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  • April 12, 2014 3:54 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    The following was Issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

    The Ministry of Natural Resources -Click here to enter text. Parry Sound District is advising residents within flood-prone locations that a Flood Warning is in effect as flooding is imminent. Residents affected by flooding in past years are advised to take immediate action to secure or protect property in advance of river flows and lake levels rising to flood levels.

    Those residents that have evacuated their homes in past years due to flooding may wish to make similar preparations at this time as rising water levels will hinder, limit or prevent the ability to evacuate as driveways and roads in lower-lying locations become impassible.

    All residents in close proximity to local rivers are advised to keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution as river flows and levels rise.

    MNR continues to monitor weather conditions and flows and water levels. Further updates to this Flood Warning will be issued as conditions change.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Description of Weather System

    The current forecast is calling for 45mm or more precipitation beginning the evening of Saturday April 12th through Monday April 14th. The forecast through to next Monday is for daytime high temperatures up to 16 degrees Celsius with near freezing nighttime temperatures.

    Description of Current Conditions

    The water content within the existing snow pack throughout local watersheds continues to be greater than the normal or historical average for early April. Forecasted temperatures and rainfall will significantly accelerate the melt of the snow pack Saturday through Monday. It is expected that the melting of the snow pack and rainfall amounts will significantly increase the amount of runoff into local rivers and lakes.

    Expiry Date: This message will expire Wednesday April 16, 2014; 12:00 pm

    Terminology: Notification Levels

    WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

    WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.

    FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

    ** FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

    Contact Information

    For more information please contact:

    First Nation and Municipalities please contact: 705-646-5531

    Other Inquiries please contact:  705-646-5509

    A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/

    The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flood

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  • April 11, 2014 2:05 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    The following was issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    The Ministry of Natural Resources - Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect in the District.

    Residents along rivers and lakes within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area are advised to keep a close watch on conditions, regulary check for updated messages and exercise caution around waterbodies as river flows and water levels continue to rise in the coming days.  A significant potential exists for flooding due to current conditions and forecasted rainfall.  Residents may wish to take any further action necessary to secure or protect property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas.

    Local lakes are still ice covered which has the potential to impact shoreline infastructure such as docks and boathouses as water levels rise and with prevailing winds.

    MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.  Futher updates will be issued as appropriate.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Description of Weather System

    The current forecast is calling for up to 45mm or more precipitation Saturday, April 12th through Monday April 14th.  The forecast through to next Monday is for daytime high temperatures in the range of 6-13 degrees Celcius with near freezing nighttime temperatures.

    Description of Current Conditions

    The water content within the existing snow pack throughout local watersheds continues to be significantly greater than the normal or historical average for early April.  Forecasted temperatures and rainfall will accelerate the melt of the snow pack but flooding is not expected at this time.  It is expected that the melting of the snow pack in addition to rainfall will significantly increase the amount of runoff into local waterbodies.

    The rate of rise in water levels and flows is expected to increase through the weekend and into next week given current conditions.

    Expiry Date: This message will expire Monday April 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Terminology: Notification Levels

    WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

    WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected

    **FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities

    Contact Information

    For more information please contact:

    Steve Taylor, IRM Technical Specialist, Parry Sound District: 705-646-5509

    Amanda Vincent, IRM Technical Specialist, Parry Sound District: 705-646-5531

    A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.  Environment Canada bulletins can be found at www.weather.gc.ca

    The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding

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  • April 10, 2014 12:30 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    The following was issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    The Ministry of Natural Resources - Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in the District.

    Residents in the Parry Sound - Muskoka area should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around water bodies as flows within rivers and streams continue to increase in the coming days.  Although flooding is not expected at this time, residents may wish to consider taking action to secure or protect any property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas.

    MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed condidtions.  Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Description of Weather System

    The weather forecast for the remainder of this week is for daytime high temperatures in the range of 1-13 degrees Celcius with near to below-freezing nighttime temperatures.  The current forecast is calling for up to 35mm of precipitation this week through Sunday April 13th.

