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#RingOfFire (#RoF) News – September 16, 2015

  • Not so much #RoF news out there, hence the break – more, as it unfolds ….
  • “Noront CEO outlines big plans in the Ring of Fire — Noront Resources has emerged as a leader across the Ring of Fire region in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario, and it has a long-term plan in the works it hopes will establish a world-class nickel sulphide and chromite camp in the region ….”
  • “Noront Resources Appoints Sybil Veenman to Board of Directors”
  • “Noront Resources Announces Addition to the Board of Directors and Proposed Private Placement”
  • Ring of Fire documentary every Thursday night at APTN“… The Ring of Fire is a six part documentary series that follow the lives of several community members from Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations as they try to deal with the complex issues surrounding a very large mining project — called The Ring of Fire — proposed to be built on their traditional territory and in close proximity to their reserves. It’s a story of the Oji-Cree people who have lived in the Far North of Ontario for millennia who see The Ring of Fire mining project as a potential opportunity to achieve long term economic security and higher standards of living for their people — but who also have serious concerns as to whether they’ll recieve these benefits on terms and conditions that will protect their people, communities, traditional way of life, and the land, watersheds and wildlife that has sustained them for centuries ….”
  • From the comments below “Resource benefit sharing to address poverty in First Nations – just not enough …. Think of the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario where companies that did not properly consult with First Nations have been banished forever in an area that contains $80 billion in minerals. In fact, companies who do real, fulsome consultation with First Nations are finding that the First Nation often provides new opportunities in revenue creation ….”
  • Now, from the federal election campaign ….
  • It’s not often that mining makes headlines as an election issue in Canada, but there it was last week, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a scheduled campaign stop in the battleground riding of Nipissing–Timiskaming in Northern Ontario. Harper, whose incumbent Conservative Party finds itself in a tight three-way race with the Liberal Party and the NDP, told a group of supporters in North Bay that the 15 percent mineral exploration tax credit, in place since 2006, would be extended at least another three years if the government is re-elected. Projects that face steep overhead costs due to remote locations, such as the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario and the Plan Nord in Quebec, would qualify for a 25 percent tax credit ….”
  • More on the PM’s mining commitments to date, with four weeks or so left in the campaign:   “Tax credit ridiculed by opponents — A pledge by campaigning Prime Minister Stephen Harper to extend the federal mining tax credit is being met with scorn from Kenora NDP candidate Howard Hampton. Harper told a partisan crowd in North Bay …. that a re-elected Conservative government would extend the 15 per cent tax credit for at least another three years in order to encourage mineral exploration, particularly in Northern communities. Remote mining locations like the Ring of Fire with steep overhead development costs would qualify for an enhanced tax credit of 25 per cent, Harper said …. In Kenora, Northern Ontario NDP Candidates Howard Hampton (Kenora) and Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) said the prime minister has consistently failed to support mining jobs in the region. “It’s pretty rich for Mr. Harper to come to Northern Ontario and pretend he supports mining jobs after he has so badly mishandled the Ring of Fire,” said Hampton ….”moremore
  • From one of the PM’s campaign stops, in Windsor   “…. (Ontario Chamber of Commerce President Allan) O’Dette also asked Harper about his cool approach to the northern mining play known as the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario, where infrastructure is minimal, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has demanded greater federal help. O’Dette countered to Harper that more infrastructure development would also help to develop other clean energy resources in the north. Harper pointed only to his campaign promise to enhance the northern mining exploration tax credit ….”more
  • From Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Liberal candidate Heather Wilson:  “….Wilson said she would advocate for “good jobs here in the north.” “We’re positioned to contribute to the economy in a lot of ways,” she said, referring to forestry and mining projects such as the Ring of Fire ….”
  • Some promises from some Timmins riding candidates   “….An NDP government would also reduce the uncertainty First Nations feel about resource projects such as the Ring of Fire by committing money to the job training and infrastructure needed for them to take advantage of the developments economically, he said. They would also make sure that all projects meet communities’ environmental requirements …. A Liberal government would also match the provincial funding for the infrastructure needed to make the Ring of Fire development a reality ….”

 

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