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This Week's Showcase: Building strong connections through regional networking events across Ontario
APGO is very pleased to announce that we are enhancing regional networking opportunities for our members and students. Through the leadership of our Council members, APGO is leveraging the connections it has fostered with universities across the province to create forums where professionals and students can get together to network and learn from each other. There is no greater way to establish strong and enduring personal connections than with face-to-face interactions. APGO is committed to supporting these regional initiatives and we encourage our members to participate in these events.
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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.

Ontario's high energy rates could jeopardize mining
Northern Ontario Business
Ontario's power rates jeopardize the future of the province's mining sector, said Michael Mantha, the NDP's critic for northern development and mines. The MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin said the province needs to ensure the mining sector has more long-term predictability for hydro costs. "We need to focus on programs that will have a greater impact," he said.
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Industry report: Canadian junior miners face challenging times
Waterloo Region Record
Canada's junior mining companies, hit hard by low metal prices and tight financial markets, still face months of challenges after the sector's market value dropped to the lowest level in at least six years, according to an industry report. "We don't expect any improvement until the end of the first quarter of 2014," said Nochane Rousseau, the report's author and the Quebec mining leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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CEO: Integrated approach required for modern mining
Northern Life
"At the end of the day, it's about the rocks." It's simple advice delivered by TMAC Resources CEO Catharine Farrow, but insight that's carrying the company forward in its quest to become the next major gold mining camp in Canada. As the second in a succession of visiting lecturers to the Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University, Farrow spoke about how miners have to understand data gleaned from the rocks before they can be mined effectively, Farrow said.
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Graphene needs graphite
Net Newsledger
The graphite find at Zenyatta Ventures's Albany Project in Northwestern Ontario offers an insight into the future. Graphite is the compound that is needed to make graphene. Graphene is a new material that offers incredible opportunity that changes the game for many products. First isolated in 2004, graphene is the best-studied 2D material and has been the subject of thousands of papers studying its electrical behavior and device applications.
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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.

Canada Fluorspar Q&A: Decision time is approaching
Proactive Investors
Toronto-listed Canada Fluorspar is positioning itself as a significant producer of fluorspar, a niche mineral with key applications in the chemical and metal alloy industry with a global market value of $3 billion. The company has 41 known mineralized veins on its fluorspar assets in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, two of which — Blue Beach and Tarefare — have been drilled and vended into a partnership with French chemical giant Arkema.
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Are cash costs for gold producers rising or falling?
Gold Investing News
One of the most significant factors impinging on the profitability of gold producers currently is rising cash costs. That, combined with a diminishing gold price, has squeezed the profit margins of major companies and led to huge writedowns by such industry stalwarts as Barrick Gold, Newmont and Newcrest. As to whether the cost picture is improving or worsening, the results are mixed.
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Scientists devising method to recycle rare earths from wastewater
Rare Earth Investing News
Mineral exploration companies have long been intent on breaking the Chinese monopoly on rare earth metals, but a new recycling technology could help to relieve the tight supply of some REE metals that is causing anxiety in the West — due to their necessity in high-tech applications like cell phones and green technologies.

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Important tax tips for APGO members
Oscar Torres, CPA, CA, LPA of Bateman MacKay LLP
The way in which expenses are deducted for tax purposes is related to whether a person is an employee, a self-employed individual or an incorporated business. Employees are very limited in the expenses they can deduct when calculating the tax that is owed to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Self-employed individuals as well as incorporated businesses have much more flexibility.

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APGO welcomes new members to its Council
An active Council is integral to APGO's success as we forge ahead to realize our vision to be the leader of the geoscience professions. APGO happened as a result of strong leadership, determination, and tireless work. The Association benefits immensely from the collective work of its Council members, both past and present. APGO is pleased to announce the new additions to its Council. We welcome Brad Leonard, John Gartner, Rustam Juma and Robert Linnen.

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Physicists reveal results of dark matter study from bottom of a gold mine
A U.S. team of researchers hunting for dark matter in a former gold mine in South Dakota, said recently that the Large Underground Xenon experiment has proven itself to be the most sensitive dark matter detector ever created. Announcing the first results from the test's initial 90-day run during a seminar at the Sanford Lab in Lead, S.D., the team said they have obtained results that are "the first physics outcomes achieved since the Ray Davis solar neutrino experiment, which earned him a Nobel Prize for Physics."
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Adriana counts more than 20 billion tonnes of resources at Lac Otelnuk
Canadian Mining Journal
Toronto-based Adriana Resources has put together resource numbers for the Lac Otelnuk iron ore property in Nunavik, and the numbers are in the billions. The project is a joint venture of Adriana (40 per cent) and Wisco International Resources Development and Investment (60 per cent). The estimate was prepared by Watts, Griffis, McOuat using information gathered during 50,802 metres of drilling at the property in 2012.
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Billions of litres of coal-mine muck leaks into Athabasca River
Edmonton Journal
Geotechnical engineers remained at the Obed Mountain coal mine recently, trying to determine how one billion litres of murky water leaked from a containment pond into the Athabasca River. A barrier gave way recently, allowing liquid containing coal dust, sand and dirt to flow through two creeks into the Athabasca, said Darin Barter, a spokesman for the Alberta Energy Regulator.
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