactures underground mining equipment for North American markets. It employs about 250 people.
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Can a 'seismic cloak' protect us from earthquakes?
A new study from French scientists is suggesting that in the future, we may be able to protect our cities from earthquake damage by surrounding them with a "seismic invisibility cloak." Scientists studying invisibility cloaks have been using metamaterials, which are materials engineered to have repeating micro-scale or nano-scale structures.
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Reasons for optimism
TB News Watch
Bear markets in the mining sector are bad news for the prospectors trying to make the next big discovery. But despite its challenges, some optimism remains. Garry Clark, executive director of the Ontario Prospector's Association, says it's the explorers seeking new deposits that feel some of the heaviest effects of down markets.
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Osisko cuts 1.53 g/t over 87 metres at Upper Beaver
Canadian Mining Journal
Montreal-based Osisko Mining has intersected 1.53 g/t Au (and 0.04 per cent Cu) over 87 metres at the Upper Beaver deposit. The deposit is one of five with NI 43-101 resources at the company's Kirkland Lake project near the town of the same name. The company says this year's drill program is focused on deepening the East Porphyry zone and reinterpreting the near surface potential for an open pit.
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Sewage plant upgrades about to begin
Owen Sound Sun Times
Construction is about to begin on the City of Owen Sound's most expensive capital project ever. The work to upgrade the city's sewage treatment plant from primary to secondary is expected to begin later this year. Coun. Bill Twaddle, chairman of the waste water treatment plant upgrade ad hoc committee said the project, expected to cost $45 million, is out to tender and is expected to close around mid-May.
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Is the automated mine a threat to recruitment?
Thanks to remote control technology and robotic operating systems, automated mining is becoming a reality. Although, while some suppliers have been working in this area for a number of years its only more recently that more of mining's operators are taking steps to implement these technologies.

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Graphene carbon tubes could change construction
Net Newsledger
Mining across Northern Ontario is seen as the next economic wave for the region. Often, however, the reality of what happens with minerals found in the region, and what impact they can have in the world is not fully realized. Near Constance Lake First Nation, at the company's Albany Project, Zenyatta Ventures is developing a major graphite find.

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Geoscientists Canada continues work on professional admissions and labour mobility
Keith Johnson, BA, MBA, and Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FCG
While it seems like no time ago, almost five years have passed since the Premiers of Canada's 13 provinces and territories agreed together to revise and change Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).

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The life aquatic
Alberta Oil Magazine
Geologists have long been a staple profession in the oil patch. Many geologists, including Paramount Resources' founder Clay Riddell, have established rich and rewarding careers in the industry, highlighted by their success in discovering new resources. But as new extraction methods are being applied across the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and beyond, there's an growing need for other specialized breeds of geologists.
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Blue carbon pilot project in Comox Valley, B.C. getting attention
Comox Valley Record
A letter of federal recognition was given to the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society on the Blue Carbon Pilot Project from federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq. "Your organization's contribution is an essential part of the environmental agenda. I wish the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society every success in carrying out this important initiative for a healthy environment," writes the minister.
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The future of the water supply for Las Vegas is unclear
The Bellagio Fountains gush 140.2 metres high every 15 minutes nightly. Golf courses carpet the desert, as they have since Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack played Las Vegas. And the casino restaurants still serve water without asking. The two million residents and 43 million visitors a year in the Las Vegas area might never know that their principal water supply, Lake Mead on the Colorado River, is almost the lowest since Hoover Dam created it in 1936.
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