Jack Garner steps up to do the right thing by his friends and Springwater Park

January 14, 2016

Frequently court proceedings are very unpredictable and any cost awards seldom cover the actual costs for taking legal action.

Jack Garner

An important story by Janis Ramsay in the Barrie Advance called Springwater Park civil suit settled.

Mr. Ian Taylor was uncharacteristically quiet:

Ian Taylor didn’t have much to say after losing a civil lawsuit Tuesday over Springwater Provincial Park fundraising dollars.

“I have no comment. It is what it is,” Taylor said Tuesday afternoon.

Jack and Mr. Taylor disagreed about the use of donated money, Jack got the funds mostly frozen and a Barrie judge agreed with Jack.

On Tuesday, a judge agreed with Garner’s case and has ordered Taylor to repay the almost $8,000 taken, along with about $20,000 more to cover court costs and Garner’s legal fees.

“I’m extremely happy to be able to return the funds to those who were willing to put the money up to save the park,” Garner said.

Jack remains steadfast in protecting the park for future generations.

Ian Taylor personal

Mr. Taylor’s group’s and personal Facebook pages appear to have changed.



Whose pockets will be lined if Ian Taylor’s group is successful in raising $1 of the $100,000 in 60 days?

December 31, 2013

The Friends of Springwater Park’s first Indiegogo campaign raised $250 or 1.25 % of their goal.

And to boot, they don’t have any working (let alone formal) relationship with any of the defined stakeholders: park ladies, Beausoleil First Nations and Ministry of Natural Resources.

FOSP indiegogo1

1. From a comment about their latest in a long line of pleas on the public purse: 

Simcoe Resident says:

December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

I am not sure if using crowdsource funding is appropriate when there is no agreement between FoSPP and the MNR. It was announced publically that the MNR was entering into talks with the Beausoleil nation.

2. This $100,000 goal is their second Indiegogo campaign.  The first one, registered by Brenda Devitt (Brenda Semple?),  appears to have raised $250 of $20,000 goal (1.25%) from Oct 2012 to Jan 2013.

FOSP indiegogo3

These are the two articles that announced that the park ladies, Beausoleil First Nations and the Ministry of Natural Resources are entering into an agreement.:

There is no mention of any other group or individuals.

3. I recall Mr. Taylor saying on CBC radio that he would be fundraising $250,000 each year to keep Springwater Park operational.

4. In August, a commerical sponsorship program was established but there doesn’t seem to be much written about it. See below.

ProgramsTo take money (repeatedly) knowing you cannot spend it under the conditions it was given, gives at least the perception of having the hallmarks of being a charity fraud.

Top 10 viewed posts on SpringwaterParkcc.org so far.

October 23, 2013

What are the most popular articles on this weblog?

Top 10 Posts viewed and when they were written

    1. Friends of Springwater Provincial Park: their financial record, Nov 28, 2012.
    2. Cat’s-paw: a pawn or dupe, Dec 2, 2012.
    3. Any community groups that are sucking up to the MNR when Springwater Park ownership is under question, are helping provoke a confrontation., May 12, 2013.
    4. Who is responsible for the sand blasting, damage and repair of the circa 1929 Vespra Boys cenotaph at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi?, Oct 15, 2013.
    5. Idle No More in Barrie: Flash Mob Round Dance, Georgian Mall Barrie, ON, Boxing Day, 2 pm., Dec 23, 2012.
    6. The Fraud Triangle by Dr. David Cressey, Dec 12, 2012.
    7. How deep is Ian Taylor’s understanding of First Nations nation-to-nation Treaty Rights and Springwater Park – Camp Nibi?, May 12, 2013.
    8. Simcoe County politicians could finance the Springwater Park “losses” for almost 150 years, if they wanted to, Dec 31, 2012.
    9. Are the 31,000 acres of Simcoe County Forest really The Lungs of Barrie?, Oct 24, 2012.
    10. Sunnidale Park in Barrie should be a model for protecting Springwater Provincial Park from being sold, Mar 14, 2013.

October 23, 2012 to October 23, 2013.

The RCMP, Springwater Provincial Park and charity fraud

August 2, 2013

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have some very good advice on giving money to charities.


