EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Coleman, Professor Arthur P.
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Ontario as a mining country for a very long time, since 1815 when a little iron mine was worked on the north shore of Lake Erie. Copper mining next, about half way through the century, begun by two English companies on the north shore of Lake Huron at Bruce Mines. Then came gold, first struck in 1856 in the township of Madoc and one or two adjoining townships. Silver discovered in a most extraordinary deposit on a little island out in Lake Superior 3/4 of a mile from shore near Port Arthur. The discovery of nickel in the Sudbury region, laying the foundation for the most stable mineral industry in the great Dominion of Canada, an industry that has been prospering since 1886. Some details of nickel production. The discovery of silver in the Cobalt region in 1904. Gold from Porcupine. The several thousand claims in the Porcupine region, with probably six real mines. The amount of capital that will need to be invested to actually produce the gold from Porcupine. A word about statistics; then some statistics and dollar figures. The mineral output in Ontario doubled between 1891 and 1901. Another doubling in the next five years. The outlook for another doubling when the 1911 statistics come out. The bright future of the mining industry in Ontario. Speculation as concerns gold production from Porcupine and what this will do to the mining statistics. What this all means for the Province of Ontario. The people who work the mines. Life in a mining town. Seeing to it that things are so managed that our immigrants shall all be good Canadians, so that we can help one another, and can work together for the future of our country. The men that do the rough work; the men who get the pay. The houses in Rosedale that have been paid for with silver from Cobalt. The issue of class distinctions. The enormous spread of Toronto, the surprising and rapid growth of Toronto, very largely due to the filling up of the north with these mining men. Something in the nature of a prophecy.