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News Update From Trout Unlimited Canada


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Some interesting news from Silvia D'Amelio, CEO of TU Canada:

 

· At the national level, our involvement in the Green Budget Coalition has been extremely beneficial to TUC and we hope the document produced will help drive increased investment in Canadian aquatic resources. We will forward the document on to all of you once it is published. (Newsletter Ed note: for those unfamiliar with this group The Green Budget Coalition, active since 1999, brings together eighteen of Canada’s leading environmental and conservation organizations representing over 600,000 Canadians, to present an analysis of the most pressing issues regarding environmental sustainability in Canada and to make recommendations to the federal government regarding strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities. )

 

· Our biologists report on TUC’s work quarterly to the national Board of Directors. These reports are now public and will be posted to our website quarterly. Our conservation and education activities are also presented at our annual general meeting and these are also available on our website: https://tucanada.org/annual-report/. Feel free to have a look, we would appreciate your feedback.

 

· Regionally, TUC staff have been working on the implementation of 4 major culvert mitigation projects in support of the Reconnecting Canada program. You can find out more about these projects on our website, newsroom and on social media. Contact the bios to get involved.

 

· Earlier this summer TUC wrote statements of concern over the proposed development of two separate gravel pits adjacent to the North Raven River in central Alberta. More information and copies of the letters are available on the website:https://tucanada.org/albertas-north-raven-river/. (Newsletter Ed note: Letters of concern were also sent by the NLFF/TU Edmonton Executive)

 

· Our biggest announcement is a change to the TUC membership model. Based on feedback from members, chapters and staff, TUC introducing a new membership model that we hope will benefit chapters. Starting in 2018 (for a 2 year pilot term) memberships will go back to a fixed rate of $40 and TUC will provide chapters with $20 from each member that joins the chapter. These funds will be available to all chapters in good standing at the end of each membership year. To simplify this process and optimize renewals, TUC is also changing membership term to a fixed date (currently each person has a different renewal date). Starting now, all TUC memberships will start April 1st and we will start reminding people to renew in January. To facilitate this revenue sharing, we will be updating the chapter charter signed with each chapter before the new year. For the information of the membership, the $40 membership is still a tax deductible donation and they will receive a tax receipt. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with each of you towards increasing membership and chapter support.

  • All new members and those renewing as of September 1, 2017 will have their TUC memberships extended to March 31, 2019.
  • Beginning in 2018, all new/existing members who purchase a one-year tax-deductible membership from April 1 to December 31 will receive a TUC membership expiring on March 31 of the following calendar year.
  • Beginning in 2019, all new/existing members who purchase a one-year tax-deductible membership from January 1 to March 31 will receive a TUC membership for the following membership year.
We hope that this change to a fixed membership year will help simplify the membership renewal process, reduce errors and omissions and eliminate the need for multiple renewal reminders throughout the year.

 

· We ask all chapters to please ensure that your logos are now up to date and that all old logos are removed from all digital media. In addition, we now ask that chapters no longer produce materials with the old logo. We appreciate the investment made in brochures, t-shirts, banners, etc. and for this reason we ask that materials already printed or ordered be retired by December 31st 2019 in favour of the new branding. (Newsletter Ed note: We have been in discussion with Silvia and Phil Rowley regarding logos and will have an update at the business meeting on October 4th)

 

· Lastly, we thought you would all like to know that Jack Imhof, our Director of Conservation has retired – almost! We have convinced him to retain his title and act as a contract advisor to TUC. Jack will be working 4 days per month for the organization after a much needed 1 month holiday. We wish him the best and thank him for agreeing to advise the organization going forward. We will be planning a small retirement party for Jack, please contact us if you would like to be notified of the date/location.

 

As always, we appreciate your thoughts and feedback. Please continue to send information to Phil for the newsroom, News Stream and social media.

 

Regards,

 

Silvia

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