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APGO Regional Networking Event in Waterloo — November 19, 2014
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) is very pleased to partner once again with University of Waterloo to host a networking event on its campus. We cordially invite professional geoscientists, geoscientists-in-training, geoscience students, the academia, and other industry stakeholders in South West Ontario to join us. Register online here.

REMINDER! APGO Regional Networking Event in Sudbury — November 5, 2014
Don't miss out on this event! Register online here. Click on this link for details.
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AESAC's Fall Training Courses (Toronto)
Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada
Ministry of Environment (MOE) Expanded ESA Training Courses

Phase One: October 24th to 26th 2014 — Flyer
Phase Two: November 7th to 9th 2014 — Flyer
Venue: Monte Carlo Inn, Vaughan Suites, Vaughan, ON.

Both courses are confirmed (minimum attendance has been met). Only a few spots remain. Register now!

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The Farvolden Lecture Series
University of Waterloo
Groundwater Research Symposium

Friday, October 24, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Humanities Theatre
J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
University of Waterloo

The Farvolden Lecture Series was initiated in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of Dr. Robert N. Farvolden. This lecture series is supported by the Farvolden Scholarship Fund, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Waterloo Institute for Groundwater Research.

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Register Now for OPA's 2014 Ontario Exploration & Geoscience Symposium
Ontario Prospectors' Association
Hosted by Ontario Prospectors' Association (OPA), this event that will take place in Sudbury on November 4-5 will include technical presentations, exhibits and Awards Dinner. Click here for more information.

2014 Ontario Prospectors Association Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 OPA Award. Deadline for submissions is October 22, 2014. Please click here for more information.

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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 releases update from mining health and safety review
Canadian Mining Journal
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released a progress report from the mining health, safety and prevention review. The final report is not due until next year, but some of the recommendations are important enough to begin implementation now. Here are four areas of immediate concern.
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North Bay mine builder lands salt mine rehab work
Northern Ontario Business
Cementation Canada will be on familiar turf later this year as the North Bay mine builder has landed a major contract to rehabilitate the shafts at a Goderich salt mine. Kansas-based Compass Minerals, the owners of the Sifto salt mine, selected Cementation as part of a "multi-million-dollar" upgrade to reline the walls of two 55-year-old shafts at the mine, located on the shores of Lake Huron.
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Report on the Horlings Drainage Scheme
Bradford Times
Few residents of Bradford had heard of the Horlings Drainage scheme — until last year, when high water, heavy rains and strong northerly winds led to the failure of a dyke just east of Bradford, flooding 166 acres of prime marsh farmland. The breach, in May 2013, was the result of slumping of the saturated substrates, and the push of water against the dyke, causing a "blow out."
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Bowmanville plant looks into mining below Lake Ontario
It's still in the works, but St. Mary's Cement has plans to head below Bowmanville's stretch of Lake Ontario to meet some of its mining needs. The company has started meeting with the public on its plans to build a mine under Lake Ontario, a mine they believe could operate for up to 100 years. St. Mary's is seeking the limestone aggregate beneath the lake floor and the proposed mine would go approximately 170 metres deep and cover an area of 49 square kilometres.
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Bees help restore Sudbury mining site
Toronto Star
Retired foreman Wayne Tonelli worked in Sudbury's nickel mines since he was a teenager, but his new gig is pretty sweet. That's because his old boss Vale (formerly Inco) is mining for more than metals these days. The company is in the "liquid gold" business, enlisting thousands of honey bees to help restore a Sudbury landscape blighted by more than a century of nickel and copper mining and smelting.
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The geoscience community honors the man who shook up earthquake science
The American Geosciences Institute is honoring one of the scientists who advanced earthquake hazards preparedness and mitigation in the U.S. by his superlative service to the earth sciences. This year's recipient of the Ian Campbell Medal, Dr. James "Jim" Davis, is one of the key scientists behind U.S. earthquake hazards and loss reduction policy as it is known today.

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New sea floor map reveals uncharted mountains, massive scars
CBC News
Scientists have devised a new map of the Earth's sea floor using satellite data, revealing massive underwater scars and thousands of previously uncharted sea mountains residing in some of the deepest, most remote reaches of the world's oceans. The researchers said recently they used gravity measurements of the seafloor from radar equipment aboard the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite and NASA's Jason-1 satellite to capture underwater geological features in unprecedented detail.

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APGO introduces Life Membership to retirees
They say that geoscientists never retire. We do, however, eventually, get longer in the tooth and less inclined to scale cliffs and wade swamps. Or perhaps, as is happening currently in the mineral exploration field, work has simply dried up, with little near-term relief in sight. We at APGO have recently had an uptick in questions about retirement and the non-practicing membership category, so here's an attempt to provide a bit of clarity on the subject.

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Pre-historic currents brought icebergs to Florida
Pensioners flock to Florida from colder North American climes to spend their days basking in the sun and soaking in the warm sub-tropical waters. Now researchers say that thousands of years ago, icebergs did the same thing. As the massive North American ice sheet began to melt 20,000 years ago, fresh water pooled into lakes dammed by glaciers and debris. When those lakes burst, floods carried icebergs into the northern Atlantic Ocean.
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Carson City geoscience highlighted on Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology field trips
Nevada Appeal
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology recently hosted the 17th Annual Earth Science Week field trips, which highlight the dynamics of geosciences. The same field trip will run on each day, providing two opportunities to attend. The national theme, "Earth's Connected Systems," focuses on Nevada's geological treasures. This year's trips honour Nevada's 150th anniversary of statehood and explore the landscapes near Carson City.
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