Especially new ones that tap into public emotion that collect money in cash or by PayPal.

Watch out for charity scams

Since fraud artists hope to profit from people’s generosity, the RCMP would like to remind Canadians to be wary of false charity scams. Consider the following precautions to make sure your donations benefit the people and organizations you want to assist:

  1. Be wary of appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving current events.
  2. Ask for written information about the charity, including name, address and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund-raiser will give you information about the charity’s mission, how your donation will be used and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.
  3. Ask the solicitor for the registered charitable tax number of the charity. Question any discrepancies. Confirm the charity’s registration information through the Canada Revenue Agency (1-800-267-2384).
  4. Check out the charity’s financial information. For many organizations, this information can be found online.
  5. Ask for identification. If the solicitor refuses to tell you or does not have some form or verifiable identification, hang up or close the door and report it to law enforcement officials.
  6. Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a scam artist.
  7. Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations. If you notice a small difference from the name of the charity you intend to deal with, call the organization to check it out.
  8. Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making. If you have any doubts about whether you’ve made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you’ve made a pledge. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.
  9. Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers won’t push you to give on the spot.
  10. Be wary of charities offering to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your donation immediately.
  11. Be wary of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. According to law, you never have to donate anything to be eligible to win.
  12. Avoid cash gifts. Cash can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it’s best to pay by cheque.
  13. To file a police complaint, contact your local police force. To ensure that your complaint information is shared with other law enforcement agencies, also file a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.

Emphases added based on my 58 manyears of not-for-profit experience in the Barrie area.

Who are the high-profile supporters of Ian Taylor and his Friends of Springwater Park group?

August 2, 2013

Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in money requires very heavy support from friends in high places.

Ian Brown Nuttall

Patrick Brown, MP Barrie, Mr. Taylor and Alex Nuttall, Barrie Councillor

Ian  Brown Nuttall

Mr. Taylor, Patrick Brown, MP Barrie, Jack Garner and Alex Nuttall, Barrie Councillor

Let Brown FOSP

Patrick Brown, MPP Barrie, Letter of support

Ian Jackson

Rod Jackson, MPP Barrie

Award Jackson FOSP

Rod Jackson, MPP Barrie, Commendation for fundraising excellence

Ian Lehman

Jeff Lehman, Mayor Barrie

Ian Wilson

Jim Wilson, MPP Simcoe-Grey

Jack Garner

Jack Garner, retired businessperson and politician.


Mr. Taylor’s most recent program to raise money.

Images supplied by Save our Springwater Provincial Park Facebook page.


Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Watch out for Charity Scams

This is just the first bit of advice from the RCMP on the white-collar crime subcategory called charity fraud:

  •  Be wary of appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving current events.

Experienced public officials are aware their offices can be used to create criminogenic environments.

Control fraud is when an executive uses their entity as a “weapon” to commit fraud.

July 19, 2013

William K. Black also writes frequently on NewEconomicPerspectives.org.


Wikipedia excerpt [Control fraud]:

Control fraud occurs when a trusted person in a high position of responsibility in a company, corporation, or state subverts the organization and engages in extensive fraud for personal gain. The term Control fraud was coined by William K. Black to refer both to the acts of fraud and to the individuals who commit them.

Wikipedia excerpt [William K. Black]:

William Kurt Black (born September 6, 1951) is an American lawyer, academic, author, and a former bank regulator. Black’s expertise is in white-collar crime, public finance, regulation, and other topics in law and economics. He developed the concept of “control fraud“, in which a business or national executive uses the entity he or she controls as a “weapon” to commit fraud.

Black earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Black is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Department of Economics and the School of Law. He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007 and previously taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and at Santa Clara University.

Black was litigation director for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) from 1984 to 1986, deputy director of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) in 1987, and Senior VP and the General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 1987 to 1989, which regulated some of the largest thrift banks in the U.S.

Black is the author of, among others, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, 2005, University of Texas Press, ISBN 0-292-72139-0.

Bill Black wrote many articles for the Huffington Post from 2009 to date, focusing on financial and political fraud and chicanery and (legal and illegal) corruption.

