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The Canadian Urban Institute's Call for Nominations for the 2014 Brownie Awards
The Canadian Urban Institute
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 CUI Brownie Awards. The awards will be presented at the Canadian Brownfields Conference that will be held on October 29th, 2014 in Toronto. For more information and to download the nomination package, please click on this link.

The CUI Brownie Awards program was established in 2001. It recognizes leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment and regeneration across Canada.
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Global Minerals Industry Risk Management course available
Goodman School of Mines
MIRARCO will be hosting a Global Minerals Industry Risk Management (G-MIRM) course from September 8-12, 2014 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. Please visit their website for registration and more information.
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Sudbury-area miner seeking JV
Northern Ontario Business
Pacific North West Capital has hired British firm SFA Oxford to assess the feasibility of its Sudbury-area River Valley platinum group metal (PGM) project in an effort to find a joint venture partner. The firm will provide "a concise compilation report of a high-level case for investment in the River Valley PGM project against other global projects and operations," reads a news release from the company.
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Scientist: Tailings ponds in northern Ontario considered safe
CBC News
A tailings pond breach in central British Columbia this week is raising questions about how mine waste is being taken care of in northern Ontario. The recent disaster at the Mount Polley Mine released billions of litres of wastewater into river systems. But, according to Laurentian University professor David Pearson, the tailings ponds here in the North often aren't built at all.
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Council approves $2.4 million watermain upgrade
Brantford Expositor
City council has approved spending an estimated $2.4 million to replace a wastewater trunk line to help facilitate the proposed Laurier-YMCA athletic complex on the south side of Colborne Street. Replacement of the wastewater line had been identified as a project through the city's master servicing plan because the existing 300mm mains have constraints that would limit future growth in the downtown as well as areas further north.
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New mining strategy pays off at Kirkland Lake
Canadian Mining Journal
A new mine strategy is paying off for Kirkland Lake Gold of the town of the same name. Since January 2014 when the expansion projects were completed, the average head grade has risen by 22 per cent to 15.4 g/t Au from 10.6 g/t. A key change was to adopted a grade-driven mine plan instead of a tonnage-driven one.
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Milton's Mill Street to close for wastewater maintenance
Inside Halton
Starting this month, Mill Street will be closed for three months between Garden Lane and Martin Street while Halton Region replaces wastewater mains. While local access will be maintained, drivers are asked to follow the detour signage in the area and allow for extra time when accessing Rotary Park. Detours will be clearly marked in the area and motorists are asked to use Main Street to detour around the construction.
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Aboriginal institute trains mining industry workers
Northern Ontario Business
Seven Generations Education Institute is seeking to create a home grown workforce to position Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario to take advantage of coming opportunities in the mining sector. The Aboriginally run Treaty 3 organization, established in 1978, was the recipient of $5.2 million in federal funding last spring to provide training and real world experience to First Nation, Inuit and Métis participants.
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Wisconsin geologists go miles deep in quest to predict earthquakes
To understand earthquakes, scientists have hatched an audacious plan — go straight to the source. That means drilling miles-deep into the earth, directly through faults where two plates of the earth's crust come into contact. Geologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are doing just that, as part of two experiments located at dangerous faults in New Zealand and Japan — faults that could rupture at any moment, causing massive earthquakes.
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Study: 2010 Chile earthquake triggered icequakes in Antarctica
Canada Journal
A massive earthquake that struck Chile in 2010 caused glaciers thousands of miles away in Antarctica to calve, a study published recently in the journal Nature Geoscience found. Seismic surface waves radiating away from the earthquake's epicenter traveled some 2,900 miles before passing through Antarctica's ice sheets and causing small tremors, or "icequakes."
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Zinc becoming investors' new darling
Instability in precious and base metals prices during the past three months has pushed investors to find alternative objects of affection, with zinc quickly becoming a favourite and hitting near three-year highs, a report published recently by the London Metal Exchange shows.

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Waking the giant
Canadian Mining Journal
"Two hands wide and it goes on forever!" is what prospector C.J. Johnny Baker is rumoured to have bragged of the gold-riddled quartz vein he and Herb Dixon found on the rocky north arm of Great Slave Lake in 1935. Twelve years later their find became the Giant Yellowknife gold mine, the largest of a string of historic producers that fostered a 60-year, 14 million-ounce legacy.

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Cliffs wins victory in Ring of Fire court case
Northern Life
It'll be up to Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro to decide if Cliffs Natural Resources gets permission for an overland transportation route into the Ring of Fire. An Ontario Divisional Court recently set aside a decision reached by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner last September that denied Cliffs an easement for a road to reach its Black Thor chromite deposit.

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French workers kept buried treasure 'buried'
"If you find any treasure, be sure to tell me!" joked a French home owner who could not have known how her words would come back to haunt her. The three workers to whom she made the jest did in fact find treasure on her and her husband's land in Normandy, and now stand accused of stealing it, according to a regional French daily.
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