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This Week's Showcase: Gearing Up for Student Outreach
APGO is starting to roll out its student outreach this fall. Council members have connected with universities to make a presentation to students who are on the path of carving a career in the field of geoscience. The outreach provides great opportunity for APGO to be strongly connected with the academia but more importantly, to raise awareness among students aspiring to be in the field of what it takes to realize their dream profession. There are no better people to do this than our practicing members themselves. They provide a wealth of knowledge and insights that greatly enrich our key messages to get students to start early and plan ahead.

Click here to see the presentation's key points, and a schedule of the speaking engagements.
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APGO New Staff Member — Marilen Miguel
APGO welcomes Marilen Miguel to a newly created staff position: Coordinator, Member Services and Stakeholder Relations. Marilen has a wealth of experience in different non-government organizations (NGO) building partnerships and supporting advisory groups at local and provincial levels around implementation aspect of publicly funded provincial training initiatives.
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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.

Ministry of Labour targets stability of excavation in mines
The Sudbury Star
The Ministry of Labour will target hazards affecting the stability of excavations in underground mines during a blitz this month. The increased enforcement is part of the province's Safe At Work Ontario compliance initiative. Mining inspectors and engineers will visit underground mines to check that mines have proper control measures in place to prevent ground (rock) collapse, as well as rock bursts. They will ensure employers are complying with Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations for mines and mining plants.
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WS-2 Water Level Indicator

The new Waterra digital WS-2 Water Level Indicator is an improved version of the original WS-1. The WS-2 is available with either imperial or metric tapes and open or closed reel formats. The Waterra WS Water Level Sensors are advanced products utilizing the most recent electronic technology. These sensors have been designed to offer the user the best features available at an affordable price.

Red Lake starving for workers
CBC News
A strong economy, stable population and lots of jobs sounds like a dream come true for many communities — but the mining town of Red Lake has almost zero unemployment and is starving for workers. Red Lake's economic development officer figures the roughly 80 people in the community who are out of work "just don't have the skills, or can't work," Bill Greenway said. "So, there's zero unemployment here." The town — located about 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay — also struggles with millions of dollars leaving the community every year.
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Canada in the era of unburnable carbon
Huffington Post Canada
Investments in the oil, gas and coal industry are starting to lose their value and will become a liability, based on a major UN report released recently. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2,000+ page report confirms that Canada must keep more than 75 per cent of its fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Forget peak oil. This is the era of unburnable carbon. At the current 'burn rate' the remaining carbon budget will only last 15 or so years.
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Renewable power sources becoming business propositions
Mining Weekly
Mining companies these days are considering implementing various renewable power projects at mine sites mainly to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, to demonstrate sustainability and to drive down costs, a representative from the world's biggest gold miner, Barrick Gold, told the Renewable Energy and Mining Conference in Toronto recently. The company's director of power within the projects division, Scott Fraser, said Barrick's attraction to renewable power sources was not initially for cost savings, but more altruistic in nature.
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Rig workers can RIDE to safety on innovative escape system
Edmonton Journal
Eight years ago, an Alberta derrickman became trapped in mid-air as he tried to use a zip line, the only device available at the time, to escape a well blow-out. The well was spewing oil, which could have ignited at any time. Boulter's boss decided that something better must be built. What started out as a single well service company's solution for its own staff soon expanded, and Rapid Industrial Descent Equipment (RIDE) was perfected.

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Economic slowdown hurts employment — Again
By George Wahl, P.Geo.
This is not the first, nor will it be the last time that the world economy affects employment opportunities for P.Geo.'s and those wanting to become P.Geo.'s. APGO member George Wahl, P.Geo. wrote the following article that was first published in the Jan./Feb. 2009 Field Notes. He suggested that the article be re-published in Field Notes as the recommendations he made to get through the tough cycle of 2009 remain true today in 2013. Our thanks go to George for his sage advice.

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Production drill core logging in operating mines
Recently, the APGO Geology Sub-committee of the Professional Practice Committee was asked to respond to the following questions: "Is it acceptable for a mining company to employ core splitters or others having no formal education at all in geoscience as core loggers? Would such persons be legally able to log production core at a mine site? Would such persons be legally able to log core for the purpose of generating a 43-101 resource if supervised by a qualified P. Geo.?"

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Discovery promises generations of jobs
Cottage Country Now
A recent find will nearly double the estimated lifespan of the Kearney, ON graphite mine. "We defined more resources, which will potentially double our mine life," Ontario Graphite Mine general manager Jerry Janik said recently. "It's huge. It's very exciting." The graphite mine was already predicted to be one of the largest in North America. "This just solidifies our viability and longevity," adds Janik. He says the area to the northeast of the mine is also unexplored.
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Northwest iron company's shares on the delist list
Northern Ontario Business
Rockex Mining announced the TSX will delist the company's common shares at the close of day shortly for failing to meet the exchange's continued listing requirements. The decision is appealable, but the Thunder Bay and Toronto-based junior miner said in a recent press release that it's considering listing on another exchange. Rockex is exploring a series of iron ore deposits in northwestern Ontario centred around its 3,600-hectare Western Lake St. Joseph Project located 100 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout.
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Using engineering to destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater
There are several advantages to having natural microbes break down contaminants in soil and groundwater. Sometimes, however, the microbes need a little boost from the outside to help get them going. Scientists either use "bio-stimulation," which involves giving them nutrients or oxygen, or "bio-augmentation," which involves transferring foreign microbes with new "degradative capabilities" into the existing microbes that will cause them to work.
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Energy, Ring of Fire discussed at NOMA
Kenora Online
Members of the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association (NOMA) have a lot to think about, following their recent annual fall conference in Thunder Bay. The association's president, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield, said one of their focuses during the two days was the use of power in northwestern Ontario. He says they addressed Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle regarding the issue.
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Wesdome concludes buy-out of Windarra
Canadian Mining Journal
Wesdome Gold Mines has completed its previously announced acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Windarra Minerals. As a result, Windarra has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Wesdome. With this deal, Wesdome adds an established Canadian exploration company to its holdings. Windarra has 20 year's experience exploring in the Mishibishu Greenstone belt, and holds a further 100 per cent interest in the two Mishi mining leases.
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