Annual Minaki Cocktail Party and Fundraiser

Minaki Foundation volunteer board members, stymied by their summer schedules and the cumulative effect of all their work for the Foundation and Minaki, concluded that they could not manage the annual Foundation cocktail party and fundraiser this year. In late May they announced its cancellation.

MCA board member Joan Chaput suggested that the MCA should pitch in, and after a cooperative meeting with the Foundation, the MCA board has made it official. We will pick the party up for one year, so that the annual chance for seasonal and year-round residents to relax and mix and raise some money for Minaki will continue in 2015.

Here are some details:

1) date is July 26, from 4:00 to 8:00;

2) tickets are $25 each as usual, but sold only at the door (and no part of the price will be tax deductible);

3) luckily, food again by Jean Louis and Denise;

4) all liquor proceeds will benefit the Minaki Community Association, as they have in past years;

5) in recognition of what the Foundation does for Minaki, and in recognition of all the work it has done to establish this party on the annual calendar, the Cottagers Association has volunteered to donate half of the net admissions ticket revenue to the Minaki Foundation.

We are very excited about this chance to continue this wonderful and cooperative event and raise some money for Minaki.

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Some Good News from Ontario MOE

The MCA wrote to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in September, 2013, again raising concerns about the lack of any enforceable limits on contaminants in the amended sewage treatment permit for the proposed Lodge redevelopment, about the lack of updated water quality baseline studies, and about the lack of any phosphorous treatment facilities in the plant.

The MOE responded at the end of January, informing us that redevelopers Bob Banman and Bob Schenkel had agreed to install in the plant the chemical process required to treat the effluent for phosphorous. This is good news, and the MCA thanks the MOE for paying attention to this issue and the redevelopers for agreeing to address it.

But the MOE letter ignored the critical issue of no enforceable limits on any contaminant from the plant and ignored the issue of updating the 26 year-old baseline studies. These obvious failings in the amended permit for the plant cannot be allowed to stand, and the MCA will continue to try to work with the MOE and with Manitoba Provincial officials to correct them.

The MCA’s September, 2013 letter to MOE, the MOE’s January response, and the MCA’s February reply are available under the “Minaki Lodge” tab, listed under “MCA Correspondence  With Ontario Ministry of the Environment.”

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