Pickle Lake looks for a development road map
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 microscope
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 opportunity
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 life
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 reserves
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 station
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
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 upgrades
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...