The MNR moves the Springwater Park animals out of harm’s way.

May 29, 2013

Interestingly, the latest Goldhawk Fights Back interview between Dale Goldhawk, Jim Wilson MPP and Les Stewart was just 2 days ago.

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Photo by Mark Wanzel

A welcomed end to the abandoned park’s attraction to soon-to-be out-of-school teenage mischief makers.

From the desk of Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources: 

Mr. Les Stewart
Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition

Dear Mr. Stewart:

As a follow-up to my earlier correspondence, I am writing to provide you with an update regarding Springwater Provincial Park.

As you are aware, on April 1, 2013, Springwater Provincial Park became a non-operating park and we announced that the ministry would no longer be maintaining the wildlife facility.

The health and well-being of the animals are very important to us and I am pleased to inform you that, by working cooperatively with Zoocheck Canada, we have found new facilities for all of the park’s rescued wildlife.

As promised, we have secured wildlife sanctuaries that are leaders in providing facilities that meet the animal’s specific biological and behavioural needs. The majority of the animals are remaining in Ontario and many will be housed at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Rosseau. A few animals will move to other suitable sanctuaries in Nova Scotia and Quebec.

With the assistance of animal experts and Ministry of Natural Resources staff we have started the relocation process of moving the animals to their new homes today.

We continue to encourage visitors and local residents to use Springwater or to explore other provincial parks nearby that offer vehicle access and day-use opportunities.

Springwater continues to be protected land regulated under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, which will ensure this land is protected for future generations.

We would be pleased to review a business proposal from a potential partner, provided the proposal is consistent with the ministry’s fiscal commitments. For further information, I encourage you to contact Ken Lacroix, Project Manager, at

Again, thank you for your continued interest in Springwater Provincial Park.


David Orazietti
Minister of Natural Resources

c: Ken Lacroix

Credit is definitely due to the Ministry of Natural Resources for their professionalism, hard work and cultural sensitivity.


Goldhawk Fights Back is relentless in protecting Springwater Park – Camp Nibi.

May 27, 2013


Once again, Dale Goldhawk proves he’s the best friend Springwater Park has ever had.

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Dale interviews Jim Wilson MPP Simcoe Grey and Les Stewart of the Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition

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You can listen to a 21:35 recording of Mr. Wilson, MPP with Dale if you click here.

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Same for Les Stewart: click here.


Jim Wilson makes Statement about Closure of Springwater Park at Queen’s Park

May 12, 2013

Mr. Jim Wilson MPP, Simcoe Grey

(April 8, 2013)

Podcast of MNR Minister talking about Springwater Park closing

May 2, 2013

Audio recording of May 1, 2013 interview with David Orazietti.



Goldhawk Fights Back: Ontario Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti says he would like to see Springwater Park open again but offers few details on when that might happen.

Go here and click on the triangle. (12 minutes, 10 seconds long)

We love all good faith comments but especially when they’re from Ann!:

Ann says:
May 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm (Edit)
That was a waste of time! Minister Orazietti just skirted around all of Dale’s questions. It’s obvious they haven’t changed their stance on keeping the park non-operational. He kept saying he’s willing to work out an agreement with any group who’s interested in operating the park..but he hasn’t ever tried to contact the First Nations people who actually own the land and are occupying SPP!

To Do:

1. Hon. David Orazietti, MPP (Sault Ste. Marie)
Minister of Natural Resources

Call: Queen’s Park 416 327-8522

2. Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne (Don Valley West)

Call: Queen’s Park 416 325-1941

Minister David Orazietti talks about Springwater Park on Goldhawk Fights Back, today at 11:45 am

May 1, 2013


Goldhawk Fights Back GUEST – WED MAY 1 @ 11:45-12:00
GUEST – Hon David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources, MPP (Sault Ste. Marie)

TOPIC – The closure of Springwater Park.


Mary Feely
Goldhawk Fights Back, for you
AM 740 – Zoomer Radio
416 360-0740 Tel
866 740-4740 Toll free

FYI: To see Mr. Ian Taylor‘s response to this post, click here and go to Comment 2 or see below:

“Sorry they have no right in occupuying the land! Springwater Park is not crown land as Mr.Stewart has continued to say. Please educate yourself.”

Dale Goldhawk podcast: Rally in support of Springwater Provincial Park

April 10, 2013

A meeting this week?

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Click here to go to the correct page.

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Click on the triangle to play the 12:03 radio recording.


  • Jim Wilson
  • Elizabeth Brass Elson
  • Patricia Watts
  • “Mary from Barrie”

A great show of support for the Springwater Park aboriginal protest (Camp Nibi)

April 6, 2013

Good things happen when Dale Goldhawk fights back for Simcoe County residents.


Warm greetings from the powerful AWARE Simcoe group.


Dale Goldhawk joins in on a drum circle session in the main pavilion.


Nibi means “clean water” in the Anishinabe (Ojibway) language.


Jim Wilson MPP deserves a lot of credit for making Springwater Park a priority by attending.


Dale Goldhawk addresses the crowd.


Many old friends from Dumpsite 41 and Mega Quarry victories.






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