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APGO's first networking event in Hamilton was a success. This was APGO's response to members' request to bring such event to the area and members who came to the event expressed their appreciation for APGO's effort. APGO gratefully acknowledges members in Hamilton/Burlington and surrounding areas for their strong support. Special thanks to Françoise Campbell, P. Geo., APGO's Central Region Councillor for hosting the event and to Dr. Colby Steelman for a great presentation on Hydrogeophysics: Understanding Contaminant Transport and Fate to Source Water Management and Protection. Check out our event listing at www.apgo.net.
June 5, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Bronwyn Azar, P.Geo., APGO's Councillor-at-Large
Guest Speaker: Dr. Oliver Warr
Presentation: Using geochemical footprints to explore the ancient hydrosphere of the crystalline basement
See more and register
June 8, 2017 in Toronto
Guest Speaker: Don Johnston, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP and Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Ontario
Presentation: Bre-X — The Storm that Created APGO
June 8 is fast approaching and spaces for the AGM and reception are being filled. Register now to secure your space.
This past Mother's Day, our CEO Louis Kan took part in the Sporting Life 10K run in Toronto to raise funds for Camp Oochigeas. Camp Oochigeas provides fun and friendship to over 1,200 kids with and affected by childhood cancer and their families each year during the most difficult of times. Louis ran it in 48:29, good for 45/364 in his age category although he refused to say which age category.
Disclaimer: The events and 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.
This is your chance to play individual and team games that will test your earthly knowledge and teamwork skills. The games will be provided by the Royal Ontario Museum, Mining Matters and the Young Toronto Mineralogists Club. You can come with your team or we'll organize teams when you arrive. There will be exciting prizes!
FREE for all! This is the last meeting of the TGDG Season and we welcome all geoscientists, miners and wanna-be geologists to a fun networking event.
Come out to learn more about Mining Matters and the Young Mineralogists Club, then find out if you're smarter than a fifth grader!
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Venue: 20 Toronto St., 2nd floor
Next Gen Geo
Next Gen Geo has begun a Mineral Exploration Training program in Toronto that gets participants looking at datasets from GeologyOntario and OGSEarth in order to generate exploration targets. These free weekly meetings are open to all branches of the geosciences: Early-career geologists, geophysicists, and geochemists are all welcome! The aim is to get participants to learn from each other, collaborate, and to learn how to build strong working relationships with specialists in different silos. Learn more about Next Gen Geo's Mineral Exploration Training Program here.
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The Chronicle Journal
After facing months of criticism for appearing to be letting the all-important Ring of Fire file fizzle on her watch, a tough-sounding Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants action in "weeks, not months."
In a letter to the region's nine First Nation chiefs that was made public recently, Wynne suggests that time is wasting. "We have not achieved much of the progress on road and infrastructure development that we had hoped for under (negotiations) over the past three years," Wynne said.
The municipality behind a proposed sewage treatment plant that will drain into the highly sensitive Lake Simcoe watershed says the technology it plans to use is the most advanced in the country.
York Region is awaiting approval from the province on its $685 million Upper York Sewage Solutions project, which will release 40 million litres of treated sewage per day into the East Holland River — water that will eventually make its way into Lake Simcoe.
The plant is needed to accommodate growth in northern York Region, where development has been slow because of a limited amount of sewage infrastructure.
Northern Ontario Business
A new online inventory that catalogues abandoned and orphaned mines across Canada is now available to the public.
The inventory, released in April, is a project of the National Orphaned and Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI). NOAMI was launched in 2002 in response to a request from mine ministers in federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions to address issues related to orphaned and abandoned mines across the country.
The Sudbury Star
Danny Taillefer hopes his fellow mine rescuers don't have to test their skills in real life, but he's glad to know they'll be well prepared for a real emergency.
Taillefer, a mine rescue officer from Timmins, served as judge for the Ontario Mine Rescue district competitions held at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff, and came away impressed.
"Everybody has performed extremely well," Taillefer said, after three teams had already run through rescue scenarios. "They're all going to be debriefed after and everybody makes mistakes, but at the end of the day, had this been a real emergency, they would all have been successful."
Goderich city council has approved a proposal by a Toronto company to pressurize an abandoned salt cavern and later release the compressed gas to create clean energy.
The decision comes despite some opposition from residents who said they were concerned not enough is known about the project — a first in the world. The project is being touted by NRStor, a private Toronto company that operates a project near Guelph involving flywheels. Their flywheel project uses cheaper energy, for example at night, and rotates a steel drum which stores kinetic energy. Later, the spinning drum is rotated to release its energy and generate power.
During the week of May 15-19, 2017, the City of Timmins will begin a study of the Porcupine/Bob's Lake sanitary system to identify locations of rainwater entering the sanitary sewers, by smoke testing in the Bob's Lake Area.
Smoke testing uses a non-toxic visible mist that is blown into sewer pipes to locate possible breaks, defects or improper connections. Manufactured specifically for this purpose, the smoke will not harm humans, animals or plants, has no unpleasant odour, will not stain fabrics, does not create a fire hazard and will dissipate quickly.
Scientists from the Australian National University in Canberra studying ancient minerals have filled in some gaps in our picture of Earth in the Hadean eon, 4.4. billion years ago.
The Jack Hills, in mid-west Western Australia, are home to the world's oldest known mineral samples, called detrital zircon grains. These small zircon grains are the only known geological record of the Earth's crust from the Hadean eon. No other rocks remain from that period to provide us with clues about how Earth's first crust was formed.
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