Sign. Minute Muffler

Signature Ad

Skyscraper - Grodon's

Big Box

Click here to see more
Community Calendar
Click here for full listings.
Would you support Canada sending fighter jets to join coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria?

Total Votes: 31
View Results Past Polls
User Submitted Photo Gallery
Submit Your Own Photos
2012-06-09 at 9:00 AM

Firsthand look

By Jeff Labine,
Dance BasicsDance Basics For Pre-Schooler; Mom & Tot Dance Classes for ages 2-6 years. Next sessions starts November 7th.Dance Basics

Having lost the ferrochrome smelter, Eli Moonias says he wants to visit other chromite mines around the world before he gives the go ahead to the Ring of Fire.

The chief of Marten Falls First Nation fought hard to try to bring the Cliffs Natural Resources ferrochrome smelter to Northern Ontario. He said having the smelter in Greenstone would mean an electrical grid could have been established for the region giving not only his community but also everyone in the region a reason to switch from expensive diesel fuel.

Ultimately, Cliffs chose to have the smelter build in a town near Sudbury.

With it being years before Marten Falls could see any benefits from the Ring of Fire development, Moonias said he wants a firsthand look at chromite mining projects that are happening around the world to see the benefits of the mine.

“I told the government that I wanted to see the land in Finland or South Africa or in Turkey or Kazakhstan,” Moonias said. “That’s where the existing chromite mines are. I want to see them firsthand. I want to see people, meet them, ask what their experiences are before I say go right ahead here in our area.”

“I don’t know if I`ll be able to do that and if they will finance me to go there to see those sites.”

Moonias said he wants to make sure his community improves and will do everything he can to make that happen.
In order to do business with both the federal and provincial governments, Moonias said he would like to discuss a framework so that everyone’s interests are looked after.

He said he’s concerned about what benefits his community will get now that the smelter has gone somewhere else. Although creating jobs is a high priority, Moonias said protecting the environment is also a big concern and wants environmental assessments completed.

“Let’s just say we get a dollar for a project,” he said. “What are we giving up for that dollar or a million? Right now I haven’t considered saying no to the mining companies or at least not yet. We want to see this framework. I don’t know what it will be like because it is just words on paper. We need our negotiator to work on it and find out what they are talking about.”

He added that they are also looking at a joint panel process with the Ontario government when working on project developments.


Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

Click here to report a typo or error

Banner/Vector Construction


We've improved our comment system.
gwilson010 says:
So the same Eli Moonias that was setting up a blockade to the ring of fire and cancelled a so called mining conference when it came out companies were going to be charged $5000 just for a meeting now wants the govt. to pay for him to go site seeing? If you want to travel the world looking at mines, pay for it yourself.
6/9/2012 11:16:13 AM
woodzee says:
Students who traveled away from their community for education are dying and he is traveling away to be educated and do what?
6/10/2012 12:57:19 PM
arjay says:
of course, that'll be business class, + 2 assistants!!
6/9/2012 11:22:35 AM
young&concerned says:
Who is going to pay for Eli Moonias travells?
6/9/2012 11:33:24 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
...and Eli, you specifically visit mines where Cliffs has anything to do with them...
6/9/2012 11:53:35 AM
unknowncronic says:
use the internet like you would if you were in school doing a project...i dont see kids getting shipped off around the world to do research, so why should you??
Just remeber that you will be graded on this project Eli!
6/9/2012 1:30:34 PM
michaelnigharvey says:
why is this even making the news?
6/9/2012 1:53:49 PM
molly says:
So Mr. Moonias had the processor been built in Greenstone than all would be well.
Your concerns on the enviroment and effects on the people are only an issue now that there is less money coming your way.

