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Mark your calendar — November 4 & 5, 2014!
Ontario Prospectors' Association
2014 Ontario Exploration & Geoscience Symposium
Hosted by the Ontario Prospectors' Association
United Steelworkers Hall
66 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON

Detailed information will become available soon on the OPA website.
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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.

Mining's high-tech nature on display in Sudbury
The Sudbury Star
A mining trade show featuring more than 300 exhibitors will be an opportunity to demonstrate that the industry has moved beyond the pickaxe and the ore shute to a world of innovative technology and software development. It will also serve as a reminder to Sudburians about the importance of mining to the city and the role Sudbury plays in the mining world, says Ian Wood. Wood, director of economic development for the City of Greater Sudbury, was one of several speakers at a news conference recently to promote the North America Mining Expo.
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Phoenix mine remains on track for mid-2015 start
Canadian Mining Journal
Work is progressing on time and on budget at the Phoenix gold project, says owner Rubicon Minerals of Toronto. Construction at the site in the Red Lake district has passed the half-way point. At the mill, the semi-autogenous grinding and ball mills are being assembled on their foundations, and structural steel is going in for the elevated floors in the plant. Only electrical work remains to be done at the elution circuit.
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Pele teaming up with Canmet on rare earths research
Northern Ontario Business
Pele Mountain Resources is contributing samples from its Eco Ridge property to a research project on rare earth minerals being undertaken by CanmetMINING. Pele Mountain is moving the Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earths and Uranium project, located in Elliot Lake, towards production. The samples will undergo mineralogical characterization and processing amenability evaluation by Canmet, a branch of Natural Resources Canada focused on clean energy research and technology development.
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Sudbury mine rescuers taking on the world in Poland
Northern Life
For the first time, Vale will have a team compete in the International Mine Rescue Competition. Vale's East Mines Rescue Team recently flew to Poland to compete in the ninth International Mine Rescue Competition, which takes place in the city of Katowice. "We're just happy that we're going and that they're giving us that opportunity," said Lorne Plouffe, the team's captain. "It's great to show off the Vale mine rescue teams to the rest of the world."
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Kirkland Lake applying for funding for Swastika sewage plant
Northern Daily News
The future of the Swastika sewage treatment plant has yet to be determined. Kirkland Lake Director of Physical Services Mark Williams reported to council that two years ago the town applied for funding for work on the Swastika Sewage Plant but did not receive it. More recently an energy audit was conducted at the plant and Ministry of Environment conducted an audit of the facility.
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Stillwater tightens belt on Marathon mine project
Northern Ontario Business
Stillwater Mining is scaling back mine development at its Marathon PGM-copper project on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Montana-based miner announced recently that only limited exploration work will take place during the current field season and any continuation will depend on "positive results." The company previously pegged its 2014 spending plan at Marathon to be in the $5 million to $10 million range, but that's been curtailed to the $4 million to $6 million range.
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Harte Gold identifies source of Peacock Boulders
Canadian Mining Journal
Harte Gold recently issued an initial report on the exploration diamond drilling program that commenced last month on their 100 per cent owned Sugar Zone property located northeast of White River, ON. Harte Gold followed up on Induced Polarization surveys completed earlier this year by drilling 19 holes, some of which warrant further drill testing and structural analysis. The current drill program has identified the Wolf Zone as the origin of the high grade Peacock Boulders which were discovered in late 2009.
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Mining software company has big plans
Northern Life
After more than a decade working for information technology companies in the mining sector, Robert Patterson and Dave Peres decided it was time to start their own company. The two friends first started working together right after university, for a company called Century Systems. Century Systems developed geological data management systems for the mining sector. Technology company CAE later bought Century Systems, and created its CAE Mining arm.
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How mining companies use gourmet food, suite-style rooms to attract new recruits
National Post
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, lemon pepper-dusted sea bass and beef tenderloin marinated in garlic, ginger and scallions are just a few of the delicacies Executive Chef Allan Bedard serves up nightly. But the customers delighting in his meals aren't foodies in downtown Toronto. They are hungry miners, up to 500 of them, eager to devour a meal after working a 12-hour shift underground.

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Feds don't commit to $1 billion for Ring of Fire
Northern Ontario Business
The federal government is not ready to make a $1 billion commitment to Ring of Fire infrastructure, said Greg Rickford, Canada's minister of natural resources and FedNor. He made the statement in French, responding to a question from French media in Sudbury. Rickford said the feds have already made investments in the nearby First Nations to increase their educational opportunities.

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Changing the landscape: Geoscientists embrace 3-D printing
EARTH Magazine
The rapid proliferation of 3-D printing technology that began in the early 2000s sent ripples of excitement through the tech world and beyond; some pundits predicted 3-D printing would transform everything about modern life. Until a few years ago, however, the high price of printers put them out of reach for most academic researchers and hobbyists.

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The clever plan to mine lithium from geothermal power plants' wastewater
Regardless what you think about the future of phones or wearables or cars, there is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: We will need more batteries. And for that, we'll need more lithium. One start-up has its eyes on a new source of lithium: the wastewater from geothermal power plants. The curious and clever idea behind Simbol Materials, a six-year-old company based in southern California, involves a symbiosis with geothermal power plants.
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Metallurgical coal could be reaching a cyclical low
A particular type of coal — called metallurgical coal or coking coal — is used in the process of manufacturing of steel. After reaching a six-year low in its price and recent industry cutbacks to production, metallurgical coal is showing classic signs of a resource that is ready for a cyclical uptrend. Steve Yuzpe, CEO of Sprott Resource, specializes in finding long-term value plays in the private equity sector. He says metallurgical coal is an out-of-favour sector, and by his estimation, it is cheap and the price is probably due to improve.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Tectonic plates are moving faster as Earth ages (Nature World News)
Northwest Territories: 'Ring of Ice' diamond deposits rival 'Ring of Fire' (The Globe and Mail)
Mountains in Northern Ontario (CBC News)
Kirkland Lake's drills cut new gold zones at South Mine (The Northern Miner)

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