Doug Ford still chasing Ring of Fire dream - 2020-03-04
Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives are doggedly pursuing the dream of developing the Ring of Fire mining region in northern Ontario, despite a shaky economic foundation and likely tricky talks ahead with nearby First Nations.
Ford and his energy minister, Greg Rickford, were joined by the elected chiefs of two of those communities at the annual PDAC mining conference in Toronto this week. They were there to tout an agreement that will see those communities — the Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations — lead the environmental assessment for the middle part of a planned north-south road to connect the largely inaccessible region to highways further south.
"It's historic news that is a real game changer," said Ford, calling the agreement "a crucial step forward in unlocking the multi, and I say, multi-billion dollar opportunity that is northern Ontario's Ring of Fire."