It is clear you do not have a veto here here.
It is much better for your community to be a partner on this project than to fight it.
This is not about your personal ego
6/9/2012 5:08:06 PM
i'd say that hits the nail on the head.
1. benefit directly = for the project.
2. cant benefit directly= against the project.
3. against the project that is going forward anyways, scramble and try to get anything that comes your way.
Simple human reactions.
6/11/2012 1:43:28 AM
iceman says:
Not having the smelter built in our area, really is probably a good thing in retrospec, BIG polluter, let Sudbury have it, it is the worst place to live in Canada, outside of Flin Flon Manitoba or Hamilton due to pollution. What is wrong with touring other sites? Honestly he would be a fool if he did not, he is the community leader. Also why should he have to pay for it, the mining company should, they want to put it there!
6/9/2012 5:52:51 PM
barry medawin says:
He should take the same stance as Peter Moonias.
6/9/2012 6:08:48 PM
brooky says:
Shouldn't his community's ailing water treatment facility be his top prioriety right now?
6/9/2012 7:06:21 PM
woodzee says:
I don't know how they can manage to operate a water treatment facility when our municipality cannot operate a sewage treatment facility.
6/10/2012 1:01:10 PM
scarefloor says:
I want to see all the chromite plants across the world too. Have any in Hawaii or Dominican republic?
6/9/2012 7:47:58 PM
browneagle says:
Sorry guys Eli is right and yes the government will pay for his travels.So get with the program.

6/9/2012 8:12:13 PM
outside looking in says:
I haven't heard much negative about the First Nations in Northeastern Ont and the new proposed mine. I wonder if maybe they are easier to deal with and more supportive of some industry in their areas than the ones here who like to threaten violence if they don't get their way?
6/9/2012 8:47:36 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
To the first 7 commenters. This has no bearing on your future so you have nothing to loose, therefore nothing to say. Typical Thunder Bay attitude, complain, complain, complain. It must be something in the water as I've never in my life read so much negativity as I've read in Thunder Bay publications and I read articles from all over this country and Thunder Bay tops the list of sissy's in Canada and the citizens wonder why there is no economic growth other than retail.
It doesn't matter how good the story reads, the idiots in this hole of a town will shoot it down.
Mr. Moonias can do, and ask for what he wants. Cliff's is under Mr. Moonias's thumb my friends. If you don't belong to one of the bands in the ROF shut up. You have nothing to complain about because any monetary cost are not going to come out of your pocket. Cliff's will pay, not the Ontario Government.
6/9/2012 9:01:29 PM
crazyforweed says:
yay someone finally see's thunder bay for what it ACTUALLY IS! i agree 110%
6/10/2012 10:31:25 AM
thatsright says:
I agree that the comments found on this website are rooted with so much negativity. But so is the reporting on this website. The angle on this story just opened the doors for people to complain about Mr. Moonias wanting to travel to mines in other parts of the world - I cringed before I finished reading this article! How irresponsible and ignorant of TBnewswatch - this is more a tabloid than anything.
6/10/2012 10:49:52 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
Excuse me, but this is about being proud of Thunder proud that we don't understand why Cliffs chose Sudbury over us...and so upset because we've been ignored...this town is not a hole and I find your description of Thunder Bay residents as sissies and idiots really offensive. I can't believe this was attacked the didn't discuss the issue.
6/10/2012 12:29:15 PM
ComradeLeninHiawathaZwig says:
So you admit that pride blinds you to the facts of the issue, then proceed to drive his point home by complaining and feigning offense to garner pity. Well done. We'll have to give you a Golden Pagoda award.
6/10/2012 2:07:17 PM
woodzee says:
This is my land too
6/10/2012 12:54:43 PM
wayne says:
give me a break Moonias! sheeesh!
6/9/2012 9:05:39 PM
Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:
Have Cliffs foot the bill for ya Eli.

You may see some people blocading your airplane as what comes around goes around, not goes around the world!
6/9/2012 10:53:01 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Something like this will undoubtedly occur. And they added tailings here for an additional seven years after this map was made.

6/10/2012 12:49:46 PM
pandamonium says:
Keep it up until the project goes away. This is the reason why the smelter will be built in Sudbury. The people there welcome the project, not whine about it. They see the economic benefits for THEIR people. Care about the environment, yeah okay.
6/11/2012 10:25:23 AM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Forgot password?
Log In