July 5th, 2007

Dream runs out of fuel: Seaway Valley co-op's plans for ethanol plant dead
Once trumpeted as the means to give Eastern Ontario farmers a piece of the corn-processing action, a $70 million ethanol production plant proposed for Cornwall is dead. Blaming the outcome partly on a commercial ethanol industry which "worked feverishly to keep us out of business," Seaway Valley Farmers Energy Co-Operative is shutting down afte r 14 topsy-turvy years since the plan was first introduced. "We were once told in a meeting by someone in the industry to go home and take care of farming, and let the commercial guys take care of ethanol production," said Alain Leduc, a member of the co-op's board of directors and president of companion company Seaway Grain Processors.

Montreal finally opens tenders
Montreal has put out a call to tender for a city-wide recycling contract that would replace existing contracts set to expire in March of next year. The tender period began on June 11 and will end on July 25. In February, as first revealed by The Suburban, the city’s executive committee approved an untendered 10-year, $16.8 million contract with RecuperAction Marronniers Inc. of LaSalle, a non-profit company that employs disabled people, to recycle materials for the 15 demerged suburbs and all former suburbs that are now Montreal boroughs, except Montreal North. The contract was then pulled off the table after it received a wave of protest from mayors and councillors of demerged cities because it was offered without going to public tender and would burden the municipalities with the costs of the pickup and transport of the materials.

Canadian government to receive advice from aboriginal economic development board (Aboriginal-Self-Suffi)
It‘s an idea that has always been out there - the dream of ending the poverty that runs rampant among Canada‘s First Nations people by fostering aboriginal economic development. “I think in the years ahead when people look back at the significant progress that will have been made in the economic development of aboriginal Canadians, they will look back upon today and these announcements as a very significant step forward,‘‘ said Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Prentice had just emerged Wednesday from his first meeting with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board _ a body that will advise the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on areas such as investment strategies, business creation, aboriginal involvement in major projects and policy development. “I think it would be fair to say the government of Canada‘s resources and efforts have been widely fractured and perhaps trying to do too many things in too many places and not achieving results,‘‘ admitted Prentice.