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Ross promises to protect public access to Crown Land

Wednesday, June 11, 2014   by: Staff


New Democrats will protect public access to Crown Land
Liberals turn blind eye to concerns of Northerners
SAULT STE. MARIE – Tuesday afternoon, Celia Ross, NDP candidate in Sault Ste. Marie, reiterated her commitment to investigating the growing number of road closures by the MNR that are limiting public access to Crown Lands.
Many Northerners have been raising alarm bells about the growing forest road closures by the MNR, which have limited public access to forests, lakes and rivers that Northerners have enjoyed for generations.
While current and past Ministers of Natural Resources have argued the closures are designed to create an artificial remoteness to the benefit of fly-in outfitters and the tourism sector generally, the closures negatively impact drive-to outfitters, ATV and snowmobile tours that are more accessible to Northerners.
“We welcome and value tourism in the North,” said Ross, “but we can do so while protecting our own rights and valuing traditional Northern lifestyles.”
“It’s another example of Liberals looking the other way, while the average Northerner is hung out to dry. Once again, the Liberals can’t be trusted to stand up for Northerners.”


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Oreo cookie 6/12/2014 1:40:01 AM Report

Does this former university faculty member have any clue as to how much of N. Ontario isn't public/crown land? Much of the Algoma district is owned by ACR, CPR and CN and then there's the townships owned by corporations such as the former Algoma Steel and Inco, open to correction I do believe that their properties were separate from the sale of their industrial facilities.
Townships can be sold off at any time without notice and the only way to access them will be at the owners discretion.
Hey N D P tell us how you're going to resurrect the MANUFACTURING and FORESTRY SECTOR...or are jobs not that important right now?
Thim 6/12/2014 4:54:49 AM Report

Finally, a person in the political spotlight speaks up about this serious issue.This isn't just controversial, there's evidence indicating it could be a legal nightmare for the Liberals who could be implicated for not acting responsibly.

Way to go Celia
Tom Brason
Thim 6/12/2014 5:07:19 AM Report

A challenge to all outdoors people who value their inherent rights as provided for in the Public Lands Act, quote ..."this legislation is to provide for adequate, sustained access and recreational opportunities for present and future generations of Ontarians" (that the Liberals will not enforce)'s your chance to put your money where your mouth is and make a sound statement, regardless of political lines. Show the current Minister how you feel.
Tom Brason
MYPOINT 6/12/2014 7:07:11 AM Report

David O has got to GO
PC Fremlin might be nice but at what price?
This is to say .. NDP all the way

Your views may differ :)
guestwho 6/12/2014 8:28:59 AM Report

pretty soon they`re going to run out of things to promise!!The world has already been promised to us,what a great place to live.
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