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APGO Members Speak Out
In preparation for the APGO Council strategic planning session in September, a survey asking for feedback was sent to the membership. 276 members fully completed the survey and provided over 450 written responses. Some praised the Association, others did not. In the spirit of transparency, APGO has posted a summary of the results including all unedited comments. The survey was anonymous and we do not believe that any comment can be attributed to any one contributor.

Council was impressed with the number of responses received and the thought provoking statements conveyed by the membership. Council extends their thanks to all those that contributed their ideas to the strategic plan.

Please read the overview of the survey and click the link within to read the survey written responses. The APGO 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, once approved by Council will be posted on the APGO website, likely in the month of December.
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Ottawa to step up support for mining
The Globe and Mail
The Canadian government is readying a campaign to promote this country's mining sector abroad, an effort that will draw on Ottawa's power and global network of diplomatic missions to help companies expand their exploration and extraction activity around the world. It's the latest step in the Harper Conservatives' efforts to redirect foreign affairs, international development and trade spending so it's more targeted to core economic interests.
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Long Lake mine in Sudbury a priority for cleanup
Northern Ontario Business
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is working on finding a solution to the higher-than-acceptable arsenic levels detected in Long Lake in Sudbury. Elevated levels of the carcinogen were found in the west end of the lake in 2012, following testing done at the urging of the Long Lake Stewardship Committee. Arsenic was detected in the west end of the lake, near Luke Creek, which leads directly from the old tailings of the Long Lake Gold Mine.
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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.

Graphite exploration in Northern Ontario
Graphite Investing News
Fervour over Zenyatta Ventures' Albany graphite deposit, located in Northern Ontario, has brought the region to the forefront, inspiring companies such as Brookemont Capital, Cavan Ventures and TAD Mineral Exploration to set up shop near the deposit. Here's a look at what Zenyatta is doing in Ontario, as well as an overview of seven other companies that picked up properties nearby over the summer.
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Using heat to beat toxins
Researchers have developed a promising way to cleanse the environment of volatile organic compounds — some of the most insidious toxins known to humans. Instead of digging polluted subsoil and transporting it to treatment plants, the new technology heats the contaminated areas and releases the toxic chemicals, which are then extracted from the ground and destroyed. This may be a cheaper and safer way to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater — and make our cities healthier.
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Canada Lithium restarts plant commissioning
Mining Weekly
Canada Lithium has resumed commissioning of its process plant near Val d'Or, QC, following a three-week maintenance and upgrade programme that started last month. The company started reheating the kiln, and crushing and grinding sections recently. Canada Lithium improved the hydrometallurgical plant, including installing acid-cleaning and bicarbonate recovery units and upgrades to the pumping capacity.
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Gold exploration budget hit all-time high in 2012, but future doesn't look rosy
Gold exploration budgets increased drastically since 1999, reaching an all-time high of more than $6 billion in 2012, but the total amount of precious metal found in major discoveries fell short of replacing global production, shows a report by SNL Metals Economics Group. But as the global mining slowdown hit the industry late last year, resources companies have decided to cut expenses and are refocusing spending on mines already in production, rather than on exploration efforts.
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Online tool aids mining safety in U.S.
Canadian Safety Reporter
The U.S. Department of Labor has created a new online tool for the mining industry to gauge how successful any newly implemented safety measures have been. The online calculator gives mine operators who have executed a corrective action program the ability to determine if their mines are successfully reducing significant and substantial (S&S) violations, according to the Department of Labor.

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APGO Member Survey 2013 Results
Gord White, CEO
APGO sent an online survey to the membership in August to gather data for September's strategic planning session of the Council. Click here for an in-depth look and further commentary on the survey's findings.

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APGO's career section is now easier to access
By popular demand, APGO has made a change to how jobs posted by external companies are accessed on the website. Job postings are now publicly displayed on the front-end of the APGO website. This means visitors no longer need to log in to view them.

Check out the current job opportunities here.

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Comet impacts create amino acids, potentially jump starting life
All life on Earth is based on amino acids, and now a team of researchers from Imperial College London believe they've figured out the mechanism that produced those amino acids. According to the new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, comet collisions could blanket a planet with the building blocks of life. The astrobiologists believe that high-speed collisions between comets and other bodies can forge amino acids from simpler organic molecules.
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A field tour of Alaskan base metals deposits
Resource Investing News
Alaska is a geologically diverse state with rocks varying in age from late Precambrian to Quaternary. Located on the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and North American plates, Alaska is composed of "accreted terranes," or geological slices of different rock types of diverse ages sutured against one another. A region with accreted terranes is evidence that continent-building has occurred repeatedly along a plate margin.
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Groundwater reserves found in Northern Kenya in exploration initiative
Water World
Two strategic groundwater reserves were recently identified in Turkana County in Northern Kenya, as a result of an exploration mapping project, GRIDMAP (Groundwater Resources Investigation for Drought Mitigation in Africa Programme), spearheaded by UNESCO in partnership with the government of Kenya and with the financial support of the Government of Japan. Three additional aquifers have also been identified, but have not yet been confirmed by drilling and would also need to be assessed using complementary techniques.
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