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On this page please find
FOCA submission to MNR re BILL 239  by Gerry Hunnius
info string questioning the FOCA position and reply a by Lance Sherk
Who is Lance Sherk and Phil Basciano of the LSC  and the other players and their connections
who is GPA EDC their employers
who is Gerry Hunnius 

FOCA response to Peter Chowan  This was in response to requests for assistance in dealing with MNR re KHSS Jan 2004.

the following is a direct copy from the FOCA web site as noted below and is in response to an email requesting information on the FOCA position re bill 239

To: Mr. Dan Marinigh, Manager
Land Use Coordination Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water Street, P.O. Box 7000
Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5 

January 24 2003 

Re:      EBR Registry Number AB02E4002
Bill Number 239

Dear Mr. Marinigh:
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations Inc. (FOCA) represents 500 associations with a combined membership of 100,000 property owners and up to 500,000 cottage users.  During the Lands for Life process, FOCA’s former Environment Chair Gerry Hunnius represented the interests of our membership on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Round Table.
We are seriously concerned about the recently tabled legislation, Bill 239 that will establish the new land use designation of “Recreation Reserve” and apply it to the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site.  We urge you to withdraw this legislation.
The entire process of the Lands for Life / Living Legacy Round Tables, followed in the case of the Kawartha Highlands site by the appointment of the Local Stakeholders’ Committee chaired by Sissy Tanner, has followed due process.  From the early beginning of the Lands for Life process to the final recommendations of the Local Stakeholders’ Committee, decisions were based upon land use planning parameters mandated by the province, the public was consulted many times within this context, and committee members were asked to ensure that results of consultation were reflected in their final recommendations.  The Local Stakeholders Committee for the Kawartha Highlands site worked hard to reach consensus and a unanimous set of final recommendations, within their mandate to protect the area as a Provincial Park or a Conservation Reserve, or a combination thereof.
Citizen participation and due process are fundamental cornerstones of a democratic society.  The introduction of this Bill violates these principles. On these grounds alone, we urge you to withdraw Bill 239.

Gerry Hunnius,Environment Chair Emeritus

  Wendy Moore, Executive Director

c.c.      Premier Ernie Eves
posted Feb 2003

note we checked that site early March and this letter was not there at that time.

From: "Info-FOCA" <>

Subject: RE: your position
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 17:48:23 -0400

Attached is a response from Lance Sherk a director of FOCA. I trust this is the information you require

----Original Message-----

Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 8:29 PM
To: Barb-FOCA
Subject: your position

 On march 8  Wendy S Lyttle said the following to her members

"Catchacoma Cottagers' Association" <>

 "Also FOCA - Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association -

represents 500 associations does not support Bill 239.  (CCA is a member of FOCA)"

And you said  the following in response to our question below:

 <Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 13:06:40 -0400

From: Barb-FOCA <>
Subject: RE: Reply

I am contacting the volunteer director who was asked to respond to your
letter. I will confirm my findings next week.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 11:39 AM
To: Barb-FOCA
Subject: Reply

I still did not receive a reply to my e-mail. I believe your entire
executive should be informed of this and provide me with a response. We
would then publish your response to ALL the affected cottage
associations in the area... some 20 in total.
Thank you

Was Wendy S Lyttle correct in her statement as to your position?

with respect.

Ivan Battye
The following is the attachment and the reply from FOCA  His (Lance Sherk a director of FOCA)comments are unsigned and deliverd as inserts to our letter sent to him we have coulored them for clarification

The Local Stakekolders Committee (LSC) completed a report for the Ontario Government stating their recommendation for a PARK designation for the entire Kawartha Highlands Signiture Site (KHSS). This KHSS also includes the KHPP ( Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park) which is a NON- OPERATING Park in the Kawartha Highlands. This PARK, (also known as the Bottle and Sucker lake Park) was established as a canoe- access- only -Park,  is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. It is being ruined by unregulated overuse, improper unauthorized roads through the bush, garbage, and human waste, no privies and no garbage containers, private docks have been placed on Bottle Creek and vehicles parked in the bush,  anywhere and everywhere. The MNR has consistenty stated it has NO money to administer, control, regulate, maintain, or protect the environment, issue permits or provide a proper separate gated road for visitors to this Park and campers using the campsites.
ALL the area COTTAGE ASSOCIATIONS and numerous individuals  have requested in writing, and  made submissions to, the MNR, requesting this Park be an operating Park, but nothing has been done, and the situation continues to get worse, as the MNR ADVERTISES this PARK on it's web site, and visitors double each year visiting this Park.

