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Save the date — October 30, 2014
The Canadian Urban Institute in partnership with Canadian Brownfields Network is hosting The Canadian Brownfields Conference 2014 on October 30, 2014 in Toronto. Planning is currently underway. APGO will provide more details and the event link as soon as it becomes available.
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Explosives: Safety campaign focuses on mines
Canadian Mining Journal
Ontario has launched a two-month, province-wide safety blitz targeting the use of explosives in mines. In July and August, inspectors will visit underground and surface mines, as well as quarries. They will check that the mines have proper procedures in place to keep workers safe while using, handling and storing explosives.
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Mine safety review interim report in the works
Northern Life
The office of Ontario's chief prevention officer is currently drafting an interim report to Kevin Flynn, Ontario's labour minister, regarding its ongoing Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review. The review hosted 12 public consultations from March to June across the province.
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Tapping Guelph Lake?
Guelph Mercury
Guelph will need more water in the future to meet the aqua needs of a growing population and expanded industrial/employment base. To that end, the city is updating its Water Supply Master Plan, a plan first crafted in 2007, but which now needs revisions given the population growth projections that see the citizenry jumping by nearly 60,000 over the next 25 years. The population growth is in compliance with provincial Places to Grow legislation.
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Sudbury mining service company gets funding
Northern Ontario Business
Symboticware, a Sudbury-based company that specializes in products for real-time monitoring and safety control systems for the mining industry, is getting $13,279 from FedNor. The funds will be used to complete an operational assessment to improve its manufacturing and assembly processes, while ensuring that products meet international quality and safety standards.
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Large sewer pipe proposed to prevent basement flooding
Hamilton Spectator
Putting in a bigger sewer pipe by the Old Dundas Road sewage pumping station is being touted as the best immediate fix for the occasional basement flooding of homes in the area during major rainstorms. In the long term, though, the city will seek regulatory approvals to build an emergency overflow pipe to send storm water into Ancaster Creek when the pumping station is overwhelmed.
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Gravity measurements can predict river flooding
Science Magazine
When groundwater saturates a river basin, the risk for flooding goes up. So does the strength of Earth's gravity in that region, ever so slightly, because of the extra mass of the underground water. By using tiny variations in gravity detected from space, researchers report online recently in Nature Geoscience that they can identify basins that are primed for flooding if additional rains come—sometimes with several months' warning.
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Activation Lab in Thunder Bay tests graphite from Eastern Guinea
Net Newsledger
Sama Resources announced that the first metallurgical test performed at Activation Laboratories, in Thunder Bay has returned high quality graphite concentrate with up to 96 per cent graphite recovery. This metallurgical test is the first of a series of proposed laboratory tests in order to define the grade and recovery of the final graphite concentrate.
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Water sky-rockets to record prices in California
Digital Journal
With droughts reaching record levels this year, the state of California is stepping aside as water prices on the open market reaches very high bidding levels. Throughout California's dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in on the drought. As a third dry summer forces farmers to not use fields and lay off many workers, two water districts and some landowners in the heart of the state's farmland are making millions of dollars by auctioning off their private supply.

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Why does the Don Valley Parkway flood?
The Weather Network
The situation was so "classic" that it was instantly recognizable. Staring down a line of ominous dark grey, rain-laden clouds that stretched across the entire Greater Toronto Area, moving slowly down from the north towards the lake shore, one thought crossed the mind: It wouldn't be too long before social media would be lighting up with reports that the south end of Toronto's Don Valley Parkway was flooded.

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Canada identifies top rare earth projects
A parliamentary report says half of globe's known rare earth reserves are in Canada and China's deposits could be worked out within three decades. Canadian industry want to secure 20 per cent of global supply by 2018. At the moment China produces some 90 per cent of the world's rare earths — used in a variety of industries including green technology, defence systems and consumer electronics — and also consumes the bulk of global production.

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Sudbury's Rock-Tech expanding
Northern Ontario Business
Mining equipment manufacturer Rock-Tech is expanding its operation to a 30,000-square-foot facility in Sudbury. Rock-Tech manufactures equipment engineered specifically for underground mining applications. Servicing clients in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia and Peru, Rock-Tech boasts a product line that features high-quality utility support vehicles, stationary rock-breaking systems and products for fuel, oil and grease handling and storage.
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UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste
It has been a long road for UBC researcher Craig Nichol to help devise a green solution to mitigate landscape contamination from mine tailings. A joint research paper on the subject, which for various reasons took more than a decade to complete, has won top national honours. Nichol and three co-authors were recently awarded the 2014 Thomas C. Keefer Medal for the Best Paper of 2013 in hydrotechnical, transportation, or environmental engineering by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.
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