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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2010, 12:29 pm 
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"Sends chills down the spines of developers"...

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Implementation of the new regulations will come more than three years after the Ipperwash inquiry reported that an estimated 8,000 sites were destroyed between 1951 and 1991 in the Greater Toronto Area alone – one-quarter of which likely merited archaeological investigation.


A more recent controversy has been real estate development at the mouth of the Rouge, where a major Seneca village may have been at the end of the portage linking lakes Ontario and Simcoe. According to some reports, the city and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority did nothing to investigate the situation.

The other Toronto portage linking lakes Simcoe and Ontario was at the Humber river, also with an Iroquois village, Teiaigon, near the Humber's mouth. It was developed over in 1912, before there were any requirements for archaeological studies.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-est ... 183/page1/

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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2010, 12:34 pm 
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Thanks for that. I'll be passing this along to a friend in the field.

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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2010, 9:33 pm 
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from the Globe and Mail article...

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Meanwhile, some developers have not only welcomed these archaeological studies, they’ve ended up incorporating their site’s history into their projects. One is Lloyd Jones, a Cobourg, Ont., businessman who partnered with Belleville builder Jamie Brauer on the Prince Edward Estates at Young Cove project in Quinte West, located at a site that was an important portage route for First Nations people and early European settlers.

“I never had any concerns that the archeological findings would be detrimental to our plans,” Mr. Jones said. “Frankly, I was thrilled by the history of the place. I find it intriguing to think that people have been there for so long.”

The archaeologist’s report required him to keep two areas off-limits from development, so they will be left for use by archeologists-in-training as teaching sites, Mr. Jones said.

He said many who have reserved homes at Young Cove (construction has not yet begun) were intrigued to learn the history of their new community. Now, he plans to make that history a feature of the community, with a parade square and a replica of the original blockhouse, called Fort Kente, which sat on the site. He plans an interpretive centre he hopes can display artifacts obtained from the site


Kudos to the developer and his vision of linking new residents to their lands' former residents and history.

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