|Town Mails Out Disaster Relief Forms|
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (329 reads)
The Town of Huntsville is mailing out forms to residents in the affected flood zones who would like to apply for Disaster Relief under the province’s ODRAP program.
Affected permanent residents who experienced damage to their private property are asked to complete a “Private Property Damage Assessment Form” in order for the Municipality to determine the costs of the private damage that occurred during the flood. All forms must be returned to the Town by Friday, June 7, 2013 at 4:00pm.
The funding provided through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program will help people in declared disaster areas clean up and repair their homes and small businesses. Funding will also be used to rebuild essential municipal infrastructure like bridges and roads.
|Mine Creates 80 New Jobs|
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (2066 reads)
MP Tony Clement said he was pleased tohear that the Kearney Graphite Mine has been re-commissioned and will commenceoperations.
The Kearney mine anticipates creating 80full-time jobs, and up to three times more in spin-off positions. The re-openedmine is expected to produce 20,000 tonnes of natural large flake, high carbongraphite concentrate annually for 30 years.
Ontario Graphite has committed to severalsustainability measures when the mine re-opens. Waste rock on the property willbe crushed for third party construction projects. The recycling of 85% of thewater used in the mill will reduce the need to draw water from nearby lakes.
The Kearney deposit contains 43.5 milliontonnes of material.
|Earthquake Felt in Town|
Friday, May 17, 2013 (4404 reads)
An earthquake centred 21km from Shawville, Quebec rattled Huntsville today. Reports of the ground moving took over social media as the 5.1 magnitude quake was felt from Quebec to Ottawa to Toronto.
The last reported quake to be felt in Huntsville was in the year 2000.
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|Most of Town Dock Available for Use|
Friday, May 17, 2013 (137 reads)
The Town of Huntsville has announced that the majority of the town dock has been temporarily repaired and will be reopened for public use as of today. The section that is still barricaded continues to be off limits to the public.
The Municipality hopes to have this last section temporarily repaired in time for the July long weekend.
|Doors Open Georgian Bay This Sunday|
Friday, May 17, 2013 (115 reads)
Doors Open Georgian Bay, an event that’s a one day self guided tour of 12 locations in the Township runs this Sunday. The event takes residents and guests to unique properties or areas of interest in Georgian Bay. Visitors will be able to watch the boats pass through Big Chute Marine Railway and Lock 45 in Port Severn, both National Historic Sites, along the Trent Severn Waterway.
This event is further complimented with an end of day reception at the historic Severn Lodge
For more information visit http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/georgianbay
|Province Approves Disaster Relief|
Friday, May 17, 2013 (1116 reads)
The province will be doling out $18 million dollars between several communities in the province that suffered damage during the spring floods. The town of Huntsville has applied for $3.4 million dollars and that number may rise with the news that the town dock has suffered damage to the tune of over $1 million.
Besides Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Bracebridge qualify for assistance from the province.
For personal property loss, the town must help set up a provincially mandated committee to operate at arms length to raise funds and distribute them to affected homeowners. However anyone living in a flood plain is disqualified for relief.
|Medical Marijuana Company Looking for New Location|
Friday, May 17, 2013 (921 reads)
A proposed medical marijuana grow op in the MacTier arena has been scrapped, but the township of Georgian Bay is still hoping to find another location for facility. The arena was first considered as it levels of usage were very low and re-purposing the facility would help the township lower its costs.
According to Councilor Louise Rivett, the proponent, Mettrum Ltd has not cancelled its letter of intent and could apply for other locations in the area.
|Hart House Re-zoning Deferred to Council|
Thursday, May 16, 2013 (1018 reads)
King St. residents packed the council chambers yesterday inopposition to a re-zoning of the Hart House that would see additions to thebuilding almost triple the size square footage of the historic home. The owner wants to build a 3000sq ft homeoffice adjacent to the existing building and along with a granny suite, indooroutdoor pool and other upgrades.
Neighbours counter that the home business is more of acommercial entity that would cause significant congestion on local roads andinterfere with their enjoyment of their own properties.