* The whole public process that has been undergone for the KHSS addresses many of these issues.

Over 20 COTTAGE ASSOCIATIONS OPPOSE the LSC recomendation of a PARK designation for the ENTIRE KHSS an area some 20 times the size of the KHPP, because this Park would come right to the property owners boundaries, creating conflicts between tranient visitors and private
property owners.

* We would be most interested in knowing who these 20 associations are, who their executives are, and when these executive members took office. We have received support from individual cottagers on lakes in the townships directly affected by the KHSS and from lakes that will within the delineated boundary forming the proposed KHSS Park.

* Based on the Recommendations Report submitted by the LSC to the Provincial government, a management plan is to be developed for the KHSS.
* Additionally, there is more opportunity for conflict from transient visitors using crown lands (which is the current situation) than under the Park designation as outlined in the LSC Recommendations Report.

Both Townships OPPOSE the PARK designation, as does the Cavendish Ratepayers Association, the SGKH (Stakeholders Groups of the Kawartha
Highlands) and the vast majority of Cottage owners in the area.

* It is my understanding that both Townships in which the KHSS will be located do not oppose the KHSS. Galway-Cavendish and Harvey are no longer voicing outright opposition, but rather have met with the Honourable Chris Hodgson to voice their concerns. North Kawartha Township Council, whiole divided on the issue, do not oppose the KHSS recommendations and have also hada the opportunity to discuss their concerns with both the Ministry of Natural Resources and Hodgson.

Futhermore, cottage owners could stand to lose access rights to their water access only properties in some situations in the future.

* I’m nnot sure where you received this information, but based on what I have read in the LSC’s report, and my knowledge of the process, I would be inclined to strongly disagree with this statement. If you can provide any factual evidence to support this statement, I would be most interested in taking it forward to the chair of the LSC, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Chris Hodgson.

There is only ONE cottage association that supports the park designation to the property owners boundary, and that is the Catchacoma Cottage Association. ALL the other cottage Associations want, at the very least, a BUFFER zone of crown land between their property OR support Bill 239 with amendments.

* The issue of buffers has been addressed in the LSC report. Please define what you feel a "buffer" should be. A buffer of Crown Land would not give you the protection you seem to be looking for. In fact, if the buffer was to be Crown Land, any member of the general public could camp on this land for a maximum of 21 days. They could utilize this Crown Land right up to your property boundary and there would be very little you could do about it, and virtually nothing that Park’s staff could do. In fact, your property would be better protected from indiscriminate public use by the Park designation coming right up to your property boundary.

As the Catchacoma Cottage Association (of which I am a member) has sent me a letter stating that FOCA supports a PARK designation to my property
line,  my question to your organization is, on what basis and what information did you have to make this decision, that directly affects so many cottagers in the Kawartha Highlands?

* In response to this, let me simply state that we have read the LSC’s report, followed the process, seen the question and issue of buffer and Crown Land addressed numerous times by MNR staff at public meetings, and asked members of the LSC for clarification on this issue. We are very comfortable that the answers received on this issue are factual and legally sound.

For more information on this subject please refer to web site:

I would appreciate an answer at your earliest convenience.

Peter Battye
1004 Amble side Cr.
Kingston Not
K7P 2B3
613 384-6429
e mail:

* Roughly 73% of respondents to the EBR registry supported the LSC’s recommendations and opposed Minister Ouellette's proposed Bill.

It should be noted that as FOCA director Mr. Sherk responsibilities are to FOCA and not some EBR tally

Subject: RE: Intervention in KHSS matters by FOCA
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 00:52:20 -0400

You may find the following current information to be of interest.

i)   The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Committee (GPAEDC) is responsible to a board of directors. Ex-LSC Member and Deputy Reeve of North Kawartha, Janice Griffith, was appointed to this board of directors on January 30th, 2003 (see attachment).

ii)  The President and CEO of the GPAEDC is a person named Susan Cudahy.

iii) I have been told that there are five divisions of the GPAEDC whose managers report to Ms. Cudahy.

a)    The Tourism Branch is Managed by Phil Basciano, who is also a member of the LSC.
b)    The Manager of the Business Retention and Expansion Branch is Lance Sherk.

The managers of the other three divisions seem not to be involved with LSC matters. (see attachment).

