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EMC News – There’s no place more secure than a former police station. And now that the Perth Police Service will be winding down its operations this April to make room for the OPP, it will no longer need its old offices at 1881 Rogers Rd. So that’s where the Town of Perth has stepped in to help their friends in Mississippi Mills with its dilemma about where to store historic docu-
countries and six continents who were doing the same thing. The goal of the events was to raise $250,000 world wide in Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio. Rotary International has raised $1 billion for the cause since 1985.
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as a business incubation centre where “we have the capacity to store files,” said Fenik. While both towns “have not heard anything, but we are standing by,” said Fenik, Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi said that he is adamant that the documents stay somewhere in Lanark County. “They say they pack them up and put them away but people get sick of kicking over boxes,” said Levi. “It’s nice to put it all on computers but it is nice to have the origi-
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EMC News – Anglers, hunters, and cottagers vented their frustrations at not being included in the negotiations for the Algonquin land claim agreement-in-principle at a public meeting last week. One of the sore points of contention appears to be about whether or not private land will be lost in the transfer to the Algonquin First Nations. While an earlier public meeting on the claim, hosted by Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington MPP Randy Hillier, stressed that no private land would be involved in the transfer - that only Crown land was being transferred to Algonquin ownership - Matt Demille, assistant manager of fish and wildlife services, of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), was certain that privatelyowned land was at risk. “Existing private land users are going to be displaced from this land,” he asserted. “Public lakes are going to become private lakes. We may have trouble accessing these different lakes and rivers.” Demille was speaking at a public information session on the land claim at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion hall on Friday, Feb. 22, which was sponsored by the OFAH, Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations (FOCA), and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA). For Demille, the conflict goes beyond simply accessing land. “It’s about maintaining our culture, our quality of life, our way of life,” said Demille. “Some of these are traditions that have deep roots. They last centuries.” He also charged that conservation would be affected since “fish and wildlife resources will need to reach a crisis level before the provincial government steps in. They are supposed to conserve fish and wildlife resources... for ourselves and our children.”
Above, Greg Farrant, government affairs and policy manager for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, did some pitch-hitting for his organization during the question and answer session of the Algonquin land claim meeting at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion Hall Feb. 22. Left, questioner Terry Bingley listens to an answer to his question.
Otherwise, he charged, the “future quality of public fishing opportunities will decline.” Angelo Lombardo, executive director of the OFAH, hastened to add that the meeting was not a forum for challenging the rights of the Algonquin people. “We are not disputing the validity of the claim,” said Lombardo. “The First Nations have a special claim under the constitution,” he said, before adding that people looking to contest the legitimacy of their claim should take their grievances elsewhere. But he stressed that nonnatives too had more than enough grievances against the provincial and federal governments. “(Non-natives) have the right to expect that their government is acting in their best interest,” said Lombardo. “The process has seen an appalling lack of transparency. Have you,” he said, pointing to the audience, “been made aware of this? Do you know what is at stake? Do you? When were you asked? They (the governments) will tell you that they have negotiated on your behalf and you won’t (have) had a chance to have a say. The future of your fish
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