Future Communications

On July 21st 2018 at the PICA Annual General Meeting a motion was made that all future communication as well as attendance at future AGMs will be restricted to those who are paid up PICA members (Annual dues as well as the Special Assessment).

For communication this means that with immediate effect all PICA Newsletters, Special Updates, Urgent Notices etc will be sent via e-mail to those members who have provided PICA with their current e-mail and by regular mail to those not having an e-mail but have provided PICA with a current mailing address. To ease the distribution burden and control costs we encourage you to provide PICA with a current e-mail address.

If you are reading this message and are not an active member of PICA or are new to Parry Island we welcome you to join PICA.

Please reach out to parryislandcottagers@gmail.com with any questions.

Thanks,

The PICA Board

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Upcoming Meeting Schedule – WLI, WFN and PICA AGM

Upcoming Meetings 

For clarity and as a reminder to all Cottagers here is the schedule of info sessions/meetings over the next three weeks:

Saturday July 7th, 2018

Host: Wasausink Lands Inc.

Meeting Name: Information Session for WLI Lessees

Location: Friendship Centre

13 Bowes St, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Note: The meeting location was changed by WLI from the previous location at the WLI Office.

 

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Saturday July 14th, 2018

Host: Wasauksing First Nation

Meeting Name: Parry Island Cottagers Information Session

Location: Wasauksing Complex Gym

1508 Geewadin Road, Lane G

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Saturday July 21st, 2018

Host: Parry Island Cottagers Association

Meeting Name: Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Location:  Bobby Orr Arena, (Ground Level)

                7 Mary Street, Parry Sound

Time:    9:00 am – Registration and payment of dues
9:30 am – Commencement of Meeting

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PICA Update – June 5

Hello Everyone,

Please be advised that further to our previous update, PICA will be sending a written response later this week to WFN regarding the proposed new tax laws.
We would also encourage everyone who is able to provide a response with their thoughts and comments directly to WFN.

You can do so using their instructions below, email being the easiest:
WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS: The Council of Wasauksing invites written representations regarding the Proposed Laws. If you wish to make a written representation, your written representation must be received by Wasauksing at the address set out below on or before 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2018. Council will consider all written representations received in accordance with this Notice before enacting the Proposed Laws.

ADDRESS AND CONTACT PERSON: For further information or questions regarding the Proposed Laws or this Notice, please contact: Craig Brown, Chief Executive Director at 1508 Geewadin Road, Lane G, P.O. Box 250, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X4, by telephone at 705-746-2531 Ext. 2235, or by email at ced@wasauksing.ca.

Also, we will be providing a copy of the written response to paid PICA members later this week as well. This will be sent to members who have paid their 2017 dues and $200 special assessment for legal work.

Current dues are $50 per year and you can email your payment to parryislandcottagers@gmail.com, or mail it to: PICA, Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1

Thank you!

The PICA Board

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[URGENT] WFN To Implement Property and Land Transfer Taxes – PICA Special Notice – May 2018

PICA SPECIAL NOTICE

Happy spring everyone, finally!

It’s been a very long winter. I’m going to keep this note short and to the point. We have recently become aware of some unsettling developments from WFN. Last week, WFN posted a public announcement regarding their intentions to impose property taxes AND land transfer taxes. This applies specifically to cottagers on Parry Island. See link below for more details:

http://wasauksing.ca/proposed-wasauksing-first-nation-property-laws-tax-assessment-and-transfer/

As many of you are aware, WFN ratified their Land Code last year and this seems to be the next step in that process. I would encourage you to review the documents located on their site. We will be getting legal opinion over the next few weeks and will share the information that we obtain with PICA members as soon as we have more details.

Unfortunately, we do not have any further details other than what WFN have posted on their website.

Here are some highlights of the new proposed laws:

  • Specific mentions that leaseholders ARE subject to land transfer and property taxes under the proposed laws
  • These taxes would be in addition to any lease payments
  • Wasauksing member-controlled lands are exempt from taxes
  • Any taxes levied are based on an assessment yet to be conducted, and are retroactive back to January 1, 2018
  • We have until June 8, 2018 to reply in writing, and we plan on doing so on behalf of PICA members

We would appreciate any support or feedback from PICA members who have expertise relating to these issues while we address this with our lawyers. Please contact us below should you be able to offer assistance in this regard.

Rob Mills
President – PICA

Emails and information can be sent to the website via parryislandcottagers@gmail.com. You can also access the information on the website at www.parryislandcottagers.com.

Contacts:
Carol Heaslip (Lot 37) – eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca or 705-746-9535 – Membership Chair
John Bick (Lot 51) – johnbick@globalserve.net or 905-304-7250 – Secretary
Rob Mills (Lot 226) – robkmills@hotmail.com or 416-731-8117 – President

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This newsletter is sent on behalf of PICA [Parry Island Cottage Association] and is intended for PICA members in good standing only. It is not for redistribution to non-PICA members. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. PICA accepts no liability for the content of this newsletter, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing by the Board of Directors of PICA. If you have received this communication in error please contact the sender via mail.

