November 21, 2013: FOCA's Terry Rees moderated a panel session titled, "Stewardship in Action - Bridges to the Waterfront Community," at the 20th annual A.D.
Latornell Conservation Symposium which was dedicated to the theme: "Resilience - The ability to adapt to change." Panel speakers included Emma Horrigan of U-links, Haliburton County Community Co-operative, Brett Tregunno of Kawartha Conservation, and Karen Hunt of the Lake Networking Group of Eastern Ontario.
November 2, 2013: FOCA Fall Meeting: "Water Woes: Higher Highs & Lower Lows," Toronto.
FOCA's Terry Rees gave an update on current and emerging files including advocacy efforts and the upcoming municipal elections in 2014.
Bob Sandford, freshwater expert, spoke about climate change and what waterfront property owners need to know about extreme weather changes and preparedness.
November 1-3, 2013: Fall Cottage Life Show - FOCA at this annual event at the International Centre, Toronto
October 19, 2013: Lake Links Workshop,
Perth - This year's workshop, titled "From Political to Practical,"
focused on strategies for community engagement. FOCA's Terry Rees was a featured speaker. (image at right)
August 17th - FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar in Port Severn
August 10th - FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar in Eganville
July 20th - FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar in Magnetawan
July 6th - FOCA spoke at the Shadow Lakes Association Annual General Meeting in the Kawartha.
June 22, 2013 - FOCA was at the Small Craft Rendezvous at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. The event was part of Canada's National Paddling Week celebrations (June 15-23). Remember: all FOCA members can redeem a 1-year free Individual Membership to the Canoe Museum! Click here for details...
June 8th, 2013 - FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar event in Coboconk (Kawartha Lakes) with estate lawyer Peter Lillico
May 25, 2013 Terry Rees of FOCA spoke at the "Lessons Learned" workshop, "Working Towards Effective Lake Stewardship," Waterloo Summit Centre, Huntsville. Thank you to Brian Hull of the Mill Lake Guardians Association for this photo, taken at the workshop! L-R: Brian Hull, Director of MLGA, Kelly Bancroft of the State University of New York; presenter Natalya Melnychuk, U.Waterloo, exhibitor Kimberley Schiefer of Bluewater Biosciences, and presenter Terry Rees of FOCA.
May 7, 2013 - Terry Rees of FOCA attended the LOWDPOA AGM and connected with partners from the NW Ontario region. Click to watch his video blog and high water update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWgsdhCWUBw&feature=share&list=UUFdTmf-L3E6vHmDY4r1Xr-Q
Spring/Summer 2013: "Clear the Cottage Clutter for cash," by partnering with Ontario Electronic Stewardship and hosting an electronic waste collection event. Read the notice...
April 27, 2013 Muskoka Stewardship Conference at Nipissing University, Bracebridge.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Andrew Paterson, Ministry of the Environment. Topics include: Algae ID and monitoring, NatureWatch, Adopt-A-Pond, Landscaping for Wildlife, Loon Survey, Water quality data and more. Get the details...
April 12-13, 2013 - Over 40 groups from around the Great Lakes basin attended the Great Lakes "Spring Refresh" meeting held on Kempenfelt Bay (Lake Simcoe). FOCA participated, and was part of the Steering Committee that organized the event. Learn more...
April 5-7, 2013 FOCA participated in the 20th Cottage Life Spring Show, Toronto
FOCA Annual General Meeting 2013
The FOCA Annual General Meeting and Spring Seminar was held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 in Toronto. Member associations may contact the office for a summary and links to the slide presentations.
Jan.2013 - FOCA's Terry Rees participated in the kick-off to Snowmobile Safety Week (Jan.13-19) in Orillia, joining the OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs to warn about Ice Safety.
Nov.22, 2012 - Cottage Succession Seminar- The venue for the final edition of the 2012 FOCA Series, "Keeping the 'Family' in the Family Cottage," was a fireside chat at the RBC offices of financial planner Steve Lester. Attendees got tips from Lester and lawyer Peter Lillico about the importance of planning NOW. Get more information from the Cottage Succession page of the FOCA website.
