Looking for your dock?

If you arrive at Limerick Lake to open your cottage now that the ice is gone for the 2017 season and cannot find your dock it might have floated over to Kim Carson’s point on the south shore. Kim sent the picture below with a note saying she has tied it to their shore on the west end of Pleasant Bay. Feel free to fetch it.IMG_0937.JPG

FOCA Spring update

Elert – late February 2017
LAST CALL to register
FOCA A.G.M. & Seminar for Lake Associations
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Boulevard Club, Toronto
Has your association registered a representative to vote in the Annual General Meeting? Don’t delay – the event is this weekend!
In addition to the AGM at 1:00pm, the day includes presentation of the FOCA Achievement Award, and speakers on the topics of electricity pricing and stressors on lake environments.
This is a must-attend event for lake representatives: an opportunity to network with your peers, collect current information about top issues, and begin planning for a year of success for your association!
If you cannot attend in person, contact FOCA about participating by webinar.
Policy Updates from FOCA
 
Electricity Rates
Rising electricity rates are a growing concern for waterfront property owners (and everybody else). Read FOCA’s letter to the Premier:  https://foca.on.ca/news-rising-electricity-costs-feb-2017/
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Septage
A new review is underway on hauled sewage (septage) policy in Ontario. Get details:  https://foca.on.ca/septage-management-plans/
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Fisheries Act
Strengthened approaches are recommended by the Federal Fisheries Committee. Read the details: https://foca.on.ca/fisheries-act-revisions-overview/
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Climate Change

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is looking for input into their Climate Resilience Plan. See: https://foca.on.ca/climate-change-and-waterfront-ontario/
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Antibacterials

Renewed call for action to ban antibacterial substances, to protect aquatic and human health. See: https://foca.on.ca/foca-calls-for-antibacterial-chemical-ban/
FOCA’s Gold-level Sponsors
HydroOne
OPG
CottageLINK Rental Management
Cottage Life
Lake Environments
 
Preparing for the Spring Freshet
image Kay Soares
Find information and links about water management and possible flooding from the FOCA website: https://foca.on.ca/high-water-flood-events-in-cottage-country/  and through this link to Trent Severn Waterway: click here.
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Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 27-March 3, 2017 – Trips to the cottage provide potential pathways for the spread of invasives. Find out what you can do, and get your own Cottage Plan by clicking here. #InvSpWk
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Lake Simcoe Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
On February 17, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Lake Simcoe Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. This strategy is an adaptive management approach to drive actions in the Lake Simcoe watershed to adapt to our changing climate.
Upcoming Events

Ottawa Cottage and Backyard Show

March 3-5, 2017 – Ottawa. Get a jump-start on summer at this trade show with a wide range of cottage country exhibitors. FOCA members get a special  2-for-1 admission to the Ottawa show, by clicking here.
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Haliburton Reptile Road Show
March 18, 2017 – Haliburton. Visit the knowledgeable folks from Scales Nature Park at the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust’s Reptile Road Show! Lots to see, touch, and learn about.  Click here for details.
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Spring Cottage Life Show

March 30 – April 2, 2017 – Toronto. Plan to visit FOCA’s booth at the Spring Cottage Life Show. Don’t miss FOCA’s Executive Director speaking on the main stage on Friday and Saturday! FOCA members can get $4 off regular one-day adult tickets, by ordering online before the show. Click here and use our promo codefoca17
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Frontenac Stewardship Foundation
April 20-21, 2017 – near Chaffey’s Lock. This annual environmental forum will spread over two days this year, with the theme “Confronting Changes in Aquatic Ecosystems.” Save the date, and plan to participate with community leaders from across eastern Ontario. Details to follow.
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Muskoka Stewardship Conference 
Friday, May 12 – Port Carling. FOCA will once again participate in this year’s Muskoka Stewardship Conference, titled “50 Shades of Green: all about algae.” Click here to register at a discounted price, until April 15!
FOCA’s Silver-level Sponsors
AVIVA
Notices & Opportunities
 
Native Plant and Tree Sales
Haliburton cottagers can order native plants online before April 15, 2017 at haliburtonstewardship.ca, for pick up in May!
Bancroft area cottagers can order native trees and shrubs through the online store, here:  https://bascstore.ecwid.com/
For Lake of the Woods and region, see:  http://www.lowdpoa.com/events/seedling-day-1
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Speak Up for the Great Lakes

The International Joint Commission (IJC) wants public input about their draft 3-year assessment (TAP) report on Great Lakes water quality. Add your voice throughout March at a series of six public meetings in Great Lakes communities, including Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia, and St. Catharines, or comment in writing by April 15, 2017. Get links to the draft report, and dates for the in-person sessions by clicking here.

