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Ring of Fire News – 20 Sept 11

  • Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty rejects taking part in leaders’ debate in Thunder Bay (even by video conference connection) dealing (in part) with Ring of Fire issues.  “Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty (has) confirmed …. he won’t participate in a Sept. 23 Northern debate that he will not be participating in a leaders’ debate in Northern Ontario Sept. 23, despite an offer from the Progressive Conservatives to foot his bill. The Tories offered …. to cover the costs for the premier to appear via teleconference for the debate, but McGuinty — the lone holdout in the challenge — didn’t bite. During a tour of the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay …. McGuinty said he received the invitation to participate in an the Northern debate in early August and said then that he couldn’t make it on Sept. 23. An alternative date wasn’t provided. McGuinty said he is looking forward to discussing Northern issues during the televised leaders’ debate in Toronto on Sept. 27. He added that he doesn’t want leaders saying one thing to a southern audience and another thing to a Northern audience. He used the example of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath who, he said, tells southern Ontario that she wants to shut down development north of 51, which would put a stop to the Ring of Fire development, but tells Northern Ontario a different story. “In order to eliminate those kinds of opportunities, I think we should all be there together talking about the province together, including an important focus on Northern issues,” McGuinty said ….”  Source more moremore
  • Industry helping deal with prescription drug abuse at one of the Ring of Fire First Nations  “Cliffs Natural Resources and the Marten Falls First Nation are working together to combat issues with drug abuse. Marten Falls or Ogoki Post is one of many northern First Nations dealing with an unprecedented rate of opiate addiction attributed to a misused prescription drug known as OxyContin …. Marten Falls First Nation Chief and Council today welcome members of an independent Treatment Team and Health Canada’s First Nation and Inuit Health representatives to initiate the planning for a community-based clinical withdrawal management program to help community members with opiate addiction. They are joined by Joe Gaboury, Director of Aboriginal Affairs for Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., an international mining company, who will cover the costs for the first program. Joe Gaboury stated, “We are so concerned that we have decided to invest some of our money in having a healthy, capable workforce coming from this northern community.  We have made this a priority for our business.” The team of health professionals will use a substitution drug known as Suboxone and taper the drug over 30 days until clients can be taken off completely or continue on short-term low-dose maintenance ….”  Source
  • More details being revealed today on how much power would be needed to build a smelter processing plant near Nakina. “…. There will be a presentation of theWhite Paper developed by G & G Global Solutions and Environmental Communication Options with a discussion of the Technical Appendix by Larry Doran Imperium Energy Inc. In attendance will be Greenstone Mayor Ron Beaulieu, Aroland First Nation Chief Sonny Gagnon and others. (It will be a) Technical Briefing on Greenstone’s findings related to the required electricity supply for a refinery at Exton in Greenstone (with) Project Advisors, George Smitherman of G& G Global Solutions and Don Huff, of Environmental Communication Options; Electricity Grid Consultant, Larry Doran of Imperium Energy Inc. (taking part)….”  Source
  • Sudbury officials to twist Cliffs Natural Resources arms in Cleveland?  “The city may be sending a team to Cleveland, the home base of Cliffs Natural Resources, to present Greater Sudbury’s case for landing a smelter to process ore from the company’s chromite deposits in northwestern Ontario. “There is something in the works,” Mayor Marianne Matichuk said when reached Thursday. “I can’t get into details. We don’t have everything firmed up.” The Star has learned a team that includes Matichuk and chief administrative officer Doug Nadorozny could be heading to Cleveland as early as Wednesday to present a study about a former industrial site just north of Capreol. “I will be fighting for our community and giving Cliffs a good case for our community,” Matichuk said ….”  Source

Summary of more open source information and sources cited (1-19 Sept 11) also available here (PDF).  All information shared here in accordance with the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act.  We’re not responsible for accuracy of original material, and inclusion of material doesn’t mean endorsement.

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