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  • 5 May 2020 2:06 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to arise in Simcoe and Muskoka and elsewhere in the province, I ask your assistance in supporting and sharing the Ontario government’s and Chief Medical Officer of Health’s message (most recently communicated in correspondence to Medical Officers of Health on May 1, 2020) to stay safe and stay home at your primary residence. I know that normally at this time of year many people begin spending time at their cottages, enjoying the natural beauty of Ontario’s lake-lands. However this is a year like no other, in which we have all been managing pandemic COVID-19, which is still circulating in our communities, particularly in larger urban centres.

    With the arrival of the seasonal residents to Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka we would also expect to see the potential for COVID-19 to affect more people in our rural and small urban areas. It is also important to know that health care services, though not strained at this time, could become overwhelmed with the arrival of many people to cottages who may be incubating the virus as they arrive. Having a case of COVID-19 begin in a more remote location would make it more difficult for people to obtain the timely medical care that they would need.

    For these reasons I ask that you inform your association members of my concerns by sharing this message with them and ask that they postpone going to their cottages, even for a day trip, until a later time when the leadership within the public health system communicates that the rate of COVID-19 transmission is truly under control and sufficiently low to not pose these hazards.

    I am aware that despite my message to stay home, there will still be some people who will make the decision to go to their cottage. If that is what they choose to do despite the request to not do so, they need to ensure that they follow public health measures, including: physical distancing of at least 2 metres from other people; staying at their cottage as much as possible; purchasing food and medications in their own community before arriving at their cottage and limiting their visits to the local community for essential shopping only; no gatherings of more than five people unless they are all from the same household; practicing proper hand washing and cough hygiene, including frequent handwashing; and self-isolating if they develop symptoms.

    For more information on COVID-19 please view the information that we have provided on our website at, contact us on our Health Connection Line at 1-877-721-7520 or by email, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Please be safe and be well this spring and summer.


    Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC

    Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

    t: 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 x: 7219


    Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 15 Sperling Dr, Barrie ON L4M 6K9

  • 15 Apr 2020 7:43 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    On April 3, 2020, the province of Ontario updated its list of "essential services" to include marinas, "but only to the extent that the marina is necessary to enable individuals to access their primary place of residence."

    Details Are Here.

  • 15 Apr 2020 7:37 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    “Stop being selfish”: Should Torontonians head to cottage country during the pandemic? We asked the mayor of Muskoka Lakes – Toronto Life Article

    Read Full Article Here

  • 10 Apr 2020 12:45 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Algonquin Highlands COVID-19 UPDATE – Boat Launches, Enforcement and Event Cancellation

    Haliburton County currently has two confirmed cases of COVID-19. With early spring weather and Easter weekend quickly approaching, local medical professionals continue to remind us that this is a critical period in the advancement of the virus.

    Read Full Press Release Here

  • 20 Sep 2019 1:53 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    May 22, 1931 - September 18, 2019

    Peacefully, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness in her 89th year. Barbara had a long and joyful life filled with love, laughter and family. Mother of Pat (Hugh Middleton), Sandy (Mike Fitzgibbon), Cathryn (Steve Mantione), and Scott (Marilou Roth). Grandmother of nine: Alex, Torey (Marc Hersh), and Jake Middleton, Caitlin (Chris Dewar), Hilary (Matt Van Dyck) FitzGibbon, Andrew (Alannah Bruns), Carly and Jane Mantione and Jack Lewis.

    Barbara was born in Mississauga and grew up in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. She graduated from St. Clements School and married the love of her life, Jim Lewis in 1952. Following his death in 1984, Barbara lived independently and was actively involved with the IODE (she was a founding member of the Dr. Healy Willan Chapter), the Canadian Club, French lessons and her walking and bridge group friends. Her stroke in 2012 left her with profound aphasia and apraxia, the inability to speak, read or write coherently as well as the loss of her driving license. She met these challenges with optimism and grace and amazingly overall good cheer, often overlooking that all she was saying was “yesterday”, “today” or “absolutely wonderful.” Her favourite place on earth was the cottage on Raven Lake where she summered with family, friends and dogs since 1963. She will be sorely missed.

    Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church, 3141 Mississauga Rd. (at Dundas St. W., on the hill) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. Following the service a Celebration of Life will follow at the Toronto Golf Club, 1305 Dixie Road, Mississauga, from 1 - 4 p.m. Private Interment. For those who wish, donations may be made to IODE, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the Humane Society. Online condolences may be made through

  • 15 Aug 2019 7:14 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Update: Hydro One Seasonal Electricity Customers

    This week, Hydro One has distributed an email letter to their Seasonal Customers, related to the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) proposal to eliminate the Seasonal rate class, which will negatively impact many FOCA members. 

    See a copy of the letter, important links, and background information about this pending change, here:

    FOCA expects the OEB to issue a decision on this matter by late August 2019. As we have done in the past, FOCA will be advising our members of the ruling, and will be undertaking whatever opportunity is available to intervene with the OEB to represent the interests of our members. 

  • 15 Aug 2019 12:04 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    NOTICE Special Meeting Township Strategic Visioning Session

    TAKE NOTICE that Council will hold a Special meeting on August 27, 2019 commencing at 9:00 a.m. in the Township’s Council Chambers at 1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON.

    The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a Strategic Visioning Session for the Township.

    Dated this 15th day of August, 2019.

    Dawn Newhook, Municipal Clerk
    Township of Algonquin Highlands
    1123 North Shore Road
    Algonquin Highlands, ON  K0M 1J1
    T: (705) 489-2379 x333

  • 12 Aug 2019 12:20 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    The 2019 RLCA AGM is coming up on Saturday, August 17th at 10 AM. As always, the AGM will be held at the Sandy Beach and be followed by the Annual Corn Roast. ALL ARE WELCOME!

    The Agenda for the 2019 AGM as well as minutes and other documents from the 2018 AGM can be found here

  • 7 Aug 2019 5:10 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Raven Lake Landing

    Q1.  Why are changes being proposed at the Landing?

    A1. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF) has notified the RLCA that the landing is owned by MNRF and that all of the stick docks are “an illegal occupation of Crown Land”.  Since 2007, the MNRF has consistently informed RLCA that we are at risk of having the docks removed at any time.  Status quo is not an option.  

    It is the RLCA’s opinion that if changes are to be made, any solution must be of a scale to accommodate the boats of all water access residents who wish to have one.

    Q2. What has been RLCA’s mandate to negotiate with the MNRF?

    A2. At the RLCA AGM on August 12, 2012, the following motion was passed:

    “Be it resolved that:

    This Association endorses and approves the actions of the Board of Directors to date with respect to the landing, and directs the Board to develop and advance a long-term plan to ensure that safe and secure docking and parking is available at the landing to the Raven Lake community, including opening discussions and negotiations with the MNR, townships, and others having jurisdiction. Further, the Board is authorized to draw up to $3000 of the Association’s funds as may be necessary in connection with expenses related to the development of this plan.”

    The motion was carried unanimously by the membership at the meeting.

    Q3.  What has RLCA been doing to respond to MNRF?  

    A3. The RLCA has been in discussions with the MNRF in an effort to represent the interests of landing users and cottage owners since 2012.  The goal being to negotiate a resolution that would be presented by the RLCA to water access residents for their approval and transition to a situation with the appropriate rights and tenure to install docks attached to the MNRF-owned Raven Lake Landing,

    Q4.  Where is the process at now?

    A4.  In 2015, the MNRF requested and the RLCA submitted a proposal for discussion to the MNRF. This proposal suggested that MNRF offer to the RLCA a shoreline lease which would allow for a new docking system to be installed to accommodate up to 120 slips (one for every water-access property), pending approval and permits from the Township of Lake of Bays.  The proposal asked that along with the shoreline lease, we be granted the right to park vehicles overnight in the parking area. 

    No final offer has been received from the MNRF and no decisions have been made or agreed to by the RLCA. 

    In 2017, the MNRF responded by saying that it would “not be opposed” to the proposal pending the outcome from the following steps:

    • Consultations with First Nations;
    • Environmental Assessments of both water and land portions of the Landing area;
    • Support for the new docks from the Township of Lake of Bays and potentially Algonquin Highlands;
    • Completion of a Public Comment period with the local community, primarily the residents of Raven Lake    

    At this point, the MNRF has undertaken a number of environmental studies which have concluded that “no significant adverse environmental effects are expected” to the lands and waters at the Landing.  We are presently in the middle of a Public Consultation with residents.  Please see the “MNRF Public Notice Requesting Input to a Screening Process”  posted on and on the bulletin board at the Landing.  No decisions have been made but it has been determined by the MNRF that the status quo is unacceptable and that the existing docks could be removed by the MNRF at any time.

    Q5. How much will this cost?  

    A5. The exact costs are unknown at present given that no final decisions have been made by MNRF or the Townships.  It is expected that in order to issue building permits for the docks, the Township will prescribe that the docks be built to meet the Building Code for a public docking area.  In addition, RLCA will want to ensure that the docks be designed and constructed in a manner to minimize ongoing maintenance costs and ensure longevity.  The costs will be divided on a pro-rata basis between Raven Lake water access cottagers who wish to have a dock at the landing.  There will also be an annual rental and maintenance fee which would include the cost of indemnifying the MNRF and RLCA through liability insurance.  

    Q6. Has there been any feedback from the Townships of Lake of Bays and/or Algonquin Highlands?

    A6. The RLCA has met with the mayors (and others) of both Townships.  Both responded in the same way.  That we have been smart to get ahead of the situation with the MNRF and that they are surprised that our situation has been allowed to continue for so long.  Also, that with all of the changes that are being made at the provincial level to existing personnel and programs, we should aim to get the matter settled as soon as possible.

    Q7.  What will happen to my dock?

    A7.  At some point we expect that it will be ordered to be removed by MNRF along with all stick docks.  

    Q6. How will I get access to a new dock?

    A6. Once the RLCA has agreement from the MNRF that it will issue a shoreline lease, application will be made to the Townships for permits to install new docks.  Of course, the RLCA will offer slips to all water access residents along with detailed costs to purchase, install and estimates of annual maintenance fees prior to proceeding. Making a deposit will establish a resident’s right to have a slip.  Since no decisions have been made by MNRF the dock allocation process is unknown.  

    Q7. When will we know and when will new docks be installed?

    A7. The timing is up to MNRF and the Township of Lake of Bays.  There is no exact timeline at this point.  It may take another year or more. 

    Q8. How can I learn more?

    A8. The number one way to learn more and stay engaged is through the RLCA website and Facebook page and attending the RLCA AGM (this year held on August 17, 2019) where this is discussed each year.  Periodic updates will be posted at the Landing Bulletin Board and on the website

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