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Northern Policy Institute talks Ring of Fire infrastructure

The fledgling Northern Policy Institute will soon release research on the Ring of Fire that deals with issues such as road access versus rail access to the mining region.
The Northern Policy Institute's mandate is to "provide proactive, evidence-based and purpose driven recommendations to government and industry on policies and programs that strengthen the regional economy and create a more competitive and productive northern Ontario." (Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens)

The fledgling Northern Policy Institute [NPI] will soon release research on the Ring of Fire that deals with issues such as road access versus rail access to the mining region.

The think-tank was established to do independent studies on big issues affecting northern Ontario.

Northern Policy Institute president Charles Cirtwill. (http://northernpolicy.wordpress.com/)

“I've had opportunity ... to hear [Matawa First Nations negotiator] Bob Rae talking about investing in infrastructure and talking about it not for the purposes of accessing the resource, but for the purposes of meeting the obligations that we as a society have to those communities,” said NPI president Charles Cirtwill.

“So that's a conversation we have to have. What are the criteria that we should be using to make the choices?"

The institute will also examine a host of other issues, from education to the minimum wage, Cirtwill said.  

The institute is a not-for-profit organization, funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and has offices in Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

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