Regional News

Industrial suppliers receive provincial funding The province delivered $2.3-million to North Bay area businesses and organizations in late January, including $1 million to fund Metso Minerals’ expansion of its plant. By: Chris DawsonA handful of businesses and a local community got an economic boost from the province on Jan. 30.Michael Gravelle, the province's Minister of Northern Development and Mines, handed out $2.3 million in funding through support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Jan. 30.Gravelle made the announc...
Vortex Aerospace marks a decade assembling water bombers Now entering its 10th year of operation, Vortex Aerospace Services has completed assembly on 30 of Bombardier’s CL-415 Superscooper aircraft at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport. By: Ian RossVortex Aerospace Services began as a pitch by Jody Joyal to convince Bombardier Aerospace’s amphibious group to keep its water bomber production facilities in North Bay.When the order book for the CL-415 Superscooper began drying up in the early 2000s, the Montreal-based aviation giant mothballed t...
Aerial robotics service available across industriesCanadian Drone Service of North Bay uses an unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct surveys, do thermal imaging, and take film and photographs for customers across industries. By: Lindsay KellyWhen you think of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), if you’re picturing a day when you can have a drone deliver pizza to your, you might be disappointed.“I hear all these cool, great things,” said David Tisseur, owner of Canadian Drone Service in North Bay. “Yeah, I love James Bond movies, too, and...
North Bay reboots economic development The City of North Bay is reorganizing and rebranding its economic development department to start aggressively chasing down business leads in some high-value growth sectors. By: Ian RossThe City of North Bay is reorganizing and rebranding its economic development department to start aggressively chasing down business leads in some high-value growth sectors.The city has been making moves to create an economic development corporation this spring by reaching to the business community...
North Bay business incubator geared to new arrivals Contractors were ready to install siding and signage on the new incubator in North Bay sponsored by the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre. By: Ian RossFirst-time entrepreneurs in North Bay now have new downtown digs to call home.The North Bay and District Multicultural Centre has created an entrepreneurial proving ground for business start-ups with the opening of a new incubator.The centre has leased and renovated a two-storey commercial building...
See ya in court, CN The City of Thunder Bay wants a judge to determine if CN Rail bears responsibility to maintain a damaged bridge that provides a vital link for the neighbouring Fort William First Nation (FWFN). By: Northern Ontario Business staffThe City of Thunder Bay wants a judge to determine if CN Rail bears responsibility to maintain a damaged bridge that provides a vital link for the neighbouring Fort William First Nation (FWFN).After months of acrimonious negotiations between the city and North America’s largest rail carrier on how ...
Four Northern communities in running to host repositoryUsed nuclear fuel is currently stored in 73-tonne reinforced concrete containers, known as dry storage casks, on the grounds of nuclear power generating plants. This photo was taken in the Darlington Nuclear Waste Management Facility. By: Jonathan MigneaultFour Northern Ontario communities are in the running to potentially host a deep underground repository for Canada's nuclear waste.“The communities of Elliot Lake, Blind River, Manitouwadge and White River were assessed as having strong potential to meet the site selection requirements of the APM (A...
Schumacher business expanding into Western marketsPorcupine Canvas has rebranded and is expanding into new markets across Canada. By: Lindsay KellyOver the last 32 years, Porcupine Canvas has become a household name in mining and industry. But just when it’s started hitting its stride, the Schumacher-based company decided to change it up.In 2014, the company underwent a rebranding initiative to reboot the business, updating its long-time tent...



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