Mr. Basciano was one of the speakers at the April 7th, 2003 meeting hosted by the LSC and the Peterborough Chapter of the OFN.  None of the speakers at that meeting demonstrated anything approaching adequate knowledge of KHSS matters.  It seems possible that Mr. Sherk may have obtained his obviously limited knowledge of KHSS matters from Mr. Basciano or, maybe, Janice Griffith.

Lance Sherk is a Director at Large (I have been told this means non-voting) of FOCA.

I have been told that he is a member of the Redstone Lake Cottagers' Association, and Todd Kearney tells me that Redstone Lake is in Haliburton.

Mr. Sherk is a resident of Oakwood near Lindsay and there is an address and telephone number for a C&L Sherk in the telephone book.  His email address and work contact numbers are provided in his bio in the attachment. Business telephone number is 743-0777 ext. 227.  See attachment for email address.  It seems that he may be looking for accurate information regarding KHSS matters - no doubt some of us could help him out in this regard.

He has been described to me as a "reasonable environmentalist" by persons who have met him in connection with municipal matters in Lindsay.

I know that some of you have already obtained the FOCA submission on Bill 239, but for those of you who have not seen it, it can be found at the website


About the GPA EDC:
News and Media Releases
 New Board Executives Elected
January 30, 2003

[PETERBOROUGH] The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) Board of Directors confirmed the following Executive Officers at its meeting held today in Peterborough.
Mr. Paul Scholfield will serve as Board Chair for 2003. Mr. Scholfield was Chair of the GPA Vision 20/20 Steering Committee that led to the creation the GPA EDC and served on the inaugural Board of Directors until 2000. Mr. Scholfield is retired Executive Vice-President of General Electric in Peterborough with a broad range of business and community service experience (see attached).
Members of the 2003 Executive Committee of the GPA EDC Board include 1st Vice-Chair, Finance - Mr. Bill Lockington, 1st Vice-Chair, Governance - Mr. David Bignell, 2nd Vice-Chair, Nominations - Ms. Linda Ashby and Tourism Committee Chair, Mr. James Jackson.
New members appointed to the Board include Mr. Scholfield and Mr. Don Bennett and County of Peterborough municipal representatives Warden Dave Nelson and North Kawartha Deputy-Reeve Janice Griffith. Returning Board members are Ms. Erica Cherney, Mr. Barry Davies, Mr. Brian K. Earle, Mr. Vic Norman, Dr. Tom Phillips and Ms. Sharon Wilshaw. Mayor Sylvia Sutherland and Councilor Jack Doris are the City of Peterborough municipal representatives.
The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives appointed by the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough and the GPA EDC Board of Directors.

About the GPA EDC: Staff Profiles
Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation

Susan Cudahy
President & CEO

Susan, the Founding President and CEO of the GPA EDC joined the organization in February 1999, shortly after its creation. Susan has 20+ years of sales and marketing management experience - predominantly within the automotive and utility-based sectors in regional and national sales management positions. Susan serves on the Board of New Stages Theatre Company and the Trent University Land Development Committee.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext. 222
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Jay Amer
New Business Development
(City of Peterborough)

Prior to joining the GPA EDC team in 1998, Jay worked in a variety of marketing and communications roles with Ontario Hydro, the former provincial electric utility. He has served on several local committees and boards including the Planning Advisory Board and Peterborough Utilities Distribution Inc.  Jay successfully completed the Economic Development Program at the University of Waterloo and is a Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D).

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext. 230
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Lance F. Sherk
Business Retention and Expansion

Lance Sherk is a graduate of the University of Guelph with his Masters of Science in Rural Planning & Development and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Lance is certified in International Business Retention and Expansion, and Nutrient Management Planning. He has worked extensively with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations and in the field of Rural Land Use Planning.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext. 227
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Laura Lauzon
Business Consultant

Laura Lauzon came to the GPA EDC after working as videographer at CHEX Television covering City Council beat. She and her husband moved to Peterborough in 1994 to start their own business - Kawartha Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic. Laura has been the GPA EDC business start-up consultant since 1999.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext. 225
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Carolyn Quinn
Executive Assistant

Carolyn joined the GPA EDC in early 1998 and brings with her many years' experience from working in corporate administration in Toronto. Carolyn is also an active member of the Peterborough Theatre Guild.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext. 221
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Kate Young
Sales & Marketing Representative

