Slater family mourning loss of Vern Elstone

Vern Elstone passed away at Peterborough Regional Health Center on February 5, 2020. Vern, a resident of Lakefield, was  in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Elstone (nee Orr).
Loving father of Jill Watson (Chris), Janet Slater (James), and Mark Elstone.
Dear grandfather of Liam Watson, Gordon Slater, Gregory Slater, Jacob Elstone and Ethan Elstone.
Vern is survived by his brothers Jim Elstone (Bernice), John Elstone (Mary) and his sister Mary Gardner (Don), Brother -in- law James Orr (Brenda) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents George and Pearl Elstone, sister Margaret Dayholos (Ed), brother Richard Elstone (Rhonda), brothers-in-law Peter Orr, Paul Orr and sister-in-law Mary Orr.
A memorial service will be held at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL, 66 Queen St. Lakefield, on Saturday February 15, 2020 at 1:00PM. Visitation will commence at 12:00 pm. A reception will follow the service in the Heritage Room of the funeral home.
Inurnment, at Lakefield Cemetery, following the reception. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or St Luke’s Anglican Church, by visiting http://www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355.

FOCA : Electricity pricing etc.

FOCA Elert – December 2019
Advocacy & Policy Updates
Electricity Pricing

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is still considering their approach to the Seasonal Class of electricity customers, and is receiving written input until December 19, 2019. As an intervenor, FOCA is arguing against the elimination of the Seasonal Class, because the September 2015 OEB decision to move to an all-fixed delivery rate already accomplishes the stated goal of having low volume seasonal customers pay a fair share of costs. Visit FOCA’s webpage for background:

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Lake Partner Program

As mentioned by FOCA’s Executive Director at the Fall Seminar, FOCA continues to work with the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to build on the tremendous success of the Lake Partner Program of long-term monitoring, with the aim to continue the program in 2020 and beyond. Our goal is to continue to engage our hundreds of volunteers, and build our collective knowledge about the province’s fabulous aquatic resources. Learn more, here: https://foca.on.ca/lake-partner-program

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FOCA weighs in on Bill 132
On December 5, 2019 the provincial government’s Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 (Bill 132) entered debate after third and final reading in the legislature. Amongst many other things, the Act proposes to amend the Public Lands Act, allowing docks or single-storey boathouses located on Crown land without the need for a permit or annual rent. Read FOCA’s comments on the proposed bill, here:
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Flood Planning / Management in Ontario
image: MNRF 2014

As reported in our last Elert, in early November the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) announced that the final report from their Special Flood Advisor was complete. The report has now been made available and includes 66 recommendations for the Province, MNRF, Conservation Authorities, and other bodies on issues ranging from updated floodplain mapping to stakeholder communication protocols. FOCA has posted links to the 157-page report, and a 3-page executive summary, here:

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Ontario Budget Cuts: A Cottage Country Perspective
Our colleagues at Cottage Life Media posted an online article in late November, titled “How are Ontario’s budget cuts affecting your cottage?,” that summarizes some of the implications of funding changes. Click to link to the online article.
 
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Event Summary: 2019 FOCA Fall Seminar
Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and by webinar for the FOCA Fall Seminar on Saturday, November 16th.
We had a full house at the Boulevard Club in Toronto with lively discussions on a variety of cottage country hot topics including short term rental, rural road issues, water quality and quantity, and septic re-inspection programs.

FOCA members can download the Event Summary, including links to the slide presentations of the day, here:

Don’t have your member web login? Send us an email identifying your affiliation with FOCA, and we’ll reply during business hours with your login.
Regional Notices & Upcoming Events
Haliburton Plant Resource

A new shoreline plant search tool is available on the website of the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Associations, a regional organization and FOCA Supporting Group. The plant tool has been in development since 2017. Choose the plant type, soil, water conditions, location and other criteria to receive a list of expert recommendations with a picture of the native plant and its information. This is a great planning resource for the winter months! Visit: https://www.cohpoa.org/shoreline-health/shoreline-plant-search/.

