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August 22, 2007, No. 46

PDAC submits brief to Canada’s mines ministers

In its brief to this year’s annual meeting of Canadian mines ministers, the PDAC is submitting a series of recommendations on topics that form the underpinnings of the investment climate for the mineral industry in Canada. These include a high-quality geoscience database, a competitive tax policy, an efficient regulatory regime, and a strategic approach to promoting Canada’s advantages and expertise. PDAC President Patricia Dillon will be presenting the brief to ministers in September. The meeting will be held in Whistler, British Columbia. Click here for the full text of the brief.

Exploration 07 ? Sept. 9-12 ? Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Registration is still open for the upcoming Exploration 2007 conference. This is the fifth in a series of once-a-decade meetings organized by the Canadian mineral exploration community. The event, to be held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, from September 9 to 12, has exploration technology as its principal focus. Highlights include: strategic updates from world experts in the fields of geochemistry, geophysics, remote sensing and data processing and visualization; access to a state-of-the-art 3D theatre featuring 20 ‘real world’ examples; poster displays; day-long session assessing major exploration deposit models and exploration techniques; workshops in geochemistry, geophysics, data analysis, GIS, remote sensing and airborne best practices; and trade show. Full details.

PDAC Convention 2008 – Call for papers

The organizing committee of the open session at PDAC Convention 2008 is calling for papers for the session. Papers on the following topics are of particular interest: exploration and mining finance; properties of merit (their recent exploration and development history); geophysical/geochemical practices in the areas of active exploration; best practices; commodities; new concepts and technical developments (particularly their application to deposit discovery and definition); country or regional profiles; socio-economic issues; case studies; legal and regulatory issues; sustainability/environmental issues; and land access. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2007. Click here for submission details.

ICMM launches REACH Metals Gateway

REACH is a European Community regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law came into force on June 1, 2007. According to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), “the new program reverses the common premise that it is the role of regulators to prove that a product may be harmful and instead places the burden of proof (of safety) onto industry. Manufacturers and importers are required to gather information on the properties of the substances they use and produce and to register this in a central database. Depending on the risk characterization of a material or chemical, authorization may then be required before it can be used or produced.” ICMM has set up a REACH gateway to assist producers and downstream users comply with the new legislation. Click here for the ICMM bulletin announcing the establishment of the REACH Metals Gateway.

Second notice ? Corporate social responsibility panel ? Thursday, September 6 ? Toronto

PDAC members are invited to attend a panel discussion on Canada’s reputation abroad: The role, impact and responsibilities of the Canadian mining industry on September 6 in Toronto. The event is being organized by the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Toronto Branch (CIIA), in sponsorship with McMillan Binch Mendelsohn, and will take place at the offices of the latter, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, 44th Floor, Toronto. Click here for more details. The PDAC is sponsoring tickets for its members to attend this event. To obtain a complimentary ticket, please send an email with your PDAC membership number to [email protected]. For more information, contact Tammy Nestoruk, [email protected], tel 416 865 7866.

Sequel to More than Free Gold to be published in February 2008

Free Gold by Arnold Hoffman is a story about Canadian exploration and mining to the end of the Second World War. Author Michael Barnes picks up where Hoffman finished in a sequel entitledMore than Free Gold - Mineral Exploration in Canada since WWII. The new book will be published in February 2008 and will be available for sale at PDAC Convention 2008. More details about the book and the author here.

Paintings of prospectors for sale

Nancy Mangan, the daughter of J. J. Mangan, a prospector and a longtime member of the PDAC, is selling two oil paintings depicting prospectors at work. The paintings were given to her father by the artist, Howard Edwards. The paintings, which can be viewed below are both 23” x 25” in size; neither has markings on the back. If you are interested in putting a bid in, send it in with your name, address, fax number and phone number to Nancy at [email protected]. The paintings will be sold as a pair (bid to reflect this). You will receive a coded answer. The closing date for bids is September 30, 2007.

Painting 1

 Painting 2