Ontario

A cross-country adventure exploring the sights, sounds, and stories that make Canada interesting and unique.

In this episode, host Glen McInnis visits the province of Ontario.

Join Glen as he travels 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay to Big Trout Lake where the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (K.I.) have lived for thousands of years surrounded by the Boreal Forest. It is one of the last, great, undeveloped spaces on the planet and is one of the world’s largest intact ecosystems. Glen talks with K.I. community leaders who were incarcerated after protesting the development of a mineral exploration site on their land without consultation. He also speaks with the Wildlands League, an environmental group that has been lobbying the Ontario Government to protect this valuable and essential ecosystem. We also learn more about the Ontario Government’s plan to safeguard the forest by reforming and modernizing the Mining Act. Glen speaks with Anna Baggio (CPAWS Wildlands League), Donnie Morris (Chief, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug), Cecilia Begg (councillor, K.I.), Allan Hartley (elder, K.I.), Michael Gravelle (Minister of Northern Development and Mines).

Glen also visits the nation’s capital to take you on a historical tour of Parliament Hill.

About

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Glen McInnis

Born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Glen is a proud Cape Bretoner. His distinctive personality and informal approach bring a fresh perspective to political news. Since joining CPAC in 2000, Glen has hosted Outburst, the Great Canadian Tour and reported on the Hill. Before joining CPAC, Glen worked with CBC Radio in Sydney, NS, and occasionally appeared as guest host for Breakfast Television on ATV in Halifax. He has also worked for Calgary’s A-Channel where he was a producer for The Big Breakfast, as well as a news writer. Glen is also an avid musician, and can often be found playing his prized Rickenbacker bass around Ottawa in his spare time.