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In This Issue
President's Perspective: An Update On APGO's Progress - Good News About Professional Liability Insurance and Other Developments!
New Developments in "e3": The Essential Internet-based Toolkit For Environmental and Social Responsibility - By Philip Bousquet
APGO Gains Some International Exposure In Kuwait By Norm S.W. Williams
Lifewater Canada: Using Geoscience Expertise To Help African People, By Jim Gehrels, P.Geo.
From our neighbours to the south. Permission to reprint this article from the AIPG.
"A Review of Ethical Enforcement Proceedings Against Competent and Qualified Persons by David Abbott, Jr."

Headliners
 
The Regulatory Log
Colluvium

1. PDAC announces new PLI program
2. Call for Abstracts - CGS/IAH-CNC Ottawa 2007- Please Note Deadline Extended to February 14, 2007



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From Far Afield

1.a) Saturday, 3 February 2007, 12:04 GMT
The semantics of climate change By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News Is it so difficult to curb the growth of greenhouse gases because scientists and politicians are speaking a different language?
b) Friday, 2 February 2007, 11:14 GMT
Humans blamed for climate change By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website, Paris The options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions appear in a different light, because you can see what the costs of inaction are Dr Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chairman

2. a) Friday, 2 February 2007
Concrete 'to stem Java mud flow' A plan to drop concrete balls into the mouth of a "mud volcano" in East Java to stem its flow should go into action next week, Indonesian scientists say.
b) Wednesday, 24 January 2007 BBC News
Drilling blamed for Java mud leak A mud leak that has displaced thousands of Indonesians was most probably caused by drilling for gas, a scientific study into the disaster concludes.

3. a) February 2, 2007
Bre-X ruling is now due on July 31 PAUL WALDIE
b) January 30, 2007
Felderhof 'totally confident' of exoneration Bre-X 10 years later: From a luxury resort in Bali, geologist awaits his fate PAUL WALDIE

4. Jan. 10, 2007
Results if Vesuvius erupts-no effective evacuation plan. Vesuvius escape plan 'insufficient' By Christian Fraser BBC News, Naples Experts warn that Naples is within range if Vesuvius erupts Vesuvius is the most heavily monitored volcano in the world.

5. January 9, 2007
Russia power plays with oil pipelines and gas supplies with former states Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine Russia 'forced' into oil shutdown Transneft's decision has disrupted oil supplies to central Europe

6. January 5, 2007
Got granite countertops in your kitchen? The next story on exploitation. BBC News Life in the stone industry in India. Real cost of India's cheap stone By Tom Heap BBC News, Bangalore Many quarry workers are children The global building boom and the fashion for smart interiors has created huge demand for natural stone.

7. a) January 9, 2007
Photo of explosive eruption Jan.9/07 at Montserrat

b) Jan. 1, 2007
Excellent photo of a volcanic eruption in Kamchatka Sheveluch (Shiveluch) Volcano


8. December 26, 2006
Lagos pipeline blast kills scores At least 260 people have been killed and 60 injured in an oil pipeline blast in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) officials say.

President's Perspective: An Update On APGO's Progress - Good News About Professional Liability Insurance and Other Developments!

By Maureen Jensen, P. Geo.

As I was contemplating the subject for this article I realized that, like all of us, I generally focus on the issue of the day or the current APGO issue and do not step back to look at the significant progress we make as the months fly by. It is important to note that a great deal of progress on big strategic issues is made one-step at a time!

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New Developments in "e3": The Essential Internet-based Toolkit For Environmental and Social Responsibility - By Philip Bousquet

e3 (Environmental Excellence in Exploration) is a comprehensive, Internet-based toolkit that offers leading examples of environmental and social responsibility in the minerals industry. This online resource is accessible through the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) website or directly at our website (http://www.e3mining.com) as well as three newly created sites: francais.e3mining.com, espanol.e3mining.com, and portugues.e3mining.com. Registration is free to ensure it reaches the broadest possible audience.

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APGO Gains Some International Exposure In Kuwait By Norm S.W. Williams

Last spring, Kuwait University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences contacted APGO in its search to find a reputable North American geoscience organization to evaluate its undergraduate program for accreditation purposes. Upon learning that that activity is not a part of APGO’s mandate, the department expressed an interest in learning about the Association’s role and in forging a mutually beneficial professional relationship between the two organizations. To this end, Kuwait University extended an invitation for APGO to visit the department at the same time as a group of professors from the University of Ottawa’s Department of Earth Sciences.

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Lifewater Canada: Using Geoscience Expertise To Help African People, By Jim Gehrels, P.Geo.

During the upcoming holiday season it is timely to reflect on those less fortunate than us. In this article, Field Notes draws your attention and provides a short introduction to a charitable organization, Lifewater Canada (Lifewater) whose mission is to provide safe drinking water to many in Africa. One of our own APGO members, Jim Gehrels, P. Geo., is the president of this non-profit organization. We hope to learn more of his experiences and the recent accomplishments of this group of volunteers in the next issue of Field Notes once he returns from Africa this month.

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From our neighbours to the south. Permission to reprint this article from the AIPG.
"A Review of Ethical Enforcement Proceedings Against Competent and Qualified Persons by David Abbott, Jr."- AIPG permission

The definitions of Competent and Qualified Person as defined in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere require that such professionals be members of a recognized professional organization that has and enforces a code of professional ethics or conduct. The implicit purpose of this definitional requirement is that the recognized professional organization will protect the public by taking action in appropriate cases. This paper presents an overview of the process of taking action and some case histories of actions taken.

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