North Bay left off of map

From: Jennifer Hanson, thenorthbaybay.ca staff

NORTH BAY — A new map being printed by the Ministry of Ontario Maps has left the North Bay area blank.

“I’m flabbergasted,” says City Councillor Grey Terrence. “My wife bought the map earlier in the week to plan a trip, but when we went looking for North Bay is wasn’t there!”

The map, which shows the major highways of Ontario, Quebec and parts of New York, was printed by the Ministry of Ontario Maps (MOM) in early March.

“I just don’t know what to make of it,” says Terrence. “I’m upset, for sure. Why would the Ministry leave us off the map?”

Historical precedent

Local historian and University professor Nathan Connor responded to an inquiry placed by The North Bay Bay News.

“It’s happened in the past,” says Connor. “early map makers sometimes would leave hostile cities off in the hopes of stopping visitors from supporting the enemy. The Romans would do it to Celts and the English would do it to the French. I have no idea why the Ministry would do it to us, though.”

“It’s not like we’ve burned all their farmland or tried to conquer Renfrew.”

Northern Ontario Party on MOM

In a news release, local Northern Ontario Party representative Steven Rolloway called for “Northern Ontario to rise up and make its own maps!”

The NOP release also called for “the return of the Northlander, for the province to be split between Northern and Southern Ontario, and for Murdoch Mysteries to get at least three more seasons.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Terrence is having to plan his trip using online maps.

“I don’t know how any of this works,” says an exasperated Terrence. “It keep trying to make me go down toll roads and I don’t want to. And when I try to print it it makes a map that cuts off the directions.”

“I guess our trip down south is cancelled. Thanks a lot, MOM.”

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