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Dome Mine to remain operational in TimminsDome Mine in Timmins, which was scheduled to close indefinitely this fall, got a reprieve in July when its parent company, Porcupine Gold Mines, decided it was more beneficial to keep it operational. By: Lindsay KellyThe Timmins mining community got some unexpected good news in July when Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM)-Goldcorp announced it would keep Dome Mine operational, contrary to an earlier decision that had the 106-year-old underground gold mine scheduled to close for good by October’s end.An upswing in g...
Sturgeon populations returning with protection programThrough its protection program, Ontario Power Generation is seeing improvement in Northern lake sturgeon populations. By: Lindsay KellyFor more than 25 years, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has made it a priority to monitor the populations of lake sturgeon in its operating areas. And it’s starting to see some progress.Though the OPG program has been in operation since 1991, work to help protect and recover the species began i...
Sault pesticide company sold to Montreal buyerNative to Asia, the emerald ash borer is an invasive species that’s destroying Ontario’s ash trees. But TreeAzin, developed by a Sault company, is helping to save the trees. By: Lindsay KellySault Ste. Marie company BioForest Technologies, the maker of TreeAzin, a natural pesticide that destroys the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle, has been sold to a larger company.Last April, BioForest was acquired by Lallemand, a Montreal-based business that develops, produces and markets yeast, ...
Lake Huron ferry undergoes three years of renovationsThe MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry, which runs between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, is undergoing a three-year renovation process to upgrade the ship. By: Lindsay KellyWhen a 2013 market feasibility study prepared for the MS Chi-Cheemaun showed a steady decline in the ferry’s ridership, the ship’s operator, the Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC), sat up and took notice.The report predicted dire consequences for the ferry if it didn’t make some changes t...
Contractors break ground for a view of Lake Nipissing North Bay crafts waterfront strategy. By: Ian RossThe new vision for North Bay’s already-picturesque waterfront revival remains a work in progress, but the skeletal work of new construction on its fringes is already well underway.Structural work for a new hotel complex and public health unit was being erected in late July as City of North Bay...
What’s one more Ring of Fire road study?As the Ontario government sifts through three separate Ring of Fire road proposals, mine and railroad developer KWG Resources has now posted a preliminary plan of its own. By: Northern Ontario Business staff As the Ontario government sifts through three separate Ring of Fire road proposals, mine and railroad developer KWG Resources has now posted a preliminary plan of its own. The Toronto exploration firm has decided to make public a once-confidential east-west access road study, outlining a pe...
Driving towards a trucker shortageCanada’s trucking industry is speeding towards a driver shortage more rapidly than previously thought. The shortage is already being felt in Northern Ontario, and industry groups are working to combat the shortage, pressuring government for support. By: Ella MyersCanada’s trucking industry is speeding towards a driver shortage more rapidly than previously thought. The shortage is already being felt in Northern Ontario, and industry groups are working to combat the shortage, pressuring government for support.A June study by the Canadian Trucking Allianc...
Mine mill fined $75,000 for conveyor injuries Mohawk Garnet, a mining mill operating in Wahnapitae, east of Sudbury, pleaded guilty in provincial offences court, Aug. 19, and was fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts. By: Northern Ontario Business staff Mohawk Garnet, a mining mill operating in Wahnapitae, east of Sudbury, pleaded guilty in provincial offences court, Aug. 19, and was fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts. The company specializes in the extraction and production of ...



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