Archive | Ontario’s Ring of Fire Mineral Discovery

New Ontario government provides no ‘quick fix’ for chromite smelter, says former minister (CBC News Sudbury – May 22, 2018)

Former cabinet minister Rick Bartolucci digs into provincial mining politics

Communities in the running for a new chromite smelter will be watching the upcoming provincial election closely. Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury have all made their pitch for Noront’s proposed facility, which will process chromite from the Ring of Fire, and bring with it hundreds of jobs.

But can the party that forms the next government influence where the smelter ends up? Rick Bartolucci, former Sudbury MPP and provincial Minister of Northern Mines and Development, told CBC’s Morning North that even though the three major parties have plans for the Ring of Fire, selecting the smelter’s home is not an easy answer.

“It is a very, very complex process,” Bartolucci said. “And for those who think there’s a quick fix regardless of what party gets in, it’s just not there. This is a complex development.” Continue Reading →

Playing politics with resource revenue sharing – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – May 17, 2018)

Northwestern Ontario municipal leader wants mining, forestry benefits deal for all Northern communities

Resource revenue sharing is on the minds of Ontario’s three provincial leadership hopefuls as they roll through Northern Ontario during the election. Allowing First Nations to benefit from mining and forestry operations on their traditional land has been a contentious and unresolved issue for many years.

The Wynne Liberal government revealed a potential landmark deal – pending their re-election – by announcing that agreements had been signed with three First Nations organizations, representing 32 communities across the North.

Lauding the deals as “the first of their kind,” the Liberals said the partnering First Nations will receive 45 per cent of government revenues from forestry stumpage, 40 per cent of the annual mining tax and royalties from active mines, and 45 per cent from future mines in the areas covered by the agreements. Continue Reading →

Wynne defends Ring of Fire progress as Ford touts ‘gold mine of minerals’ in debate on Northern Ontario issues – by Carl Meyer (National Observer – May 11, 2018)

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader is promising a no-holds-barred approach to mining development in the province’s north, as his Liberal and NDP election campaign rivals caution against ignoring northern communities and destroying the environment.

Doug Ford said at a leaders’ debate on Friday that he would push hard for mining in Northern Ontario, home to the Ring of Fire. The Ring is an area in the James Bay lowlands that is rich in minerals, but lacks infrastructure and is surrounded by sensitive ecological areas and First Nations.

“All we’ve heard is talk, talk, talk, no action,” Ford said during the debate on northern issues in Parry Sound, Ont. on May 11. “We’re going to go in there and start mining.” As well as suggesting the Liberal government has been slow in getting development going, Ford took aim at the New Democratic Party candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Ramsey Hart, a former researcher and advocate with Mining Watch Canada, repeatedly labeling him an “extremist environmental activist” or a variation of that. Continue Reading →

‘Sudbury solutions, not Queen’s Park excuses’ – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – May 2, 2018)

The province’s Progressive Conservatives are pledging to keep more proceeds from mining and forestry activities in the North. “We’ve been an economic engine pulling nickel, gold, silver and copper out of the ground for all these years and not really receiving much of a benefit from it,” Troy Crowder said Tuesday, following the launch of a new campaign office on Lasalle Boulevard.

Earlier in the day, PC leader Doug Ford promised in Timmins that, if elected, he would ensure a percentage of revenue from aggregate licences, stumpage fees and mining taxes will remain in the region through a new resource revenue sharing arrangement.

“Your resources — your benefits,” Ford said in a release. “I think that’s only fair.” Crowder, a first-time candidate for the PCs in Sudbury, said he encouraged the party’s leader to consult with people in Northern industries to find out what improvements can be made and how to address inequities. Continue Reading →

Citizens, experts voice ferrochrome qualms – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – April 30, 2018)

If there was any doubt left as to the level of interest or concern about a proposed ferrochrome smelter in Coniston, that should have been erased with a visit to Ecole Notre-Dame de la Merci on Saturday afternoon.