Kate joined the GPA EDC full-time in 2000 after completing a college internship program with the organization. With a Diploma in Marketing and Design from Loyalist College, Kate assists members of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism with marketing and advertising program development and coordination of various publications and advertising projects.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext 226
Fax: (705) 743-3093

John MacDonald
Physician/Skills Recruitment Program Co-ordinator

After a 34-year career in education, John MacDonald was hired to the position of Physician/Skills Recruitment Program Coordinator in September 2001 to oversee all efforts aimed at attracting doctors and skilled workers to the Peterborough area. John is the past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Peterborough Civic Hospital, the past chairman of the Board of Governors at Sir Sandford Fleming College, and is presently serving his second term as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Peterborough Family YMCA. John has accepted this new challenge of giving leadership to a unique and significantly important community project focussing on recruiting doctors to the Greater Peterborough area.

Telephone: (705) 743-0777 Ext 224
Fax: (705) 743-3093

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism

Phil Basciano
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism

Phil has over 20 years' experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He joined Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism in 1998 initially responsible for development of the Motor Coach Tour Program. Phil sits on the Kawartha Highlands Stakeholder Committee and is also an active member of the Kinghts of Columbus.

Telephone: (705) 742-2201
Fax: (705) 742-2494

Gail Henderson
Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism in 1999, Gail worked for the City of Peterborough. Gail brings with her over 20 years of experience working in the administrative field in Peterborough.

Telephone: (705) 742-2201
Fax: (705) 742-2494

Bernadette Fontaine
Travel Counsellor

Bernadette ("Bernie") joined Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism full time in June 2001, immediately following her graduation from Sir Sandford Fleming College where she earned her Travel & Tourism diploma. Bernie is very knowledgeable in the tourism field and enjoys working directly with the public and the members of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism.

Telephone: (705) 742-2201
Fax: (705) 742-2494

Sean Roper
Supervisor, Tourism Operations

Sean comes to Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism having previously worked with the Recreation Divison of the District of North Vancouver. Sean has experience in various sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry and is a graduate of the Tourism Management program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, B.C. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Telephone: (705) 742-2201
Fax: (705) 742-2494


Subject: FOCA, Lance Sherk and Gerry Hunnius
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 11:36:06 -0400
Good morning,

By now you should have received the following items:

i) A cryptic message from Wendy Lyttle, President of the Catchacoma Cottagers' Association, that was sent to SOME members of the CCA on March 8th, 2003, indicating that FOCA had disapproved of Bill 239.  The writer did not receive a copy of this message, but discussed it with founding members of KHRASS, Ivan and Peter Battye, about March 11th.  They followed up with correspondence to FOCA.

ii) By April 17th, Peter Battye still had not received a reply from FOCA and he followed up with a second request to Barb Stronach at FOCA, requesting information about its stance on KHSS matters.

iii) On Friday, April 25th, just before 6:00pm, Barb Stronach sent Peter Battye a rather unprofessional reply from Lance Sherk who seems to regard himself as an expert on KHSS matters and, obviously, strongly supports the LSC's faulty recommendations.

iv) At 8:13am, Saturday, April 26th Peter Battye sent this reply to Gary Faulkner, the writer, and we discussed a game plan for this information that day.  Sending you the information was step one in the game plan.

At this point in time no one seemed to know who Lance Sherk was or where he was from.  It was not possible to obtain this information over the weekend.  Nevertheless, a KHRASS Bulletin was sent to key persons to make them aware of FOCA's shocking position regarding the KHSS on Sunday, April 27th.

Late Sunday evening the writer received the following message from Big Cedar Lake cottager, and founding member of KHRASS, Carol Cassidy.  Laurel McConnachie is also a founding member of KHRASS.

 Sunday, April 27, 2003 11:51 PM

Subject: Re: Intervention in KHSS matters by FOCA/Just Maybe

I'm not sure but I think Lance Sherk was the one who attended one of the Council Meetings last year with an associate from the Peterborough Development Corporation he was in pretty tight with Sissy at the time you could tell because he was allowed a lot of time at the Meeting! ---


At the first opportunity on Monday, April 28th, the writer contacted FOCA's office and determined that Lance Sherk was affiliated with the Redstone Lake Cottagers' Association, lived in Oakwood, Ontario and was a Director at Large with FOCA with portfolios including Municipal Affairs and Lands for Life.

