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The Ontario Mining Association, in partnership with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and Northgate Minerals, is organizing the first annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium. The event is planned for June 24 and 25, 2008 in Kirkland Lake. It is being held at the new Hockey Heritage North facility.The first day of the program is dedicated to highlighting the history of mining in the Kirkland Lake area and holding technical sessions on current mine site rehabilitation best practices. There will be specific project updates on mine rehabilitation at the Crown owned Kam Kotia site near Timmins and the small footprint of De Beers Canada´s Victor Mine near Attawapiskat.
The second day of the program involves a field trip, which includes an extensive overview of Northgate Minerals´ Young Davidson advanced exploration project. The field tour will also include a visit to see the rehabilitation completed at the Toburn Mine by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Museum of Northern History, which is housed in the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau. On a historical note, Sir Harry Oakes served as Chairman of the OMA in 1927 and 1928, when he was President of Lake Shore Mines and before he was knighted.
There will also be an announcement and project overview of the inaugural recipient of the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award. As a reminder, the deadline for nomination entries for this award is May 23, 2008. Following the symposium, the OMA Environment Committee will be holding a meeting on June 26, 2008 at the Hockey Heritage North venue.
Registration for the symposium will be starting shortly. There will be a modest fee to cover food and other incidental expenses. For further information contact Adrianna Stech, OMA Manager of Environment and Sustainability at 416-364-9301 firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details on the program will be distributed soon.
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