Bob McMurdy, the CEO of Mohawk Garnet Inc., shows a sample of crushed garnet, used for abrasive applications, at his company's new dry plant in Wahnapitae, outside Sudbury.
Garnet miner strikes the funding motherlodeA First Nation-owned garnet mining company near Sudbury has launched a major expansion with a new processing plant.A $4.3-million investment from the Northern Ontario Fund Corp. (NOHFC) will help a Sudbury company become a significant world producer of garnet.Mohawk Garnet Inc., located in Wahnapitae, northeast of Sudbury, has used funding from the province to build two processing plants – one dry and the other wet – to transform solid garnet into a fine or coarse powder that can be used...


Stantec named green employer
Stantec has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Edmonton-based design and consulting firm has received the award which recognizes employers with “robust environmental programs and policies that actively...
A $5.7-million week for Sudbury
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci may be retiring from provincial politics but the funding largesse keeps flowing in.The former Northern Development and Mines minister delivered almost $5 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund for renovations to a former school in Sudbury to make way for a healt...
Sudbury beer earns nod at brewing awards
Sudbury’s Stack Brewing has been acknowledged with a gold-medal standing at the 2014 Ontario Brewing Awards.The brewery, which launched in the spring of 2013, earned gold for its Biere de Garde, Les Portes de l’Enfer.Les Portes de L’Enfer is described as “pour(ing) a deep amber colour with pleas...
Government goodies for Sudbury industrial suppliers
Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle arrived in Sudbury, March 27, passing out more than $3.8-million worth of cheques to local mining suppliers and manufacturers.Moran Industrial Coatings and Mining Technologies International (MTI) each took home $1 million to expand their busi...

Sudbury Profile


Quick Facts  2012 Municipal Tax Rate 

Population: 160,376

Location: 387 km north of Toronto, 494 km west of Ottawa.

Sudbury basis is 27 km wide, 60 km long and 15 km deep.  

Residential: 0.01558114
Commercial occupied: 0.04184225
Industrial occupied: 0.05441957
Target Growth Areas  Real Estate 

Mining supply and services

Recruitment of health-care professionals 

Advanced education, research and innovation



Average cost of a single detached: $383,665

Median price of single detached: $369,900

 Developments for 2013  Top 5 Employers 

Sudbury District Motorsports Association

Film and television

Cliffs Natural Resources ferrochrome processing facility

Laurentian School of Architecture



KGHM International

Teletech Holdings

Sears Canada


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Mining week to focus on future of mining sector
For the second year, Sudbury's annual mining week will take a forward-looking approach to promote opportunities in the sector and dispel myths about the mining industry.Lori Martin, chair of Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury, which organizes the annual event, said younger students in particular, have long had the impression that mining is “very rough and rugged.”But Martin said the industry includes much more than underground work. The support systems and mining supply sector make up a big part of mining today, she said. “It's modern, technologically advanced, progressive,” Martin said.Sudbury’s Modern Mining and Technology Week kicks off Saturday with a showcase at the New Sudbury Centre.Mining giants Vale and Glencore will have employees on hand to share their personal experiences with the mining industry.Sudbury's three post-secondary institutions: Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Collège...
Bangladesh community marks anniversary of garment factory disaster
On April 24, 2013, an eight-story building in Bangladesh called the Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,129 and injuring 2,215 others.The building contained several clothing factories, as well as other businesses and apartments. There had been warnings to avoid the building after cracks appeared, but garment workers had been ordered back to work. The disaster highlighted an ugly truth — the fact that many clothes purchased by people in affluent western countries are made by Bangladeshi workers who earn about $68 a month and endure dangerous working conditions.To mark the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, the Bangladesh Canada Association of Sudbury is...
Construction set to begin on Regent, Bouchard and Southview
Phase 2 of the infrastructure improvement construction project will start Monday, April 28 and affect Regent Street from Bouchard Street to Walford Road, Bouchard Street from Regent Street to Southview Drive and Southview Drive from Bouchard Street to Cranbrook Crescent's east leg.Construction will continue until September.Final surface asphalt will be...
Child soldier musters courage to stand up, speak out
Michel Chikwanine said he was playing soccer after school one day and was just celebrating the best goal he'd ever scored when he and his friends were surrounded by rebel soldiers.He was five years old, and still living in his native country of Congo. The children were pushed into a...
New deal means more comfort for the dying, their families
A new integration between Maison Vale Hospice and the Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers, a volunteer-driven organization, will help give more clients home care during their final months of life, say local health care representatives.Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), said while most Canadians would prefer to die at home, 70 per cent die in hospital.Between 2002 and 2005, 84 per cent of cancer patients in Ontario visited the emergency department during their last six months of life, said Paquette. Forty per cent of cancer patients went to an emergency department in their last two weeks of life, during the same period. Through its integration with Warmhearts, the hospice will be able offer clients more home support thanks to a large team of volunteers.“This new model provides an opportunity for us to improve the quality of hospice palliative care and provide appropriate, co-ordinated, effective, and efficient services in our community,” said Abbas...
Letter: Be a donor, save a life
Twice — first with my wife Anne and then with our son Jessie — I have witnessed firsthand the desperation of patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and the miraculous transformation with a second chance at life they get through the gift of organ donation.April is Be a Donor...
Letter: Keeping up with ‘marathon of scandals’ difficult
Re: Simon Guillet’s letter “Ontario’s per capita debt larger than California’s,” which appeared in the April 8 edition of Northern Life.Many thanks to Simon Guillet who, in his letter, managed to succinctly capture the severe damage the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals have done to Ontario’s finances over their 11 years in power.Keeping...
Letter: Thanks, Jim Flaherty
Although politicians of all stripes are generally held in low esteem, we as citizens of this great country ought to be thankful for those men and women who sacrifice so much in order to devote themselves to public service. I for one am grateful for (former federal finance minister) Jim...
Letter: Sudbury a ‘pothole nightmare’
People who were here 40 years ago, and are still living today, remember when all the towns around Sudbury had their own mayor and staff that looked after roads and the overall well-being of their community.Well that all changed when former Ontario Premier Mike Harris changed the status to what...
Letter: Hovercrafts needed to navigate city’s roads
I realize spring is the season of the pothole in Sudbury. This year, it seems as though many of these craters are deeper, wider and certainly more frequent. My front end (of the car, people) can attest to this. Sudbury mechanics must be doing a bang up business in suspension...