Hearst, Ontario

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subdivision_name1 = Ontario
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subdivision_name2 = Cochrane
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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Roger Sigouin
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leader_name1 = Hearst Town Council
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leader_name2 =Brent St. Denis (LPC)
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leader_name3 =Gilles Bisson (NDP)
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established_date = 1913
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website = [http://www.hearst.ca/ Town of Hearst]
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Hearst (2001 census population 5,825; 2006 census population 5,620) is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located in Northern Ontario, approximately 92 km (57 miles) west of Kapuskasing, approximately 964 km (600 miles) north of Toronto and 520 km (323 miles) east of Thunder Bay on Highway 11. At Hearst, Highway 583 also extends northward to Lac-Sainte-Thérèse and southward to Jogues, Coppell and Mead.

History

The town came into being due to the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway in 1913. Established as a divisional point, Hearst is 207.7 km (129.08 miles) west of Cochrane and 201.3 km (125.11 miles) east of the divisional point of Grant.

Hearst was named to honour William Howard Hearst, then Ontario Minister of Forests and Mines and later Premier of Ontario. Many settlers to the town originally came from the province of Quebec.

Culture

Hearst is one of Ontario's majority Franco-Ontarian towns with 96% of the town's population being francophone. [ [http://katimavik.org/Listitem/index/id/175 Katimavik ] ] Residents are predominantly Caucasian but different cultures can be found in Hearst such as Chinese, Portuguese, Greek, Ukrainian, First Nations and also African-Canadians.

The town is home to the Université de Hearst, a federated school of Laurentian University in Sudbury. The primary industry of Hearst is forestry, with both mills and tree-planting organizations. Hearst is a four season destination. Many years ago, the town proclaimed itself the Moose Capital of Canada. [ [http://northernontario.org/Towns/Hearst.htm Northern Ontario - Hearst, Ontario - James Bay Frontier ] ] Local outdoor activities include fishing, hunting snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, camping, swimming, canoeing, and golf.

Notable People

* René Fontaine, Former Liberal politician
* Doric Germain, writer, whose books centre on Franco-Ontarian heritage
* Claude Giroux, First-round draft pick in 2006 by the Philadelphia Flyers
* Claude Larose, NHL hockey player
* Stéphane Lecours, Former Paralympic swimmer (Seoul '88)
* Rumun Ndur, NHL hockey player

Media

Radio

Hearst's only local radio service is provided by CINN, a community radio station. All other radio stations available in the community are rebroadcasters of stations from Kapuskasing, Timmins or Sudbury.

* FM 90.3 - CBON-26, Première Chaîne
* FM 91.1 - CINN, franco-ontarian community
* FM 91.9 - CBCC, CBC Radio One
* FM 92.9 - CHYK-2, francophone hot adult contemporary
* FM 94.5 - CKHT, adult contemporary

Television

*Channel 4: CITO-3 - CTV
*Channel 5: CBCC - CBC
*Channel 7: CBLFT-TV-5 - SRC

References

External links

* [http://www.hearst.ca/ Town of Hearst]
* [http://www.gohearst.ca/ Go Hearst] Town of Hearst, Ontario Community Website
* [http://www.embargo.ca/highway11/JamesBay/JB-24-Hearst.htm Ontario Highway 11 Homepage - Hearst]


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