It spurred OFIA to organize a lobby day in late November giving mayors, foresters, First Nation leaders, chambers of commerce and forestry unions some face time with former Natural Resources Minister Kathryn McGarry and Opposition party critics.
For years, OFIA and Northern mayors have been asking for a consultation panel comprised of representation from municipalities, First Nations, industry and forestry management companies.
said its membership have announced more than $400 million in investments over two years to build and upgrade facilities, boost production capacity, and employ more people.
Although some disappointed applicants openly and privately questioned the ministry's criteria, methodology and transparency for awarding fibre, Lim and OFIA
chose not to criticize the process.
The Lucy Lake study, which the OFIA
obtained from the MNR, clearly states that "the area is being used approximately 40 years after harvest," concluding that the study "supports the notion that new forest can become available as winter habitat in approximately 40 years," whereas "estimates of the time required to attain suitability for winter habitat after fire go as high as 55 years.
Referring to the early November move as "David Copperfield politics," OFIA
president Jamie Lim disputes the government's claim of a balanced approach.
Tagging along on the 12-communities-in-five-days trip was OFIA
president Jamie Lim, the former mayor of Timmins, itself a forestry town.
Both the Timmins Chamber and OFIA
are lobbying the newly appointed Minster of Government Services, Ted McMeekin, to make some changes before the new policy comes into effect.