Member News – June 2011

Member News is a quarterly communiqué of FUN that shares useful information amongst the Federation’s members. In this issue, we describe some successful programmes that deal with common challenges we all face with our local associations.

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Read the Member News

Our latest communiqué, Member News, is now available. You can read it by clicking here. It contains useful tips for resident associations on: recruiting/retaining members; raising funds; being more effective advocates; and creating a free easy to use website. Other F.U.N. communications can be seen on our Communications page.

Ontario’s Heritage Places of Worship

Places of Worship are under ongoing threat for demolition and badly need a strategy for protection.

 The Ontario Heritage Trust has begun a major inventory of Ontario’s Places of Worship of 25 years and older. In addition the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is consulting on a draft guide for the conservation and protection of heritage places of worship in Ontario.

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Queen’s Park Report – Spring 2011

Affordable housing – The Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011, was passed by the legislature on April 19 with the support of all parties. When the legislation comes into effect, it will reduce barriers to affordable housing, eliminate complicated rules, clarify roles, require secondary suites in municipalities and mandate measuring and reporting.
Greenbelt Protection – February 28, 2011 marked the sixth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt – the world’s largest greenbelt at 1.8 million acres of working countryside, it spans across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and extends to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

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President’s Message – March 2011

So much municipal activity is governed by provincial legislation. We hope that by FUN’s sharing of information we will learn about each other and our provincial government and that this will result in responses to our various concerns.

We recently took several steps to improve the outreach to our members and make neighborhood associations more aware of our existence. What follows are the results so far, largely thanks to the superhuman efforts of our communications and membership directors, Janice Brown (from Hamilton) and Harry Eaglesham (from Markham).

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Mark Your Calendars for our 2011 AGM

The Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be the guest speaker at our 2011 Annual General Meeting. Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011 Location: reThink Green Environmental Centre, 176 Larch Street, Sudbury, Ontario 2011 AGM Agenda (revised May 5) See the full notice: 2011 AGM Notice  Read the proposed Constitution amendments. We are excited … Read more

Queen’s Park Update – January 2011

With a provincial election happening in October 2011 there is a sense that things are being viewed and created increasingly from a political and less from a policy perspective. This is to be expected but it makes it less likely that there will be substantial legislation carried forward in the next few months.

Two matters where there was substantial public involvement in 2010 and on which consequently there is interest and expectancy that the government will deliver new policy in 2011 are the anti-SLAPP Advisory Committee (chaired by Dean Mayo Moran from University of Toronto Law School), and the Five Year Review of the 2005 Provincial Policy Statement.

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