Sudbury chamber cheers ‘Rings’ road decision – by Star Staff (Sudbury Star – August 23, 2017)

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The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is applauding the announcement of an all-season road connecting provincial highways to the Ring of Fire mining development.

“The announcement is a significant step forward in the development of the Ring of Fire,” Michael Macnamara, chair of the Board, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, said in a release. “The Ring of Fire has been a priority for the Greater Sudbury business community and the chamber for many years and we are pleased to see this progress.”

The road, announced Monday in Thunder Bay by Premier Kathleen Wynne, will connect the Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie, and the Ring of Fire to provincial roads at Pickle Lake.

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce said it has long advocated for the development of the Ring of Fire and a transportation corridor. The chamber has called for the development of this $60 billion mining deposit, citing the opportunity for economic growth in Greater Sudbury, Northern Ontario and all of Canada.

In May 2017, while speaking at a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce event, Premier Wynne committed to progress on the Ring of Fire “within weeks, not months.”

The chamber has also hosted Christine Kaszycki, the head of the Ring of Fire Secretariat, Alan Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources Ltd, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, Justice Frank Iacobucci and Bob Rae, among many others. They all talked about how to develop the mineral-rich of northwestern Ontario.

The Sudbury chamber said its advocacy for the Ring of Fire included a task force of dedicated volunteers who have worked for the past three years to ensure that the Ring of Fire remains a local, provincial and national priority.

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