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Plan for Success Letter to Premier McGuinty. Adobe Acrobat
March 28, 2009
Communities Press for Changes to Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. Adobe Acrobat
Environmental Defence  -  March 11, 2009
"Plan for Success" - Campaign Lake Simcoe's Response to LS Protection. Adobe Acrobat
Campaign Lake Simcoe  -  March 10, 2009
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Environmental Defence writes Innisfil council on the big pipe for Friday Harbour.  (January 18, 2013)
I am writing regarding an upcoming Council meeting on the topic of servicing Big Bay Point (aka Friday Harbour) with new water and sewer lines.
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Claire Malcolmson
Letter to Minister of the Environment re Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan.  (December 6, 2012)
I am writing to urge your office to complete some regulations under the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan.
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Rick Smith and Claire Malcolmson
Innisfil needs to update its growth approach - The SCOPE.  (June 06, 2012)
I am pleased that the province is sticking to its guns by refusing to give Innisfil more land to fill with low density subdivisions, decades in the future.
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Claire Malcolmson
Save the North Gwillimbury Forest.
The North Gwillimbury Forest is one of the 10 largest forest areas remaining in the Lake Simcoe watershed.
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North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance
Splash, the Floating Water Festival.  (August 2012)
During the afternoon and early evening of Friday, August 17, 2012, SPLASH visitors can step into a fascinating experience connecting them with healthy forests and healthy water.
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Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition brochure.  (June 2012) Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition newsletter.  (May 2012)
Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition is a collection of local heros who are passionately about the lake and who have engaged in grassroots efforts to protect it from enviromental degradation.
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Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
Rough economic outlook could affect town - The SCOPE.  (January 04, 2012)
Shaky times could lie ahead for Innisfil council members in 2012, but the reasons for the issues may be mostly out of their control.
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Chris Simon
Save the North Gwillimbury Forest.  (December 2011)
We are concerned about a development proposed by Metrus Developments for a part of the North Gwillimbury Forest in the Town of Georgina.
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North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance
Re: DeGrassi Point on the proposed Amandment 1 to the Growth Plan.  (April 27, 2011)
As President of Innisfree Limited, this submission represents 150 seasonal and full time residents living at DeGrassi Pinot.
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Robert Sillers
Environmental Defence Letter To Department Of Fisheries And Oceans Re: Big Bay Marina.  (January 10, 2011)
The purpose of writing is to alert you to the extraordinary and troubling Department of Fisheries and Oceans review of the Big Bay Point mega marina and resort proposed to be located in Innisfil Ontario.
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Rick Smith and Jon Johnson
Atmosphere around council is 'inviting'   (December 15, 2010)
I attended the town meeting Dec. 8th, anxious to see the new council in action.
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Don Avery
Re: Proposed Provincial Public Land Sale and Marina Channel - Big Bay Point Mega-Marina and Resort   (December 03, 2010)
We write on behalf of Campaign Lake Simcoe, in response to a copy of the proposed Geranium Corporation shoreline beach purchase, breakwater and channel widening for the Big Bay Point marina and resort.
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Rick Smith, Claire Malcolmson, and Caroline Schultz
Crying libel deters constructive criticism - The SCOPE.  (October 20, 2010)
I refer readers to an article entitled 'Lobbyist accused of writing libellous letter to the town', which was published in a recent edition of The Scope.
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Jon Johnson
The clear downside to council's term - The SCOPE.  (October 06, 2010)
Perhaps it's too early to properly judge the legacy of this council term; but voters needs some perspective before casting a ballot later this month.
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Chris Simon
Firmly decided on choice for deputy mayor - Letter to the Editor - The SCOPE.  (Spetember 29, 2010)
Unfortunately, in the past, I have not paid much attention to the politics in the Town of Innisfil. With all the current comments about deputy mayor candidate Dan Davidson, this election sure got my attention.
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June Sheppard
Let candidates debate the issues - Letter to the Editor - The SCOPE.  (Spetember 15, 2010)
I am writing on behalf of the Innisfil District Association, to take issue with some statements in the letter to the editor of Robert Karoly, which appeared in the Sept. 8th edition of The Scope.
