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Save Star Lake from:

Parks' Proposed: Commercial Light Industry
and Storage Sites at Star Lake

Information and Suggestions for Star Lake cottagers

(Latest update - Sept. 18, 2020), Prepared by Doug Collicutt, Lot 7, Block 6, Star Lake

Please read the letter below from one Cottage Based Business owner!

Deadline for Feedback is Sept. 18!

Please keep sending in your letters/emails and petitions! We cannot stand down until we have received a signed letter from Parks rescinding this proposal!

Deadline extended? See below.

*** Petition Submitted, Sep. 17, 2020! ***

Our hard copy petition opposing Parks' proposed CLISS development at Star Lake has been submitted. It contains the names of 198 people opposed to this proposed development. You can download it from this link:

Star Lake Petition Opposing Parks' Proposed CLISS Site at Star Lake

Thanks to Nadine Gustavson for her work on the petition!

And here is the current state of the online petition, with 288 signatures:

Star Lake Online Petition Signatures

Thanks to Jens Giesbrecht for his work on the online petition!

Please feel free to contact me at Doug Collicutt, (that's I will be happy to include your suggestions or comments. If you wish to be included in an email update group regarding this proposal just email me at the above link. Thanks.

*** Hey, now we have an online petition, too, Thanks to Jens Giesbrecht! ***

Star Lake Petition to Stop Proposed Storage Site

UPDATE: It has recently come to our attention that this is Parks' 3rd attempt at putting in these storage sites in south Whiteshell. Similar proposals by Parks have already been rejected by locals at Falcon Lake and Barren Lake! We'd like to see the records relating to previous rejections, please.

Website Statistics

As of Sept. 11 there have been 2,031 page views within the Star Lake website.


Saturday, Sept. 5, 11:00 a.m. by the volley ball court, main beach to discuss and plan actions regarding Parks Commercial proposal.

We had a great meeting on Saturday, 90 of our neighbours attended! Follow this link for:

More on the meeting.


Star Lake web site to remain!

And when this is all over folks, I want to keep a Star Lake web site going, somewhere we can all use as a forum for all things Star Lake, and as a rallying point for any future issues or problems. Yes, there is a Star Lake Face Book page, too, but this web site could be a more formal place to develop, share and archive information of all sorts.

Sept. 12 UPDATE

On Sept. 11, I received the following email with additional information on the eligibility requirements and standard conditions required for the proposed storage sites:

Hello Doug:

First off, let me thank you for your interest and participation in the consultation currently underway regarding the proposed light commercial storage lots near Star Lake in the Whiteshell.  On behalf of the Parks and Protected Spaces Branch, please let me assure you that we are respectfully and carefully reviewing all of the comments received during this transparent process.  I want to reiterate that this is not a “done deal” and no decisions have been made on the project at this time. 

Further to this, I’m pleased to advise you that we have now extended the consultation period indefinitely in order to more fully allow all those who are interested in this process, including cottagers, to participate in the consultation process.  Attached you will find some additional detailed draft material laying out some of the specific obligations and requirements for registered Cottage-Based Businesses if a site were to be approved in the future.  You may find this information helpful in better understanding the scope and nature of the proposal.  Again, let me reiterate that no decisions have been made as to the project itself, and we will continue to evaluate all comments and input received from yourself and your fellow cottagers and other important stakeholders. 

 It would be appreciated if you could assist the department in communicating this information to your concerned neighbours.  Please feel free to reach out if you require further information.

Thanks again.

Kathy Blanchard, Manager of Cottaging & Commercial Development
Department of Conservation and Climate
Parks and Protected Spaces Branch
Box 51, 200 Saulteaux Cres. Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3

Here are links to the documents mentioned above.

Commercial Light Industry and Storage Sites (645 Kb PDF)

Eligibility Requirements (284 Kb PDF)

Standard Condition (403 Kb PDF)

I know this is additional information that a number of our neighbours have requested. Please note the date on the Eligibility Requirements and Standard Condition documents: February 21, 2020. We received the letter from Parks more than 6 months after this process was begun.

And, by the way, here's a broader view of the Parks proposed "remote site" at Star Lake, showing how close it really is to cottages. Nice of them not to have included that in the map they sent us!

Broader view

Manitoba Parks is proposing a commercial development on the site of the old landfill just south of Star Lake. You can learn more about this here or on the Star Lake Face Book page. Cottagers have begun to receive letters from Manitoba Parks outlining this proposal. Prior to this no one at Star Lake knew anything about this project! Why were we not asked for our opinions at the early planning stages? It's OUR park and OUR backyard, why no prior consultation?

Personally, I am very angry about this proposal and want it stopped, but I do want to hear the opinions of my neighbours. I believe in seeking out the opinions and input of others. And I want to know why Parks did not come to us first, instead of making deals with a commercial special interest group.

If you, like me, are opposed to Parks proposal it is not too late to stop this development, but you must act promptly, you must let your voice be heard. We all must get involved. Doing nothing is NOT an option! Do not just hope that your neighbours will bear the brunt of this fight, do your part. Please send letters/emails to those in power at the addresses below to express your concerns. Talk to your neighbours to make sure they know what is being proposed.

Follow this link to read some of my thoughts, and some of your other neighbours:

More Thoughts, including safety concerns and Videos folks have posted

Remember, the deadline for feedback
to Parks is Sept. 18, 2020!

Now some doubt about the current dealine?

Why the rush? Have they got bulldozers lined up for October?

Please contact the following:

And please forward or cc your letters to me so they can be posted on this site. Ii you don't want to do this that's fine, but I think it will help encourage others to get involved. I will put links to all these emails at the bottom of this page. I will remove personal contact info from the letter if you choose. Thanks.

Even if you think Parks is just "testing the waters" with this proposal, please remain vigilant and send in your letters and emails.

Manitoba’s Premier, Brian Pallister: Email   @Brian_Pallister
Phone: 204-945-3714 Fax: 204-949-1484
204 Legislative Building 450 Broadway Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8.

It never hurts to go right to the top!

Sarah Guillemard, Minister of Conservation and Climate

Phone: 204-945-3730, Fax: 204-945-3586, Email

The Director of Parks:  (Haven't tracked down who this is yet, anybody know his/her name and contact info?)

South Whiteshell Park District Manager: is Keith Hood. He can be reached at the Falcon Lake Parks offices, Phone: (204) 349-2201

Dale Sobkowich, Head of Commercial Policy, Planning and Programing, Parks: Dale Sobkowich

This is the fellow listed in the letter we all got. Make sure you reply to him directly, but ALSO to the Minister. Feedback to the Minister's office ensures our concerns will be heard.

Star Lake Cottagers Letters/Emails to Parks Planning

Paul Gustavson Doug Collicutt
Bert Denouden Maureen Miller
James Duncan Bill Claydon
Wendy Sauer Lori and Paul Howarth
Don Klassen Jennifer & Dale Giesbrecht
Aiden Farrant Val Collicutt
Anders Giesbrecht David and Kim Wery
Glenn Merritt Greg and Cheryl Mussell
Jeff and Christine Frank Vince Cmela
Randy Clark & Sandra Massey-Clark Larry Santa
Jens Giesbrecht Patti Cohen
Arthur Blank Mike Kostelniak
Nadine Gustavson Brian and Nadine Conn
Jay Balbon Val and Greg Moore
Keith & Debbie Halhead Kristie Lester

Brent D’Argis, Cottage Based Business owner  

Great responses so far folks! But keep it up! We can't stand down until
we have a signed letter from Parks rescinding this proposal!

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