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Coming up in Toronto on November 19th
The Toronto Geological Discussion Group
Canada's Mineral Landscape: Aboriginal Rights and Related Issues
Hosted by The Toronto Geological Discussion Group (TGDG)
November 19, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: 20 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8

This event is free for students. Please click on this link for detailed information and registration.
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REMINDER! APGO upcoming events
APGO regional networking events in South West Region:

WATERLOO, November 19, 2014

LONDON, November 27, 2014

Please go to the APGO Events page for details.

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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.

Howard Hampton to advise federal NDP on Ontario's Ring of Fire
CBC News
In a bid to try and push ahead the ill-fated development of the Ring of Fire mining project in northern Ontario, the federal NDP is bringing a well-known Ontario face on board to help. CBC News has learned federal New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will announce former Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton as a special adviser for the party. Mulcair will make the announcement before the party's weekly caucus meeting.
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Study: Mining supply, services sector contribute 41,000 jobs
Northern Life
In 2011, Ontario's mining supply and services sector contributed $3.9 billion to the province's gross domestic product, and sustained around 68,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to to a new study published by the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE). CAMESE managing director Jon Baird said the study's finding are historic, because economic contributions from the mining supply and services sector had never been studied to such a degree.
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Canadian mergers picking up: New Gold buys Bayfield
Canada-based New Gold said recently it plans to buy exploration company Bayfield Ventures for $16.6 million to expand its land holdings in the Rainy River mining district in northwestern Ontario. Bayfield's assets include a 100 per cent interest in three mineral properties, totalling 10 square kilometres, located adjacent to New Gold's Rainy River project.
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Brant biosolids storage facility at capacity
Brantford Expositor
The pace of development in some Brant communities is taxing the county's sewage processing system to the point that some parts require upgrades. The county's biosolids storage facility serves three water pollution control plants, including the Paris, St. George and Airport systems. But the storage facility is at such capacity that it has no standby storage for maintenance operations.
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Sudbury's Transition Metals juggles several exploration projects
Northern Life
The last year was difficult for mining exploration companies, but it was an improvement over 2013, says Scott McLean, president and CEO of Sudbury-based Transition Metals. "2015, I expect, is going to be better than 2014," McLean said at the 2014 Ontario Prospectors Association Exploration and Geoscience Symposium. "But realistically speaking, I think we're a ways out from the good traction in the mining equity markets."
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Wallbridge, Timmins prospector recognized by industry
Northern Ontario Business
Sudbury's Wallbridge Mining and legendary Timmins prospector and geologist Dean Rogers were recipients of Ontario Prospectors Association Awards at a dinner during the Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Sudbury recently. Wallbridge is operating its first mine producing copper, platinum, palladium and gold from its Broken Hammer open pit in Sudbury. The company also continues exploration on a large land package in the mining district through joint ventures with Lonmin, Impala Platinum Holdings and Glencore.
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Water plant closer to reality
Belleville Intelligencer
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory residents are weeks away from witnessing ground-breaking for a multi-million dollar water treatment plant conceived from seven years of planning. Slated to start taking shape sometime in January, the facility, which will take about 20 months to build, will distribute potable water directly to more than 60 residences and key community facilities including Quinte Mohawk School, the library, Community Wellness Centre, the police station and the fire hall.
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New Gold and Métis Nation of Ontario sign agreement
Net Newsledger
New Gold, as represented by the President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Gallagher, and, the Métis Nation of Ontario, as represented by MNO President Gary Lipinski and local Métis leadership, are pleased to announce that they have finalized a Participation Agreement with respect to the development and operation of the proposed Rainy River gold mining project in northwestern Ontario.

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Vale could dismantle Sudbury's Superstack
Northern Ontario Business
Some call it an eyesore, while many others see it as one of Sudbury's most easily identifiable and iconic landmarks. By the end of the year, Vale is expected to determine the future of the Superstack, and decide whether or not it should be dismantled. "The reality is that there's very little SO2 coming up the stack and it doesn't make a lot of sense for use to use the stack further," said Kelly Strong, Vale's vice-president of Ontario and U.K. operations.

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Recreating geology millions of years old, using a 3-D printer
The Diamondback
Though the planet's rocks, landscapes and fossils took millions and sometimes billions of years to form the first time around, university geologists hope to recreate some of them in a matter of hours. Researchers in the University of Maryland's geology department have started a LaunchUMD campaign to raise funds for a planned 3-D printing lab for their department.

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Robot 'dolphins' give clues to Antarctic melt in data revolution
Dolphin-sized robots are giving clues to a thaw of Antarctica's ice in a sign of how technology is revolutionizing data collection in remote polar regions, scientists said recently. An international study led by the California Institute of Technology used three yellow "gliders", about two meters long and each costing $240,000, to measure temperature and salinity in the depths of the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. The measurements showed how vast eddies drive heat into shallower waters around Antarctica, helping thaw coastal ice.
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Iron fertilization less efficient for deep-sea carbon dioxide storage than previously thought?
Ian Salter from the Alfred Wegener Institute and a team of international collaborators discovered that iron fertilization promotes the growth of shelled organisms. In a naturally iron-fertilized system in the Southern Ocean the growth and sinking of these phytoplankton grazers reduces CO2 deep-ocean storage by up to 30 per cent. Ignoring this response could result in overestimating the marine CO2 storage capacity resulting from iron fertilization. The study is published by Nature Geoscience.
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    Advances in Surficial Exploration Techniques (Goodman School of Mines | Mineral Exploration Research Centre)
Vale could dismantle Sudbury's Superstack (Northern Ontario Business)
Uranium exploration beyond the Athabasca Basin (Uranium Investing News)

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