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Muskoka Wood Ash Recycling Opinions Survey
As part of the Ontario Trillium foundation wood ash program being undertaken by the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed (FMW), Muskoka residents who heat with wood and are over the age of 18 are invited to participate in an online survey to assess your thoughts and experiences about wood ash recycling, and your sense of connection to Muskoka in general.
The survey is being conducted by the University of Victoria and FMW informs us that survey participants may enter a draw to win one prize of $100 or one of two prizes of maple syrup (1L). Click here to link to the online survey.
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New Fireworks Bylaw

FOCA thanks our members at the Big Bald Lake Cottagers’ Association (BBLCA) for bringing to our attention that the Municipality of Trent Lakes is the latest cottage-country municipality to approve an Open-Air Burn & Fireworks By-law effective October 15, 2019. Fireworks are now restricted to a handful of specific days and times. Get a link to this, and other municipal fireworks by-laws, here:

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Recent Events & Projects
CELA/FOCA webinar on Septic Re-inspections

One quarter of Ontario’s 1.2 million onsite wastewater systems are located directly adjacent to the lakes and rivers of the Great Lakes Basin. A late November webinar, hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), provides an overview of the project recently completed by FOCA and partners to explore successes, challenges and lessons learned from existing municipal septic re-inspection programs across Ontario, including a review of the legal context for managing rural wastewater. Learn more and find a link to watch the webinar, here: https://foca.on.ca/septic-systems/

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Septic Re-inspections: Municipal Responses

FOCA has now been informed of several more municipal partners who have read our report on Septic Re-inspection Programs in Ontario, and are considering (or proceeding to implement) local programs, including the City of Temiskaming Shores, the Township of Douro-Dummer, and the County of Hastings Highlands.

We encourage all our members and municipal partners to review this report, and to engage in local discussions to determine the best route forward in your own region. Download a free copy of the Report and infographic, here:
Waterfront Living
Boating Ontario AGM

In late November 2019, FOCA attended the Boating Ontario Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls to learn about industry trends, challenges and opportunities. One of the featured speakers (pictured in the image at the side) was Pierre Béland, Canadian Chair & Commissioner of the International Joint Commission(IJC), who presented on flooding and the Great Lakes.

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Boating Notes
Recent Canadian drowning statistics show a modest downward trend, but the data still points to a few key boating safety thoughts, to keep our families and ourselves safe on the water. Learn more here:
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Though the lakes may be starting to freeze up across Ontario, FOCA keeps an eye on all things boating through the year. Next on the calendar: the meeting of Ontario’s Recreational Boating Advisory Council(RBAC), taking place during January’s Toronto International Boat Show. FOCA participates on RBAC which provides Transport Canada with advice on all matters related to the safety of recreational boaters, the safe operation of recreational boats, the safe and environmentally friendly use of recreational waterways, and other issues of related interest.
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E-news Delivery Update
From late October through mid November, FOCA heard from several of our colleagues and Elert subscribers that they had received e-notices from FOCA that were not intended for them. We recognize that your time is valuable, and FOCA works hard to limit and target the amount of messages we send to you. We uncovered that a tech problem occurred at the email software end, and have received the following explanation from Constant Contact, the company FOCA uses for our Elerts and e-messaging:
“This organization uses Constant Contact, a company that provides email and other marketing services, to send bulk email. The sender’s account has experienced an issue that occasionally causes emails to go to more contacts that were initially targeted. Constant Contact is researching the issue to look into the root cause and prevent it from occurring in the future. We apologize for any unexpected emails, and the impact that this has had on this organization as well as their contacts. We strive to help our customers succeed and send the right message at the right time, and will work with this sender to address the issue.”
 
FOCA hopes you will continue to elect to receive our messages! We have lots of cottage country information to share with you throughout the year. You can update your consent to receive FOCA e-news, here:
FOCA Member Benefits

In addition to FOCA’s ongoing work on behalf of waterfront Ontario, our members gain access to several specific benefits, offers and discounts from our partners and corporate sponsors. Review all the benefits, here:

Member Associations: Do all your members know about their FOCA benefits? Login to the FOCA website to download a copy of the benefits sheet that includes the access codes for all current offers, or contact the FOCA office for a digital copy that you can circulate in your next Newsletter or e-news.

