Lake Partner News

We’ve put together and summarized some recent news and articles from our Lake Partners.  Use the links to access full information  Enjoy!

Cottage Life

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.

The Land Between

    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!

    Muskoka Ratepayers Association

    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.

    Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre

    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.

    Nature Conservancy Canada

    Have you tried Plogging?  A trendy workout that benefits nature.

    Safe Quiet Lakes

    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:

    • 71% supported no wake zones to protect people and nature
    • 70% supported stronger enforcement of boating while under the influence
    • 67% supported establishing decibel limits on boat noise
    • only 18% said there is no need for additional enforcements (down by 33%).  
    The research report has eight practical recommendations. Safe Quiet Lakes is actively working on plans to lead these changes.  

      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:

      1. Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
      2. Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
      3. Build an emergency kit – During an emergency, everyone will need basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
      4. Stay Informed – Residents are encouraged to be alert ready. There are several ways to stay informed:
      • Register for local notification through the new Voyent Alert in Muskoka app. This is a community alerting service provided by the District of Muskoka and surrounding communities. It is intended to keep you informed during critical incidents such as fires or floods. The service is FREE, simple and anonymous. Register online to receive email, voice or text-based alerts at: register.voyent-alert.com.
      • Sign-up for Provincial notifications through the Alert Ready in Ontario app
      • Follow @OntarioWarnings, @ONsafety and other provincial communication handles on Twitter or follow #AlertMuskoka on social media
      • Subscribe, listen or follow local government and media outlets online

        Visit getprepared.gc.ca for resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies or Huntsville.ca for additional information specific to Huntsville. 

        Please contact Tom Grajnar at tom.grajnar@skeletonlake.ca with any suggestions that you may have for our Lake Partner News Summary.  

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