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...


Family discovers abandoned mine shaft in Sudbury backyard
A Sudbury family got the shock of their lives last month when they discovered what they thought was a sinkhole in their backyard was actually an abandoned mine shaft.The family has asked their names not be used to ensure no one looks for their home, located in the Sudbury suburb of Hanmer, viol...
Pizza franchise plans to be national chain by 2018
Topper's Pizza is about to undergo the biggest expansion in the company's history, with an ambitious plan to open 104 restaurants across Canada by 2018.Ron Toppazzini opened the first Topper's restaurant in Sudbury in 1982. The restaurant was the continuation of a long family history in the food in...
Sudbury-designed coveralls expands market
Covergalls, a coverall for women designed in Sudbury and made in Canada, is now available worldwide.Initially sold in Ontario exclusively through Century Vallen, Covergalls have expanded into a global market just one year after their launch.“Covergalls are now being worn by women as far away a...
Sudbury cottage market among “most affordable” in Ontario
RE/MAX released its annual Recreational Property Report, identifying price and other trends in 41 recreational property markets across Canada, including Sudbury and Thunder Bay.Among the key national findings are that price increases in popular urban residential markets has had a spillover effect o...

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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New mining expo will be Sudbury's biggest yet
A new mining trade show scheduled for September will be the largest in Sudbury's history.The North America Mining Expo will take place at the Centennial Arena in Hanmer on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11.Canadian Trade-Ex, which has organized the Canadian Mining Expo in Timmins for 12 years, decided...
Overcast skies predicted for Tuesday
Tonight will continue to be mainly cloudy with winds picking up to 40 km/h, with the temperature at 20 C. Overnight; we’ll drop down to a low of 10 C.Tuesday will be mainly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon and evening with risk of...
Brian Savage Classic raises $94K
The Brian Savage Mulligans for NEO Kids Golf Classic on July 25 raised more than $94,000 to support the North Eastern Ontario Health Centre for Kids.“We are very excited that the Brian Savage Mulligans for NEO Kids Golf Classic was such a huge success,” said Mary Lou Hussak, executive director...
Letter: Sudburians being gouged at gas pumps
I have just returned from a trip to Northwestern Quebec, Gatineau, Cornwall and Montreal, and never did I pay more than $1.39 a litre for gas. On Route 138 towards Cornwall, the price was $1.25. In downtown Montreal, the common price was $1.29 to $1.35, in an area where the...
Letter: Keep bicycle lanes away from traffic
Re: City hall reporter Darren MacDonald’s July 22 column “Did activists hijack 2nd Ave. consultations?”I read the article by Darren MacDonald in the July 22 issue of Northern Life. I think there is more to this than meets the eye.I believe John Lindsay has more support than MacDonald mentioned. Lindsay must have taken a look at the present Attlee Avenue, and he wants to prevent the same results that happened on that street, all in the name of “calming.” Attlee now has an island that is ugly, cheap and dangerous, especially in the winter. We have extended curbs at intersections that are useless to slow down traffic. They impede the snow ploughs from pushing the snow around the curb.The residents of Attlee refused a bicycle lane, but our ward...
Letter: 2nd Ave. project could worsen blue-green algae
Re: City hall reporter Darren MacDonald’s July 22 column “Did activists hijack 2nd Ave. consultations?”Concerns over the proposed Second Avenue widening and reconstruction has provoked a great deal of interest and concern, along with severe and too often malicious criticism and condemnation of certain people who have objected to the processes surrounding the project.It is expected, either legally or ethically, that everyone, including municipalities and engineers, take measures to protect the environment when embarking on any project, no matter what the size.  Without question, the Second Avenue proposed road project will influence the environment, and without serious and professional expert research, can adversely affect an import aspect of our Sudbury environment. Again this year, Ramsey Lake is plagued by serious levels of blue-green algae. Ramsey Lake supplies 40 per cent of...
Auditor general ponders running for mayor
Greater Sudbury's auditor general says he hasn't officially decided to run for mayor, but he's strongly considering a run for the top job at Tom Davies Square.Brian Bigger said Monday he applied for an unpaid leave of absence as the city's internal auditor. Until that issue is resolved, Bigger said...
Gladiators ousted from post-season play
According to Sudbury Varsity Gladiators head coach Reg Bonin, the team's semifinal encounter Saturday evening in Barrie might have turned out much differently if not for a particularly bad sequence of plays in the second quarter.Of course, it also might not have changed the outcome at all.The Huronia Stallions advanced...
'Ghostbusters' screening supports cinema project
An outdoor screening of classic 1980s film “Ghostbusters” is being held in downtown Sudbury July 30 in support of efforts to bring a cinema to the downtown.While the Sudbury Downtown Independent Cinema Co-operative failed in its bid to take over the former Rainbow Cinemas theatre in the downtown mall, it recently announced it has another location. According to the group's Facebook page, details of this location will be released in late summer.The “Ghostbusters” screening was organized by two local businesspeople — LaunchPad media producer Cliff Skelliter and Lululemon Athletica store manager Carolyn Bar.In organizing the movie night under the stars, Skelliter said he just wanted to put together a fun night in the downtown. Deciding he might as well raise some money for a good cause at the same time, he came across the downtown cinema project, an initiative he said he thinks is awesome.The evening starts at 8 p.m. in the parking lot at 50 Cedar St. (the corner of Durham and Cedar...
Cambrian women's volleyball team enlists new recruits
Cambrian College has recruited five new players — including four from the Sudbury District Secondary School Athletic Association – to its Golden Shield women's volleyball program.Jillian Vallier, from Lasalle Secondary School, Amanda Kring and Alandria Czerkas, both from Confederation Secondary School, Emily Sanders, from Lockerby Composite School and Barrie native...