We’ve put together and summarized some recent news and articles from our Lake Partners. Use the links to access full information Enjoy!
New Year’s Resolutions: It’s time for resolutions! And while you may be focusing on your weight, or your finances, or simply going to bed an hour earlier every night, you shouldn’t neglect your cottage. That’s right — your favourite place on earth could use some resolutions too.
What to do if you’re involved in a boat crash: According to the Lifesaving Society, powerboating activities account for roughly 10 per cent of the 160 or so drowning deaths that occur in Ontario every year. Here’s what you should know.
Healthy Shorelands: Interested in improving the health of your shoreland, welcoming pollinators and stopping pesky Canadian Geese from pooping everywhere? The Shorelands Gardens Program, a joint venture with Watersheds Canada, gives you tips to improve our environment.
Become a Citizen Scientist! Interested in helping with conservation? Sign up for one of The Land Between’s programs to learn more about how to keep the environment healthy, identify wildlife, research wetlands and protect turtles!
Site Alteration By-Law Update: Changes to the Site Alterations by-law were mostly “technical” but allow by-law staff to enforce the by-law and set fines more easily. The most significant change is penalties were increased from a maximum $10,000 to $100,000 for both individuals and corporations. These are the maximum fines permitted under the Municipal Act. An Engage Muskoka page that includes a number of questions to obtain public input prior to returning to Committee.
Indigenous Perspective: The Reconnecting with the Natural World webinar tells the story of the indigenous peoples who have called Muskoka home for over 13,000 years and how we can reconnect with their concept of home.
Have you tried Plogging? A trendy workout that benefits nature.
Your Lakes — Your Views Survey: All Safe Quite Lakes programs are based on input from lakefront communities. In 2017, over 3,300 persons responded and the detailed report was shared with lake associations, local governments and the OPP. Six thousand community members responded to the 2021 Your Lakes, Your Views survey:
Be Wake Aware: Over 200 No Wake signs were deployed in Muskoka and beyond. SQL released the Be #WakeAware campaign in partnership with FOCA and the MLA to educate those participating in tow sports to stay well away from shore.
Town of Huntsville (also applicable to the Township of Muskoka Lakes)
Licensing short-term rentals: All seasonal and permanent residents of the town’s Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Program. All those operating a short-term rental are reminded that they must be licensed with the Town and registered with OHRMA for the MAT program.
Emergency Preparedness – Be Ready for Anything: Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and impact of whatever emergency might happen, whether natural or human-induced. Everyone has a role to play when it comes to emergency preparedness. Take concrete actions to protect yourself and your family during an emergency by practicing these simple steps: