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  • 10 May 2017 8:36 PM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    The SLCO has indicated it's opposition to the proposed Lippa Pit & Quarry in a letter sent to the Township of Muskoka Lakes Planning Director yesterday. The SLCO will deliver that same message to the ToML Council Meeting on June 16th 2017, where they will consider this application.

    Our members and others in the community are asking what else they can do to express their opposition to this application.  We strongly encourage you to contact the ToML to express your individual concerns about this application. 

    In order to ensure your comments are kept in the public record and part of this application it is best if you submit your objections in writing, either by Canada Post, email or fax to the Planning Committee of the Township of Muskoka Lakes at -

    David Pink,  Director of Planning, Township of Muskoka Lakes,  P.O. Box 129, Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0, email:,  Phone: (705) 765-3156  Fax: (705) 765-6755

    In addition you can copy the Mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes - 

    Donald Furniss, Mayor, Township of Muskoka Lakes P.O. Box 129, Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0, email:  Phone:(705) 765-3156 Fax: (705) 765-6755 

    You may also want to include a copy to your elected ToML representative -

    Ward A

    Ruth-Ellen Nishikawa,  District and Township Councillor,

    Sandy Currie, Township Councillor,

    Donelda Hayes, Township Councillor,

    Ward B

    Allen Edwards, District and Township Councillor,

    Linda Barrick-Spearn, Township Councillor,

    Gault McTaggart, Township Councillor,

    Ward C

    Phil Harding, District and Township Councillor,

    Jean-Ann Baranik, Deputy Mayor, Township Councillor,

    Terry Ledger, Township Councillor,

    If you are outside the Township of Muskoka Lakes and this rezoning will still affect you, you may wish to contact your local municipality's Planning Department and/or elected representatives in your area.

    Town of Huntsville:  
    Stisted (Aspdin Rd), Stephenson (Allensville) & Port Sydney (Ward 3, 4 & 5) Councillor,

    Kirstin Maxwell, Director of Planning, Town of Huntsville, 37 Main St East (705) 789-1751,

    Ward 3, 4 & 5

    Jason FitzGerald, Township Councillor, 705-385-1838

    Det Schumacher, Township Councillor, 705-385-2677

    To email these representatives and for further contact information go to:

    Seguin Township District of Parry Sound: 

    5 Humphrey Dr., Seguin, 705-732-4300

    Ward 6: Jack Hepworth  705-346-2181

    Ward 3: Rod Osborne  705-774-6166 

    District of Muskoka: 70 Pine Street Bracebridge, Tel: 705-645-2231 

  • 10 May 2017 8:30 PM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    Today the SLCO sent a letter to the Township of Muskoka Lakes Planning Director David Pink, registering it's opposition to an application by Mr. Frank Lippa to create a large pit and quarry operation on Butler Mill Rd, just north of Skeleton Lake off of Aspdin Rd.

    The SLCO feels the proposal, known as The Lippa Pit & Quarry (Lippa), could have a significant impact on the environment at the north end of the lake, the residents who access the area from Aspdin Road, and could potentially impact our water quality.

    The proposed Lippa operation would require an amendment to the Official Plan as well as changes to the zoning of the lands where the quarry would be located.  The proposed amendments are to be considered at a council meeting scheduled June 16th at ToML council chambers in Port Carling.  More information can be found here .

    You can read a copy of our letter here SLCO to ToML re Lippa Quarry.pdf

    Why is this important to residents and cottagers on Skeleton Lake?

    • The SLCO has reviewed various studies submitted in support of the application and has concerns about potential impacts on the environment, wildlife, pollution, traffic and water quality.   

    What can you do?

    We will be communicating with you by email over the coming weeks as more information becomes available.  You can also keep up to date via our Facebook group and at our website at .

    Thank you for your support.

    Scott May


  • 13 May 2016 10:40 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    Courtesy: Ken Reese

    Muskoka Beech are under attack by the Beech Bark Disease, an insect-fungus complex. This disease has now pretty much spread through the entire range of the beech species. In the insect stage of the disease, the crawler nymphs, less than a millimetre, hatch in late summer, soon cover themselves in a white, woolly wax filament and feed by inserting their stylet into the inner bark of the tree. 

