On November 12th, 2014 Bob Rae will be discussing proposed mining projects in Ontario's far north - dubbed the Ring of Fire. Mr. Rae is the chief negotiator for native groups in the area.The Ring of Fire encompasses a 5,000-square-kilometre crescent of vast deposits of chromite, nickel, copper, zinc and gold thought to be worth as much as $50-billion during the commodity boom, according to a recent Globe & Mail article.
These projects have the potential to drive economic development in Ontario and could be an economic shift for First Nations in the area. However, Mr. Rae cautions that the money from this massive proposed mineral project can't be counted on to fix northern community's woes. The Ontario Government is keen for these projects to go ahead.
Rae claims that the Ring of Fire is not the magic solution to poverty, because we need to get people ready for jobs and for work first, "we've got to create the conditions under which people are able to participate in the workforce." Lately there has been some indication that due to falling commodity prices, the projects may not move ahead as fast as the Government of Ontario would like.
Bob Rae will speak about all of these issues at the upcoming Annual Saul Goldstein Lecture, hosted by Woodsworth College.
Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Time: 4 - 6pm
Venue: Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St.
Reception follows lecture, all are welcome to this FREE public lecture
You can register for this event here!