    Description of Current Conditions

    The water content within the existing snow pack throughout local watersheds is approximately 60% above normal or historical average for early April.  Forecasted temperatures and rainfall will continue to melt the substantial snow pack but flooding is not expected at this time.  It is expected that the intact snow pack will retain much of the forecasted rainfall which will minimize the amount of snow melt and runoff into local waterbodies.

    Seasonal daytime/nighttime air temperatures for the reminder of this week will allow the snow pack to continue melting at a moderate rate therefore reducing the potential or likelihood for significant flooding within local rivers and lakes.  The rate of rise in water levels and flows is expected to increase by this weekend and into next week given current conditions.

    Expiry Date: This message will expire Monday April 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Terminology: Notification Levels

    **WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

    WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected

    FLOOD WATCH: potential for floosing exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities

    Contact Information

    For more information please contact:

    Steve Taylor, IRM Technical Specialist, Parry Sound District: 705-646-5509

    Amanda Vincent, IRM Technical Specialist, Parry Sound District: 705-646-5531

    A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.  Environment Canada bulletins can be found at www.weather.gc.ca

    The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding

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  • March 26, 2014 9:55 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

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    In This Issue

    CottageFirst Group Insurance Program for FOCA Members

    Spring Update from FOCA

    FOCA AGM Event Summary

    Spring Cottage Life Show

    Ombudsman investigates hydro billing

    Ontario Energy Board

    FOCA's Environment Corner

    Environmental Bill of Rights

    World Water Day

    Funding Available

    FOCA Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Program

    Invasive Species Act

    TSW Funding

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    CottageFirst will provide you with the confidence and peace of mind that comes with working with an independent insurance broker who is well versed in cottage life.

    CottageFirst will be officially launched at the Spring Cottage Life Show.
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    Ontario Energy Board

    Update: FOCA has been granted intervenor status at the Ontario Energy Board, related to proposed Hydro One charges for electricity distribution for the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019.

    Keep up-to-date on the subject here:
    FOCA Hot Topics - Energy webpage.

  • February 03, 2014 10:21 AM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)
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    Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

    FOCA Elert January 2014
    In This Issue
    FOCA Annual General Meeting March 1, 2014
    Policing Costs Update
    Managing Water in Ontario
    Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Program
    FOCA's Gold Sponsors
    Tax Appeal Deadline
    Municipal Elections
    Lake Partner Program 2013 Results
    Survey: Waste & Recycling
    ELA Update
    Cottage Succession Seminar
    Carbon Monoxide Law
    Cold Weather Safety
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    Notice to Members: 
    FOCA Annual General Meeting 
    Saturday, March 1, 2014  

    Action required


    Please join us at the 2014 FOCA Annual General Meeting and Spring Seminar on Saturday, March 1st. Location t
    his year: Hart House, University of Toronto main campus.

    of AGM business to be conducted.

    > Click the image at right for an overview of topics & speakers
      
    Every FOCA member Association in good standing can vote at the Business Meeting. Click here to register now... so your vote card will be ready!

    Can't be there in person? Members can participate in the Business Meeting (9:30-11:00am) by webinar. Contact the FOCA office: info@foca.on.ca or 705-749-3622 

    * Read this call-to-action from the 
    Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
    related to the FOCA 2014 AGM!

  • January 08, 2014 9:56 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)
    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROCESS

    To renew your membership please login using your email address and password.  If this is your first time accessing our new website you will be required to create a new password.  You can create a new password quickly by clicking on "forgot password" which is located below the login field on the left side of the page (about halfway down).

    Once you have "logged in" with your email address and password you will see a new option near the "Logout" button that reads "View Profile".  Please click on "view profile" to access your account area.  

