FOCA Elert

November 27, 2013 2:31 PM | Anonymous

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Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

FOCA Elert November 2013
In This Issue
FOCA Fall Meeting
ONCA update
Spring Flood Reports released
Planning Act & OMB Changes
Asian Carp
FOCA on the Road - recent events
FOCA - recent media mentions
Community News: Online!
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Event Recap: FOCA Fall Meeting 

FOCA hosted freshwater expert Bob Sandford at the FOCA Fall Meeting on November 2, 2013.

Read the event summary, prepared by FOCA Board Member Anne McCauley. Click below for brief video highlights from the event:
FOCA members: contact the office to receive summary notes from the Executive Director's advocacy update:    705-749-3622
Bob Sandford stirred up attendees with his presentation about recent extreme water events. With Bob's permission, FOCA is compiling a summary to be shared with members. Stay tuned for details!
For more on the subject: Read FOCA's recent interview with Bob Sandford in Water Canada Magazine. Click to link-->

Sincere thanks to our generous event sponsors: Yamaha Motors Canada and Insurance Bureau of Canada.
ONCA: Is Your Non-Profit Group Ready?
Nick Pasquino of BLG spoke on the subject of ONCA at the FOCA AGM in March 2013
The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is due to be proclaimed by the Legislature in early 2014. The coming changes will impact all associations incorporated in Ontario.

On behalf of our members, FOCA is working with our legal partners at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) to develop an ONCA Toolkit, which will be made available to interested member associations after the Act is proclaimed.

Get info about the Toolkit on FOCA's ONCA webpage...

* Members: act now to access a reduced rate on the ONCA Toolkit!
(Not yet incorporated, but looking at taking this step? We have an option for your association as well. Follow the link above to the ONCA webpage for more information.) 
Spring 2013 Flood Reports released 
Two independent cottage country flood reports have now been released: 

1) Gull River Flooding Report - a third-party review (by AECOM) of Parks Canada's actions before, during and after spring flooding of the Gull River sub-watershed, including the Township of Minden Hills and the Haliburton lakes.

The report indicates that, "other alternative management decisions would not have led to reduced overall flooding." Find links to the report and other news, on FOCA's Ontario Waterways webpage 


2) Muskoka Flooding Report - Read a summary of the report commissioned by Muskoka Lakes Association (from Baird & Associates) and MLA's responses, by clicking here


NEW - Planning Act, OMB Changes

Ontario is reviewing its land use planning and appeals system and its development charges system, to ensure they are working well and are responsive to the changing needs of our communities.

FOCA will be submitting input on behalf of our waterfront community.

Get links to both reviews on the FOCA Land Use Planning webpage... and provide your comments by January 10, 2014.
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