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Wood cutlery maker eyes northwest partnershipsAspenware president and co-founder Terry Bigsby hasn’t given up hope of siting a wooden cutlery factory in northwestern Ontario. By: Ian RossA British Columbia entrepreneur, who makes award-winning compostable wooden cutlery, said he wants to expand his presence in northwestern Ontario.Aspenware president Terry Bigsby sources poplar veneer from a First Nation-owned sawmill near Ear Falls and is looking to cultivate more Aboriginal fibre...
Inaugural tourism summit slated for NovemberThe first annul Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, slated for November in Thunder Bay, will examine how to expand tourism in Northern Ontario during the winter months. (FILE PHOTO) By: Northern Ontario Business staffThunder Bay will host an inaugural summit that will examine how to boost tourism in Northern Ontario during the winter months.From Nov. 19-21 stakeholders will gather for the first annul Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, a joint initiative of Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) and Nature and Outdoors...
Documentary producer eyes the Ring of FireThunder Bay drilling company boss Barb Courte Elinesky (centre) is one of the characters in a documentary under development by award-winning producer Lalita Krishna, who pitching a proposal to the major TV networks profiling the people who work at the grassroots level of Northern Ontario’s mining industry. By: Ian RossLalita Krishna has no intention of following the same contrived script that’s evident in the mining reality shows currently being embraced by network television.The award-winning Toronto producer of television documentaries intends to drill down to the essence of the multi-faceted world of mining b...
Northern College digs in for new residenceNorthern College has circled July 28 for an official groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence building at its Haileybury campus. By: Northern Ontario Business staffNorthern College has circled July 28 for an official groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence building at its Haileybury campus.The proposed four-storey building will provide lodgings for 64 students in 16 apartment-style units. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August, 2015.The resid...
North Shore First Nation wants hydro plant inside national parkPic River First Nation has eyes on building a hydroelectric power station inside the boundaries of Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior. By: Northern Ontario Business staffPic River First Nation has eyes on building a hydroelectric power station inside the boundaries of Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior.The Ojibway band announced July 16 that it has submitted a proposal to the federal government for a 25- to 30-megawatt generating station at Chigamiwinigum Fall...
Manitoulin Transport gets ISO certificationManitoulin Transport will become ISO certified for its environmental management system. (FILE PHOTO) By: Northern Ontario Business staffManitoulin Transport will become the first trucking company in Canada to receive ISO certification for its environmental management system.The Gore Bay-headquartered company will receive certification under ISO 14001:2004, an international standard that assures company management, staff, custome...
Program trains Aboriginal women in miningMyra Wabie (front) got a look at a big rig while going on a ridealong during a site visit to AuRico’s Young-Davidson gold mine. By: Lindsay KellyHer official title is job coach, but in her role with the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group, Kelly Lamontagne can, on any given day, also serve as a social worker, mover, relationship guru, personal shopper, addictions counsellor, cheerleader and headhunter.It’s all done in the name of helpi...
New First Nations housing standard better than a building codeGuests and residents of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, near Sudbury, toured a four-unit complex, the first built using the First Nations Sustainable Development Standard as a guide. By: Darren MacDonaldA new form of housing in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation is being hailed as an important step forward in addressing chronic housing issues in First Nations across Canada.The community just outside of Sudbury, formerly known as Whitefish Lake, unveiled a four-unit complex, the first built wit...



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