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SME confidence declines
The confidence of small business owners took a hit in March after two months of encouraging growth, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index dropped three-and-a-half points from February's results to 62.9."The numbers show a decline in ...
Management change at Lake Shore Gold
Lake Shore Gold Corp. announced Feb. 6 that Brian Buss, its vice-president of project development, is leaving the company on Feb. 15 for personal reasons.Its Timmins project development group will report to Dan Gagnon, senior vice-president of operations.Lake Shore president and CEO Tony Makuch...
BESTECH named among best employers
Sudbury's BESTECH has been named among the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for the second consecutive year.The list appears in the March issue of Profit magazine and is viewable online at www.profitguide.ca.BESTECH, an industrial, environmental and software development services compa...
Iron miner draining northwestern Ontario pit
Northern Iron Corp. announced the completion of the winter dewatering program of its open-pit Griffith Mine in northwestern Ontario until the spring thaw.The dewatering program, which was halted January 3, has pumped more than four million litres since Oct. 22."Dewatering the pit will allow our...
Forest industry looking to restock the green machine
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the federal government has launched a new online tool – thegreenestworkforce.ca – that provides information on the direction of the industry and career opportunities across Canada.“The forest products sector is now a future oriented business t...
CN Rail announces maintenance-upgrades budget
Canadian National Railway (CN) plans to spend $1.9 billion this year for maintenance and upgrades to its rail network.The investment will include the replacement of rail, ties and other track materials, and bridge work, as well as capacity and productivity improvements.Included in the plan is t...
Sault innovation centre hosting biofuels talk
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will host a Feb. 13 workshop to discuss biomass and biofuels in Ontario.Discussion will centre around the region’s biomass resources, its availability, and costs; technology options available to leverage these resources and their associated economics; and...
Cambrian energy centre certified LEED gold
The Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre (SEC) at Cambrian College in Sudbury has earned gold status in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).The certification is granted through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), which administers a third-party certification program ...
Cancer fundraiser nets $60,540
Miners in Sudbury have made a contribution of more than $60,000 to the Northern Cancer Foundation following a recent hockey tournament.Miners for Cancer has made a contribution of $60,540, which was raised at the annual Allan Epps Memorial Hockey Challenge at the end of January.“This was a real...
Pele Mountain releases drill results
Pele Mountain Resources has released the results of a 13-hole drill program that began in October at its Elliot Lake uranium project.The company says results of drill program demonstrate the Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earths and Uranium Project’s potential to become a profitable producer of rare earth...
Steelworkers give to health and safety research
The United Steelworkers has donated $50,000 towards the newly established research chair position at Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) in Sudbury.“Occupational health and safety is critical for the well-being of all workers and the overall eco...
Sault MPP not admitting to cabinet post
Before Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci could even officially announce his resignation from politics on Feb. 7, media speculation immediately turned to a Liberal party colleague to the west as his likely successor to a coveted provincial cabinet post.But Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti was sho...
Young entrepreneurs sought for $100,000 prize
Young business owners are being sought for a $100,000 award from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).The 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award is given to an entrepreneur aged 18 to 35 who has reached a turning point with his or her company and has found a solution to take the company to...
Fedeli wants WSIB bill repealed
Upon recall of the Ontario Legislature this month, the Liberals and their new leader need to repeal Bill 119 and its crippling tax on small businesses, independent tradespeople and contractors, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said.Fedeli was joined by local tradespeople Steve Ciglen, Brent Tremblay an...
Deadline looms for Aboriginal youth conference
Limited spots are still available for the 2013 Aboriginal Youth Business Conference being hosted by Waubetek Business Development Corp. March 7 and 8.The conference is open to Aboriginal youth, aged 15 to 29, in Waubetek’s service area. It will be held March 7 and 8 at the Radisson Hotel in Sud...
Miners meet in Toronto
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) annual convention takes place March 3-6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre."Canada leads all countries with 18 per cent of the world's mineral exploration spending and Toronto is the global capital of mining finance-it makes sense...
Health and safety work acknowledged
Dr. Tammy Eger of Laurentian University’s school of human kinetics has been named the recipient of the university’s 2012-2013 Research Excellence Award.“Success in research is measured in many ways, and Tammy has excelled in each of them,” said Dr. Patrice Sawyer, vice-president for francophone ...
Kirkland Lake Gold completes cage project
The service cage project has been completed at Kirkland Lake Gold. It will be utilized initially to clear a heavy backlog in material waiting to go underground, and to free up the main production hoist to reduce a heavy backlog of ore and waste ready to be hoisted to surface and of equipment wa...