William K. Black also writes frequently on white-collar crime on NewEconomicPerspectives.org.

Where did the money go that you donated to Ian Taylor’s group to “Save our Springwater” park?

May 12, 2013

From what I understand, the money collected to “Save Springwater Park” at places like Zehrs on Bayfield Street in Barrie…

fosp zehrs

…was deposited in a for-profit entity called Friends of Springwater Provincial Park.

No talk of amounts taken from take for expenses, that I can recall.

This is NOT a certified “Friends of Provincial Park” group like the Friends of Algonquin or Friends of Awenda are (see here). Presumably the Ministry of Natural Resources approves of Mr. Taylor’s use of the park’s name and Ontario Parks program to fund raise over these past +7 months or so.

FOSP logo

And then all of part of those funds are moved into another legal entity called “People for Parks Environmental Initiative” which is said to be not-for profit.

people for parksRod Jackson, MPP Barrie awarded Mr. Taylor a certificate of appreciation, specifically, for his fundraising acumen.

FOSP Rod Jackson

Mr. Taylor wrote a letter to the editor to the Barrie Examiner on April 8, 2012, called Does Closed Gates Mean Closed Minds?. Some of the 27 comments are listed below:

2. Ian Taylor
If you don’t support our group than please just go away and leave your negative comments and accusations to your self please. If you have something you wish to discuss than contact me and I would be more than happy to discuss with you what our group has done and is continuing to do.
Thank you

3. Kimberly Hopkins
When I spoke to Ken Lacroix from the MNR via email a few weeks ago to inquire about your intentions with the park, his response was, “The Friends of Springwater are not an official organized group with the Ministry – we have no agreement in place with them. There is currently no business plan in place for the Ministry to review from any organization and I am unaware of the … fundraising efforts.”If you have no affiliation with the park and there is no business plan in place for the park, where exactly is the fundraising money going? Will there be proper accounting and transparency this time (as opposed to the fundraising that you have already been doing under the table since October)? How much of this collected money will be spent on gas and windshield washer fluid, as it was last time?I would really like to support your group because I love Springwater PP, but sadly your continued lack of accountability, transparency and professionalism are a huge turn off for many.

4. Ian Taylor
I’m sorry you feel that way.

5. SM99987
That is probably why the MNR wanted nothing to do with them. Some of the Friends of Springwater Park are not so friendly.

6. Pops Eagles
*** UPDATED *** Change of Direction by this poster

Take your negativity elsewhere TROLL… https://twitter.com/SM99987

*** seems your comments sparked me to investigate further and possibly re-evaluate my opinion.

1. It is my conclusion, after asking members of FOSPP just how they plan to keep the park open, raise funds, man the gates, etc… and where is the Business Plan …. WOW, what a shock to find myself immediately REMOVED from posting. I am or WAS a supporter. The executive members of FOSPP (full of shite puppet pawns, imho) who are ruining it for the people who sincerely would like to keep the park OPEN. If by eliminating any negative comments, you IAN are saying essentially… if you disagree with us TOO BAD, give us your taxes anyway. WELL Sir, and I use that title with reserve… and SM99987, I apologize (even though I am the opposite end of the PUNK scale). Even us elderly can be blindsided by EMOTIONAL Trolls. I wish to see the park stay open BUT NEVER with this group any where near the CASH

7. SM99987
I am not intimidated by a group of uneducated punks.

8. Patrick_Doyle1

Did this group within the last week promote Patrick Brown for the FAQ MP of the year. I hope people understand that to become a non-for-profit you can’t lobby support from any politician.

I have been trying to understand this fight as the park is still a park. But I see you turned it into a political game with the recent endorsement on the facebook page for Patrick Brown.

I’m all for green space and this cause would have my full support if the province was selling the land but its not doing that. The park is still a park that everyone can now enjoy for free. As for the wildlife, this is why people walk into a park to search for them and see them in their natural habitat. So I don’t understand that fight either.

9. Ian Taylor
Friends of Springwater Provincial Park is not a non for profit!

10. Patrick_Doyle1
Here is the quote from the letter above. I’m going to guess it was you who wrote this article? If not you guys are not on the same page.

