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Colluvium: Plan Nord – Québec Mining: The First Stakes Are Placed!
ht From Far Afield: Enter the Anthropocene, First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit, I See Rock People: Mimetoliths of the World and much more
ht Headliner: Peter Gray, P.Geo. receives the AAPG, Division of Environmetal Geosciences Public Outreach Award!
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Ethics and Professional Geoscience Practice in Ontario
Welcome and Congratulations New APGO Members!
al APGO at Work: Highlights of the APGO's current events and achievements
kk A Complaint Has Been Filed Against Me? –Don’t Panic! This is What Happens



Ethics and Professional Geoscience Practice in Ontario
By Stephen Wilson, P.Geo., Past APGO President


The primary purpose of professional registration is to protect the public. The APGO, along with other professions, has established ethical standards that members are required to maintain. In the case of the APGO, these standards are set out in Ontario Regulation 60/01. A professional code of ethics, at a minimum, will require that members behave ethically, honestly and within the law.

When professionals conduct their practice ethically, honestly and within the law, the public has confidence that the statements or reports produced by a geoscientist are what the professional believes to be true. That does not imply that the work is perfect, or in fact is even correct. Nevertheless, if the public believes that the professional has done poor or incorrect work, there are resolution methods available, including the complaint system or liability insurance, and of course they can go elsewhere in future for these services. If the public suspects that they are being lied to and “fleeced”, they may lose confidence in the system altogether. A professional’s adherence to high ethical standards is vital to the protection of the public and the reputation of the profession.

A situation has come to the attention of the Association that involves professional ethics, or rather an alleged lack of the same, and will be of interest to many APGO members. A professional geoscientist, registered with the Ordre des géologues du Québec (OGQ), faces some very serious allegations of fraudulent behaviour in relation to a property owned by the company employing the geoscientist and located in the Larder Lake gold mining district in north-eastern Ontario. The allegations, which have been brought by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), concern the geoscientist’s statements made in reference to the degree of mineralization detected in a drilling program conducted on the site and certain activities regarding the identification of drill samples, the results of assays, and the project assay database.

Essentially, the OSC alleges that the geoscientist, who was acting as the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 for the project, did the following:

Manipulated and inflated assay results related to the project and then caused these false results to be reported in press releases issued by the company; and,
   
Misled independent Qualified Persons retained by the company to verify data for the project by altering assay databases, altering assay certificates, falsifying drill core logs and re-arranging and replacing core being verified by them.

The details of the case make an interesting, if somewhat dismaying, read. I will leave it to the members to review the details of the case. The OSC’s Statement of Allegations can be obtained using the following link.

Readers are encouraged to review the severity of the penalties that could be imposed by the OSC at the following link.

It should also be pointed out that the subject of the allegations is also facing a disciplinary hearing from the OGQ. Notice of this hearing may be found at the following link.

Note that none of the facts, upon which the OSC’s or OGQ’s allegations are based, have been proven before any tribunal.

While the alleged activities that are the subject of the OSC complaint appear to be particularly egregious, and transgressions of the type alleged are fortunately rare, the damage that is done to the reputation of the practitioners, the profession, and the industry by unethical behaviour by someone in a position of trust can be completely out of proportion to the frequency of the problem. A loss of trust (and much more) can result from other, less serious ethical transgressions. It is the duty of all members to practice ethically, and to report unethical professional geoscience behaviour that they may encounter in others, in order to protect the public.

fd Welcome and Congratulations New APGO Members! fd


New Practising & Limited Members
Mr. Carlos H.C. Costa, P.Geo.
Mr. Matthew W. Downey, P.Geo.
Ms. Mallory E.B. Drysdale, P.Geo.
Mr. Robert J. Folkersen, P.Geo.
Ms. Françoise J.M. Gervais, P.Geo. (Limited)
Mrs. Gabriele Guderjahn, P.Geo. (Limited)
Mrs. Laura I. Karrei, P.Geo.
Mr. Garth Kirkham, P.Geo.
Miss Lindsay R. Moss, P.Geo.
Mr. Volkan Tuncer, P.Geo.








New Temporary Members

Mr. Eric Hébert, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. George D. Langstaff, P.Geo. (Temporary)

 



New Geoscientist-in-Training

Mr. Evan A. Orovan
Mr. Joshua D. Manning
Mrs. Jessica A. Simard
Mr. Naveed Rehman
Mr. Geoffrey R.A. Moroz
Ms. Katie N. Howson
Mr. Kelechi D. Nwaokocha

 



New C of A's

DST Consulting Engineers Inc.
South Nation River Conservation Authority
42.2K Geological Consulting Inc.