What others are saying…
FOCA always appreciates your feedback. Here’s what one member wrote after we sent our November Elert:
“Just wanted to let you know that your news letters are always very informing and really helps me keep our group up to date. Well done.” 
~G.S. of Ivanhoe Lake Cottagers’ Association
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Condolences to the Weller Family

A long standing family member on Limerick Lake, Adele Weller, passed away in Irondequoit on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
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Pre-deceased by her husband Bruce and son Glenn. Adele is survived by her children; Gordon (Bonnie) Weller, Debi (Rick) Wahl, daughters-in-law; Candi Weller and Linda Williams, grandchildren; Adam, Karen, Kristin, Lisa, Patrick and J.C., 5 great grandchildren, sister Barbara (Walt) Greenfield, brother-in-law, Donald Weller, also several nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Condolences to the Sheppard Family

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

FOCA Cottage closing time

FOCA Elert – October 2019
Advocacy & Policy Updates
Electricity Pricing Update

FOCA has been informed that Hydro One has submitted a “Motion of Change” to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), recommending against the elimination the Seasonal Class of customer, as expected. The issue is not yet resolved, but FOCA continues to post all details, here:  https://foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/

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Provincial Policy Statement Update
The Province is making changes to their land use planning priorities. On behalf of Ontario’s waterfront property owners, FOCA will be weighing-in on the proposed reforms to the Provincial Policy Statement, to emphasize the need for clarity and priority for natural heritage and our water resources. Learn more (and consider commenting by October 21) here: https://foca.on.ca/land-use-planning-overview/
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100 Debates
image: Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner

FOCA’s Executive Director Terry Rees moderated a standing-room-only federal candidates’ debate in Peterborough, as part of the “100 Debates for the Environment” national campaign. Find out where YOUR candidates stand on the issues that matter to you, by consulting links and resources available on the FOCA Federal Election webpage.

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Federal Election
Canadians will vote for our federal government on Monday, October 21st.
In a federal election, even if you own property in more than one place, you may vote only once. FOCA recently asked Elections Canada to clarify if such property owners can select to vote in their cottage riding. See the response, and get links to the major registered parties, here:
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FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations
Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 9:00am to 3:00pm, Boulevard Club, Toronto.
Seats are filling up fast for the Fall Seminar; reserve your spot as soon as possible. Register now!
“I believe that the FOCA meetings are a do-not-miss for as many associations as can reasonably get to them.”  ~attendee at the last event
Get environmental and policy updates on cottage country hot topics and emerging issues including: short-term rentals, electricity pricing, septic re-inspection programs, results of the FOCA road survey, water quality monitoring and lake stressors. Member associations: send a representative from your lake association to this gathering of peers, subject experts, the FOCA staff and Board of Directors. Find out more about the event: https://foca.on.ca/fall-seminar-2019/
FOCA Programs
Lake Partner Program – How you can help
Lake Partner Program
We need your input in a short FOCA survey that will explain how you value and use the Lake Partner Program long-term water quality data. Please take a moment to add your voice! Take the survey:
Know someone else who loves this program? Please share the survey link with them!
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FOCA Achievement Award
Nominate your association for the next FOCA Achievement Award. Large or small associations can apply, and accomplishments should be current, but can include long-standing efforts.
We love hearing your success stories!
 
Apply by November 30th. Details and the nomination form are available, here:
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Asian Carps Awareness
FOCA’s very own Executive Director is one of the partners featured in this video, created by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, on the subject of Asian carps and what is being done to prevent their establishment in the Great Lakes:
Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carps
Members along the Great Lakes: please share this with everyone at your waterbody! Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/2oCiwbrlAuc
Upcoming Events
H20 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Toronto. FOCA’s Terry Rees will be one of the speakers at this event, covering topics from water levels, septic systems, electricity rates and climate impacts on water. Co-hosted by Georgian Bay Forever and the Georgian Bay Association. Click here for details and to register.
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2019 Lake Links

Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Perth. FOCA will once again be pleased to support and present at this annual stewardship event. The theme is “Enhancing, Restoring and Exploring: Applications for Citizen Science on your Lake.” Register here.