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PICA Newsletter November 2017

PARRY ISLAND COTTAGER’S ASSOCIATION

Download PICA Newsletter November 2017 Here

Message from the President

Hello all,

The harvest season is upon us. With October now in the rear view mirror Cottagers are mostly closed up for the season. On behalf of PICA we trust you had an enjoyable summer and we wish you and your family a fantastic holiday season.

We met with Chief Warren earlier last month to present him with the generous donation from the PICA membership. He was very appreciative of our support for their First Nation youth, and expressed his gratitude to you all. Please see the selfie of Carol Heaslip, Chief Warren and myself for the presentation.

We also had some promising discussion about future relations between the cottagers and the first nation.  Chief Warren reiterated his commitment to working with us to extend the lease for a longer term and begin discussions on change as soon as possible. We are hoping to begin working more directly with WFN this fall where the lease permits and will share more details as they become available.

Have a great fall and winter season and we’ll see you in the spring.

Rob Mills

President – PICA

 

 

From the Board: 

On behalf of the PICA Board we trust you have had an enjoyable summer and wish you all the best over the coming winter months. Our next newsletter is scheduled for Spring 2018 however if any “Special Updates” are needed they will be posted as/when newsworthy items occur.

Annual PICA Membership dues 2017 / Interact e-Transfers

For those of you who have already paid your 2017 dues, thank you. For those who have not paid we ask that you do so as soon as possible.

For Payment by cheque and issuance of your 2017 PICA sticker please contact:

Carol Heaslip via email: eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca

or you can send your cheque to: PICA, P.O. Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1. Please be sure to indicate your Lot # and which year you are paying for.

Payment by interact e-transfers:

As an alternative we can now accept interact e-transfers for your convenience. Please use the following e-mail address to make the payments, and please remember to send us the password in a separate email so we can complete the transaction:

parryislandcottagers@gmail.com

Your bank’s online site will provide instructions on how to make an interact e-transfer if you are not familiar with the process.

Note: We still have a few cottagers who have not paid 2016 dues.   If you wish to check your status of payment and / or make payment of your 2016 Annual dues please use one of the two methods shown above. Your continued support of PICA is greatly appreciated.

Special Assessment – Report 

Regretfully we still have several cottagers whose payment of the Special Assessment remains outstanding. At the request of the membership we are now showing lot numbers of those who are delinquent (as of October 1st, 2017). If your lot number appears on this list and you believe you have paid or you simply want to make the payment please contact Carol Heaslip.

1 5 7 9 18 19 25 27 31 42 43 44
56 60 61 65 68 72 74 87 90 103 105 107
110 118 121 123 124 133 134 138 140 143 145 157
159 163 168 169 172 173 174 176 177 178 184 189
196 203 209 211 229 230 233 239

 

Please remember, PICA is representing and negotiating the lease extension on behalf of the entire “membership”, however only paid up members (Annual PICA dues as well as the Special Assessment) will be eligible to vote on accepting terms of the new lease. If you have not yet paid please do your part and join your fellow cottagers in supporting this process with payment of the Special Assessment.

Waste Station 

Closed for the season as of October 31st.

Website Update 

We are updating the website with relevant information and posts and www.parryislandcottagers.com will be the primary location of updates from the PICA Board.  As mentioned at the AGM, the website has been updated to include multiple levels of access which will become available to cottagers when private confidential communication is required.

Social Media

PICA has set up a formal Facebook page which can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/ParryIslandCottagersAssociation/

and twitter page

https://twitter.com/picottagers

We will be using these channels for informal communication and also to notify you of updates on the website.

Road Works 

Over the winter months we will continue to keep in touch with WLI concerning road construction (most likely the next 1.7 kms from the Sugar Bush shed).  WLI have been looking at the side roads off Oak Point Road and we are hopeful this work may also be included as a summer 2018 project.

Grading

WLI advised that Oak Point Road grading is scheduled for every other week through to the end of October. As a reminder if you have any concern over the condition of the road due to lack of grading we urge you to contact:

Wasausink Lands Inc.

Crystal Turner

Operations Manager

PO Box 238

Parry Sound, On

P2A2X3

E-Mail: manager@wasausinklandsinc.ca

705-746-7601

 

Newsletter Update

With our goal being to improve frequency of communication to all Cottagers and to provide timely information of relevance 2017 has seen 3 Newsletters and a Special Update posted to the website. We will continue to follow this pattern in 2018 and have set the following target dates for communication.

May 1st-15th – Season Opening Newsletter/President’s message

June 15th-30th – Newsletter

August 15th – 31st  Newsletter (including summary of the AGM)

October 1st-15th – Season Closing Newsletter/President’s message

Special Updates’ may also be issued anytime during the May 1st to October 31st period where information is of immediate importance to the membership and where such could not wait for the next Newsletter. You may also see Special Updates (less frequent) during the winter months, November thru April, where information is of immediate importance such as this past winter where we commented on the results/impact of the “Land Code” vote.

Where postings are made to the website alert e-mails will automatically be sent to members requesting them to check the website for details. For those who do not have access to e-mail/computers etc we will continue to mail out copies of the newsletter/special updates provided we have your current contact information on file.

Insurance Reminder

Further to discussion regarding cottage insurance at the AGM, PICA received an independent recommendation to advise the membership on this issue.  We are cautioning the cottagers not to add WLI as “Additional Named Insured” on their liability insurance policy but rather to add WLI as “Additional Insured” for cross liability, as is commonplace by industry standards. Adding WLI as “Additional Named Insured” to an insurance policy gives WLI privileges under a cottagers insurance policy that they should not have. Many insurance companies are aware of this but for those that are not, you can share this information with them to have the terminology amended.

PICA Board

For any cottagers who feel they could contribute but may not have the time to sit on the Board, we would appreciate any assistance for help with special projects. Feel to contact any member of the PICA Board if you are interested.

Maintaining PICA Members contact list 

PICA maintains a contact list for each cottage. It’s important that we keep our records up to date. We would ask that you please contact Carol Heaslip if you change/sell your cottage; change the leaseholders name on your cottage; change your home address; cottage telephone number or your home/cell telephone number(s) and/or if you change or add an email. If you sell your property, please share PICA information with the new owners and/or the real estate agent.

Contacting PICA 

Emails and information can be sent to the website via parryislandcottagers@gmail.com . You can also access information on the website at www.parryislandcottagers.com .

Board contacts: 

Rob Mills (Lot 226) – robkmills@hotmail.com or 416-731-8117 – President

John Bick (Lot 51) – johnbick@sonoco.com or 905-304-7250 – Secretary

Carol Heaslip (Lot37) –  eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca or 705-746-9535 – Membership Chair

Ted Green (Lot 127) – tgreen@ftc-i.net or 705-746-7341- Director

Annual Lease Payments to WLI 

There was discussion regarding lease payment at the AGM this year. WLI has been demanding that cottagers make payment via certified cheque or money order but that it not a requirement according to the lease. The lease does not stipulate how payment shall be made, just that it must be made and is due May 1st of each year. That means cash or cheques are fine. We encourage all cottagers to ensure payments arrive by May 1st as per the lease agreement.

Financials 

Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we will no longer be publishing the annual financials where non-members may be able to view them, however, If any member would like to receive a copy of the PICA financials, please contact one of the members of the board listed above and a copy will be provided to you.

 

This newsletter is sent on behalf of PICA [Parry Island Cottage Association] and is intended for PICA members in good standing only.  It is not for redistribution to non-PICA members. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. PICA accepts no liability for the content of this newsletter, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing by the Board of Directors of PICA.  If you have received this communication in error please contact the sender via mail.

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PICA Newsletter August 2017

PICA NEWSLETTER

PARRY ISLAND COTTAGER’S ASSOCIATION

Download PDF here: PICA Newsletter August 2017

Message from the President

Hello all. I hope everyone has been making the most of the summer; we seem to have had more than our share of rainy days this year in Parry Sound. This is just a follow up to the AGM in July to share information and topics that were discussed during the meeting for those do could not attend and as a reminder for those that did. Unfortunately we do not have much ‘new’ news at this point but will keep you updated as we move though the fall. Speaking of which, here’s hoping for a nice fall. Stay safe and enjoy the last few days of summer. 

Rob Mills

President – PICA

From the Board: 

On July 15th our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Bobby Orr Community Centre. A decision to change the venue was made due to feedback from previous meetings where space was limited. Based on higher attendance this year and the many comments received this was a welcome change.

For the benefit of those who attended the AGM as well as those who could not the following is a summary of presentations made by the Board as well as subsequent discussions with the membership. 

Annual PICA Membership dues 2017 / Interact e-Transfers

For those of you who have already paid your 2017 dues, thank you. For those who have not paid we ask that you do so as soon as possible. 

For payment by cheque and issuance of your 2017 PICA sticker please contact: 

Carol Heaslip via email: eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca

or you can send your cheque to:

PICA, P.O. Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1.

Please be sure to indicate your Lot # and which year you are paying for. 

Payment by interact e-transfers:

As an alternative we can now accept interact e-transfers for your convenience. Please use the following e-mail address to make the payments, and please remember to send us the password in a separate email so we can complete the transaction:

parryislandcottagers@gmail.com

Your bank’s online site will provide instructions on how to make an interact e-transfer if you are not familiar with the process.

Note: We still have a few cottagers who have not paid 2016 dues.   If you wish to check your status of payment and / or make payment of your 2016 Annual dues please use one of the two methods shown above. Your continued support of PICA is greatly appreciated.