 
 
  APGO AT WORK  
 
Executive Committee Meeting, April 6, 2011.
 
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  Registration Committee Meeting, March 31, 2011.  
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  Governance Committee Meeting, March 21, 2011.  
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  Environmental Geoscience Sub-committee Meeting, March 18, 2011.  
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  Council Meeting, March 10, 2011.  
  See the complete list here  
 
 
Colluvium
 


Fasken Martineau
Plan Nord – Québec Mining:
The First Stakes Are Placed!

 



APGO Career
Opportunities for
Geoscientists

Student
Resumes

A Complaint Has Been Filed Against Me? –Don’t Panic! This is What Happens
By Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., Executive Director & Registrar

Over the course of several months from late 2009 to the end of 2010, there were seven complaints filed against members of the Association. Some of the complaints have been resolved and some are still progressing through the complaints and discipline process. Should a complaint ever be filed with the Association against you, the following is a summary of some of the steps in the process that you can expect to encounter and points you may wish to consider.

1. Notice of Complaint from the Association
Your first indication that a complaint has been filed against you will most likely be a letter from the Association. That letter will provide all information pertaining to the complaint that the Association has received.
   
2. Take the Complaint Seriously
You may believe the complaint to be frivolous, but the notice is a legal document and there is a legal process, which must be followed. When you receive the notice of the complaint and any supporting documentation, read it carefully so you understand the allegations and you can plan your next steps.
   
3. Identify Timelines Noted in the Notice of Complaint
The notice of the complaint that you receive from the Association will have certain deadlines noted within it. You will need to respond to the Association by a specified date to indicate that you acknowledge receipt of the notice of the complaint made against you. The letter will also indicate a deadline by which to submit your own version of the events with any supporting documentation you may wish to provide for the Complaints Committee’s consideration. If no response is received, the complaint proceeds through the process with the information available.
   
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Headliner
 


Peter Gray, P.Geo. with MTE, Kitchener received the AAPG, Division of Environmetal Geosciences Public Outreach Award which recognizes his contributions to the AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences by promoting geosciences. Peter has volunteered for 20 years and is one of the founders of the Children’s Groundwater Festival. The award will be presented at the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
Click here
for more.

 

Announcement

MOE Modernization of Environmental Approvals

The Ministry of the Environment has published four regulatory amendments online for public comment (see links below). These postings to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) will enable the implementation of the new environmental approvals framework, under the Modernization of Approvals project, planned for launch in September 2011.

Regulation Proposal Notice - Proposed Regulatory Amendments as a Result of Changes to the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act, as Amended by the Open for Business Act, 2010 click here

Regulation Proposal Notice - Requirements for Submitting a Complete Environmental Compliance Approval Application click here

Regulation Proposal Notice - Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Group 1 Activities and Sectors Regulations click here

Policy Decision Notice - Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Group 1 Activities and Sectors Technical Reports click here


From Far Afield


1. National Geographic: Enter the Anthropocene—Age of Man.





2. NASA: First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit.





s3. BBC News: In pictures: Japan earthquake and tsunami.

 


4. a) USGS: Poster of the 2010 - 2011 Arkansas Earthquake Swarm.
b)
Huffington Post: 4.7 Earthquake In Arkansas Followed By 2 More (VIDEO).



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re5. The Wall Street Journal: Libya Turmoil Sends Crude To $100/Barrel.



s6. BBC News: Drillers propose deep-Earth quest.




7. BBC News: Christchurch quake mapped from space.





8. Wired Science: I See Rock People: Mimetoliths of the World.



9. BBC News: Can conflict minerals really be controlled?



 

Field Notes is sponsored by:

 
Contributors









Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., Stephen Wilson, P.Geo.

Editor:
Wendy Diaz, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Contributing Editors:
George H. Wahl, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., Executive Director & Registrar

Publication Team Members:
Claudia Cochrane, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Chris Kimmerly, P.Geo.

Production
Bernard Kradjian, Communications Coordinator

Banner Photograph Courtesy of Patricia Meyer, P.Geo.

See members of the 2010-2011 APGO Council here.

For more information on APGO, please contact info@apgo.net or see www.apgo.net. Field notes is published 6 times per year. If you have comments
or wish to contribute material to this newsletter,
please contact Wendy Diaz, P.Geo., or
Andrea Waldie, P.Geo.
, Executive Director/Registar.


Copyright 2011, Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO)