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Ring of Fire News – 8 Mar 13

  • Bob Rae as Chief Negotiator for Ring of Fire First Nations?  The
    Globe & Mail’s take
    , Postmedia News’ take and In Support of Mining blog’s take
  • Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Northern Development and Mines meet Matawa Chiefs  “…. This historic meeting between Matawa Chiefs, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Michael Gravelle and Minister David Zimmer was
    productive and part of an ongoing constructive dialogue with First Nation communities.   The new Ontario government is committed to
    working together on a regional framework and with individual communities to deal with issues such as socio-economic supports, long-term environmental monitoring, training and employment opportunities and infrastructure development ….” 
    Source (Government of Ontario news release)
  • Ontario Creates Cabinet Committee for Northern Ontario  “The new Ontario government has created a new Northern cabinet committee, chaired by Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan.  The committee will address the complex needs of Northern Ontario, including job creation, revitalizing transportation infrastructure and improving vital access to the Ring of Fire. The committee will also help oversee the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario ….”  Source (Government of Ontario news release) – List of who’s on the Committee
  • Who WASN’T Speaking at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) meeting this past week?  Federal Ministerial Lead on the Ring of Fire Tony Clement (more here, here and here).  Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe OliverParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Greg Rickford (more here).
  • Confederation College-Noront-Matawa Training Partnership Deal Also Signed at PDAC Meet  “Matawa First Nations Management’s Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services, Noront Resources Ltd. and Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Aboriginal Forum Reception at the Prospectors and  Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention and mining investment show.  This agreement reinforces a commitment to work collaboratively to expand opportunities for the development of a highly skilled aboriginal workforce for mining activity associated with the Eagles Nest project of Noront Resources Ltd. in the Ring of Fire ….”  Source (joint news release) – moremore
  • Bold Ventures/KWG – Bold Ventures Ready to Start Drilling in Ring o’ Fire  “Bold Ventures Inc. says drilling on the Koper Lake Project in the “Ring of Fire” area in northwestern Ontario will begin  within one  week.  The company announced Wednesday that three drills provided by Cyr International Drilling and Orbit Garant Drilling have been mobilized to the area.  They are scheduled to carry out approximately 6,000 meters of diamond drilling on a number of Nickel-Copper and Chromite targets with a $3 million budget.  A camp to service the program is being constructed by Haveman Brothers  Forestry Services.  The Marten Falls First Nation recently issued a land use permit for the camp ….”  Sourcemoremoremore
  • Cliffs Continuing to Work Toward Road to Ring o’ Fire  “There’s a long road ahead to get to the Ring of Fire.  At 340 kilometres, a proposed road to mineral deposits in the James Bay Lowlands has led to Cliffs Natural Resources filing for 123 sand and gravel permits along the road in order to build it.  ”In my experience that is very rare I don’t think it’s happened before,” Ministry of Natural Resources Gary Davies said of the permits filed by Cliffs in that latter part of 2012.  But while the permits have been accepted by the ministry they can’t be approved until an environmental assessment of the project is complete, a process that is just beginning ….”  Source

More open source information (excerpts from information monitored 14 Feb-8 Mar 13 (PDF) here. All information shared here in accordance with the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act.  The blog is not responsible for the accuracy of the source material, and inclusion of material doesn’t mean endorsement.

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