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Sault hosting fall energy conference The Brookfield wind farm will be one site of a series of industrial tours given as part of an upcoming energy conference in Sault Ste. Marie. (FILE PHOTO) By: Northern Ontario Business staffThe Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will play host to an energy conference in November.Energy Opportunities Conference: Making Things Happen! will take place Nov. 4-6. The event will bring together professionals who have ties to the energy sector, who are interested in knowledge exchange, co...
Remediation work paying off at former Cobalt minesRemediation By: Lindsay KellyIt’s been a quarter-century since Agnico Eagle Mines actively mined silver in Cobalt, yet its presence is ubiquitous as remediation of old mine workings continues.Between 1905 and 1930, 100 mines and 18 mills were operating in Cobalt. The area’s mining heritage is rich, but it also comes with its s...
Phone app guides visitors through TemiskamingA new smartphone app developed through Le Centre culturel ARTEM takes visitors on one of nine tours through the area, guiding them through various points of interest along the way. By: Lindsay KellyWith a new smartphone app designed to capture a share of the tourism market, the rich and vibrant history of Temiskaming is now at visitors’ fingertips.Developed through Le Centre culturel ARTEM, the Temiskaming Interactive Circuit (TIC) comprises six tours that guide visitors through the area, enc...
Northern College eyes further auditorium upgradesThe successful Buy-a-Seat Campaign to refurbish the seating area of Northern College’s Kirkland Lake Auditorium has convinced fundraising organizers to pursue more grander upgrades to the 45-year-old venue. By: Ian RossSeating upgrades to a venerable Kirkland Lake public venue should be complete by summer’s end.By the end of August, 504 new seats will installed in Northern College’s auditorium and college administration are already formulating plans for a bigger facelift.The 45-year-old balconied amphitheatre has...
Publisher going strong after 240 titlesSince 1992, White Mountain Publications has been printing and publishing books from its New Liskeard shop. The operation has now moved to Cobalt, where a retail space will be open to book lovers. By: Lindsay KellyDeborah Ranchuk doesn’t seek out the books she publishes. They find her.Since 1992, Ranchuk has published 240 titles under White Mountain Publications from her shop in New Liskeard, which specializes in non-fiction, poetry, and books about the Baha'i faith. Although a concentration of authors over ...
Kirkland Lake manufacturer aims for bigger market shareKirkland Lake’s Nordex Explosives is expanding its presence to British Columbia by establishing a new sales and manufacturing facilities later this year. The company is the exclusive Canadian manufacturer and distributor of Buttbuster through a relationship with Johnex Explosives of Australia. By: Ian RossMaintaining the status quo doesn’t cut it with Nordex Explosives president and CEO Jim Taylor.“You’ve got to always be looking for something new. Whether it’s new clients, new ideas, or a new something, you’ve got to keep moving forward.”That philosophy and a well-rounded product line have propelle...
Mill building being billed as event spaceThe Machine Shop, built as part of the St. Marys Paper mill in Sault Ste. Marie in 1899, is being repurposed as an event venue and will be available starting in June, 2015. (FILE PHOTO) By: Northern Ontario Business staffA former building on the St. Marys Paper mill site in Sault Ste. Marie is being repurposed as an event venue.Starting next June, the 10,000-square-foot Machine Shop will be available for rent for a variety of purposes, including weddings, community activities and corporate events. Featuring sa...
Espanola: more than just a pretty faceEspanola has been forced to make changes to the way it does business after a 2013 reassessment by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. ruled it must pay the Domtar sawmill $4 million in taxes. By: Lindsay KellyCall Espanola the little community that could.In 2013, a reassessment of the Domtar sawmill by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC) threw the community for a loop. According to MPAC, Espanola owed the sawmill $4 million after Domtar paid too much in taxes — dating back to 2009. The town w...



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