Renewing the Soo: How alternative energy investments are transforming Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT. — For a city that uses the slogan “Naturally Gifted,” the Soo’s downtown is a dispiriting place, notable for cracked parking lots and empty storefronts, which stand out like missing teeth. Even tattoo parlours have gone under.

The Sault Star brims with bad news. The town’s main employer, Essar Steel Algoma Inc., is in bankruptcy protection for the third time since 1990. People fear the head office of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. will leave town if the...

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