January 2017 CHA Newsletter
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The following is sent on behalf of the National Trust for Canada.

Two important things you must do in January: 
For the first time in many years, we have the opportunity to put historic places on the national agenda. Your action is urgently needed now.

1. Help turn a heritage bill into law
Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) – proposes to create tax credits for historic places. This Bill presents an historic opportunity to tell elected officials from every political party that Canada’s historic places matter, and that federal actions can help save and renew them. 

What you can do:
  • Write to your MP, ask for a meeting, or both! Here is the link to find your MP by postal code.  
  • Write a letter to the Minister of Environment, who is responsible for historic places in Canada.
Here is a sample letter to get you started. When crafting your letter(s), you will find helpful background information on our website. Point to historic places in your area that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!
  • Cc the National Trust and Peter Van Loan to let us know what action you’ve taken! Send a copy of your letters to the National Trust for Canada 190 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON  K1R 6H4.

2. The Minister responsible for historic places wants your feedback by January 27! Tell her what is needed to protect historic places across Canada: tax incentives and more. 

For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to share their views on Canada’s historic places with the Minister of Parks Canada - the agency responsible for Canada's national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.

This is an awesome opportunity for the heritage movement. Please go online to register and complete the e-workbook. It includes important survey questions like “How important is it to you that Parks Canada protects designated heritage places – such as national historic sites and heritage lighthouses – that help tell the significant stories of Canada’s past?” 

Feel free to echo the National Trust's response to the final question, “For you, what is the most important priority for the conservation and enjoyment of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas for the next 50 years?” 

You can also submit an idea to the Ideas Forum, where others are encouraged to support or comment on your post.  Click here to find and “rate” our post, which is called Parks Canada can help keep heritage out of landfill sites, using funding and incentives!

You can also send your thoughts directly to Minister Catherine McKenna by email.

Just do it!

Thank you.

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