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Fall Safety

Carbon Monoxide Safety

As the weather cools, we turn once again to our home heating systems. Remember: if you have a gas, propane, oil or wood-burning heating system or appliance, you need Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors! You cannot see, smell or taste CO. Keep your family safe:
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Cold Water Safety

Planning a boat ride over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend? Be prepared for the danger of cold water immersion by reviewing these important tips from our partners at the Canadian Safe Boating Council:
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Cottage Closing Tips

Cottages and summer homes are most vulnerable to thieves and subject to damage or vandalism in the off-season, from the week following Thanksgiving, to the weeks prior to Victoria Day. How you close-up for the season makes a difference. Get tips here:

While we’re thinking of it… please be cautious about announcing your extended absences (from home OR from the cottage) on social media! You may be “inviting” trouble.
Happy Thanksgiving

From all of our families, to all of yours, we wish you a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! The FOCA office will be closed until Tuesday morning, as we enjoy some family and cottage time.

Looking for a quiz to share about Thanksgiving? Try this one, from our friends at Cottage Life(Editor’s note: hmmm, I only got 4 out of 10.)
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FOCA Fall update

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FOCA Elert – September 2019
FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations
Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Toronto.
“Why attend this event? To get inspired, motivated, recharge your enthusiasm and focus!” 
~ an attendee at the last event
Receive environmental and policy updates on cottage country hot topics and emerging issues including: short-term rentals, electricity pricing, septic re-inspection programs, results of the FOCA road survey, water quality monitoring and lake stressors. Member associations: send a representative from your lake association to this gathering of peers, subject experts, the FOCA staff and Board of Directors. Find out more about the event:
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Advocacy & Policy Updates
Electricity Pricing

On September 17th, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an order related to the matter of Hydro One eliminating the Seasonal Class of customer. The issue is not yet resolved, but FOCA has the update for you, here:

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Federal Election

Canadians will vote for our federal government this October. In a federal election, even if you own property in more than one place, you may vote only once. FOCA recently asked Elections Canada to clarify if such property owners can select to vote in their cottage riding. See the response, and get links to the major registered parties, here:

Great Lakes, Great Problems
FOCA on The Agenda
image source: @theAgenda Twitter feed
FOCA’s Executive Director Terry Rees (at left in the image) participated in a panel discussion that aired on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin on September 16th. Terry, Nicola Crawhall, Gail Krantzberg, and Gord Miller discussed tough issues facing the Great Lakes watershed, the cause and impact of high water levels, and what needs to happen next. Watch the episode here:
FOCA Programs
Cottage Succession Seminar Series

Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Haliburton. Our final session of the season with estate lawyer Peter Lillico took place at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College, co-hosted by the Soyers Lake Ratepayers Association and the Lake Kashagawigamog Organization.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at one of our 2019 events!  Missed out, or just want to revisit the topic with family this fall? Consider a DVD purchase of one of Peter’s talks. Visit:

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Upcoming Events
H20 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Toronto. FOCA’s Terry Rees will be one of the speakers at this half day event, co-hosted by Georgian Bay Forever and the Georgian Bay Association. Click here for details and to register.
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2019 Lake Links

Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Perth. FOCA will once again be pleased to support and present at this annual stewardship event. The theme is “Enhancing, Restoring and Exploring: Applications for Citizen Science on your Lake.” Registration is now open at this link.

Apply for this Award
The most recent award was presented to the White Lake Cottagers Association in March 2019.
FOCA Achievement Award
Nominate your association for the next FOCA Achievement Award! Large or small associations can apply, and accomplishments should be current, but can include long-standing efforts. We love hearing your success stories.
 
Apply by November 30th. Details and the nomination form are available, here:
FOCA’s Bronze-level Sponsors
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OOWA
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Recent Events Attended
Chesley Lake Association Meeting
August 31, 2019 – South Bruce Peninsula. FOCA participated in a meeting of our member group, the Chesley Lake Cottage Association, a kettle lake near Lake Huron. See a 3-minute video update FOCA made on that trip, which also includes your invite to the FOCA Fall Seminar:
FOCA visits Chesley Lake and the Bruce Peninsula 2019
FOCA visits the Bruce Peninsula 2019
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Biodiversity Meeting
September 17, 2019 – Toronto. FOCA participated in the meeting of environmental partners at the Ontario Biodiversity Council meeting. (Pictured: 15 year old Nathan Feltmate presenting his summary of @IPBES and other recent biodiversity reporting.)
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Safe Boating Meeting

September 19, 2019 – Mississauga. FOCA met with boating partners and industry representatives at the annual symposium of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC). See fall boating resources on their “Stretching the Season” webpage. (Pictured: John Gullick, Past Chair of CSBC speaks at the symposium.)

