October 2014    

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OCTOBER 28, 2014

Hunter takes mayoral race

Sitting mayor Lorie Hunter (692 votes) defeated challenger Doug Adams (325) in yesterday's municipal election.

Successful candidates for council are: John Harding (576), John Kenrick (569), Carol Lowry (557), Dan O'Mara (504), Debby Burrows (479), and Brian Koski (433). Burrows, Kenrick, and O'Mara were re-elected. Samuel Barnes and Paul Middleton lost seats.

  EXTERNAL WEBSITE: Municipal election results

OCTOBER 6, 2014

Video: Wildlife on Lake Temagami

Excellent video of wildlife (bear, moose, wolf) from various places on the North Arm of Lake Temagami by Harold Keevil. The password is "Temagami" (with a capital T).

  EXTERNAL WEBSITE: Keevil's wildlife video

OCTOBER 5, 2014

Friends of Temagami AGM: November 8

Friends of Temagami's annual general meeting is scheduled for November 8 at Smoothwater Lodge.

Guest speaker will be Preston Ciere of Portageur.ca.


                               AGM info (Facebook) 

OCTOBER 3, 2014

Ontario hands TFN Red Squirrel Road key

A confrontation was avoided when MNR handed the TFN the key to the gate on the Red Squirrel Road. The TFN had given Ontario until noon and MNR staff arrived at the gate five minutes before the deadline.

The First Nation wanted access to its traditional lands via the Barmac gate, north of Sandy Inlet on Lake Temagami. MNR had been stalling since Wednesday, saying it wanted to consult the 1988 conditions on the Red Squirrel Road environmental assessment.

Court cases subsequent to the assessment have repeatedly expanded aboriginal rights under the Constitution. It seemed inevitable that MNR would come to today's conclusion.

OCTOBER 3, 2014

First Nation threatens to seize access to Red Squirrel Road

Temagami First Nation says it will forcibly break open the Red Squirrel Road gate today if Ontario does not give it the key to the lock by noon.

TFN expected MNR to deliver, at a meeting on Bear Island on Wednesday, the key to the gate on the Red Squirrel Road.

"We will not tolerate our nation to have to seek permission to exercise our aboriginal rights on n'Daki Menan," said Chief Arnold Paul. "The provincial government's actions are unlawful and contrary to Section 35 of the Constitution."

MNR cited the need to do further legal review of the conditions of the 1988 Red Squirrel Road environmental assessment that govern use of the road behind the gate.

The site of the gate and land the road crosses are lands set aside by Ontario for a treaty settlement with the TFN as well as its traditional territory, the latter recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada.




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