December 19, 2011
Hon. Michael Gravelle
Dear Mr. Gravelle,
In a recent communication with the Ministry of Natural Resources regarding access restrictions to Crown Land, I was told by the Chapleau District Manager that Access Management Policies for designated tourism lakes have been in place since the District Land Use Guidelines were implemented in 1983 and that in a limited number of circumstances, motorized restrictions are necessary to balance the use of our natural resources. This is a very misleading statement as in the Chapleau District alone there are 89 lakes with restricted access.
I think it is important for you to consider that when the District Land Use Guidelines were implemented in 1983 the population of Ontario (according to Stats. Canada) was 8,625,107. As of July 1, 2011 the population of Ontario was 13,373,000; that is an increase of 4,747,893 residents since the Guidelines were implemented.
With each passing year more and more people are using our natural resources. Northern Ontario is huge, with a population density of less than one person per square kilometer. We can accommodate everyone’s needs. Let’s balance the use of our natural resources and remove the Restricted Access signs. Ontario is ours to discover is it not?
I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Sincerely,Bill Dillabough P.O. Box 37 Gogama Ontario P0M 1W0