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Snowmobiler Dies Trying to Assist Others Who Went Through the Ice
Saturday, February 06, 2016 (11192 reads)


Police report that one man is dead after a sled went through the ice on Friday.   The Southern Georgian Bay OPP responded to reports that a snowmobile entered the waters of Georgian Bay in Tay Township. 
The preliminary investigation revealed that four males were travelling together on two separate snowmobiles when one snowmobile broke through the ice on the east side of Methodist Island near Victoria Harbour. The operator of the second snowmobile stopped to assist when he also went through the ice after getting off his snowmobile. Three of the four males made it safely to shore. A 48 year male died while rendering assistance to the other snowmobilers.
OPP have identified the deceased snowmobiler as Brent David Fisher, 48 of Innisfil, ON.
Police have charged one of the snowmobile operators. Ross Guy, 50 of Innisfil with Driving While Ability Impaired.
The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland Ontario on February 18, 2016.


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Saturday's Road Report
Saturday, February 06, 2016 (5521 reads)


MTO reports at 7.30
11 Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
11 Muskoka Falls to Emsdale bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
11 Emsdale to Strong bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
11 Strong to South River bare and wet road
11 South River to New Liskeard partly snow covered with snow covered sections.
118 Loon Lake to Vankoughnet bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
118 Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
124 Parry Sound to McKellar bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
124 McKellar to Sundridge bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
124 Sundridge to Summit Road bare and wet road
141 Highway 11 - Utterson to Rosseau bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
141 Rosseau to Parry Sound bare and wet road with partly snow covered, snow covered sections.
35 Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
35 Carnarvon to Dwight bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
400 Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake bare and wet road with partly snow covered, snow covered sections.
400 Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound bare and wet road with partly snow packed sections.
510 Highway 520 to Highway 124 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
518 Emsdale to Kearney bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
518 Highway 69/400 to Emsdale bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
519 Highway 17 - Dambrossio Township to Green Lake Road - Dunphy Township snow covered with snow packed sections. Poor visibility.
520 Highway 11 to Highway 124 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
520 Highway 124 to Ardbeg bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
522 McFadden Line to Wilson Township bare and wet road
522 Wilson Township to Highway 69 Mowat Township bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.
522B Trout Creek to Highway 11 bare and wet road
523 Hastings/Nipissing County Line to Madawaska snow packed
524 Highway 522 to Highway 534 bare and wet road
526 Highway 69 (Parry Sound District) to Britt bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.
592 Highway 11 - Novar Road to Emsdale bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
60 Madawaska to Cache Lake bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
60 Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
60 Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
69 Parry Sound to Pointe au Baril bare and wet road with partly snow packed sections.
69 Pointe au Baril to Henvey Township bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
69 Henvey Township to Wanup bare and dry road with bare and wet road, snow covered sections.
69 Wanup to Sudbury bare and wet road
7162 Ontario Street to Highway 11 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
7182 Highway 559 to Highway 69 bare and wet road with partly snow packed sections.
7188 Sunset Pass Drive to Junction highway 520 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
7279 Junction highway 69 & 7279 to End of Highway bare and wet road with snow covered sections.
7287 Highway 69 to End of old highway 559 
7289 Exit 189 to Highway 141 bare and wet road with partly snow covered, snow covered sections.
7290 Highway 141 North Junction to Highway 400 - Horseshoe Lake bare and wet road with partly snow covered, snow covered sections.
115 Highway 35/115 to Highway 7 - Peterborough bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
118 Paudash to Loon Lake bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
35 Junction highway 35/115 to Junction highway 7A bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
35 Junction highway 7A to Victoria County / Haliburton District bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
60 Renfrew to Deacon bare and dry road with partly snow covered sections.
60 Deacon to Madawaska bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow covered sections.
11 Barrie to Severn Bridge partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
35 Highway 401 to Junction highway 35/115 partly snow covered with bare and dry road, bare and wet road sections.
400 Maple Leaf Drive to Canal Road (Bradford) bare and wet road
400 Canal Road (Bradford) to Craighurst bare and wet road
400 Craighurst to Port Severn partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.


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Huntsville Resident Splits $1 Million Prize with Nephew
Friday, February 05, 2016 (23595 reads)


Maria Toth of Huntsville and Daniel Bangarth of Komoka are $1,000,000 richer after the pair matched seven of seven winning numbers on their ENCORE selection. 

Toth said that “Daniel is my nephew. We’ve been playing LOTTO 6/49 together since the game started,” she said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to claim their prize.   "I forgot about it for two weeks. When I finally checked it, I was shocked!” she said. 

Daniel plans to pay off his mortgage, makes some investments and help out his children with his share of the windfall. “My husband has arthritis. This money will help us make some renovations to our home to make it more comfortable for the both of us,” Maria said. 



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Port Carling Health Hub Opens Next Month
Friday, February 05, 2016 (1088 reads)


Port Carling will be getting its own Community Health Hub next month.  Currently the site is operating out of a temporary location in Bala, but will be moving into its new permanent offices on March 14th.

 In the fall of 2014 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced approval of funding for a three-year Health Hub Demonstration Project to enhance access to Primary Care and other Community Programs & Services in rural and remote communities in the District of Muskoka. The demonstration project includes start-up and operational funding for three years to establish health hubs in four sites across the District of Muskoka, including the Dorset, Port Carling, Wahta sites and a mobile site.



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Muskoka Summit Seeking Grant Applicants
Friday, February 05, 2016 (290 reads)


The 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment (MSE) is providing several opportunities for students to get involved while promoting environmental research in the Muskoka River Watershed.

The Muskoka Summit is accepting applications until February 26th for the second disbursement of the MSE Research Grant. This $7,500 grant supports graduate student environmental research within the Muskoka River Watershed in the fields of environmental science, resource studies or policy.

MSE is also accepting donations to help local high school students attend the 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment at no cost to themselves, providing them with a unique learning experience.

More information about donating, or the research grant is available at www.muskokasummit.org.



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Resident Calling on Muskoka Lakes Mayor to Resign
Friday, February 05, 2016 (4258 reads)


One resident in Muskoka Lakes is calling on Mayor Don Furniss and some members of council to resign.  The letter penned by Tim McDonald of Muskoka Lakes says it written on behalf of other residents and is requesting that council resign and a municipal election be held or appoint a replacement council until a municipal election is held.

McDonald says that residents are offended by the fast-tracking, short cuts and general enabling by Council to clear the way and facilitate the progress of the construction of a small hydro plant in Bala by proponent Swift River Energy Ltd.  McDonald says 25 complaints have been filed about council performance last year.



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Police Searching for Peeping Tom
Friday, February 05, 2016 (1724 reads)


On Wednesday, just after 6:00am a resident of Bracebridge was in the washroom in her house when she noticed a cellphone outside of the window.  She attempted to see who it was but was unable to see the person.  A quick look around by her husband found that footprints to the window, led back out to the road.

Members of the Bracebridge detachment, Muskoka Crime Unit, the Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO) along with the Central Region Canine Unit attended the area to assist in the investigation.

Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this male.  Anyone who may have seen anyone walking in the area of Hawn Road in Bracebridge is asked to contact Bracebridge OPP or Crimestoppers.



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Bracebridge Supports Limberette's Gymnastic Meet This Weekend
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (424 reads)


Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith presented representatives of Muskoka Limberettes Gymnastics Club with an Event Tourism Grant in the amount of $1500 for the 30th Annual Muskoka Classic and Women’s Provincial Qualifier events taking place February 5 – 7, 2016 at the Bracebridge Sportsplex.

Muskoka Limberettes Gymnastics Club will host close to 400 athletes and their families from across the Province for the 3 day competition.

Mayor Graydon Smith said he was pleased to support the Meet, saying “The Limberettes competition is a perfect example of a sport tourism event that drives visitor spending into the area. It is especially beneficial when this type of event occurs in our quieter time of year."

The Women’s Artistic Provincial Qualifier featuring athletes in Level 6 through 10 will take place all day Saturday and Sunday.



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Job Fair Today
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (262 reads)


If you are looking for a new job or a career change, you can check out three local job fairs taking place in February and March across Muskoka and online!

The Simcoe Muskoka Online Job Fair will be held today between 10am and 4pm. This is a LIVE online Job Fair and 100% free for all job seekers in Simcoe and Muskoka County.  Pre-registration is required at www.jobfairsimcoemuskoka.ca

The South Muskoka Job Fair is being held at the Bracebridge Sportsplex on February 17.

In Huntsville, the job fair takes place at the Active Living Centre on March 9th.



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Two Charged With Trafficking Cocaine
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (3601 reads)


Police report that on January 31, an off duty member of the West Parry Sound OPP was northbound on Highway 400 in McDougall Township when the officer observed a vehicle swerving and braking abruptly in the northbound lanes. On duty OPP were notified and conducted a traffic stop.

