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Where Bears Are

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Residents Can Use Community Portal to Find Where Bears Are

Last November, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), in partnership with Community Quality Improvement (CQI), launched the Geographical Information System (GIS) Portal for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.

SSMIC, in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources, mapped the number of bear sightings in 2006 that were reported throughout the region.

To avoid any unwanted mishaps with the local bears in the area, residents are encouraged to access the community portal and use the two information tools that have been made available. First, there is an interactive map enabling residents to view reported bear sightings by street. There is also a map indicating the density of problem bear sightings across the city.

Paul Beach, GIS Program Manager, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre states, “GIS technology has a wide variety of applications that provide tangible benefit to communities, industry and government organizations. We look forward to growing this site and adding more information in the near future”.

The vision of the SSMIC is to continue to maintain its leading edge capabilities in the GIS sector, grow the services offered through its Community Geomatics Centre (CGC), and add capacity, knowledge and skills to private sector firms in Northern Ontario. The SSMIC has brought approximately $2 million to the private sector in Northern Ontario through skills and knowledge transfer. It has also added capacity when needed to partners who are bidding on GIS projects.

The SSMIC GIS team plays an important role in the community by providing award-winning GIS services, creating skilled GIS jobs in Northern Ontario, assisting with course development and placements and conducting information sessions and training workshops that are available to the community throughout the year.

This interactive public portal also has other map grouping available, including Economics and Education, Culture, Tourism and Recreation, Social and Public Safety in addition to Environmental Health.

To view the bear mappings on the community portal, visit: http://portal.ssmic.com. 


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