Greater Sudburians packed the school gym for a panel discussion and information session hosted by the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and focused on the possibility of a ferrochrome production facility in Coniston, which the city has identified as a preferred site for Noront Resources to smelt chromite mined in the Ring of Fire, should the company choose Sudbury over competitors such as Thunder Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie.

“We’re not having a debate here,” panel moderator Laurie McGauley said. “We’re having an information session to find out what we need to know, as citizens, about this proposal.” Continue Reading →

Environmental impacts from potential ferrochrome smelter to be discussed at public session (CBC News Sudbury – April 26, 2018)

Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury hosting information meeting Saturday for concerned residents

A public information session will be held this Saturday to discuss a proposed ferrochrome smelter that may be built in Coniston in Greater Sudbury.

The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury started hearing concerns from local residents around the time the city announced it was planning to bid on hosting a ferrochrome smelter.

Noront Resources is expected to announce later this year which one of the four proposed sites it’s chosen to build its processing plant for ore from the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario. Continue Reading →

First Nation concerns dominate Ring of Fire forum – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – April 25, 2018)

Education, impact to Indigenous communities hot topics at Mining Science Cafe in Sudbury focusing on development plans

The Ring of Fire has been touted as a massive economic windfall for the province and country, but there are serious questions over how it will benefit Indigenous people and community development.

A standing-room only crowd packed a private dining room at the Tap House Northern Grill and Pub in Sudbury on April 24. The panel included Alan Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources Ltd., Roy Slack, president of Cementation and Aime Dimatteo, director general of FedNor.

While there were many questions about roads, ecology, mine structure and economics, questions over the impact to Indigenous communities, employment opportunities and even education and substance addiction garnered the most attention. Continue Reading →

Noront eager for start of Ring of Fire road construction – Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 10, 2018)

First Nation community takes partial stake in mining company in share deal

Noront Resources, the largest claim holder in the Ring of Fire, said it’s doing its part to expedite road development into the mineral-rich Far North.

The Toronto mine developer also announced on April 10 that one of its First Nation community partners is now officially a part owner of the company.

Since the province announced last summer that it was starting the design and environmental work before the start of building two access road corridors into the Ring of Fire, Noront said it’s been pitching in to help area First Nation communities better understand what’s coming by making environmental assessment and engineering studies available to residents. The company hopes it will move the permitting process along. Continue Reading →

Greens back chromite smelter, with conditions – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – March 28, 2018)

Manufacturing of laminated wood timbers would be one way to boost the economy of the North, said Ontario’s Green Party leader Tuesday, while admiring a building constructed of that very material.

“We’re sitting on a gold mine here if we start utilizing new technologies and advanced manufacturing,” said Mike Schreiner, after a tour of the McEwen School of Architecture. “If you want to talk about a climate change solution, wood buildings are great because they have so much embodied energy in them and the trees store carbon emissions.”

Wood construction is also less energy-intensive than cement, he added, as the latter generates a lot of greenhouse gases in its manufacture. Schreiner said he could picture a series of plants in Northern Ontario that could produce cross-laminate timber — which utilizes wood that would otherwise go to waste — for the construction of prefabricated buildings across the province and even farther afield. Continue Reading →

Can’t compare smelters, Sudbury crowd told – by Mary Katherine Keown (Sudbury Star – March 23, 2018)

There are pros and cons to hosting the chromite smelter in Coniston and Tom Price wants to make sure residents understand the differences between the Nickel City and Tornio, Finland, which is home to the Outokumpu ferrochrome production facility.

Price, a retired engineering technologist with decades of experience at Vale who helped set up the world’s first chrome recycling plant in Pennsylvania, hosted a presentation at the Lexington Hotel on Wednesday aimed at educating the public on some of his chromite concerns.