Police investigation and a search of the vehicle with the OPP Canine Unit led to the seizure of cocaine.

The driver, Raymond Lincoln, 46, of Sudbury, was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

• Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

• Fail to comply with Recognizance

The driver was held for bail and will appear in a Parry Sound court.

The passenger, Harley Sampson, 20, from Elliott Lake, was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

• Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

The passenger will appear in a Parry Sound court on February 18, to answer to her charges.



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Nipissing Students Travelling to North Bay to Save Bracebridge Campus
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (492 reads)


Muskoka students and community members are fighting to keep the Nipissing Bracebridge campus open. A delegation will be attending the Nipissing Board meeting this evening in North Bay in order to support and discuss efforts to revisit the decision to close the campus. The group hopes that the Board will vote to continue Nipissing's long-standing relationship with the Bracebridge community, given the significant efforts made to support the university over the last ten years.

Organizers are inviting anyone interested to attend the meeting to help support the Bracebridge campus.



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Bracebridge Commits $1.27 Million for Birds Mill Mews Over 30 Years
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (290 reads)


The Bracebridge general committee agreed to a 30 year plan to look after the upkeep on the 98-year-old Bird’s Mills Mews building. Part of the building is currently home to Visitor’s Information Centre, and another section is leased out to a private business.

The plan calls for $35,000 to be put aside in the 2016 for repairs, but the total cost over the next 30 years is estimated at $1.27 million.

Coun. Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini questioned why more wasn’t being done now, as there was a long list of potential problems listed, including water damage.

 Coun. Rick Maloney asked whether it was time the town consider divesting itself of some of the buildings owned.

In the end, committee agreed to $35,000 for 2016.



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Bracebridge Councilors Leave Muskoka Falls Stormwater Flooding Issue Unsolved
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (348 reads)


Coun. Archie Buie brought up stormwater concerns at a Bracebridge general committee after hearing from residents in the area of Eighth Street and Fredrick Street in Muskoka Falls. Buie said that owners building up their properties had now blocked drainage, which was leading to flooding.

Staff put forward several options but councillors had a hard time with the idea of working on private property, and who exactly should foot the bill.

Mayor Graydon Smith said the entire taxbase should not be on the hook for work on private property. The idea of moving forward as “local improvement” was contemplated; as was billing on a proportionate basis for the work.

Council ultimately decided not to proceed with the work and simply took the information under advisement. 



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Thursday's Road Report
Thursday, February 04, 2016 (4573 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - snow covered

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - snow covered with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) - bare and wet road

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - snow covered with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - snow covered with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road with partly ice covered sections.  

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and wet road with ice covered sections.

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - snow covered

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - bare and wet road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and wet road



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Local Woman Appointed As VP of World YWCA
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (4991 reads)


A Huntsville has been appointed as a Vice President to the Board of Directors of World YWCA. 

Katie Ungard was first hired by YWCA Muskoka as a Youth-Eco Intern in 2010. She undertook a community based research project on Women and the Environment surveying and meeting with women from across the District of Muskoka. 
Ungard was subsequently nominated to the YWCA Canada Board and has served as vice chair of the Board of Directors of YWCA Canada, and sat on various committees: including as chair of the YWCA Canada International Cooperation Committee.

In 2013, she was the keynote speaker at Women of Distinction in Muskoka and spoke about the value and importance of Mentorship. 

Hannah Lin, Executive Director of the Muskoka YWCA said that  “We are very proud of and excited for Katie in her new role. It’s particularly exciting to see young women in top leadership roles throughout our movement as the World YWCA has launched its goal to engage 100 million young women by 2035. She is inspiring the generations coming behind her.” she said.

 



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Second Half Of Winter Will be Like the First - Environment Canada
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (13225 reads)


Environment  Canada's  Dave Phillips says that February may be colder than the winter we've had so far, but qualified that by saying that the temperatures will be near normal or above normal.
Looking at the longer term forecast, Phillips says that March, April and May look like it will be warmer than normal,  saying that "there is something in the weather called persistence - what you see is likely what  you are going to get."


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Freezing Rain Warning Remains in Effect
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (771 reads)


A Freezing rain warning remains in effect for Muskoka Parry Sound this morning.

Environment Canada says freezing rain will continue for a couple of hours before changing to rain later this morning.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Utility outages may occur.



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McMurrich/Monteith Twp to Install Rubberized Sidewalks
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (411 reads)


McMurrich/Monteith Township will be getting some new sidewalks in the upcoming months - made of recycled tires.

The Township announced that they had been awarded a grant in the amount of $9,337 from the Ontario Tire Stewardship  towards the cost of installing the rubberized sidewalks.



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Clement Supportive of Two Hospital Plan
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (259 reads)


MP Tony Clement expressed his support for the hospital plan presented by Towns of Huntsville and Bracebridge at a joint council meeting on Monday night.

Upon hearing the news Clement tweeted his support of the plan calling on the MAHC, the LHIN and Province to move ahead with plans for 2 hospitals in the region with core emergency services at both sites.



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Pedestrian Ticketed After Nearly Getting Hit By Car
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (413 reads)


Yesterday the West Parry Sound Ontario OPP were called to an injured pedestrian at the corner of Seguin Street and James Street in Parry Sound. During the investigation police determined that a pedestrian was crossing at the intersection against a “Don’t Walk” sign. A vehicle braked and stopped without hitting the pedestrian.

The pedestrian from Parry Sound was given a ticket for “Pedestrian disobey don’t walk signal”.

The OPP would like to remind pedestrians that they must obey Pedestrian signals the same way motorists must obey traffic signals.



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Bracebridge Renews Contract for Webcasts of Council Meetings
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (488 reads)


Bracebridge's General committee said they like what they see when it comes to webcasts of committee and council meetings, and they agreed to shell out for another three years of the service.

The committee agreed to pay $6,000 a year for the webcasts, plus an additional $2,000 one-time fee for upgrades that will include the ability to broadcast things like video and Power Point presentations on a split screen during the webcast.

The committee gave a ringing endorsement to the project, which began in early 2015, saying both the live and archived webcasts are drawing a good number of views.

“The one drawback is that I’ve had to substantially increase my wardrobe budget,” quipped Coun. Rick Maloney.



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Electric Car Recharging Stations Could Be Coming to Bracebridge
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (397 reads)


E-vehicle filling stations could soon be in the works for Bracebridge, the Town’s general committee heard on Feb. 2.

In a report from the Town’s environmental advisory committee, councillors heard that Lakeland Power is in talks with an as of yet unnamed private company for the possible construction of public electric charging stations in Bracebridge.

Lakeland is partially owned by the Town of Bracebridge, and the Town’s economic development department has also become involved in the talks.

It was pointed out that this year the Ontario government plans to spend $20 million to support the build-out of electric vehicle charging stations across Ontario.



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Monday's Road Report
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (1336 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - partly ice covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - snow covered

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - snow covered

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - partly snow covered with snow covered sections.

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered.

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - snow packed. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - snow packed. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - snow packed. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - snow packed. Poor visibility.

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - snow covered.

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - partly snow covered with snow covered sections.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - partly snow covered with snow covered sections.

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and dry road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - snow packed

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - snow covered. Poor visibility.



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Bus Cancellations
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (3053 reads)


All buses to schools in Muskoka for Trillium Lakelands District School Board have been cancelled for Wednesday February 3, 2016.

All buses to Honey Harbour Public School are cancelled. 

All buses to St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School, Monsignor Michael O'Leary, Saint Mary and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Elementary Schools have been cancelled. 

All West Parry Sound, and East Parry Sound Buses are cancelled with services to Mactier, Humphrey, Rosseau, McDougall/Whitestone/Ahmic Harbour, & Almaguin Highlands.


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Police Issue Warning to Stay Off the Ice
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (6492 reads)


In the wake of a tragic weekend that claimed the lives of three snowmobilers on frozen waterways, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs are warning snowmobilers about unsafe ice and urging everyone, including anglers to stay off lakes and rivers.   
In one incident over the weekend, four snowmobilers went through the ice on a lake in the Haliburton region and one of them drowned. In another incident, a snowmobiler and his passenger were travelling on a Georgian Bay area lake and died after reportedly colliding with rocks on an island.  The ice was too unsafe to get to the victims by ground and they had to be recovered by helicopter.  
The OPP is warning that No ice is 100 per cent safe 
The winter’s late start and persisting mild temperatures throughout the province make current ice conditions extremely dangerous. Even when sufficient ice forms, it is never 100 per cent safe to snowmobile on.  Staying off the ice altogether is the only sure way to prevent snowmobile tragedies from occurring on waterways and putting first responders lives at risk.  