PICA sign 

If, for some reason, you are not in possession of the blue PICA sign, where you can display your yearly stickers, please let us know and we will ensure you are provided with one.

Special Assessment – Report 

Prior to the start of this years AGM five cottagers came forward to pay their Special Assessment which was greatly appreciated. While we have now collected the 2013 Special Assessment from the majority of cottagers some payments still remain outstanding. At the request of the membership and those that have paid we are now showing lot numbers of those who are delinquent (as of August 1st, 2017). If your lot number appears on this list and you believe you have paid or you simply want to make the payment please contact Carol Heaslip. 

 

1

5

7

9

18

19

25

27

31

42

43

44

56

60

61

65

68

72

74

87

90

103

105

107

110

118

121

123

124

133

134

138

140

143

145

157

159

163

168

169

172

173

174

176

177

178

184

189

196

203

209

211

229

230

233

239

 

In the last newsletter we provided an extensive background to the Special Assessment and how these monies would be used to help defray legal costs associated with the upcoming Lease negotiations. It goes without saying that a successful conclusion to these negotiations benefits all cottagers, as well as future generations where cottage ownership is passed down through the family. 

Please remember, PICA is representing and negotiating the lease extension on behalf of the entire “membership”, however only paid up members (Annual PICA dues as well as the Special Assessment) will be eligible to vote on accepting terms of the new lease. If you have not yet paid please do your part and join your fellow cottagers in supporting this process with payment of the Special Assessment. 

Waste Station 

Waste Station days for cottagers are now Wednesdays (5-8pm), as well as Saturdays and Sundays (9am – 4pm). 

Annual Clean-up Day 

WLI have advised that they will not be hosting a Clean-up day this summer but will reconsider for 2018. 

Website Update 

We are updating the website with relevant information and posts and www.parryislandcottagers.com will be the primary location of updates from the PICA Board.  As mentioned at the AGM, the website has been updated to include multiple levels of access which will become available to cottagers when private confidential communication is required.

Social Media

PICA has set up a formal Facebook page which can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/ParryIslandCottagersAssociation/

and twitter page

https://twitter.com/picottagers

We will be using these channels for informal communication and also to notify you of updates on the website.  Looking forward to being social with you!

 

Road Works 

WLI have given preliminary indication that road construction (most likely the next 1.7 kms from the sugar bush shed) will not be completed until 2018 at the earliest. The number of KMs undertaken is determined by the overall cost and budget available. WLI did indicate that they are now looking at the side roads off Oak Point Road and reviewing areas of concern. It is possible some of this work could also be included in 2018. 

Grading

WLI advised that Oak Point Road is scheduled for weekly grading every Thursday. If weather conditions do not permit grading it will be done on the next available day (excluding weekends). This will continue until September and thereafter grading will be every two weeks until the end of October. If you have any concern over the condition of the road due to lack of grading we urge you to contact:

Wasausink Lands Inc.

Crystal Turner

Operations Manager

PO Box 238

Parry Sound, On

P2A2X3

E-Mail: manager@wasausinklandsinc.ca

705-746-7601

 

Swing Bridge

WLI have advised that Bridge operating hours remain as posted with the only exception being “Wind” speeds. Where winds exceed the noted threshold 30 kms the Bridge will remain closed for water traffic. WFN and the Federal Government are currently in discussion regarding a new Bridge but indications are that, nothing will happen for at least another 4 years. 

Newsletter Update

During the AGM Ted Green – Director stated that the objective is to improve frequency of communication to all Cottagers and to provide timely information of relevance. To do this target dates have been set for Newsletter publication and posting to the website:

May 1st-15th – Season Opening Newsletter/President’s message

June 15th-30th – Newsletter

August 15th – 31st  Newsletter (including summary of the AGM)

October 1st-15th – Season Closing Newsletter/President’s message

Special Updates

Special updates may also be issued anytime during the May 1st to October 31st period where information is of immediate importance to the membership and where such could not wait for the next Newsletter. You may also see Special Updates (less frequent) during the winter months, November thru April, where information is of immediate importance such as this past winter where we commented on the results/impact of the “Land Code” vote. 

Where postings are made to the website alert e-mails will automatically be sent to members requesting them to check the website for details. For those who do not have access to e-mail/computers etc we will continue to mail out copies of the newsletter/special updates provided we have your current contact information on file.

Legal Update 

John Bick commented at the AGM that the Legal Committee is made up of 3 Board members namely Rob Mills (president), Dave Burnett and himself who also acts as chair. 

With regard to cash flow and with respect to both the Head Lease and Sub Lease there are four stakeholders. WFN, WLI, the Crown, and the individual cottager. WLI receives 100% of our lease payments. They remit 20% to the Crown. WFN applies for, and receives ½ of the payments remitted to the Crown, which amounts to 10% of our lease payments.

Earlier this year we explained the implications of the WFN ratification of the “Land Code” which was voted on over this past winter. As a reminder the most significant implication to cottagers is that WFN may now lease lands directly to cottagers without the involvement of WLI or the federal government. The head lease and sub lease remains in effect until 2032.

Currently the process for establishing the amount of sub lease payments is that every five years, the lease amount is increased by the average change in the Bank of Canada rate that has occurred over the previous five years.

Legal opinion on assignment of sub leases:

Over the last few years, WLI has made changes to the process of assigning sub leases which has made it more onerous and difficult to sell cottages and transfer ownership. We have received legal advice on what these changes mean and will be meeting with the appropriate parties to talk about them.

Insurance Update

Further to discussion regarding cottage insurance at the AGM, we are sharing the legal advice around insurance and policy terminology kindly shared with us by Jean Marques, one of our fellow cottagers. We are cautioning cottagers not to add WLI as “Additional Named Insured” on their liability insurance policy but rather to add WLI as “Additional Insured” for cross liability, as is commonplace by industry standards. Adding WLI as “Additional Named Insured” to an insurance policy gives WLI privileges under a cottager’s insurance policy that they should not have. Many insurance companies are aware of this but for those that are not, you can share this information with them to have the terminology amended.    

 

PICA Board

After the AGM several cottagers stepped forward to offer assistance for future lease negotiations and diligence.  We thank those cottagers for coming forward and will be in touch as soon as we have some movement on discussions.

 

For any other cottagers who feel they could contribute but may not have the time to sit on the Board, we would appreciate any assistance for help with special projects. Feel to contact any member of the PICA Board if you are interested. 

Maintaining PICA Members contact list 

PICA maintains a contact list for each cottage. It’s important that we keep our records up to date. We would ask that you please contact Carol Heaslip if you change/sell your cottage; change the leaseholders name on your cottage; change your home address; cottage telephone number or your home/cell telephone number(s) and/or if you change or add an email. If you sell your property, please share PICA information with the new owners and/or the real estate agent. 

Contacting PICA 

Emails and information can be sent to the website via parryislandcottagers@gmail.com . You can also access information on the website at www.parryislandcottagers.com . 

Board contacts: 

Rob Mills (Lot 226) – robkmills@hotmail.com or 416-731-8117 – President

John Bick (Lot 51) – johnbick@sonoco.com or 905-304-7250 – Secretary

Carol Heaslip (Lot37) –  eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca or 705-746-9535 – Membership Chair

Ted Green (Lot 127) – tgreen@ftc-i.net or 705-746-7341- Director 

Annual Lease Payments to WLI 

There was discussion regarding lease payment at the AGM this year. WLI has been demanding that cottagers make payment via certified cheque or money order but that it not a requirement according to the lease. The lease does not stipulate how payment shall be made, just that it must be made and is due May 1st of each year. That means cash or cheques are fine. We encourage all cottagers to ensure payments arrive by May 1st as per the lease agreement.

Financials 

Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we will no longer be publishing the annual financials where non-members may be able to view them, however, If any member would like to receive a copy of the PICA financials, please contact one of the members of the board listed above and a copy will be provided to you. 

This newsletter is sent on behalf of PICA [Parry Island Cottage Association] and is intended for PICA members in good standing only.  It is not for redistribution to non-PICA members. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. PICA accepts no liability for the content of this newsletter, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing by the Board of Directors of PICA.  If you have received this communication in error please contact the sender via mail.

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PICA Newsletter June 2017

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Message from the President

Happy 150th Canada! As we approach July 1 and what for many is the start of summer, the weather is finally starting to warm up.

Just a quick note to say ‘Welcome back all’ and to introduce a new addition to our team, Jean Marques, who has agreed to help out on the board. She has a great deal of legal and insurance related experience which will be invaluable with the diligence we are doing on lease renegotiations.

As some of you may have heard, the First Nation suffered the tragic loss of Randy Tabobondung on May 18th. I believe many islanders knew Randy and have had work done by him in the past. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and to the First Nation community for their loss.

On a brighter note, I look forward to seeing all of you at the AGM in a few weeks, stay safe and enjoy the nice weather.

Rob Mills

President – PICA

 

From the Board:

The May 24th long weekend has come and gone and hopefully all cottagers have now settled in for the summer season. The Board wishes everyone a Happy 150th Canada Day. We hope you all enjoy your celebrations with family and friends.

In March we sent out an update concerning the Wasauksing First Nation (WFN) and the results of their Land Code vote.  If you haven’t read this important update we encourage you to do so. As more information becomes available we will pass it on to you either through future newsletters or special updates.

 

Annual PICA Membership dues 2017

Annual Membership dues of $50.00 are now due. For those of you who have already paid your 2017 dues, thank you. For those who have not paid we ask that you do so as soon as possible. We understand many of you prefer to pay when you attend the AGM We will be happy to accept payment at this time however it does tend to slow down the start of the meeting and we are currently working on accepting Membership Fees electronically to make it easier for them to be paid.

