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The so-called Ring of Fire north of Thunder Bay could generate billions of dollars of revenue.
The so-called Ring of Fire north of Thunder Bay could generate billions of dollars of revenue.
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Cliffs’ exit from Ring of Fire forces Ontario to ask: What now?

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If not Cliffs, then who?

The question is of paramount importance to Ontario’s economic future, and comes with no obvious answer. Mining the chromite deposits of the so-called Ring of Fire north of Thunder Bay is supposed to generate billions of dollars of revenue, and create thousands of jobs. But with the Ohio-based company having scrapped plans to develop it, nobody else is poised to step in.