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Ryde Co-op Buys Schoolhouse
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (398 reads)


The Ryde Community Co-op officially took ownership of the former Ryde Public School yesterday. Through the support of several community organizations, individual donors and a contribution from the Town of Gravenhurst's Terence Haight Community Fund, the Co-op was able to successfully purchase the building from Trillium Lakelands District School Board and officially claim the property as their home going forward.

The Ryde Community Co-op has come to be the central community hub for seniors living in the Ryde area of Gravenhurst and has served as a community meeting space, provided accessible programs, socials and wellness activities for residents.

The Community Co-op building will also act as the new location for The Mobile Health Hub in Ryde.



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Clement Rises in the Commons to Praise Constituents
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (877 reads)


Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement rose in the House of Commons prior to Question Period last week, to acknowledge, thank, and praise the citizens of Parry Sound-Muskoka for their continued support of charity, as well as their philanthropic and volunteer efforts.

“My community is a generous one, and I want to highlight some outstanding examples,” MP Clement said.

MP Clement cited charitable, philanthropic and volunteer instances from numerous communities within the riding, including Parry Sound, Huntsville, Minett, and Burk’s Falls.

“I am so proud to be their Member of Parliament,” MP Clement concluded.



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Police Looking for Stolen Snowmobile Trailer
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (566 reads)


The Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated the theft of a snowmobile trailer on Wednesday January 27, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The investigation revealed that the trailer was taken sometime between Tuesday December 15, and Monday January 25, from a North Bay Lake Road property.  The trailer is described as a 2005 silver Hyland snowmobile trailer. 



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Municipalities Vote Unanimously for 2 "Centres of Focus" Hospital Plan
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (913 reads)


In a unanimous vote by both Huntsville at Bracebridge councils last night, the municipalities endorsed a plan that would see Muskoka retain 2 hospital sites in the future.

The first joint session of council was attended by several members of municipalities in the MAHC catchment area along with members of the administration of the MAHC and the local LHIN.

The rational and plan for the delivery of healthcare was outlined by members of the Healthcare working group which included consultants hired by the municipalities.

The plan put forth, looked very similar to the "centres of focus" plan that was an option the MAHC presented, but turned down in favour of a single site option.

The plan would see both hospitals retain core emergency services, but each would have a different focus.  One site would focus on critical care and the other chronic care.

The councils hope to work with the MAHC to help deliver this model, and will take presentations to area councils as well as the local LHIN.

The MAHC has yet to comment on the proposal.



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Freezing Rain Warning in Place for Bracebridge/Gravenhurst Today
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (640 reads)


A Freezing rain warning is in effect for Bracebridge and Gravenhurst today, while a special weather statement calling for a wintery mix of weather is in place for Huntsville Parry Sound.

A storm system developing over Kansas this morning is forecast to cross the central plains states as it tracks northeastward reaching the Great Lakes on Wednesday. A period of heavy snow is likely tonight followed by a risk of some freezing rain and ice pellets. Several centimetres of snow are possible before a transition to rain occurs overnight Tuesday or Wednesday morning. The primary threats with this storm appear to be reduced visibility in heavy snow followed by some icing due to any freezing rain.

The rain will come to an end Wednesday as the storm exits into Quebec.



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UPDATED: Police Release Names of Two Snowmobile Collison Victims
Monday, February 01, 2016 (3518 reads)


Bracebridge OPP report that two snowmobilers are dead after they responded to a single snowmobile collision that occurred on the north end of Go Home Lake‎ in Georgian Bay Township at approximately 1:00 am Saturday morning.

Given the isolated location and unstable condition of the ice, the OPP contacted the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Rescue Coordination centre based in Trenton, who dispatched a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter and personnel to the scene.

Police report that the two males involved include 25 year-old James Bates of Milton, and 22 year-old Jeffery Dunlop of Pickering.  Both were airlifted to West Parry Sound hospital where they were pronounced dead.



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UPDATED: OPP Release Name of Sledder Who Went Through the Ice
Monday, February 01, 2016 (15601 reads)


On Friday night at approximately 11:39 p.m., OPP received a report that a snowmobile entered the waters of Lake Pusey in Highlands East Township.  Officers attended the scene with members of the Highlands East Fire Department and located three of the four snowmobilers who went through the ice.

On Saturday at approximately 10:30am members from the Underwater Search & Rescue located and recovered the body of Thomas Rivers, 53 from Highlands East.



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Special Weather Statement Calls for Freezing Rain
Monday, February 01, 2016 (1411 reads)


Environment Canada has issued a Special weather statement in effect for Muskoka Parry Sound.

A winter storm is expected to develop over the United States central plains today and track northeastward reaching the Great Lakes late Tuesday night. The storm is expected to bring periods of heavy snow over Central and Eastern Ontario Tuesday night before gradually transition to rain Wednesday morning.

The primary threat with this storm appears to be the risk of freezing rain and ice pellets which is expected to accompany the snow Tuesday night before transitioning over to rain especially over locations east of Georgian Bay to the Ottawa Valley.

Gusty winds will accompany the approaching storm before gradually diminishing late Wednesday night as the storm moves out of the area and into Quebec.



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Rotary Donates $10,000 to Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Monday, February 01, 2016 (1426 reads)


The Rotary Club of Huntsville presented the Huntsville Hospital Foundation with a $10,000 cheque this week as part of their ongoing commitment to healthcare in our community.

Since 1988 they have donated over $267,000 to support healthcare projects at Huntsville Hospital. In 2004 they committed $100,000 towards the Day Surgery Campaign.

In 2014, Rotary Club of Huntsville entered into a multiyear pledge with the foundation, ear marking another $100,000 towards the Diagnostic Imaging and the CT Scanner.



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Bracebridge & Huntsville to Hold Special Joint Meeting on Healthcare Tonight
Monday, February 01, 2016 (2560 reads)


The Towns of Huntsville and Bracebridge will be hosting a Special Joint Council Meeting tonight at the Algonquin Theatre to present and discuss a proposal for the delivery of hospital services by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare.

The Special Joint Council Meeting will be held at the Algonquin Theatre, in Huntsville at 7:00 pm tonight.

The municipalities are encouraging all residents to attend.



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Monday's Road Report
Monday, February 01, 2016 (369 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and wet road. Poor visibility.

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and wet road. Poor visibility.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - bare and dry road

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road 

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - snow covered. Poor visibility.



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Environment Canada Calling For Freezing Rain on Tuesday
Sunday, January 31, 2016 (9475 reads)


Environment Canada has issued a Special weather statement in effect for Muskoka Parry Sound.
A winter storm is expected to develop over the United States central plains on Monday and track northeastward reaching the Great Lakes late Tuesday night. The storm is expected to bring periods of heavy snow over Central and Eastern Ontario Tuesday night before gradually transition to rain Wednesday morning. 
At this time, total snowfall amounts remain uncertain. The primary threat with this storm appears to be the risk of freezing rain and ice pellets which is expected to accompany the snow Tuesday night before transitioning over to rain especially over locations east of Georgian Bay to the Ottawa Valley.

Gusty winds will accompany the approaching storm before gradually diminishing late Wednesday night as the storm moves out of the area and into Quebec.



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Sunday's Road Report
Sunday, January 31, 2016 (7243 reads)


MTO reports at 7am
11 Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls bare and wet road
11 Muskoka Falls to Emsdale bare and wet road
11 Emsdale to Strong bare and wet road
11 Strong to South River bare and wet road
11 South River to New Liskeard bare and wet road
118 Loon Lake to Vankoughnet bare and wet road
118 Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls bare and wet road
11B Tri-Town to Haileybury bare and wet road
124 Parry Sound to McKellar bare and wet road
124 McKellar to Sundridge bare and wet road
124 Sundridge to Summit Road bare and wet road
127 Hastings/Nipissing County Line to Whitney bare and wet road
141 Highway 11 - Utterson to Rosseau bare and wet road
141 Rosseau to Parry Sound bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon bare and wet road
35 Carnarvon to Dwight bare and wet road
400 Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound bare and wet road
510 Highway 520 to Highway 124 snow packed
518 Emsdale to Kearney bare and wet road
518 Highway 69/400 to Emsdale bare and wet road
519 Highway 17 - Dambrossio Township to Green Lake Road - Dunphy Township partly snow packed
520 Highway 11 to Highway 124 bare and wet road
520 Highway 124 to Ardbeg bare and wet road
522 McFadden Line to Wilson Township bare and wet road
522 Wilson Township to Highway 69 Mowat Township bare and wet road with partly snow packed sections.
522B Trout Creek to Highway 11 bare and wet road
592 Highway 11 - Novar Road to Emsdale bare and wet road
592 Emsdale to Highway 11 bare and wet road
60 Madawaska to Cache Lake bare and wet road
60 Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake bare and wet road
60 Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville bare and wet road
7162 Ontario Street to Highway 11 bare and wet road
7182 Highway 559 to Highway 69 bare and wet road
7188 Sunset Pass Drive to Junction highway 520 bare and wet road
7279 Junction highway 69 & 7279 to End of Highway partly snow covered with partly ice covered sections.
7287 Highway 69 to End of old highway 559 
7289 Exit 189 to Highway 141 bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
7290 Highway 141 North Junction to Highway 400 - Horseshoe Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
115 Highway 35/115 to Highway 7 - Peterborough bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
118 Paudash to Loon Lake bare and wet road
11 Barrie to Severn Bridge bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Highway 401 to Junction highway 35/115 bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Maple Leaf Drive to Canal Road (Bradford) bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Canal Road (Bradford) to Craighurst bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Craighurst to Port Severn bare and dry road