    Beech Scale Insect TuftsThe scale insect looks like a white tuft and the colonies can be numerous enough to lend a whitish cast to the bark. By spring the adult stage of the scale continues to feed and lays its eggs in the summer. The insects do not kill the tree but do weaken it over time.

    Juvenile BBD CankersIn the fungus stage of the disease, the fungal spores are carried by wind and rain and over a period of 2-10 years, enter the feeding wounds left by the scale insect,. The fungus feeds on the inner bark and cambial layer causing small cankers to appear on the surface of the smooth bark.

    Red Fruiting Bodies, Oct

    These cankers continue to grow and often within 3-6 years girdle the stem. The conspicuous clusters of fruiting bodies of the sexual stage appear in the fall as red coloured bulbs some 2-3 mm in height and can be numerous enough to give a reddish cast to the bark.

    Clusters of Red Fruiting Bodies, OctFor the cottager, damage can occur from dead branches or the collapse of the tree. Careful inspection of your beech treecan identify the insect and the fungal stages of the disease and precautionary measures can be taken.

  • 02 Jul 2015 10:27 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    (FOCA July 2015)  An important clarification and confirmation of municipal jurisdiction of the permitting and approvals of structures built over water was recently rendered in Ontario Superior Court. 

    Read more and see the full decision, here:  FOCA: Municipal-authority-over-boathouses-decision

  • 02 Jul 2015 10:18 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    (FOCA July 2015) As we begin the busy July and August boating season, OPP reminds us that boating safety is up to each of us. The decisions we make on the water can lead to great family times, or potentially tragedy. 

    Read more, including an OPP report on boating incident statistics from the last 10 years in Ontario: FOCA/boating-safety-is-everybodys-business

  • 02 Jul 2015 8:58 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

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  • 01 Jul 2015 9:22 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)
    UPDATE - June 10, 2015: Further to the Ontario Energy Boards decision (see below) to reassign customers formerly in the “seasonal” customer class, FOCA is participating in discussions with Hydro One about how to roll people into new rate classes effective January 1, 2016. The meeting held this June 10th allowed FOCA to see several proposed options of how this could be done, what rate changes to expect and how the changes could be phased in over time. The changes will affect some hydro consumers more than others, and FOCA is assessing how large consumers, typical consumers and small consumers will see their hydro bills change. Hydro One will make its final recommendation to the Ontario Energy Board August 4th. Intervenors including FOCA will be providing feedback during this process.  Read more here...
  • 17 Apr 2015 10:59 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

  • 09 Aug 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous
    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Skeleton Lake Cottager's Association (SLCO) was held at Troy Cove Marina on August 9th, 2014 at 10am.

    More than 50 voting members attended, and almost as many again from the general public. The President, Doug Dougherty welcomed everyone and introduced the Directors of the SLCO. He introduced the Mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, Alice Murphy, who made a surprise visit. She addressed the meeting briefly and congratulated the all those involved in developing the Lake Plan document. Having perused the document, she commented on the detail in the Plan and urged the Directors to present it at a Planning and Economic Development Committee of the District Municipality of Muskoka.

    The meeting proceeded with the President's Remarks, the Treasurer's Report and the Water Quality Report. The details of these and the Standing Committee Reports will be posted on the web site entitled Minutes of 2014 AGM.

    Doug Dougherty presented a slide deck outlining the development and final draft of the Skeleton Lake Plan and Stewardship Program. There were several questions and then the Members were asked to vote on a motion to accept the Plan/Program, publish the document and begin implementation. The motion was approved unanimously. The President was elated, as were those involved in the project and the Members. It was the culmination of almost five years of work. Congratulations all around!

    The Chair of the Nominating Committee reported that the following Directors were seeking re-election to the Board: Ken Auden, Lou-Enne Bartolomeu, Jeff Crocker, Cary Deloye, Timolin Daniel, Doug Dougherty, Jim Dyment, Sherril Johnson, Teddene Long, Al Marshall, Scott May, Paul Pieper, Kathi Poupard, Geoff Ross, Paul Smith and Sandi West.

    There was a call for nominations from the floor and Bob Smith was nominated. The motion for approval of the above nominees was approved. These seventeen Directors assume the responsibility for the management of the corporation for the 2014/15 year.

    Teddene Long - President
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