 

For payment and issuance of your 2017 PICA sticker in the meantime, please contact:

Carol Heaslip via email:  eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca 

or you can send your cheque to: PICA, P.O. Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1.

Please be sure to indicate your Lot # and which year you are paying for.

At this time we still have quite a few cottagers who have not paid their 2016 Annual Membership dues of $50.00 which are now well overdue and we would appreciate your prompt payment. You can check your status of payment and / or make payment by contacting Carol Heaslip.

 

 

Special Assessment – Report

Below, you will see an updated list by cottage number – effective , June 9, 2017, of all of the cottagers who have currently paid their “special assessment”. If you have paid and don’t see your cottage number on this list, please contact Carol Heaslip.

 

2 3 4 6 8 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24
26 29 30 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 45 46 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 57 58 59
62 63 64 66 67 69 70 71
73 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 88 89 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 104 106 108
109 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 119 120
122 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
135 136 137 139 141 142 144
146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156
158 161 162 164 166 167
170 171 175 179 180
181 182 183 185 186 187 188 190 191 192
194 195 197 198 199 200 201 204
205 206 207 208 209 210 212 213 214 215 216*
217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228
231 232 235 236 237* 238 240
241 242 243 244

* Partial payment received.

 

As a reminder to all, particularly new cottagers who have come to Parry Island over the past few years, we thought it would useful to provide some background and additional insight into the “Special Assessment”.

At the PICA Annual General Meeting held on July 20, 2013 your Board of Directors outlined our goal of obtaining an extension to the term of our sublease (due to expire in 2032) and stated that we would need to retain services of legal experts to guide us through negotiations. Two motions were unanimously passed by the membership. The first approved a $200 Special Assessment per cottage to help defray legal costs. This amount was based on reasonable estimates for the legal work that needs to go into research, preparation for negotiations, the negotiation itself and of course final documentation. This assessment also took into account current monies available.

We have had some feedback that during previous negotiations, not all of the monies contributed were used. Needless to say Legal costs have soared since the last lease negotiation, averaging $500 to $1,000 per hour or more, so to avoid having to raise funds in the middle of negotiations, we want to be prepared in advance. A second motion was also approved giving the PICA Board of Directors the mandate to negotiate a lease extension with WFN subject to approval by PICA membership.

Unfortunately making headway in starting negotiations has weighed heavily on the outcome of the recent Land Code vote. This has now been concluded and we will be pursuing negotiations directly with WFN at this point in time.

It goes without saying that a successful conclusion to these negotiations benefits all cottagers, as well as future generations where cottage ownership is passed down through the family.

Please remember, PICA is representing and negotiating the lease extension on behalf of the entire “membership”, however only paid up members (Annual PICA dues as well as the Special Assessment) will be eligible to vote on accepting terms of the new lease. If you have not yet paid please do your part and join your fellow cottagers in supporting this process with payment of the Special Assessment.

 

Waste Station

WLI have advised that Waste Station days for cottagers are now Wednesdays (5-8pm), as well as Saturdays and Sundays (9am – 4pm).

 

Website Update and SPAM Email

On behalf of the board I would like to apologize for the previous email you may have received from the PICA website. We had a user account issue that led to some SPAM posts to the website, which were automatically sent to our email list. No member personal information was compromised, and we have fixed the issue, removed the account, and this should not happen again.

If you ever receive an email from PICA that you think is not appropriate, or SPAM, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at parryislandcottagers@gmail.com and we will look into the matter immediately.

 

Road Works

WLI have given preliminary indication that road construction (the next 1.7 kms from the sugar bush shed) will not be completed until 2018. Cottagers have apparently advised WLI that, with the poor condition of some of the culverts work on the old part of the road could be detrimental to road traffic and this work needs to be completed first. With regards to regular grading and general repairs to parts of the road a schedule is currently being put together between WLI and WFN Public Works. We are chasing WLI on both issues and as soon as we have firm dates/schedule we will issue a special update.

Maintaining PICA Members contact list

 

PICA maintains a contact list for each cottage.  It’s important that we keep our records up to date. We would ask that you please contact Carol Heaslip if you change/sell your cottage; change the leaseholders name on your cottage; change your home address; cottage telephone number or your home/cell telephone number(s) and/or if you change or add an email. If you sell your property, please share PICA information with the new owners and/or the real estate agent.

 

Contacting PICA

Emails and information can be sent to the website via parryislandcottagers@gmail.com . You can also access information on the website at www.parryislandcottagers.com .

 

Board contacts:

Rob Mills (Lot 226) – robkmills@hotmail.com or 416-731-8117 – President

John Bick (Lot 51) – johnbick@globalserve.net or 905-304-7250 – Secretary

Carol Heaslip (Lot 37) – eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca or 705-746-9535 – Membership Chair

Ted Green (Lot 127) – tgreen@ftc-i.net or 705-746-7341- Director

Water Supply

A reminder to all cottagers to have your water supply checked on a regular basis. The West Parry Sound Health Centre has a kiosk in the Mall at the North end of Parry Sound. You can pick up your water testing kits there along with instructions.

