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Douglas Hunter


Ontario Land Trust Alliance applauds Ontario government’s funding support

The Ontario Land Trust Alliance has issued a press release “celebrating” an announcement in the provincial budget of support for land acquisition and stewardship. The Ford government has promised an additional $14 million in support, which will be matched at a 1:1.5 ratio by OLTA and partners like Nature Conservancy Canada. I confirmed with OLTA …

MNRF backs off on changes to anchoring regulations

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has done a major about-face on a controversial (to say the least) proposal to great restrict anchoring rights for cruising boaters. I’ve posted about this hot mess several times this spring. After a resoundingly negative response from the boating community and the marine industry, the ministry is axing …

When Sandy Island was (pardon the pun) a beekeeping hive

On the west side of Wasauksing First Nation on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay is Sandy Island. Since 2008, much of the island (425 acres/172 hectares) has belonged to the Georgian Bay Land Trust. It’s just off the Waubuno Channel and has an excellent harbour, Hale Bay. As a designated “Green” property, the public …