Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

June 21-27, 2022: Weekly News Roundup

The big news out of this week is the appointment of newly elected Timmins MPP George Pirie as Mines Minister for the Ontario provincial government. His mandate includes development of the Ring of Fire. Pirie, former mayor of Timmins, formerly held senior mining executive positions for over 35 years at Placer Dome, Breakwater Resources and San Gold, among others.

June 27, 2022 (The Daily Press):

Pirie humbled by ministerial nod

In the process of setting up new constituency office in Timmins

“It has been a whirlwind month for George Pirie. He was elected the Member of Provincial Parliament for Timmins, appointed as Ontario’s newly minted minister of mines, and sworn in to the new cabinet led by Premier Doug Ford in Toronto on Friday.

Since his resounding election victory on June 2, things haven’t slowed down at all for the former mayor and mining executive.

In fact, the very next morning, Pirie was in attendance at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Mining Expo’s return to an in-person event at the McIntyre Community Complex.

With thousands of people in attendance, the majority from the mining industry, he was in high demand by many who wanted to have a chance to chat about the direction the industry is headed in the coming years.” Read more here…

June 24, 2022 (Northern Ontario Business):

Former Timmins mayor to oversee Ring of Fire development

George Pirie, former mining executive, will lead the charge in mining in new Ford cabinet

“Former Timmins Mayor George Pirie has been named Ontario’s new mining minister with a special mandate to develop the Ring of Fire.

Premier Doug Ford revealed his 30-person cabinet on June 24 with only a few changes in portfolios held during Ford’s last provincial government.

The decades-only title of Northern Development and Mines was split into two portfolios with Pirie, a mining industry veteran, handed the mining file and incumbent cabinet minister and Kenora MPP Greg Rickford focusing on northern development and Indigenous affairs.” Read more here…

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