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Cow herd expansion in the Cochrane District and across Northern Ontario is on the mind of Beef Farmers of Ontario president Matt Bowman.
Beef farmers look to gain ground in the Clay Belt After the turn of the last century, the provincial government set about creating a “New Ontario” by offering land and cash to populate the Great Northern Clay Belt with first-time farmers.That top-down and ill-conceived strategy to colonize the North turned out to be an expensive failure that was finally put out of its misery by Premier Mitch Hepburn in the 1930s.These days, there’s a grassroots movement afoot by the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) who are eyeballing this prairie-like str...


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Temiskaming chamber lobbies for Highway 11 passing lanes
Carving out more passing lanes may be the answer to improve motorist safety on Highway 11, says the Temiskaming Shores and Area Chamber of Commerce.A recent meeting with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) confirmed what the chamber’s highway committee chair Helene Culhane already suspected, t...
After 40 years in business, Nor-Arc still looking to grow
In the early days of Nor-Arc Steel Fabricators, company president Mario Léveillé jokingly remembers there was plenty of finger-pointing going on at the Earlton shop.“People would walk in and say (gesturing), I want a conveyor from there to there, and make it happen.”Designing, fabricating and i...
North’s ag industry gets $3.7 million for land prep
Food producers in the northeast are getting a $3.7-million boost to help clear land and install tile drainage in aid of their farming operations.Funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) was announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne on Aug. 12, the last day of her week-long trip a...
Silver hunter digs into the Clay Belt
Cobalt, famed for its 1903 silver rush, is regarded as the birthplace of Canadian hard rock mining.But it’s all new territory for Gary Thompson of Brixton Metals who’s hoping to rekindle some of that magic with an exploration program to the north of that historic mining camp.The CEO of the Vanc...


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