Monday 24 December 2012

Order Your Spring Trees Now – Deadline January 25th

Order Your Spring Trees Now – Deadline January 25th
Severn Sound Environmental Association is once again working with North Simcoe Stewardship and the Township of Tiny to distribute tree seedlings.

If you are looking to plant some new trees on your property, this is worth a look.  Severn Sound

Press Release Tiny Township 

Tiny Township Municipal Offices

The Tiny Township Municipal Offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 25, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.  Council and staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!  


Barrier-Free Front Entrance Now Open!     
We are pleased to announce that the front entrance of the Township's Municipal Office is  now open to the public. After several months of construction, the Township can now boast a barrier-free front entrance. The features to increase accessibility include an accessible ramp with heat tracing, automated doors and additional lighting. Upon entering the office, you will note that the floor has been raised to eliminate the need for stairs. The  vestibule was further renovated to include new flooring and larger windows to increase natural light.  The completion of this project assists the Township in meeting its commitment to promote independence, dignity, integration and equality of persons with disabilities. 



A heads up on this new program that starts in the New Year. Please make sure you have the needed Smoke Alarms and that they work!

“After so many years of promotion and public education initiatives, it is incomprehensible to me that anyone would not understand the importance of working smoke alarms in protecting the lives of themselves and their loved ones and act accordingly,”says Fire Chief Tony Mintof.
Penalties for non-compliance range from a ticketed fine of $235.00 to a charge under the Provincial Offences Act that carries a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one (1) year imprisonment.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

FOCA's December Elert is out

The December FOCA Elert is out

MNR Permit Changes    

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) developed a policy in Fall, 2012 to describe how they would manage their fiscal limitations, while still meeting their mandate. They have now posted proposed regulatory amendments on the Environmental Bill of Rights for public consultation. (Posting #011-7669) 
Electricity Rates

FOCA is pleased to report reductions for seasonal customers' electricity rates, achieved through our efforts at the Ontario Energy Board. 

Reductions in distribution rate charges totalling $2.04 million have recently been announced for the 159,000-member seasonal class in 2013. 

FOCA remains concerned that the overall costs of electricity for all customers are set to rise  dramatically over the coming years. 
Great New FOCA Benefit: Discounts on CAA Memberships!

Do you spend much time commuting by car to-and-from the cottage? If so, this is for you:

 FOCA is very pleased to announce a brand new member benefit: save at least $15 on a CAA Membership when you apply or renew through CAA corporate services as part of FOCA. In addition to critical roadside service, your CAA Membership card gets you discounts on a wide range of attractions and travel bookings. Read the details and find out how to apply here:

Do not forget to sign up to have the FOCA Elert delivered right you. Sign up on the FOCA home page

View the full December Elert by clicking on the link below  FOCA

Thursday 13 December 2012

Latest Cottage Life Dockside news letter is out

Latest Cottage Life Dockside news letter is out Cottage Life

Lot's of good ideas and things to do 

How to make chalkboard wine glasses

Geminid meteor shower takes centre stage

7 creative holiday cookie recipes

Avoid winter woes
How to keep your cottage maintained in the off-season and avoid unwanted surprises come spring.

Books for beer lovers
If you want to boost your beer IQ or incorporate more of it into your cooking, these books are perfect for you.

And More

Monday 3 December 2012

Budget bill will gut Navigable Waters Protection Act

Budget bill will gut Navigable Waters Protection Act  Cottage Life

This is not a good thing, no matter how you slice it... It is a major step backwards in the protection of our waterways across Canada. We need to tell Ottawa how we feel about it.

Saturday 1 December 2012

Great blue herons

Things we love about the cottage: Great blue herons Cottage Life

I did not see any at the cottage this year. Did you? This is the first year in a while where I did not see a Great Blue Heron while at the cottage. I saw several in the Dorval area, along the St. Lawrence River.