Northern Ontario, Ring of Fire, Places to Grow Act #16

Elizabeth Marshall

Something Different Something Way Better for Ontario…the Trillium Party of Ontario…because we want you and this province to prosper and grow…including and especially Northern Ontario! #18

“Why should we have any faith in what Government is saying when it comes to “Places to Grow”?  This is the New Demo-Progressive Con-Liberal Party (yes, they are all the same and all to blame) saying they know what’s best for you, based on Urban reports. That’s the problem!” –Liz Marshall

“We need people who are going to represent the people of this province–not from top-down, but from Grassroots-up!”

Places to Grow Act, 2005

The Places to Grow Act helps the Ontario government plan for growth in a coordinated and strategic way. It gives us the authority to:

  • designate any geographic region of the province as a growth plan area
  • develop a growth plan in consultation with local officials, stakeholders, public groups, and members of the public
  • develop growth plans in any part of Ontario

The legislation makes sure that growth plans reflect the needs, strengths and opportunities of the communities involved, and promotes growth that balances the needs of the economy with the environment.

Ring of Fire

Ontario has one of the largest mineral deposit areas in the world, and yet
nothing has been done with this ‘Ring of Fire’.

The Ring of Fire is the name given to a massive planned chromite mining and smelting development project in the mineral-rich James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario.

The Ring of Fire was considered “one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Ontario” with “more than 35 junior and intermediate mining and exploration companies covering an area of about “1.5 million hectares”.  Although the Ring of Fire crescent covers 5,000 square kilometres (approximately 1,930 square miles), most discoveries made by 2012 were within a small, 20 kilometres (12 mi) long strip.    Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Michael Gravelle called the region “home to one of the most promising mineral development opportunities in Ontario in more than a century”

Ontario’s Woodlands

78% of the North is considered Ontario’s Woodlands and yet government is preventing the use of this resource by shutting down sawmills due to the O. Reg. 419/05: AIR POLLUTION – LOCAL AIR QUALITY, which the Ontario Bar Association says that regulation is unconstitutional, and yet government is still moving forward with it.

Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011

Northern Ontario Growth Plan Area
Northern Ontario
Growth Plan Area

The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011, is a 25-year plan that was released on March 4, 2011. The Plan guides provincial decision-making and investment now and in the future.

The Growth Plan aims to strengthen the economy of the North by:

  • Diversifying the region’s traditional resource-based industries
  • Stimulating new investment and entrepreneurship
  • Nurturing new and emerging sectors with high growth potential.

The Plan’s policies are built upon six themes that each contribute to the region’s long-term sustainability and prosperity: Economy, People, Communities, Aboriginal Peoples, Infrastructure and Environment.

ONTARIO BAR MOE AIR POL letter to MOE.docx-1