Annual Lease Payments to WLI

As per the WLI Newsletter and individual letters sent to Cottagers, the Annual Lease Payment to WLI is due May 1st with penalties being applied for late payment. WLI has stipulated that methods for payment are certified cheque or money order. However, the lease does not stipulate how payment shall be made, just that it must be made and is Due May 1st. We encourage all Cottagers to ensure payments arrive by May 1st each year as per the lease agreement. We will be discussing methods of payment with WLI in the near future.

Financials

Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we will no longer be publishing the annual financials where non-members may be able to view them, however, If any member would like to receive a copy of the PICA financials, please contact one of the members of the board listed above and a copy will be provided to you.

 

Annual General Meeting

The PICA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday July 15th, 2017. This year the venue has been changed to the Bobby Orr Arena, 7 Mary Street, Parry Sound. The meeting will be held upstairs and will commence with Registration at 9:00 a.m. with the meeting commencing at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

 

Please be advised attendance at the AGM is restricted to paid up members only. (annual PICA membership dues) If you have not paid these dues prior to the commencement of the meeting you will not be able to attend. If you are unable to attend, you may vote by proxy.  Please see the attached page for instructions on how to do so.

 

PICA PROXY FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS TO BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

In order for a quorum to exist at the July 15th, 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), we require a specific number of attendees and/or proxies. If you are unable to attend the July 15, 2017 AGM, please send the Board of Directors your meeting proxy. You may send the proxy in one of two ways:

Fill out and mail the proxy below to: PICA, Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1, or

Send an e-mail to Carol Heaslip (eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca) with these words: “I hereby agree to provide a meeting proxy to the PICA Board of Directors for the Annual General Meeting Scheduled for July 15, 2017.”

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PICA PROXY FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS TO BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

The undersigned member of PICA, hereby appoints Rob Mills, or failing him,                                    , as proxy for the undersigned to attend and vote for and on behalf of the undersigned, at the Annual General  Meeting of Members of PICA, to be held on July 15, 2017, and at any adjournment or adjournments thereof, with full power of substitution  and with all the powers which the undersigned could exercise if personally present and with the authority to vote at the said proxy’s discretion.

Dated this                               day of                                               , 2017.

Signature of PICA member                                                                                   

Name (please print)                                                                                              

Lot #                                                                                                                        

 

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This newsletter is sent on behalf of PICA [Parry Island Cottage Association] and is intended for PICA members in good standing only.  It is not for redistribution to non-PICA members. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. PICA accepts no liability for the content of this newsletter, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing by the Board of Directors of PICA. If you have received this in error please contact the sender via email.

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March 2017 Newsletter

If you have problems reading the  PICA Newsletter March 2017 please download the PDF here: 

PICA  NEWSLETTER

March 2017

PARRY ISLAND COTTAGER’S ASSOCIATION

 

Message from the President

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone! Although it may not feel like it with several feet of snow still blanketing Parry Island, Spring is just around the corner.

It’s been a busy fall and winter for both PICA and WFN. To begin, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Rob Mills from Lot 226 and I’m taking over as president for Harry Stein. I want to thank Harry for his contribution to PICA and all of the time he spent working on issues for us all. I hope to move many of these issues forward this year and to continue the work Harry has been doing for us all.

As many of you are aware, WFN has been working to develop their own Land Code, and the ratification vote to adopt the WFN Land Code occurred on February 25th of this year. WFN voted 76% in favour of adopting the WFN Land Code.

In brief, what this means is that the WFN Land Code “will be the basic land law of the First Nation and will replace the land management provisions of the Indian Act. The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development will no longer be involved in the management and decision making of a First Nation’s reserve lands.” WFN will begin to manage their lands directly.

What this means to us: As far as PICA members go, in the near term, our current leases are in effect until 2032, and they will remain as such. These agreements are protected under this framework and we have confirmed this with legal counsel. Chief Warren also confirmed this to everyone present at the AGM last summer.

With the change to the WFN Land Code, WFN can in the future, negotiate with us directly to extend and create new leases. Neither the Crown nor WLI will be required to be involved in the process down the road. For those of you who were in attendance at the AGM last year, you know that Chief Warren attended the meeting and committed to working together with PICA in this regard. He stated that WFN ‘wants to be in the leasing business’ and is committed to continue leasing lots to the current leasees. He went so far as to suggest that WFN is interested in negotiating a more typical lease agreement in the future, along the lines of a 99-year agreement, which is more common for these types of leased land arrangements in Canada.

Obviously this is good news and would be beneficial to cottagers and to WFN. Chief Warren also stated that he would be interested in renegotiating the current lease earlier if that was possible. This would take the agreement of all three parties, WFN, WLI, and PICA members to do so, and we intend to support Chief Warren in this regard. There is no guarantee that WLI will agree to do this, but we will work with both WFN and WLI toward this goal.

