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Ontario names Ring o’ Fire Negotiator

This from the Government of Ontario info-machine:

Ontario has appointed former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci as lead negotiator on behalf of Ontario in discussions with Chiefs of the Matawa Tribal Council on resource developments in the Ring of Fire, a project that will create jobs and grow Ontario’s regional economies.

Former Justice Iacobucci looks forward to community-based discussions on regional considerations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Tribal Council and their lead negotiator, Bob Rae. Mr. Iacobucci hopes to be invited to visit the Matawa First Nations communities closest to the proposed resource developments in the Ring of Fire prior to engaging in more formal negotiations. He hopes to address the following priorities:

    Environmental protection and monitoring
    Regional infrastructure planning and development
    Resource revenue sharing
    Social and economic supports

These discussions will support ongoing work with individual First Nations to address their issues and concerns, and fully meets Ontario’s duty to consult …

More on Iacobucci here and here.

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