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Liberal cuts to MNR responsible for bear problem: Ross

Sunday, June 08, 2014   by: Staff



Liberal cuts to MNR responsible for nuisance bear problem

SAULT STE. MARIE - NDP candidate Celia Ross balked at Liberal claims to be taking action on public safety and nuisance bears.

“It’s this government’s cuts to the MNR’s trap and relocate program and the Bearwise program that are to blame of increasing incidences of nuisance bears,” Ross said.

MNR program cuts have endangered the safety of Ontarians, leaving northerners nowhere to go when faced with nuisance bears in their communities.

To this end, New Democrat MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, John Vanthof, introduced a motion in the Legislature to create an all-party committee to devise a strategy around bear management.

However, the Liberals unilaterally decided to re-introduce the spring bear hunt without going through the proper work to determine what the right solution to the problem would be.

The reintroduction of the hunt went against recommendations from MNR scientists, who warned the hunt would do nothing to reduce incidents with problem bears.

“Once again the Liberals are demonstrating they’d rather pursue a cheap, band-aid solution than do the work necessary to tackle a real problem faced by Northerners. Meanwhile their well-connected friends in the highest executive positions reap million dollar salaries. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Ross.

The NDP would cut waste by capping public sector CEO salaries, consolidating overlapping agencies, and developing a Minister of Savings and Accountability responsible for identifying efficiencies that can be made at the top of the bureaucracy, so that more money flows to the frontlines.

The NDP will also invest in real solutions for Northern issues, such as following through with a strategy for bear management.

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Entity 6/8/2014 1:30:32 PM Report

"New Democrat MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, John Vanthof, introduced a motion in the Legislature to create an all-party committee to devise a strategy around bear management."


Introduced a motion, to create a committee, to devise a strategy...


That sounds so pathetic.
bounder 6/8/2014 1:54:20 PM Report

We have a plan in effect now, called the triple S plan, shoot, shovel, and shut up.
Works around my parts.
Dictionary 6/8/2014 1:59:53 PM Report

Dear Celia,

It is well documented that relocation doesn't work. Please do your homework before you spread your propaganda. The CONS caused the bear problem by cancelling the spring bear hunt.
divemedic 6/8/2014 2:20:35 PM Report

Dear Celia...

you have ended my support for the NDP with your horribly uneducated stance on the bear wise / bear mauling / bear hunt. Thanks for pushing me well RIGHT.
blackspruce 6/8/2014 2:39:19 PM Report

What a joke. The MNR what do they know?
Just look how the moose are managed. Some areas there is more tags given out and some very little at all. All you need is the stupid Biologist to be a green peace activist and all management is a screw up. As far as relocating bear I have relocated many bears the bears go through hell. They cook in those galvanized bins, their tongues hang out, they pant their chest heaves and they groan until they are freed. I Ask the MNR what is the stats on the bear walking out of the cage and dying from stress. The bear hunt gives provides a income to outfitters and controls the bear populations. Just like the NDP to make it sound like they give a darn about the bear. Just dirty Politics
Dictionary 6/8/2014 3:27:09 PM Report

Hmmm... I'm beginning to think that relocation might be the ticket. I'm thinking to the muskokas!
Homer86 6/8/2014 3:46:46 PM Report

What does Miss Ross have to say about the mismanaged moose herd? Not much. How come no one mentions that by mismanaging the bears the moose herd has been mismanaged. What do you think bears eat in the spring? Moose calves... have the Americans shoot the bears and then the northerners will gladly shoot the moose. Not voting for her and her stupid opinion now.
Thim 6/8/2014 3:58:38 PM Report

Celia, you're a nice lady but you're not even close to the source of the problem. The MNR has been wasting money and broke for years leaving no money for the frontline CO's to put fuel in their vehicles. And I've no use for the Liberals or the Minister.
Remember when people held bake sales to raise money for their gas?
Sam C 6/8/2014 4:42:57 PM Report

You'd think a university professor would be able to do a bit of research. I know people who have spotted bears with 2 or 3 ear tags. Bears are territorial and relocation rarely solves the problem -- in a few days or a week the bear will return.
Pictureman 6/8/2014 4:57:27 PM Report

Cuts to the MNR did not create the bear problem. Cancelling the Spring Hunt I feel has been a major reason why we have a bigger problem with bears than we ever had. And who was behind the cancellation? Those whining tree hugger/bear and critter lovers who reside in good old southern Ontario. The same clowns that forced the cancellation of the gas plants and cost ALL OF US $1 billion plus.
anapeg 6/8/2014 5:01:49 PM Report

What will more money going to the MNR accomplish? Are they going to build fences? Eliminating the number of bears competing for the limited space available is the obvious, NO NEW MONEY approach. No need for more bloody taxpayer money just open the damn hunt! Less bears to be driven through competition into northern cities. Bloody government sees a problem and immediately wants to correct it by throwing more money.
molder2 6/8/2014 5:15:46 PM Report

