Her funeral service was held Monday, December 9, 11:00 am. Entombment Riverside Cemetery. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2019
PATRICK SHEPPARD Patrick passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, age 76, with his wife Linda and nephew Owen at his side. Patrick is lovingly remembered by Linda, his daughter Victoria and her partner Jonathan Page, his granddaughter Nia and Nia’s father Charles Onyango, Patrick’s brother Brian and partner, Sheila Lacroix, Linda’s sister Nancy Cymbalisty and her husband Ron, Patrick’s nephews and nieces Owen and Emily Sheppard and Kevin and Lindsey Cymbalisty, Jonathan’s daughters Kara and Madison, and many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his dear sister-in-law Barbara Sheppard, mother of Owen and Emily. He will be missed by his cousin Tom and the extended Sheppard family. In spite of the rare degenerative brain disease-progressive supranuclear palsy-that so negatively impacted his life for the past six or so years, Patrick approached every day without complaint, was tenacious in his will to live, and welcomed all the visits and outings from his many friends and family. Born in Toronto on July 6, 1943, Patrick attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute in downtown Toronto and then went on to study at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, graduating with a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1969. Patrick spent three terms as a Toronto alderman (city councillor) before resuming his legal career with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and as Discipline Counsel at the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 1991, Patrick was appointed to the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice and sat in Newmarket and Scarborough before moving to the Old City Hall in downtown Toronto. Patrick’s contributions to the legal profession were numerous and significant. He saw his position on the bench as a platform from which he could not only uphold the rule of law but also improve the lives of Ontarians, particularly those most in need. He is best known for his landmark judgement R. v. Parker (medical marijuana), and for being one of the co-founders of Ontario’s Gladue Court, along with Justice Rebecca Shamai, Justice Brent Knazan, and Jonathan Rudin of Aboriginal Legal Services. The Gladue Court or Aboriginal Persons Court was established in response to the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Gladue that instructed courts to consider alternative sanctions to imprisonment, “with particular attention to the circumstances of aboriginal offenders.” This first Gladue Court opened in Toronto’s Old City Hall in 2001, and there are now an additional seven courts serving self-identifying Indigenous persons across Ontario. In 2016, for his incredible passion and leadership, Patrick received the Champion of Justice Award from Aboriginal Legal Services, celebrating the Gladue Court’s 15th anniversary and Aboriginal Legal Services’ 25th anniversary. In a speech from that event, one of his dear friends and colleagues wrote in part: “That’s the way I suspect he’d like to be known and honoured: in all his humanity. The life of privilege, the compassion of everyman … an inspiration to all of us who think we can improve the system. It’s about the beating heart of a human being.” In addition to his dedication to his work, Patrick’s passion was travel. He and Linda travelled extensively, starting their married life in a Volkswagen camper van in Europe for nine months in 1969-70. With their daughter Victoria, they visited places like Uzbekistan in the former Soviet Union in the ’90s, when it was not a well-known destination, and they were able to shake hands with Nelson Mandela on a visit to South Africa in the year 2000. With his sister-in-law Nancy and brother-in-law Ron, Patrick and Linda had some momentous adventures sea-kayaking in Belize and surviving a blizzard on the floe edge on Baffin Island. Patrick and Victoria did some father-daughter bonding when they both became certified scuba divers when Victoria was a teenager. Not to be forgotten was Patrick’s great love for the cottage on Limerick Lake. He and Linda spent many weeks in summers there with friends and family, Patrick always the expert barbeque chef, and in his spare time trail-building on the hundred acres of water- access-only cottage land. When they were in their fifties, Patrick introduced Linda to the joys of overnight canoe trips, and for many years, they looked forward to planning their next summer excursion, just the two of them, often in Algonquin Park. The family wants to recognize the compassionate care that Patrick received from staff at his residence in Christie Gardens. They are also grateful for the dedication of loyal friends and volunteers, and for the organizing talents of John Sewell, all of whom continued to make Patrick’s life warmer and richer even when this became more and more challenging. The family welcomes donations in Patrick’s memory to the Canada-Mathare Education Trust (https://www.cmetrust.org/donate), founded by his daughter Victoria in 2006. CMETrust provides education opportunities to children from Kenya’s second-largest slum in Nairobi, Mathare. Patrick visited Mathare twice and was an enthusiastic supporter of CMETrust and so proud of the compassion and tenacity of everyone involved. A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com
Dear Fellow Cottagers,
On Friday evening August 30, 2019 myself and two members of our executive group attended an open house and presentation put on by the Forest Land Group, the current owners of the 65,000 acres that was previously owned by J.M. Longyear Company.