NORCAT hosting student business plan contest
The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) wants students to come up with ways to make their lives easier as part of its 2013 student business plan competition.The competition is open to all post-secondary students in the Greater Sudbury area. NORCAT will host the competition on March ...
Mansour named Dura 21 distributor
Dura 21 Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Mansour Mining Technologies Inc., a market leading supplier of mining products throughout Canada. The agreement names Mansour Mining Technologies Inc. as the exclusive distributor of Dura 21 products to the Canadian mining industry.“As the e...
Sudbury, Nevada developing partnerships
The Canada Nevada Business Council (CNBC) is developing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Sudbury-based businesses and organizations in the areas of health care, education and tourism.The city originally connected with the council during MINExpo, the Las Vegas mining conference, this pas...
NORCAT hosting Expedia.ca founder
Stuart MacDonald, the founder of travel service website Expedia.ca, will be a guest speaker at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) on Feb. 13.The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in NORCAT’s upper atrium in Sudbury. There is no cost to attend, but guests are asked ...
Resolute building Atikokan sawmill
Montreal's Resolute Forest Products is building a new $50-million sawmill in northwestern Ontario, near Atikokan.In a Jan. 31 statement, the company states the mill will involve the construction of a single-line, random-length sawmill with an annual capacity of 150 million board feet. There wi...
Deadline for mining video contest March 20
Ontario high school students have until March 20 to enter the So You Think You Know Mining video contest, which encourages students to explore the ways in which mining affects their lives.The fifth annual competition offers $36,500 in cash prizes for students who enter a two- to three-minute v...
Northern Policy Institute members named
The Liberal government's long-awaited Northern Policy Institute is finally starting to take shape.Ten appointees from seven Northern Ontario communities were named Feb. 1 to serve on the inaugural board of directors.Selected to the board is: Florence Bailey (Sioux Lookout), Martin Bayer (Sudbur...
Sudbury homebuilders elect 2013 board
Marc Levasseur will continue in a second term as president of the Sudbury & District Home Builders’ Association.“The board and I are excited about the coming year and the opportunity to complete and further our goals,” Levasseur said in a news release. “We have broadened our goals in advocacy, ...
Junior gold miner suing Ontario government
Solid Gold Resources is suing the Ontario government for $100 million in damages stemming from a consultation flare-up involving the province and a northeastern Ontario First Nation community over an exploration project near Lake Abitibi.The Toronto junior miner announced Jan. 30 that an Ontar...
Safe employers wanted
The search is on for Canada’s safest employers.Canadian Occupational Safety is seeking nominees for its 2013 Canada’s Safest Employers awards.Categories include: building and construction, manufacturing, retail, hospitality (includes hotels, tourism, restaurants), transportation (land, air and ...
Tembec reports loss
Tembec reported a net loss of $10 million in its first quarter, ending the end of December, on consolidated sales of $376 million.For comparison, in the previous quarter, Tembec reported a net loss of $16 million on consolidated sales of $401 million.Operating earnings before depreciation, amo...
Entrepreneurs optimistic
Canadian entrepreneurs started the new year with a healthy boost of optimism, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index jumped three points to 65.7 in January.“After a lacklustre November and December, small business owners across Canada a...
Workshop offering business advice to Aboriginal women
Women of Aboriginal descent are being invited to participate in a one-day workshop on business basics.Hosted by the Waubetek Business Development Corp. and Sudbury’s Regional Business Centre, Aboriginal Women Business Day will be held Feb. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in S...
Passenger traffic increases at Sault airport
The Sault Ste. Marie Airport has shattered records in 2012, posting new highs for both passenger and aircraft traffic.Passenger traffic reached an historical record since the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. took over ownership in 1998. A total of 187,884 people passed through the air...
Canadore offers new program
In order to meet the needs of a qualified workforce, Canadore College’s Board of Governors passed a motion to deliver a new Applied Management Certificate program at its January meeting.This online certificate has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and concepts relating to h...
Northern College unveils plan
Northern College unveiled its 2013-2016 strategic plan to members of the public. The plan outlines the college’s vision, mission and strategic directions for the next three years and will come into effect on April 1, 2013.Essential to the development of the plan was a region-wide public consult...
Sudbury Xstrata mine and mill workers reach tentative deal
Xstrata Nickel in Sudbury and Mine Mill Local 598/CAW reached a tentative deal for a new collective agreement, Feb. 1.Although union's agreement expired at midnight Jan. 31, negotiators from both sides stayed at the bargaining table past the strike deadline.Local 598 president Richard Paquin sa...
