Mr. David Ramsay Honourable Minister of Natural Resources



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Mr. David Ramsay

Honourable Minister of Natural Resources


It's with regret that I'm writing to inform you of one of many northern anomalies occurring in the Chapleau region. This letter is in specific regards to the Superior-Martel Forest / 2006-2026 Forest Management Plan. Late in the summer of 2005, I recieved an information package with the Ministry of Natural Resources Logo and the Tembec logo with the subtitle "Draft Plan Review & Supplemental Information Centre".
The pamphlet indicates that a summary of the draft forest management plan "may be obtained after November 15th, 2005 from the office of Tembec Industries (Chapleau) or the ministry's Chapleau District Office. Comments and submissions on the draft forest management plan and MNR's preliminary list of required alterations, and suggestions for additional alterations, are requested to be sent to Kirk Ellis, Area Forester at the Ministry's Chapleau District Office, by January 15th, 2006."
The pamphlet then indicates that "Comments concerning this part of the forest management plan must be received by: January 15th, 2006".
Earlier in the pamphlet reads, "The purpose of this public consultation opportunity is to provide the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed operations before the ministry finalizes its review of the draft plan". The pamphlet also indicates that a copy of the plan is to be held on file at the Timmins Office and at the Mines and Minerals Information Center in Toronto.
>From the outset, it was made very clear to both Tembec staff and MNR staff that my family would be away from the regions during this public consultation period but never the less wanted access to the information so that we could comment on the plan and provide our concerns. My parents were residing in Arizona by the 15th of November and my sister and I were residing in Ottawa. As such, on approximately November 16th, I contacted Mike Bernier (Information Manager for the MNR Chapleau Office) by phone as he was listed on the pamplet as a contact for access to the information. He referred me to Paul Bernier and also David Repath (Mentioned as a contact on the pamphlet) of Tembec Corporation. I contacted Paul Bernier who indicated that to obtain a copy of the plan for review, I needed to contact David Ripath. As such, I phoned David but there was no answer so I left a message. He contacted me several days afterwards. What you are about to read is the long list of correspondence (over 30 emails and phone calls) demonstrating my persistence to obtain the relevant information but refusal on the part of Chapleau MNR and Tembec to deliver this information. Without any information, my opportunity public input has been greatly decreased.

THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE !!! The following people are involved in this refusal to provide public information.

david.repath@Tembec.com

mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca

bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca

kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca

sarah.sullivan@tembec.com

bill.guthrie@mnr.gov.on.ca

paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca

Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com

Ron.Martel@Tembec.com

bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca

kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca
The following tells the story of this refusal to provide access to the draft FMP.
As the Minister of Natural Resources, I demand that you take appropriate actions to remedy this situation. This behavior is not acceptable from a public institution, even one located in Chapleau, Ontario.
Joel Theriault

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From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 10:45 AM

Good morning Joel -

Just a note to say that I did receive your call. I had been on the road a
fair amount last week. Will be able to return your call this afternoon and
perhaps we could review your request for some of my own clarification.

Thank you,


David

David Repath, R.P.F.


Tembec Industries Inc.
FRM - Chapleau
P.O. Box 178
Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0
Office: (705) 864-3037

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The next day, I wrote back to David Repath and several others expressing my desire to obtain information about the plan and explaining my geographic situation.
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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <AirIvan1@aol.com>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 2:53 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
David / Mike,

Hey guys ... I was writing to see how I would get information regarding


proposed road locations and physical abandonment techniques (if necessary)
for any road networks within 5 miles (primary, secondary, tertiary) of any
remote (designated or not) tourism waterbody operated by Air Ivanhoe
(believe its just Nemegosenda, Kapuskasing lake, and Bonar but if there are
more please include that information) ... Would also want the proposed
timing (season) for the harvests in these area's, as our guests have on
multiple occassions indicated that they were hearing noise from forestry
located within 5 air miles of the camps.

