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Bill Addison fonds
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Bill Addison fonds

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  • 1967 - 2001

The records relate to Addison's advocacy work on the development and management of Provincial Parks in Ontario. Includes work with the Save Quetico Committee, the Coalition for Wilderness, and Parks for Tomorrow. These three groups were often in direct correspondence with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the records contain many MNR and other government reports.

Coalition for Wilderness

The Coalition for Wilderness, initially proposed by Addison, represented five groups in speaking for wilderness parks in Ontario: Algonquin Wildlands League, Canadian Nature Federation, Federation of Ontario Naturalists, National and Provincial Parks Association of Canada, and Sierra Club Ontario Chapter.

Forest Management Agreements

Parks for Tomorrow was asked by MNR regularly to comment as part of public consultation processes on new Forest Management Agreements. These records include background information and copies of many of these Agreements.

Parks Planning Advocacy

The Ministry of Natural Resources began developing master plans for parks in the 1970s. The plan for Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (at that time Sibley Provincial Park) didn’t rely on any public consultation, and was not well received.

As more Park Plans were rolled out, the MNR engaged in more consultation. Responses to plans as well as draft and final Plans are included in these records.

Park Plans include those for:
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (1972)
Northern Lights Lake Area Plan (1972)
Ouimet Canyon (1975)
Neys (1977) (no files)
Rushing River (1986)
La Verendrye (1985-1986)
Slate Islands (1985-1988)
Turtle River/White Otter (1990-1992)
Brightsand (1990-1993)
Lands for Life (1998)
Kakabeka Falls (2000-2001)
Black Sturgeon River (2002-2003) (no files)
Lake Nipigon Area Plan (2002-2003)

As well as other records related to:
Stanley Bur Oak park proposal (1988-1990)
Pukaskwa National Park Provisional Master Plan (1972-1995)
Graham Area Land Use Plan (1972)
Algonquin Park (1973)
Greenwood Lake White Pine (1979)

Royal Commission on the Northern Environment

The Royal Commission on the Northern Environment was established in 1977, and produced a final report in 1985. In between, the Commission held consultations and solicited briefs from a wide array of interested people, businesses, and organizations. Parks for Tomorrow’s brief for the Commission is included as well as many others, along with transcripts, reports, and recommendations.

Save Quetico Committee

The Save Quetico Committee was formed mostly of Thunder Bay residents, to advocate for an end to logging in Quetico Park. The initial push was in 1970 (prompted by actions taken by the Algonquin Wildlands League), but the issue persists through the 1990s.

The position paper of the Save Quetico Committee, written by Addison, significantly influenced the first Quetico Master Plan.

Strategic Land Use Plan and Parks For Tomorrow

The Strategic Land Use Plan (SLUP) process was initiated for the province in 1981 by Minister of Natural Resources Alan Pope. As part of this process, Addison and other advocates were invited to comment on a large number of District Land Use Plans (DLUP.) Addison, David Bates, and Tom Miyata formed the organization Parks for Tomorrow to coordinate parks advocacy throughout the Northwest and respond to each proposed DLUP.

These records contain proposed plans, responses by Parks for Tomorrow, and other related materials, including records related to the determination of boundaries for Wabakimi Provincial Park.