Two of the five members of the committee came out againstthe re-zoning when a motion was made to defer the decision to a May 27thcouncil meeting. Mayor Doughty remindedcommittee members that the owner has the right to demolish the original HartHouse under current Heritage rules. The decision was referred to council on May27th.
|LCBO Negotiations Go Down to the Wire|
Thursday, May 16, 2013 (3138 reads)
LCBO employees are poised to strike at midnight, just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. Stores are likely going to be very busy today. On the eve of a strike four years ago, the LCBO had its largest sales day at $56 million. However, that strike was averted.
There hasn’t been a strike in the 86-year history of the LCBO.
Both sides are still at the negotiating table, which LCBO officials say is a good sign. The agency is cautiously optimistic a deal will be reached in time to avoid a walkout.
LCBO management has a contingency plan to try and provide some service in the event of a strike, but wouldn’t say which stores could be closed by a walkout. Agency stores in Port Sydney & Novar would not be affected by the strike.
|Planning Committee Clears Way for New 100 Unit Residential Complex|
Thursday, May 16, 2013 (5240 reads)
The Huntsville Planning Committee gave the go ahead for a new 100 unit residential complex at the corner of Hanes & Centre Streets yesterday. But many residents from Vernon View Condos off of Legacy Lane already concerned about traffic on the private road, implored the committee to restrict the use of Legacy Lane to current users. Residents say sight lines and increased traffic would greatly increase on the already dangerous road if the new complex were to use the private roadway instead of Hanes Rd.
Mayor Doughty has also made it clear that Hanes Rd access would be preferable; however that decision would be made at a later stage in the development.
|U of W Student Wins Research Award|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (200 reads)
The Muskoka Watershed Council has awarded the Hutchinson Environmental Science Undergraduate Research award to Graham Howell, a University of Waterloo Student here in town.
Howell will be researching shoreline stewardship in the Huntsville area through the summer.
|Last Day to Apply for Tree Subsidy|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (605 reads)
This is the last day to apply to the town for the spring tree planting program for 2013. The town is asking residents to pay 50% of the cost of planting a tree on their property to help make our town more beautiful. The trees will be installed by the town, along the front of your property to help give the area a more urban forest look.
The scheme is part of the Urban Streetscape Tree Planting Program and details and the application form can be found on the town’s website at www.huntsville.ca
|Fire Marshall Urges Cottage Owners to Check Smoke Alarms|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (87 reads)
The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council kicked-off its 7th annual cottage safety campaign this week urging all cottagers to protect their families and guests from fire and carbon monoxide.
The program, called “Peace of Mind for your Piece of Heaven,” puts its focus on educating the public that it is vital to prepare and practice a home or cottage fire escape plan and to check and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, ensuring that they are fully powered and are not past their expiry date.
The Council is urging cottagers to follow these five steps when opening the cottage this season:
1. On Day One of cottage season, prepare and practice a fire escape plan ensuring, wherever possible, that you have two ways out of every room of your cottage.
2. Check the age of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Immediately replace smoke alarms over 10 years old and CO alarms over 7 years depending on the manufacturer. This is required whether alarms are plug-in, hardwired or battery powered.
3. Install fresh batteries in all alarms, especially those in cottages that were closed down for the winter as cold drains battery power.
4. The same Ontario law applies in cottages as in permanent homes – working smoke alarms are required on every storey of your cottage and outside all sleeping areas.
|Stock Up Before Long Weekend: LCBO|
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (686 reads)
With the real threat of a strike by LCBO workers before the Victoria Day long weekend, the provincial agency is strongly suggesting drinkers stock up before next Friday’s strike or lockout deadline.
“In advance of the first long weekend of the summer, customers are encouraged to shop early for the best product selections,” Bob Clevely, LCBO’s senior vice-president, retail operations, said in a statement released Friday.
“Customers entertaining this weekend can avoid any possible service disruptions by shopping our stores early and stocking up,” he said. The LCBO says regardless of the status of labour negotiations, all LCBO stores — except for some locally-owned agency stores — will be closed on Victoria Day, which will be celebrated on May 20 this year.
|Residents Call on Council to Preserve Historic Hart House|
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (937 reads)
A group of residents are concerned about the town approving a proposed addition to Hart House on King Street. The proposal includes a one storey addition to the side of the building and another addition to the waterfront side of the home. The total size of the building could more than triple according to concerned residents.
The issue will be heard on Wednesday at the next town of Huntsville Planning meeting.
|Miller Calls For Disaster Relief Reform|
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (470 reads)
Yesterday Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka took the opportunity to support a motion calling on the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to undertake a review of the current Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
Miller said that “We are talking about a program that dates back to the 1960’s” Miller said that there is some room for improvement, particularly to meet the needs of small rural communities where it may not be possible to raise sufficient funds.
Under ODRAP, funds raised locally for relief efforts are matched by up to 2 to 1 by the Province. Through the application process however, these funds are not available immediately, when the support is often needed the most.
“There is real frustration in the communities affected by the recent floods.” Miller said. People have pulled together to work through these tough times, and it is important that they get the support that they need”.
|Deer Lake Residents Left to Remove Channel Debris|
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (1674 reads)
A group of Deer Lake Park residents will be left to clean up debris blocking the channel that leads from Deer Lake to Lake Vernon. The news came from the town after residents were told by the MNR that they no longer remove channel blockages. The town insists that it is not their responsibility either.
The debris has been floating in the channel ever since the flood and has created a floating island that is wedged on both sides of the channel.
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|Fire Danger Rating Set to Medium|
Monday, May 13, 2013 (233 reads)
The Muskoka Fire Chiefs advise that the Fire Danger Rating for Muskoka is now set at MODERATE. Small fires are permitted in most areas of Muskoka keeping in mind that no daytime burning is allowed. You must have adequate tools and water to extinguish the fire if the need arises and you must be with your fire at all times.
|Summer Company Looking for Student Entrepreneurs|
Monday, May 13, 2013 (228 reads)
The application deadline for Summer Company, the Ontario Government’s flagship program for young entrepreneurs has been extended two weeks. The deadline is now Monday June 3, 2013. “This will create an opportunity for those who have a business idea but didn’t have time to apply under the old deadline, and also allow students who have applied a little more time to finish their business plans,” according to Dave Connell, Managing Business Consultant at Muskoka Small Business Centre.
The program is geared towards exposing students across Muskoka between the ages 15 and 29 to the idea of entrepreneurship as a potential career choice. Participants who are accepted into the program are eligible to receive up to $3000 in funding from the provincial government to assist them in running their business over the course of the summer. Students will receive ongoing guidance and mentorship from staff at the Muskoka Small Business Centre to help ensure that each business is a success.
For more information please contact the Muskoka Small Business Centre at (705) 646-9021 or check out our website www.muskokasmallbusiness.ca
|Senior Climatologist David Phillips Speaking in Huntsville|
Monday, May 13, 2013 (205 reads)
Senior Climatologist David Phillips of Environment Canada is the first speaker in a new series called the Environmental Lecture Series being offered by the University of Waterloo and Education Huntsville. Phillips will be asking the question “Whats up with your weather” on May 15th.
The series features 4 other speakers that cover topics from sustainable forestry to energy to black bears.
Tickets are $10 per lecture or $40 for the series. For more information visits www.uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-summit-centre . Tickets are available at www.algonquintheatre.ca
|37 Jobs Lost at MAHC|
Friday, May 10, 2013 (4480 reads)
Saying this year the MAHC will not be able to balance theirbooks and will run a deficit, officials with the healthcare provider said that the cuts announced this week will have every dept in the organization feeling the pain.
The MAHC has unveiled plans to cut $2.4 million dollars out of their operating budget which they say will involve the loss of 37.1 Full Time Equivalent positions at the 2 sites the hospital operates. Severence costs are estimated to be $1.4million and that number is not included in the $2.4million in cuts. The hospital is hoping to get help from the LHIN absorbing those costs.
Natalie Bubela, CEO at MAHC, was optimistic that the cuts are setting the organization up for better efficiencies in the future.