Also looking for the information in respect of any herbicide sprays that are


expected / planned in the entire area of the FMP area. Maybe a digital copy
of the table of contents for the draft FMP would give me a place to start
searching, unless either of you guys had an easier solution to find the
requested information.

The biggest problem is location ... I'm in Ottawa and my parents are in
Arizona ... which makes it really tough to look at the paper copies of the
plans.

My parents also expressed interest in road networks within 5 miles of the


camps operated by John Theriault as well as proposed locations for physical
abondonment (if necessary) and timing. But Dave, if you're meeting up with
John next week ... maybe my parents could directly speak with John in
regards to this issue before and after the meeting with David.

I will shortly be sending over more sections of my 2004 paper titled "Forest


Management and Remote Tourism Losses in Northern Ontario : An examination of
Liability" ... especially so in regards to the socio-economic factors ...
For now, the following chunk is highly relevant. The cited paper below was
written for an internal division of the MNR.

As Haider and Hunt put it in Remote Tourism in Northern Ontario: Patterns of


Supply and a Motivational Segmentation of Clients, "A successful remote
tourism operator requires exclusive rights to the fishery of a lake (it may
be shared with a second remote establishment on large lakes), and a buffer
of pristine forest surrounding the lake. The main functions of these
forested buffers are to further enhance the wilderness experience by
providing a high quality aesthetic surrounding of the lake, and by
preventing access of other anglers over land" (Haider & Hunt, p. 25).

The main threats to the remote tourism industry according to Hunt and Haider


in this paper, as well as from personal experience, are overland access,
aesthetics, and noise from harvesting equipment. By far, overland access is
most destructive to a successful remote tourism operation but any one of
these may be ample to destroy the marketability of a remote tourism lake.

I am also interested in obtaining the current and expected future


unemployment rates for the Chapleau area. Any idea where to find this
information? Following the Ontario Pesticides Act, this information would
be highly relevant in determining the "NEED" to use herbicides on crown
lands around Chapleau.

Pesticides Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER P.11

s. 11(3) The Director may refuse to issue or may cancel a permit, may impose


terms and conditions in issuing or after issuing a permit and may alter the
terms and conditions of a permit that has been issued where the Director is
of the opinion, upon reasonable and probable grounds, that,
(i) the use of the pesticide will not be or will not likely be effective or
necessary to carry out the extermination. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.11, s. 11.

Thanks again guys,

Joel Theriault

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After over 2 weeks without any response from Tembec corporation or the Chapleau MNR, I decided to resend my request for information (again to no avail).

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Cc: <AirIvan1@aol.com>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 2:09 PM

Subject: Fw: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hey guys,

I'm sure you're busy and doubt you forgot my request, but figured i'd resend


just in case it was forgotten ... still looking for some paperwork (as
mentioned below) ... if already sent, please disregard the message ... I
would appreciate if you guys could work with me and my parents to allow us
to have some input regarding the forestry (which could have long term
negative impacts on Air Ivanhoe and the employement opportunities created
from the business) plan... lemme know how I can meet you half way on this
one to recieve the information.

thanks,


Joel Theriault
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As it turned out, this was just the beginning of the refusal to deliver information regarding the draft plan. I do wonder how public input can be obtained from stake holders who are away from the area if the MNR and Tembec refuse to provide it. I then spoke with David Repath over the phone and he indicated that they were planning to use the 2001 census data to complete the socio-economic background for the city, which would inevitably drive the method of harvest and also the method of renewal. Additionally, the census data would be used to determine the level of protection which should be given to remote tourism lakes. However, the 2001 census data was taken before all the major mill closures and forestry lay offs in Chapleau and no longer reflected the city. In an attempt to try to obtain the correct unemployment information, I turned to the mayor (but with no response ever being received).

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From: "HUGH KUTTNER" <hkuttner@vianet.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 4:01 PM

Subject: Re: mayor of chapleau


Joel,
the Mayor is Earl Freeborn. I would call town hall which is 864-1330 and ask
for him. He is usually there from 9 am. His e-mail address has probably
changed since the wireless internet arrived here. So I don't know it.

