First Nations want management control of Ogoki Forest
Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Marten Falls Interim Chief Bruce Achneepineskum sign Ogoki Forest unity agreement.
The three First Nations say they will play “a leading role in forest governance” toward obtaining a long-term forest license for the Ogoki Forest Management Unit.
The communities want take control of forest management planning, harvesting, road construction, silviculture, environmental monitoring, reporting and also establish forest-based First Nations business ventures.
Located 250 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, the Ogoki Forest is considered part of the traditional land of the communities in providing a place to hunt, fish, trap, and provide medicine.
Link to full article – http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/aboriginal-businesses/2015/03/First-Nations-want-management-control-of-Ogoki-Forest.aspx
The trapper feels he took ‘reasonable precautions’ to protect the public. Well, I strongly disagree.
Last December, a friend and I were walking along a public snowmobile trail on Crown Land just north of Peterborough, Ont., with my two yellow labs. My dog George was killed that day by a baited conibear trap set beside the trail.
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), through a local Conservation Officer, has investigated the death and informed us by telephone that the investigation is closed; the trapper broke no laws.
I have to ask: How can it be completely legal to put a lethal, baited trap right on a public trail? It was bad enough with my pet. What if I’d been walking with a child?
Link to full article – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/valerie-strain/baited-trap-dog_b_6961554.html
MTO blinks first, provides funds for critical culvert fix
ESPANOLA—Great news arrived recently concerning funding for the 40-year-old Black Creek culvert on Highway 6 on the outskirts of the Town of Espanola. The culvert is on a section of the connecting link that is Manitoulin Island’s vital year-round link to Highway 17 and the world beyond.
According to a recent announcement from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) concerning the fund’s application-based component, the Town of Espanola will receive up to $1,316,931 toward the replacement of the Black Creek Culvert.
“We have budgeted 1,466,900 for this project with an additional $150,000 for the adjacent boardwalk known as the Al Secord Fitness Trail,” confirmed Espanola CAO Cynthia Townsend, who added that the town was hoping to finalize the tenders for the addition shortly.
Outdoor gala brings ‘fire and ice’ to Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake
‘This is something in the spirit of northern Ontario, the spirit of Sudbury’
CBC News Posted: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET
Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake will be transformed into a winter spectacle this weekend to raise funds for the YWCA Genevra House women’s shelter.
The inaugural Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place near Science North and will feature figure skaters, musicians, horses, an ice bar, and a vintage snowmobile show.
If I wasn’t writing this, I’d be in the bush
Soon, a smallmouth bass inhaled the bait and bent the fishing rod. A moment later I was holding the fish up with a big smile on my face. I didn’t realize it then, but the real catch of that day was me.
I was instantly enthralled with fishing and it is also the exact moment my love for everything outdoors began.
It’s not an exaggeration to say it was a life-altering moment when Rick Shone first entered the Wilderness Supply store on Ferry Road as a customer in 2000.
A year later, Shone joined the store as a part-time summer employee, then he met and began dating Elysia Sjoberg, the daughter of Wilderness Supply’s owners, Frank and Jan Sjoberg.
Shone and Elysia eventually married and in 2009 he took over the business from his in-laws. Memories from those early days have Shone feeling nostalgic this year as Wilderness Supply celebrates its 20-year anniversary.
“When they opened in 1995, the store was probably less than 1,000 square feet and it was just jam-packed with canoes,” Shone recalled from the store, which has long since doubled in size by taking over a neighbouring tenant.
Like any small business owners, the Sjobergs took a risk when they turned their love of camping, paddling, and hiking into a full-time venture, but their success resulted in the expansion of two more stores in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 2004 and a second Winnipeg location in 2012 on Speers Road, just off Lagimodiere Boulevard.
Boasting “the largest selection of canoes, kayaks and SUPs (Stand Up Paddle boards) anywhere in central Canada,” finding enough floor space continues to be a challenge 20 years later.
Hub Trail animation project moving forward
Fort Creek Bridge on the Hub Trail
A plan to animate the John Rowswell Hub Trail will be presented to city council Monday night.
The presentation comes with a funding request of $28,325 from the economic diversification fund.
The funding request is just a small part of the entire project cost of $238,550.
Other funding partners include the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s contribution of $92,700, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. internship program contribution of $70,875.
The project is expected to create almost 11 full-time equivalent jobs over a two-year period and create spin offs in other employment in the tourism and service sectors.
Full article here
Sudbury Accent: ‘Kids need to get outdoors’
Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star Four-year-old Logan Anderson tobbogans at Robinson Playground.
At six-years-old, Kiersten Anderson simply likes the feel of the wind on her cheeks as she swoops down a hill on an oversized inner tube.
“The tubes go really fast and it’s really fun, (especially) when you jump off,” the little adrenaline junkie says. She admits she has taken a couple of tumbles and has hit her head once, but says it only hurt for a couple of minutes.
Kiersten’s father, Wes, takes a more measured approach to the perennial childhood past-time.
“Wear comfortable apparel and dress appropriately — nice puffy toques,” he says. “The sliding gear is also important.”
The Star caught up with the mini speedster on Wednesday at Robinson Park. Kiersten, her four-year-old brother and her father, as well as a couple of friends, were out taking their chances on the playground’s small hill. Despite the damp cold — the kind that settles in the bones — they were happy to show off for the camera.