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FOCA Elert: the Long Weekend edition

In the May 2012 Elert: Changes to environmental rules. Upcoming FOCA Cottage Succession seminars. Fire Safety contest. Boating Awareness and World Record Attempt for PFDs. and much more... Click here to read the May 2012 FOCA Elert

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FOCA in the Media - recent postings:

April 2014: FOCA's Terry Rees was interviewed on Lawrence Gunther's Blue Fish Radio Program, about Great Lakes issues, sustainable waterfronts, and the generational motivation behind much of FOCA's work. Click here to enjoy the 1/2 hour podcast...

April 2014: "Pike Lake groups wins provincial award," The Review-Mirror (Westport Rideau - April 3/14 edition, p.11)

Winter 2013/14: 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.


BIODIVERSITY - What's it to you?!

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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