Regards.... Hugh :)

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At this point, I also turned to the Timmins Unemployment branch to see if they had more current statistics. I just found it impossible to believe that the government was paying so many people in Chapleau for EI, but had absolutely no record of their quantity.


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From: "Clara Lauziere" <clara.lauziere@city.timmins.on.ca>

To: <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 9:37 AM

Subject: FW: Right to Hunt? / Forestry pics


Hi Joel,

I am an EDO with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, and Jack has


forwarded your message to me in order to provide you with the required
statistics. From our perspective, the labour market in Timmins is VERY thin
right now. There is not an abundance of people who want to work that cannot
find employment, yet the regional unemployment rate is put down as 5.9% for
the region. This is down significantly. I have attached a few files from
HRSDC that will give you the info you need!

Clara Lauziere


Senior Economic Development Officer
Timmins Economic Development Corporation

Phone: 705.360.8474


Cell: 705.266.0482
Fax: 705.360.1394

www.timminsedc.com
www.timmins.ca

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Unfortunately, the information which Clara was able to provide lumped Chapleau into a broader region, and as such exact unemployment rates in the region were indeterminate from these documents. One week after my reminder note to David Repath, and approximately a month after the first time I requested information on the plan, I recieved the following email from David.

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From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: "'Joel Theriault'" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 1:12 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Good afternoon Joel -

This item has not been forgotten. I will have completed compiling


components of the plan that could address your request by week's end and
send out. I will send you a confirmation email at that time as well for
your notice.

Thank you,


David
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Given the fact that my parents and myself would be in the same location and could review the material together (rather than having to send 2 copies to different locations) I requested my parents and Dave get into contact so that a mailing address in Florida could be determined (where we had out X-Mass break planned).

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 10:25 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hey all,

Sorry to say I haven't recieved anything yet ... and i'm off to x-mass


vaction for the next 10 days .... but thats the time when i'll be with my
parents and so we could view it together and have to print the stuff 1 time
instead of 2 ... Mom / Dad, can you give Dave an address for G.Theriault
Sr. of Florida ....

Joel
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However, no correspondence took place and no efforts were made on the part of any parties to provide a Florida mailing address for the information. Nearing the end of the trip, I was contacted by David Repath, again assuring me that the information would be mailed to my Ottawa address.

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From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: "'Joel Theriault'" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 8:16 AM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel


Good morning Joel -

Welcome to the New Year, hope your trip went well. I did not receive a


Florida address and would guess that you will return to the Ottawa address
this week. I will send the package there.

Thank you,


David
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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 11:28 AM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
David,

Just writing to indicate that I haven't recieved the information as of today


... and the public input is supposed to be done by January 15th (if i've got
my dates strait). I'm just wondering if (or when) the requested information
will be sent over for review and also why digital copies of the information
weren't made available when requested in November. With less than 10 days
left and nothing to look at, hardly seems as though i've had a "reasonable"
opportunity to add input into the FMP.

The draft FMP is digital. Why not just email that to me and my parents?

Joel Theriault
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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <sarah.sullivan@tembec.com>; <bill.guthrie@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 6:24 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hello David,

I'm just forwarding on a copy of a paper I wrote during my undergrad studies


focusing on the liability of the MNR for illegal forest management. Had
some difficulty finding the latest version of the paper, but I believe the
attached copy outlines most of the main points including what the MNR
experts deem to be required in a FMP if the remote tourism industry is going
to survive. On that note, does anyone know the current unemployment rate in
Chapleau and surrounding areas as i've been having difficulty obtaining the
information? Many sections of the paper maybe relevant to the
Superior-Martel FMP of 2006 to 2026 but without ever recieving a copy of it,
its impossible to say. I still do wonder why its mid January and i've yet
to recieve the information I requested in mid November, but that's another
story all together. Still anticipating the requested sections of the FMP
including anything in regards of pesticide use and anything that may affect
the business interest of Air Ivanhoe. The sections of the paper that your
team should really focus on are the criteria (both federal and provincial)
for how the courts are going to define sustainability (as required per the
CFSA). I'm sorry that the paper hasn't been updated since 2003, but I'm
hoping to do some major revisions this year in Law School (time permitting).
However, it now looks like i'll have a full roster of environmental law
courses taking up the spring semester so the legal revisions may have to
wait until the summer months. At any rate, i'll certainly get back to you
regarding this issue at a later date.

