Hey Ontario Parks: "Reverse the Cuts to our beloved Northern Parks!"
  • Petitioned Dalton McGuinty
  • Responded

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Premier of Ontario
Dalton McGuinty
Natural Resources Minister
Michael Gravelle
MPP (Sudbury)
Rick Bartolucci
MPP (Timiskaming--Cochrane)
John Vanthof,
MPP (Algoma--Manitoulin)
Michael Mantha
MPP (Nickel Belt)
France Gélinas
MPP (Nipissing)
Victor Fedeli
See response
MPP (Timmins--James Bay)
Gilles Bisson

Hey Ontario Parks: "Reverse the Cuts to our beloved Northern Parks!"

    1. Christopher Genier
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Genier

      Hull, Canada

Camping will no longer be permitted at 10 little-used provincial parks and 130 full-time and seasonal jobs will be chopped as the Ministry of Natural Resources takes steps to cut $7.1 million a year.

The measures — including an end to mail notifications for hunters and anglers whose Outdoor Cards are about to expire — come as the province grapples with a $14.8-billion deficit.

Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle said the 10 parks in question, in northern Ontario such as The Shoals near Chapleau, have low visitation rates and will be open to the public for day use only.

“The decisions we’re making are necessary to modernize our business, make the ministry sustainable and help the government balance the budget,” Gravelle, who represents the riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North, said in a statement Thursday.

Job cuts involve 28 full-time staff and 102 seasonal positions across the ministry, such as an end to the overnight Ontario Ranger Program that is being replaced with a day youth employment program.

Aside from saving $7.1 million a year on the ministry’s operations, the changes will eliminate the need for $12.3 million in capital spending.

The 10 parks include Caliper Lake (Nestor Falls), Fushimi Lake (Hearst), Greenwater (Cochrane), Ivanhoe Lake (Foleyet), Mississagi (Elliot Lake), Obatanga (between Wawa and White River), Rene Brunelle (Kapuskasing), Springwater (Midhurst) and Tidewater (Moosonee).



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    1. Decision-maker Victor Fedeli responds:

      Victor Fedeli

      Media Release from October 4, 2012:
      QUEEN’S PARK -- Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli joined PC Natural Resources Critic Laurie Scott today in blasting the Ministry of Natural Resources over the recent announcement to close 10 provincial parks, a...

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. TIMMINS TIMES: Northerners urged to sound off their protest on plans...

      Christopher Genier
      Petition Organizer
      Northerners can organize, e-mail and even occupy | Local | News | Timmins Times

      More than 150 angry Northerners crowded in the Mountjoy Centennial Hall in Timmins Wednesday night to lend their voices to the protest against the provincial Liberal government decision to shut down camping in many of the North's provincial parks.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Public Consultation Submission

      Christopher Genier
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, after signing the petition, please send your comment to the Public Consultation Review at the link below. Lets effect real change!


    7. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      Please watch shows "Planet Earth : Our Loving Home" on www.suprememastertv.com

      • about 1 year ago

      Open spaces, heritage, tourism

    • Timothy Fennell WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      My family has a cottage on Ivan

    • Nicole Guertin KAPUSKASING, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      We have so little to do in Northern Ontario, don't eliminate another service! Stop taking away from the north!

    • Anneliese Reckewitz GRANDE PRAIRIE, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Provincial Parks are one of the plaees where city people can enjoy natural treed spaces and feel safe doing so. They are a place for people to connect with and learn appreciation for nature.


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