These changes will require an adjustment period and WFN and WLI will require time to process and integrate them. I would ask you all to be patient and give them the opportunity to begin this process, as it will not happen overnight. In the meantime, we will continue to work with WLI to clear up any misinterpretations regarding lease requirements, inspections etc. and try to improve the relationship between WLI and cottagers.

This was also an election year for WFN and I’m happy to be able to congratulate Chief Warren on his re-election.  The WFN community improvements happening under his tenure will benefit from this continuity in leadership as will our work to renegotiate and extend the current lease agreement.

Happy belated New Year to everyone, looking forward to getting back up to the island.

President – PICA

 

Membership Report:

Below, you will see an updated list by cottage number – effective , June  10, 2016, of all of the cottagers who have currently paid their “special assessment”. This special assessment was unanimously approved at the PICA Annual General Meeting on July 20, 2013.   If you have paid and don’t see your cottage number on this list, please contact Carol Heaslip (see below).  If you don’t see your neighbour’s cottage on this list, then go talk to them.  Tell them how important this is for everyone to participate.

2 3 4 6 8 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24
26 29 30 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 45 46 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 57 58 59
62 63 64 66 67 69 70 71
73 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 88 89 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 104 106 108
109 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 119 120
122 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
135 136 137 141 142 144
146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156
158 161 162 164 166 167
170 171 175 179 180
182 183 185 186 187 188 190 191 192
194 195 197 198 199 200 201 204
205 206 207 208 209 210 212 213 214 215
217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228
231 232 235 236 238 240
241 242 243 244

 

To those that have paid, we say “thank you very much”, your support of our negotiation committee’s endeavour to get an extension to our current sub-lease (due to expire in 2032), is very much appreciated.

As you can see, we do not have full support of all the cottagers YET. PICA’s intent is to have the PICA Special Assessment paid up to date for every cottage. Since PICA is representing and negotiating the lease extension for the “membership” and the membership approved introduction of the Special Assessment, only those paid up members will be represented in the lease renegotiations.

If you wish to confirm your payment record, please email Carol Heaslip ( eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca ) or you can send your cheque to: PICA, P.O. Box 686, Parry Sound ON P2A 2Z1. We truly appreciate your continued support!

A reminder to all cottagers to have your water supply checked on a regular basis. The West Parry Sound Health Centre has a kiosk in the Mall at the North end of Parry Sound. You can pick up your water testing kits there along with instructions.

General :

A kindly reminder about your information as it pertains to your cottage. A detailed list is kept for each cottage but of course lists are only worthwhile if they are kept up to date. So if you change/sell your cottage; change the leaseholders name on your cottage; your home address; cottage telephone number or your home/cell telephone number(s) and if you change or add an email, would you be so kind as to let Carol Heaslip know as soon as possible. And if you sell your property, please share this PICA information with the new owners or the real estate agent.

At the Annual General Meeting on July 16, 2016, the members present did a “pass the hat” donation (third year), the monies to be given to the youth of Wasauksing First Nations. We are happy to report that the collection was $922.  PICA added an additional $278 to make the total donation $1,200. On September 13, 2016, Carol Heaslip visited Chief Warren to make the donation a formality.

Emails and information can be sent to the website via parryislandcottagers@gmail.com . You can also access the information on the website at www.parryislandcottagers.com .

 

Contacts:

Carol Heaslip (Lot 37) – eric.heaslip008@sympatico.ca or 705-746-9535 – Membership Chair

John Bick (Lot 51) – johnbick@globalserve.net or 905-304-7250 – Secretary

Rob Mills (Lot 226) – robkmills@hotmail.com or 416-731-8117 – President

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NEXT AGM:

PICA (Parry Island Cottager’s Association) – AGM (Annual General Meeting)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Registration and payment of dues

9:30 a.m. – meeting

Location: Upstairs – Bobby Orr Arena, 7 Mary Street, Parry Sound ON

 

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The Vote Is In!

Wasauksing Voted YES to the Land Code!

The Official Results are in- WFN votes 76% in favor of the Land Code!

At the 2016 PICA Annual General Metting, Chief Warren Tabobondung spoke briefly about the Land Code issue and the upcoming Wasauksing First Nation (WFN) community vote which was to take place in early 2017. Our understanding is that vote has now taken place with WFN voting in favour of passing the motion.

From a PICA perspective we are not yet fully aware of what impact, if any, this will have on Parry Island cottagers. That said, as your representative PICA board we will endeavor to gather more information which we can share with the membership.

According to their official website, under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement), Wasauksing First Nation will be able to manage their own land, resources and environment according to their own land code, laws and policies.

For more information – please visit www.wfnlandcode.com

The PICA Board

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Useful Phone Numbers

At the 2016 AGM, the board distributed a handout containing some useful phone numbers.  We have had several requests for this information, so please find attached an updated list, with downloadable PDF at the bottom.

Useful Phone Numbers

Emergency Numbers

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