Decisions have yet to be made on where Cataract surgeries will be single sited to, and the organization is trying to find a way to keep chemotherapy services at both hospitals.
Originally MAHC wanted to single site obstetrics, but public backlash forced them to rethink that and the resulting $1million in savings had to be found elsewhere.
Board chair Larry Saunders said that next year, he expected bigger cuts in funding from the government.
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|Child Sex Abuse Victim Heads Huntsville's Victor Walk|
Friday, May 10, 2013 (4069 reads)
A grade four student from Pine Glen School who is a victim of child sexual abuse is leading the way tomorrow on the Victor Walk in Huntsville. The Victor Walk spearheaded by NHL hockey play Theo Fleury, is designed to shed light on child sexual abuse and walks will be held across Canada.
Kealin has made it her life’s mission to help other kids so they don’t suffer like she did and she has become an advocate for children, being quoted in Glamour & People magazines. Kealin will be bringing her message to Prime Minister Harper later this month.
The Huntsville Victor Walk takes placebuilding. on Saturday at noon. Participants will be meeting at 81 Main St West in front of the Family, Child & Youth Services
|Clement Addresses Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities|
Friday, May 10, 2013 (150 reads)
MP Tony Clement will be addressing attendees of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities this morning. The conference is being held in Parry Sound. The Federation advocates on behalf of 110 cities and towns throughout Northeastern Ontario. Their mandate is to improve the economic and social quality of life for their residents.
|Huntsville Celebrates Local Athletes|
Thursday, May 09, 2013 (6600 reads)
The Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting 13 new people on Saturday. The event – hosted by HBR’s Grant Nickalls – will be held at the Active Living Centre at 7pm and athletes from a variety of disciplines will be honoured.
In addition 2 people will be tapped for Sports Persons of the Year and the Jan Glenn Award.
Andy Mattice is being inducted for Waterskiing, Don McCormick for Triathlon, Don Stinson for Lacrosse, Ethan Moreau for Hockey, Jim Meridith for Lacrosse, Paul Kennedy for Golf, Shannon Meunier for Figure Skating, Tiffany Finley-Tsuyuki for Wakeboarding, Carl Nelson for Basketball, Bob Wild for Duathlon & George Hoo for Basketball. Also being inducted for their support of Huntsville Sports are Peter Jacob, & Roy MacGregor.
The Jan Glenn Award will go to freestyle skier Dara Howell and Justin Crawford for his work with Girls Hockey.
The event starts at 7pm and is open to the public.
|Bracebridge Applies For Flood Relief Funding|
Thursday, May 09, 2013 (95 reads)
Bracebridge has applied to the Province for financial assistance under the Ontario Disaster Relief Program to help those whose property has been damaged by floodwaters.
Residents who require help not covered by insurance should contact the town by May 23rd. The town says ODRAP funding does not provide for full cost recovery and only covers essentials.
|Clement Says Targetting Tax Evaders Good For Parry Sound Muskoka|
Thursday, May 09, 2013 (871 reads)
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement said yesterday that the Government’s new measures to combat international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance marks a victory for Parry Sounders and Muskokans who work hard and pay their taxes.
“We are committed to ensuring our tax system is administered fairly for the vast majority of Canadians, and recognize that international tax evasion is a serious issue that hurts law-abiding Canadians,” said MP Clement.
Yesterday Ministers Gail Shea and Maxime Bernier announced the new measures, which include:
• A $30 million investment over five years to increase the Canada Revenue Agency’s audit resources dedicated to international compliance issues
• The creation of a dedicated team to implement the international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance measures outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013
“Since 2006 our Government has introduced over 75 measures to improve the integrity of the tax system for the benefit of all Canadians. We are committed to cracking down on individuals who avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” Clement said.
|Farmers Market Coming to Dwight|
Thursday, May 09, 2013 (215 reads)
Lake of Bays will be hosting a farmers market this summer according to the Kelly Haywood of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce. Haywood was before council to ask for support for the market which will be located near the post office in Dwight.
Haywood said while the market will start small, she expects it to grow in the number of vendors which she says will include local food and craft vendors.