for now,


Joel Theriault
613-321-8793

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Finally, after a month and a half of emailing, I received my first tid bits of information regarding the forest management plan, several maps of harvest blocks that could directly affect the financial interests of my parents company, Air Ivanhoe.
From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: "'Joel Theriault'" <joel@whitemoose.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>

Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 6:52 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Good evening Joel,

Please find attached maps showing the allocations as planned for the


Superior-Martel Draft Plan. Included are the areas around Nemegosenda Lake
and Bonar Lake which have camps identified as belonging to Air Ivanhoe.
While these maps are from the Draft Plan, please appreciate that they are
not final legal documents for distribution at this time and intended for
review and comment from both public and MNR. I believe too that you may
want to consider the following points:

- We are open to specific comment and input at any time during the process


and please know that should you require time after the January 15th date due
to your location and to facilitate communications with your parents please
let me know and we can discuss an appropriate timeline. I hope that these
maps will assist you.
- I understand that you have contacted corporate Tembec for information
regarding herbicide applications. While the plan does make provision for
the use of this treatment, the actual decision on location and requirement
for the treatment is made at the Annual Work Schedule (AWS) stage. The AWS
will be submitted for review in mid-January for review and comment with
intended implementation in mid-April. Our Draft Plan has currently set a
target of a 10% reduction of herbicide product over the term of the plan
compared to current usage.
- The map files attached are in .pdf format.
- When meeting with tourism operators in early December, we noticed that
camps and lodges were not on the maps. We have the information and this is
a display issue being corrected for the Final Plan.
- There are no new Primary or Secondary roads planned for construction in
the vicinity of these lakes. We would be planning new tertiary road
development for the new allocations at the Annual Work Schedule stage.

I will send the other maps in a separate email due to their size.

Thank you Joel,
David

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The other promised maps were indeed sent immediately afterwards. A total of 5 chunks of different maps were recieved from David in these 2 emails.
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From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: "'Joel Theriault'" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>

Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 7:27 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hello again Joel,

More maps...

David
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Not wanting to waste any time (given the very short time period now before the public consultation was scheduled to expire) I got right onto the maps and tried to give input. However, without any draft FMP to work with, map reading wasn't really going to give me the answers I needed.

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>

Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:20 AM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Comments - FMP

Nemegosenda Lake - Is 120 metres going to provide the required buffer to


keep the lake remote? Will it maintain the viewscaping from the lake?

I didn't notice John Theriaults camps on the Nemegosenda Maps ... and the


Air Ivanhoe Sites are below the map edge. but you indicated this was
corrected.

MW2 6540 - MW3 5630 : Where are the proposed pinch points in the event that


unplanned overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

Block 59 - Where are the proposed pinch points in the event that unplanned
overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

Block 756 - Where are the proposed pinch points in the event that unplanned
overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

Block 755 - Where are the proposed pinch points in the event that unplanned
overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

BONAR

I didn't notice John Theriault's camp or the Air Ivanhoe camp marked.. but


you indicated this was corrected.

Block 674 / 675 - Where are the proposed pinch points in the event that


unplanned overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

Nemegosenda River Parkway - From Kapuskasing Lake End ...

Block 664 / 683 / 15 / 681 / 684 / 14 / 680 / 679 - Where are the proposed


pinch points in the event that unplanned overland access should occur?

What time of year are they expected to be harvested?

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A couple really brief comments. The paper which I submitted was not the


latest version, but was the only thing I could find at the time which was
digital. I do plan to scroll through all of my files and try to get the most
updated copy to you before the 15th. In case you haven't had the time to
review it, I'd like to leave you with these points.

