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Northern Ontario Crisis

Cuts at the Ministry of Natural Resources have:

  • Eliminated the Ontario Ranger Program

  • Reduced the number of Ontario Parks for overnight camping

  • Reduced the government’s ability to get out emergency information about forest fires to the public

  • Reduced the government’s ability to prevent bear attacks

  • Reduced the government’s involvement in local stewardship councils.

Since 2011, 143 jobs have been chopped, 118 of them seasonal employees. 230 student positions have been slashed as a result of the elimination of the much-loved and respected Ontario Ranger Program. The government promised it would replace the summer work experience program in which 17 year-olds lived in Ontario Ranger camps mostly in remote locations with a day youth employment program. No follow-up announcement has been made.

The MNR has been ordered by the government to cut 10 per cent of its budget by 2015 or $70 million. The Ministry has said it will close an undisclosed number of field offices in the next two years.


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January 4, 2013 The Ministry of Natural Resources is being targeted with a budget cut of 10 per cent over 3 years. Read this report by OPSEU member mobilizer Dave Fluri to find out   more...

January 3, 2013 Rally at Queen’s Park to Save Ontario Ranger Program Being part of the Ontario Ranger Program was a life-changing experience for many Ontarians. Former rangers and their supporters will hold a rally at Queen’s Park on Friday calling on the McGuinty government to reverse its decision  more...

Duncan puts MNR on endangered species list
Sept. 28, 2012: In his latest attack on public services Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has delivered even more cuts to a beleaguered Ministry of Natural Resources more...

Public at risk as Ontario scales back prevention of bear attacks

Natural Resources plan will jeopardize emergency response time

Northern Ontario in crisis: emergency information not getting through

Park restrictions short-sighted  Timmins Daily Press, Sept. 28  .  more...  download .pdf.

No effort made to keep park viable Toronto Star,  Letter to the Editor: .more...  download .pdf

MNR: more job cuts  Ontario NDP release: more...


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