Interestingly, the latest Goldhawk Fights Back interview between Dale Goldhawk, Jim Wilson MPP and Les Stewart was just 2 days ago.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for your continued interest in Springwater Provincial Park.
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.