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#RingOfFire (#RoF) News – October 2, 2015

  • Not new, but still worth keeping in mind “Aboriginal communities and their role in the future of the Ring of Fire was the focus of a presentation to business leaders in Timmins Thursday. Glen Nolan, a former chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and vice-president of aboriginal affairs for Noront Resources, was the guest speaker of a luncheon hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce …. With the First Nations in the area holding a great deal of power over the future of the project, Nolan said it is vital that companies like Noront go about handling their relationship with these communities properly. “It’s not as simple as going into these territories and expecting the communities to open their doors. There has been many years of promises made by governments and by resource companies that have not been fulfilled,” said said Nolan to the chamber members. “Communities are, naturally, not sure that they can trust us. So we have to build that trust,” ….”
  • Some digs at the NDP’s plan for northern Ontario “…. (Paul Lefebvre, Liberal candidate for Sudbury said) the Ring of Fire announcement amounts to a paltry $50 million a year over 20 years. That’s a long time to wait for progress on such an important project. In the meantime, the provincial Liberal government has committed $1 billion immediately and federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has already made clear his government will also be a key funding partner.” ….” From another Liberal candidate: “…. A Liberal government would …. match the provincial funding for the infrastructure needed to make the Ring of Fire development a reality ….” – does that mean matching ALL provincial funds, or just the $1B? All at once?
  • More RoF debate crosstalk in Sudbury “Before a raucous and vocal audience that nearly packed the room, (Nickel Belt) incumbent Claude Gravelle of the NDP took on Conservative Aino Laamanen, Green candidate Stuart McCall and Marc Serre of the Liberal party at Club 50. They discussed a range of topics, including climate change, the economy, party integrity, rail safety and the government’s relationship with First Nations communities. Talk quickly turned to mining and the stalled Ring of Fire development in northwestern Ontario. While Serre and Gravelle both agreed the project needs a jump-start, their opinions diverged on the how. “When you talk about the First Nations and the Ring of Fire, we have to move forward. We have to sit down (with First Nations communities), but that discussion has not happened,” Serre said, accusing northern MPs and MPPs, many of whom are New Democrats, of long-standing inaction. Gravelle contended an NDP government would develop the chromite deposits by injecting $1 billion into the project ….”
  • Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Tory candidate André Robichaud points to what’s already been done: “…. I will also ensure that we continue to make strategic and targeted investments in Northern Ontario. Some of our investments include: $1.5 million for the operations of Waubetek Business Development Corporation; $1.5 million to expand the small business centre in Wikwemikong First Nation; $500,000 to support the engineering and project management costs to develop a community-owned on-reserve wind farm in M’Chigeeng First Nation; $393,814 for the East-West Transportation Corridor Study in the Ring of Fire; $232,200 to undertake a regional economic development in fisheries, aquaculture, mining and tourism; and $71,051 for a Northeastern Ontario Aboriginal Mining Strategy ….” (P.S. – don’t forget this almost $8M also invested so far)

 

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