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directly in the forestry industry in 1989; (C.E.) since then, little has changed. This type of fact is the basis for what is, and always has been the industrialist response to environmentalist concerns; you can’t criticise industry because it creates jobs. And clearly most people accept it, especially today as jobs are becoming more and more scarce. The forest industry has arisen, as was stated earlier, from an attitude of exploitation fostered by greed, expansion, and industrialization. Since early europeans first came to Canada, logging trees has been second nature, a part of the conquering of the country. Only today is there any apparant feeling of conservation; people are perhaps admitting, if somewhat reluctantly, that such practice as clear cutting might be wrong.

However, though foresters may be beginning to reconcile a small amount of what has been long ingrained into the industry, the mentality remains today that industry cannot be impeded no matter the cost, as long as jobs are at stake. Basically, forestry today is just like any other industry; a means of raping wilderness such as Temagami in order to make a quick buck. Can they be blamed for wanting to earn a living? In the Temagami case, the MNR has been responsible for most of the logging facilities already set up in Temagami, however, according to the Wildlands League, a Toronto-based environmental organization, they have largely withdrawn from the area and will probably seek to hand management over to a large forest company. (WILDLANDS) As of yet, no such company has stepped

forward, however several small companies have begun logging already. What these companies, along with the MNR, want, is the ability to conduct their industry as it has always been conducted; the adage “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” seems to apply perfectly to them as they vehemently deny myths like global warming and animal extinction. They feel that the concessions allowed by the MNR in this case are more than fair, and there is the suspiscion that environmentalists wont be happy until all forestry activity has been eliminated. The Environmentalist The environmentalists do not have the same long-standing base that foresters do. The environmentalist movement itself is a recent thing, beginning in the 1960s and 70s with the Green Revolution. Since that time, such

individuals and groups have sprung up all around the globe; in the beginning no more than a minor annoyance to industrialists, farmers and average citizens, yet eventually becoming a major factor to be considered by industrialists whenever they attempt anything affecting the environment in any way. Today, environmental concerns are bringing many people to believe that resources are not as ‘unlimited’ as everyone has believed for so long and the industrial movement is finding it more and more difficult to accomplish the same goals they would have easily accomplished as recently as ten years ago. In response to the Temagami issue, four prominent environmental groups have risen to to stand against the industrialists. They are the Wildlands League – headed by Tim Gray in

Toronto, Northwatch – the Northeastern Ontario environmental coalition, Temagami Lakes Association – a powerful cottage owners organization, and Friends of Temagami – a coalition created for the specific purpose of fighting against Temagami loggers and miners. What they want, as outlined in the Wildlands League’s Future of Temagami Plan, is a Wildland Reserve established to protect important watershed areas, as well as several other sites of ecological value, amd the Red Squrrel as well as two other roads permenently closed where they enter the Reserve. (TEM. 3) They feel that these measures are the only way to preserve the ecological diversity found in the Temagami wilderness; their feeling is that the MNR and the forestry industry simply do not care about ecological

stability. From a legal perspective, there is much to discuss in the Temagami case. Some laws have already been hinted at but little has been said yet about specific legal issues. There are three different aspects of the law which are brought into play in this issue; the purely criminal aspect of civil disobedience, the environmental laws and regulations (or lack thereof), and the ever pressing conflit between positive and natural law. These will all be dealt with individually in the next section, then weighed together to come up with some definite conclusions. Part Four: The Law of the Land “What gives us the right to take the law into our own hands? The answer is simple. Our birthright as natural creatures, citizens of the earth, gives us the right to uphold and defend the