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SEPTEMBER 29, 2006 

Paper topo maps to be discontinued by feds

The paper topo map, a vital tool for backcountry travel, will be discontinued by the federal government in January. This will mean the end of the popular field-use 1:50,000 map.

Instead, the feds will sell a digital PDF file for $11, the same price as the paper version. The purchaser can then print the 38- by 26-inch map at a print shop for $50, or more. This inkjet version, however, will run and fast when it gets wet, unlike the current federally printed maps, which are done on an offset the paper goes before the ink.

Provincial topos are available at a larger scale of 1:20,000 requiring roughly six maps, instead of one 1:50,000, but they, too, are printed by laser with water-soluble ink.

Map Town, a retailer in Calgary, expressed no concern over the fed change, saying it will print maps for customers on demand, but on a laser printer.

The 1:250,000 paper map series is included in the change.

Maps For Canadians has organized to save the paper map and set up a website.

WEBSITE: Maps For Canadians

SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 

And so begins autumn

Yesterday's satellite photo reveals the beginning of the colour change in the foliage.


Photo: Changing of the Seasons Gathering  Alex Mathias prepares for the Cedar Ceremony on Saturday, September 16, 2006, on Obabika Lake.

Changing of the Seasons Gathering Alex Mathias prepares for the Cedar Ceremony on Saturday, September 16, on Obabika Lake.

Photo: Hugging a white pine during a hike in the old-growth forest near Obabika Lake.

Bill "Hillbilly" Lafferre hugging a white pine during a hike after the ceremonies.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 

Attendance grows at Changing of the Seasons

Eighty people attended the sixth Changing of the Seasons gathering on Obabika Lake, the largest attendance since the aboriginal celebration was launched by Temagami First Nation elder Alex Mathias.

The non-commercial, remote event is held on a campsite on Obabika in the spiritual shadow of Spirit Rock to mark the end of summer.

Mathias led feather and cedar ceremonies, followed by a sweat lodge.


Changing of the Seasons fall gathering Sept 16


  Photos by Rob Collette



SEPTEMBER 13, 2006 

Parks and rec meetings coming to Toronto, Ottawa

Writers of the upcoming parks-and-recreation plan will meet with concerned users in Toronto and Ottawa next month.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is finalizing an integrated management plan (TIP) for parks, conservation reserves and Crown-land recreation in the Temagami land-use-plan district.

The plan will cover everything from ATVs in parks and on portages, to camping fees on Crown land, to the intended logging-road crossing of the Pinetorch Conservation Reserve (at the end of the Red Squirrel Road).

The meeting is sponsored by Nastawgan Network, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Earthroots


Ottawa: Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.

Toronto: Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.

          Locations: TBA


            Time for public comment on park-and-rec plan           

            Parks and rec plan moving slowly

            Group calls for protection of traditional land uses

            Presentations in Toronto

            Meeting held in Ottawa

            Canoe industry has vision for Temagami 

            Parks and recreation meetings set

            Elk Lake meeting turns ugly

 WEBSITE: Planning documents


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