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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CottageLINK Rental Management
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: 

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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Cottage Life


Upcoming Events 

H 2 0 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.

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: 
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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

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.)

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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