Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

November 26 – December 2, 2019 : Weekly News Roundup

No news this week, but we wanted to share a thoughtfully written letter to the editor that was published in the Sault Star, imploring residents of Sault Ste. Marie not to let the promise of “jobs” cloud their thinking about the risks of the proposed ferrochrome smelter.

November 28, 2019 (Sault Star):

Sault should stop expecting a saviour to bring jobs: Opinion

“In the 40 years of my employable life we’ve been the persona of human resources in an employer friendly economic environment due to an unacceptable high rate of unemployment. Making personal sacrifices for gainful employment is what’s expected of us, even when those jobs place our health, safety and sanity at risk. Social services and safety nets are being clawed back alongside a steady decline in jobs from both the private and the public sectors wishing to reduce their operational expenses to further their financial goals.

People are being penalized and their lives are being sacrificed for the greater good of the very institutions that are supposedly here to serve the public interest. For 300 jobs, one city finds it impossible to sensibly weigh the pros and cons of allowing in an industry that risks the wellbeing of the 90,000 citizens of our twin cities. So I strongly suggest to anyone that favours hosting a ferrochrome smelter in the vicinity of either Sault Ste. Marie ‘solely upon the grounds that our cities needs jobs’ should try scratching a little deeper beneath the surface and seriously reconsider their position.” Read more here…

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