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Don Avery
Residents of Innisfil Association doesn't represent everyone - Letter to the Editor - The SCOPE.  (May 26, 2010)
Reading a recent edition of The Scope, I was amazed that Innisfil has a resident's association. As a long time resident, I have never heard of this (Residents of Innisfil Association).
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George Kleinsteiber
Letter to the Editor - The SCOPE.  (February 15, 2010)
Nola Wale's recent letter to the editor said that every objection to the Big Bay Point mega-development has been met. This is inaccurate. Many obstacles sufficient to kill the project still remain.
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Don Avery
Letter to Dalton McGuinty, Premier.  (February 11, 2010)
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) remain a major impediment to free speech in Ontario. We collectively write to urge you to enact anti-SLAPP legislation to eradicate this legal form of bullying and intimidation. SLAPPs are an abuse of our judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings, stifling citizens and silencing public debate.
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Letter to Chief Administrative Officer Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.  (February 10, 2010)
We note from the Information Bulletin posted on the Town of Innisfil website that tree clearing for Stage 1A is anticipated to commence shortly and to be completed in April 2010.
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Rick Smith, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Environmental Defence
Claire Malcolmson
President, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
RE: Big Bay Point Resort, Proposed Site Alteration.  (Juanary 19, 2010)
I write this letter further to recent correspondence and discussions regarding the timing of site alteration, including tree clearing, on the Big Bay Point resort lands.
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Kenneth G. Hare
Legal Counsel
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Letter to the Editor - The Barrie Examiner.  (August 27, 2009)
Congratulations to all.
I am proud to have been a small part of this protest, by writing to local, provincial and federal politicians, media in this area and Toronto, to get people involved and informed, and solicit votes.
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Sharon Brown
Letter to Attorney General.  (November 20, 2008)
As President of the Innisfil District Association ("IDA"), I write to express our organization's extreme dismay at the conduct and lack of transparency displayed by the Town of Innisfil in the above-noted $3.2 million costs claim.  Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Roger Parkinson
President of The Innisfil District Association
Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 99.  (November 19, 2008)
Since its inception in July 2003, the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition (the Coalition) has been an independent, dynamic, reasonable and forceful voice for the rehabilitation and protection of Lake Simcoe.  Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Tim Crooks and Jon Johnson
Developer's tactics troublesome trend - Letter to the editor - Innisfil Journal.  (November 13, 2008)
I was very alarmed when I read the article regarding the developer Geranium Corp, which is building the resort at Big Bay Point. Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Marilyn Muir
Lake Effect - letter to the editor Toronto Life Novemebr edition 2008.  (October 19, 2008)
"The Battle Over Lake Simcoe" (August) was a fascinating and insightful article, but your readers should know that for the people who live within the Lake Simcoe Watershed, the fight between the Big Bay Point community and Geranium Corporation is just a sideshow.  Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Robert Eisenberg
Campaign Lake Simcoe
Letter to the Editor for the Innisfil SCOPE for Oct.1, 2008.  (October 1, 2008)
As an attendee at the Innisfil Council Meeting of Sept.17th, I wish to say how disappointed I am at the conduct of the Mayor and most of Council.
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Don Avery
President of The Innisfil District Association
Waiting for repairs along Big Bay Point Road.  (July 2, 2008)
The people of Big Bay Point are tired of waiting for repairs to their road.  Read more... Adobe Acrobat

Queenie Little
Not every Innisfil resident supports Big Bay Point project.  (May 7, 2008)
Based upon the recent press release of the Big Bay Point Resort developer, in reference to the Memorandum of Settlement offered by the Province of Ontario, one might conclude that almost every one and every group is supportive of the proposal for this project.
