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12th Annual General Meeting & Conference
APGO would like to thank everyone who attended the 12th Annual General Meeting & Conference on June 12. Here are the highlights of the event:
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Conservation Authorities on the frontlines managing impacts from increased flooding due to extreme weather
Conservation Ontario
Conservation Authorities are encouraged by a report released recently by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario which highlights the need for additional investment in Conservation Authority flood programs in order to address the growing threat from extreme weather.
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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.

Ontario miners, loggers await Supreme Court decision on treaty rights
Financial Post
Get ready for another big aboriginal rights decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court will release a crucial decision on the wording of a 1873 treaty between the crown and the Ojibway Nation. The agreement, called Treaty 3, covers about 142,000 square kilometres in what is now a large part of northwestern Ontario and a small part of eastern Manitoba.
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Development seeking investment for Timmins
Northern Ontario Business
If yours is a company that serves the mining industry — whether it manufactures equipment components or analyzes drill core — Timmins wants you. Through a new regional mining supply and industrial mineral investment attraction project, the Timmins Economic Development is actively trying to recruit more companies to set up shop in the city.
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Foam below Niagara Falls is 'natural'
Bullet News Niagara
It's brown, foamy and not too appealing on the average set of eyes. But it's healthy and natural — two things the water below Niagara Falls doesn't appear to be to the average person — especially tourists who have never been on the lower Niagara River before.
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Finding majesty in the earth's dynamics
The National Age
In some circles, Mike Sandiford is known as the scientist who helped start Australia talking about geothermal energy; others know him better as the earthquake expert. Professor Sandiford is also one of the visionaries who united all the energy-related researchers at the University of Melbourne into the Melbourne Energy Institute; yet he sums himself up as the "accidental scientist."
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How do we avert a thirsty future?
The Globe and Mail
There is a tongue-in-cheek saying in America — attributed to Mark Twain, who lived through the early phase of the California Water Wars — that "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over." It highlights the consequences, even if somewhat apocryphally, as ever-scarcer water resources create a parched world. California is currently reeling under its worst drought in modern times.
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GTA updates progress on its Ontario projects and announces a flow-through private placement
Junior Mining Network
GTA Resources and Mining provides an update on its projects in Northern Ontario and outlines exploration plans for the second half of 2014. To supplement its present treasury of approximately $1.2 million, GTA also announces its intent to raise up to $500,000 in flow-through funds by completing a non-brokered private placement. The use of proceeds will be to carry out field work on GTA's three northern Ontario properties.
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Canada court backs Ontario right to grant forestry licenses
The Supreme Court of Canada backed the right of the province of Ontario to grant forestry licenses, after an aboriginal challenge to licenses it had granted to a predecessor of Resolute Forest Products. It was a decision that also had positive implications for the ability of Goldcorp and other companies to continue to mine in land that natives had ceded to Canada under treaty.
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Premier Gold Mines an even stronger 'buy' after indicated resources lift
After Premier Gold Mines's positive resource estimate yesterday, the equity research analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald put a target of $4.15 on the miner's shares, up from a previous target of $3.85. Premier Gold Mines announced that its Hardrock gold deposit, an open pit project in located in northwestern Ontario, would be increasing its indicated resources by 60 per cent to 3.97 million ounces.
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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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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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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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Big toxic algal bloom again in forecast for Lake Erie
Circle of Blue
Water plant managers and city officials in Ohio and Ontario are bracing for an above-average toxic bloom of algae that is forecast to spread across Lake Erie later this summer. The 2014 algae bloom is anticipated to be the second or third largest in more than a decade, according to models by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Toledo.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Tapping Guelph Lake? (Guelph Mercury)
Water sky-rockets to record prices in California (Digital Journal)
Why does the Don Valley Parkway flood? (The Weather Network)

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