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Weather Network Calls for Major Winter Storm This Coming Week
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (26037 reads)


The Weather Network is warning a major winter storm will track towards Great Lakes region late Tuesday into Wednesday. This system could  bring strong winds to much of Ontario and Quebec, and heavy snow to parts of central and northern Ontario.
The forecaster says the exact timing of the system is still uncertain, it looks like precipitation will spread into southern and central Ontario during Tuesday evening. 
Heavy snow and strong winds will continue across parts of northern Ontario, especially east of Lake Superior and across the Nickel Belt. From Sudbury to North Bay, a period of mixed precipitation is also possible. Travel across this region will be difficult Tuesday night and Wednesday.
But this warm-up will be short-lived. A strong cold front will sweep across the region and bring more seasonal temperatures starting on Thursday and into the weekend, along with lake effect snow for the snow belts. 
The Weather Network says this will mark the start of an extended period of more wintry weather for Ontario and Quebec.



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Snowmobilers Go Thru the Ice, 1 Person Missing, Presumed Dead
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (48337 reads)


On Friday night at approximately 11:39 p.m., OPP received a report that a snowmobile entered the waters of Lake Pusey in Highlands East Township.  Officers attended the scene with members of the Highlands East Fire Department and located three of the four snowmobilers who went through the ice. 
The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit has been requested to assist the Haliburton OPP with this incident.
The investigation is continuing and further information will be released as it becomes available.


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Two Snowmobilers Dead
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (64590 reads)


Bracebridge OPP report that two snowmobilers are dead after they responded to a single snowmobile collision that occurred on the north end of Go Home Lake‎ in Georgian Bay Township at approximately 1:00 am Saturday morning.
Given the isolated location and unstable condition of the ice, the OPP contacted the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Rescue Coordination centre based in Trenton, who dispatched search and rescue resources including a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter and personnel to the scene. 
Police report that two males involved in the accident were located and airlifted to West Parry Sound hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The identities of the two men will be released after the next of kin have been notified.


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Saturday's Road Report
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (5931 reads)


MTO reports at 7am
11 Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls bare and dry road
11 Muskoka Falls to Emsdale bare and dry road
11 Emsdale to Strong bare and dry road
11 Strong to South River bare and dry road
11 South River to New Liskeard bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
118 Loon Lake to Vankoughnet bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
118 Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls bare and dry road
11B Tri-Town to Haileybury snow covered
124 Parry Sound to McKellar bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
124 McKellar to Sundridge bare and dry road
124 Sundridge to Summit Road bare and dry road
141 Highway 11 - Utterson to Rosseau bare and dry road
141 Rosseau to Parry Sound bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Carnarvon to Dwight bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
510 Highway 520 to Highway 124 snow packed
518 Emsdale to Kearney bare and dry road
518 Highway 69/400 to Emsdale bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
519 Highway 17 - Dambrossio Township to Green Lake Road - Dunphy Township snow covered with snow packed sections.
520 Highway 11 to Highway 124 bare and dry road
520 Highway 124 to Ardbeg bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.
522 McFadden Line to Wilson Township bare and dry road
522 Wilson Township to Highway 69 Mowat Township snow covered with snow packed sections.
522B Trout Creek to Highway 11 bare and dry road
69 Parry Sound to Pointe au Baril bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
69 Pointe au Baril to Henvey Township bare and wet road with snow covered sections.
69 Henvey Township to Wanup snow covered
69 Wanup to Sudbury bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
115 Highway 35/115 to Highway 7 - Peterborough bare and dry road
118 Paudash to Loon Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Junction highway 35/115 to Junction highway 7A bare and dry road
35 Junction highway 7A to Victoria County / Haliburton District bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow covered sections.
400 Canal Road (Bradford) to Craighurst bare and dry road
400 Craighurst to Port Severn bare and dry road


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Ten Businesses Pledge Support to Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Friday, January 29, 2016 (6195 reads)


Last night, Local businesses owners threw their support behind Huntsville Hospital Foundation with their new initiative "Business Cares" at the Huntsville Chamber AGM.
This new campaign is a major fundraising initiative which will highlight leaders in the business community who have committed to excellence in healthcare within our community. Since its inception ten local businesses have committed to donating $25,000 or more over the next five years for Healthcare for Life - Here.
Pat Dube of Greystone and Jason Armstrong were the first two business to get onboard.  Coldwell Banker's Scott Morrison threw his support for the initiative when he heard about the program at the AGM.



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Province Questions MAHC Hospital Submission
Friday, January 29, 2016 (3344 reads)


The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care has officially responded to the Pre-Capital Submission from Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare asking for additional information. 
Natalie Bubela, CEO with the MAHC said that “With the clarification we are providing, we anticipate we will get their support to move into the Stage 1 planning phase.”
The Ministry letter also references an expectation that MAHC’s Stage 1 Submission will explore and evaluate both the option of a one-site model or continued operation on two sites, and a new build versus the renovation of the existing sites.
Bubela says MAHC is committed to continued engagement throughout the planning stages. 
“We will continue to update our communities on our progress and look forward to more opportunities to engage with our staff, physicians and volunteers, our political leaders and our communities to refine the future model,” she said.



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Two Males Charged After Assault
Friday, January 29, 2016 (36315 reads)


Police report that on Tuesday, just before 9:00pm Huntsville OPP along with Muskoka EMS attended a residence on Rockhaven Rd., in  Huntsville where a male had been assaulted.
Officers learned that two males entered a house and assaulted the lone male in the residence.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  
As a result of the extensive investigation, two males were arrested and have since been charged.  
Hudson MacDonald, 18, of Huntsville faces charges of Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm and other charges of Failing to Comply with orders.  The accused was held for a bail hearing and will return to the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on February 1, 2016 to answer to his charges. 
Ryley Picard, 18, of Huntsville faces charges of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault with a Weapon.  He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on February 17, 2016 to answer to his charges.


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Huntsville Library Receives Award for Sustainability
Friday, January 29, 2016 (628 reads)


Huntsville Public Library has been awarded the 2015 Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for the Sustainability @ HPL initiative. 
The award was presented at the Public Library Services Awards in Toronto at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. 
Debra Duce, Chief Librarian said "The Library is thrilled to receive this award and would like to thank both the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and the Ontario Library Association for this honor." 
The Library looks forward to continuing to support the Town’s sustainability initiatives through collections, programs, resources and technologies. 


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One Man Dead in Multi-vehicle Collision
Friday, January 29, 2016 (9898 reads)


On Thursday January 28, 2016 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a tractor trailer hauling livestock cattle was travelling southbound on Highway 69 when it crossed the centre line and struck the blade of a northbound plough truck. The tractor trailer then hit a northbound minivan who was following the plough. The tractor trailer continued southbound and struck a northbound tractor trailer hauling vehicles head-on. Both tractor trailers came to a stop into a rock cut and were engulfed in flames.
The road remains closed as crews clean up the scene. The Ministry of the Environment has been notified. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. 
The driver of the tractor trailer hauling livestock has been pronounced deceased. The identity of the driver will be released once it is confirmed.
The public is reminded to use *511 from their cellular phones for up to date information on the road closure. All traffic has been rerouted off of Highway 69. Tractor trailers and other heavy loads are being rerouted northbound to Highway 124 to Highway 11. Southbound tractor trailers and heavy loads are being rerouted via Hwy 522. Small vehicles can bypass the collision by taking Highway 559 to Shebeshekong Rd, then Highway 69 to Highway 529.



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Four Vehicle Accident Closes Hwy 69
Friday, January 29, 2016 (8649 reads)


Yesterday at approximately 9:20 p.m. the West Parry Sound OPP, Britt Fire Department, Carling Fire Department and EMS responded to a 4 vehicle collision on Highway 69 north of Harris Lake Road in Wallbridge Township.