The market will be open on Tuesdays through the summer from 9am – 1pm.
|LOB Plans Evacuation Routes|
Thursday, May 09, 2013 (148 reads)
Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young asked township staff to set the wheels in motion to formulate evacuation routes in case a natural disaster were to occur in the future. The request comes on the heels of a major flood that saw people stranded as roads became impassable.
Young instructed staff to talk with homeowners in risk areas and formally devise plans for people to make a safe escape if the need arises.
|MAHC Board Hold Their Noses & Vote in Cuts|
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (2188 reads)
Saying that it was time to solve public angst and restore confidence in the hospital system in Muskoka, the board of directors of the MAHC led by chair Larry Saunders voted in changes to how the Hospital would function in the face of a $2.4 million shortfall last night.
The board approved single siting cataract surgery, moving it to Bracebridge. Other changes saw Complex Continuing Care also moving to Bracebridge. Both Huntsville and Bracebridge will close 5 acute care beds.
Chemotherapy, which was to be single sited in Huntsville was removed from the motion and the board will revisit the possibility of having 2 sites for the service in the coming months.
Other changes include $200,000 in cuts at the administration level, which will be restructured. All other departments will be required to cut their budget by 2% across the board.
Board members spoke of how they supported the cuts in the face of diminishing funding from the government, effectively holding their noses as they unanimously voted in the changes.
|Province "Ignorant to Muskoka" - Mayor Bob Young|
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (2873 reads)
Ontario Disaster Relief officials took it on the chin from the Lake of Bays Council yesterday as the municipality expressed its frustration with the Ontario Governments rules of qualification. Mayor Bob Young told officials that there disaster relief program was “useless” as it came to light that millions of dollars of personal property lost during the flood would not qualify for assistance. Young said that 90% of the population on the water on Lake of Bays were seasonal residents who did not qualify for any relief despite paying significant taxes. Government officials countered with “boathouses are not essential” unless they were part of a marina or other business that would qualify for relief.
Council later approved the application for Disaster Relief Assistance program, knowing full well that the majority of property damaged would not qualify under the government’s rules.
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|Lake of Bays Flood Damage Pegged at $450,000|
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (158 reads)
Lake of Bays Council applied for Ontario Disaster Relief yesterday for municipal infrastructure. The twp had until May 8th to formally apply despite the fact the waters took time to recede, leaving twp staff scrambling to come up with estimates of their loss.
The damage is estimated at $450,000 for replacement of culverts, bridge abutments and road beds.
|Lake of Bays CAO Announces Retirement|
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (2870 reads)
Lake of Bays CAO Don Chavellier is retiring after a long time career with township that started in 1994. The announcement was made by Mayor Bob Young following a closed session at yesterdays council meeting. Chavellier started with Lake of Bays as treasurer, but held other positions including tax collector, deputy clerk, clerk & emergency management co-ordinator before assuming the top job. Chavellier will leave on August 30th.
|Doughty Pitches Idea to Relocate Flood Victims|
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 (5637 reads)
Mayor Claude Doughty led a discussion on how the town could help those affected by the flooding, by finding away to move residents out of areas prone to flooding yesterday at council. Doughty said that with the recent floods, many residents could owe more on their homes than they are worth, and the cost of repairing some homes could be prohibitive.
Doughty pitched the idea that residents could come to council with an offer for assistance that would get them to relocate out of the floodplain, to higher ground. Councilor Scott Aitchison said that the residence on the property would have to be removed, but the land would still belong to the homeowner with the stipulation that it could not be used as a permanent residence. Any structure on the land would have to be mobile and removed prior to flood season.
The trick would be finding away to fund the plan which would cost millions of dollars and take up to 20 years to complete. Aitchison said that the most obvious way to fund it would be through tax increases, but admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if there was backlash from the public if the plan were to go ahead.
Council instructed staff to prepare a report on how to move forward with the idea.
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|Little Chance of Relief Funds For Residents|
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 (3536 reads)
Residents affected by the flood watched the proceedings at yesterday’s council meeting as councilors voted in favour of submitting a request for disaster relief from the Province for area residents.
