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2012-05-01 at 14:19

Letter: Refinery deserves more energy than an events centre

Sam Guzzo, Thunder Bay
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To the editor,

I am confused and angered at the fact that Thunder Bay is once again passing up an opportunity to create great and lasting jobs for its populace.

Instead, city council, heads of infrastructure and business people are more concerned about the name of an hotelier and convention center that we don’t need because nobody has a job to pay for a ticket.

Why are we not expending our energy towards getting a refinery for the Ring of Fire mine? There seems to be far too much confusion about what this city needs.

Let me make it simple, we need sustainable jobs for our future, not a hockey rink. 

The time is now to secure our future.  This city spends money like it's water to do surveys and studies on things we don’t need until our jobs are in line.

If the people of Thunder Bay had good permanent jobs maybe we wouldn’t mind paying a little more in taxes to put in a hockey rink and improve the waterfront for other people to enjoy. 

Tourism jobs are relevant and are seasonal, what do we do for the other nine months of the year?

Pull your collective heads out and concentrate on employment not pleasure. As for convention centers and hotels, recently there has been talk of confiscating properties for unpaid taxes. Okay what about the Great West Timber property? 

The people who run businesses in Thunder Bay don’t count, but Buchanen doesn’t have to worry.  Are we afraid to upset him? 

Why are we not confiscating that property before he can sell it? It would solve the parking problem and it would still be downtown where most of the traffic infrastructure is already in place.

Come on Thunder Bay, I challenge everyone to come up with sustainable job ideas and publish them for all to see. Our city council needs serious help in this department it seems by the fact that they hide behind projects that only cost us money not create permanent jobs.

Sam Guzzo,
Thunder Bay

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panzerIV says:
A) The city already knows that they wont be getting the processor. They have banded together with other communities to have it up in Greenstone but its going to Sudbury.

B) The city is focused on the servicing the ring of fire and preparing the city for the future influx of people coming to find work.

C) We don't have the power capacity. The processor needs 300 MG of power to itself and that's not available here. Sudbury just got that as part of a provincial upgrade to the transmission and capacity lines.

I said it when the original story came out that we weren't getting the processor. OK we didn't get it so lets not waste out time moaping and work on the next 3 items and win them. The money is in HQ and service industries. Look at calgary, they don't have big factories but they do have the HQ and the high paying jobs that are inside them.
5/1/2012 3:41:48 PM
john says:
Is it also the City's responsibility to rebuild CN infrastructure? How do you propose the material get to Thunder Bay?

RE: Great West - An appointed bankruptcy trustee is responsible for administering affairs. The City will have to get in line with all the other creditors.
5/1/2012 4:18:26 PM
TBDR says:
I don't understand what he's talking about? Cliffs already said Thunder Bay is not a preferred site, but they haven't ruled out Greenstone as the location. It is not a refinery either, nor is it a smelter as many mistakenly call it. The Ferrochrome Processor will employ 400 Cliffs Employees, and there will likely be people living in Thunder Bay who fill some of those jobs. Also, Cliffs only controls a small portion of the Ring of Fire land. There will be many other companies, each needing its own staffing, processor etc. Passing up one company that doesn't want to come here is not a sign that the city isn't after ROF jobs.
5/1/2012 4:26:02 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
PanzerkampfwagenIV...the Oil and Gas industry in Qannadda is easily 10x the worth of the entire national mining industry, COMBINED. So,guess where Badger Jr. is truly prospering?
5/3/2012 9:13:49 AM
hadenough says:
Sam, the City going after the processor is like tilting at windmills. We don't have the infrastructure. They (CN) ripped up the tracks that would have brought the raw material here. It's too expensive to truck it.

If land was the only issue I think that we could overcome it but it's not. As someone else posted, the GWT lands and NW are in the hands of the bankrupcy trustee and the City is pretty far down the list of creditors thankfully.

If we can't get the processor here, then we can get the spin off jobs and some of the housing base by supporting Greenstone as the site and not Sudbury.

I think in this matter, the City reps are correct in abandoning the position and going after the alternative.
5/8/2012 3:54:11 PM
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