Asian Carps Awareness
Preventing Asian carps and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes is the best way to protect native fish populations. Be part of the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species, and find out more, here:
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65,000 acres in new hands

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.

Best Regards,

Mike Douglas-Hecker

Tel: 647-290-1326

Bancroft General Location Map

FOCA August 2019 update

FOCA Elert – late August 2019
Advocacy & Policy Updates
Electricity Pricing

We are still awaiting the Ontario Energy Board‘s decision about the elimination of the seasonal rate class. In the meantime, the media has been calling almost daily for quotes from FOCA, and Hydro One has established a Customer Service line to answer your questions. Get important links and updates here:

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Boating Safety
Boating Traffic

News of recent tragedies on Ontario lakes is a stark reminder that we all need to be vigilant on the water, for everyone’s sake. Nighttime boating has specific risks and requires extra caution, notably: reduced speeds and the use of running lights. For more safety information, visit:

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Federal Election

Canadians will vote for our federal government this October. In a federal election, even if you own property in more than one place, you may vote only once. FOCA recently asked Elections Canada to clarify if such property owners can select to vote in their cottage riding. See their response, and get links to the major registered parties, here:

FOCA’s Gold-level Sponsors

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CottageLINK Rental Management
Asian Carps Awareness

Do you know a teacher looking for invasive species resources, or have a young, aspiring angler in the family? Click the image to download a colouring sheet (PDF, 1 page) from FOCA about Asian carps, that you can share, so kids can learn more about invasive fishes.

Association Tip: this would make a good addition to the “Kids’ Corner” of your next newsletter or e-news!
Help FOCA to spread the word across the Great Lakes watershed about the risk of invasive Asian carps. Find more information, here:
FOCA Programs
Lake Partner Program – Photo Contest
Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of water sampling with young helpers this summer!
The winner of the boating safety prize is:
Marilyn K. of Big Basswood Lake
(municipality of Huron Shores)
Here are her twin three-year-old grandsons, helping with water clarity measurements earlier this month. “They both were quite interested in the proceedings,” she reported.
Now that’s what we call starting Lake Stewards early!
Find out more about the importance of the ongoing citizen science of the Lake Partner Program, here: https://foca.on.ca/lake-partner-program-overview/
Upcoming Events
FOCA’s Cottage Succession Seminar Series

Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Haliburton. Our final session of the season with estate lawyer Peter Lillico takes place at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College, co-hosted by the Soyers Lake Ratepayers Association and the Lake Kashagawigamog Organization. For event time, and how to save your spot, visit:

Can’t attend in person, or want to review the seminar material with your family members in the off-season? Consider a DVD purchase of one of Peter’s talks. Info about the DVDs is also available at the link above.

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2019 Lake Links

Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Perth. FOCA will once again be pleased to support and attend this annual stewardship event. The theme is “Enhancing, Restoring and Exploring: Applications for Citizen Science on your Lake.” Click here to download the event poster (PDF, 1 page).