New NADF director promoting entrepreneurship
Brian Davey was introduced Jan. 31 as the new executive director of the Thunder Bay-based Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF).He moves up from his position as a special initiatives advisor in the not-for-profit organization's resource services.“We are pleased to have someone lead our organiz...
Canadian chamber gives a shout-out to Sudbury mining
A fully-integrated mining industry has given Canada a global “competitive edge,” said the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in a report released Jan. 30. The report entitled: Mining Capital: How Canada Transformed Its Resources Endowment Into a Global Competitive Advantage, details how Canadian min...
Ontario chamber indicates business confidence is high
The Ontario Business Confidence Index shows that 72 per cent of Ontario businesses are confident in their own outlook with 60 per cent planning to expand over the next five years.But about 41 per cent are unsure about the overall direction of Ontario’s economy.The index is a survey of 2,386 bu...
Manitoulin ferry to analyze passenger numbers
FedNor is providing $46,200 to the Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC) to figure out how to increase ridership on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry.The ferry, which runs between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, has seen its numbers decline in recent years. The...
Sault College president postpones retirement
Less than two months after announcing his retirement, Ron Common has postponed his exit as president of Sault College.The school made the announcement in a Jan. 25 news release, citing the board’s desire to keep Common on while instituting projects such as the construction of the health hub, t...
Greenstone mining show slated for Thunder Bay
The municipality of Greenstone is hosting a mining expo in Thunder Bay this spring to showcase development and job opportunities in this rural northwestern Ontario community.Greenstone is slated to be the site of a future logistics staging base and transload facility for handling chromite and ...
Welcome Kathleen! Let's talk about revenue sharing
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno said revenue sharing from natural resources projects is a “high priority” on the meeting agenda with Ontario's new premier.“Treaty and resource revenue sharing are key to addressing the pressing and dire challenges facing the remote First Nations...
Union calls for coroner's inquest in Sudbury mine death
The union representing Vale miners in Sudbury said a Ministry of Labour (MOL) report on the death of miner Stephen Perry reinforces the need for increased safety measures to protect workers.Following the ministry's year-long investigation into the Jan. 29, 2012, fatality at Vale’s Coleman Mine, the...
Former ambassador named Lakehead U chancellor
Career diplomat and political strategist Derek Burney has been chosen as the eight chancellor of Lakehead University.“Dr. Burney is an accomplished individual with a national and international reputation and deep roots in Thunder Bay,” said Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University president and vice-ch...
T-Bay waterfront hotel, condo permits issued
Construction permits for the foundation and parking garages for the hotel and two condominiums at Prince Arthur’s Landing were issued by the City of Thunder Bay to Manshield Construction.“We are very pleased to see this development get underway, with completion planned over the next few years,” sai...
Dragons' Den auditions coming to Timmins
Open Dragons’ Den auditions are coming to Timmins Feb. 6. Entrepreneurs from the region have another chance to face the Dragons for a shot at receiving financial backing for their business ventures.The auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Northern College, 4715 Highway 101 East, South P...
Credit union amalgamation proposed
Two credit unions in northwestern Ontario have entered into discussions to merge by May 1.If regulatory approvals are received, Copperfin Credit Union and Superior Credit Union expect to have their members vote in favour of “this growth opportunity” under the proposed name of Copperfin Credit Union...
Sault innovation centre hires business development manager
Sault Ste. Marie businessman Gerry Bugyra has been hired as business development manager at the city’s innovation centre.In his new role, Bugyra will work with business incubator clients at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and provide guidance and assistance to science and technology-based bu...
Northern colleges create partnership
Canadore College has signed a memorandum of understanding creating a partnership with all the Northern Ontario colleges including, Confederation College, Sault College, Cambrian College, Collège Boréal and Northern College. The agreement reinforces a collaborative approach for student access to pro...
Waubetek seeking award nominees
Waubetek Development Corp. is seeking nominees for its 2013 Business Awards, which will be bestowed next fall.Categories include new entrepreneur of the year, business merit, business achievement and youth entrepreneur of the year. The awards will be handed out on Nov. 7 during the annual gala, whi...
Fowler lands highway contract
Fowler Construction of Bracebridge has been awarded an $8.4 million provincial highway contract in northeastern Ontario.The province said 80 jobs will be created from reconstructing 25 kilometres of Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park. Construction begins this spring with completion someti...
