Ontario invests in bio-hybrid chemical industry

by Steve Morales, CBCNews.ca

The Ontario government's $10-million investment in a Bioindustrial Innovation Center in Sarnia-Lambton will hopefully improve the province's environmental record.

Located at the University of Western Ontario's Sarnia-Lambton Research park, the center aims to support development of a bio-hybrid chemical industry. As a bonus, it is expected to attract another billion dollars in private sector investments and bring another 1,000 jobs to the area.

"We are on the side of Ontarians who want a prosperous economy and a clean environment," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"This project is helping Ontario become a leader in environmental protection and driving the new knowledge-based economy that is based on creative, forward-thinking ideas, leading edge research and new technologies."

The extra jobs, burgeoning industry and big-time investment are expected to develop by 2014.

As for Ontario becoming a leader in environmental protection, well… don't hold your breath. Or maybe do. With the air in this province, it might be the healthier choice.