An environmental group in Haliburton is selling native plants to enhance your cottage property and shoreline this spring. If you are interested in buying some trees and shrubs etc. go to:
Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Inc.
Notice to Members of Annual General Meeting
Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. EST
The Boulevard Club
1491 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C2
Called on behalf of the Directors of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Inc.
by Marlin Horst, President
The FOCA Board of Directors:
Terry Beettam Lake Weslemkoon Conservation Association
Jeff Clark Go Home Lake Association
Pat Drew Lake of the Woods Property Owners Association
John Hickey Indian Point Property Owners Association
Marlin Horst Baptiste Lake Association
Terry Kennedy Kennebec Lake Association
Tony Lepine Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association
Wendy Sue Lyttle Catchacoma Cottagers Association
Daryle Moffatt Otter Lake Ratepayers Association
Bruce Moore Canonto Lake Property Owners Association
Bev Thorpe Kennebec Lake Association
Ian White Lake of Bays Association
Note: The nominations slate will be presented for member approval at the meeting on March 2, 2019.
If you cannot access the linked PDF files above, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions or clarifications required may be directed in advance to the Executive Director, Terry Rees at email@example.com, or to the President of the FOCA Board of Directors, Marlin Horst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details about the 2019 AGM and Spring Seminar, and a registration link, can be found here: https://foca.on.ca/2019-agm-spring-seminar/.
The Limerick Waterways Ratepayers’ Association (LWRA) would like to remind all cottage owners on Limerick and St. Ola Lakes that you have the opportunity to vote in the upcoming Limerick Township Municipal election for Reeve (the 4 new council members have already been nominated and acclaimed, no election for those seats will be held). You should receive in the mail a voting packet from the township, which includes instructions and procedures for online voting. If you have not received this information packet, please reach out and contact the township office directly (613-474-2863), Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, to confirm your eligibility to vote and procedures for voting.
The stakes for this election could not be any higher as we face two significant issues related to potential development in our township. One is the longstanding Trident / Limerick Estates subdivision development, the other is the proposed “Pancon-Mcbride” Nickel, Copper and Cobalt metal mining project proposed and in exploration phase. Both of these can have significant impact on our quality of life and recreational use of these lakes.
Because of this, we, the LWRA Board of Directors, endorse and recommend a vote for Michael Douglas-Hecker for Reeve. Michael has multigenerational ties to the area, and has a longstanding and deep appreciation for the history of the Trident-Limerick Estates Development, having been present on Limerick Lake as a cottager since the inception of the original idea in the 1970’s. We are convinced that as Reeve, he will ensure that any development at that site is conducted precisely in compliance with the agreed and existing special district zoning By-Law (Limerick Township By-Law 2010-18) covering the Subdivision Agreement and related documents. As a long time cottager in the area, Mr. Douglas-Hecker is also aware of the incompatibility of a heavy duty mining and industrial land use with the significant recreational use resources of the township; and we believe he will use the resources of the township to influence those in the other branches of government (such as: Hastings County Land Use Planning, Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, and the Provincial and Federal governmental Ministries) who oversee and do permitting that allow mining, or have environmental protection responsibilities.
Please take the time and effort to vote in this important election. Michael Douglas-Hecker needs your support, and we need him as our advocate on the Limerick Township Council as Reeve.
Signed and passed September 23, 2018 by the LWRA Board of Directors at annual Fall meeting.
by Jan McKillican
Following is a recap of the meeting recently held in the Limerick Community Centre on Hwy 620 to consider the proposed nickel-cobalt-copper mine.
The meeting was attended by well over a 100 people. Many lakes in the area were represented including: Wollaston, Dickey, Sweets, Steenburg and Limerick. Tempers were high and the first hour-and-a-half were largely unproductive. Most of the attendees opposed the mine. In the end, Pancon did share a high level business plan. It was clear the Pancon CEO thought communication to this point had been better than it really was, e.g. land owners being unaware that their property would be staked, First Nations support (they had not been contacted), etc.. There is a local group led by “Monica Nikopoulos, a nearby landowner on #62, that was driving protest actions, e.g. picketing.
- Pancon is interested in these metals based on the future demand forecast for batteries in electric cars etc.
- The area has 20,000 metres of historical samples that are being used as reference and that have been stored in, Ministry of Energy and Northern Development of Mines (MENDM) in Tweed
- Baseline studies / geological mapping started in June – cutting paths in the forest
- Plan is to drill new targets in Q1/Q2 of 2019 (press release after Wednesday suggests this may now be later?)
- Pancon hired an environmental firm from Lindsay to do the environmental studies (they were hired Sept 6th)
- There are several stages to creating a mine. They are in stage 2 – exploration. Based on work previously done, in my opinion, this stage will not last too long (generically they said exploration could be 3-14 years … I would say 2 due to previous work done)
- Once all paths are cut, additional drilling would occur which would required trenching to start that would allow large equipment to access drilling locations. Over time, the trenches get bigger and bigger. Once this is done, then geophysical work (conductive, magnetic) would be done using airplanes
- Pancon is the prospecting company – they would not be the company doing the mining should it get that far.
- When asked if they knew enough to say whether it would be open pit or underground they said “no”. Their press releases suggest they like this project in part due to the “near surface” metals. They noted that the original, historical plan, had been an underground mine.
A presentation was also made by Ugo LaPointe who works for Mining Watch Canada – a government organization dedicated to ensuring mines are environmentally safe, writing legislation to manage mines, etc.. Key points to consider from his excellent presentation:
- Key risk in the mining phase is management of mining waste. Less than 1% of the ground that would be dug up is actually refined. Mining tailings and very big rocks are left behind. The tailings can be created using water which then has to be managed for toxic waste; e.g. sulphur, heavy metals. Based on the estimates of the amount of copper, nickel and cobalt, this operation would create approximately 5 million tons of waste. The biggest risk in mining is the potential rupturing of dykes built to control that waste which consequently releases toxic waste into the local environment. Downstream dykes are safer but often companies use upstream dykes as they are cheaper. If there are dry tailings, then the issue becomes dust.
- Blasting during mining can change current watersheds by moving underwater aquifers. Currently the watershed in the area flows into Nicolson Creek which then feeds into Dickey Lake.
- If open pit, blasting can be felt for up to 2 to 5 km away. You can also hear the process for miles given the correct conditions, e.g. calm night. Ugo LaPointe does not believe legislation is currently sufficient in Ontario for managing these concerns of open pit mines near people.
- Residents need to consider the financial health of the companies involved. Will they have the funds to do the right thing?
- Pancon is currently trading at 6 to 7 cents per share. They are a small junior company worth less than $10 million and have a $22 million deficit. They would need investors.
- One key question people should ask themselves as they consider whether or not they support this potential mine is: Is this the right place in Ontario to put a mine? Is it the right place to put an open pit mine should that be the decision made?
- Should the local people decide to oppose the mine, there are 3 approaches:
- Political – MENDM could deny and/or revoke permits
- Legal – unite to hire a legal firm. Hooks: property rights, charter of rights, endangered species, First Nation rights
- Corporate & Shareholders: send letters to investor community. Buy shares in the company so you have rights to attend Annual General Meetings etc.