Women make the worst politicians ever...they just don`t get...Just look around...and l`m not a racist...
coop604 6/8/2014 5:40:48 PM Report

Celia - With all respect, better stick to a topic you know something about. Some bear problems will never go away but logically knocking off the male bears that are expanding their range in the Spring has to help somewhat. If some revenue can be derived from legal hunting, so much the better. Frustrated land-owners have been taking the matter into their own hands and wasting a valued resource. Trapping and relocation does not work. Period. Harris eliminating the spring hunt made a tricky situation much worse. Lets see the impact of a couple of years of thinning by licensed hunters.
Resident 6/8/2014 7:01:41 PM Report

What about the whining "hunters" that salivate to kill something? I live in Northern Ontario and I'd like it to be environmentally aware and protective of the beautiful flora and fauna.

northernmale 6/8/2014 7:03:17 PM Report

The bears have always been around but as we build subdivisions in there natural habitat they have to go some place. Bears do not travel very far from where they are born. So they have decided to join us. Easy food .-Just look around we have foxes roaming in town , coyotes, and who knows what else. As long as we take there habitat away from them we will keep seeing them .
anapeg 6/8/2014 7:04:29 PM Report

Resident, are you a vegan? If not how do you feel about hiring someone to kill your food for you, I suppose that is alright?
rugerben 6/8/2014 7:12:51 PM Report

It is very sad you lost my vote ,you are very uneducated about the spring hunt .The bear wise program and the relocation of bears does not work it never has and never will . The bear hunt will work give it a chance. Celia it sounds you have been paid by the animal rights group .Get your story straight
steelworker 6/8/2014 7:23:18 PM Report

NDP=Libs by proxy.
Javaman 6/8/2014 7:56:48 PM Report

Watch for the Libs and the NDP to join forces if the COns win on Thursday. Both power hungry women will fight to the death for more control.
Number One Son 6/8/2014 8:13:09 PM Report

What a simply asinine stance to take days before the election. She just handed the election to David O., who at least knows something about the topic. A pathetic response and stance by the NDP, .... go Libs!
Resident 6/8/2014 8:35:41 PM Report

Anapeg: No, I'm not vegan, unfortunately. I don't enjoy the fact that the meat I eat was once live and don't eat much of it.

My reply was to the post about "whining bear/criter lovers in Southern Ontario".

There are people in Northern Ontario who don't think killing animals is "sport" although it is sometimes necessary (often because of "humans").
KFM 6/8/2014 8:44:30 PM Report

It was not the Liberals cutting funds to relocate bears 2 3 4 times because they keep coming back, it was Mike Harris bowing to money or should I say a big Conservative donor who told them to cancel or loose his money. Hudak is a southern appendage of Harris. Not sure were one ends and the other starts.
anapeg 6/8/2014 9:50:36 PM Report

Resident, my apology for the miss read on my part.
Timbob 6/8/2014 10:32:06 PM Report

What a nut case. She has no idea what she's talking about. None.
Resident 6/8/2014 11:24:42 PM Report

ANAPEG: No problem and thanks.
Jimssm 6/9/2014 7:16:38 AM Report


"Women make the worst politicians ever...they just don`t get...Just look around...and l`m not a racist..."

Yes, men have done such a great job with politics (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

BTW... Spring bear hunt was cancelled by Harris (man) and reinstated by Wynne (woman)
dadal 6/9/2014 7:32:27 AM Report


Perfect example of someone proofreading press releases. Ross lack of knowledge is showing and also her lack of touch with the local community. All she is doing is nasty lash outs to win votes.

The Sarah Palin School of Education yet again.

Campaign down south, Ross in the bleeding heat communities that do NOT have a bear issue. They will love your lack of knowledge.
rebel469 6/9/2014 9:14:50 AM Report

Relocation is not 100% effective, period.

Here's the problem, too many predators not enough food. Easy answer, eliminate some of the problem, aka kill more bear, wolves, coyotes, etc.

David O. also has no idea about the subject. Until you go into the bush, you have no idea how many predators there are. Also a major part of the reason your moose and deer populations are way down. I personally witnessed 21 different bear on a 7 day moose hunt 2 years ago up North.

Spring bear hunt is a good start, allowing a second bear tag would help(but not killing mothers with cubs, have to be clear for the haters out there), and not having to purchase an extra tag for wolf/coyote would also be nice.

Hunters help eliminate the problem, not like the pen pushers in Ottawa. Plus they bring money to the province. The government better do something before someone else is killed by a bear.
CBSA 6/10/2014 7:33:59 AM Report

Relocation Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!Where to????

Queens Park!!!!!!!!!! with all the other "nuisance" politicians.....
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