The MNR must approve any FMP prepared by the forestry industry. The courts


have a wide range of tools by which they can determine if the FMP is
'sustainable' according the CFSA. Key to this determination according to
provincial and federal criteria is whether the FMP protects both immediate
and long term employment opportunities in the region. The forestry industry
is already failing in N.Ontario with major loss of employment due to mill
closures, which are caused by regional over harvest. Chapleau is a prime
example. Because the govt. recognizes the forestry industry is failing, they
indicate that other forms of employment must be protected and enhanced, such
as remote tourism. Also to be taken into account in determining the extent
that the MNR should allow forestry operations to permanently destroy remote
tourism operations is the amount of money that forestry companies are
spending to replace workers. For this, refer to 3-100 of the State of the
Forest Report 2001 ...

According to the MNR experts, The main threats to the remote tourism


industry are overland access, aesthetics, and noise from harvesting
equipment (Hunt, Haider 1997) - Remote Tourism in Northern Ontario :
Patterns of Supply and a Motivational Segmentation of Clients. (Available
from the Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B5E1) ... By
far, overland access is most destructive to a successful remote tourism
operation, but any one of these may be ample to destroy the marketability of
a remote tourism lake. Our guests report that they hear forestry operations
which disrupt the tranquility of their vacation, which by the air, are at
distances up to 5 miles from the lakes edge.

The OMNR has published a manual called Management Guidelines for Forestry


and Resource-Based Tourism which directs District and Regional Managers what
must be done to insure the survival of the industries....

Snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) have impacted the ability of


forest managers and resource based tourism operators to develop effective
operational prescriptions. These changes have already occurred and have
created impacts that must now be dealt with. The prudent forest planner and
resource based tourism operator are now taking note of emerging technologies
and trends to prepare in advance for changes that will no doubt occur (MNR
2001, section 2.7).

Other changes that the prudent forest manager will be preparing for are the


effects of cases like R. v. Powley, when cases such as R. v. Tibishkogijig
are taken into account. I sure hope that signage will not be the last resort
to keep these area's remote, and able to support employment opportunities
... What pinch points / physical abandonment techniques are being planned
for the harvest blocks within 4 miles of Nemegosenda / Nemegosenda River /
Bonar / other remote tourism lakes in the area? Will audible harvest occur
during summer months when paying guests are present at camps? Will view
scaping be preserved, both at the water level and when guests are landing at
the lake?

During my undergrad, I photocopied a large portion of the 2001-2021


Pine-Land Martel FMP ... I was particularly interested in the following
sections.

s. 3.2 - Objectives, Targets and Strategies

s. 4.5 - Access Roads

s. 2.3 - social and economic description

s. 3.0 - Strategic Direction and Determination of Sustainability

s. 4.4 Forecast of Harvest, Renewal and Tending Operations

Given that this draft FMP is in digital format, as were the maps ... please
email me the table of contents so that I can review them. Better yet, just
email the draft FMP document. Will likely be requesting an extension to the
public consultation period given the early expressed interest but failure to
receive the documents for review.

Thanks,


Joel Theriault

p.s. Was I correct to understand (based on my map reading) that Tembec is


proposing to build a bridge across a provincial park waterway (Chapleau -
Nemegosenda River Provincial Park)? Is that consistent with provincial
policies protecting parkways from development?

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On further reflection, I wondered if there had been a federal assessment of the proposed watercrossing to ensure that fish habitat and navigability would not be affected. I presume that this information maybe found in the draft FMP, but have yet to receive this document. This issue and other issues currently have me wondering if a "bump up" request is not warranted. Later that day, I was sent an email by Byrce Bertrand regarding the socio-economic section which I requested. As it turned out, this was the first piece (and really the only piece) of written material from the draft FMP which I was ever provided by the Chapleau MNR or Tembec. Unfortunately, the document was written in word and had all the pages scanned and attached as pictures (with fonts too small to be legible). I shortly after requested a more legible copy of the document.

