Tim Hudak is the opposition leader of the Ontario PC Party
Ontario once enjoyed bountiful supplies of affordable energy — and used it over more than a century to build our province into an industrial powerhouse and resource development dynamo. But times have changed.
You may have seen a news article a week ago, for example, about how high electricity prices, along with a burdensome approvals process, add up to obstacles to investment in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire region. My caucus colleague, and Ontario PC energy critic, Vic Fedeli used a recent provincial parliamentary committee meeting to press the government for some answers about this critical issue.
Because it’s been in the news lately, I want to use the Ring of Fire to illustrate a broader point, to show how heavily energy costs can weigh on economic sectors like mining, forestry and manufacturing — where Ontario most urgently needs to kick-start job creation with more than half a million people unemployed.
The Ring of Fire should be a cause for optimism with the ongoing jobs crisis in Ontario. According to Richard Nemis, the entrepreneur who gave the Ring of Fire its name, the “economic impact of this discovery on the Ontario economy will probably run into the hundreds of billions of dollars over time.” Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Northern Ontario Politics, Ontario Mining, Ontario's Ring of Fire Mineral Discovery |
The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. ratcheted up the pressure in its dispute with the union representing 4,800 of its striking engineers, conductors, and traffic controllers Wednesday by saying it would be forced to lay off thousands of their colleagues until freight service resumes at the railway.
The striking employees, who are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, walked off the job shortly after midnight Wednesday morning after failing to reach a new labour agreement by their strike deadline. Talks continued throughout the day, but CP’s freight service in Canada ground to a halt shortly after the workers walked off the job.
As a result, CP said it would lay off 2,000 workers, and if the strike were to continue into next week another 1,400 employees would follow.
The layoffs would be in addition to the striking workers, the company said, and from areas not needed while the trains were not running, including yard workers and mechanics. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Canada Mining, Canadian/International Media Resource Articles |
The Toronto Star, has the largest circulation in Canada. The paper has an enormous impact on federal and Ontario politics as well as shaping public opinion.
LONDON, ONT.— The impacts of reversing the flow of an Enbridge oil pipeline between Sarnia and Hamilton are “minimal and manageable,” the company’s lawyer told a National Energy Board hearing Wednesday.
But aboriginal groups disagreed – both inside and outside the hearings at a London hotel.
Traditionalist members of the Six Nations reserve near Brantford forced the hearings to adjourn for several hours just as they got going Wednesday morning, as they complained the hearings were illegitimate and undemocratic.
Once the hearings had resumed in the afternoon, Chief Christopher Plain of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation near Sarnia complained that his members “have not been consulted in a meaningful way” in the energy board process. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Canadian/International Media Resource Articles, Oil and Gas Sector-Politics and Image |
Minnesota environmental special interests say their latest initiative aims to engage all Minnesotans, including miners, “in a respectful, open, fact based dialogue” about sulfide mining.
RENO (MINEWEB) - A coalition of three environmental organizations Wednesday announced it has launched a statewide sulfide mining initiative in Minnesota. Two mining companies, PolyMet and Twin Metals, are developing two mines in Minnesota’s lake country.
“Today, there is little awareness about sulfide mining-it’s very different from the iron ore mining that is more familiar to Minnesotans,” said Paul Danicic, executive director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and founding member of the initiative Mining Truth. “This is a complex issue with long-term economic and environmental implications. We need a broad conversation about this.”
“The evidence shows there is reason to be cautious about effects on our lakes, rivers and groundwater, but we also recognize that the immediate need for jobs in Northern Minnesota is real,” said Paul Austin, executive director of Conservation Minnesota and founding member of Mining Truth. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Canadian/International Media Resource Articles, Mining and Oil Sector Image, Mining Conflict, United States Mining and History |
Michael Gravelle has tested the waters to see if Northern First Nation communities wanted to join forces to manage areas covered in the Far North Act.
The Minister of Natural Resources met with representatives from Northern First Nation communities at the Travelodge Hotel on Wednesday. The group spent the day discussing a potential joint body in regards to the Far North Act where First Nation communities would have more input on policies.
The Far North Act, which was passed in 2010, represents 42 per cent of Ontario or 450,000 square kilometres and applies to public lands in the Far North but not to First Nation communities or to federal, private or municipal lands.
In order to manage development plans better, the province implemented a community based land use initiative with the intent to have direct input from First Nation communities. Read the rest of this entry »
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