But that doesn’t mean that most of the affected homeowners will be eligible for funding. The province has stringent guidelines that won’t fund homes built in a floodplain. Those who do qualify will have the basic necessities replaced only and will have to apply through a independent committee that will have to raise funds for families affected. The Province will match all funds raised $2 for every dollar raised by the community.
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|Town Seeks $3.5 Million in Flood Relief|
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 (936 reads)
Huntsville Town Council voted in favour of applying for Ontario Disaster Relief for the municipality in the amount of approx. $3.5 million yesterday. The amount was the town’s best estimate given the duration of the flood and extensive damage caused.
The town must submit its request by May 8th to be considered by the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing. Then it’s up to the government to decide how much, if any, the province is willing to chip in to help cover the cost.
Town Clerk, Denise Corry advised council that the minister will consider the town’s ability to pay for the repairs itself, either through taxes or reserves, economic impact and magnitude of the event before making a decision on approving disaster relief to the town.
|Town Reveals New Sustainability Logo|
Monday, May 06, 2013 (634 reads)
The Town of Huntsville has revealed its new Sustainable Huntsville logo. The new logo, uses three colours and the infinity symbol. The Sustainable Huntsville logo will appear wherever sustainability projects are taking place in the town.
“The new Sustainable Huntsville logo will help us better communicate to residents the efforts that community groups are making to improve our town” Deputy Mayor Scott Aitchison said.
Rebecca Francis, Huntsville’s Sustainlibility Co-coordinator said that corporately, the Town of Huntsville is also making great strides in becoming more sustainable in the way they conduct business.
|Firefighters Warn of Dry Conditions|
Monday, May 06, 2013 (854 reads)
The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department responded to a brush fire sparked by a downed power line Friday at noon on Hoodstown Rd. Muskoka Lakes Fire Department was brought in to assist and 4 MNR water bombers were needed to stop the fast moving flame front that consumed approx. 10 acres of bush.
The fire department would like to remind everyone that the conditions are getting very dry and will remain so till significant rainfall is received.
|Council Meets to Discuss Disaster Relief|
Monday, May 06, 2013 (192 reads)
The after effects of the flood will before council today as they meet to discuss Ontario Disaster Relief. Public Works will be presenting a report that will try to outline the scope and cost of damage to roads and other town infrastructure.
The town must file a request for relief within two weeks of the flood in order to be considered for funding. The Provincial Government has indicated that a fund will made available for disaster relief, but a number of communities have been and still are affected by this year’s rush into spring. How Huntsville will qualify for funding has yet to be determined.
The full cost of repairs is expected to top $1 million.
|Wildlife Centre Closes - Future Hwy Re-Allignment Cited|
Friday, May 03, 2013 (449 reads)
Pending Hwy re-alignment is reason the Muskoka Wildlife Centre south of Gravenhurst announced their closing on Wednesday. The tourist attraction and refuge says that it cannot continue in its current location.
A spokesperson for the centre said that they hope to relocate in the future.
|Miller Passes on Budget|
Friday, May 03, 2013 (245 reads)
MPP Norm Miller said the Government continues to spend more than we can afford following yesterday’s budget. Miller said that spending continues to grow by 3.6 billion dollars this year while economic growth is predicted to be just 1.5% and the deficit will go up to 11.2 billion dollars.
“At a time when there are over 500 000 Ontarians out of work and a nearly $10 Billion deficit
that needs to be addressed, our province needs a bold plan to move forward on the right path, he said.
It is disappointing that the new spending plan appears more concerned with appeasing the
NDP than taking the measures that are necessary to get Ontario back on the right track”
|Young Entrepreneurs Program Seeks Applicants|
Friday, May 03, 2013 (148 reads)
The application deadline for Summer Company, the Ontario Government’s flagship program for young entrepreneurs is quickly approaching. The deadline is Friday May 17, 2013. “The Summer Company program is a great opportunity for those who have a business idea. With the deadline approaching, students still have a little more time to finish their business plans,” according to Dave Connell, at Muskoka Small Business Centre
The program is geared towards exposing students across Muskoka between the ages 15 and 29 to the idea of entrepreneurship as a potential career choice. Participants who are accepted into the program are eligible to receive up to $3000 in funding from the provincial government to assist them in running their business over the course of the summer. Students will receive ongoing guidance and mentorship to help ensure that each business is a success.