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From: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:41 AM

Subject: FW: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Joel,

As per your request, attached is a copy of the S.E.I.M Analysis for the


2006 Superior-Martel Forest Management Plan.

Bryce Bertrand


Area Technician
Chapleau District

-----Original Message-----


From: Ellis, Kirk (MNR)
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 8:14 AM
To: 'Joel Theriault'
Cc: Bernier, Paul (MNR); 'Repath, David - Chapleau'
Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel

Hi Joel,


After reviewing your information request and Tembecs response, I noticed
that the unemployment rate in Chapleau and surrounding area has not yet
been provided. As such, I will be e mailing you section 2.2.3 "Social
and Economic Description" which provides the employment rate as provided
by the Demographic profile model that was developed using 2001
Statistics Canada census data collected from Stats Canada census
subdivision.

Thank you,

Kirk Ellis
Area West Forester
Chapleau District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ph: (705) 864-3173
Fax: (705) 864-0681
kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca
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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:00 AM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel


Thanks Kirk,

Just wondering if there isn't anything more recent in terms of unemployment


for the chapleau area ... just thinking that since the mills closed after
2001, that the unemployment rate would currently be much higher ... I've
tried the mayor of Chapleau, but nothing recieved as of yet.

Joel
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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 6:55 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Bryce,

Thanks for the information, but unfortunatly, its not legible ... The


selected format is too small to read. Acrobat Writer is a great program if
your scanning and pasting documents together (as the reader can magnify the
text).

thanks (and still anticipating the information).

Joel
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My lack of information lead me to write the following message


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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>; <jtair@sympatico.ca>; "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 7:00 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Mr. David Repath - Tembec Corporation,

I would first of all like to thank you for sending me some of the requested


information (the maps). However, the general failure to receive requested
information in a timely manner is troubling for me. I have often heard from
family members of the difficulty of dealing with the Tembec corporation, but
now seem to be experiencing it first hand. I first requested information
regarding the Superior Martel FMP within days of becoming available (mid
November) and it now seems very apparent, that despite my persistence, I
will not even be receiving the table of contents for the plan.

I had hoped that professional courtesy would have required that your company


to at least email me (or otherwise put me in contact with) the requested
information over a 2 month time period. Tembec was made aware of my family
situation (not being in the proximity of the locations where the paper
documents are posted) and as such digital copies were requested from the
outset. The information was also requested of the Chapleau MNR, yet no
information has been received from this organization. Making the situation
more troubling is that public consultation is deemed to be over on January
15, 2006 (days from now).

Speaking with family over the X-Mass break, the story of a past forest fire


on Tembec controlled forests was brought up. As the story went, my family
member was flying and spotted a fire on the way to his camp. He indicated
that he would have reported it, but his radio wasn't working. By the time he
had returned, the fire had quickly spread, destroying thousands of Hectares
of forest, which was soon planned for harvest. Thus, a significant amount of
Tembec controlled forest was destroyed in the blaze because the fire wasn't
reported in a timely manner.

Rest assured that I will show Tembec (in regards of prompt forest fire


reporting) the same professional courtesy (in regards of access to local
forest management plans) for years to come. Speaking with other outfitters
in the region, Tembec has not allied itself well (not shown professional
courtesy) with those in a position to protect their resources from forest
fires, namely tourist outfitters with float planes.

In anticipation of the requested documents / professional courtesy in the


future from the Tembec Corporation.

Joel Theriault

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However, even this message did not prompt response from Tembec corporation to provide the requested information. However, it did prompt a response from Bryce Bertrand to resend over a legible copy of the socio-economic data in the draft forest management plan. Particularly interesting in the document was that it used the 2001 statistics indicating that Chapleau had a 91% employment rate. However, as indicated before this census was done before much of the major forestry related closures in the area. As indicated, using a significantly higher employment rate than the actual rate would lead to altered methods of harvest, renewal, and protection patterns for other employment generating industries in the region.

