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This Week's Showcase: CPD Opportunities for APGO Members — PDAC 2014 Short Courses
PDAC has now published the list of short courses it will be offering at its event, the PDAC Convention 2014. The APGO considers these courses as acceptable Continuing Professional Development activities for its members.
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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.

Cliffs suspends massive Ontario 'Ring of Fire' mine project
Sun News Network
A plan to mine a massive chromite deposit in northwestern Ontario and ship the ore to a Capreol, ON plant for processing has been put on hold — along with hundreds of new jobs that would have been created. Cliffs Natural Resources announced recently it will suspend indefinitely its activities in the "Ring of Fire" by the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.
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Grey Bruce Health Unit recommends radon testing
CTV News
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is recommending winter radon testing for all homes to determine if families are at risk of radon exposure. Dr. Hazel Lynn, medical officer of health, said in a statement "Radon is a health concern for Canadians, but few homeowners understand the risk or how they can protect themselves and their family against it... Grey Bruce Health Unit is joining other public health units in a collaborative awareness campaign to help people better understand this issue."
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WS-2 Water Level Indicator

The new Waterra digital WS-2 Water Level Indicator is an improved version of the original WS-1. The WS-2 is available with either imperial or metric tapes and open or closed reel formats. The Waterra WS Water Level Sensors are advanced products utilizing the most recent electronic technology. These sensors have been designed to offer the user the best features available at an affordable price.

Lakehead mining institute opens dialogue on sustainable development
Northern Ontario Business
Lakehead University's fledgling mining research institute wants to take a pragmatic, solutions-based, approach to advancing exploration in Northern Ontario, starting with an inaugural conference. The newly minted Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration is hosting an event aimed at examining past, current and future public policy and how it promotes sustainable mining development.
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Owen Sound plans wastewater upgrades
Daily Commercial News
The City of Owen Sound will begin the search in early 2014 for a general contractor to do upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. "The primary purpose of the upgrade is secondary treatment," says Matt Prentice, the city's manager of water and wastewater. Currently the facility, built in 1962 and expanded in 1978, only provides primary treatment to sewage, which does not meet provincial or federal standards.
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Mega says early Headway results are promising
Canadian Mining Journal
Mega Precious Metals of Thunder Bay, ON, is in the earliest stages of drilling at its Headway gold property in the Red Lake area, but already the company is encouraged by what its has found. Several similarities to Goldcorp's Red Lake gold operation were identified. The company said deep drilling has confirmed the geological model. Hole MH1103 intersected altered and deformed Balmer Assemblage rocks of the same type as at Red Lake.
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Stantec awarded engineering design for STF
Lakeshore Advance
The joint board for the sewage treatment plant recently approved that Lambton Shores and South Huron award the engineering design and construction administration services for the Grand Bend and Area Sewage Treatment Plant to Stantec Consulting at a cost of $1,395,000. The recommendation will go back to both councils shortly for approval.
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558,000 tonnes of soil to be removed from Lac-Mégantic
The Gazette
Quebec's Environment Department says more than half-a-million tonnes of contaminated soil will have to be removed from Lac-Mégantic in the wake of this summer's train derailment and explosion. Decontaminating the accident site is an "important step" in allowing Lac-Mégantic residents to have unrestricted use of the areas affected by the accident, the department said.

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The 50 Most Influential — Toronto Life Magazine, December 2013
In this month's issue of Toronto Life Magazine, Maureen Jensen, P.Geo., APGO member and former President (2006-2007) was named the 10th most influential person in Toronto in her capacity as the Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. Referred to as "the most feared person on Bay Street" by the magazine, Ms. Jensen has brought cases against a number of high profile companies.

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New Canadian network to push rare earth mining
Rare Earth Investing News
Canadian rare earth explorers, like those in the United States, Australia and Africa, are hoping to break the monopoly that China has on the metals used in everything from the latest smartphones to wind turbines and missile guidance systems. Now those companies are getting some assistance from the Canadian government with the formation of a new association called the Canadian Rare Earth Elements Network.

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Addressing skills shortage in the mining sector a priority
Mining Weekly
In a keynote speech at the Mining Association of Canada's board meeting, Canada's Employment and Social Development and Multi-culturalism Minister Jason Kenney said the country was committed to increase the skills and employability of Canadians to overcome skills shortages in the mining sector. "With tremendous growth projected in Canada's mining sector in the coming years, we need to ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to fill the jobs available today and in the future," Kenney said.
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Only half of drugs and other contaminants removed from sewage
Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants. That's the finding of a new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes. The impact of most of these "chemicals of emerging concern" on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear. Nevertheless, the commission report concludes that better water treatment is needed.
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