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Forestry industry to government: fix rail service now -- by Avrim Lazar

Rural communities and resource industries that were emerging from the recent recession have been hoping for light at the end of the tunnel—at least the rail tunnel.

Look before you leap into business -- by Ross MacDonald

Starting your own business can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Making the decision to proceed takes courage as it involves risk, and is not something to jump into without due consideration.

What the heck is Economic Gardening? -- by John Caruso

In 1987, the City of Littleton, Colorado was reeling from the loss of thousands of jobs as the state was experiencing a severe recession, and its major employer, defence contractor Martin Marietta, had closed its manufacturing facilities.

Ontario Place overhaul golden opportunity for mining sector’s image

By STAN SUDOL Ontario Place, the provincial government’s Toronto lakeshore tourist attraction, has put out a formal request for innovative ideas from the private sector to help overhaul the 39-year-old park.

Open the timber market to save Ontario’s forest industry

By Anne Koven, Tom Clark, and Jeremy Williams The Canadian forest sector is enduring its most difficult period since the 1930s.

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