Arena, community hall received FedNor funds
FedNor continues to shell out funds this week for renovations to community halls and hockey rinks through its Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.On Jan. 23, the Town of Iroquois Falls was the recipient of $98,500 to replace roofing at the Jus Jordan Arena and Iroquois Falls Sports Complex, w...
Small business loan program expanded
Women in remote communities in northwestern Ontario will have more access to small business loans.Thunder Bay's PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is receiving $178,500 from the province to expand its small business loan program in northwestern Ontario.The money is coming from the Microlending for ...
Province funding invasive species work
Sault Ste. Marie’s Invasive Species Research Institute has received $112,400 in provincial money to hire an intern and train volunteers to identify and map invasive terrestrial plants in the Sault area.Of the funding, $84,900 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will go towards training volunteers ...
Red tape frustrating farmers
Red tape is having a negative impact on Canadian farmers, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).Most businesses cite red tape as their second highest concern behind the total tax burden, but recent CFIB data puts red tape at the top of the list of farmers' concerns (79...
Northwest leaders want more say on Endangered Species Act
Northwestern Ontario municipal leaders say they were left out of the discussion on how the province plans to implement its controversial Endangered Species Act.In a Jan. 23 release, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) expressed “extreme disappointment” and wants an explanation fro...
Sudbury contractor fined in 2011 fatality
Terranorth Construction and Engineering was fined $115,000 in a Thunder Bay court following a fatality on a highway project in 2011.The Sudbury-based contractor was working on a $12.7-million four-laning contract to do the eastbound and westbound bridge spans and decks over the Mackenzie River on H...
Anishinabek Nation seeking awards nominees
The Anishinabek Nation is seeking nominees for its awards of excellence.Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards are bestowed on Anishinabek citizens who have made a lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life on First Nations through hard work and dedication in the categories of arts, busi...
IAMGOLD updates mineral resources
IAMGOLD Corp. has announced a mineral resource update for its Cote Gold project, located halfway between Timmins and Sudbury.The vast majority of the project's mineral resources are now classified as indicated. The updated resource estimate represents a 114 per cent increase in indicated resources ...
A FedNor funding frenzy
Community halls, rinks and rec centres across Northern Ontario are receiving funding from FedNor's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.The North Bay YMCA received $90,000 for renovations to the public change rooms.The Wakenagun Community Futures Development Corporation in Moose Factory on the...
Canada enjoyed record year for mining in 2011
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said world interest in Canadian minerals and metals reached a peak in 2011 based on its new Facts & Figures 2012 report released Jan. 21.Exploration investment in Canada reached $3.9 billion in 2011, with spending for 2012 expected to have climbed even higher....
Shania Twain Centre to be sold for $5 million
The Shania Twain Centre in Timmins will be sold to Goldcorp for $5 million. The sale price was approved at a city council meeting Jan. 21.The centre was declared surplus Jan.7 by council, and its sale to Goldcorp was approved.Marc Lauzier, Porcupine Gold Mines general manager, said once the deal do...
WipWare inks Russian deal
WipWare Inc. of North Bay has an agreement with Konvels Automation Ltd. to represent and distribute WipWare products in the former Soviet Union.According to its website, Konvels Automation, with locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, represents a number of foreign manufacturers of instrumentation ...
Timmins outfit lands mine design contract
Porcupine Engineering Services of Timmins is joint venturing with a Richmond Hill outfit for the engineering and design of a graphite mine.Northern Graphite Corporation announced Jan. 18 that it has awarded a $3.5 million contract to Porcupine Engineering and Becma for the front end engineering and...
Renovations started on future architecture school buildings
Renovation and reconstruction work has begun at the site of the future Laurentian School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury. Cy Rheault Construction Ltd. of Timmins won the contract for the work, which has a value of $5,548,000. The work will employ 70 people, most of whom will be hired in Sudbury...
Mining week gets new branding
An annual week long celebration of mining activity in Sudbury has been rebranded to better reflect changes in the industry.Formerly known as Sudbury Mining Week, the event has been renamed Modern Mining & Technology Sudbury. Over the course of a week, students from around the city participate in a ...
Wes Hanson resigns from Noront
Noront Resources announced Jan. 21 that its board of directors received the resignation of Wes Hanson as president and chief executive officer.The Toronto-based Ring of Fire junior miner has appointed Paul Parisotto as interim president-CEO. The search has begun to find a replacement.Ted Bassett ha...
IW Awards now accepting nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 16th annual Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards.Six women will be recognized for their career success, business drive and contributions to their community.Three recipients from northwestern Ontario will be recognized at the first award lunch...
