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March 2012

New EMS Building Will Serve Us Well! See pages 8 to 12

Recent impact of the Ring of Fire Great Snowmobiling at Charlevoix, Quebec Drummond Report Aligns with City’s Cost-Saving Efficiencies

Mining Creating Many Jobs In Thunder See Pages 5 to 7





Mining Creating Many Jobs In Thunder Bay BY SCOTT A. SUMNER

Thunder Bay BUSINESS “ Thunder Bay will only grow more as a regional and mining and exploration service centre. That is what I call Thunder Bay.

We probably will never be a mining town like Sudbury or Timmins with the shadows of the head frames in the city and their 130year history of production. Thunder Bay does provide a regional flavour to engage in the sector whether it be exploration or min-

Red Lake July 2011 ing.” said John Mason who is Project Manager, Mining Services with the Thunder Bay CEDC. He was with the Ministry of Northern Development And Mines, Province of Ontario previously for 36 years managing their resident geology program in NW Ontario and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from Lakehead University. “ LU Geology is doing well at this time with the graduates getting multiple job offers. Their graduates are ideal for the exploration industry because they can map the rocks etc well and

they are well armed when they leave school.” The Thunder Bay area has had mines on the production side with Silver Islet and west of Thunder Bay in Shebandewen with a very early mine there. The number of jobs in the mining industry in Thunder Bay continues to grow however. “ I feel we have over 2000 employees working here in the mining sector. We have 25 mining exploration offices here that employ 136 people. With Musselwhite and Lac de Seul we have another over 300 workers here. The analytical labs as one example have 5 labs in Thunder Bay and another one coming and employ well over 300 people. There are diamond-drilling companies and consultants like engineering with over 300 people working here that just do mine engineering work. They do work all around Canada and the world, companies like Nordmin. It is a real success story.” said John Mason. Currently mines operational near Thunder Bay are the NAP, Lac De Seul site and Musslewhite with Goldcorp located due north at 54 degrees, a 1 hour flight near the Ring of Fire project that uses Wasaya Air to fly staff to their site. “ There are about 12 new mining projects, 8 of which are advanced and will start production between 2013 and 2017 NorOnt and Cliffs as well as other gold, copper and iron sites are on the cusp of production. Rubicon out of Red lake will start late 2013. There are also Cisco Mining near Atikokan, Rainy River Resources near Fort Frances and Stillwater Mining at Marathon, a copper palladium platinum operation to start in 2015 and 2016 and are going through environmental assessment.” said Mason. “ We will develop service sector jobs here to serve these mines at a 5 to 1 ratio for the mine jobs, ranging from supply companies to major engineering firms and companies that construct head frames. There are many jobs to come. We don’t have enough skilled people to handle all the jobs that will come and we have to address that,” said Mason. “ The miner jobs are well paying with miners on bonus in the $150,000 range. The employment will grow in Thunder Bay because we are a regional service centre and the only city of size to provide services like a university, college, modern hospital, theatre, sports and entertainment in a beautiful setting like Thunder Bay which offers affordable housing and commercial properties, a huge draw. The Thunder Bay airport has seen growth based on mining and feel mining is the largest single user of the airport property for scheduled and chartered flights.” Continued on Page 6



Mining Creating Many Jobs In Thunder Bay Continued from Page 5 “ We are only on the cusp of growth which is predicated somewhat on metal prices. We need to get permitting happen quickly to get the properties in production. The area is also very fortunate to have a diversified mineral endowment from chromate, iron and copper to gold and palladium as well as stone product. It is quite a varied basket of minerals, which provides diversification. Gold is still perceived as seen as the ultimate currency in many eyes,” said John Mason. “ We try to link service and supply companies to mining companies and try to attract more junior companies to Thunder Bay.”

topics including trades in mining, women in mining, transferrable skills, environmental careers in mining, First Nations in mining, careers in prospecting, and several others. A trade show component featuring employment and training services as well as some of the mining companies in the area will round off the day, ensuring that those in attendance will walk away with everything

they need to know to enter the mining sector’s workforce. “Mining exploration, development, and production is very prevalent in our region and we need to ensure that our communities are ready to address the growing workforce needs of the sector,” states Madge Richardson, Executive Director of North

Superior Workforce Planning Board. “These initiatives are necessary steps toward accomplishing these goals.”

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Study and Forum Poised to Help Meet Mining Sector’s Demand for Jobs

The Forum was Phase II of a two-phased project carried out by NSWPB in 2011-12 on the mining sector. Phase I consists of a study conducted by Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) that assesses the labour market supply and demand within mining over the next 2, 5, and 10 years. The report provides the findings from an employment and workforce demographic survey of regional exploration and mining employers, and support service contractors conducted between September 2011 and January 2012. A presentation on this report as well as the official release will take place during the Forum. In addition, the Forum will provide keynote presentations on three areas of mining: exploration, production, and supply and services. Workshops will be offered on

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Consultation Equals Co-operation © 2012 Brian Babcock Better co-operation with First Nations is essential for Thunder Bay businesses to achieve full benefits from potential developments at the Ring of Fire and other locations in Northern Ontario.

Legal Matters This was one of the themes of Phil Fontaine’s keynote address at the recent Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. Ontario law refers to “consultation”, but actually requires co-operation.

Fontaine is the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He is now an advisor to RBC, and a consultant, focussed on First Nations consultation. He pointed out that much of what we need to learn and do in dealing with First Nations is common sense. In essence, we need to adapt to a new point of view: · We must accept First Nations as sovereign founding nations – treaties allow us to share their land, not take it · Accommodation must give way to shared opportunities · Successful projects must benefit everybody involved · We must learn about and respect their cultural traditions. An example of the culture gap is how we use language. For instance, a FN person who, in response to a development proposal, asks “what about my trap line?” is not asking for compensation. As Fontaine pointed out, he is seeking to open dialogue about his way of life, how it will be impacted and respected.