See more background and info on the Great Lakes on the FOCA website:  https://foca.on.ca/great-lakes-strategy-and-action/
Lake Association Support
New transition deadline for Federal Corporations
Is your organization federally incorporated? Change is imminent! On February 13, 2017, Corporations Canada published a notice, stating that the final deadline to complete the transition to the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) is extended to July 31, 2017. (The CNCA was proclaimed into force in 2011, replacing Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, a law that had governed the internal affairs of federal not-for-profit corporations for close to a century.) Corporations that do not transition by the new deadline will be dissolved. Learn more from the BLG backgrounder:  http://blg.com/en/News-And-Publications/Publication_4835
Please note that this is separate from ONCA, which affects provincially incorporated not-for-profit organizations. CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) reiterated in January 2017 that ONCA remains on hold indefinitely. Get that update here:  https://foca.on.ca/onca-on-hold/
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There are lots of additional resources from FOCA that are tailored to lake associations’ needs.Start your search here:https://foca.on.ca/toolkit-overview/
FOCA’s Bronze-level Sponsors
OOWA
Sunspace
Dock in a Box
Cottage Dreams

Canadian Canoe Museum
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons
Nature Clean New Logo 2013
EORN
Cade’s Corner
Members in over fifty FOCA member Associations have already taken advantage of this FOCA benefit: access to the CottageFirst group insurance package.

When will you get your quote, to find out if you could be saving too?
Come talk to us at the FOCA AGM on March 4th!
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FOCA March 4 AGM

Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Inc.
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Notice to Members of Annual General Meeting

Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. EST

The Boulevard Club
1491 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON  M6K 3C2
Agenda:

 

1.  To approve the minutes of the FOCA Annual Meeting held on March 5, 2016.

 

2.  To approve the audited Financial Statements of FOCA for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

 

3.  * To approve revisions to the membership fee schedule, effective April 1, 2018, as recommended by the FOCA Board of Directors.

 

4.  To approve the slate of Directors recommended by the FOCA Nominating committee.

 

5. Any other matters that may come before the said meeting.

 

Called on behalf of the Directors of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Inc.

by Terry Kennedy, President
FOCA Board of Directors:
  Jeff Clark – Go Home Lake Cottage Owners Association
  Lynda Corkum –  Big Gull Lake East End Cottage Association
  Robert Cummins – Gull Lake Cottagers Association
  Craig Dawson – Barrow Bay Property Owners’ Assoc.
  Ken Grant – Big Gull Lake East End Cottage Assoc.
  Marlin Horst – Baptiste Lake Association
  Jim Kaufman – Kawagama Lake Cottagers Assoc.
  Terry Kennedy – Kennebec Lake Association
  Steve Kerr – Jack Lake Association
  Bruce Moore – Canonto Lake Property Owners Assoc.
  Nancy Salmijarvi – Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Assoc.
  Kay Soares – Severn River Assoc. of Property Owners
  Ian White – Lake of Bays Association
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* Supplemental Information:

Per Agenda #3 – “Revisions to the membership fee schedule”
Motion: Effective renewals starting in April 2018, an increase of $0.25 in the per member fee (to $3.50 per member); and, a change to the maximum association fee, from $3000/year to $3150. The exception to the above will be for member associations with fewer than 10 members – there will be NO change to the fees for these associations.
Questions about the business items of the 2017 FOCA AGM can be directed in advance of the meeting to the Executive Director Terry Rees trees@foca.on.caor President Terry Kennedy president@foca.on.ca.
2017 FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:30am – 3:30pm

Join us at this all day event, which includes the FOCA Business Meeting (AGM) at 1:00pm, presentation of the FOCA Achievement Award to a member Association, and environmental and policy updates.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to meet fellow association representatives and to hear the latest news that affects your lake community! Save your spot:
$50 per person (FOCA members)
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Minor Variance granted

89 Limerick Lake Road R. R. #2, GILMOUR, ON K0L 1W0

Roads: 613-474-0060

CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LIMERICK

Date of Hearing: January 16th, 2017 File No: A007/16

Owner(s)/Applicants

Michael English & Sherry Schiff

Location/Legal Description:

245 Limerick Lake North Shore Concession 7, Lot 9, Township of Limerick

Purpose of Application:

To provide relief from:

  1. 1)  Section 5.11.1 ii) of the Township of Limerick Zoning By-law No.

