Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.
Four Mineral Clusters in the "Paris of the Mining World" While I can't remember who coined the phrase "Sudbury, the Paris
The recent provincial byelection in the Sudbury riding -- ultimately won by NDP-turned-Liberal candidate Glenn Thibeault -- caught the attention of the all-important Toronto media for alleged political improprieties by Premier Wynne, one staffer and a local fund raiser. This was unfortunate, as serious policy issues related to the city's status as a centre of mining excellence, were largely overlooked.
The mining industry is the largest private sector employer of Aboriginals in the country. There are many, successful examples between First Nations communities and mining companies including, Glencore/Xstrata's Raglan venture in northern Quebec, Vale's Voisey's Bay mine in Labrador and Cameco's uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan, just to name a few.
For crying out loud, I continue to be astonished with our collective Canadian obsession over the Klondike Gold Rush while northern Ontario's rich and vibrant mining history is completely ignored by the Toronto media establishment, especially the CBC.
Located 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, the Ring of Fire mining camp contains billions worth of chromite -- among
Ontario’s mining minister says Ring of Fire negotiations are “productive and encouraging,” despite a series of setbacks including
Ontario needs to leverage much more value-added manufacturing from its rich mineral resources like South Africa and Finland. The Ring of Fire will create thousands of mining, transportation and supply and service jobs. But thousands of additional, well paying, value-added jobs could be secured if Ontario successfully attracts one or more stainless steel mills.
One of the major concerns about chromite is about the reliability of the top three producers which account for almost 80 per cent of world supply. South Africa and Kazakhstan have political stability issues while India is concerned about security of supply for its own industrialization, making the high-quality chromite deposits in Ontario enormously attractive.