Several dozen people turned out to hear him present on the proposed smelter and Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini said the meeting was organized after several people reached out to him to express their apprehensions. The major problem, Price said, is that Tornio and Coniston cannot be compared. There are 2,500 people living within 2.5 km of the proposed site in Coniston, while in Tornio, there are no people inside that radius. Continue Reading →

Will the Ring of Fire’s ferrochrome smelter end up in the Michigan Soo? – by David Helwig (Soo Today – March 21, 2018)

Ontario Sault politicians are scratching their heads over a meeting planned next month in Toronto to announce a potential ferrochrome processing plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

At the Civic Centre tonight, a half-dozen city councillors told SooToday they had absolutely no knowledge of the Apr. 5 gathering at the swank Design Exchange museum, located in Toronto’s original stock exchange building at 234 Bay St.

“The Ring of Fire Limited Partnership cordially invites you to join Doug Ford, leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party; with the Honourable Maxime Bernier opposition critic for innovation, science and economic development; and Jason Gauthier of the Missinabie Cree First Nation to review the virtues of making ferrochrome in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for a new North American stainless steel joint-venture with Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,” said the invitation. Continue Reading →

U.S. role in Ring of Fire proposed by KWG Resources – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star/Sudbury Star – March 22, 2018)

A company with a stake in the Ring of Fire says the way to get the far north development to “come alive” is by doing business with the United States.

KWG Resources president Frank Smeenk told Postmedia that it’s time to look at the political realities of today and the future and the regulatory environments and what it all means to the massive mining development for the Ring of Fire.

KWG Resources is a mining exploration company with some land claim rights in the Ring of Fire. It wants to ensure that the mineral deposits extracted from the Ring of Fire — expected to last 100 years — are not subject to political whims in the future. Smeenk said his plan is to advance his ideas and concepts to supporters at an event to be held in Toronto on April 5. Continue Reading →

Doug Ford tells supporters he can ‘take back’ Ontario from Liberals – by Maija Kappler (Globe and Mail – March 19, 2018)

He also vowed to take advantage of lucrative natural resources
in northern Ontario. Proposed mining projects in the province’s
“Ring of Fire” will take place even “if I have to hop on a bulldozer myself,” he said.

Doug Ford told a group of nearly 2,000 supporters that he plans to “take back this province” at his first major event since he was made leader of the Progressive Conservative party earlier this month.

Addressing a large and enthusiastic crowd at a rally in Toronto on Monday night, Ford said he believes he can build a majority government because Ontario voters are united in their dislike of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Ford positioned his party as one that will attract voters who have previously been loyal Liberal or NDP supporters. “It’s not about being red or being blue, it’s about turning this province around,” he said. Continue Reading →

Progressive Conservatives outline plan for northern Ontario (CBC News Sudbury – March 16, 2018)

Ford says Ring of Fire project comparable to Alberta oilsands

The leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is promising to move the Ring of Fire mining project forward immediately if elected. Doug Ford and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli outlined the party’s plan for northern Ontario on Friday.

Ford was voted as the head of the party last weekend, after former leader Patrick Brown stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Ford is promising to develop infrastructure to access the remote mining area in the James Bay lowlands. “If I have to hop on that bulldozer myself with Vic on the other one, we’re going to start building the roads to get to the mining,” he said. Continue Reading →

Could the road, railway to the Ring of Fire be built by foreign workers? – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – March 14, 2018)

Union warns Trans-Pacific trade deal potentially undermines Canadian contractors, tradespeople on big resource projects

A union representing heavy equipment operators claims the Trans-Pacific Partnership opens the door to an influx of temporary foreign workers that will cost jobs in Canada.

The International Union of Operating Engineers said a loophole in the trade deal signed by the Canadian government this month could take wages offshore and stands to undermine the Canadian economy.

“By signing this deal, the Liberals are failing to protect construction workers in this country,” said Mike Gallagher, business manager of Local 793 in Oakville, representing nearly 15,000 crane and heavy equipment operators across Ontario. Continue Reading →