    2013-20 to permit an increase in gross floor area of 41.34 m2, allowing a total gross floor area of 124.95m2, and an increase in building height of 1.58 metres, allowing a total building height of 5.181 metres;

  2. 2)  Section 8.3 a) vi) to reduce the setback from the high water mark from 30 metres (98.4 feet) to 7.6 metres;
  3. 3)  Section 5.9.2 i) to reduce the setback from 30 metres (98.4 ft.) of the high water mark of a water body or permanent watercourse, to 7.6 metres;
  4. 4)  Section 8.3 a) iii) to reduce the minimum front yard depth from 10 metres (32.8 ft.) to 5.57 metres.

Effect of Application:

The proposed variances are requested in order to permit demolishment of the existing building and construction of a new structure. The owners wish to rebuild on the existing footprint and expand the cottage to the rear and west sides to increase the overall footprint to 1345 sq. ft. or 124.95 m2 The existing cottage is 15′ high. The addition will have a loft and the total overall height will be increased to 17 ft.

This application for Minor Variance has been APPROVED by the Committee of Adjustment, subject to the conditions as provided below:

  1. The proposed development is situated not nearer to the shore of Limerick Lake than the existing frame cottage;
  2. The applicants enter into and duly register on title a Water Quality Impact Assessment Agreement with the Township;
  3. The applicants obtain a development permit from the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority prior to initiating construction upon the subject lands;
  4. The applicants execute the purchase of the Shore Road Allowance across the frontage of the subject lands.

FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  •   The general intend and purpose of the Official Plan is maintained
  •   The general intent and purpose of the Zoning Bylaw is maintained.
  •   The variance is considered desirable for the appropriate development of the land.
  •   The variance is minor in nature.

    Explanation of effect of written and oral submissions
    No oral submission were made during the public meeting.

    Written comments were received from the County of Hastings and the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, which the committee received and concurred with. Correspondence was received from Mr. Edward Offshack in full support of the variance.

See Reverse Side

JENNIFER TRUMBLE, Clerk-Treasurer
613-474-2863 (Phone) 613-474-0478 (Facsimile) clerk@township.limerick.on.ca w.w.w.township.limerick.on.ca

Date of Hearing: Date of Notice:
Last date for Appeal:

January 16th, 2017 January 26th, 2017 February 6th, 2017

SIGNED by all members present who concur in this Decision:

The applicant, the Minister or any other person or public body, to whom notice of decision was sent, may within twenty days of the making of the decision appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board against the decision of the committee by filing with the Secretary-Treasurer, a completed OMB appellant form, accompanied by the appeal fee payable by certified cheque or money order, in Canadian funds, to the Minister of Finance.

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal decisions in respect of applications for consent to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or group on its behalf.

If no appeal is lodged within twenty days of the date of the making of the decision, the decision becomes final and binding and notice to that effect will be issued by the secretary-treasurer.

For further information please contact the Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment

By Mail
Attention: Secretary-Treasurer – Committee of Adjustment Township of Limerick
89 Limerick Lake Road
Gilmour ON
K0L 1W0

By Email clerk@township.limerick.on.ca

Original Signed by:

Original Signed by:

Original Signed by:

Original Signed by:

John Taylor

Mike Douglas-Hecker

G. Locke

John Taylor

Mike Douglas-Hecker

Glenn Locke

Jennifer Trumble

Chair

Member

Member

Secretary-Treasurer

89 Limerick Lake Road R. R. #2, GILMOUR, ON K0L 1W0

Roads: 613-474-0060

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JENNIFER TRUMBLE, Clerk-Treasurer
613-474-2863 (Phone) 613-474-0478 (Facsimile) clerk@township.limerick.on.ca w.w.w.township.limerick.on.ca

Tearing down old to build new

JENNIFER TRUMBLE, Clerk-Treasurer 613-474-2863 (Phone) 613-474-0478 (Facsimile) clerk@township.limerick.on.ca http://www.township.limerick.on.ca

89 Limerick Lake Road R. R. #2, GILMOUR, ON K0L 1W0
Roads: 613-474-0060

CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LIMERICK

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR AN APPLICATION FOR MINOR VARIANCE Statutory Authority: Section 45 of the Planning Act .1990

FILE NO.: Owner(s)/Applicant(s): Location/Legal Description:

Purpose and Effect of Application:

A007/16

Michael English & Sherry Schiff
245 Limerick Lake North Shore Concession 7, Lot 9, Township of Limerick

To provide relief from:
1) Section 5.11.1 ii) of the Township of Limerick Zoning By-law

No. 2013-20 to permit an increase in gross floor area of 41.34 m2, allowing a total gross floor area of 124.95m2, and an increase in building height of 1.58 metres, allowing a total building height of 5.181 metres;

2) Section 8.3 a) vi) to reduce the setback from the high water mark from 30 metres (98.4 feet) to 7.6 metres;

3) Section 5.9.2 i) to reduce the setback from 30 metres (98.4 ft.) of the high water mark of a water body or permanent watercourse, to 7.6 metres;

4) Section 8.3 a) iii) to reduce the minimum front yard depth from 10 metres (32.8 ft.) to 5.57 metres .

