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If rocks were trees

By Mike Shusterman Have you ever considered the absurd notion of our rocks switching places with our trees, specifically with regards to our rocks coming under the same profile and proposed changes as our trees in Ontario? Maybe it’s just me, but I a
Death, taxes and carbon

Death, taxes and carbon

Carbon taxes are coming and we don’t even know it. They are coming because of a certain oil well failure in the Gulf of Mexico and because Western governments need to find new sources of income to tackle their massive deficits.

The Ring of Fire, First Nations and the rebirth of mining

By Stan Sudol The mood at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto this past March was definitely more upbeat and promising.

Building the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario

By Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Important steps are being taken as we work to finalize the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie: a new VIA Rail intercity corridor?

Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie: a new VIA Rail intercity corridor?

From Smiths Falls up to Pembroke, and further west up the Ottawa Valley to North Bay and Sudbury, runs a historic railway line – an eastern segment of the Canadian Pacific Railway's original transcontinental main line connecting Montreal with western
Ontario mining: a catalyst for a new economy

Ontario mining: a catalyst for a new economy

  Undoubtedly, our world is changing. However, some fundamentals remain the same. To build a strong, innovative and value-added economy, we need a solid base.
The Future Ontario Forest Sector

The Future Ontario Forest Sector

  The forest sector in Northern Ontario is in the midst of dramatic change. The current economic crisis is resulting in the rationalization of mills and companies with the associated negative impacts on communities.
Sudbury and Thunder Bay real estate markets adjust to slower resale activity

Sudbury and Thunder Bay real estate markets adjust to slower resale activity

The expansion in resale market activity that was characteristic of both Sudbury and Thunder Bay from roughly 2002 to 2007-08 has come to an end with the softening in commodity prices since the fall of 2008.
Ontario mining a catalyst for a new economy

Ontario mining a catalyst for a new economy

  The recent turbulence in global economic markets hit us hard in Ontario and left many people feeling vulnerable and wondering what we can do to get out of the current slump and make our economy stronger and more resilient in the future.
Northern Ontario’s turning point

Northern Ontario’s turning point

Here’s a recent headline in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business (Nov. 6), "As recessionary darkness passes, dividends rise and shine.” The conclusion: the recession is over and things are looking good again. Tell that to the more than 1.