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Making the Ring of Fire work for everyone: Joseph Quesnel in the Toronto Sun

Originally published in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute

April 2, 2019

If all parties get it right, the Ring of Fire can become a model for Indigenous engagement on resource development for all of Canada, writes Joseph Quesnel. 

There is some hopeful movement on the famed Ring of Fire mineral deposit in northwestern Ontario.

The new Ontario government promised to revive the project. There is some national interest in this massive project because of the jobs and economic activity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The federal government also has a role in clarifying treaty issues.

In late February, a proposed provincial environmental assessment process began on a permanent road to the proposed site. The Ontario government has begun collecting input on a potential repeal of the Far North Act – the land use legislation meant to balance protecting the Boreal forest and spurring economic development in the region – in order to cut red tape and regulatory uncertainty.

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