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Don Avery
President of The Innisfil District Association
Taking steps to save Simcoe.  (April 19, 2008)
Saving Lake Simcoe is simple, it involves four steps... Read more... Adobe Acrobat

Jim Woodford
Local Naturalist objects to Mega-Marina Development.  (April 3, 2008)
With all the goings on for the Lake right now and Species at Risk Act as well. l am wondering why this Big Bay Point Resort is being allowed to go. We have species at risk in there. It is a migratory path for birds, has a deer yard in it and 1000 boats no matter what anyone says, WILL impact this lake. l have no qualms about the rebuilding of the marina, AS IT WAS!
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Tony Guergis, Chair Simcoe Area Growth Management Steering Committee.  (December 11, 2007)
Thank you for the opportunity on October 27, 2007 to make suggestions about the future growth strategy of Simcoe County. I left a copy of my presentation with you. As I stated on October 27, we are very concerned that any additional population growth in the Lake Simcoe watershed will result in additional phosphorus flowing into the lake unless additional preventative measures are undertaken.
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Big Bay Point Lake Simcoe.  (November 4, 2007)
Ms. Dinovo, Mr. Premier and Mr. Gerretsen:
Please ensure that the principles and the objectives behind Bill 106, the act to protect the Lake Simcoe and Nottawasaga river watershed are not compromised in the proposed development at Big Bay Point on Lake Simcoe.
At this juncture in our history of the Province of Ontario big developments on fragile lakes are unacceptable without detailed and probing scrutiny regarding the environmental impacts. Even with sincere and detailed oversight, we must err on the environmentally conservative side of lake front development.
Jim Prince P. Eng.
Steering Comittee Chair
Kennissis Lake Watershed Lake Plan
OMB Hearing - Letter to the editor - Innisfil Journal    (October 30, 2007)
It is hard to believe that your reporter attended the same hearing as I did on Tuesday Oct.23rd. Apparently she chose to hear what the developer wanted her to hear. She suggested that Robert Eisenberg had failed to do his homework. I would not hesitate to suggest that Mr. Eisenberg possibly knows more about the condition of Lake Simcoe than anyone else attending the OMB hearing. Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Proposed Big Bay Point Resort Development - OMB Case No. PL 050290.  (October 4, 2007)
Perhaps it is a mistaken impression, but to most observers the Ontario Municipal Board seems predisposed to rely exclusively on the testimony of hired consultants. Consider: The proposed Big Bay Point resort development offends the Official Plan. It is contrary to the Provincial Policy Statement. Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Citizens Invited to Help Build a Lake Simcoe Website and Win a Flight around the Lake.  (July 24, 2007)
Wouldn’t it be great if all the people around Lake Simcoe could easily share news, information and concerns? The Ladies of the Lake (LOL) think so, and have partnered up with the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition (RLSC), the Windfall Ecology Centre (WEC) and four Ontario Stewardship groups to create an interactive “must go to” community website. Its purpose will be to draw in Lake Simcoe watershed residents and businesses on a daily basis.
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Dalton McGuinty, Premier  - Lake Simcoe Protection Act  (July 12, 2007)
Dear Mr. Premier, We are writing on behalf of the Ladies of the Lake who, as you have seen, are a highly-charged group of 100 women from around Lake Simcoe. Once again, we want to tell you how grateful we are for your wonderful announcement about Lake Simcoe. We are so pleased that you took the time to come to the Summit last Friday to present the idea of The Act in person. All this is a huge step towards helping the health of our Lake and preserving the Lake for future generations. Read more... Adobe Acrobat
Rob Walker - July 11, 2007. As a home owner on the shores of Lake Simcoe I am appalled at the ever decreasing quality of the water. Chemical fertilizers sewage from boaters and ineffective and leaking septic tanks are the worst culprits. We need the government on all three levels to step in and inspect the farms and cottages that are around and near the Lake and force the polluters to correct the problem. Cheers Rob.
Queenie Little, Big Bay Point Resident - July 5, 2007. I too, am very concerned with the health and beauty of Lake Simcoe, and I believe that creating a marina for a 1,000 boats that may have motors running on gas and oil that dribbles into the water, will further pollute it. Read more... Adobe Acrobat
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