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Zaher's Small Batch

June 3, 2020 - When you think of a small food business many people think of restaurants, food trucks or coffee shops. One food that does not come to mind is hummus. A family recipe, Zaher’s Small Batch exceeds expectations with their growing local hummus business. Part of their success comes from the many partnerships that Zaher’s has created along the way.

North Star Air

May 6, 2020 - Getting from point A to point B can be a struggle for some communities in Ontario’s Far North. With limited or no road access, receiving supplies and visiting neighbouring communities is almost impossible. Aside from winter roads, the one thing keeping these communities connected are airplanes. With organizations such as North Star Air, accessing the Far North is made easier.

Success of LIPs and RIFs: How do we measure it?

April 14, 2020 - Northern Ontario communities are increasingly turning to international immigrants to fill labour gaps. However, in order to attract, integrate, and retain people, a lot of work must be done - especially at the community-level.


March 4, 2020 - It is hard to do a good job when you don’t have the right equipment. For those who work in trades jobs, having the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the number one priority. As more women enter the labour force in the trades sector, finding proper fitting PPE was a difficult task, and is now easy thanks to Covergalls.

The Case for Immigration Post-COVID-19

March 31, 2020 - The impacts from COVID-19 are and will continue to be felt in Northern Ontario. In the months ahead, policy makers, municipal leaders, and community-members will be asking questions about just how badly this pandemic will affect communities and, perhaps more importantly, how to move forward. But, in deciding how to strategize for the future, one thing should be certain: immigrants must be included in our strategy.