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Goodman School of Mines Presents 'Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods'
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February 25-27, 2015
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This course has been presented over 950 times to more than 21,000 individuals. It is designed for managers, engineers, geologists, land men, scientists, accountants and other professionals concerned with measuring the economically equivalent value of investment opportunities.
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Fedeli: Ontario should be No. 1 in mining
Timmins Press
Vic Fedeli wants to make Ontario No. 1 in mining again. The MPP for Nipissing and Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate paid a visit to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce recently during his campaign tour. He laid out his plan to help small businesses if he gets elected as party leader this coming May. He called it an excellent opportunity to discuss the business climate in Ontario.
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Vale has new base metals boss
The Sudbury Star
Jennifer Maki has been appointed executive director of Vale's Base Metals division after its previous executive director, Peter Poppinga, was named executive director of Ferrous Minerals for the company. Maki has worked for Vale since 1993, and since January has been the chief financial and administrative officer for Base Metals. She also participated in the management of Base Metals businesses outside Canada.
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Quinte Conservation cleans up Ackerman Property
Inside Belleville
A massive clean-up project intended to make the environment safer in an area near the Deloro Mine Site has come to an end. A presentation by Mark Boone at Quinte Conservation's board meeting recently, detailed the Ackerman Property clean-up. This clean-up represents one small step in the Ontario government's effort to clean up the entire Deloro area which has been contaminated from years of industrial use.
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Let the dewatering begin
Northern Ontario Business
Northern Iron announced it has a permit in hand to begin dewatering the former Griffith open-pit mine in northwestern Ontario. The Vancouver miner announced recently that the Ministry of Environment issued a permit to allow dewatering of the north pit of the former iron ore mine. "The issuance of the dewatering permit for the North Pit is important news as it enables our drill crews to drill from the upper benches of the pit and our consulting team to determine both the amount and quality of the ore remaining in the Griffith pit," said company president and CEO Basil Botha in a statement.
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Haggart wins support for water protection against aggregate mining
Brant News
A former County of Brant mayoral candidate has won the support of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee for a motion expressing concern over land uses that penetrate and make vulnerable sources of municipal water. Roy Haggart, a Paris man who represents the committee in Brantford, Brant County and Hamilton, presented the motion to the committee earlier this month. The committee passed the motion unanimously. The committee chair was asked to forward the motion and a letter of explanation to Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.
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NORCAT training centre at Collège Boréal
Timmins Press
NORCAT, the Sudbury-based mining research and innovation agency, has opened a training and development centre in Timmins. The facility is set up at the Timmins campus of Collège Boréal. NORCAT Timmins, as the facility is called, will provide programs, services and training resources that focus on such things as reducing injuries, saving lives and enhancing productivity in the workplace, said Ken Stewart, the manager of training and development for NORCAT Timmins.
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San Diego seeks to recycle wastewater for drinking
CTV News
The San Diego City Council voted unanimously recently to advance a $2.5 billion plan to re-use wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought. The plan calls to initially recycle 15 million gallons by 2023 and 83 million gallons a day by 2035, about one-third of the city's water supply. It enjoys broad support from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, business groups and environmental advocates.
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Study shows tectonic plates not rigid, deform horizontally in cooling process
Geology Times
The puzzle pieces of tectonic plates that make up the outer layer of the earth are not rigid and don't fit together as nicely as we were taught in high school. A study published in the journal Geology by Corné Kreemer, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his colleague Richard Gordon of Rice University, quantifies deformation of the Pacific plate and challenges the central approximation of the plate tectonic paradigm that plates are rigid.
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'Aquatic osteoporosis' jellifying lakes
Science Daily
A plague of "aquatic osteoporosis" is spreading throughout many North American soft-water lakes due to declining calcium levels in the water and hindering the survival of some organisms. The reduced calcium availability is hindering the survival of aquatic organisms with high calcium requirements and promoting the growth of nutrient-poor, jelly-clad animals.

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Kerr Mines selling Northern Ontario assets
Northern Ontario Business
Kerr Mines has entered a pair of agreements to sell its Northern Ontario assets in a deal worth $11 million. Kerr's assets in the North include the Kerr Addison property, the McGarry Mine property and additional McGarry Township claims in the Larder Lake mining division in Northeastern Ontario. Pursuant to the terms of the first agreement the company has agreed to sell additional properties.

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Targeting Ontario's next major nickel discovery
Resource Investing News
Geologists such as Robert Dietz have long suggested that the nickel-copper-PGE ores for which the Sudbury Basin in Ontario is famous, are "of cosmic origin." Furthermore, Dietz suggested that the Sudbury Basin itself was created by a meteorite impact. Data collected suggests that the mineralization causing the Pecors anomaly is more similar to that found at other nickel mines in the Sudbury Basin than to that of the nearby Pele Mountain uranium REE project.

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Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice
Toronto Sun
Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an underwater robot is providing a nice solution. Satellite measurements can be skewed by surface snow, and some ice floes are simply too difficult to reach by ship, even icebreakers, to make direct measurements by drilling into them.
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