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This Week's Showcase: 5 Things APGO Did This Summer
In no particular order of importance, APGO staff along with many volunteers worked on the following issues this summer:

1. Updating APGO's Registration Regulations
2. Inter-Provincial Mobility
3. New Online Registration Process
4. Online Knowledge Requirement Tool Kit
5. Launch of New Field Notes Newsletter

While staff and volunteers worked on many other projects and tasks during the summer, the above seemed significant for their investment of time and effort and their priority according to APGO's strategic plan. You can read more about each initiative here.
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From the editor
An APGO member expressed concern about a recent news article concerning fracking that appeared in Field Notes recently "In the Media" section. Articles in this section are news that may be interesting to our membership but are not meant to reflect the views or policy of the APGO or to validate the position of the author(s). A disclaimer to that effect was added to this section last week. APGO appreciates our member for bringing this issue to our attention.
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 In the Media

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 premier meets with mining probe proponents
Northern Life
The premier took some time during her visit to Sudbury recently to meet with those pushing for a mining safety probe in Ontario. Kathleen Wynne met with Steelworkers Local 6500 president Rick Bertrand, as well as Wendy and Briana Fram, the mother and sister, respectively, of Jordan Fram, who died in 2011 along with Jason Chenier at Vale's Stobie Mine. The Fram family are part of the Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support (MINES) committee, which is pushing for a full inquiry into mining safety in the province.
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Portable multi parameter AP-2000 AQUAPROBE™

The AP-2000 portable multiparameter probe gives you a choice! Supplied with five standard parameters, it also allows customization. The standard parameters are Optical DO, EC, pH, ORP & Temp. It also includes an Ion Selective Electrode socket and an Optical Sensors Electrode socket. A wide range of electrodes are available for this great probe.

Floating panels could help power remote mining
CBC News
Remote mining operations in places such as the Ring of Fire in Ontario's far north could one day rely on solar technology developed in Sudbury to power part of their operations. Dean Millar is a researcher at MIRARCO, a mining innovation centre at Laurentian University. He is working to develop a system of floating solar panels that could sit on tailings ponds. Millar has placed a small version of the floating system on a pond in front of Laurentian's Living With Lakes Centre.
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University of Northern British Columbia digs up soil solution
The Prince George Citizen
A team of researchers at UNBC have completed a project opening the door to finding more uses for industrial waste materials. The work aimed to identify the amounts of ash and biosolids that would best enhance northern B.C. soils for use in reclamation and remediation projects. "If you can get excited about ash and biosolids, this is a very exciting project," said UNBC forestry professor Hugues Massicotte, who along with environmental science associate professor Mike Rutherford supervised undergraduate student Nichola Gilbert in the trials.
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Carbon storage studies grapple with politics, geology
Climate Central
Follow the Hudson River a few miles north of New York City and look west across the water, and you'll see a series of cliffs called the Palisades, made of dark gray volcanic rocks called diabase. Thousands of feet underground below those cliffs may be clues for how carbon dioxide could be stored, or sequestered, near numerous sources of carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon capture and storage is one solution the U.S. Department of Energy is researching for reducing the volume of climate change-fueling greenhouse gas emissions.
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Nestlé water permit subject to environmental hearing
Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) won't rubber stamp a deal that removes mandatory water taking restrictions placed on Nestlé Waters Canada in Hillsburgh during times of drought. Instead, the ERT wants to delve further into the details, after ruling a proposed agreement between Nestlé and the Ministry of the Environment wasn't in the public interest and is inconsistent with the Ontario Water Resources Act. As a result, that agreement will be subject to more critical review, as an environmental tribunal has been called to hear the matter.

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Slow quakes could warn of bigger trouble
In places where slow earthquakes trigger regular ones, keeping an eye on the slower variety could result in reliable predictions, say geoscientists. "We currently don't have any way to remotely monitor when land faults are about to move," says Chris Marone, professor of geophysics at Penn State. "This has the potential to change the game for earthquake monitoring and prediction, because if it is right and you can make the right predictions, it could be big."

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Index of corporately responsible mining companies being released
Cape Breton Post
Toronto-based management consultants MacCormick IMC are releasing Canada's first index of socially responsible junior mining companies. The index showcases Canadian junior mining companies that are excelling both in CSR and are ranked in the top 100 based on market capitalization, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers annual Junior Mine report. Through financial analysis, the MacCormick index details how these companies are financially outperforming their peers as a result of their corporate responsibility efforts.

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New 3-D model more accurately pinpoints source of earthquakes, explosions
Science Daily
Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory have partnered to develop a 3-D model of the Earth's mantle and crust called SALSA3D, or Sandia-Los Alamos 3D. The model uses a scalable triangular tessellation and seismic tomography to map the Earth's "compressional wave seismic velocity," a property of the rocks and other materials inside the Earth that indicates how quickly compressional waves travel through them.
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University of Calgary students look to the past to help deal with future floods
Calgary Herald
Fourth-year University of Calgary students are studying the history of the Bow River using sophisticated equipment and techniques to create images of the subsurface below the floodplains. "This year, after the floods, we realized it was a tremendous opportunity that we actually have our students involved in a community project by looking at the past history of the floods in Calgary," said Don Lawton, a geophysics professor, near the Bow River in Shouldice Park.
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An answer to Canada's mining skills shortage
Ottawa Citizen
While economists and labour market researchers agree one of Canada's greatest challenges over the next decade will be how to solve skilled worker shortages, there seems to be no consensus about just how to do that. The skills shortage will be particularly acute all across northern Canada, where natural resource development and mining projects are projected to grow the northern economy more than 90 per cent from 2011 to 2020.
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What Kansas has learned through a lack of corrosion planning
By Hannah Whiteoak
The city of Leawood, KS, is facing a costly repair bill to fix the network of metal storm sewer pipes that are rusting, cracking and collapsing beneath the city. The state of the pipes is currently so poor that city officials say they will need to spend up to $35 million replacing or repairing the pipes. The extent of the problem has been verified by placing a tiny camera into the pipes to get images of the rusted bottoms and collapsed sides. Some pipes have holes where the rust has eaten all the way through the metal, which means that water leaks out into the surrounding earth.
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