Biofuel opportunities examined.Cochrane can be a cold place during parts of the year, but it is not a place that has ever been associated with polar bears--at least until now.
Wolfgang Schneider, president of the Cochrane Community Development Corp., says tourism is one of many focuses for this community about 65 kilometres northeast of Timmins.
The Polar Bear polar bear, large white bear, Ursus maritimus, formerly Thalarctos maritimus, of the coasts of arctic North America. Polar bears usually live on drifting pack ice, but sometimes wander long distances inland. Habitat attraction is currently under construction and expected to be completed in time for next year's tourism season. The habitat also has a natural tie-in to the Ontario Northland north·land also North·land
A region in the north of a country or an area.
northland Polar Bear Express that travels from Cochrane to Moosonee and Moose Factory Moose Factory, trading post, NE Ont., Canada, near the mouth of the Moose River on James Bay. A fort was built there by Charles Bayly, governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, in the early 1670s. .
A conference was scheduled in Cochrane to teach people methods of tourism packaging and Schneider is also hoping to attend an international conference next March in Germany. It is a conference that has already paid dividends to other Northern Ontario Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario which lies north of Lake Huron (including Georgian Bay), the French River and Lake Nipissing.
Northern Ontario has a land area of 802,000 km² (310,000 mi²) and constitutes 87% of the land area of Ontario, although it communities, specifically Moosonee - Moose Factory residents who attended last year and recently hosted a visit by international-travel journalists.
"We can do that and package (all of) the North to attract tourists," says Schneider. "And I like European tourists because they really like the Northern Ontario wilderness. We have enough attractions, not just in Cochrane, but in places like Timmins and Kapuskasing that we can keep them in Northern Ontario for 10 days to two weeks. All would benefit from it."
The Walkerton tragedy The Walkerton Tragedy is a series of events that accompanied the contamination of the water supply of Walkerton, Ontario, Canada, by E. coli bacteria in May 2000. Summary resulted in severe restrictions on the use of animal waste as fertilizer, but Schneider says there is some consideration by the community now to develop a facility that would be able to take animal waste and turn it into safe, nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Another product of the process is methane that can be used for running a turbine and creating electricity.
It would require the development of an anaerobic anaerobic /an·aer·o·bic/ (an?ah-ro´bik)
1. lacking molecular oxygen.
2. growing, living, or occurring in the absence of molecular oxygen; pertaining to an anaerobe. digester di·gest·er
1. One that makes a digest.
2. Chemistry A vessel in which substances are softened or decomposed, usually for further processing.
Noun 1. that would convert the waste.
"We are in the investigation stages of this," Schneider says. "Of course, we're looking in to the field of bio-fuel because we have a lot of (fibre) left over from our sawmills. The piles are just huge and the cogeneration plants are having a hard time getting through it all, so that is another option we're investigating.
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