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FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Toronto. Mark your calendar and plan to send a representative from your lake association to this gathering of lake association peers, subject experts, and the FOCA staff and Board of Directors, to receive environmental and policy updates and to discuss cottage country hot topics and emerging issues.
FOCA’s Silver-level Sponsors
OPG
Cottage Life
HydroOne
AVIVA
Waterfront Living
Short-Term Rentals
After gathering public input on the topic of short-term rentals last year, this summer the City of Kawartha Lakes has dedicated a full webpage to the topic, including posters created to remind property owners and their visitors about by-law regulations and other important local information.
FOCA notes that some municipalities are implementing by-laws (and fines for those who do not comply) to encourage responsible rental. Others are regulating short-term rentals through zoning and licencing that includes safety inspections among other conditions. FOCA has posted lots of information for your review, here: https://foca.on.ca/responsible-cottage-rental/.
Recent Events Attended
Friends of Oak Lake Meeting
August 6, 2019 – Quinte. FOCA participated in a meeting of our member group, the Friends of Oak Lake, on the topic of water quality and water level issues in kettle lakes.
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FOCA Outreach
FOCA’s Outreach Assistant attended a meeting in Plevna on August 6th, organized by the Malcolm Ardoch Lakes Landowners’ Association, with university and municipal partners to discuss a Eurasian Water Milfoil pilot project. Download an overview by clicking here (PDF, 2 pages)
She also attended the Barrie Farmers Market on August 17th. Thanks again, and very good wishes to Olivia Huber, who has left to continue her education this fall.
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Environment Council Meeting
August 9, 2019 – Stoney Lake. FOCA’s Executive Director was a feature speaker about water quality monitoring at this gathering of the Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes.
The meeting also addressed the identification of Starry Stonewort in Kawarthas area waterbodies. Find out more about this invader in a presentation from the event. (download PDF, 16 pages)
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Birchcliff Property Owners Meeting

August 10, 2019 – FOCA participated in our member‘s Annual General Meeting, where road safety and building a strong membership were key topics.
All our members are welcomed to use association tools and tips found here:
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Severn Sound Environmental Meeting

August 23, 2019 – Port Severn. FOCA participated in an Open House about “Resilient & Thriving Great Lakes Watersheds” with partners in water quality monitoring, invasive species, source water protection and more. Find out more about SSEA, here:  https://www.severnsound.ca/about

FOCA’s Bronze-level Sponsors
OOWA
Dock in a Box
EORN
Nature Clean New Logo 2013
Sunspace
Canadian Canoe Museum
Regional Notices
3rd Binational Lake Association Event – Rainy Lake Area

Associations in Northwest Ontario area encouraged to attend this great event for lake association representatives from both sides of the border. Meet fellow lake stewards to discuss common interests and concerns, to learn about ecosystem management in the Lake of the Woods watershed, and about citizen lake monitoring. Click here to download event details (PDF, 1 page).
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Kawartha Lakes WATER Fund
Members in the City of Kawartha Lakes may still be able to apply for 2019 funding for projects that demonstrate an action from your lake’s management plan, and that have a positive impact on water quality. Click here to download (PDF, 3 pages) a notice from Kawartha Conservation or visit:
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Mississippi Watershed Plan:
call for Advisory Committee Members

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is developing a Watershed Plan, and is looking for representation from across the watershed to review, comment, and advise on issues facing the Mississippi River watershed. Applications are due September 6, 2019. Find more information here:  http://mvc.on.ca/watershedplan/

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Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group
image: MPP Jeff Yurek on Twitter

In early August, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced the appointment of an advisory group that Minister Yurek described as: “a valuable resource for people and municipalities in the region that depend on effective watershed management as more development and flooding events occur.” Follow this issue, here:

Stewardship Publication
The Lake Protection Workbook

Over the past year, the Lake Links Planning Committee developed a resource workbook for waterfront property owners. This is a self-assessment tool that acts as an excellent educational resource, helping property owners living along a shoreline to understand how their actions can affect the lake, and providing helping tips on improving natural environment at the shoreline. Our partners have invited everyone to download a free PDF copy of the 44-page Workbook from this webpage: https://watersheds.ca/our-work/resources/publications/. Paper copies are also available for $1.50 each from Watersheds Canada.

Associations:
Help FOCA to spread the word to your members…

Got an Association meeting coming up? Please include a quick update from FOCA for your members. Share information from the 2018 Year in Review, or 20/20 Vision: Strategic Framework.

Have a 5 or 10 minute spot on your meeting agenda? Show one of FOCA’s videos! Stream them on YouTube if you’ve got internet access, or contact us for tips on downloading to a laptop:

Need an article for your Newsletter? Consider reproducing an article from FOCA’s last Lake Stewards Newsletter on lyme disease, cyber safety, or other topics. Or visit the FOCA website to search for other articles, by topic: https://foca.on.ca/resources/

Got some extra space in your Newsletter?Please include this little FOCA ad (click the image at the side to download a PDF – reproduce at 4″ width, maximum) to remind your members about our work and all the benefits they receive, as FOCA members!

Contact the office for assistance with any of these materials or file formats.
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