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October 1, 2008 - No. 58

PDAC president to speak in India about the junior exploration sector

President Jon Baird will be representing the PDAC this month at a conference in Agra, India. He will be delivering a paper entitled ‘The role of junior companies in exploration’ at the two-day conference, Mining-Exploration Summit – Policy Initiatives, which is being held October 13-15 and organized by the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries. Click here for a copy of the program. A copy of Baird’s paper will be posted to the PDAC’s website closer to the time of delivery.

Aboriginal outreach will be the topic of an upcoming ‘webinar’

Philip Bousquet, director, regulatory affairs, will speak on the mineral industry’s work to include aboriginal Canadians in a ‘webinar’ on November 13, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration for this web based seminar, which is being organized by the Environmental Society of CIM, is required, and the fee is $25.00 for CIM members and $40.00 for non-members. Topics will include: the PDAC’s memorandum of understanding with the Assembly of First Nations; current efforts to establish a mining/aboriginal forum in the NWT; the work of the Mining Association of Canada’s TSM community of interest advisory panel on aboriginal issues and the activities of the PDAC’s aboriginal affairs committee. For more information and to register, click here.

Come and see us in Newfoundland and Saskatoon

The PDAC will have exhibit booths at the Newfoundland andLabrador Mineral Resources Review in St. John’s, October 30-November 1, and at the annual conference of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association in Saskatoon, November 2-4. We look forward to meeting our members at these events.

Federal government announces $100 million investment in northern geological mapping

On August 26, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the federal government will invest $100 million over the next five years on geological mapping in northern Canada. The program, entitled Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals, is an extension of the $34 million announced in the February 2008 federal budget. President Jon Baird wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, commending him for this initiative and expressing hope that the federal government will act on the McCrank recommendations aimed at improving the regulatory system in northern Canada. An article on the geological mapping announcement was prepared and published in the National Post on September 3. Click here for a copy.

So You Think You Know Mining’ video competition launched

The Ontario Mining Association (OMA) has launched a contest for budding movie producers. High school students in Ontario, working individually or as a team, are being offered the chance to produce two- to three-minute videos showcasing the benefits of mining. Resources will be provided for students and teachers. Winners will receive “substantial cash prizes,” and the winning productions will be shown at the May 2009 annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. More details about the competition will be posted on the OMA website in late October.

Applications from graduate students invited for the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

Applications are now invited for the fifth Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. Given annually to a graduate student at a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates geoscience mapping as a significant component, this award comprises a cheque for $3,000 and certificate. The winner can choose whether to receive his/her award at the PDAC’s annual convention in March or at the Geological Association of Canada’s annual meeting in May. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered either by the PDAC or by the GAC, depending on where the presentation is made. This award commemorates Mary-Claire Ward who worked hard to advance geoscience mapping in Canada. She died in 2004. Deadline for applications is December 15. Full details and an application form are here.

Scholarships now available from Kamloops exploration group

The Kamloops Exploration Group Society is inviting applications for scholarships under the Ronald C. Wells Geological Education Fund. A total of $1,500 is available to support scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. A minimum scholarship is $500, and a maximum is $1,500. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and registered as full-time students in the third or fourth year of an accredited undergraduate degree program in geology or earth sciences at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Full details here.

Poll says geology students are happiest with their degrees

In an article entitled ‘It’s official: geology rocks’ and published recently in The Guardian online, students in geology were reported as being amongst the happiest or the most satisfied with their choice of degree program. According to the article, “a national student survey showed that 95% of geology students in the poll of nearly 220,000 students studying all subjects at UK universities and colleges were satisfied with their courses. Only 67% of the photographers were.” The full article is here.

Mining Association of Canada releases its Facts & Figures 2008

The 2008 edition of Facts & Figures, an annual publication of the Mining Association of Canada, is now available. The 72-page publication provides details on the production, reserves, exploration, trade and investment, innovation, tax, and human resource aspects of the mineral industry. In announcing the publication’s release, the association notes that the industry is an important contributor to government coffers – paying over $10 billion in taxes and royalties to federal, provincial, and territorial governments in 2006. It is also the largest private employer of aboriginal Canadians. The report is available here.