“friends of Springwater Provincial Park now have official Non for Profit
status under the name People for Parks Environmental Initiative.”

11. SM99987
They did promote Patrick Brown on their Facebook page. Then the admin of that page deleted it a few hours later.

Don’t expect an answer from these people. They don’t think they have to explain themselves to anybody.

12. Kimberly Hopkins
They delete a lot from their page. Anyone who asks too many questions or anyone who criticizes them at all will have their comments deleted. On a side note, it’s funny that now they are interested in working with other groups. They were bashing another group on facebook back in October, and when I questioned who the other group was, my comments were deleted. Ian commented on the Springwater Citizens coalition blog, attacking their involvement with Simcoe Aware and Idle No More, yet now he supports them? (He later deleted his comments of course). I guess they only want to play nice for the media.

13. Ian Taylor
I do not support Mr. Stewarts group or Idle No More I find your one sided comments insulting. Lets make sure we stay positive and move forward.
thank you

14. Patrick_Doyle1

I’m starting to see a scam here? First you say in this letter that you are now a non-for-profit , then you post to one of my post saying you are not a non-for-profit? Which one is it?

Maybe you are looking for a big pay check and see this as a way to do it? But you are not explaining yourself properly at all here on these boards. If you can’t get your facts in order between an article and the comment section how do you think you can operate a park with this type of inconsistency? Or does it come back to money again? Maybe you think you have enough support ( financially) to keep it open and have 100% volunteers to look after the park while you take home a pay check?

Sorry, I’m not seeing a guy that wants to save a park, I’m seeing a conservative who wants to have a bigger bank account.

This park is still a park whether or not its maintained by someone. I only see dollar signs from you in wanting this park to be operational.

15. Moment_In_Time
You do not support Les’s group for standing up for the same cause? Why not? You do not support Idle No More for also standing up for the same cause? Why not? You do not support or you are against? Which is it?

Now comments are closed,,, avoidance?

16. SM99987
They will tell you that you are negative and then they will tell you to “believe” haha

17. Ian Taylor
Is deleting not a good thing? If its against policy and procedure for a non for profit than we corrected the problem. We are all new to this and some things you must learn as you go. We learn from our mistakes and it makes us better at the end of the day.

18. SM99987
Friends of Springwater Park, how much money have you raised so far?

These upgrades are a significant amount of money.

20. SM99987
Where is the upfront money going to come from? You don’t think all these upgrades are going to be done for free? Are any of you in this Springwater Park group willing to put up your own houses or can you get the credit from your bank? Was this addressed in the business plan?

You are counting on volunteers to stand at a gate and run a store? How long will that last? Who is going to coordinate it? Is that person going to do it for free?

Forget the animals. It is a major cost.

If I was the MNR and you approached me with this plan, I would think you are not being realistic.

21. Ian Taylor
Please do your homework on our group before leaving such negatives comments.
Thank You.

22. Roger Duverson
sm99987 has some valid questions. Who is going to cover the up-front costs and how long will volunteers continue to run the store/gate for. This all sounds great but I don’t think its a realistic long term solution.

23. SM99987
They are legitimate questions. You have no idea who I am or who is reading here. Maybe I am related to Kathleen Wynne or maybe I am one of those at the MNR that makes recommendations whether we should even speak to you? You don’t know.

24. Ian Taylor
Exactly WE have no idea who you are so don’t expect answers to your questions. Lets try to be open, positive and honest.
That’s how you will get a response. Attacking a group is not helpful and quite frankly I have more important things to do, like fighting to keep this park operational for ALL to enjoy.
Thank You.

25. SM99987
This is not he letters to the editors. I don’t have to identify myself. Based on your answers, I have decided to lobby against your group having anything to do with running this park. You are unprofessional.

27. Roger Duverson
SM99987 is being realistic, more realistic than people who think volunteers will keep this park open to the standards we are used to.

sm99987 says “maybe I am one of those at the MNR that makes recommendations whether we should even speak to you”… if you are… I hope you decide not to speak to anyone until the occupation ceases.

FYI: To see Mr. Ian Taylor‘s response to this post, click here and go to Comment 5 or see below:

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