OntORA has received some good exposure in the Canadian press lately, including the CTV News, CityTV, Yahoo, Fort Francis Times, Sault Star, and many others, including a number of national radio interviews about restricted access to Crown Land in Ontario.
Everyone we speak with is shocked when they hear how the MNR is restricting Canadian citizens from equal public access to large areas of Crown Land in Ontario. In fact, many go on to say that MNR Minister Linda Jeffrey is "way off base" and "completely wrong" when she says "Obviously there’s a desire to keep some (artificial) remoteness in certain areas for the recreational tourist operators".
It seems our efforts have finally convinced the MNR to at least listen to what we have to say. They have requested a meeting between the MNR Minister and OntORA executives later this week.
Don't get your hopes up too high. Given the MNR's track record over the past 40 years, in our opinion when they say "listen" they really mean:
"We'll have a get together with all of the stakeholders, but it's really just a facade, and we have no intention of doing anything different than what we've already decided behind closed doors."
But the Ontario Outdoors Recreational Alliance will meet in good faith and see if they are willing to really listen – and act – based on the opinions and will of the people of Ontario.
Everyone please submit comments below if there is anything you would like us to say to Minister Jeffrey:
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