Originally Posted by vid
Northern Ontario is taking resource royalties into consideration when we make that claim. It's the natural wealth of Northern Ontario that drove Ontario's economy from the 1880s to the 1970s. That's why Ontario went all the way to London to take possession of this part of the country in the first place. The TSX isn't loaded with mining companies because of a few oil wells in Sarnia.
Here, it's more like 5 or 6 per year. On a highway that averages half as much as highway 12.
In spite of this, Ontario still has some of the safest roads in the world
Neither are we. Northern Ontario's separatism is based more on resource management and economic rights than the highway system. Ontario's government has millions of environmentalists in the south screaming bloody murder every time a tree is logged or a moose is killed, that drives the government to implement policies here that go against what the local people want implemented (and some of them, like the mismanagement of forests and wildlife, have actually had negative
consequences of the local environment).
Thunder Bay has the largest grain handling capacity in a single port on the planet. (Buffalo claims this but I don't understand why, they have less grain elevators and few of them operate). Only Vancouver, Halifax and Hamilton have bigger ports in Canada than Thunder Bay, by area. We might also have the largest harbour contained by a man-made breakwater on the planet as well. Our breakwater is the second or third longest in the world. Half of the operating grain elevators in Canada are in Thunder Bay, and this is after
two-thirds of the local elevators closed.
Thunder Bay's port and port-adjacent industrial facilities. Much of it is now vacant land. In the 1940s, probably 50% of the developed land in this city was industry along the lake and river.
Thanks for all of the great info about the Port of Thunder Bay. I was wholly unaware of its significance.
I looked up the (old 2011) numbers on Stats Canada to learn more about the tonnage shipped by Canadian ports and, in particular, by Port Metro Vancouver. There are many statistics! Many!
Canadian international container tonnage was 40.6Mt in 2011 and volume was 4.6M TEUs. Port Metro Vancouver moves 21.52Mt; 53% of Canada's total international containerized cargo tonnage.
Marine cargo traffic with the USA was 96.6Mt in 2011 (down from 103Mt in 2010). 89.4% of this tonnage moved on the Great Lakes were by Canadian flagged vessels.
Marine cargo traffic with everyone other than the USA was 245Mt in 2011, up from 231.2Mt in 2010. Exports represented 163.7Mt, an increase of 12.2Mt over 2010 and virtually all of that increase went to Asian destinations, which account for 59.4% of Canadian export tonnage. Imports represented 81.3Mt in 2011, up from 79.8Mt in 2010.
Canadian ports moved 124.6Mt of domestic cargo, up from 116.4Mt in 2010.
Canada's 17 port authorities moved 285.2Mt of cargo in 2011, which accounts for 61.2% of all marine cargo handled in Canada.
Port Metro Vancouver handled 107.6Mt in 2011.
Port of Saint John handled 31.5Mt in 2011.
Port of Quebec handled 29Mt in 2011.
Port of Montreal handled 27.9Mt in 2011.
Port of Sept-Iles handled 25.8Mt in 2011.
Port of Prince Rupert handled 18.8Mt in 2011.
Port of Hamilton handled 10Mt in 2011.
Port of Halifax handled 9.9Mt in 2011.
Port of Thunder Bay handled 7.6Mt in 2011.
Port of Windsor handled 4.9Mt in 2011.
Port of Trois-Rivieres handled 3.2Mt in 2011.
Port of Nanaimo handled 2.2Mt in 2011.
Port of Belledune handled 2.0Mt in 2011.
Port of Toronto handled 1.8Mt in 2011.
Port Alberni handled 1.4Mt in 2011.
Port St. John's handled 1.4Mt in 2011.
Port of Saguenay handled 0.3Mt in 2011.