Does Ian Taylor and his Friends of Springwater Provincial Park group have any authority, whatsoever, from the Ministry of Natural Resources to do anything especially collect $?

Apparently not.

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Image first appearing on Friends of Springwater Provincial Park Facebook, July 12, 2013

No agreement. No permission to do work in park. No permission to issue annual passes to Springwater Park. No supervision whatsoever.

In fact, explicitly the MNR is not responsible for Mr. Taylor’s fundraising.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is not responsible for their actions nor does it take a role in determining whether or not this group has any legal authority in promoting their fund raising efforts in this fashion.

1. My email to Superintendent Scott Thomas RE:  above image.

From: Les Stewart
Sent: July 13, 2013 6:49 AM
To: Thomas, Scott (MNR)
Subject: Friends of Springwater fundraising

Scott,

I was wondering if you could clarify whether or not Ian Taylor and his group has the legal authority to collect money from Barrie area businesses based on issuing annual passes, naming rights to trails, constructing gardens, etc. regarding Springwater Provincial Park as suggested in the attached image?

The jpg file appears to be a brochure that appears on Mr. Taylor’s Facebook page which is designed to solicit up to $20,000 per business over time from individual Barrie business owners for services that, in part, would require MNR approval.

I have been a small business person for over 20 years and would want to communicate very clearly to my business associates whether or not the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Parks has authorized or stands behind the Friends of Springwater Provincial Park in their collection of these monies.

Regards,

Les


Mr. Les Stewart MBA
Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition
1201 Bayfield Street North
Midhurst ON L0L 1X1
705 737-4635 Tel
705 627-2242 Cell
SpringwaterParkcc.org

2. Response to email by Park Management Specialist, Ken Lacroix (July 23rd):

Hi Les

Scott has provided me with a number of emails regarding your inquiries about the Friends of Springwater Provincial Park led by Ian Taylor. I am pleased to respond.

The use of the “Friends of” name is not restricted for use by any group nor is it trade marked by Ontario Parks. Throughout Ontario, there are a number of “Friends of” groups that are recognized in agreements with Ontario Parks. These groups are registered charities with objectives that are consistent with the management objectives of the Park. These recognized “Friends of” groups carry out activities to supplement and enhance the services offered by Ontario Parks in respect of the Park and raise funds to contribute to Ontario Parks.

The group that your correspondence refers to as identifying itself as “Friends of Springwater Provincial Park” does not have an agreement with Ontario Parks nor do they have permission to conduct any work or issue passes in the park at this time. As such, we do not consider this group to be a recognized “Friends of” organization. The Ministry of Natural Resources is not responsible for their actions nor does it take a role in determining whether or not this group has any legal authority in promoting their fund raising efforts in this fashion.

Regards

Ken

So…Where is the money going ’cause zero of it has made it out to park since April 1st?

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5 Responses to Does Ian Taylor and his Friends of Springwater Provincial Park group have any authority, whatsoever, from the Ministry of Natural Resources to do anything especially collect $?

  1. Simcoe Resident says:

    Ian Taylor knows by now local government and businesses don’t support him having anything to do with the park. It is August and nothing is happening.

    Thank you for posting that response by Ken Lacroix. Ken Lacroix does not say it publically, but I am sure Friends of Springwater Park aka Ian Taylor are not going to have anything to do with running Springwater park.

    If any of you are considering giving any money to Mr. Taylor and Friends of Springwater Park, I would look for a current financial statement. If you cannot find it, that is because it is not posted publically. Maybe the money is being used to pay for gas in a personal vehicle or to buy lunch for the “board of directors”.

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    • SPS says:

      The Board of Directors currently consists of Ian, his girlfriend Brenda, and two others (Jack Garner and Nancy Bigelow) according to their website. All of the other Board members have long since resigned.

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      • Simcoe Resident says:

        Does this Nancy Bigelow even exist? The only reference to her I have seen is on their website.

        Jack Garner has appeared at a couple of events but I believe he plays a minimal role.

        SPS is correct that Ian and Brenda have more than just a business relationship and that they knew each other before the news about Springwater Park being made a non operational park.

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  2. Simcoe Resident says:

    This is dated September 20th, 2013. Ian Taylor is still soliciting money using that image. I am sure he is aware that Ken Lacroix and the MNR did not give him permission to do any work in the park and that there is no agreement between Ian Taylor and the MNR.

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  3. Simcoe Resident says:

    Ian Taylor is trying to take credit for the Cenotaph at Springwater park being fixed. He is not the one restoring it. He is not the one paying to restore it. The man is still boasting that his group and him are going to be running this park.

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