The proposed variances are requested in order to permit demolishment of the existing building and construction of a new structure. The owners wish to rebuild on the existing footprint and expand the cottage to the rear and west sides to increase the overall footprint to 1345 sq. ft. or 124.95 m2

The existing cottage is 15′ high. The addition will have a loft and the total overall height will be increased to 17 ft.

See reverse side.

89 Limerick Lake Road R. R. #2, GILMOUR, ON K0L 1W0
Roads: 613-474-0060

CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LIMERICK

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TAKE NOTICE that the Township of Limerick Committee of Adjustment will hold a Public Meeting on January 16th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at the Limerick Community Centre at 7645 Hwy 620, consider a proposed Variance under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act for the above noted application, numbered as A007/16.

The subject lands are not the subject of any other application under the Planning Act.

Public Hearing: You are entitled to attend this public hearing in person or you may be represented by counsel or an agent to give evidence about this application. Signed, written submissions that relate to an application shall be accepted by the secretary before or during the hearing of the application at the address below and shall be available to any interested person for inspection at the hearing. Statutory Powers Procedures Act.

Failure to Attend Hearing: If you do not attend this public hearing, it may proceed in your absence and, except as otherwise provided in the Planning Act, you will not be entitled to any further notice in the proceeding. Statutory Powers Procedures Act.

Notice of Decision: a certified copy of the decision, together with a notice of the last day of appealing to the Ontario Municipal Board shall be sent, not later than 10 days from the making of the decision, to the applicant, and to each person who appeared in person or by counsel at the hearing and who filed with the secretary a written request for notice of the decision. Planning Act, R.S.O 1990 c.P.13, s. 45(10).

Further information and materials relating to the application may be obtained from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Township office located at 89 Limerick Lake Road, RR#2 Gilmour, Ontario, K0L 1W0, or by telephone (613) 474-2863.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
If you do not attend or are not represented at this hearing, the Committee may proceed in your absence and make a decision, or may consider the application to have been abandoned or withdrawn, and close the file.

Dated this 23rd day December, 2016.

See reverse side.

JENNIFER TRUMBLE, Clerk-Treasurer 613-474-2863 (Phone) 613-474-0478 (Facsimile) clerk@township.limerick.on.ca http://www.township.limerick.on.ca

______________________________________ Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment

Federation of Cottagers

FOCA Elert – October 2016
Political Affairs & Policy Updates
 
Invasive Species & Cottage Country Utilities – FOCA Asks

This summer, FOCA wrote to Hydro One to enquire about their boat-moving practices in rural Ontario, with concern for the potential spread of invasive species between waterbodies. We were pleased to receive a response detailing Hydro One’s practices for boat and trailer washing, and their intentions to comply with the draft regulations for Ontario’s Invasive Species Act. Read FOCA’s letter & Hydro One’s response, here

A similar letter to Bell Canada has, as yet, gone unanswered. FOCA will keep you updated with any developments. This follows FOCA enquiries to the Ontario Provincial Police Marine Patrols last year, on the same subject; read the 2015 OPP response here.

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Lawsuit Launched over Water Management

A group of Muskoka residents have announced a class-action lawsuit against the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) over water management and damage to property during spring 2016 flooding. The suit seeks damages of $900-million. For more on the issue of water management, including a link to a new post about the lawsuit from Water Canada Magazine, featuring FOCA’s Executive Director, visit:

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EBR Under Review
Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights is under review. FOCA will be providing comments on this important tool, and we encourage our members to have their say as well. Comments are due by November 8th, 2016. Get details here:  https://foca.on.ca/environmental-bill-rights-review-2016/

You are invited to join the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, for a webinar on October 27, 2016 for highlights of her first Environmental Protection Report, “Small Steps Forward.” The report assesses government action on several issues that are of interest to FOCA members, including biodiversity threats and forest fire management. Register for the webinar by clicking here. For more about biodiversity, see the recent State of Ontario’s Biodiversity Report.

