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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Rockhounds dominate Nepan tourney to claim crown
From start to finish, the Sudbury Novice Rockhounds were clearly the team to beat in the Novice "C/D" division of the Nepean Knights 18th Annual Lacrosse Tournament last weekend.The Rockhounds recorded five wins, none by less than four goals, in claiming the tournament banner. The Sudbury crew took roughly a...
Glads trounce North Bay as playoffs set to begin
The Sudbury Gladiators can ride the coattails of perhaps their most solid victory of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) season into the playoffs.Good thing, because the road ahead will not be easy. The Gladiators put together an impressive record season finale in North Bay on Saturday, taming the Nipissing Wild 24-7 to claim third place in the Mike Ramsay Conference with a year-end mark of 5-2-1.Sudbury started quickly, scoring on their opening drive as QB Hunter Holub found wideout Jon Landry on...
Canada Cup races get rave reviews from riders
Closing the books on an initial five-year plan that would see the Walden Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) created in order to host the event for the 2010 Ontario Summer Games, the recent Canada Cup race has cycling enthusiasts thirsting for more northern hospitality.Capturing the momentum of the initial Summer Games, president Rob St Marseille and the remainder of the WMBC set the wheels in motion to surge forward, hosting an Ontario Cup race in Naughton in 2012, before scaling it up for the big boys the past two summers. Clearly, the sport is catching on. Twenty-four-year-old Katie Reid, having just completed her masters in political science at the University of Victoria, was introduced to mountain biking through her older brother and a friend from Laurentian University, Nico Tavchandjian."I'm living in Victoria right now, so I do road cycling every...
Northern-shot film fills Cinéfest gala slot
Sudbury boy and Hideaway Pictures CEO David Anselmo said he considers himself “one of the luckiest guys around” because he gets to make movies in his own backyard.He said he's equally thrilled Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, which is in its 26th year, is around to help him showcase his work in the city he calls home. For the third time, one of Anselmo's films will be screened at the festival, which runs this year at SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas from Sept. 13-21. The Masked Saint, filmed in Sault Ste. Marie last year, is the Wednesday night gala presentation at this year's festival.“Cinéfest is one of the most...
Going once, going twice: Lac-Megantic's 'train from hell' goes to auction
MONTREAL - It's been known to belch oil from its exhaust, it's caught fire at least once and it led the "train from hell" that smashed into Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.And pretty soon locomotive MMA 5017 can be all yours.The lead engine on the runaway oil train that derailed and...
Fewer crimes being committed, and they are less severe, say number crunchers
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the number of crimes committed was lower last year, but so was the severity of those criminal acts.The agency says the police-reported Crime Severity Index fell by nine per cent in 2013, the tenth consecutive annual decline.The index, which measures the volume and severity of...
Retail sales record second straight strong month, boosting hopes for economy
OTTAWA - A strong retail sales report for May suggests the Canadian economy has recovered from a winter hiccup and is returning to above two per cent growth.Thanks to strong car and truck purchases, retails sales rose a better than expected 0.7 per cent in the middle month of the...
Hospital promos use of local food — with a BBQ
Bison burgers with blueberry barbeque sauce and local potato and garlic soup – all sourced from Ontario – were on the menu at a barbecue to promote Health Sciences North's latest initiative to serve more local food.The hospital's retail food service, Marek Hospitality, organized the lunchtime event to promote its recent strides in using local ingredients. "There's not enough awareness out there,” said Stewart Brown, the hospital's director of retail food services. “People don't understand how many items you can source locally.”In the last month, Marek Hospitality has increased its local food content from 30 per cent to 40 per cent at the hospital's Rock Garden...
Unspent arts money can be carried over: councillors
Generally when there are unspent funds in a budget year, the surplus amount goes to pay down the city's long-term debt. But the city's community arts and culture grant panel successfully argued that policy puts them at a disadvantage.The panel evaluates applications based on three criteria: artistic and cultural merit;...
Traffic advisory: lane and road closures July 23
The City of Greater Sudbury issued the following traffic advisory today: Water main valve work at the intersection of King Street and Notre Dame Avenue will close the southbound curb lane on Notre Dame until 3 p.m. July 23.Asphalt treatment will close Medora Street from Worthington Road to Edmund Street...