Province of Ontario


On Monday July 13th North Bay City Council passed a motion approving the re-zoning of Concession 16 Lot 30 (geographic Twp. of West Ferris) from Rural (A) to Rural Extractive Industrial. All reference to buffer zones were excluded in recognition of the fact that approval of any aggregate extraction activity on this Crown land is the responsibility of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

If application for a quarry permit is made for this land, which is adjacent to the central undeveloped core of the historic La Vase portage route, there will be public consultation. If such an eventuality occurs, we and our partners in the protection and development of the Portages, the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, will continue to work actively to ensure the preservation of the unique natural and historic values of the Portages.

J. Fred McNutt

FOLVP Chairman

Whereas we the undersigned support the Friends of La Vase portages request to the Province of Ontario that the Crown Land, known as Lot 30, Concession 16, Ferris North, within the City of North Bay, should be recognized and conserved as park land for the La Vase Portages which are a significant and important part of the historical Voyageur Trans-Canada canoe route.

And that the Province of Ontario cease all active plans to permit mining or aggregate extraction in that area.

Therefore be it resolved we respectfully ask that the Province of Ontario work with the City of North Bay, the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority and
the Friends of la Vase Portages towards permanently recognizing, conserving and promoting this Canadian Heritage River System recognized area as a waterway

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