Police report a tractor trailer hauling livestock cattle was travelling southbound on Highway 69 when it struck the blade of a northbound plough truck. The tractor trailer then hit a northbound minivan. The tractor trailer continued southbound and struck a tractor trailer hauling vehicles head-on. Both tractor trailers came to a stop into a rock cut and were engulfed in flames.

Investigators are currently processing the scene and the road remains closed as crews clean up.

The plough driver and the driver of the tractor trailer hauling vehicles were uninjured. The 5 occupants of the minivan suffered non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the driver of the tractor trailer hauling livestock has not been confirmed.



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Huntsville & Bracebridge to Hold Combined Council Meeting
Friday, January 29, 2016 (793 reads)


Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison announced a joint meeting of Huntsville and Bracebridge Councils at last night Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce AGM,  held at  the Grandview Resort.

The meeting is to be held at the Algonquin Theatre on Monday and it expected that an announcement of an alternative to the MAHC's Healthcare plan will be unveiled.



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Pond Hockey Championships Cancelled
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (6383 reads)


Organizers with the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships that were scheduled to be held this February in Huntsville have cancelled the event.
In  a tweet sent out by the company, weather conditions are to blame saying that "rain has wasted away leaving a shadow of what was in place.  Safety for players, volunteers and ice crews was paramount." 


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Deadly Snowmobile Accident in Almaguin
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (32292 reads)


Police report that on January 27, at 2:16 p.m. the Almaguin Highlands OPP responded to a snowmobile collision on OFSC trail C105D near River Road in Joly Township.
The snowmobile drove onto the soft snow along the edge of the trail and vaulted off a mound of snow and into several trees. 
Brian Bradley, 55 of Machar Township succumbed to his injuries at the scene as a result of this collision.
Police say that speed was a factor. 
The investigation is continuing.


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More Charges For Bracebridge Man in Bear Shooting
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (4395 reads)


The Bracebridge man who allegedly shot and killed a mother bear and wounded one of three cubs is facing more charges - this time laid by the MNR.   The 65 year old is dealing with charges laid by the OPP.
The new charges laid by the MNR include Act. They include 2 charges of Unlawfully discharging a firearm and Two counts of unlawfully hunting big game without a licence.

The alleged incident took place in the Pinewood Drive area in Bracebridge in November, 2015.  It left the mother bear dead and it has been reported that one of the cubs received life threatening wounds.  Officials tried to catch the cub without success.
The man is due back in court in February.



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Fire & Ice Festival Being Held This Weekend in Bracebridge
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (3696 reads)


Bracebridge will be hosting a new event this weekend called the Fire & Ice Festival.  The festival will offer a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival.

"FIRE" features will include fire artists, fireworks as well as fire pits throughout Downtown.

"ICE" features will include interactive ice displays, a downtown tube run and the new skating trail, located in Memorial Park.

In addition, there will be "try-it-out" activities, live music and traditional carnival activities to complement the event.

A souvenir button will be your passport to fun. $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 6 - 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Buttons are available at the Bracebridge Visitors Centre located at 1 Manitoba Street.



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Gravenhurst Offers Community Improvement Plan for Downtown Businesses
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (179 reads)


The Town of Gravenhurst has announced that the Community Improvement Plan Grant Program for Downtown Businesses is Open!

Grants, rebates, or exemptions are available through the plan for a variety of upgrades including planning, Design, and Building Permit Costs, Improvements to Façades, Rear, or Side Walls Upgrades to Building or Fire Codes & Heritage Restorations.

The plan also includes residential Conversion & Rehabilitation Landscaping, Property & Signage Improvements, Tax Relief for Property Improvements, and Rebates & Exemptions for Development Charges.

The deadline for applications is Thursday March 31, 2016

Details and application forms are available at: www.gravenhurst.ca/CIP



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"Significant" Sick Days Lead to New Policy at Huntsville Town Hall
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (1715 reads)


Huntsville's General Committee met yesterday and approved a plan to tighten up on sick days for town staff.  Denise Corey said that they recognized the current, unlimited sick days plan was a problem and it lead to a significant amount of sick days taken in 2015.

The new plan will set the limit at 6 days per employee.  Corey did say that the plan would be flexible should special circumstances arise.

The town also provides short and long term illness benefits.



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Rotary to Build Changing Area at Hutchison Beach
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (220 reads)


Huntsville Council also gave the green light to install a changing area  at Hutchison Beach on Monday.  Staff explained that the Rotary Club would build the open air change area consisting of panel walls on a concrete base.  The structure will be 16x20’ and the panels will be removed and stored in the winter months.



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Council Defers Plan to Fix Parking Lot Beside River Mill Park
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (333 reads)


The slice of land between the docks and River Mill Park in Huntsville remains in limbo for a bit longer.  The Town had negotiated ownership of the land several years ago, but left the space as it was, used haphazardly as a parking area.

Councilor Bob Stone told council that the plans for space, will see it being used as grasslands - to connect the park to the docks, but parking will re-aligned along the side of River Mill Park.  At least that was his plan, until council voted to defer any changes pending public input.

Stone was confident that when the exercise is done, there will be a net increase in parking spaces.



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Hospital Foundation Launches New Funding Campaign Tonight at Chamber AGM
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (653 reads)


The Huntsville Hospital Foundation will officially launch their new “Business Cares” initiative tonight at the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, being held at Grandview Resort commencing at 6:00 p.m.

The campaign is a major fundraising initiative which will highlight leaders in our business community who have committed to excellence in healthcare in the community.

Since its inception ten local businesses have committed to donating $25,000 or more over the next five years for Healthcare for Life - Here.



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Thursday's Road Report
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (5658 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) – Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) – Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) – bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) – bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) bare and wet road with snow covered sections..

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) – Bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - Bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road with snow packed sections.

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) – bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections sections.

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road  

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - Bare and wet road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - Bare and wet road



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Fednor Invests in Dorset
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (8789 reads)


FedNor announced an investment of $45,000 to enable the Township of Lake of Bays to create a business development and growth strategy for Dorset’s waterfront area and the community’s downtown core yesterday.

The funding is designed to increase tourism and maximize the economic potential of Dorset’s downtown core, and Fednor says it will help identify and prioritize business and growth opportunities, while creating an economic roadmap to help the community create jobs and boost tourism throughout the area.

Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young said that “Waterfront development and downtown revitalization projects are proven economic drivers. By investing in community priorities that create jobs and promote sustainable economic growth, the government is helping to create a stronger, more diversified economy for the Township of Lake of Bays.”



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Buy A Brick Fundraiser for River Mill Park Bandshell Underway
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (509 reads)


The Rotary Club of Huntsville are spearheading the construction of a band shell in River Mill Park. So far the foundation has been poured and they plan to construct the upper portion of the structure in the spring, with a planned opening on the May long weekend.

The club is holding a Buy A Brick campaign to help fund part of the cost of construction.  They recently were awarded a $30,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund, and have received contributions from the Huntsville Festival, Downtown BIA, and Muskoka Concert Band.

The Buy A Brick campaign offers 4 sizes of bricks, which are pieces of Muskoka granite, that will be mounted on the back wall of the bandshell. They can be engraved with your name recognizing your part in creating this community asset.

To buy a brick follow the link http://files.ctctcdn.com/1051924b001/9282f103-98be-4aae-9903-17abada61e6d.pdf



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Fake US Bills Going Around
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (365 reads)


The police are warning local retailers about an increase in counterfeit currency being passed in Muskoka.  During the month of January, police have already responded to five incidents where counterfeit American notes of varying denominations have been passed to local businesses. 

Should anyone suspect the authenticity of a note, recipients are encouraged to be wary and use the security features.  The method of payment (e.g. cash, debit or credit card) used in a transaction is a private agreement between the buyer and the seller. Each has the right to accept or refuse a bank note when accepting payment or receiving change.

Individuals may access an interactive guide to explore security features at www.bankofcanada.ca or https://uscurrency.gov/.



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Police Charge Man For Spate of B&E's
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (683 reads)


Bracebridge OPP and Muskoka Crime Unit have been investigating a series of commercial Break and Enters that have occurred over the past year in the Muskoka area. On January 13, they charged a 40 year-old Gravenhurst man in relation to several incidents.

The unnamed accused will appear in a Bracebridge court on February 9, 2016 to answer to his charges.



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Wednesday's Road Report
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (4897 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am
Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road 
Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) – Bare and wet road 
Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road
Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections
Highway 11 (Strong to South River) – Bare and wet road with snow packed sections
Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) – partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) – bare and wet road
Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. 
Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) – partly snow packed with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - Bare and wet road 
Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections
Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) – partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections sections.
Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road
Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road 

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections 
Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections
Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.
Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - partly snow covered with snow covered sections.
Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - Bare and wet road
Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - Bare and wet road


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Clement Marks 10years as Muskoka Parry Sound MP
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (377 reads)


As the House of Commons resumed sitting yesterday, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement marked the 10th anniversary of his election to Canada’s Parliament, saying “It continues to be my great honour to serve the people of Parry Sound-Muskoka, and represent their interests in Ottawa. They have placed their trust in me, and that is something that I never take for granted,“ he said.

