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APGO is pleased to present a workshop for completing the Record of Site Condition (RSC) in Ontario. This intensive hands-on learning experience is designed to assist geoscience practitioners to be better equipped in completing RSC submissions by learning the necessary tools and knowledge to conduct better ESA and RA projects.
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Toronto and Region Conservation / Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) are pleased to invite industry professionals to submit abstracts for presentation at TRIECA 2018. The Conference will be held on March 21 & 22, 2018 at Pearson Convention Center in Brampton, ON. Abstracts should be submitted before Sept. 29, 2017.
Next Gen Geo
Next Gen Geo (a non-profit organization that supports the development of mining and mineral exploration geoscientists) is putting on another series of seminars this fall at the University of Toronto. They are currently looking for experienced mining industry professionals who would like to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation. Click here to learn more about this mentoring opportunity and to apply.
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.
Thank you Bill Pearson P.Geo. for submitting the following three articles.
Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, a bizarre creature with a Venus flytrap-like head swam the seas.
Scientists have uncovered fossils of a tiny faceless prehistoric sea worm with 50 spines jutting out of its head. When some unsuspecting critter came too close, its jaw-like spines snapped together and dinner was served.
The discovery reported recently journal Current Biology offers a glimpse into the Cambrian explosion of life on Earth about 541 million years ago.
Researchers have released the most accurate map ever produced of the dark matter in our Universe.
The team surveyed more than 26 million galaxies in the largest study of its kind.
The map will help scientists understand what dark matter is made from and learn more about another mysterious phenomenon called dark energy.
The results have been released by the international Dark Energy Consortium (DES).
A new species of mega-herbivore dinosaur discovered in Alberta, Canada, preserves incredible details of its skin, scales and spines.
The exquisite specimen is a type of armour-plated nodosaurid ankylosaur.
It was camouflaged which suggests that, despite its tank-like appearance, it hid to avoid predation.
That such a large creature needed camouflage indicates the presence of even larger, keen-eyed meat-eating theropod dinosaurs.
Northern Ontario Business
Battery-powered vehicles are taking over underground mining.
To meet current demands for cleaner technology and to stay ahead of the innovation curve, Atlas Copco has created an entire suite of battery-powered vehicles, covering the process from bolting, blasting, mucking and hauling.
They recently added to their ever-growing fleet with the launch of the Boomer M2C Battery driller in Sudbury to complements their fleet that includes Minetruck MT42, Scooptram ST1030, Boomer 282 and Aramine L150 miniloader, which were also showcased at the event.
Daily Commercial News
Hamilton, ON, is getting 16 new water and wastewater projects off the ground thanks to cash injections from the federal and provincial governments. The recently approved projects will be primarily funded under the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater Fund agreement.
The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects, which totals over $21 million. As part of the bilateral agreement, the provincial government is giving up to 25 per cent of the funding, which adds up to over $10 million and the City of Hamilton will fund the remaining costs of the projects.
North Bay Nugget
Redpath is hiring again.
And there's no sign of it letting up.
The mining company is looking to hire 20 miners to work in Northern Ontario, but globally there are more than 50 positions up for grabs.
The company, which has its head office in North Bay, is searching for miners to work in a variety of Northern Ontario mining operations.
Mike Kelly, senior vice-president of Redpath Canada Limited, says the sector is on an upswing.
Redpath's payroll, for example, is at 6,500 people, which is 2,000 more than 18 months ago.
A worker's error caused the inky, foul-smelling discharge that blackened the water near the base of Niagara Falls last weekend, according to a statement released recently.
The water board in the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., said a worker who had been monitoring the discharge was called away to another section of the wastewater treatment plant to help with another job.
When he came back, the outflow from the basin he was monitoring "had grown darker in colour," the statement says.
With over 100 years of mining expertise, the knowledge and skills developed in Ontario's northeast may be as valuable as the gold itself as many companies that cut their teeth in mining in area are exporting their gold mining knowledge to other parts of North America and the world.
Among the great mining names in northeastern Ontario is the Kerr-Addison Mine in Virginiatown, a small community in the Larder Lake-Cadillac gold mining camp, but after more than 100 years of mining in the area Kerr Mines is going in another direction.
A group of mayors from Canada and the U.S. has dropped its challenge to a decision allowing an American city to draw water from the Great Lakes, saying it has secured an agreement to improve the review of similar applications in the future.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative said it reached a settlement with the council representing eight states that gave the Wisconsin city of Waukesha the green light last year to divert water from Lake Michigan.
The decision from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact Council made Waukesha the first exception to an agreement banning diversions of water away from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin.
There are an estimated 10,000 abandoned mines scattered across Canada. Experts say entering them is extremely risky, but for some amateur explorers, the thrill of the unknown is too great to resist.
The trend has spread across Canada and the world. A group calling themselves the Nova Scotia Minehunters recently caught flak from the province's Department of Natural Resources for posting videos of its members heading into unknown caverns with only basic spelunking supplies.
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