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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.

Driving home governance and leadership for the North

Ed Deibel ignited the cause of Northern Ontario governance when he responded to a 1973 budget which proposed extending a seven per cent provincial sales tax to heating and electricity bills. Mr.

Seeking alternatives to banks for small business start-up financing

Over the past several months, Ontario has been feeling the pressure of the current economic downturn. With the unstable economy, many people have faced layoffs or the stress of tenuous job security.
'Cheques and balances' for northern small businesses

'Cheques and balances' for northern small businesses

The fallout of the economy and the ensuing layoffs in record numbers has produced an influx of entrepreneurs into small business start-ups.

When you have lemons make lemonade

Communities making their living in and around the solid wood, newsprint or uncoated free sheet business are taking another hit on the chin. Weak demand and economic contractions will likely cause more facilities to close.

The new Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

The forestry portion of the Ministry of Natural Resources now resides in the Ministry of Northern Mines and Development portfolio, where it should be with a minister overseeing this resource-based super ministry.