Regional News

Pickle Lake looks for a development road mapPickle Lake hopes to diversify its economy with a new economic development manager in place. By: Ian RossA corridor to the Ring of Fire may not bring instant riches for the Township of Pickle Lake, so the end-of-the-road community is out to blaze its own path of prosperity.Mayor Karl Hopf isn’t pinning his hopes that mining in the Far North will be the saviour of his economically stagnating munici...
Economic development under the microscopeEconomic development in Dryden is in for a badly needed reboot. By: Ian RossEconomic development in Dryden is in for a badly needed reboot.A fresh set of eyes will be delving into the creation of a five-year strategy to guide the activity of the Dryden Development Corporation (DDC) to grow business from within and attract international investment.The municipality of 7,...
Sioux Lookout digs into new opportunityCatching the spinoffs from mining in northwestern Ontario and the Far North will be a key driver in Sioux Lookout’s upcoming strategic planning exercise. By: Ian RossSioux Lookout is out to chart a new future.The northwestern Ontario town of 5,000 is embarking on a community exercise to draft a new five-year economic development and strategy plan starting in 2015.With new and ongoing activity in the resource sector, there’s some meat on the bone for economi...
Filmmaker goes home to document Red Lake mining lifeCliff Caines made his hometown of Red Lake the subject of his first documentary film, A Rock and a Hard Place, which received Honourable Mention at the recent DOXA film festival in Vancouver. By: Ian RossAbudding Toronto filmmaker has paid an artistic and captivating tribute to his hometown of Red Lake with the release of his first feature-length documentary.Cliff Caines’ 78-minute film, “A Rock and a Hard Place,” is a nostalgic and critical portrait of a resource-dependent town built upon some...
Northwest rallies to find fresh food solution on Northern reservesCloverbelt Local Food Co-op could be a vehicle to provide fresh and affordable regionally-grown and farm-raised healthy food to remote First Nation communities. By: Ian RossThere’s a will, but is there a way?First Nations and northwestern Ontario municipal leaders are diving into the details this summer on how to tackle the exorbitant costs of delivering food and consumer goods to remote fly-in reserves.A two-day gathering on the Lac Seul reserve this past spring ...
Winnipeg institute breathes new life into outdoor research stationThe study of man-made impacts to fish and the aquatic environment is the foundational work among scientific researchers at the Experimental Lakes Area near Kenora. The former federal research station is now in its second year under the management of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. By: Ian RossFor most of its 47-year existence, the public perception of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), southeast of Kenora, took on an almost Area 51 aura.“People have known about ELA, but that’s about it,” said Matt McCandless, executive director of the International Institute for Sustainable Developm...
Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference expands horizons Leadership Conference By: Northern Ontario Business staffSixteen young leaders from across Canada got a good taste of Northern Ontario thanks to the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.Each year, around 230 of Canada’s brightest up-and-coming leaders in business, labour, government and the non-profit sectors tour different parts o...
Essar upping emission control upgradesEssar Steel Algoma said ongoing upgrades at its Sault Ste. Marie facility will help reduce air pollution emitted during the steelmaking process. By: Northern Ontario Business staffEditor’s Note: The original version of this story appeared on SooToday.com.Essar Steel Algoma said it has spent $140 million on environmental controls since 2003 to clean the air in Sault Ste. Marie, in an effort to reduce the risks posed to public health.   The company provided the information dur...



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