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Green Energy Announcement
September 27, 2016 – Ontario is halting the procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind and hydroelectric projects, which is projected to save the typical residential electricity consumer $2.45 per month on their electricity bill, compared to previous forecasts. Get more info:  https://foca.on.ca/approving-green-energy-projects/
Other Upcoming Events
 
Great Lakes Public Forum

October 4-6th, 2016, Toronto – FOCA’s Executive Director will moderate a panel on Thursday, October 6th, titled “Celebrating Success,” about projects contributing to the health of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Public Forum brings together leaders from Canada and the United States to assess the state of Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health, share actions being undertaken and consider future priorities. For an excerpt from the conference program about Thursday morning’s schedule, click here. (PDF, 1 page)

In related news: TVO is running a series of programs on the Great Lakes all week:

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Kawarthas, Naturally Connected
October 19th, 2016, Bridgenorth – Associations and interested residents of Kawartha-area lakes are invited to the official launch of the Kawarthas Naturally Connected Natural Heritage System and mapping tools. Click here for the event details. (PDF, 1 page)
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Lake Links Workshop
October 22nd, 2016, Perth – FOCA’s Executive Director will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s Lake Links event which is titled“Every Waterfront Matters. You can make a difference.” FOCA is a proud supporter of this annual event, which brings together a network of eastern Ontario lake associations, government and non-governmental organizations, citizens and other stakeholders. Click the event poster at right for details (PDF, 1 page), or visit  https://foca.on.ca/lake-links-2016/. See you there!
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Fall Cottage Life Show
October 21-23, 2016, Toronto – Get a head start on your 2017 cottage plans at this annual event featuring over 200 exhibitors. Details are here.
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image courtesy SPARC

SPARC Symposium

October 27-30, 2016, Haliburton – Keen on being part of a rural performing arts community network? Plan to attend this biennial event, being held at Pinestone Resort. Click the image at right to link to online details about the symposium.
FOCA’s Gold-level Sponsors
Cottage Life
CottageLINK Rental Management
OPG
Lake Environments
You asked: 
A FOCA member asked us this summer: “Is there any documented link between water quality and property values?”
FOCA answers:

There’s no quick or comprehensive answer here, because so many factors affect property prices. FOCA can report that a 2014 study in applied economics (by Julia Clapper and Steven B. Caudill) used Lake Partner Program (LPP) data along with real estate transaction data, to try to determine the effect of clearer water on waterfront property sale prices.

Their results indicated that lakeside homeowners paid around 2% more for each 1-foot increase in water clarity as measured by Secchi depth. While water clarity is not always the same as waterquality, FOCA is intrigued to see this example of the LPP data being used in other ways!

Associations: Can this help your members understand the importance of water quality in cottage country? Want to pass along practical ideas that support healthy waterfronts? Get tips from FOCA in the Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Healthy Waterfronts.

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Mapping Stressors on Inland Lakes
Lake Partner Program (LPP) data is also contribuing to FOCA’s project with science partners from Ryerson University, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, to assess effects of multiple stressors on inland lakes over time.
The program partners met in September to review program progress to date. You will hear more about this geospatial database program at FOCA’s Fall Seminar on November 12th, 2016. In the meantime, visit the program webpage byclicking here.
This is another example of how the long-term citizen science of the LPP can be used to help us understand trends on the landscape over time. Thank you once more to all the dedicated volunteers who make the LPP possible each year! Your work is invaluable.
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Public Health and Blue-Green Algae 
Click below for a brief video discussion with FOCA and Peterborough Public Health about algae, and what to do if you spot a suspected blue-green algal bloom.
Recent Publications from FOCA
Copies of the Climate Guide have arrived!

FOCA is very pleased to announce that we now have printed copies of Managing Your Waterfront Property in a Changing Climate available for FOCA members. Thank you to our project partners at MNRF for helping us bring this guide to print.

NOTE: All attendees at the FOCA Fall Seminar will receive a copy of the guide. If you would like to collect a few extra copies while you are at the event, please alert the office ahead of time.
For a digital copy of the climate change guide, click the image at right, or visit: https://foca.on.ca/managing-your-waterfront-property-in-a-changing-climate
Learn more about climate impacts to Ontario’s freshwaters, and get recent news and links, here:  https://foca.on.ca/climate-change-and-waterfront-ontario/
Regional Notices & Opportunities
 
Sign Says…
The County of Peterborough is currently reviewing their Sign By-law, which regulates the placement of signs or other advertising devices on County roadways. County residents and businesses are encouraged to provide feedback by October 30th via the online survey, or by email, letter or phone to County staff. Read the County’s notice by clicking here. (PDF, 1 page)
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Project Funding Announced 

FOCA’s member group, the Scugog Lake Stewards, took to social media on September 15th to announce a $200,000 donation from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation for the Lake Scugog Enhancement Project (a Township project, with the Scugog Stewards and Kawartha Conservation). “Please share with us our very happy news!” they posted to Facebook.