Nov.8, 2012, Toronto - Terry Rees of FOCA joined a capacity crowd of key players from the U.S. and Canada to discuss Asian carp control strategies, the extent of the issue, and what individuals can do to stop the introduction of Asian carp to the Great Lakes, and beyond. Click here to read the press release.
Nov. 7, 2012 - ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY: FOCA, along with a dozen other environmental groups, met with Ontario's Environmental Commissioner and his staff to discuss ongoing & emerging challenges to the Ontario environment. Learn more about some of these challenges on the FOCA Hot Topics pages, and more about what the ECO is up to at: www.eco.on.ca
FOCA's Fall members' meeting took place during the Fall Cottage Life show in Toronto on October 26, 2012.
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Oct.26-28, 2012: Cottage Life Fall Show, Toronto
FOCA attended the Cottage Life Fall Show. Thanks to all the members who stopped by with questions, or just to say, hello!
Sept.22-23, 2012: FOCA's Executive Director, Terry Rees, took part in the Living Waters Rally in Ottawa.
Sept.22, 2012: FOCA's Communications Coordinator, Michelle Lewin, attended a special members' behind-the-scenes tour of the Canadian Canoe Museum. Remember: all FOCA members can take advantage of a free 1-year membership to the Canoe Museum! Click here for details...
SAFE AT THE COTTAGE - Fire & CO Safety contest
Contest CLOSED, August 31, 2012.
Sept.21, 2012: Congratulations to the winners in the "Safe at the Cottage" contest! Grand Prize Winner: Kristen Ellis, Thunder Bay
This contest was brought to you by FOCA, Kidde Canada, the FireSmart program of the MNR, the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Find out more on the Safe at the Cottage Facebook page.
Aug.2012: see FOCA's late summer video update.
MAKE YOUR LAKE GREAT - Lake Association physical improvements contest
Contest CLOSED, July 15, 2012
Winner: Kahshe Lake Ratepayers Association
The winning lake association was selected in a random draw; funds will be allocated via the Lake Association to boating safety projects. The "Make Your Lake Great" contest is presented by Cottage Life, FOCA & BOATsmart! Canada, who graciously supplied the $5,000 prize money.
Terry unfortunately had to cancel his appearance at the May 28th event in Tiny Township, because he was called to Ottawa to speak before the Budget SubCommittee about proposed changes to Bill C-38 that have serious implications for several environmental acts.
Monday, May 28th, Terry Rees was invited to speak at the Great Lakes Need Great Friends event in Tiny Township, one of 8 Canadian stops on the tour organized by the Council of Canadians, with author and renowned water ambassador, Maude Barlow, and her guests addressing the importance of the freshwater resources found within the Great Lakes Basin.
FOCA's Executive Director was in Winnipeg for the May 2012 Living Lakes Canada Gathering.
Pictured here: Udo Gattenlohner - Executive Director of Global Nature Fund/Living Lakes International (Germany), Heather Leschied of Living Lakes Canada, Terry Rees - E.D. of FOCA.
"Safe at the Cottage" contest in 2012 "Peace of Mind for Your Piece of Heaven" campaign
May 2012: FOCA's Communications Coordinator Michelle Lewin was at the Huntsville waterfront on the Victoria Day long weekend for the launch of the fire and CO safety program.
Thanks to our partners at the MNR's FireSmart program, the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council, Kidde Canada, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and our contest prize sponsors for making this such an exciting contest! Get details about how to enter the contest in the left-hand margin of the FOCA News & Events webpage.
Cottage Life Spring Show- FOCA was there, were you?
From March 30 - April 1, 2012, we celebrated 50 years of FOCA at the Cottage Life Spring show. It was a very busy weekend, with lots of great Main Stage speakers as well as light-hearted fun (including our exhibition Postcards from the Edge of Cottage Country - a light-hearted look back at the heritage of cottage living, in photos, postcards and other cottage memorabilia from the Canadian Canoe Museum, the Peterborough Museum and Archives, FOCA materials as well as artwork loaned by artist Charles Pachter and the Appleton Collection. Click here for pictures...