While the invitations were sent to all municipalities there was no representation from any of the municipalities including elected persons or municipal staff. There was a rep from Quinte Conservation but not Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, which oversees our watershed. Also in attendance were a few “adjacent owners” and a rep from the Limerick Hunt Club.
The presentation was conducted by Matt Sampson, the Region Manger for the Forestland Group. His area covers from West Virginia to Northern Ontario.
The 65,000 acre Bancroft area parcel is owned by Garden River Forest Lands (the Canadian Entity that holds formal title), Heartwood Advisory Vlll (the US-based (Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO) which is a public investment vehicle) and Forestland Group as managing partner with local site management under Forestlands direction is JM Longyear Can ULC which is a new group.
A TIMO is a special Income Tax Advantaged investment fund that exists under US law. There are strict limits on what a TIMO can and cannot do. In this case the only active management allowed is for timber production.
The day-to-day site issues will be managed out of the Bancroft office across from Tim Hortons on 62 north. I believe and is staffed by Jeff Holt, Scott Brown with Melissa Holt in administration. These are all JM Longyear employees.
Forestland’s HQ is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and of the staff of approximately 30, 60% are forestry specific professionals with Natural Resources degrees. They currently manage approximately 2.7 million acres.
The Northeast region has 345,000 acres with four consulting shops and has approximately 50-60 timber sales per year totaling approximately 140,000 cords/year.
What they do is actively manage the resource. Their premise is that properly managed forests build value.
Natural re-generation is important and if site conditions suggest to plant then they do. They will also diversify species of trees planted if it makes sense for the area.
Any spraying (BT) will be buffered and they will not use products that could harm waters/fish or animals. They use leaf-based materials and not ground-based. BT is a natural occurring chemical. This would be used for things like tent caterpillars but as mentioned a moist spring blossoms fungus sufficiently to kill off tent caterpillars.
Harvesting is heavily audited. Bridges and culverts (infrastructure) will be brought up to standard. Forestlands want to be “Good Neighbors”. They say they will co-operate fully with public interests. They anticipate no major agreement changes this year
Some responses to questions from the floor:
There was mention of standards certificates and both SFI and FSC were mentioned. They have both but prefer to apply SFI as it is a set of standards that clarifies to the general public and certifies that they are managing responsibly and sustainably. The property will be audited every other year and stake holders (i.e. LWRA) will be part of the audit team. SFI has proven to be more efficient, consistent and effective than FSC.
Forest carbon project offsets is part of their consideration. They have yet to fully inventory the properties but its in process
Their local office in Bancroft can be reached at 613-332-2363 and is open Mon-Friday, 9-5.
Part of their group managing forests is Ecosystem Services. They are not a mining company and have no interest in mining and should they be approached on the subject it would be weighed carefully. They are not a real estate company.
Part of their profit goes towards managing forest re-generation.
They clearly indicated that they want to add value to the land and when they are completed, usually a 10 year window, it will be sold. The bulk of their investment funding comes from pension investments and other like investments.
They certainly appeared to be forthright and open about their intentions. We have certainly opened lines of communication with them.
There will be a map in pdf coming that will detail their holdings. Interestingly it doesn’t have property on Mephisto lake as the crown land timbering is still with JM Longyear corporation.
I have invited the Regional Manager of the Forestland Group to speak at our next Annual General Meeting, tentatively being held on June 27th, 2020.