Ring of Fire

Ontario Is Dragging Down The Rest of Canada, Study Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Business

Hey Ontario, stop being such a bummer. You’re dragging down the rest of us. That’s the gist of the message coming from the right-leaning Fraser...

Sunny Freeman

Major Breakthrough On 'Canada's Next Oilsands'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business

Ontario and Matawa First Nations have reached a momentous agreement that paves the way for progress in developing the lucrative but lumbering Ring of ...

Ontario's $25-Billion Cash Cow

Toronto Star | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Business

The highly touted Ring of Fire mineral belt in Northern Ontario is expected to generate nearly $2 billion in tax revenues and up to 5,500 full-time jo...

Sunny Freeman

Will Global Turmoil Affect Ontario Mining Megaproject?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business

Ontario’s mining minister says Ring of Fire negotiations are “productive and encouraging,” despite a series of setbacks including the exit of th...

Feds Fear Social Services Costs In Massive Mining Project

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government may struggle to keep up with a growing need for mental-health and other social services in First Nations communities l...

Sunny Freeman

The One Thing That's Really Holding First Nations Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Fed up with aboriginal people dependent on taxpayer funding, tired of suicide and poverty and drug addiction on reserves — these are the attitudes I...

Sunny Freeman

The Ridiculous Obstacles To Being A First Nations Entrepreneur

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

WEBEQUIE, Ont. — Eric Jacob sprinted to his pickup truck following an abrupt late night call. A seldom-seen shipment of large appliances had been st...

Digging into the Ring of Fire

Anna Baggio | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Anna Baggio

Cliffs will suspend indefinitely its Chromite Project in northern Ontario. It's time for all of us to take a deep breath and turn our attention to designing a thoughtful regional strategic environmental assessment so that the ecosystems in this area can be maintained, First Nations respected and industry can finally get the certainty it seeks.

Ontario Surprised Over Ring OF Fire Comments

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Ontario says it was taken by surprise when it heard Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismiss the development in the Ring of Fire region as Ontario&apo...

The Ring of Fire's Future Is Now a Burning Question

Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Sunny Freeman

Mining giant Cliffs Natural Resources' decision to halt work on the largest project in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire region has aroused a sudden interest in the lumbering development. The opposition at Queen's Park pounced to lay blame on the province for the squandered opportunity. While no one denies that Cliffs' move is a game changer, the looming question is whether it's a game ender. Fault will inevitably be assigned: was it that First Nations were "anti-development"? Was the province too slow or too unorganized to act? Or did the miner misjudge how quickly they could put a shovel in the ground? Any attempt to analyze what went wrong, and whether it can be put right, must go far beyond those surface level questions.

Liberals Killing Ring Of Fire Project: Critics

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals are killing development of the Ring of Fire — believed to have the economic potential of Alberta's oilsands ...

Ring Of Fire Developer Suspends Mining Project

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A major U.S. player in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire says it's indefinitely suspending its chromite project in the mineral-rich area.Cliff...

Peat Fuel for Ring of Fire and Aboriginal Communities

Stan Sudol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Stan Sudol

Currently, isolated First Nations depend on very expensive diesel fuel that must be supplied by trucks on winter roads or flown in. Amazingly, most of the swampy lowlands and many parts of the Canadian Shield throughout northern Ontario contain a source of energy that has been used for centuries in Europe -- peat fuel.

B.C. First Nation Leader's 'Ring Of Fire' Advice

CP | By Erica Lenti, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

TORONTO - A First Nations leader from B.C. says aboriginal communities in Ontario's Ring of Fire could benefit from striking a balance between mining ...

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

Wynne: Ring Of Fire Development Can't Go Ahead Without This

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the governing Liberals must address environmental and First Nations concerns before moving ahead with de...

Mining Firm May Ditch 'Canada's Next Oilsands'

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A major player in developing the much-touted Ring of Fire project in northern Ontario says it will consider pulling out if the Ontario gover...

Sunny Freeman

Will Ring Of Fire Be 'Wild West' Of Mining?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Business

Ontario’s Ring of Fire region could devolve into the “wild west” of resource development, if the province doesn’t immediately make environment...

Ring of Fire Needs Sustainable Development With Real Ottawa and Ontario Leadership

Claude Gravelle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Claude Gravelle

The stalled Ring of Fire mining project finds itself at a critical crossroads with governments in Ottawa and Ontario needing to work together now more than ever. That will mean leadership that actually engages all parties and contributes to sustainable development.

Developing the Ring of Fire Could Transform the Region

Hon. Michael Gravelle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Hon. Michael Gravelle

Approximately 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, in the James Bay Lowlands, sits an estimated $30-50 billion worth of untapped mineral resources. When developed, this exciting discovery will potentially transform the region, create thousands of jobs and enhance the future economic prosperity for Ontario. Realizing the full potential of the Ring of Fire is an extremely complex undertaking.

Sunny Freeman

Can He Turn The Tide For These Struggling First Nations?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Business

Staking Claim is a multi-part series exploring the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in Ontario and how the First Nations communities are prepa...

Ring Of Fire No Magic Bullet: Rae

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Former Liberal leader Bob Rae says natural resource projects such as Ontario's massive Ring of Fire aren't a "magic bullet" to eliminate pov...

Getting it Right in the Ring of Fire

Anna Baggio | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Anna Baggio

You've likely heard about the Ring of Fire boom in Ontario's Far North. What seemed a race to extract chromite, nickel and other minerals from beneath the pristine boreal forest and tundra appears to have slowed to a stroll. The slowdown creates an opportunity in the effort to protect the environment and the rights of First Nations.

Exploration and Co-Operation: When Mining Companies and First Nations Work Together

Thomas F. Morris | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Business
Thomas F. Morris

Since joining Northern Superior Resources in 2002 as President and CEO, I have applied my strong belief that First Nations must be meaningfully consulted and actively engaged in exploration programs. To respect the traditional land uses of these communities is absolutely essential. At the same time, it is also very important for First Nation communities to understand what exploration is all about and the limitations of a junior mining company.

The Ring of Fire Is Headed for a Deep-Freeze

Bill Gallagher | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Business
Bill Gallagher

With multi-billion dollar projects adrift in the James Bay lowlands, really, is this how Ontarians want to see their future resources managed? With this outcome, the Ring of Fire now heads into the deep-freeze -- the last five years squandered -- the next five years now left to litigation lawyers to advance private interests.