FOCA Annual General Meeting (March 3rd, 2012), Delta Toronto East Hotel
with Special Guest Speaker: Penny Caldwell, Editor of Cottage Life Magazine
We had a full house at our AGM! Thank you to everyone who expressed
interest in this event. Read a brief summary of the events here...
FOCA members can enquire for a full written summary of the day's events, including links to the slide presentations. Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry was featured in a CHEX TV news article about his Water's Next honour and FOCA's involvement with the Lake Partner Program. Watch the video here:
Trent University lecture "For the Sake of Our Lakes - Algal Blooms and Their Effects on Nutrient-Poor Lakes: Opening Pandora's Box with a Biotic Key" by Dr. Kathryn Cottingham on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm in Gzowski College Room 114 on Symons Campus of Trent University. This is part of the David Schindler Endowed Scholarship speaking series. FOCA's Terry Rees was a feature speaker at the inaugural Schindler event.
FOCA talked up a storm at this great show at the International Centre. Visitors picked up FOCA fact sheets, free materials from our partners and sponsors, and signed up for the FOCA Elert.
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, Board and staff who were in attendance.
FOCA Fall Seminar 2011 -
We hosted our annual Fall Seminar in Toronto on Saturday, November 5th, 2011. Thank you to our fantastic speakers: Dr. Norman Yan, and Leora Berman. Click here for the Event Summary, including pictures & links to the presentation slides...
FOCA participated in the Lake Links Workshop in Perth on Saturday, October 29th, 2011.
FOCA's 2011 Cottage Succession Seminar Series
Keeping the "Family" in the Family Cottage
The final session of 2011 was held on October 27th in Toronto.
Learn how to "Keep the 'Family' in the Family Cottage"
Contact the office for more details about this series.
Lakeland Conference - September 10, 2011
FOCA participated in this year's Lakeland Conference which addressed the topic: "The 'At Capacity' Designation and its Implications for Municipal Planning on Lake Trout Lakes."Click here to see more about the presentations given. FOCA is proud to be a founding partner of the Lakeland Alliance and annual conference.
FOCA attended the first (sure-to-become-annual) Muskoka Stewardship Conference in Gravenhurst on April 30th, 2011. Click here for links to the great presentations.
Prior to the May 2011 Federal election, FOCA co-hosted an "all candidates meeting on the environment" in Peterborough.
FOCA had a booth at The Cottage Show (April 8-10th, 2011) in Ottawa. The show celebrated its 10th anniversary. Congratulations!
FOCA had a booth at the Spring 2011 Cottage Life Show, March 25-27, in Toronto.
Terry Rees spoke on the Main Stage on Friday and Saturday at the Cottage Life show, introducing Hot Topics affecting cottagers in this year's Provincial election.
Terry Rees, FOCA's Executive Director, was featured TWICE IN ONE WEEK on Penny Caldwell's popular blog for Cottage Life Magazine.
First, Penny posted about Terry's scheduled talks at the Spring 2011 Cottage Life show (March 25-27th). Terry will speak about hot-button topics affecting cottagers in the lead-up to the provincial election this year. Then, Terry was in the blogosphere again, this time for the family pics he submitted to Penny of ice curling on Lake Kasshabog.
FOCA 2011 AGM and Seminar: "Lightning and Taxes and Bears, Oh My!" March 5 2011, at the York Reception Centre, Toronto. Click here for the AGM Event Summary and photos!Attendees got all the updates on election issues affecting cottagers, and how to minimize personal and financial risk at your waterfront property. Members can contact the FOCA office to access the online archive audio & slide recording of all the presentations!
*UPDATE: due to low demand, we were unable to offer the live Webinar option at this year's AGM. If you are interested in this possibility for future meetings, please let us know.
February 25th, 2011: FOCA was pleased to have been involved with a round-table held by the regional watershed research consortium formed by the District Municipality of Muskoka, in partnership with the Dorset Environmental Science Centre.