Clement was first elected to the House of Commons on January 23, 2006. He won re-election in the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka in 2008, 2011 and this past October. Clement has also served as Federal Minister of Health, Minister of Industry and President of the Treasury Board. He was appointed Foreign Affairs critic by Conservative Leader, Rona Ambrose, late last fall.



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Huntsville Fire Orders New Pumper/Tanker
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (1101 reads)


Huntsville Fire Chief Steve Hernen reported to council that the Fire Dept had received a quote from a US based equipment provider in October for a new pumper/tanker vehicle.  He was asking the town for approval to purchase the vehicle as the quote would be honoured by the manufacturer until the end of January if a purchase order was initiated.   Since the quote was first received, the value of the Canadian dollar has fallen and it could have cost the town an additional $90,000 if they decided to wait.

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Blackbird Boats Debacle Costs Huntsville $226,000
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (2071 reads)


The Town of Huntsville reported the total cost of the law suit between Hunter-Rutland, parent company of Blackbird Boats and the municipality over the sale of CNC router left at the MTO building on Main St West when the town owned the building.

Staff reported that between 2011 and 2015 that it cost $226,000 to defend the case.  Town staff also warned that other legal bills may still be coming.



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Muskoka Lakes Twp Meets This Afternoon
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (182 reads)


The Bala Falls issue continues today in Muskoka Lakes Twp as council comes together to discuss a lease with Swift River Energy.   The meeting follows last week's regular council meeting when several councilors walked out of the chambers after a closed session dealing with the lease between the township and the energy company.  The walk out resulted in the loss of a quorum and stalled a vote on the issue. 

The meeting will be held at the Port Carling Community Centre at 3pm.



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Council "Grants" Chamber $25,000 for Event Marketing - With Strings Attached
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (7368 reads)


Huntsville Council approved an increase of 6.97% for the 2016 budget after approving a onetime grant of $25,000 for Event Tourism Marketing through the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.  The money would come out of the town's general reserves with the proviso that the Chamber was to provide a business plan and a means of tracking the effectiveness of the spend.

In addition, the town will create a $25,000 event reserve fund to be dispersed only with matching funds by area businesses and sponsors.

Councilors one by one, rationalized the plan, with Councilor Nancy Alcock saying that they asked the wrong question at the Special Meeting and it came across as being mean spirited.  Alcock re-iterated that they support the chamber but wondered how the chamber, Muskoka Tourism and Explorers Edge all worked together on promoting events - with each asking for funding from various government bodies.

Councilor Det Schumacher challenged the Chamber to come forward and tell council how the money will be spent.

Bob Stone also called for a business plan with clear and trackable results.



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Tuesday's Road Report
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (342 reads)


MTO reports at 6.30am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) – Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) – Snow covered

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) – Snow covered with partly snow covered sections

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) – Snow covered with bare and wet road sections

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) – Snow covered

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - Bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - Bare and wet road

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) – Snow covered with partly snow covered sections

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - Snow covered with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections sections.

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road  

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - Bare and wet road with snow covered sections

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - Bare and wet road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - Bare and wet road



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$3,100 Raised for "Radio Man"
Monday, January 25, 2016 (3304 reads)


$3100 was raised at the Stage Door Thingy for HBR's radio man James Carroll's Medical Fund on Saturday.  The audience was treated to Improv by  The Woodshed Improv Collective, with guest stars from TV and Film including from Whose Line is It? and Wind at My Back -  Katherine Greenwood, Second City and Little Mosque on the Prairies' Neil Crone and from film and TV - Carolyn Scott.
Catherine Cole, one of the organizers said that the success of the event showed how much Carroll has been embraced by the community.
Musical performances Gina Horswood, Tamica Herod & Dani Strong emphasized the musical community's support, capped off with a brand new song written for the occasion. 
Ken Cole, a member of the Woodshed Improv Collective said the song called "Radio Man" was the cherry on top.
The song is available for download for a donation at http://muskokamusiciansforjamescarroll.bandcamp.com/track/the-radio-man



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Man Who Gave False Name to Police Charged with Possession of Cocaine
Monday, January 25, 2016 (13306 reads)


Police investigated a motor vehicle collision on Highway 400 in Seguin Township on January 22nd. During the investigation a passenger in the vehicle gave a statement using a false name.
On January 24, police observed the same male walking on Seguin Street in Parry Sound. As a result of further investigation, the male was identified as Dennis Tyson, 38 of Parry Sound. He was arrested and charged with:
•         Obstruct Peace Officer 
•         Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
•         Fail to Comply with Conditions of Undertaking given by Officer in Charge.
The accused was held for bail and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound to answer to his charges.


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Driver Charged with Stunting & Drug Charges
Monday, January 25, 2016 (12563 reads)


Police report that on January 22nd,  the West Parry Sound OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 400 in McDougall Township that was travelling at a high rate of speed. During the investigation, a search of the vehicle led to the seizure of cannabis marihuana.
The driver, Tyler Simon, 31, of Sudbury, was arrested and charged with:
Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana – under 30 grams 
Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Resin – over 1 gram.
Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Methylenedioxyamphetamine (Ecstasy).
and Racing  a motor vehicle 
The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on February 18, 2016 to answer to his charges.



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Paralympian Graeme Murray to Speak on His Life Story
Monday, January 25, 2016 (524 reads)


Olympic Gold Medalist Graeme Murray will be at the Gravenhurst Opera House on Thursday at 6pm to speak about his life story and career with the National Sledge Hockey Team.

Graeme is a four-time Paralympian born in and raised in Gravenhurst. Through competition he learned the benefit of hard work and good goal-setting.  Graeme will share his experiences both on and off the ice.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.  For tickets see www.gravenhurst.ca



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OPP Reminds Residents of Self Reporting Options
Monday, January 25, 2016 (392 reads)


OPP would like to remind citizens they now have another way of reporting certain minor incidents and crimes. Citizen Self Reporting (CSR) is an online reporting system as an alternative to having an officer attend a scene for a minor incident.

The OPP say it is easy to use the online reporting tool that can be accessed from a computer or mobile device and sent directly to the OPP anywhere, anytime.

The following incidents can be reported online:

• Lost or missing property under $5000

• Stolen licence plates or validation stickers

• Theft from vehicle under $5000

• Mischief or damage to a vehicle under $5000

• Mischief or damage to property (other than a vehicle) under $5000

• Theft under $5000

• Traffic complaints

To learn more, and to access Citizen Self Reporting online, go to http://www.opp.ca



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Loppett Sees Nearly 300 Participants
Monday, January 25, 2016 (197 reads)


Nearly 300 participants took to the course at Arrowhead Provincial Park for the 34th annual Muskoka Loppett.  The Loppett includes a 15km and 30km courses as well as a 5km course for social skiers.

The full results can be found here: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=7889&cat=all



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Huntsville Council to Decide Whether to Include Event Marketing in 2016 Budget Tonight
Monday, January 25, 2016 (876 reads)


Huntsville Council meets tonight for their regularly scheduled meeting and will hear a report on the Event Tourism Marketing meeting that was held last week.

It's expected that council will make a decision on whether to fund the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce and include it or not in the town's 2016 Budget which is due to be finalized tonight.

Approx 200 attended the Special Council Meeting on the subject last week and council were told in no uncertain terms by those in attendance, that event marketing was very important to residents and business people alike.

Council has struggled to control the increase in the budget and had not included any funding for Event marketing in the budget.  That may change tonight.



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Monday's Road Report
Monday, January 25, 2016 (6096 reads)


MTO reports at 7am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) – Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) - Bare and wet road

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - Bare and wet road

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - Bare and wet road

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - Bare and wet road

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections sections.

