Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Spring is quickly approaching and with the warmer temperatures, everyone looks forward to getting outdoors.

However, the warmer temperatures also bring rain, melting snow and ice, which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in our waterways.

In addition, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority reminds residents and visitors to the Lake Simcoe Watershed of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year.

Keep your family and pets away from any water’s edge and help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.

For more information, contact a conservation authority:

• Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority   905-895-1281

• Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority    705-424-1479

• Kawartha Conservation   705-328-2271 or 1-800-668-5722

• Conservation Halton    905-336-1158

• Credit Valley Conservation    905-670-1615

• Toronto & Region Conservation Authority   416-661-6514

• Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority    905-579-0411

• Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority   905-885-8173

A memorial tree program that focuses on reforestation efforts on the Lake Simcoe Watershed has been announced by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, in partnership with the McClelland & Slessor Funeral Home in Barrie and the Innisfil Funeral Home in Stroud.

The funeral homes are operated by Simon Slessor and Stuart Clark.

“The LSCF is very excited about our new partnership with the McClelland & Slessor and Innisfil Funeral Homes,” says Cheryl Taylor, executive director of the LSCF. “This partnership demonstrates Mr. Slessor's and Mr. Clark’s environmental commitment to our community, ensures the continued growth and enhancement of one of our most precious resources and will honour the lives of friends and family.”

For each family they have served, Slessor and Clark will make a donation to the LSCF in support of restoration projects being carried out by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

In addition, a McClelland & Slessor Memorial Grove is being established at the Luck Conservation Area in Innisfil. Each year, one large tree will be planted in honour of the families the funeral homes have served. Families will also have the opportunity to purchase their own individual memorial tree to be planted in the grove.

"We have participated in a tree planting program for several years, but we have had reservations because the plantings were not local,” says Clark, funeral director at McClelland & Slessor. “When Ms. Taylor approached us with this wonderful community-focused option, it was an easy decision for us. The families we serve have local roots and so should the trees that we plant. We look forward to a long and positive partnership with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.”

Later this year, there will be a dedication service at the McClelland & Slessor Memorial Grove. The service will be open to all who wish to attend. For more information please contact McClelland & Slessor Funeral Home in Barrie at 705-722-6656 or the Innisfil Funeral Home at 705-431-1717.

For more information on the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, call 905-895-1281 or visit www.lakesimcoefoundation.com.

EcoENERGY and Ontario Home Energy Savings Program, the home energy retrofit grant programs, are scheduled to end March 31.
Homeowners who have already had an initial assessment should schedule their final visit as soon as their retrofit work is completed, to ensure that they receive the full benefit of the program in a timely manner.
All participants in the program must have their second (post-retrofit) assessment prior to March 31, 2011, when the program is
scheduled to end.
If you have any questions or concerns about the programs, you can contact the Windfall Ecology Centre's client services team at 905-727-0491 or 416-465-6333.
If you are thinking about installing a solar photovoltaic system, the Windfall Ecology Centre, located in Aurora near Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area, can help.
You can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy of a guide to understanding solar power.
You can also take Repower Ontario, a training program that orients, trains, and connects participants with employment and self-employment opportunities in the new Green Economy.
Be sure to attend the 10th Annual Windfall Ecology Festival, June 11 and 12, at Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket.

Do you have a family member or know any students 15 to 29 years of age who require financial and mentoring assistance to start a summer business? 
Summer Company provides hands-on business training, mentoring and financial support in the amount of up to $1,500 to put toward start-up costs, and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.
The application deadline is May 9, 2011 or earlier if the program reaches capacity.
For more information go to www.ontario.ca/summercompany.
Summer Company is put on by the Ontario ministry of economic development and trade.

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