The hope is that this 3-year collaborative and scientific approach which will help to solve the Muskoka Watershed’s critical lake-management issues, and leave a legacy of knowledge and cooperation that will benefit watershed management for decades. Funding through the Canadian Water Network (CWN) for the consortium’s proposed work will be determined by mid-year 2011.
Trent-Severn Waterway - LEADERS' ROUND TABLE. FOCA participated on January 31, 2011 with over 140 delegates from key groups. Click here to read a News Release about this significant gathering.
FOCA was part of the Lake Networking Group meeting in January 2011.
FOCA participated in the Lakeland Alliance planning meeting in December, 2010.
FOCA attended the inauguration of the new Peterborough County Council, November, 2010.
Fall Cottage Life Show, November 26 - 28, 2010 at the International Centre in Toronto. Pictured below are Penny Caldwell (Editor of Cottage Life Magazine), with Terry Rees and Michelle Lewin of FOCA.
FOCA Fall Seminar and WRAFT AGM, November 6, 2010 (A summary is available for viewing. Contact the FOCA office for access to the online archive - full audio recording and slides from the event!)
10th Annual Lakeland Conference, Saturday, October 2nd, 2010.
FOCA Lakes & Forests Stewardship Workshop in Espanola, July 22.
Freshwater Summit in Bracebridge, June 1 & 2 (click for CBC Radio Ideas podcast: Speaking Truth to Power)
Caneast Shows' The Cottage Show, Ottawa, April 9 - 11, 2010.
May 27, 2010: FOCA is proud to support environmental education and sustainability at Camp Kawartha's new Environment Centre
Spring Cottage Life Show, March 26 - 28 2010, Toronto International Centre
FOCA AGM and Seminar: March 6 2010, York Reception Centre, Toronto
Cottage Life Fall Show, November 6 - 8 2009, Toronto International Centre
FOCA's 2009 Fall Seminar, October 24 2009, York Reception Centre, Toronto
WRAFT Annual General Meeting, October 24, 2009.
Lake Links, Perth, Ontario October 24, 2009. FOCA is proud to sponsor this important annual event!
Lakeland Conference - September 19, 2009 at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College.
MPAC Meeting January 28, 2009 - FOCA is pleased to have partnered with WRAFT and CAPTR to sponsor a meeting with representatives of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in January 2009. This event was organized to provide an opportunity for our members to get answers to their questions about the 2008 assessment.
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Nov.2013: see p.28 of the Winter edition of Cottage Life Magazine, "Rewriting the Rideau's future," about the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Report. Quotable: Terry Rees says, about cottage country, "We're trying to enjoy it but not enjoy it to death."
Also in the Winter edition of Cottage Life: read John Lorinc's article about the Algonquin Land Claim, "Into uncharted territory," (pp.39-42) including insight from FOCA on the topic we have been tracking here: www.foca.on.ca/Algonquin-Land-Claim.
Nov.7/13 - Frontenac News review of Terry Rees' talk about the "New Landscape in Ontario Lake Country," at the 2013 Lake Links event in Perth last month.
October 2013: FOCA interviews freshwater expert Bob Sandford, on the subject of climate change, prior to the FOCA Fall Meeting. Read FOCA's interview with Bob Sandford online at Water Canada...
October, 2013 - FOCA urges the federal government to sign the Canada-Ontario Agreement with respect to the Great Lakes. Read related Press Release Oct.10/13 from MP Brian Masse...
Fall 2013 -FOCA & member group Pike Lake Cottage Association are featured in an article about boat wake in the Fall issue of Boats & Places Magazine (see p.8)
August 22, 2013 -FOCA was asked to comment on the proposed development at the former Minaki Lodge site, North of Kenora. Read the CBC News story...
July 31, 2013 - FOCA guest-blogged for the Insurance Bureau of Canada website, on the topic of emergency preparedness in cottage country. Click here to read the blog... Are you prepared?
June 2013 - Toronto Star special publication, "Exploring Ontario," includes a guest article by FOCA: "Safe and Sound at the Cottage" (see p10)
June 2013 edition of Cottage Life Magazine - FOCA talks fire safety in Ray Ford article on Cottage fires (pp70-78, 134-139)
May 22, 2013 - County of Haliburton sending letters to provincial and federal politicians about recent flooding. FOCA has been in touch with the warden on the issue. Read the article in the Haliburton Echo...
