Trudeau hosts Google Hangout with students

By Corey Larocque, Ottawa Sun

First posted: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 09:01 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 09:23 PM EST

Ludovik Michaud, a student at Hull's Ecole Du Dome, was one of half a dozen elementary school students who grilled new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an online question-and-answer session, shortly after Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday.

Forget Question Period in the House of Commons. Let kids use Google Hangouts to keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government accountable.

Ludovik Michaud, a student at Ecole Du Dome in Hull, grilled the new prime minister Wednesday on a promise to give free access to national parks in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation.

"Money is needed to protect them. How is it possible to keep your promise?" Michaud asked Trudeau in French.

Trudeau told him it's true Canada will not charge people to visit national parks during the milestone anniversary of Canada's birth. It will be like a gift to Canadians.

"I want to assure you the money we're going to spend to give free access to national parks during Canada's 150th anniversary will not come from the money the government gives to Parks Canada," Trudeau answered in French.

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Wishing Well Bridge at Clear Lake has undergone major upgrades and now allows vehicle access to local landmark
Article printed in South Mountain Press July 2, 2015


The Wishing Well Bridge, an important piece of history in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP), is now open to vehicle traffic after a closure of almost 10 years. Located near the Clear Lake Golf Course, the Wishing Well has been a popular visitor destination in the park for over 80 years. The area has undergone a series of upgrades, including reinforcing the Wishing Well to reduce erosion, and redirecting Bogey Creek to improve water flow, reduce stagnant water and remove sediment.

 This initiative supports Canada’s National Conservation Plan (NCP) by conserving Canada’s lands and waters, restoring Canada’s ecosystems and connecting Canadians to nature. The work of Parks Canada contributesto the NCP’s goals of encouraging local initiatives and partnerships that lead to tangible results

•The Wishing Well boasts well-maintained gardens with native plants and flowers, walkways, and bridges over Bogey Creek. This is a popular location for weddings, pictures, picnic, and leisurely strolls.

•The two distinctive stonework arches on either side of Wishing Well Bridge have been incorporated into the new bridge, maintaining the cultural and heritage value of the bridge built in the 1930s as part of the Great Depression relief work program.

•Bogey Creek is a fishbearing stream offering habitat for species such as white sucker, northern pike, finescale dace, fathead minnow, brook stickleback, Iowa darter and western blacknose dace.

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RMNP campground gets major upgrade: Wasagaming locale features more oTENTiks, renovated facilities, and improved sites

South Mountain Press, May 8, 2015

Visitors to Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) will notice some significant changes this summer.

In the ever-popular Wasagaming Campground, 20 additional oTENTiks have been added to meet the increasing demand for this style of comfort camping. The perfect combination of a tent and an A-frame cabin, Parks Canada oTENTiks create a spacious spot for visitors to enjoy the beauty of Riding Mountain National Park.  Further improvements in Wasagaming Campground include eight renovated washroom buildings and over 200 improved sites, with plans to provide water and electrical service to over 130 existing sites for the 2016 camping season.  The campground improvements were made possible by $2.7 million in federal funding announced in December.



The federal government also announced $39 million for the resurfacing of Highway 10 through RMNP, with work set to be this spring. This work will improve safety for visitors, enhance tourism for local communities and businesses, and promote wildlife viewing and sightseeing along one of Manitoba’s most scenic highways.

“Our Government is committed to Riding Mountain National Park’s natural and cultural wonders and has devoted energy to protect, present and promote the park and the beautiful Parkland region,” said Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette in a recent press release. “The expected results from all of these efforts is good news for this region and the province of Manitoba. We are looking forward to an exciting 2015 season.”

On the conservation front, Parks Canada is implementing the Deep Lake prescribed burn on approximately 10,000 acres of grassland and aspen parkland in the west end of the park this spring. With the goal of preventing the loss of grasslands through aspen invasion and eliminating unnatural fuel accumulation, this prescribed burn will be part of a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, one of Canada’s best known and leading conservation organizations.

Riding Mountain National Park’s full complement of visitor services are available starting on the May long weekend. Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s website for upcoming events at

Online campground reservation can be made at

                                     GREAT NEWS!!!

       Parks Canada has resurfaced all 4 North Shore circles!!

 The RMNP Wishing Well Bridge is finally safe for vehicle traffic after ten long years!

It was closed in 2004 when an inspection report determined the bridge beams were rotten.

This Fall 2014, Park staff constructed a new bridge deck, incorporating the existing historic masonry arches, from an engineer approved drawing and today, October 17, 2014 the bridge is open to vehicle traffic.

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