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - bare and wet road

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road  

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - Bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - Bare and wet road

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - Bare and wet road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - Bare and wet road



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Sunday Road Report
Sunday, January 24, 2016 (796 reads)


MTO Reports at Noon.
11 Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
11 Muskoka Falls to Emsdale bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
11 Emsdale to Strong bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
11 Strong to South River bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
11 South River to New Liskeard bare and dry road
141 Highway 11 - Utterson to Rosseau bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
141 Rosseau to Parry Sound bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
35 Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon bare and dry road
35 Carnarvon to Dwight bare and dry road
400 Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
400 Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
510 Highway 520 to Highway 124 bare and dry road
518 Emsdale to Kearney bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
518 Highway 69/400 to Emsdale bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
519 Highway 17 - Dambrossio Township to Green Lake Road - Dunphy Township partly snow covered
520 Highway 11 to Highway 124 bare and dry road
520 Highway 124 to Ardbeg bare and dry road
522 McFadden Line to Wilson Township bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
522 Wilson Township to Highway 69 Mowat Township bare and wet road with snow covered sections.
522B Trout Creek to Highway 11 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
523 Hastings/Nipissing County Line to Madawaska snow packed
524 Highway 522 to Highway 534 bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
60 Madawaska to Cache Lake bare and dry road
60 Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake bare and dry road
60 Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
69 Parry Sound to Pointe au Baril bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
69 Pointe au Baril to Henvey Township bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
69 Henvey Township to Wanup bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
69 Wanup to Sudbury bare and wet road with snow covered sections.
7162 Ontario Street to Highway 11 bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
7182 Highway 559 to Highway 69 bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
7188 Sunset Pass Drive to Junction highway 520 bare and wet road with partly snow covered sections.
7279 Junction highway 69 & 7279 to End of Highway bare and wet road
7287 Highway 69 to End of old highway 559 
7289 Exit 189 to Highway 141 bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
7290 Highway 141 North Junction to Highway 400 - Horseshoe Lake bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
118 Paudash to Loon Lake bare and dry road
35 Junction highway 35/115 to Junction highway 7A bare and dry road
35 Junction highway 7A to Victoria County / Haliburton District bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.
11 Barrie to Severn Bridge bare and dry road
35 Highway 401 to Junction highway 35/115 bare and dry road
400 Maple Leaf Drive to Canal Road (Bradford) bare and wet road with bare and dry road sections.
400 Canal Road (Bradford) to Craighurst bare and dry road



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"Pumping For Patients" Results in $3355 Donation to Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Friday, January 22, 2016 (2293 reads)


Dave & Katy McGregor of Northern Disposal & Sanitation made a presentation to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation in the amount of $3355 today.  This is the second time the company made a donation from their annual "Pumping for Patients" initiative.  So far the McGregor's have donated in excess of $6300 for healthcare in the area. 
$5 from every pink portable restroom reservation and $10 from every septic pump made throughout the year is donated to HHF. 


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Fire Causes Heavy Damage to Port Sydney Home
Friday, January 22, 2016 (11331 reads)


The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Dept. was called to a report of a structure fire on Balsam Chutes Rd. early this morning around 1:30am. Crews from Huntsville Station 1 and Port Sydney Station 3 encountered heavy flames that had consumed the roof area and spread quickly inside upon arrival. The fire was quickly knocked down and crews spent several hours putting out hot spots as the roof structure had collapsed into the home.
The lone occupant discovered the fire and safely exited the structure. Damage to the home is estimated at $290,000.
Investigators are looking at a pellet stove as a possible cause.


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Chamber Calling On Residents to Support Funding for Tourism Marketing
Friday, January 22, 2016 (747 reads)


The Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce is calling on area residents and business owners to attend Monday’s upcoming council meeting to show support for the Chamber’s request for funding for Event Tourism Marketing.



Close to 200 people attended a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday with a number of community stakeholders speaking passionately about the value of events and the role events play in creating a vibrant place to live, and a strong tourism economy.



A letter has been sent to Mayor and Council outlining their request for reconsideration. Currently there are no funds in the 2016 budget allotted for event tourism marketing.  Council had funded the Chamber for this service for the past 7 years.



The meeting will be held on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.



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Snowmobile Goes Through the Ice
Friday, January 22, 2016 (12257 reads)


On Thursday morning, OPP, Parry Sound EMS and Sundridge/Strong Fire Department responded to reports of a snowmobile that had fallen through the ice on Lake Bernard.

The driver a 30 year old man from Woodbridge was approximately 1000 feet from shore when his snowmobile went through the ice. Police report that the driver managed to pull himself out of the lake on his own and did not require medical assistance.

OPP would like to remind people that when travelling on lakes and waterways that the user is responsible to check ice conditions themselves or with other experienced local users.  Always let someone know the route you are travelling and be prepared with emergency equipment.



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Mid Century Climate Effects on Muskoka Subject of Watershed Council Meeting Today
Friday, January 22, 2016 (374 reads)


The Muskoka Watershed Council will be meeting today to discuss the climate that Muskoka is likely to experience by mid-century, and the likely impacts of that mid-century climate change and how it will impact our lakes and waterways, forests, infrastructure, communities, and our way of life.

The meeting starts at 1pm in District Council Chambers on Pine Street in Bracebridge.  The meeting is open to the public.



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Gas Prices Remain High Despite Lower Prices For Crude Oil
Friday, January 22, 2016 (367 reads)


Oil prices may have dropped about 75 per cent from their peak in 2014, but gasoline prices haven’t matched the drop. A Bank of Canada analyst says that gas prices averaged $1.02 per litre in December when a barrel cost $27.40.  However, in 2009 when oil was selling at the same price, motorists paid an average of 82 cents a litre at the pumps.

Analysts say other factors play a role in gasoline prices, such as the low Canadian dollar, higher margins at refiners and increased taxes.



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Muskoka Loppett This Weekend
Friday, January 22, 2016 (168 reads)


The 34th Annual Muskoka Loppett is to take place at Arrowhead Park this Sunday.  Organizers are expecting 300 skiers to take on the challenge of a 30kl race.  There are also shorter distances for social skiers as well as a 15kl course for intermediate skiers.

For more info visit their website www.arrowheadnordic.ca



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Impaired Drivers Up 97% In Lake of Bays
Friday, January 22, 2016 (615 reads)


Detachment Commander John Graham came before Lake of Bays Council on Tuesday to update councilors on crime in the township.

The fourth quarter results saw huge increases traffic related charges laid with speeding being up 106% over the previous year.  Graham said that the nice weather and increased tourism in the fall was a contributing factor.  Drivers charged with Impaired was also up an alarming rate with a 97% increase over the same period in 2014.

Violent crime was just up over last year, while police report that property crime was down 30%.

In total police patrols totaled 252 hours from Oct to Dec last year.



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Twelve People Show Up to Roads Meeting
Friday, January 22, 2016 (956 reads)


Roads were the topic of discussion at last night's special meeting of council, held at the Algonquin Theatre. Mayor Scott Aitchison as well as Councilor Dan Armour both stated that roads were the number one priority of their constituents, though only twelve members of the public were present for the special meeting. While the municipalities bridges were considered to be in good shape, council pointed to a number of roads in dire need of repair. All of the roads listed by council to see repairs by 2020 were outside of the downtown core, meaning there will be no repairs to downtown roads until another assessment is completed. The current roads need study was conducted for the town at a cost of $45,000.



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Police Seek Help With B&E
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (4430 reads)


The West Parry Sound OPP is looking to the community for information to help solve a break, enter and theft of property from a business on Nine Mile Lake Road in McDougall Township.
Police report that sometime between January 17th, and 18th, thieves forcibly entered the business and removed property. OPP believe the suspect walked to a parked vehicle on Nine Mile Lake Road. Police believe at some point the vehicle became stuck in the snow and may have needed assistance to get out.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.


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Gravenhurst Council Doles Out Cash to Area Schools
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (1365 reads)


Gravenhurst Council presented financial contributions to four area schools to support local youth.

In 2006, Gravenhurst Hydro was sold to Veridian. Through this purchase, an agreement was made that $5000 would be donated each year for 5 years to the municipality to further distribute for education and youth.

During Tuesday's Council meeting, the Town finalized the distribution of this fund and presented Muskoka Beechgrove Public School, K.P. Manson Public School, Gravenhurst Public School and Gravenhurst High School each with a cheque for $1,335.00 to be used towards school programs, supplies and extracurricular needs.



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Correction: Huntsville Seeks Input on Roads at Special Council Meeting Tonight
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (981 reads)


The Town of Huntsville will also be holding a public meeting tonight at 6pm at the Algonquin Theatre.

Mayor Scott Aitchison is expected to give a presentation on his plans for maintaining Huntsville's road infrastructure in 2016.  Council  had set aside $400,000 in the 2015 budget for roads and has made roads a key platform of his administration.

The meeting is open to the public.



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Dwight Public Library Expansion Plans Underway
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (1852 reads)


Lake of Bays Council approved in principal a request to expand the Dwight branch of their Public Library on Tuesday.  Wayne Donaldson came before council to show them the library's successes and the problems that is creating.  The Library branch has 4711 cardholders, more than the population of the entire township.

The Library is planning an 18,000 sq ft expansion to include a meeting room, quiet space, technology area, a kitchenette and washrooms.  The cost is expected to be $800,000.  Organizers say the money will come from grants, fundraising and donations.

