Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Two southern Ontario men and one Nova Scotia resident have been fined a total of $11,500 for numerous offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act that resulted from a moose hunting investigation.
Shane Hannigan of East Margaree, Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting deer without a licence and using a resident Outdoors Card while no longer eligible. He was fined a total of $3,000.
Robert MacFarlane, of Oshawa, pleaded guilty to hunting a cow moose without
a licence, making a false statement to a conservation officer and making a false statement in an application for an Outdoor Card. He was fined a total $5,500 and his moose hunting licence was suspended for four years.
Kevin Chatterton, of Bowmanville, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a cow moose and making a false statement to a conservation officer. He was fined a total of $3,000 and his moose hunting licence was suspended for two years.
The court heard that on Oct. 22, 2011, conservation officers attended the Chatterton residence and found two harvested moose. MacFarlane and Chatterton indicated to officers that both moose were calves and denied having shot a cow moose.
The resulting investigation, which included a search of the kill sites by the ministry’s canine unit, five search warrants, along with ballistics and DNA evidence, revealed that Chatterton shot a calf moose and Macfarlane shot a cow moose in the Kinmount area. The two men were only licensed to take calf moose. The moose were transported back to the Chatterton residence. Shane Hannigan, another member of the group, was deer hunting at this time and possessed a resident deer licence which Robert MacFarlane had obtained for him.
Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman heard the Shane Hannigan case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Whitby, on December 5, 2012. Justice of the Peace Allison Forestall heard the Robert MacFarlane and Kevin Chatterton cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on December 13, 2012.
To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800 -222-TIPS.

Skyline International Development Inc. said Dec. 27, 2012, it will soon add another jewel to its resort property crown.

Skyline, Canada’s leading owner, operator and developer of resorts and destination communities, has entered into a binding agreement of purchase and sale and will be investing $20 million to acquire both retail and undeveloped residential land interests in and adjacent to the renowned Blue Mountain Village at the base of Blue Mountain Resort which offers ski, golf and lodging.

Read more: Skyline to expand iconic Blue Mountain resort

Lakehead University-Orillia celebrates rewards and responsibilities in 2012 Report to Community
Lakehead University’s 2011-2012 Report to the Community ( conveys how innovative people, impressive achievements and forward momentum have made the past year a shining success while promising even more for the future. The web-based report also outlines the many benefits resulting from the various relationships and partnerships between Lakehead and the people and communities of Orillia, Barrie and the Simcoe County region.

“This report celebrates the enormous contribution Lakehead University makes to the economic, social and cultural life of the communities around us,” says Cam Clark, chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors. “Our Draft Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 will only strengthen our community outreach and economic development initiatives.”

Orillia’s Downtown Computers owner Mariano Tulipano highlights the reciprocal relationship between Orillia and Lakehead, as well as his duty as a member of the community and local business owner, saying, “We all buy from one another and support each other. If a large institution, like a university, becomes a successful member of our local economy, then we all benefit.”

“The cost of post-secondary education has tripled since I went to university and it will likely be even more expensive by the time my kids go,” Tulipano adds. “The opportunity for local kids to get a university degree while living right here at home could mean the difference between leaving and staying.”

The research work of faculty member, Dr. Chris Murray, is featured in the Report to the Community, and Dr. Murray presents highlights in his comments at the event.

In a presentation of the report on Nov. 9, student Debbie Balika of Barrie shared her experience at Lakehead, from enrolling as a member of the charter class, to now being one of the campus's first graduate students.

Lakehead Orillia has experienced consistent enrolment growth since it opened six years ago and the University’s overall undergraduate employment rates have remained above the provincial average since 2006.

“These benchmarks illustrate the quality education our University provides to our students, resulting in the excellent chance Lakehead graduates have of realizing their future goals,” says Kim Fedderson, Dean & Vice-Provost, Orillia Campus.

Lakehead’s important role in the local economy is also reflected in the monies injected directly into the City of Orillia from the University’s operating expenditures ($20.6 million) and by students from outside the immediate area ($13.9 million) during fiscal 2011-2012.

The Orillia campus is currently developing a plan for the next five years (2013–2018) and Fedderson invites community members to get involved. Members of the community can learn more and provide input into the planning process by visiting the Orillia Campus Plan 2013–2018 website (

“We invite your participation in shaping the future growth of the Orillia campus,” says Fedderson. “The Orillia campus has evolved dramatically, and it is now time for a renewed focus on the campus and its role in the region.”

“It’s critical for a community to understand how the importance of the relationship between Lakehead, Orillia, Barrie and the Simcoe County region stimulates the economy of our communities through education and research,” says Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. “I am humbled by the level of community support for this institution and proud of the responsibility Lakehead has to our community.”

The Report to the Community consists of an innovative website  and brochure that celebrate Lakehead’s accomplishments during Dr. Stevenson’s second year as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Lakehead’s Report to the Community website documents the success of its students, faculty, alumni and staff. In keeping with its accountability to its stakeholders, the online site features links to audited financial statements, in addition to information about the University’s strategic directions, honours and awards, and performance indicators such as rates of enrolment, graduation and employment.
Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about Lakehead University, visit

Read about this announcement and other stories from Lakehead University Orillia!


Each year the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA)  honours individuals, businesses or groups within our watershed, who are making small changes that add up to big differences — one step at a time.

"We present these Conservation Awards to recognize and celebrate our watershed heroes - the individuals and groups who demonstrate that by working together, we can find a true sense of balance where human needs can be satisfied without sacrificing our natural environment," said Mayor Virginia Hackson, LSRCA Chair.

This year's top honour goes to John Sibbald of Georgina.  Mr. Sibbald, President and Chief Executive Officer of the historic lakeside resort The Briars, has long been involved in the conservation and preservation of lake and land as well as historic buildings and landmarks. This life-long commitment made him an excellent choice for the George R. Richardson Conservation Award of Honour.

"Mr. Sibbald has poured a lifetime of passion and energy into environmental advocacy and policy development. He truly is a hero and has made life in the Lake Simcoe watershed, and Canada as a whole, better because of his leadership and commitment," said Chair Hackson.

Recognizing the importance of engaging youth in conservation efforts, each year LSRCA presents the Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award to an individual, or in some cases a group, who are 30 years of age or younger and have a significant leadership role in a conservation project or with a conservation-based organization. This year, LSRCA honoured Matt Stergiou from Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Additionally, LSRCA handed out 27 awards in the categories of Water Conservation; Soil Conservation; Education; Media Recognition, Conservation Award of Merit and Volunteer Recognition.

For details on these other awards and winners, please go to:

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