Reminder: Connect with FOCA on Facebook, and many of your fellow member groups while you are at it!

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Funding for Association Projects
Planning for a 2017 project? See the Stewardship Network of Ontario’s handy Scan of Granting Resources. Access the list of public and private grants, here:  https://foca.on.ca/stewardship-funding-for-stewardship-projects/
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Restoration Project Funding

Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has called for applications to the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, which provides up to $25,000 per project to restore and protect the Great Lakes, and the lakes and rivers that flow into them. Past recipients include FOCA member group, The Kensington Conservancy, who received funding for species inventories in wetlands along the North Shore of Lake Huron, as well as public education workshops. Apply to this fund by December 1st, 2016. Details are here.

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Could the Canada Goose really beat the Loon?
FOCA is intrigued to see that one of the most iconic birds of cottage country, the Common Loon, is in final contention for consideration as Canada’s national bird, alongside one of the birds in cottage country we most often hear complaints about: the Canada Goose! (OK, it could have been a cormorant…)
Have an opinion on the matter? Voting in the Canadian Geographic National Bird Project has ended, but you can still weigh in on social media while the panel makes its final decision (to be announced November 16th). Use the hashtag #canadabird on Twitter or Instagram to join the conversation.
 
At right, our September 20th tweet on the topic of loon vs. goose

Reminder: while you’re on Twitter, connect with FOCA. Our feed is filled with current news on water-related topics, big and small. 

FOCA’s Silver-level Sponsors
HydroOne
AVIVA
Partner Profile
 
Stewardship Network of Ontario 
FOCA is a member of the Stewardship Network of Ontario (SNO), formed in 2004 as a collaborative of non-government and government stewardship organizations.
Amongst their many online resources, SNO has just announced the launch of an online directory of current and former Stewardship Councils, including links and contact information, where available. Explore the map by clicking the image at right, or visit:  http://stewardshipnetwork.ca/resources/directory-of-ontario-stewardship-councils/
FOCA Member Benefits
Benefit Highlight: Credit Card Renewals for your Association! 
Still looking for dues, but away from the lake for the next few months? FOCA hosts a secure online portal where your association can take credit card payments for your members’ fees. Since January 2016, we have processed over $20,000 in payments on behalf of our member groups! Get details on this FOCA member service, here:  https://foca.on.ca/member-services/membership-payment-processing/
Note: The 2-page sheet about FOCA Benefits (click the green box above) makes great content for your Association Newsletter. Contact the office if you’d like a different file format. We encourage you to share FOCA information with your members!
End of Season Thoughts from FOCA
 
Lock it or Lose it, and other Cottage Closing Tips
Spend one minute with FOCA’s Executive Director on the water, with late season cottage country tips. Click the image below to link to his most recent video blog:
 
FOCA members can access a cottage closing tip list from FOCA!  https://foca.on.ca/cottage-closing-checklist-members-only/  NOTE: You’ll need your Member Login to access this resource and others on the FOCA website. Start here if you haven’t got yours, yet:  https://foca.on.ca/get-login/
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Boat Hibernation
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to talk about putting the boat(s) away for the winter. Get all the tips you need in some handy infographics from
Boats & Places, covering preparation steps as well as storage decisions.
Click the image at right to link to the online article, or visit:  http://www.boatsandplaces.com/hibernation-preparation/
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Invasive Watch

Remember to keep an eye out for any signs of invasive species, as you close out your boat and cottage for the season. Get your Cottager Invasives Plan here: http://bit.ly/28OZDAW and report any sightings!
End of Season for Rideau Canal operations
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy

September 27, 2016 – FOCA has received an Information Bulletin from Parks Canada about end-of-season operations on the Rideau Canal, including water level decreases to winter storage levels, starting October 11th. Read the notice by clicking here (PDF, 1 page).

Cade’s Corner
Our friends at Cade Associates Insurance Brokers also have some important tips for this time of year. Cottagers can read about heat, water and roof considerations, in the Cade blog:
Members in more than four dozen FOCA member Associations have already taken advantage of this FOCA benefit: access to the CottageFirst group insurance package.
When will you get your quote, to find out if you could be saving too?
Recent Events

Kawartha Lake Stewards

October 1st, 2016 – FOCA participated in the Kawartha Lake Stewards Association Fall Annual General Meeting. The meeting included updates on the 2016 KLSA summer water testing program, and the aquatic plant inventory project on Boyd Island.
Public Forum about Asian Carp

October 3rd, 2016, Toronto – FOCA attended a public forum about Asian carp, hosted by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The forum included discussion about the current status of Asian carp, strategies to prevent invasion, and Canada’s contribution to the effort to manage this invasive species. Follow this topic, here:  https://foca.on.ca/asian-carp/

Municipal Matters
Review Council Meetings on YouTube
September 2016 – The Township of Scugog has announced that video of Council, General Purpose and Administration Committee Meetings will now be posted to the Township’s YouTube Channel, the day following a meeting. Subscribe to the Township’s channel for notifications.

