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AUGUST 13, 2013
Changing of the Seasons Gathering: September 14

The thirteenth annual Nishnabai ceremony to celebrate the changing of the seasons will be held September 14 to 15 on Obabika Lake.

The ceremony has been popular since started by Nishnabai elder Alex Mathias. He is the last Temagami First Nation member still living on his family's traditional territory.

The unique, non-commercial, remote event is held on a campground on Obabika in the spiritual shadow of Spirit Rock. It is open to aboriginals and non-aboriginals of all ages.

There will be traditional ceremonies, Ojibway stories, potluck feast, sweat lodge, and hiking in the old-growth forest. The ceremonies emphasize the traditional importance of the forest.

Previous participants recalled the inclusiveness of the ceremonies and the closeness that developed among participants.

Participants camp for the weekend at campsites at the north end of Obabika Lake with most arriving in canoes by early Saturday morning. Earthroots is organizing a ride share from Toronto.

Contributions are sought for Saturday's potluck.

Contact Amber Ellis at Earthroots for more information: 416-599-0152 ext 11.

  BACKGROUND:   Alex Mathias

                          Spirit Rock

                          Obabika Lake access maps 

  GATHERING PHOTOS:   2002   2004   2005   2006   2008 

AUGUST 12, 2013
Ontario, stop logging old growth: Toronto Star

An editorial in today's Toronto Star calls on Ontario to stop logging our old-growth forest.

"Temagamiís soaring forests are home to more than half the worldís old-growth red and white pine trees," the editorial reads. "Itís an impressive distinction, except that only a tiny fraction of the original growth still exists, leaving the trees ó and the biodiversity they support ó on the edge of extinction."

"Even though itís true that the Ministry of Natural Resources is merely following an approved forest management plan and not breaking any rules, itís time for the government to reconsider the need to chop down irreplaceable trees."

It's an old call, but 26 years after the first call was made by the Temagami Wilderness Society, government still won't fix a problem it perpetuates.

We tend to blame industry, but maybe the problem is failed government that cannot respond to future needs or past blunders.

  EXTERNAL WEBSITE:  Toronto Star editorial 


Photo: Erin and Neil Paxton of Temagami Outfitting

Erin and Neil Paxton

AUGUST 9, 2013
Temagami Outfitting re-opens under new ownership

Temagami Outfitting, closed this season until the Civic Holiday weekend, has reopened under a new owner.

Neil Paxton of Mattawa learned that the business was for sale when he came to Temagami to explore the idea of starting a zip line on Caribou Mountain.

Former owner Dean Pearson will be on site through the rest of the summer. Paxton plans to keep the operation going this year until October 15.

Temagami Outfitting is one of two canoe outfitters on the east side of Temagami. The other is Smoothwater Outfitters.

  RELATED STORY:  Outfitter closes and put up for sale

  FACEBOOK:  Temagami Outfitting

AUGUST 7, 2013
Artists focus on Wolf Lake

Fourteen painters, photographers and poets will create works of art on Wolf Lake to be auctioned off in support of the Coalition's campaign to see the world's largest old-growth red pine forest protected.

"As a painter, I've always been drawn to the beauty of places like Wolf Lake," said Liz Lott, one of the participating artists. "The fact that this incredible ecosystem is still threatened makes our work that much more important."

The Wolf Lake Coalition will host a four-day camp for the artists, August 14 to 17, at Wolf Lake.

In 1999, the Ontario government promised to protect the 300-year old Wolf Lake pines, located in the northeastern corner of the City of Greater Sudbury. The Coalition wants the Wynne government to honour the 14-year-old promise to protect the lake and surrounding ecosystem within the Chiniguchi Waterway Provincial Park.

  VIDEO:  Wolf Lake in time lapse


Ontario renews mining lease

Petition passes 20,000 signatures

Video: Jane Goodall's appeal

Ontario backs off, but no mining ban

Ontario aids outlawed miner

Premier invited to canoe Wolf Lake

Sudbury Star: front page story

Coalition forms as opposition spreads

Toronto Star: Ontario breaks pledge

   Followup Dec 13: Not a done deal

Sudbury calls for protection Ė again

Camps: business will suffer

Ex-mayor Sturgeon Falls: bad surprise

Minister overwhelmed? Target: premier

Old growth threatened at Wolf Lake

Video: Protect Wolf Lake

Irreplacable ecosystem: scientific report

Scientific discoveries

  REPORT:  Wolf Lake species (PDF)

EXTERNAL WEBSITE:  Wolf Lake Coalition




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