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The Sudbury Star
The Northern Ontario Centre for Advanced Technology can "accelerate research and spur innovation" thanks to financial contributions from the federal and provincial governments announced recently.
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt counterpart Marc Serre announced funding of $488,250 through the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, or FedNor, during a press conference at NORCAT, where the province also announced it would match that amount.
A new study from the University of Alberta is suggesting that fracking and frackwater disposal both have limited impacts on seismic events. Geophysicist Mirko Van der Baan and his team spent the past two years examining earthquake rates over the past 30 to 50 years in North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. According to the study, scientists found no province- or state-wide correlation between increased hydrocarbon production and seismicity.
Making the switch from chlorine to ozone as the new waste water treatment system in Cobourg has broken new ground.
"Traditionally most plants in Ontario use chlorine because it is dirt cheap, but it is also really dangerous like mustard gas," said Bill Peeples, the manager of environmental services for the Town of Cobourg. "(Ozone) is the same mechanism as the chlorine but it's a stronger oxidizer, so it's stronger, faster and cleans."
Northern Ontario Business
With over a century of mining supply expertise in Sudbury, companies and nations are turning to this region to help them develop their mining sectors, particularly Mexico, South America and the American Southwest.
To make it easier to connect, Ontario's North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC) recently played host to the Northern Ontario Exports Forum 2017.
The forum at the Holiday Inn allowed mining service supply companies to meet and get a better idea on export marketing, strategic planning, and the sales landscape in their own backyard and beyond.
The federal, provincial and municipal governments will jointly invest nearly $1.2 billion to protect the Port Lands from flooding over the next seven years. It's part of a larger plan to unlock an estimated 240 hectares of prime waterfront real estate for redevelopment.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory made the announcement at the foot of Polson Street.
Under the funding arrangement, the federal government will contribute $384 million of the $1.185 billion cost while the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto will each chip in $400 million.
Canadian Mining Journal
New Gold provided an update on the construction of the company's Rainy River project, located in northwestern Ontario. Both the project schedule and capital cost estimate remain in line with New Gold's updated plan announced in late January 2017. The company continues to target first gold production in September 2017, and the estimated development capital cost from the beginning of this year to the targeted November 2017 commercial production remains $515 million.
Daily Commercial News
Dewatering a project site in Toronto became a whole lot more complicated in 2016. In May, the city amended its Sewers Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 681). In October, it issued a revamped Private Water Discharge Approval Application that demands significantly more information upfront than its predecessor.
The biggest change to the sewers bylaw concerns the definition of private water — any water not purchased from the city, but requiring discharge into a city sewer. That category now includes all "stormwater and/or groundwater collected on private lands."
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