Reminder: Connect with FOCA on YouTube! Review our video posts about safety, shorelines and much more. Subscribe to our channel to receive notice when new FOCA material is posted.

FOCA’s Real Estate Champion
Meet “The Paddling Realtor”
FOCA is very pleased to announce our first FOCA Real Estate Champion!
Andrew Marshall and FOCA are working together to promote local lake associations in Ontario. Andrew has pledged to gift his clients with a membership in a lake association, when they purchase a cottage country waterfront property. We applaud his dedication to the principle of sustainability and thank him for his support. Get details about this new FOCA initiative, and connect with Andrew, here:  https://foca.on.ca/real-estate-champion/
Association Tools
Member Question: 
What’s up with ONCA? And what should our Association do about our By-laws in the meantime?
 
FOCA Answers:
Hold tight. For the past three years, FOCA has been tracking developments with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act 2010 (ONCA), which passed third reading in the Legislature, but has not yet been proclaimed, due to ongoing technical amendments and technological issues, according to Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). The government has promised to give 24 months notice to the non-profit sector before ONCA takes effect, and CLEO’s most recent update (Sept.21, 2016) stated:
“Most organizations should not make changes to comply with the ONCA yet, as possible amendments, if passed, will change some details.”    
In the meantime, the Ontario Corporations Act remains the governing legislation for not-for-profit corporations registered in Ontario. For more information about ONCA, including a link to FOCA’s By-laws (as a possible sample for associations, in the meantime), see:  https://foca.on.ca/onca-on-hold/
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A Two-Way Conversation
What have you done lately to keep existing members and to attract new ones? We want to know! Please send FOCA an email update with your success stories and case studies.
 

We want you to share FOCA news updates and fact sheets.  Members are always welcome to reproduce FOCA materials from ElertsNewsletters and our extensive online resources. Please credit FOCA as the source, and include our web address, where possible:  https://foca.on.ca.  There are lots of additional resources from FOCA that are tailored to lake associations’ needs. Start your online search here: 

FOCA’s Bronze-level Sponsors
OOWA
Sunspace
Dock in a Box
Cottage Dreams

Canadian Canoe Museum
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons
Nature Clean New Logo 2013
EORN
Apply now!
recipients of the Award & Honourable Mentions, March 2016

FOCA Achievement Award for Associations

Apply by November 30th: Nominate your local lake association for this annual award which celebrates the successes of FOCA member associations. Small and large groups are invited to share their accomplishments! Get details, info about past recipients, and a link to the application form, here:  https://foca.on.ca/member-services/foca-achievement-award/

Happy Thanksgiving, to all our friends and partners!
With any luck, may you spend it in nature…
click above to link to Ontario Parks’ Fall Colours Map
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Septic Tank Signup

Water Access Septic System Registry

Do you have a septic system at your cottage?

Have you pumped out your septic?

Is your cottage water access or road access?

Many people believe that seasonal cottage septic systems do not need to be pumped out.  This is a fallacy.  It is recommended that home systems should be pumped every 3-5 years.  Therefore, it is recommended that seasonal residences be pumped every 8 years – or more depending on use.  You can read more about septic care at this link on the FOCA website:  https://foca.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/septic_systems.pdf .

Your LWRA has already organized one water access pump out.  We would like to continue to do this on an as needed basis, cyclical basis.  Water access pump outs are more costly than those that are able to be reached by road.  Our experience to date would suggest that group pump outs are 1/3 of the cost of having a single system pumped out.  We also know that typically we need to secure 5 locations to be pumped at the same time to qualify for a group rate.

In order to plan ahead, we would like to create a list of water and road access, septic systems that will need to be pumped in the future.  Ideally, for water access locations, we would pump out in the spring as that is when water levels are high which makes it easier for the “specialized” barge to dock and maneuver.  Road access cottages could be scheduled later in the summer.

While the LWRA would organize pump outs, all work done at your cottage and all knowledge of your system is contractually between you and the company we hire to execute the process – not the LWRA.