Spring Edition of Boats & Places Magazine - Leech Lake Cottage Association wins FOCA Achievement Award (p6)
Apr.3, 2013 - FOCA interviewed by CHEX TV Peterborough about ELA closure (1:43 minute video)
Apr.3, 2013 - FOCA & LOWDPOA joint press release on ELA picked up by Kenora Daily Miner - "Property owners call on governments to extend ELA closure deadline"
Mar.25, 2013 - FOCA quoted in Law Times article, "Cottagers miffed at lack of consultation on massive land deal," by Ian Harvey
Mar.17, 2013 -FOCA interviewed in "Visitors not welcomed" episode of Daiene Vernile's "Provincewide" on CTV News, about cottage rental bans in some Ontario communities
Mar.6, 2013 - FOCA's Terry Rees interviewed as part of the Season III inaugural edition of Angler & Hunter Radio about the Algonquin Land Claim
Mar.1, 2013 - FOCA in "Staking their own claim" article by Stephen Uhler about Pembroke Algonquin Land Claim meeting, in The Daily Observer
Feb.28, 2013 - FOCA interviewed by Richard Coffin of CKAT 600 North Bay Radio about Algonquin Land Claim meetings
Feb.25, 2013 - CBC TV News - see video of Ottawa Newscast about Algonquin Land Claim (especially minute 4:12 to 6:24)
Feb.25, 2013 - Terry Rees interviewed by Steve Madely for CFRA 580 radio interview about Algonquin Land Claimmeetings
Jan.2013 - "Happy New Hydro Rates" blog by Blair Eveleigh, Cottage Life - FOCA thanked for role in obtaining reduction in distribution costs for seasonal class customers
Dec.2012 - CBC interviewed FOCA's Executive Director on the subject of proposed changes to MNR permit regulations. Read the CBC News story
Nov.2012 - Terry Rees' notes on the Living Waters Rally included in Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Water Canada magazine
Sept.25, 2012 - Terry Rees' report on the Living Waters Rally in Ottawa was posted to the Water Canada blog
August 9, 2012 – FOCA was mentioned among groups who have expressed concern over the Algonquin Land Claim in the Frontenac News article, “Algonquin Land Claim Hits the World of Sports Radio.” Click here to read...
August 6, 2012 – Terry Rees spoke about algae on CBCRadio in the “On the Dock,” holiday weekend radio episode. Click here to access the podcast...
August 3, 2012 – CBCNews quoted FOCA's Terry Rees in “Cottagers look to clay remedy for blue-green algae.” Click here...
June 19, 2012 – Terry Rees quoted in Peterborough Examiner article, “Trent-Severn Waterway user fee has been considered in the past”. Click to read...
June 19, 2012 - The Peterborough Examiner’s Editorial that day, “No reason for residents to pay waterway fee,” did not directly quote Terry, but was closely based upon his previous phone conversation with FOCA's Executive Director. Click to read...
June 19, 2012 – FOCA and the Canadian Canoe Museum sent out a joint media release: “Canoes and Cottagers, Of Course!” about our new partnership. Read the news release...
June 15, 2012 –after a phone interview with Terry Rees, the Peterborough Examiner reported in the news item, “Waterway Discussion,” that FOCA had not been invited to the TSW meeting held by MP Del Mastro at Trent that week
July 10, 2012 – Community Press article about FOCA's Cottage Succession seminar series: “Canadian Cottage Ownership: The True North Strong and (Capital Gains-) Free?” Click to read...
FOCA is busy on your behalf.
FOCA participates in numerous events throughout the year, including meetings of members in the fall, and our spring Annual General Meeting.
FOCA’s special events are an important opportunity to meet with our members, and to share information on programs and important issues that affect our waterfronts.
FOCA is a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, which has released the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy. Read about it here... This is the guiding framework for conservation of Ontario's rich biodiversity over the next decade.
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