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From: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:37 AM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel

Joel,


Attached find a copy of the SEIM analysis in PDF format. Please
disregard previous email.

Bryce Bertrand


Area Technician
Chapleau District
Phone: (705) 864-3156
Fax: (705) 864-0369
bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca

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From: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:23 AM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hi Joel,

Sorry for the confusion I was unaware that the document had been sent


via PDF. I will hold off on sending the package via purolator. If for
some reason the PDF is not legible please let me know.

Thank you.

Kirk Ellis
Area West Forester
Chapleau District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ph: (705) 864-3173
Fax: (705) 864-0681
kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:55 AM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Thank you Kirk and Bryce for helping view the SEIM document ... if you could
email me the table of contents for the plan, that would be appreciated (as a
starting point) as i've yet to view it.

Joel
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From: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:04 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Hi Joel,

Unfortunately the MNR only has digital copies of the MNR components of


the FMP (i.e. Social Economic Description). As such, was wondering if
you have a fax number I would be able to send a copy of the Table of
Contents.

Thank you,

Kirk Ellis
Area West Forester
Chapleau District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ph: (705) 864-3173
Fax: (705) 864-0681
kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca

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Shortly after, I did receive an email from David Repath of Tembec inquiring about a point that I made in my paperwork which I sent in as comments for the draft FMP.

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From: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

To: "'Joel Theriault'" <joel@whitemoose.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:10 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Good afternoon Joel -

Thank you for these comments and would like to let you know that I am


working on addressing them. If you could please elaborate on what is meant
by "pinch point" that would be appreciated.

Thank you,


David
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Knowing that time was of the essence, I responded ASAP.

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <bob.johnston@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Pickering, Susan - Timmins" <Susan.Pickering@Tembec.com>; "Martel, Ron - Chapleau" <Ron.Martel@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:01 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel


David,

Thank you for "working on addressing" the issue of putting me into contact


with the requested information. The MNR seems to imply (in other emails)
that the Tembec Corporation does have a digital copy of the table of
contents (and it seems impossible to believe that they don't). I wonder why
you are still working on emailing me this document, as i've been requesting
it for nearly 2 months. Bad faith?

As per your request of my definition of "pinch points", i'll refer you to a


document which I co-authored in 2004.

"Pinch points are areas in which access can be restricted through removal of


natural and/or man made sections of forestry road. These pinch points may
include removable bridges (bailey bridge) and/or a winter crossing, and
especially narrow road sections where trees may be felled, and swamp
sections where fill may be removed and trees felled."

http://www.whitemoose.ca/Forestry/EmailCorrespondence/Files/Groves-HerbicideQuestions.htm

I would also like to submit the following discussion generating document for


the Superior Martel FMP.

(The link to the website ((for easier reading)) is also the link as found


above, but my past experience with the MNR is that information will not be
considered if found on the web. It must actually be sent to the MNR, not
just a link to a website which hosts the information).

An open letter to the Citizens of Ontario regarding Forestry & Employment,


(ForestryProposal.rtf)

(NOTE : The email continues but full text can be found at the link above)


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At the last working day of the public consolation period, I was told by Chapleau MNR that they would fax me the draft FMP table of contents. I do wonder why this offer was made on a Friday, knowing that the MNR would be out of the office during the weekend and I couldn't possibly reply before the end of the official public consolation period. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a fax machine on such short notice.

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From: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:04 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel


Hi Joel,


Unfortunately the MNR only has digital copies of the MNR components of
the FMP (i.e. Social Economic Description). As such, was wondering if
you have a fax number I would be able to send a copy of the Table of
Contents.

Thank you,

Kirk Ellis
Area West Forester
Chapleau District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ph: (705) 864-3173
Fax: (705) 864-0681
kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Cc: "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2006 12:19 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Interestingly,

I have yet to recieve any package from you on behalf of Tembec corporation


... yet i've been requesting the information since November. What an odd
situation.

