Slow, downsize Ring of Fire project

December 14, 2013

In response to Don Watson’s question “Why the Ring rush?” (letter, Dec. 4) and Kaleigh Bahlieda’s answer, “If you can’t grow it, it has to be mined!” (letter, Dec. 5) I’d like to agree with both of them and add my own question: When would be a good time to practise sustainability for minerals supply via recycling, totally?

I ask this because eventually we will exhaust our Earth’s deposits of minerals.

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Get ready for the next round with Cliffs

So, Cliffs Natural Resources has opted out of its environmental review process — for now (Chromite Mine Plans On Hold — CJ, June 13). But, without doubt, they’ll be back to offer us all jobs and prosperity when we’re ready to offer them less environmental red tape. There’s simply too much chromite in the Ring of Fire for them to disappear for very long.

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Ensure environmental security of Ring of Fire

Open Letter to Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

It is with respect that I write to you on behalf of Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP). From my experience I believe that you are a person who believes in doing the right thing and I believe that you have worked hard for your constituents for almost two decades.

However, I am concerned for us all with regard to the Ring of Fire development, and the upcoming negotiations with your federal counterpart,

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A northern heritage fund

From having followed the Ring of Fire story over the last year, I believe that it is clear that the province is not negotiating effectively on its citizens’ behalf — and I would like to support The Chronicle-Journal’s editorial of Oct. 19 (Two Approaches to Northern Mines). However, with respect to your stance on mining negotiations with the province, I would suggest that The Chronicle-Journal go two steps further. First, I’d urge you to advocate for full environmental hearings; and secondly, for a Northern Heritage Fund.

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To Minister of Environment on Ring of Fire Project


October 15, 2012

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of Environment Canada
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3

Dear Minister Kent,

We have recently formed a new group in Thunder Bay, Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet. Our vision is a commitment to “engaged communities, a healthy environment, social and ecological justice, and a participatory democracy.” Our mission is to “create public awareness and engage citizens everywhere to require our governments and economic institutions to act in the best interests of ecological resilience and social justice.”

We are writing to support Matawa First Nations call for a Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment, rather than the currently designated Comprehensive Study, for the Cliffs Chromite Project.

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Ring of Fire needs ecosystem planning

First Published in the Sudbury Star May, 2011

Julee Boan and Justin Duncan

The Ring of Fire represents a huge economic opportunity for Ontario. But more surprisingly, it also represents a big environmental opportunity.

As perhaps one of the world’s most valuable chromite deposits, the area represents a chance to open up a whole new field for the Canadian mining industry. With global demand for minerals soaring, there’s a tremendous opportunity in the Ring of Fire to create new jobs and economic opportunities after some hard years in Northern Ontario.

The environmental opportunity is less well-known. Ring of Fire is located in the heart of one of the largest remaining intact ecosystems left on the planet. That’s a pretty astounding statement and sounds like something you would more likely hear about the Amazon.

But careful mapping of the world’s intact forests has zeroed in on the boreal forests and lowlands of Ontario’s far North as one of our last chances to protect a natural system where all the pieces are still in place and working; from wolves and caribou to millions of nesting birds and lakes jumping with fish.

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