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
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.
Mr. Les Stewart MBA
Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition
1201 Bayfield Street North
Midhurst ON L0L 1X1
705 737-4635 Tel
705 627-2242 Cell
2. Response to email by Park Management Specialist, Ken Lacroix (July 23rd):
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.
So…Where is the money going ’cause zero of it has made it out to park since April 1st?