SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 PHOTO: PAUL CHIVERS
Changing of the Seasons Gathering: September 10
Sixty attended the sixteenth annual Nishnabai ceremony to celebrate the changing of the seasons, held September 10 to 11 on Obabika Lake. Host of the event elder Alex Mathias is in the headdress.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
Lady Evelyn River bridge now a footnote
A monument to logging run amok is now buried in the ashes of history after its removal by Ontario Parks.
The bridge, when constructed in 1968, became a catalyst that spawned Temagami's environmental awareness and the need for the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park.
Even after the park's creation in 1983 the North Lady Evelyn River bridge on the old Liskeard Lumber Road remained active despite being in contravention of Ontario's wilderness park policy.
The Red Squirrel Road and the Liskeard Lumber were to be linked to create a thruway between Hwy 11 and Elk Lake.
It was last used in 1989 by contractors to finish construction of the Red Squirrel Road extension and by OPP to arrest Temagami Wilderness Society protestors.
The underfunded parks program struggled for years against ministry bureaucracy and political neglect to raise the money for the August 25 removal. The road betweem the gate at Chance Lake and the river was ripped to allow the forest to retake the roadbed.
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