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The business sale: top financial factors to building value

The business sale: top financial factors to building value

Does your accountant dread your visit? Bad record keeping is, in fact, the biggest road-block to selling a business. Buyers want a business with a proven track record of consistent financial performance with solid, growing revenue and earnings.
Half a Loaf? Getting maximum value from the Ring of Fire

Half a Loaf? Getting maximum value from the Ring of Fire

When I was a youngster, we had a neighbour who kept a jar of coins. When kids would visit, he’d offer the jar and say, “take as many as you like”. If you grabbed too many, your bulging fist wouldn’t make it through the neck of the jar.
Ring of Fire is test case on gov’t rail policy

Ring of Fire is test case on gov’t rail policy

Trains or trucks? That is the burning question in the debate over the Ring of Fire’s transportation options. In a bygone era, the overwhelming choice would have been rail.
Sudbury to Shanghai

Sudbury to Shanghai

Towering construction cranes dot the skyline at night like stars forming the Milky Way leading into Shanghai, the Chinese financial mecca of 24 million people.
Rethinking the ONTC requires a plan

Rethinking the ONTC requires a plan

Growing the North as opposed to simply stopping the bleeding or minimizing the pain as we seem to be resolved to do, cannot be done without an effective multimodal transportation system.
Pilot or passenger

Pilot or passenger

When we had our first meeting in Marathon in early 2009 to talk about community-based forestry, I can’t sit here and tell you that the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation was what we originally sketched out.
Infrastructure investment – mining Canada’s future

Infrastructure investment – mining Canada’s future

While Canadians enjoyed a slower pace in lake country last summer, our federal colleagues have been engaged in national dialogues regarding Canadian resource development.
Where will the mining jobs come from? -- by Frank Pullia

Where will the mining jobs come from? -- by Frank Pullia

There is a renewed sense of optimism about the economic future of our region which to a large degree is being driven by a flurry of activity in the mining and exploration sector, especially talk of large-scale mineral deposits in the Ring of Fire abo
Mapping out a united vision for Northerners -- by Al McDonald

Mapping out a united vision for Northerners -- by Al McDonald

North Bay Mayor Al McDonald made this speech to Greater Sudbury City Council, Sept. 28, about mapping out a united vision for Northerners: Bon soir. Good evening.

The Far North Act -- by David Pearson

Hold it Mr. Hudak, hold it, let’s talk about this: “A Tim Hudak government will repeal Bill 191, the Far North Act, which effectively turns the North into a museum by banning development and killing potential jobs.