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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 30, 2005 10:25 ET

DFO: Government of Canada Completes Hydrographic Survey of Lake Timiskaming


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MARCH 30, 2005 - 10:25 ET

DFO: Government of Canada Completes Hydrographic
Survey of Lake Timiskaming

NEW LISKEARD, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - The Honourable
Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Jacques
Saada, Minister of Canada Economic Development and Minister responsible
for the Francophonie and the Honourable Joe Comuzzi, Minister of State
(FedNor), today announced that the surveying and charting of Lake
Timiskaming conducted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service has now been
completed.

As a result of this charting, boaters can now navigate the 486 km long
Lake Timiskaming/Ottawa River Waterway from Notre-Dame-du-Nord (Quebec)
and New Liskeard (Ontario) to Arnprior (Ontario). The Waterway is an
impressive network of dams' and rapids' bypass sites on the Ottawa River
and Lake Timiskaming.

"I am proud of this achievement," said Minister Regan. "The high quality
of our science has again been the key to our success. The acquisition
and selection of information by our most experienced staff was
controlled by meticulous national and international standards during
several phases of the production. And now Canadian boaters can benefit
from it."

The project was funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada ($319,000), FedNor
($75,000), and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
($75,000).

"We are confident that this map will be an important tool for tourism
development, benefiting populations on either side of Lake Timiskaming.
Moreover, it will promote the safer use of this magnificent body of
water, one of Canada's oldest navigation routes that served as a major
economic hub in the days of the Northwest and Hudson's Bay trading
companies," added Minister Saada.

Canada Economic Development's mandate is to promote the economic
development of the regions of Quebec. Primarily through financial
assistance programs, the Agency elicits and supports the implementation
of economic development projects. One priority the Agency has set for
itself is to foster innovation and the knowledge economy in each region
of Quebec.

Many other organizations were also involved in the project including
local economic development groups (South Timiskaming Community Futures
in Ontario and la Societe d'aide au developpement des collectivites du
Temiscamingue in Quebec), and the municipalities of Haileybury and New
Liskeard in Ontario and Temiscaming, Ville-Marie and Notre-Dame-du-Nord
in Quebec. The local economic development groups obtained supporting
funds from FedNor and CED.

"This project supports FedNor's goal of strengthening the tourism
industry in Northern Ontario," said Minister of State Comuzzi. "The
hydrographic survey of Lake Temiskaming will help attract more boating
enthusiasts to the Ottawa River Waterway, and result in economic growth
for the region."

This new chart is now available for purchase from your local CHS Chart
Dealer or at the CHS Sales and Distribution Office. A listing of CHS
Chart Dealers is available at: http://www.charts.gc.ca/pub/en/dealers.

The production and release of this chart is a clear demonstration of the
commitment of all partners to provide to its clients up-to-date, timely,
and accurate hydrographic publications necessary for safe and efficient
navigation for navigable waters of Canada.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Christiane Parcigneau
    Media Relations
    (613) 998-1530
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Brian Underhill
    Director of Communications, Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474
    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Francois Belisle
    Communications
    (819) 825-5260 ext. 235
    francois.belisle@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Daniel Dezainde
    Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    (514) 496-1282
    or
    FedNor
    Paul Denis
    Communications Officer
    (705) 670-5329 or 1 877 333-6673
    or
    Office of the Honourable Joe Comuzzi
    Graeme Wilkes
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-5850
    Internet : www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca