70 lakes threatened with development; Government of Ontario: Amend the draft Algonquin AIP to remove all development parcels.
The draft Algonquin Land Claim puts a disproportionate burden environmentally and economically by designating for development 70+ sensitive lakes/wilderness lands. In effect, lands designated for development are a mechanism to transfer money to the Algonquins. This transfer would happen quicker for all parties by increasing the $300M cash settlement without the negative impacts on sensitive lakes and woodlands.
The Algonquin stated objectives (i) to promote long-term environmental, social and economic well-being, (ii) to consider the Algonquin interest of protecting Mother Earth and the water, and (iii) to consider the need to protect and conserve the wildlife and the biological productivity of the land are not consistent with massive development of 70+ lakes!
Removing the "to be developed" parcels would also remove the disproportionate economic burden and uncertainty on those Ontarians in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington who have lived near and used these lands for generations. Wilderness cannot be used as a cheap way to transfer money.
Remove all land parcels slated for developement in the draft agreement and ensure the final agreement prohibits any development of land parcels set for conservation - Conserve Ontario's Wilderness!