Please register your cottage now!  You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Register on line by completing the form below and returning it to limerickwaterways@gmail.com
  2. Fill in the hard copy, sign-up sheet at the Marina store

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jan MacKillican at jan@leaditteams.com.

Name Cottage 911 number Verbal address description Email Address or Telephone Number Year you are due for pump out Water Access Road Access
Jan MacKillican & David Jones 353 North side of the lake directly across from the big island jan@leaditteams.com 2019 X
Name Cottage 911 number Verbal address description Email Address or Telephone Number Year you are due for pump out Water Access Road Access

LWRA July 3, 2016 meeting

LWRA

July 3, 2016

Attending: Jan MacKillican, Alan Coxwell, Sasha Vojnov, Mary Argue, Kyle Kieper, Ed Offshack, Alex Topitsch, Kimberly Carson, Mel Hamilton

Regrets: Paul Clarke, Lexie Kindbom

Motion to approve budget $1750 for 2016 LWRA Picnic – Electronic on June 22nd

Motion by Mel Hamilton

2nd: Mary Argue

Carried by: All

Picnic Update:

Alan- Sail boat race

Mary & Jan –  canoe race

Ribbon’s will be given out at the race site

Membership handed out at the canoe races

Sindy Preger – fishing tournament

Food arrangement supervisor – Alex

Ed & Kyle – ticket sales

Sasha – Relief for ticket sales

Set up/Take down – 1:00 pm – Alan, Mel, Alex, Ed, Kyle, Sasha, Nik, Marko

Dump – Alex

Invasive Species

Ontario Federation of Angles and Hunters (OFAH) – Sample taken by Kyle and sent in

Spinney Water flea and Zebra Mussels

Completed for 2016

Water Sample and Clarity – New volunteer Ben Leeder

What is LL susceptible to and what will we do about it.

EDD Maps Ontario – Early Detection

App is available and then look at maps and assess how far we are

Aquatic animals/plants, forest animals/plants

Track this on the app

180 species tracked – we only have 16 that have been identified, but most have not been seen recently – good news for Limerick Lake

Only 4 that we really need to monitor

Zebra Mussels are the biggest challenge over all, but LL has alkalinity and is relatively cold so we have little chance of zebra mussels surviving

2 things will affect our like

– boats launched in the lake with live wells and putting bait into our lake

– LL is not the head lake, Steenburg drains into LL and they did find infantile zebra mussels in the lake – ultimately, if Steenburg has problems, we will have problems in LL.  We should have a better relationship with Steenburg and Mephisto/Dark

Action Steps: Continue to monitor invasive species, publish cottager’s guide, campaign with ADD Ontario app for people to submit & record, attend the Federation of Ontario Cottaers Associations (FOCA) AGM for learning opportunity, strike up a relationship with Joe O’Hagan from Mephisto (runs road association for Mephisto)

Strike up a relationship with Steenburgh Lake Association president – Pat Stalleart – Jan to follow up

Alex & Jan to work on a plan for fishing tournaments on the lake and live well dumping

Motion: Distribute paper copies to Limerick, Mephisto and St. Ola, “Cottager’s best practices for Invasive species flyers” and post on the website/blog

Motion Tabled by: Jan MacKillican

2nd: Kyle Kieper

Motion passed: All in Favour

Communication Update

Facebook – LWRA Facebook page is attached to Bob Mofford’s Facebook page and we don’t have access

Action: Kimberly & Mel to contact Pudge for memorializing Facebook page to get the LWRA Facebook page.  If we can’t we will create a new page

Septic Pump-Out Registry Proposal

Asking cottagers to register if they have a septic system – LWRA will keep track of the years they have pumped out and co-ordinate pump outs

Motion: LWRA establishes a septic system registry for all Limerick cottages to coordinate a cyclical pump out schedule specifically for water access

Motion Tabled by: Jan MacKillican

2nd: Alex Topitsch

Motion passed: All in Favour

Action: Jan to track all water access, Alex and Kimberly to monitor road access

Forestry By Law Committee set up by Hastings County

For townships with no clear by-laws governing forestry – like Limerick

First meeting in 2 weeks

LWRA has a representative on the committee – Jan MacKillican

Establish a by-Law for the county of Hastings for forestry activities close to bodies of water

Barragan Minor Variance Update – Approved

Environmental Assessment by a 3rd party

No septic

Trees next to neighbour

Crow Valley Conservation Authorities – designated wet land boundaries on his property and distances required for building

New Topics for next meeting:

Welcome package for new cottagers

Motion to adjourn – Kyle Kieper

2nd Alan Coxwell

Motion Passed: All in favour