Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

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.
Lice Squad Canada is a company founded to help families deal with treating head lice.  Our approach is unique in that our mission is to end the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the overuse and abuse of pesticides on children and our planet.  Every year, millions of dollars worth of pesticide are sold to treat children for lice. These pesticides may be absorbed into the blood stream, and what is left on the head is washed down the drain after use. This residual eventually makes its way into our water — one of the most vital parts of sustaining a good quality of  life. 
In trying to provide a natural remedy and a kinder method for removing lice, the use of enzymes has become a part of Lice Squad’s offerings.  They are used in a variety of lice products, cleaning products and insect solutions. The Sierra Club of Canada website explains the many benefits and uses of enzymes in our modern day society and promotes them as alternatives to pesticides and other chemicals. 
Along with providing on-site head lice removal service and pesticide free head lice products, Lice Squad Canada also carries a line of enzyme cleaners called Kleen Green. Sold as a multi-purpose cleaner, Kleen Green is a unique organic blend of enzymes specifically designed to assist in removing and eliminating dirt, germs and odors naturally. They have shown to break down the exoskeleton of certain insects causing them to molt and shed their outer layer. Bed bugs and mites in particular react quite quickly when exposed to the enzyme.
Enzymes are superior for both general cleaning and laundry. Pre-formed enzymes have been used widely in restaurant and institutional settings for the past 10 years, due to their low toxicity and superior cleaning properties.  Using enzymes means that you do not have to evacuate your home, and they are classified by the FDA as GRASS — generally regarded as safe. They are also ideal and safe for gardens, plants, ponds and around children and pets. The use of enzymes put an end to the risky and unnecessary exposure to poisonous chemicals.
Enzymes also wash off completely in water, without leaving streaks or bead stains. Once rinsed, the product leaves a non-magnetic, non-static finish inhibiting accumulation of dust or grime.

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