PARCS UPDATE #148 - May 22, 2021
MAKING OUR NEWLETTERS AVAILABLE

Background:
The first PARCS UPDATE went out in 2009.
During the next 11 years (until December of of 2019), 110 UPDATES went out to cottage communities. Those newsletters were sent as regular word documents attached to regular emails sent to Councils or OH Boards. In turn, the newsletters were available to everyone by going to the NEWSLETTER section of the PARCS website.

Advantages of using Constant Contact:
In 2020, PARCS switched away from regular emails because we were advised that group emails with email addresses visible could legally can be charged as SPAM.
The advantages of having an email carrier includes the privacy of the member emails, plus the fact that recipients can both remove or add their own names from the recipient list.

Problem caused by Constant Contact:
While our new newsletters are more legal, they have posed a new issue: THESE CONSTANT CONTACT NEWSLETTERS COULD NO LONGER BE ATTACHED ONTO THE NEWSLETTER LIST ON THE PARCS WEBSITE!
Throughout 2020, we received a number of complaints from cottage community residents - especially from those folks whose Council or OH Board DID NOT FORWARD our newsletters to their community members.

Are newsletters being forwarded to residents?
On May 12, we sent out a newsletter seeking to find out whether newsletters were reaching residents. Although 126 newsletters were opened, only 22 persons completed the survey in which:
14 - always forwarded to residents
5 - sometimes forwarded to residents
2 - never forwarded to residents
1 - quoted parts in their council letters
The conclusion from the survey was that our PARCS newsletters were not consistently getting out to residents.

Could we return to using our website?
Lynne consulted with a computer expert about whether we could find a way to reference the constant contact newsletters on our website. After some study, he was able to teach her a way to venture into the working guts of each published newsletter and extract a link to that newsletter!!

The problem has now been solved!
Please go the the PARCS website and click onto the NEWSLETTERS section. For every newsletter whose title is red, all the reader has to do is click on the red title and the Constant Contact newsletter pops up!
Most of the 2021 and some of the 2020 editions are now available to our residents.

The next issue is WHETHER RV COUNCILS or OH BOARDS WILL INFORM THEIR RESIDENTS THAT PARCS NEWSLETTERS ARE ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE!

LYNNE will be writing a letter from PARCS for forwarding to residents of Cottage Communities, telling them about our website. THIS BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PARCS to be introduced to cottage owners.
Two events unfolding simultaneously for PARCS
HOSTING WEBINARS ABOUT LAKES

Background:
Prior to Wednesday, May 19, 83 people went in advance to the WHAT'S NEW SECTION on the PARCS website and clicked on the session with Pamela Martin. They received an email confirming their registration and containing a link to click on Wed (7:00 pm).

Attendees Feedback:
45 people attended the webinar and 20 completed the following evaluation
1. Overall how satisfied were you with this webinar?
Very Satisfied (14 out of 20 = 70%)
Satisfied (5 out of 20 = 25%)
Dissatisfied (1 out of 20 = 5%) they had connection issues
2. How informative did you find our webinar?
Very informative (17 out of 20 = 85%)
Moderately informative (2 of 20 = 10%)
Not very informative (1 out of 20 = 5%)
3. How was the subject matter?
Too simple (2 out of 20 = 10%)
Just right (18 out of 20 = 90%)
A little too involved/complex (0)
4. How did you hear about the webinar?
Email (14 out of 20 = 70%)
Facebook (2 out of 20 = 10%)
Poster (0)
Other (4 out of 20 = 20%) didn’t specify.
5. Are you a member of a resort community?
Yes (19 out of 20 = 95%)
No (1 out of 20 = 5%)
6. Are you concerned about nutrient loading affecting the water quality in Saskatchewan?
Yes (19 out of 19 = 100%)
7. Are you concerned that Saskatchewan does not have a wetland conservation policy?
Yes (19 out of 19 = 100%)
8. Are there any topics you'd like to see covered in future webinars?
Environment vs Development in Sask.
9. Do you have any other feedback?
**Wonderful to have a thoughtful knowledgeable presentation providing information about the "rights of nature" how to work to have those rights become accountable by those who breach that. right. 
**We need to rethink 'natural resources' on the basis of 'inherent' rights rather than private ownership of all.
**I made multiple attempts to type a question to no avail. I know you are trying to work kinks out of hosting.
**That was excellent! I love the idea of Earth Law. Growing up on a mixed farm nature moulded my everyday, and I could see how farming practices affected nature, polluting it in some cases and preserving it in others. I value every time I can walk out on what little native prairie we have and feel very protective of it.  I am now learning there are more ways to protect it. Thank you!

The next issue is WHETHER DELEGATES WILL GO THE WHAT'S NEW SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE AND REGISTER FOR THE 2nd WEBINAR NEXT WEDNESDAY (May. 26).

PETER LEAVITT will talk about the reasons for the decline in the quality of our lake water. THIS SESSION IS YOUR CHANCE TO ASK A GENUINE EXPERT TO EXPLAIN WHY OUR LAKES AREN'T AS CLEAR AS THEY ONCE WERE. Where is it appropriate to point the finger of blame?
TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE CLICK ON THE PARCS LOGO AT THE TOP OF THIS NEWSLETTER.