Joel
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As such, public consultation on the plan ended before I was even given an opportunity to view the table of contents, though I had requested the information continuously for nearly 2 months. After public consulation was over, I revieved an email indicating that I would now obtain the information, but that Chapleau MNR didn't have my mailing address. However, searching back through the string of prior emails which were attached to the message, I happened to find my full mailing address. Coincidence?

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From: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:54 AM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel

Joel,


I have the information package for the Superior-Martel Forest that you
have requested ready to be mailed but I don't have your home address.
Can you provide me your home address and I will purolate the information
to you ASAP. Thanks

Bryce Bertrand


Area Technician
Chapleau District
Phone: (705) 864-3156
Fax: (705) 864-0369
bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca

(Scrolling through lots of prior emails that were below ... the following information was in the message sent by Bryce Bertrand)


From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>
To: "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>
Cc: <info@airivanhoe.com>; <mike.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Joel T."
<joel@whitemoose.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 9:25 PM
Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel

> David,
>


> Please let me know why i've yet to recieve any information from Tembec
...
> I requested the info in mid-november, very shortly after it became
> publicly available. Public input is supposed to be done mid January,
and
> my parents or myself haven't even had a chance to review the
information
> for the first time yet... Is this what you would define as giving us
> reasonable opportunity to participate in the FMP process?
>
> Joel Theriault
> 613-321-8793
>
> 126 Hawthorne Avenue
> Ottawa, Ontario
> K1S0B3

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Never the less, I assumed that it was just an oversight and that he had made a mistake. So I then provided my mailing address again.

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From: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

To: "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>

Cc: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Joel T." <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:05 PM

Subject: Re: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel
Thanks Bryce,

I'm assuming that your referring to the table of contents for the draft FMP.


Would have gotten back with you on the friday but couldn't locate a fax.
Didn't figure the MNR would be at the office saturday / sunday and the PC
was officially to end sunday.

Out of curiousity, isn't public consultation officially over? I'd still be


interested to read the documents which i've been requesting since November
(not from you), but is there still any possiblity of input?

Joel Theriault


126 Hawthorne Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S0B3

613-321-8793

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From: "Ellis, Kirk (MNR)" <kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca>

To: "Joel Theriault" <joel@whitemoose.ca>

Cc: "Bernier, Paul (MNR)" <paul.bernier@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Bertrand, Bryce (MNR)" <bryce.bertrand@mnr.gov.on.ca>; "Repath, David - Chapleau" <david.repath@Tembec.com>

Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 1:19 PM

Subject: RE: Forest Management Plan - Superior Martel

Hi Joel,


The package that Bryce has compiled for you contains the following, as
requested:

- Table of Contents

s. 3.2 - Objectives, Targets and Strategies

s. 4.5 - Access Roads

s. 2.3 - social and economic description

s. 3.0 - Strategic Direction and Determination of Sustainability

s. 4.4 Forecast of Harvest, Renewal and Tending Operations

Although the public consiltation period for the draft plan ended on Jan


15th, I am sure that under the circumstances and delay in you reciving
the requested information, additional time may be warrented. However,
please note that the production of the FMP is coming to its final stages
and that any comments you may have should be submitted as soon as
possible. To discuss an approriate timeline, please contact the Plan
Author (David Repath, Tembec chapleau)as was requested by him in an e
mail to yourself on Jan 8, 2006 at 6:52pm.

Unfortunaty the data information you have requested is to large to be


faxed, therefore, I will require your mailing address to purolate the
package to you the first thing tommorow morning.

Thank you,

Kirk Ellis
Area West Forester
Chapleau District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ph: (705) 864-3173
Fax: (705) 864-0681
kirk.ellis@mnr.gov.on.ca

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Requiring a mailing address is perfectly great ... However, he seems to have forgotten that I gave it to him less than 2 hours before? I'm sure that the package is on its way and will arrive here at my home, Monday January 23 .... a mere 8 days after public consultation is supposed to be over !!!! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE :)



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