Ontario’s Mining Act encourages “prospecting, staking and exploration for the development of mineral resources, in a manner consistent with the recognition and affirmation of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights …, including the duty to consult…” This section has the heading “Purpose”, reflecting its overriding importance. This duty to consult is a very real duty and is not just a box to check off on an application form. The requirements are still evolving, and will always be very situation specific. It starts with an open mind and respect for First Nations. In the KI/Platinex dispute at Big Trout Lake, we saw how ineffective communication breeds chaos and confusion.

But it was not unique. When the Court of Appeal vacated the contempt sentences, it noted that the principles involved were fully set out in another decision. Platinex was not the only company caught up in the confusion. We need to do better.

Before there was the firm now known as Weilers, our founders practiced in mining towns - Geraldton and Red Lake. We continue to represent First Nations and mining companies, and related businesses.



New EMS Building Will Serve Us Well! BY Sherry Aalto

those in need is essential.

The call goes out for medical emergency services! Immediate help is definitely needed and every moment counts! Seconds can seem like hours to the caller. The 911 emergency dispatch centre wastes no time in expediting the call to the proper emergency services needed. As in the case of Superior

The Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is compromised of more than 190 dedicated professionals, including about 170 front line paramedics and a management and administrative team of 20. EMS provides emergency and health care services to 15 municipalities and areas throughout the

North EMS (emergency medical service), on average, there are more than 25,000 call per year that EMS responds to. Even if there was only one call per year, response time is critical, so having the proper equipment and facilities to operate out of for optimum service to

District of Thunder Bay.

In the last 10 years there has been an 80% increase in volume for calls going out to EMS, according to Norm Gale, Chief of EMS, who has been with EMS

for 22 years. Mr. Gale started out as a paramedic located on Rolland Street, here in Thunder Bay. Based on statistics and forecasting, the projected increase in demand for calls will increase between another 8% and 10% per year during the next 10 years and that 8-10% increase, will increase(compounding). EMS staff are under significant pressure from 'call and demand'. Three of the determining factors for the increases in call volume are 1. We are in the era of an aging population, which simply means that the older we get the more we will require the need of EMS. 2. Social issues such as violence, poverty and substance miss-use, 3. Access to health care... over crowding in the emergency department, for many people there is difficulty or limit-

ed access to primary care providers or physicians, which mean that people will rely on 911 EMS as their access to health care. EMS in Thunder Bay are currently, and have been for some time, in facilities that are no longer suitable and are long past their useful life for EMS purposes. The present sites are too small which poses a real problem for storage of equipment, storage of vehicles and locations are a concern. There was, until now, no EMS station in the north side of our city. Now with the new EMS facility just weeks away from opening, both sides of our city will benefit from the new location at 105 South Junot Avenue. Continued on page 9



Superior North EMS Superior North EMS is the Designated Delivery Agent for the District of Thunder Bay. Operating under the auspices of the City of Thunder Bay, Superior North EMS provides paramedic services to over 160,000 people, 25,000 times per year. The district is divided in two regions, Western and Eastern. The Western Region is comprised of The City of

Thunder Bay, Upsala, Conmee, Shuniah, and Armstrong. The communities of Nipigon, Red Rock, Beardmore, Geraldton, Nakina, Longlac, Manitouwadge, Marathon,

Terrace Bay, and Schreiber form the Eastern Region. The organization has over 170 dedicated full and part-time paramedics and support staff operating out of headquarters and 17 stations, and a fleet of 49 vehicles which includes two Paramedic Response Units in Thunder Bay and three Emergency Support Units posted in Geraldton, Marathon and Thunder Bay. Top Picture: Norm Gale of EMS

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Two Superior North EMS Paramedics have received Exemplary Service Medals Two Superior North EMS paramedics have received Exemplary Service Medals from the Governor General of Canada. The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal expresses national gratitude for long and commendable service, particularly in fields of endeavor involving potential risk. The medals were presented to the paramedics by Major General Richard Rohmer, Canada’s most decorated person, at a special ceremony in Collingwood, Ontario, on September 29, 2011. Receiving the medals: Andrew Dillion, Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP), Thunder Bay. Andrew has provided more than two decades of excellent front-line patient care starting as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and becoming an ACP in 2007. Andrew has also contributed to EMS through his union leadership activities, his role as a service instructor in teaching and developing training modules, and through his contributions to Superior North EMS strategic planning just this past year. Andrew has also contributed to youth in the community, through his coaching and refereeing activities. Stephane Leblanc, PCP, Greenstone. Stephane started his career in EMS in 1982 with the Sensenbrenner Hospital based ambulance service in Kapuskasing Ontario. He worked as an Emergency Medical Attendant until 1986 and then obtained his Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant certificate and commenced in a full-time position until 2004. In 2004 he moved to Commercial Aviation as a full-time flight paramedic. Stephane worked for Commercial Aviation on a part-time basis since 1993. In 2008 Stephane became the Superintendent of the Greenstone Cluster for Superior North EMS, where he currently serves. The medal is part of Canada’s official awards system which tangibly reflects national gratitude for long and outstanding service. The requirements for consideration include more than 20 years of service, with at least 10 of those years requiring frontline service involving some personal risk. The recipient is also required to show that they made a positive impact or contribution to their community. "These paramedics have contributed to our communities through their efforts at excellent patient care, and by having added impact to the provision of quality patient care of their colleagues", said Norm Gale, Chief of EMS. "Their efforts have been formally recognized on a national level, and we are proud of their contribution to the public", Gale added.


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