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Friend or foe?

Friend or foe?

Negotiating with former adversaries comes with a unique set of challenges. by Julee Boan In the early 1970s, a popular bumper sticker read: “If you are cold, hungry and out of work, eat an environmentalist.” At the time, and for many years after, an “us versus them” mentality dominated the discourse between tree huggers and […]

Bands ask for mining moratorium

Bands ask for mining moratorium

By Julee Boan Eight First Nations bands are calling for an end to the Province’s “free-entry” mineral exploration and development system. Chiefs and representatives from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake), Muskrat Dam, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin, Wunnumin, Kingfisher Lake, Sachigo and Bearskin First Nations have declared a moratorium on mining exploration within their traditional territories. The bands […]

Trading spaces

Trading spaces

By Julee Boan Created in 1999, Ontario’s Living Legacy was a provincial program that culminated in the designation of 378 new parks and conservation reserves throughout the province. While negotiating the final boundaries for candidate areas, conservation groups and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) staff discovered that numerous mining claims had been staked in some […]

Budget woes

Budget woes

By Julee Boan Vacationers may have noticed some changes to their favourite park this summer. While conservation groups were applauding the new Parks Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) was slashing Ontario Parks’ budget, leaving the department struggling to make up a 2.4 million-dollar funding shortfall. As a result, an estimated 226 full-time summer […]

Travel light

Travel light

Ecotourism should be part of the solution to the economic woes plaguing northern communities by Julee Boan My guide, Maurice, is trying to get my attention. He had asked me to wait while he slowly approached a beach ridge. Minutes later, I, too, am peeking over a willow shrub at an enormous polar bear napping […]

Hidden health hazards

Hidden health hazards

by Julee Boan Aging signs warning visitors of health risks from asbestos are the only visible evidence of the contaminants in the soil and air surrounding 17 former military sites scattered across Ontario’s Hudson Bay coastline. Abandoned in 1965, the sites were to function as early indicators of a military attack by detecting aircraft through […]