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Ring of Fire cumulative effects being ignored: expert

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Project-by-project approach will not address ‘big picture’ issues in the region
Academic experts and environmentalists warn that ongoing environmental studies of two proposed Ring of Fire mines will not address the environmental and social effects on the region.
Professor Robert Gibson, an environmental assessment expert at the University of Waterloo, said that looking at a major regional development such as the Ring of Fire one project at a time is not an effective or efficient way to identify the overall cumulative effects.

Hearing to stop mining exploration delayed

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Wahgoshig First Nation’s attempt to have the courts stop a gold mining company from exploring on its traditional lands was delayed on a conflict of interest claim Dec 1.
Wahgoshig and Solid Gold Resources was back in court Dec. 7 to determine whether the company has an obligation to consult and accommodate Wahgoshig before exploring for resources on traditional land.

Webequie says its still open for Ring of Fire business

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Rifts in the Matawa First Nations’ opposition to mining in the Ring of Fire were on display Nov. 23 as Webequie First Nation held a press conference to announce that Matawa does not speak for the people the community.
Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse presented a community position statement calling for companies interested in developing the Ring of Fire to negotiate directly with the community, not through organizations such as Matawa.

Better monitoring, more public information needed on woodland caribou: commissioner

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Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner has slammed the provincial government over its woodland caribou conservation efforts.
In his 2010-2011 environment report, Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller criticized Ontario’s inadequate monitoring of caribou populations and the lack of public engagement on caribou management plans. He noted that public backlash against caribou conservation efforts, especially from the forestry sector, was often led by a lack of information on caribou populations and what conservation efforts mean.

Environment watchdog provides tentative praise for Far North Act

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The Ontario government deserves “high praise” for starting a process to protect huge swaths of the province’s Far North through the Far North Act, says the Environmental Commissioner in his 2010-2011 annual report.
But Gord Miller, Ontario’s independent environmental watchdog since 2000, cautioned that the success of the Far North Act depends on the government spending enough money collecting ecological research and helping First Nations communities prepare land use plans.

Webequie chief says community is still open for business

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Rifts in the Matawa First Nations’ opposition to mining in the Ring of Fire were on display Nov. 23 as Webequie First Nation held a press conference to announce that Matawa does not speak for the community.
Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse presented a community position statement calling for companies interested in developing the Ring of Fire to negotiate directly with the community, not through organizations such as Matawa.

Names of deceased in North Spirit Lake crash released

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While the investigation into the tragic plane crash in North Spirit Lake that claimed the lives of four people continues, police have released names of the passengers and pilot involved in the crash.
The deceased have been identified as: Martha Campbell, a 38 year old female from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Colette Eisinger, a 39 year old female from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ben Van Hoek, a 62 year old male from Carmen, Manitoba; and Fariborz Abasabady, a 41 year old male who was the pilot.

Verbal sparring on Attawapiskat continues

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The war of words between the leadership of Attawapiskat and the federal government continued as northern Ontario rang in the New Year.
The first volley of 2012 came on January 4, when Mushkegowuk Council accused the federal government of putting Attawapiskat’s essential services at risk. Mushkegowuk noted that the federal government transferred $1.5 million of education monies from the council’s accounts to the accounting firm BDO Dunwoody.
“The First Nation is now concerned that payroll and other essential payments will not be made,” Mushkegowuk stated in a press release.

Two new police stations open in northwestern Ontario

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Fort Severn and Sandy Lake now feature new Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services stations, after ribbon cutting ceremonies on Jan. 11.
The stations were funded by partnerships between the federal and provincial governments. For the Fort Severn station the federal government contributed over $1.2 million, while the provincial government contributed over $1.1 million. In Sandy Lake the total cost of $2.1 million was split between the two levels of government.

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