Miller paves the way to Quebec
Miller Paving landed an $8.1 million provincial road contract for improvements to Highway 66 near Kirkland Lake.A Jan. 18 Ontario government release said more than 11 kilometres are being reconstructed beginning this spring. The job should be finished by year's end.The highway is the main link ...
Have your say on Treasury's EA
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has started a federal environmental assessment for Treasury Metals' Goliath gold project in northwestern Ontario.In a Jan. 18 release, the agency is inviting public comment on the environmental impact of this proposed mine, 20 kilometres east of Dryd...
Bruce Power teams up with med school
Nuclear energy giant Bruce Power is pairing up with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) to initiate research associated with the environmental and human impacts of the nuclear power industry. The med school has appointed Dr. Douglas Boreham as division head of medical sciences and the Br...
Sault launching business support network
The Sault Ste. Marie EconomicDevelopment Corp. and Gangplank Sault are launching a new networking exchange for entrepreneurs to meet like-minded people and share experiences.The Sault Community Entrepreneur Network Exchange (SCENE) will meet for the first time next week. Those interested can vi...
Transformational year at AuRico Gold
The start of production at the Young-Davidson mine contributed to a “transformational year” at AuRico Gold.The Toronto gold miner released its four quarter and annual operational results on Jan. 18.Company president and CEO Scott Perry was pleased with progress made at its newly commissioned Y...
Power bill shock coming to the northeast
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) said electricity could get much more expensive for many Northerners.“A new northeastern Ontario regional electricity distribution utility as proposed by a provincial panel that consolidates municipal utilities with Hydro One could mean s...
Tony FedNor spreads the wealth
FedNor Minister Tony Clement continues to roll out federal funds across Northern Ontario.This week, the Township of Matachewan received $25,476 to do a community and economic development strategic plan.“Thanks to FedNor and the Government of Canada, we will have a development road map and actio...
Municipalities take a stake of provincial parks
The Ontario government is working with the Town of Hearst, the Township of Moonbeam and the City of Timmins to keep visitor services at local provincial parks.Under a two-year pilot project, Ontario Parks will work with the municipalities to operate Fushimi Lake, René Brunelle and Ivanhoe Lake ...
FONOM lobbies the Liberals on Ontario Northland
The president of the Federation ofNorthern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) said some Liberal leadership candidates vying for the premier's job promise to rethink the province's divestment of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC).FONOM president Al Spacek met recently with some ca...
Sault provincial building on the block
The Ontario government is putting one of Sault Ste. Marie's landmark buildings, Roberta Bondar Place, up for sale.It's part of the McGuinty government's Realty Transformation Strategy which includes selling off other provincial buildings across Ontario, including government buildings in Sudbur...
School of mines head named, funding announced
Dr. Bruce C. Jago has been named the founding executive director of Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines. Jago is a professional geologist and experienced mining executive who has worked with such companies as Wallbridge Mining (vice-president, exploration), Inco Ltd. (applied miner...
Graphite digger bolsters the roster
Zenyatta Ventures has hired Peter Wood as its vice-president of exploration.Wood, who has more than 25 years in mineral exploration and development in base metals and gold, will oversee the company's exploration programs in Manitoba and at its Albany graphite deposit, west of Hearst and near th...
FedNor funds Almaguin marketing strategy
A group of Highway 11 communities received FedNor funding for a new area marketing strategy.FedNor Minister Tony Clement delivered $134,250 for a tourism and economic opportunities initiative in the Central Almaguin region.The money for the Township of Strong is earmarked for a marketing strate...
Laurentian U digs into open pit research
The Bharti School of Engineering at Sudbury's Laurentian University is establishing a research chair in open-pit mining and Iamgold Gold is assisting with a donation of $1.25 million."This investment represents a critically-important enhancement of our research capacity at the Bharti School," ...
Suppliers benefit from local mines
Having a headframe on the local horizon is beneficial to the regional economy.The Ontario Mining Association's (OMA) economic impact study – Mining: Dynamic and Dependable for Ontario’s Future – indicated about 75 per cent of the services and supplies purchased by an Ontario mine are acquired ...
Sault gets money to expand cultural festival
The Passport to Unity multicultural festival will expand in Sault Ste. Marie thanks to provincial funding.The Sault Community Career Centre, which has hosted the festival since 2006, received $75,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The festival celebrates multiculturalism in the city, at...
