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NOVEMBER 30, 2004

Mathias rescheduled in Ottawa

Elder Alex Mathias of the Temagami First Nation will be speaking tomorrow evening at the Ottawa Metro YM-YWCA on Argyle Street at 7 p.m.

Over the past week Mathias has spoken to 1,100 people in six southern Ontario cities Hamilton, Burlington, Waterloo, Guelph, London and Peterborough discussing his struggle to save his ancestral land.

The previous venue at the University of Ottawa had been cancelled by the university under a new policy prohibiting controversial matters at certain facilities.  

NOVEMBER 26, 2004

Mathias engagement cancelled in Ottawa

The Ottawa speaking event for elder Alex Mathias of the Temagami First Nation, scheduled for December 1, has been cancelled.

OPIRG-Ottawa, the sponsor of the event, was just informed by the University of Ottawa that controversial events are not permitted in the University Centre Building, where Mathias was to speak, under a newly created policy. Other university events have been affected by the policy.

NOVEMBER 17, 2004

Temagami elder to talk of struggle for the land

Elder Alex Mathias of the Temagami First Nation will discuss his struggle to save his land during a fall speaking tour for southern Ontario.

Mathias is the last Temagami aboriginal living off the reserve on ancestral family land. He is also one of the last Ojibway speakers of the Teme-Augama dialect.

Generous and affable, he has become almost a folk figure among backcountry travellers who drop by his remote Obabika Lake home.


Date: Tuesday, November 23

Time: 5:307 p.m.

Location: U. of Waterloo, Arts Lecture Hall, Rm 173



Date: Wednesday, November 24

Time: 79 p.m

Location: McMaster Health Sciences Building, McMaster U.

                 Ewart Angus Auditorium, Room 1A6



Date: Thursday, November 25

Time: 79 p.m.

Location: University of Guelph, University Centre, Rm 103



Date: Friday, November 26

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: U. of Western Ontario, 3M Building, 3rd Fl, Rm 3250



Date: Saturday, November 27

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Trent U., Sadleir House, 751 St. George St N (downtown)



Date: Monday, November 29

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Rm 2175,

                              40 St. George Street



Date: Tuesday, November 30

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Queen's U., Dunning Hall, 94 University Ave., Rm. 12


OTTAWA  Cancelled

Date: Wednesday, December 1

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: University of Ottawa, University Centre, Agora Area


NOVEMBER 15, 2004

Maple Mountain road and logging gets go-ahead

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources approved logging and a road to the north end of the Maple Mountain range, contradicting an agreement it made not to permit the road.

"Do the people of Ontario want their representatives to deal this way?" said Victor Lorentz of Earthroots, a party to the agreement. "It's shady."

Maple Mountain, one of Ontario's highest elevations, is a wilderness destination for canoeists and an aboriginal spiritual site. Plans launched in 1972 by the Ontario government to develop a ski resort turned it into a rallying point for protection of the area. The development was cancelled.

The road will provide access for Domtar Inc. to log the north end of the Maple Mountain range where it intersects with two provincial parks. Domtar is one of Canada's largest forest products companies. Its 2003 revenue topped $3.5 billion.

"We had hoped the government wouldn't make the same foolish mistakes of the previous government," said Terry Graves of the Temiskaming Environmental Action Committee. "Perhaps they haven't looked closely enough into the situation." 

 DOCUMENT:  MNR announcement (Word file)

BACKGROUND & MAP: Maple Mountain logging

  RELATED STORIES: Mountain logging surprise to many

                               Public comment extended   

NOVEMBER 12, 2004

Freezing has started

Lady Evelyn River, in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Park, portions of Sucker Gut and Chris Willis lakes and smaller surrounding lakes have begun freezing over, reports helicopter pilot Andy Stevens.

Stevens says about sixty per cent of the water surface in the park and north of Lake Wanapitei was frozen when he flew his Ministry of Health air-ambulance helicopter over on Tuesday. 

"I was very surprised to see the Lady Evelyn River frozen," says Stevens, a pilot in the area for many years.

  PHOTO:  Andy's aerial shot of the ice  

NOVEMBER 8, 2004

Water levels online

Environment Canada's water gauges at Upper Goose Falls on the Sturgeon River are now available on the Web.

This is a great tool for retrieving water levels and flows before taking a trip. The Upper Goose data is particularly useful for reading backcountry conditions as the location has no upstream dams that might alter water flow.

Daily data (water level, water flow, air temperature) can be retrieved back to 1985.

There is no one living at Upper Goose in a one-room shanty who sticks a thermometer out the window once a day. The location has automated monitors that transmit daily readings by satellite uplinks.

  WEBSITE:  Environment Canada Hydrometrics

  SOURCES:  Water levels page

NOVEMBER 5, 2004

First snowfall

Overnight snow left one to two inches on the ground this morning. But it was too early to stay. 

NOVEMBER 2, 2004

Luxury lodge sale to film stars just a rumour

The rumoured sale of the luxurious Lake Obabika Lodge to Hollywood celebrities Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell has been making the rounds in West Nipissing.

The lodge's owner, Peter Herburger, says it isn't true, though he wouldn't mind if the famous Muskoka cottagers did take him up on his $3.5 million asking price.

It has been reported in the news that Hawn and Russell were disgruntled with gawkers around their multi-million-dollar Lake Rousseau retreat.

Herburger admits he did receive a call from Russell a few years ago, simply inquiring about accommodations, but it never went further.

  WEBSITE: Lake Obabika Lodge


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