IMPORTANT: It seems significant to me that FOCA refers to Lands for Life in 2003, rather than Ontario's Living Legacy
(OLL).  The former ended in March of 1999 when the latter commenced.  The KHSS is primarily an OLL concept.

Later, on Monday, April 28th, Coon Lake cottager (key contact BUT not yet a member of KHRASS), Derick Holyoake, sent me the following message independently --


Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 11:02 PM
Subject: Re: Intervention in KHSS matters by FOCA

Hi Gary,
I believe that Lance Sherk is employed by the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Council and has made a number of presentations to North Kawartha Council.

By Tuesday, aided by the information from Carol and Derick, I was able to obtain the information regarding the GPAEDC and connections to LSC Members and Lance Sherk that I sent you last night.  I am not suggesting that there is anything improper about these connections, but they do offer a
POTENTIAL explanation for Mr. Sherk's positions on matters. He seems to be exposed to LSC sources of faulty information regarding KHSS issues.

While reviewing the FOCA website for information on its directors, I noticed that Gerry Hunnius is a Director at Large with five portfolios, including Lands for Life.  Gerry Hunnius was a member of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Round Table that was, effectively as I understand it, dismissed by John Snobelen in July 1998.  I spoke with Gerry Hunnius some time ago regarding KHSS related issues and discovered that he was quite uncaring and, I thought, uninformed, about property access issues.  He seemed to have no current knowledge regarding reductions in hydrocarbon pollution that might result from allowing the relatively small number of property owners on the shores of lakes that were already developed (as contrasted with undeveloped lakes) to develop road access.  He was also unclear about what the final recommendations of the Round Table were while he was involved with it.  They were provided in a very informative document that was released in August 1998 that received very limited distribution, but contained some extremely interesting information.  I will provide you with excerpts soon.

I am attaching some information concerning Gerry Hunnius for your review.

VERY IMPORTANT: Gerry Hunnius was involved with the Lands for Life project while the ENTIRE Great Lakes St. Lawrence planning area was being considered.  In my conversation with him I did not get the impression that he was familiar with the more detailed analysis of the KHSS that should have occurred during the KHSS (or Ontario's Living Legacy) phase. Since Bill 239 was specifically oriented towards the KHSS, Ibelieve that Gerry Hunnius may have been lacking very critical, detailed information concerning the KHSS when he prepared his submission regarding Bill 239.  The point I am trying to make here is that the KHSS was only defined when Lands for Life had ended in March 1999, long after Gerry Hunnius's active involvement had formally ended.



Message from Peter Chown  on Fri, 30 Jan
  Subject: FW: foca meeting                                                                                       
Hello. Enclosed is the letter we received from FOCA responding to the presentation that we [Jim, Todd & Peter made last June]. I suggest it is time to respond. Under a separate e mail I'll forward a draft of a .....responce. Keep in mind that Petter Battye and I will be at FOCA to receive it. If we are going to respond we should do so next week since the next FOCA meeting is Feb. 10th.

The following is copy/ quote from the full letter. The original is on file. It was on FOCA letterhead and was co-signed Sincerely By Darrell Selsky President and Gerry Hunnius Director at Large

"The Board of Directors of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association met on October 21st and discussed your presentation and recommendations which were offered to the Board at our meeting on June 18.

FOCA believes that the achievement of the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Charter and the enactment of the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park Act signifies a new and productive framework for the environmental protection of this important site and as co-operative basis for the future management of the park. With the appointment the KHSS park Management Committee, which will provide advice to the Minister of Natural Resources, there is a mechanism in place to identify and resolve any potential management issues that arise. As you are aware Dana Dvorak who is on the FOCA Board is one of the appointees to this committee. FOCA will look forward with interest to any reports she may provide. If there are issues which affect the FOCA membership, the Board will determine if and how FOCA will respond.
With respect to your recommendation that FOCA form a Political Action Committee, it is the opinion the Executive of the Board that Committee will continue  to act in this capacity and bring recommendations to the full Board of Directors if any action is proposed. This is a sensitive area with respect to our member organizations and FOCA has been well served in the past by relying on the experience and commitment of our Officers.

Thank you for your presentation and your recommendations. We sincerely hope and expect that all of the parties to the Charter will continue to work co-operatively to achieve our common goals with respect to the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park ."

The circumstances where-by Ms. Dvorak came to be "on the FOCA Board" are "curious" and we are asking for a copy of the FOCA bylaws.