    Once you are in your account area the process is quite simple.  Go the membership area of the page and you will see a button that reads "RENEW UNTIL JANUARY 2015".  Click on this button and it will take you to a screen to confirm your current membership level (BICA only or BICA/MLA Joint Membership).  You can choose to keep your membership as is or upgrade/downgrade to the other membership level.  Membership prices are the same as last year (BICA Membership Only - $35 and BICA/MLA Joint Membership - $95)

    Once you have chosen your membership level you will be requested to confirm all of your personal information on the form.  Please ensure everything is up to date on this form and confirm.  

    You will have the option to pay NOW via PayPal (using your PayPal Account, Visa, Mastercard or American Express Card). 

    If you are not ready to make payment you will have the opportunity to process your payment at a later date.  Your membership application will be accepted and marked payment pending in this case.  You are also welcome to mail a cheque if you are not comfortable making online payments.  Cheques should be made payable to "Browning Island Cottagers' Association". 

    If you have any questions, please contact one of us.  You can find links to our email addresses as well as the mailing address for BICA on the home page by selecting the "CONTACT" tab.

    Thank you to everyone that has already processed their BICA renewal.

    Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014!

    Michael Cleverdon




  • January 08, 2014 9:53 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    Dear Member,


    The following is an update on current weather conditions in Muskoka.  Muskoka-Parry Sound is still under a Snow Squall Warning and is expected to receive another 10-15 cm before the snow stops late this evening.


    Over the past week, Muskoka has experienced temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius with wind chill factors approaching -40, and has received significant snowfall.  Most areas have seen three to four feet of snow.  We are also expecting warmer temperatures and rain this weekend.  While we are not experts, the MLA recommends that you or a representative check your cottage roof.  Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home both as it builds up and as it melts.


    While the MLA cannot endorse or recommend a local snow removal service, we encourage you to consult a neighbour or your local Chamber of Commerce.


    We will keep the membership updated should conditions warrant.


    Thank You

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  • November 27, 2013 2:31 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

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    Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

    FOCA Elert November 2013
    In This Issue
    FOCA Fall Meeting
    ONCA update
    Spring Flood Reports released
    Planning Act & OMB Changes
    Asian Carp
    FOCA on the Road - recent events
    FOCA - recent media mentions
    Community News: Online!
    Support FOCA
    Corporate Sponsors
     
    Quick Links
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    FOCA's Gold Sponsors:

    YamahaHydroOne  
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    Event Recap: FOCA Fall Meeting 

    FOCA hosted freshwater expert Bob Sandford at the FOCA Fall Meeting on November 2, 2013.

    Read the event summary, prepared by FOCA Board Member Anne McCauley. Click below for brief video highlights from the event:
     
    FOCA members: contact the office to receive summary notes from the Executive Director's advocacy update: info@foca.on.ca    705-749-3622
     
    Bob Sandford stirred up attendees with his presentation about recent extreme water events. With Bob's permission, FOCA is compiling a summary to be shared with members. Stay tuned for details!
     
    For more on the subject: Read FOCA's recent interview with Bob Sandford in Water Canada Magazine. Click to link-->

     
    Sincere thanks to our generous event sponsors: Yamaha Motors Canada and Insurance Bureau of Canada.
    ONCA: Is Your Non-Profit Group Ready?
    Nick Pasquino of BLG spoke on the subject of ONCA at the FOCA AGM in March 2013
     
    The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is due to be proclaimed by the Legislature in early 2014. The coming changes will impact all associations incorporated in Ontario.

    On behalf of our members, FOCA is working with our legal partners at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) to develop an ONCA Toolkit, which will be made available to interested member associations after the Act is proclaimed.

    Get info about the Toolkit on FOCA's ONCA webpage...

    * Members: act now to access a reduced rate on the ONCA Toolkit!
     
