Posted on August 10th, 2016

Steel important to Ontario economy

1297864828814_ORIGINAL_wdpFrom the Sault Star:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the province needs a strong steel industry – especially one that can help build infrastructure for all Ontarians.

“We are building so much in Ontario right now – $160 billion over 12 years – and there is a lot of steel in that build,” she said in an exclusive interview with The Sault Star.

She was in Sault Ste. Marie Monday as part of an 18-stop, week-long tour of Northern Ontario communities. Monday’s formal announcement dedicated an additional $120 million to modernize Northern Ontario schools, bringing a total commitment to $300 million.

In the interview, Wynne said she believes it’s important that the steel economy in Ontario remain healthy and robust and that’s why the province has been working with Essar Steel for some time.

“It is important to the province that we have access to that high quality Ontario steel at a price that builders can afford,” she said. “We’re committed to the steel industry.”

Wynne acknowledges that the steel industry’s trials and tribulations are an international concern and not just one for Ontario.

The provincial government – pre-insolvency proceedings – provided a $30-million grant to Essar Steel Algoma to …

Posted on January 12th, 2016

YouLaunch entrepreneurial learning


(Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) – January 12, 2016:  Entrepreneurial spirit was in full force at St. Francis French Immersion Catholic School last week, where YouLaunch kicked off 2016 with the first Market Your Thoughts workshop in Sault Ste. Marie. Forty grade 7-8 students learned what it means to be an entrepreneur and how great ideas can come to life.  Students were asked to illustrate what an entrepreneur looks like and were left with the challenge to create a business plan for an idea that would make Sault Ste. Marie a better place. St. Francis French Immersion teacher Micaela Mansfield provided feedback on her students’ participation in the YouLaunch workshop; “My students were highly engaged and enthusiastic all day – the energy level in the room was amazing! They learned that anyone can be an entrepreneur; what will drive them is their passion, ideas and creativity. The room was buzzing the next day as students continued talking about their business ideas and excitement for getting started. I look forward to watching them innovate and imagine over the next couple of weeks as they work on their plans and multimedia presentations for their own business.”

Market Your Thoughts is a regional competition

Posted on August 25th, 2015

Sault, Ontario Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer

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(Sault Ste. Marie, ON) After a thorough recruitment process, Sault Ste. Marie City Council has approved the appointment of Mr. Al Horsman to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Horsman comes to Sault Ste. Marie from the City of Guelph, where he held the position of Deputy CAO.

“Mr. Horsman was selected for his broad and extensive municipal administrative experience, his track record of managing complex projects and his commitment to providing quality public services,” says Mayor Christian Provenzano, who chaired the CAO Selection Committee. “We look forward to him joining our team at the City of Sault Ste. Marie and leading the administrative side of our organization.”

Provenzano adds, “Our selection committee was determined to have a process that was fair and based on merit. I believe that we succeeded. Al’s qualifications and credentials speak for themselves.”

Mr. Horsman’s professional experience includes senior managerial roles in both the municipal and provincial levels of government. As Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services at Guelph, he oversaw the municipality’s capital and operating budgets. He was also responsible for infrastructure, planning and enterprise activities and he played a lead role in Guelph’s downtown renewal …

Posted on August 12th, 2015

Sen. Stabenow Legislation Targets Canadian Plans to Store Nuclear Waste on Great Lakes

Frankenmuth, MI – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced legislation to require the State Department to invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and mandate that the International Joint Commission (IJC) study the risks to the Great Lakes from the proposed Canadian nuclear waste site on Lake Huron. The Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act would also require the State Department to undertake negotiations with the Government of Canada to wait for the study results before approving any waste site located on the Great Lakes. Senator Gary Peters is cosponsoring the legislation in the Senate and Congressman Dan Kildee is introducing companion legislation in the U.S. House.

Sen. Stabenow announced her legislation during a series of statewide meetings with community leaders and stakeholders on efforts to protect our Great Lakes and waterways.

“Our Great Lakes face many tough challenges,” said Senator Stabenow. “This treaty provides an important mechanism for studying and resolving disputes with Canada over our shared waters. Given what is at stake, invoking this treaty to require a thorough review by the International Joint Commission and a process to resolve this critical issue is a reasonable solution.”

“The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan’s way of life, …

Posted on August 10th, 2015

New lights coming online Wednesday at International Bridge

The International Bridge arches will have a whole new nighttime look when the switch is thrown Wednesday evening on an energy efficient and colorful lighting upgrade.

The International Bridge Authority (IBA) has replaced the white lights on top of the bridge’s three curved steel arches with colored light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The electrical circuits feeding the arch lights have been off for the past few weeks while the bulbs have been changed.

“The new lighting system will give an upgrade to the bridge’s appearance while creating significant long-term energy and maintenance cost savings for the International Bridge,” said IBA General Manager Phil Becker.

The lighting circuit is controlled by at timer, with the new colored arch lights set to come on at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

“We’re encouraging everyone in the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario, to come down to the waterfront Wednesday to see the bridge’s new look,” Becker said.

The red, white, and blue array of lights on the U.S. arch and the red and white array on the Canadian arch will represent the colors of each nation’s flag. The lighting will follow a pattern similar to the temporary colored lighting strands installed as …

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