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Recent Developments, June 16

by on June 16, 2010

Some recent developments, June 1 to June 16, 2010:

June 1, 2010:

Three members of On My Honour met in Mississauga with the Ontario Provincial Commissioner, two other members of Provincial Council, the Chief (National) Commissioner, and two other members of the National Board.  The CEO of GGC was present as “note-taker”.  We have requested but not yet received copies of the notes taken at this meeting.  The Board members present promised to discuss the issues raised at their National Board meeting the following week.  We are still awaiting the results of that discussion.

June 5, 2010:

Approximately 30 members of On My Honour attended the Annual General Meeting of GGC in Mississauga.  While originally (at the June 1 meeting) we had been promised 5 minutes to speak to the National Board, a subsequent letter advised us that we would not be given this opportunity after all.  The On My Honour members handed out copies of “THE SPEECH WE WOULD HAVE PRESENTED IF WE HAD BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY” (see “Letters to National” tab) to all in attendance, and sat in silent protest.

June 7, 2010:

Rumours from the May 29 camp property meeting of still-open camps (those in attendance are not allowed to divulge what was actually discussed) has it that Province has set up new “benchmarks” that are essentially unattainable by the smaller camps.

June 8, 2010:

On My Honour members Denise Calvert of Camp Tewateno and Heather Green of Camp Aheesh were interviewed by Rogers TV in Owen Sound (local broadcast.)  As a result, National issued their own statement (see “GGC Official Media Release, Myths and Facts” under the Transformation tab.)

June 10, 2010:

Province has threatened to “fire” the whole Camp Tewateno Development Committee if they do not turn over the $200,000 fundraised for Tewateno’s lodge by June 30th, and shut down its website.  They state: “non-compliance will lead to more serious action including suspension of your appointment as a member of the Camp Tewateno Local Extreme Property Specialty Community”.  Keep in mind that all other camps that had fundraising dollars saved for camp maintenance and/or improvements had these funds confiscated into the general Provincial revenues at the time of Transformation in 2007.  The Tewateno committee feels that if they comply, there is no guarantee that the funds will be used for the intended purpose for which they were raised, i.e. the construction of a winterized Brownie Lodge for the camp.

June 14, 2010:

Denise was interviewed by the local Barrie paper (Barrie Advance.)

June 19, 2010:

Provincial Council will meet with ACL’s for Ontario’s Annual General Meeting, in St. Catharines.

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