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Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University and SAMSSA Present: Managing Finances in a Difficult Market Place
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October 18-19, 2013

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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 conducts enforcement blitz
Sudbury Star
The Ministry of Labour will target hazards affecting the stability of excavations in underground mines during a blitz this October. 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 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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Intakes closed after 860,000 litres of sewage spill into Grand River
It took only 35 minutes for approximately 860,000 litres of raw sewage to spill into the Grand River recently. Officials say the spill was caused by a malfunction at a pumping station in Waterloo. The spill began following a power failure, and sewage continued to pour into a creek that feeds the river until a failed transfer switch was repaired afterwards. The sewage passed through Kitchener and was expected to hit Brantford as well.
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Inline Disposable Filters

Waterra currently has 3 Inline Disposable Filter options available — the 0.45 Micron high turbidity FHT-45, 0.45 Micron medium turbidity FMT-45, and the 0.2 Micron CAP300X2. All our filters use high quality polyethersulphone filter media (which offers excellent particle retention above the target micron size range) and are pre-rinsed with 1L of de-ionized water to ensure purity.

Northern Summit vital for growth
Timmins Press
Northern Ontario is facing numerous challenges which impact our potential for economic development. Given the price being fetched by mining commodities and the likely resurgence of the lumber industry in the coming years, — due to the predicted rebound of the U.S. housing market — Northern Ontario has the potential to be booming. This is why it is vital for the provincial government to come to the table for a Northern Summit, as requested collectively by the mayors from the North's largest cities.
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Clues to foam formation could help find oil
e! Science News
Blowing bubbles in the backyard is one thing and quite another when searching for oil. That distinction is at the root of new research by Rice University scientists who describe in greater detail than ever precisely how those bubbles form, evolve and act. A new study led by Rice chemical and biomolecular engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and published in the journal Soft Matter describes two previously unknown ways that bubbles form in foam.
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Geophysical Services

Geophysics GPR (Goupil, Paul, Reid) International Inc. has been providing geophysical services in Ontario since 1991. We want to thank the geoscientists and engineers of Ontario for their strong support. We will be featuring the geophysical applications relevant to hydrogeologists and environmental concerns over the next several weeks.

Student sees the light in world's thinnest material
The StarPhoenix
With $105,000 in federal research funding, University of Saskatchewan physics student Adrian Hunt is using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to study a new material that's been causing a stir in the scientific world. The material, called graphene, is the world's first 2D crystal. Scientists first created it less than a decade ago by making the mineral graphite as thin as physically possible: a layer one atom thick.
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Gold industry injected $210 billion into global economy last year
Resource Clips
While the gold industry hasn't had the chance to shine bright this year, a study published recently reveals the sector contributed more than $210 billion to the world's economy in 2012, pretty much equivalent to the GDP of Ireland, the Czech Republic or Beijing. The independent report is the first to take into account the entire value chain from large-scale mining supply to consumer demand with the goal of quantifying how the precious metal contributes to local and global economic development.
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Platinum may be best bet among precious metals
International Business Times
Platinum may be the best precious metal to bet on, whatever happens to the global economy or its more popular cousin gold, Kitco Metals precious metals director Peter Hug said recently. On the one hand, if the global economy recovers, platinum and platinum group metals, including palladium, stand to gain as well. That's because the metal's heavy industrial use in automobile parts should benefit from a recovering automobile market in the United States and Europe.

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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."

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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. Click here to see the presentation's key points, and a schedule of the speaking engagements.

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Is the iron ore bull run over?
Iron Investing News
Iron ore has enjoyed a good price run this year, even as other base metals have seen lackluster performance. Iron ore was at a yearly high of $158 in February, dropped down to $114.82 in June, but has risen again in the last two months. It was at $137.06 in August, an 11.5 per cent climb since June. However, there are storm clouds gathering on the horizon for iron ore.
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String of coal mine deaths following U.S. government shutdown
For the first time in a decade, the U.S. coal mining industry has seen three workplace deaths in three days. The United Mine Workers union says the government shutdown may have had some impact on safety regulation. Following the shutdown, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sent home more than half its 2,355 person workforce in charge of enforcing safety rules. The MSHA says it will prioritize inspections at mines with a history of safety problems.
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Legislation to protect Chile's glaciers, supplies worries mining industry
Times Colonist
Just how to define a glacier is at the heart of a Chilean congressional battle that could determine the future of mining in the world's largest copper-producing country. The revival of legislation to protect glaciers by banning mining in glacial areas is spawning debate among miners, farmers and environmentalists about how to both protect vital water supplies and Chile's mining industry. If the bill passes, mining experts fear it could shutter multibillion-dollar mining projects and slow investment.
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