In 2010 Summer Company had a record 12 participants.
For more information please contact the Muskoka Small Business Centre at (705) 646-9021 or check out our website www.muskokasmallbusiness.ca.
|Fire Danger Set to HIGH|
Thursday, May 02, 2013 (288 reads)
The Muskoka Fire Depts advise that the Fire rating is now set at HIGH. Extreme caution must be taken with all open flames. Small fires are permitted in most rural areas of Muskoka keeping in mind that no daytime burning is allowed. You must have adequate tools and water to extinguish the fire if the need arises and you must be with your fire at all times. Consult with your local Fire Department for outdoor burning regulations in your municipality.
|Table Food Bank Seeks Donations for Flood Victims|
Thursday, May 02, 2013 (230 reads)
The Table Soup Kitchen is reminding the community that the difficulties for flood victims are far from being over and are calling for financial donations to help them get back on their feet.
The organization says that about 13 families have asked for ongoing support for food from the Table Food Bank. They have other needs as well, including clothing and household items. If you would like to contribute store bought food items, you can drop them off at the Table food bank.
Meanwhile Samaritans Purse Disaster Relief will be helping victims clean out damaged household items and gutting walls and cleaning affected homes.
If you would like to make a donation you can drop by the food bank, mail a cheque, or make a paypal donation on their website at www.thetablesoupkitchen.com
|Provincial Budget Drops Today|
Thursday, May 02, 2013 (170 reads)
Ontario’s minority Liberal government is set to unveil its budget at Queen’s Park, today, one that will likely include a number of measures aimed at appeasing the NDP and keeping the government alive.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa will deliver the budget at 4 p.m.
The Liberals have gone out of their way to secure NDP support for the budget, knowing the Progressive Conservatives vowed to vote against it even without seeing the fiscal plan.
The budget will reduce the number of large companies eligible for an exemption from the employer health tax, one of the NDP’s key demands.
Sousa also plans to delay tax breaks for big businesses set to take effect in 2015, and has written to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to request a three-year extension.
Sousa has already announced the budget will set a target for a 15 per cent average cut in auto insurance premiums, but will not mandate an across-the-board reduction in rates as the NDP requested.
The budget will also include $295 million to cut youth unemployment, $185 million to reduce wait times for homecare, and $100 million to repair roads and bridges in rural and remote communities — all areas the NDP wanted addressed.
|Special Council Meeting Monday|
Thursday, May 02, 2013 (857 reads)
The Town of Huntsville will be meeting on Monday to hear reports from department heads in the town that have been dealing with the flood. The reports are expected to outline costs of the damage and repair plans.
The town is required to submit a report to the Province within 14 days of declaring a State of Emergency, so that the Province can assess the town’s ability to pay for the damage and to chip in with disaster relief funding for the town’s infrastructure.
Once the Province makes a determination to offer funding, the Federal Government will be able to assess whether federal assistance is possible.
MP Tony Clement said last week that he was hopeful that Fednor would be able to fund repairs in the town similar to the $2million in funding given to Elliott Lake following the mall collapse there a year ago.
|Bracebridge Offer Waste Disposal Vouchers to Flood Victims|
Thursday, May 02, 2013 (137 reads)
The Town of Bracebridge is assisting property owners and tenants with the clean-up of damage resulting from the Flood , will be issuing Waste Disposal Vouchers to provide free access to the Rosewarne Transfer Station in Bracebridge.
Property owners who do not have insurance coverage that would compensate them for solid waste disposal costs and require the town’s assistance will be able to obtain a voucher to facilitate the disposal of debris from the flood.
Mayor Graydon Smith said that property owners who are not able to obtain assistance from their insurance carrier will be helped by this initiative.
The vouchers can be picked up at Town Hall.