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UofT mining research money miffs the north

May 29, 2009

The recent announcement of a $20-million mining innovation centre that will be built at the University of Toronto has angered representatives from northern Ontario academic and mining communities. The new centre, which will receive $5.5-million from both the provincial and federal governments and $9-million from private sources, will be built at UofT’s downtown campus, and will be called The Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry. The pre-existing Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation at Laurentian University in Sudbury apparently has not received any federal support, and did not qualify for this funding since it didn’t have any shovel-ready projects.

Representatives from Laurentian University and regional mining associations were outspoken in their criticism of the decision by the federal and provincial governments. “It is a slap in the face for northern Ontario. It is insulting. It is bad economics”, said one Laurentian University economist.

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