The National Invasive Species Forum 2017 is hosted by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species with the much-appreciated support from Environment & Climate Change Canada and is being held in Ottawa Ontario, February 28 to March 2, 2017.
This Forum brings together government, academia, industry, professionals, businesses, Indigenous groups and others to share important information, research and networking opportunities and to highlight nationally the importance of invasive species prevention and management. Read more about the keynote speaker and how to attend – Click Here
Announcement From the GBBR:
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for a free Phragmites Workshop during the morning of Friday, April 28th at Canadore College, Parry Sound.
The workshop will focus on invasive Phragmites management for roadsides, public parks and wetlands, and on private property. Local success stories will be featured and there will be breakout sessions for municipal staff and community members.
We hope you will join us! For more information, and to register, please visit:
Don’t wait, space is limited!
This event is co-hosted by Georgian Bay Forever and Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.
- How to identify and map Phragmites
- Why is the plant so destructive?
- Overview of control options
- Community session: selective cut process, creating volunteer groups, resources
- Municipal session: success stories, land-based management practices and roads, and water-based management practices, supporting the community
We’re still finalizing the agenda and updates will be provided at the registration link above.
Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in attending this Phragmites Workshop.
If you’re out of town and can’t attend, we’re also planning a demonstration Phragmites removal project at Waubuno beach (Parry Sound) in early August. Come prepared to get your hands dirty and learn how to remove Phragmites! Stay tuned to GBBR and GBF’s websites for further information about this event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Attached is the GBA’s Macey Bay Participation Statement sent to the OMB on January 30th, 2017 from GBA Executive Director Bob Duncanson.
World Wetlands Day: Disaster Risk Reduction
World Wetlands Day is observed every February 2 in commemoration of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the value of these ecosystems and the importance of protecting them.
This year’s theme underscores the role of wetlands as natural buffers that mitigate natural disasters. These sponge-like landscapes absorb and release water over time, lessening impacts of floods and droughts. Natural disasters are expected to worsen in the coming years as a result of climate change, so swift action to conserve wetlands is critical.
Marshes, bogs, and other wetlands cover about 14% of Canada’s land area.
World Wetlands Day
Research Symposium and Public Lecture
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The University of Waterloo’s Ecohydrology Research Group celebrates World Wetlands Day for the 5th year. This year’s events feature a research symposium in the afternoon, followed by a poster session, and concluding with a distinguished public lecture by Ania Grobicki – Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Secretariat.
Country : Canada
Organizer : University of Waterloo
– See more at: http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/display-event?
When the latest round of MPAC assessments went out in the mail our phone started to ring. Owners of small unbuildable islands were seeing large increases in their property assessments. We contacted MPAC and received the following response;
A full review of all Single Owner Islands less than 2 Acres in Muskoka/Parry Sound was undertaken for the 2016 Assessment Update. MPAC had identified some historic inconsistent treatment which created inequity in the valuations.
Some of these islands had numerous variables attached to mitigate the values such as:
- Poor Lot or Fair Lot
There was also the issue of varying Market Model Adjustments (MMA’s). These MMA’s ranged from -10% to -90%. Current Value Assessments range from $700 to over $500,000.
For the 2016 Assessment Update MPAC applied the following variables consistently to all single owner islands less than 2 Acres:
- Waterfront Code A – Lake
- Waterfront Code W – Single Owner Island
- On Site Code 10 – Unbuildable Lot
- Apply a -90% MMA to islands .01 to .99 acres.
- Apply a -50% MMA to islands 1.00 to 1.99 acres
One grey area is inconsistency between municipalities regarding the building allowances, variances and zoning that on these small parcels. It’s not black and white as far as restrictions and grandfathering. Many of these properties are also exempt as they are owned by the municipality, MNR or Trust Associations.
As of Dec 22nd MPAC has received 37 Request for Reconsiderations on these small islands. We are willing to work with owners on any issues, or unique attributes to their property, please direct any enquiries to:
Customer Contact Centre
1 866 296-MPAC (6722)
TTY 1 877 889-MPAC (6722)
If you feel that your property has been unfairly assessed you can ask for a Request for Reconsideration. Instructions on how to do this are detailed on the MPAC web site,
Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, today released her 2016 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Facing Climate Change.
In the first chapter of this year’s report, the ECO reviews the science of climate change, its impacts on our planet and why Ontario must dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The following chapters report on what Ontario’s emissions are now, and what the government is doing to reduce them.
GBA Letter to Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minister Natural Resources and Forestry on concerns with Asian Carp
The GBA has recently submitted a letter to the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minitser Natural Resources and Forestry about the real threat of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes. Here is a copy of the letter that was sent – link .