White River benefits from new Harte Gold mine – by Jeff Walters (CBC News Thunder Bay – October 03, 2017)


200 jobs may be created in 800 person community

A complete 180-degree turn would be the best way to describe the economy of White River, Ont. A decade ago, the local sawmill was closed, and the future of the community looked bleak.

Now, in 2017, hundreds of new jobs are slated to come to the community of 800 people along Highway 17 in northwestern Ontario. In fact, there is even a labour shortage in the small community. “Seeing the mine that was being prospected for years slowly come into development is great news for White River, it’s brought a lot of new jobs, and stimulated our economy, so it’s all good news,” said Angelo Bazzoni, the Mayor of White River.

“White River is a robust little community, and when it falls flat on its face, we get together, we rebuild it. This is what we’ve always wanted to do, and it’s working out great for us.”

Bazzoni said one challenge is finding housing for all of the workers to live. Limited space at the mine site means all Harte Gold employees and contractors will have to live in White River.

“Housing is one of the challenges. Very uniquely, our economic development corporation has started construction on two homes that will be on the market, and Harte has taken steps of their own to accommodate the workforce.”

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