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:

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:

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 .

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:
FOCA's Gold-level Sponsors

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CottageLINK Rental Management
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:
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!  
Apply for this Award

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 Silver-level Sponsors


Cottage Life


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: 
Upcoming Events 

H 2 0 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.

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
FOCA's Bronze-level Sponsors

Nature Clean New Logo 2013

Dock in a Box

Canadian Canoe Museum
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:

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:

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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