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OCTOBER 30, 2007

Natural Resources gets new minister

David Ramsay, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, is out of the Ontario cabinet, replaced as Natural Resources minister by Donna Cansfield.

Cansfield was Minister of Transportation. She is the MPP for Etobicoke Centre, a Toronto riding.

The cabinet shuffle follows the October 10 re-election of the Liberals. Ramsay, 22-year MPP, barely scraped a win in his riding, which covers Temagami. He was also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

At Queen's Park he is considered a strong performer as a minister.

Ramsay told CBC Radio he is shocked and disappointed to be dropped.

OCTOBER 27, 2007

Slash fires seen from satellite

Slash fires burning north of Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park, near Beauty and Longpoint lakes, can be seen in this satellite image.


OCTOBER 22, 2007

Trail signs vandalized

Signs on the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail were vandalized at two access points.

The trailhead sign at Grand Campment Bay on Lake Timiskaming was shot with a .22 ,and the sign at Friday Lake partially removed and the map stolen.

Nastawgan Trails, the trail custodian, discovered the damage, exceeding $250, a week ago and reported it to the OPP. 

OCTOBER 11, 2007

Ramsay holds seat, not popularity

Liberal David Ramsay kept his Timiskaming-Cochrane riding seat in yesterday's provincial election.

Ramsay won with 42.9 per cent (11,588 votes) of the vote, narrowly beating NDP John Vanthof with 40.6 per cent (10,954).

This is a considerable drop for Ramsay who won with 59.4 per cent over his nearest rival, Conservative Rick Brassard, who took only 20.5 per cent in 2003.

Ramsay, an undefeated 22-year MPP, is the Minister of Natural Resources, an institution that would do poorly in a popularity contest in Temagami.

Ironically, Ramsay's party won a provincial landslide.

OCTOBER 4, 2007

Land sought in swap for Wolf Lake old growth

Moving ahead with its plan to remove protection from the Wolf Lake old-growth forest, MNR has launched a search for replacement land.

The world's largest remaining old-growth red pine forest is currently protected by the Wolf Lake Forest Reserve, an interim designation to park status. However, the ministry is deferring to a mineral exploration company that has leases under the forest.

No minerals have been found after decades of intensive exploration.

Replacement land that is the "closest representation of the original" is being sought, according to Sudbury District Planner Scott Dingwall.

The deregulation of the reserve and the creation of a replacement protected area will require an amendment to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

The ministry hopes to hold the required public consultation in the spring so it can complete the swap shortly thereafter.

Environment groups oppose the move because the ancient forest is irreplacable.

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OCTOBER 2, 2007

Burst of colour

Fall is upon Temagami and the colours are peaking, visible in this satellite image.

SATELLITE PHOTO:  September 29


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