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APGO's Annual Photo Contest is on
It's that time of year again — APGO's Annual Photo Contest! APGO looks to its membership for photos to use in displays, brochures, newsletters, Facebook and presentations to enhance the public's appreciation for geoscience. We're looking for great photos that showcase the different facets of the geoscience profession — the beauty, the excitement and the challenges. Most importantly, we're looking for photos that tell a story. If a picture can paint a thousand words, here's your chance to tell yours. Share your story. Submit a picture.
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An overview of APGO's 12th AGM & Conference sessions
All sessions are being held on June 12, 2014 at One King West, Toronto.

How to Deliver Superior Presentations... Because Inferior Never Wins! by George Torok
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Grand Banking Hall

NI 43-101 — Disclosure Pitfalls and Practical Guidance by OSC's Representatives, Craig Waldie, P.Geo and Jim Whyte, P.Geo.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. — King Gallery

Natural Disasters and Geology by Dr. Stephen Evans
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. — Grand Banking Hall

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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.

Preventive measures at forefront of OGS safety plan
Northern Ontario Business
Last summer, a lake water crew with the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) was being transported by helicopter to a research spot when one of its blades clipped a tree-top, causing a wobble in the chopper's flight. After landing immediately, an inspection revealed a badly damaged blade and $80,000 damage, but the result could have been much worse, said Jack Parker, senior manager of the earth resources and geoscience mapping section of the OGS.
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A hard look at coal mining across Canada
Canadian Mining Journal
A province-by-province, territory-by-territory look at Canada clearly shows that it's a massive nation containing a vast and envious amount of natural resources. In fact, it's the second largest land mass on the planet at 9,984,670 square kilometres, following only Russia at 17,098,242, and like Russia, it's also the home to some of the more varied and abundant supply of minerals found anywhere.
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Provincial wells monitor water quality, quantity
Northumberland Today
The Ministry of the Environment has 470 provincial groundwater monitoring wells, and one of 17 located within the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is at its Port Hope head office on County Road 28. These wells monitor quality and quantity. The local well monitors the upper aquifer at about 30 feet and the lower aquifer at about 90 feet, groundwater hydrogeologist Bob Betcher said during a recent interview.
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Kidd mine rescue tops in district
Timmins Press
The mine rescue team Kidd Operations (Glencore) will be heading back to the provincials to defend its title of Ontario's best. Kidd took the top prize at this year's Timmins district mining rescue challenge, held recently. Kidd, along with Lake Shore Gold, Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mine and Dumas Mining contractors participated in this year's competition.
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Kirkland Lake Gold hits production target
Northern News
Kirkland Lake Gold met its 2014 fiscal year end gold production target by producing 122,309 ounces. The company had projected producing between 120,000 and 125,000 ounces. The head grade for the year was 0.33 ounces gold per ton. During the company's fourth fiscal quarter it mined 84,462 tons at a head grade of 0.37 ounces gold per ton, and a recovery rate of 96 per cent to produce 29,721 ounces of gold.
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No change in contaminant levels at brownfield site
Orillia Packet
Contaminant levels at 255 West St. S. in Orillia likely did not change due to this winter's heavy snowfall, says Greg Preston, the city's superintendent of waste management. “We found... that, yes, the water table was higher than it normally is, (but) it doesn't necessarily mean it's diluting the contaminant,” Preston said.
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Sage to study natural gas use in mining vehicles at Clavos property
Canadian Mining Journal
Sage Gold of Toronto has agreed to study the viability of using compressed natural gas to supplement and/or replace diesel fuel for surface equipment and haulage trucks. The study is to be undertaken with CNG Canada and Change Energy with the intention of using gas supplied by the Union Gas pipeline on the Clavos gold project property in Timmins.
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Would-be mining hopefuls open up about Fool's Gold
Crave Online
What happens when you put together a group of guys who are in search of striking it rich mining for gold... yet none of them have really ever done it? The new Discovery series, Fool's Gold, which premiered recently, follows Todd Ryznar and his ramshackle crew at Shotgun Exploration, who are mining the gold-laden hills of Northern Ontario.

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Watch seismic waves of 1964 great Alaska earthquake roll through state
Live Science
For the first time, a new computer model details the path of destruction wrought by the enormous 1964 Alaska earthquake, and could help researchers better predict future quake damage in the state. The 3-D model of the earthquake simulates the powerful seismic waves that rolled through southern Alaska during the massive temblor, and was presented recently at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

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2014-2015 Council election results
Ian Macdonald, Nominations Chair
Four positions were available on the 2014-2015 APGO Council this year, which starts after the 2014 AGM in June. All candidates submitted a consent letter that they were willing to sit on Council, their curriculum vitae and a nomination form seconded by ten APGO members. The nomination committee has reviewed this information and has indicated to council that all candidates met the requirements.

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Confederation College scoops up new mining loader
Northern Ontario Business
Goldcorp's Musselwhite Mine donated a retired scoop tram to Confederation College in Thunder Bay as a training tool for heavy-duty equipment mechanical students. The Toromont underground loader, valued at $60,000, is the first piece of mining equipment on campus. "The heavy equipment industry now focuses primarily on mining and underground equipment," said Spencer Posthumus, an advanced heavy duty equipment apprentice.
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Valuing free cash flow in the gold mining space
Financial Post
Since gold prices plummeted back to earth last year, the primary mantra among gold miners has been growing free cash flow. They believe that is the key to winning back investors, who lost confidence in the sector after a wave of misguided production expansions and write-downs.
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Hydrologists find Mississippi River network's buffering system for nitrates is overwhelmed
Red Orbit
A new method of measuring the interaction of surface water and groundwater along the length of the Mississippi River network adds fresh evidence that the network's natural ability to chemically filter out nitrates is being overwhelmed. The research by hydrogeologists at The University of Texas at Austin, which appears in a recent edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, shows for the first time that virtually every drop of water coursing through 500,000 kilometers of waterways in the Mississippi River network goes through a natural filtering process as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico.
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