Tory MPP’s probe the North

This article  is out of the Local News in the Timmins Press as written by Wayne Snider.

Only the portion related to Increased restrictions in access to Crown Lands and Lakes was taken from the news release.

TIMMINS – Two members of the provincial Tory caucus left Timmins with a better understanding of the issues impacting Northern Ontario.

Progressive Conservative MPPs Norm Miller(Parry Sound-Muskoka) and Laurie Scott(Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) were in Timmins Friday on a fact-finding tour.  The two politicians met with Mayor Tom Laughren, municipal and business leaders, toured Goldcorp’s operations and visited with local Ministry of Natural Resources staff.

Miller is the Tory critic for Northern Development and Mines, while Scott is the critic for the MNR.

Scott said she can relate to frustrations Northerners feel with increased restrictions in access to Crown land and lakes.  Some of her constituents in the Haliburton area are encountering the same problems.

“We want more access for people to Crown land,” she said.  “In many instances, people have had access for generations and suddenly signs are going up.”

“It’s a very emotionally charged issue.”

She said many of the problems have come from “overlapping circles” of restricted areas, particularly where people have previously enjoyed the use of Crown land and lakes.

“We have to deal with it area by area,” Scott said.  “We need to figure out the access problems.  We have to balance it out.

“People in the North respect the land.  When access is denied, it becomes an emotional situation.”


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