    (Not yet incorporated, but looking at taking this step? We have an option for your association as well. Follow the link above to the ONCA webpage for more information.) 
    Spring 2013 Flood Reports released 
     
    Two independent cottage country flood reports have now been released: 
      

    1) Gull River Flooding Report - a third-party review (by AECOM) of Parks Canada's actions before, during and after spring flooding of the Gull River sub-watershed, including the Township of Minden Hills and the Haliburton lakes.

    The report indicates that, "other alternative management decisions would not have led to reduced overall flooding." Find links to the report and other news, on FOCA's Ontario Waterways webpage 

     

    2) Muskoka Flooding Report - Read a summary of the report commissioned by Muskoka Lakes Association (from Baird & Associates) and MLA's responses, by clicking here

     

    NEW - Planning Act, OMB Changes

    Ontario is reviewing its land use planning and appeals system and its development charges system, to ensure they are working well and are responsive to the changing needs of our communities.

    FOCA will be submitting input on behalf of our waterfront community.

    Get links to both reviews on the FOCA Land Use Planning webpage... and provide your comments by January 10, 2014.
  • November 21, 2013 4:02 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    Dear Member:

    As you are aware, the MLA commissioned the engineering firm Baird & Associates to conduct a review to better understand the causes of the spring flooding and determine whether the likelihood of recurrence could be reduced. A summary of the study was sent to all members.

    Since then, we have written to the Ministers of Natural Resources and Energy requesting the following:

    1. MNR produce a detailed and transparent public report on the factors that led to the 2013 spring flooding.
    2. MNR develop an integrated forecasting and flood control operational management manual for the Muskoka Lakes system – as was suggested when the current dam operation manual was created.
    3. Review the Muskoka River Water Management Plan, with specific emphasis on the requirement for structural changes or enhancements to dams and control structures that could enhance upstream storage. 

    We are pleased to advise that late last week, the Township of Muskoka Lakes passed a resolution to request that the MNR undertake an impact study to understand the effects of lowering the water levels during the fall through the spring months. It also asks that the MNR report to council with an analysis of this year's spring flood as well as the current high water levels, to understand specific actions taken (and when) to reduce the amount of water across the watershed. The District of Muskoka has also approved a resolution to support the resolution passed by the Township of Muskoka Lakes.

    Significant flooding this spring, and extremely high water levels this fall, clearly indicate that a review of watershed management in Muskoka is appropriate.  We look forward to working with the MNR and the Township of Muskoka Lakes to find ways to reduce the likelihood of future flooding in Muskoka.  

    A copy of our report can be found here.

  • November 16, 2013 11:55 PM | Michael Cleverdon (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Natural Resources issued a combined Flood Watch and Watershed Conditions Statement for Muskoka/Parry Sound yesterday.

     

    FROM: Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Parry Sound District

    The MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES Parry Sound District is advising area residents within the Parry-Sound/Muskoka area that high water levels in local rivers and lakes may increase due to forecasted rainfall of 40-50mm over the next four days.

    The potential for flooding exists early next week within vulnerable floodprone locations should forecasted rainfall amounts occur.

    A FLOOD WATCH has been been issued specific to the following locations within the Muskoka River system (other areas are under a Watershed Conditions Statement):

         -Bala Reach, Moon River: Township of Muskoka Lakes.  Current high water levels may reach flood levels in vulnerable flood prone locations should forecasted rainfall of 40-50mm occur over the next four days

         -Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau: Township of Muskoka Lakes and Sequin Township.  Lake water levels may significantly increase which has the potential to impact shoreline infrastructure such as docks and boathouses and affect low-lying areas.

    The Parry Sound District Ministry of Natural Resources is advising area residents to take further action to protect property in flood prone areas and to exercise caution around water bodies and any low lying areas.  Close supervision of children and pets is advised.

    This message will be valid until 5:00 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013 and will be updated before then should conditions change.

    For more information about weather and flooding risks, and advice on what to do in the event of a flood, go to: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Water/index.html

     

    Terminology: Notification Levels

    ** WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: unsafe lake, river and channel conditions exist.

    ** FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

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