Sault College gets $1 million for health centre
Sault College has received $1 million from the province to help build an enclosed link that will connect the school’s student health and wellness centre with other buildings on campus. The all-weather link will ensure student mobility and barrier-free access throughout the campus.The centre is ...
Naughton entrepreneur amongst funding recipients
Penguin Automated Systems Inc. has received a grant from FedNor that will allow it to develop prototype robots designed to inspect and map wastewater pipes.The Sudbury-area company received $400,000 through the federal funding agency. Once the prototypes have been successfully field tested, the...
Sault innovation centre appoints board chair
Dereck Whitmell has been appointed the new chair of the board of directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.Whitmell has served with the board for eight years and moves from the role of secretary to assume his new position. He replaces outgoing chair Chris Wray, who served on the board...
Hearings into Elliot Lake mall collapse to start March 4
Public hearings as part of the inquiry into the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall roof in Elliot Lake are expected to start the week of March 4.The hearings will go ahead provided the construction of the hearing room, located in the Elliot Lake Centre for Development, is completed in time and th...
Vale cuts Sudbury smelter to single furnace
Citing volatile market conditions and cost challenges, Vale announced today that it plans to move to a single-furnace operation at its Copper Cliff smelter in Sudbury.Northern Life newspaper reports the move will have immediate effects on the company's $2-billion Clean Atmospheric Emissions Re...
Record passenger traffic at T-Bay airport
Thunder Bay International Airport posted a new record for passenger volume in 2012.The airport reports 761,300 passengers passed through the terminal last year, a 5.8 per cent increase over the previous year.“We are starting the year with all winter charter companies reporting strong demand,” s...
Junior miner signs agreement with First Nation
Foundation Resources, a Vancouver junior miner, has signed an agreement with the Wahgoshig First Nation as part of its acquisition of Sheltered Oak Resources.In a Jan. 8 release, Foundation announced that Wahgoshig (WFN) agreed to amend its memorandum of understanding with Sheltered Oak Resourc...
Former Inco exec now Anglo American CEO
Former Sudbury Inco boss Mark Cutifani has been anointed as the new chief executive for Anglo American.The move becomes official on April 3. He replaces Cynthia Carroll, who will leave the company at the end of that month.Cutifani had been CEO at AngloGold Ashanti, a South Africa-based gold pro...
Nipissing MPP fights for agricultural research
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli wants feedback on the future of the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station.In a Jan. 9 release, Fedeli said provincial agriculture minister Ted McMeekin has given stakeholders two years to put together a partnership agreement in a bid to keep the facility open.Fedel...
Province, feds providing development funds for Elliot Lake
The Ontario and Canadian governments are providing Elliot Lake with funds to help develop its new mall, dubbed Pearson Plaza.Each of the governments is providing $1 million for the development, which will go towards site preparation of the seven-acre parcel of land being prepared for the new 8...
Rubicon Minerals appoints new operations boss
Rubicon Minerals has appointed a new vice president of operations and hired a new director of investor relations."Putting in place a team that can take us to the next level is one of my key priorities," said Michael Lalonde, Rubicion president and CEO, in a Jan. 7 statement.Dan Labine is the ne...
Thunder Bay releases stay-and-play guide
The official tourism guide for the City of Thunder Bay is out and available in both digital and print editions.Thunder Bay Experience Magazine is a free, 88-page annual publication that serves as a comprehensive guide to the four seasons of great events, attractions, accommodations and culinar...
Osisko wraps up Queenston acquisition
Osisko Mining announced Dec. 28 of the successful completion of a plan of arrangement on its acquisition of Queenston.Osisko has acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Queenston Mining. Each former Queenston shareholder is entitled to receive 0.611 of an Osisko common share...
Liberty extends maturity date for loan deals
Liberty Mines, a Toronto-based mid-tier nickel miner, announced Dec. 31 it was extending the maturity date for two loan and restructuring agreements signed with Jien International Investment Ltd. to March 14, 2014."We are very pleased with Jien's continued support and commitment to Liberty," s...
Stratton contractor lands bridge contract
The Sharpe Group of Stratton has been awarded a $3-million Ontario government contract to replace a Highway 11 bridge near Atikokan.Work begins this spring with completion later in the year.In a Dec. 28 news release, the Ontario government said the project to reconstruct the McCauley Creek brid...
Sudbury gets convention centre study funds
The Sudbury Community Foundation has received $50,000 in FedNor money to fund a study into developing a convention centre in Sudbury’s downtown.“Downtown revitalization projects are proven economic drivers for Northern Ontario communities,” FedNor Minister Tony Clement said in a news release. “...


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