They asked council to approve the project in principal, so that they can be grant - ready.   Council approved a spend of $10,000 to come out of the development charges fund and library reserve fund.



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New Hospice Coming to Port Carling
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (291 reads)


District of Muskoka council decided to commit $200,000 towards a new hospice facility in Port Carling.

The move came after dozens of concerned citizens filed the council chambers to standing room to show support for the project.

During their December meeting, the District's corporate and emergency services committee originally decided not to put the money forward for the project.

Mary Grady from Hospice Muskoka, who will administer the $ 2.5 million hospice facility to be known as Andy's House, told council their support was required for the project to proceed with the LHIN.

Grady said with council's backing, fundraising can now be restarted in anticipation of having the facility up and running by spring of 2018.



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District to Take Over Ambulance Service in 2017
Thursday, January 21, 2016 (3716 reads)


After much discussion during the Jan. 18 District Council meeting, it was decided that land ambulance services will be taken over by the District beginning at the start of 2017. The service has been contracted out to Medavie EMS Ontario for the past seven years.

While some councillors expressed concerns ranging from taking on dozens of additional new staff to a lack of expertise at the district, the majority of council felt the potential cost savings and greater control of services was worth the swap.

Council also agreed to spend up to $115,000 to procure required resources like consultants and software.

Michael Nolan, the chief of Renfrew County's paramedic services, attended to discuss his work helping to take land ambulance services in-house in several municipalities in the Ottawa area. He said fully 80 per cent of land ambulance services in Ontario are now carried out in-house by municipalities.



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Letters Of Opposition to ATV Use Pour Into Lake of Bays Office
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (8279 reads)


Letters continue to pour into the Lake of Bays Township office in opposition to the ATV bylaw recently passed by the township authorizing ATV use on municipal roads.  During a discussion on correspondence received, it was noted by staff and the deputy mayor Nancy Tapley, that some residents are opposed to the off road vehicles  being allowed on the roadways.
Residents have been mailing in letters asking the township exclude their road from the list of roads that ATV operators could use to access trails.
Tapley told council that if enough people from any one road achieved 50% + 1 against ATV use, that council would receive a report, to consider removing approval to use that road.  Staff advised that a report would be coming forth to council in April - before the ATV season started - outlining any changes based on the criteria, for council's consideration.


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Plans Being Finalized for Baysville Cenotaph Restoration
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (6978 reads)


Lake of Bays Council approved in principal $3,000 towards the cost of restoration of  the Baysville Cenotaph on Tuesday.  The project which is estimated to cost $7500 includes re-aligning the flower beds at the cenotaph in a straight line configuration to allow for better sight lines during Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The project includes raised flower beds with flowers that represent  remembrance, gratitude and grief.  The area would be paved, possibly with interlocking brick or paving stones, surrounding by a chain fence line around three quarters of the memorial.
Both Huntsville and Bracebridge Legions has committed to supporting the project and fundraising would take place as well to cover the costs.
Council asked for a report to be finalized and brought back to council for final approval.


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Fednor Funding Leads to Full Time Position at Algonquin Park
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (8951 reads)


Yesterday, FedNor, announced the results of a funding announcement aimed at maximizing the tourism potential of the Algonquin park region. Over the past year, The Friends of Algonquin Park developed outreach programs to educate and inform tourists, transcribed historical audio files, and created an electronic database for archive documents, artifacts and photographs that help capture and promote the history of Algonquin Park. 
Funding in the amount of $31,500 enabled The Friends of Algonquin Park to hire a youth intern for a one-year period to conduct the work. And as a result of the funding and the successful completion of the project, the organization has hired the intern on a full-time basis. 
Lee Pauzé, General Manager,  of The Friends of Algonquin Park said that “We are thrilled to partner with the Government to further position Algonquin Park as a destination of choice for tourists from across the country and around the world."


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Second Plow Hit in as Many Weeks
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (13177 reads)


On Tuesday January 12, OPP investigated an accident that occurred on Highway 11 when a tractor trailer attempted to pass between two snow plows that were travelling southbound in echelon.
The tractor trailer operator attempted to pass in between the two snow plows, but struck the wing of the first plow, causing the plow to go into the center median ditch.  OPP officers were also travelling behind the plows and stopped the transport driver shortly after the collision.
The driver of the transport, Harold Boyle, 52 of Kitchener was charged with fail to remain, contrary and attempt to pass-roadway not clear-overtaking traffic.
The driver is to appear at the Ontario Provincial Court in Sundridge on Thursday March 17, 2016 in Sundridge Ontario.
Almaguin Highlands OPP would like to remind motorists that the snow plows are looking after our roadways to make it safe for vehicles to travel.  Please slow down, be patient and let the snow plow operators do their job.  



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Muskoka Lakes Councilors Walk Out on Swift River Lease Vote
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (826 reads)


Muskoka Lakes Councilor Phil Harding left the council chambers followed by three other councilors preceding a vote to enter into a lease with Swift River Energy Company to operate a power plant in Bala.

Harding says that he left because of a discussion on the plant took place in closed session, and he said that the process should be transparent.

The loss of a quorum left the issue on the table with the remaining councilors unable to pass it.



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Jevins Creek Bridge Re-opening Delayed, Comes in $300,000 Over Budget
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (305 reads)


An engineering error will result in lengthy construction delays and an extra $310,000 in costs for a Gravenhurst bridge repair.

District Council heard that unexpected work on the Jevins Creek Bridge will extend the closure of the bridge from its original anticipated opening date on Dec. 18, 2015 to March 15, 2016.

 According to Fred Jahn, the District commissioner of engineering and public works, the bridge was designed on the basis of requiring friction piles to support the bridge structure, which has now been determined to be inadequate based on soil conditions and bridge loading.

The $1.4 million project has resulted in a 5 km detour for area residents.

Jahn said the District is in the process of attempting to recoup the additional costs from the engineer.



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Hotelier Asks Aitchison If He Can "Undo" Ironman Cancellation
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (5115 reads)


The cancelation of the Ironman was also brought up at yesterday's Huntsville council meeting.  One hotelier lamented that business is slow and depended on big events to bring in business and  was surprised that the Ironman race had been cancelled without consultation.

Matthew Phillips with Holiday Inn said that there are many hotels , resorts and restaurants that could help fund the deficit the Ironman had, and would have liked the town to talk to stakeholders before taking any action.  He asked the mayor if there was any way to undo the cancelation.

Many supporters of the Ironman voiced their dissatisfaction with the unilateral decision to cancel including platinum level sponsor, Pipefusion who said they made a commitment for 3 years and built a floating coffee house at great expense, only to see the town bail after one year.  The company said they would think twice about any long term commitments in the future.

One triathlete who lives in Toronto and has a home in Huntsville told council that they had made a huge mistake cancelling the event saying that the Ironman brought high income visitors to town.  He compared the decision to Penticton in BC, who dropped the Ironman after several successful years, saying that now no one goes there.



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Council Gets a Spanking Over Event Tourism Marketing
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (3936 reads)


Huntsville Council was given a clear message at last night's Special Council Meeting on Event Tourism Marketing.   Council had been struggling to present a draft 2016 budget that did not include any funds for tourism marketing, a service that had been provided in the past by the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.

Councilors heard over and over again that Huntsville was a thriving community and that was due in part to the big events put on by the Chamber.

Rob Saunders, manager of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts asked if the town had a plan, and asked was the town able to replace the chamber with the same fervor.  Ross Kerwin told council that all he ever hears is "roads, roads, roads - we're going to have great roads because there will be no tourists using them," he quipped. Soapstones owner Darla Stipanovich warned councilors that "if you want to see empty stores in the main street, stop the events."

Lake of Bays Councilor Nancy Tapley challenged Mayor Scott Aitchison to say how much more on the tax levy it would cost tax payers to fund the Chamber's event tourism marketing, something that no one on council seemed to know.  After a short delay, the answer came - an increase of $1 per $100,000 of residential assessment.

After no less than a dozen impassioned pleas from area residents, Aitchison asked participants to take part in round table discussions before leaving so that council would receive a clear report on the wishes of the people.

The report is expected to go to council later this month.



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District Awards Contract For Landfill Expansion
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (2490 reads)


District Council awarded a $757,718 contract for work on the next phase of the Rosewarne Landfill Expansion. 
Fowler Construction Company Limited was awarded the contract – the second of three phases in the $7.8 million landfill expansion. 
Phase one is now finished and the new landfill cell, located in Bracebridge, has been pre-excavated and graded to sub-grade levels. The next phase of the project requires placement of a layer of clay material with specified parameters of permeability. 
The project is set for completion in 2016.


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District Postpones McCrank Subdivision Sewer Project
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (1057 reads)


A controversial plan to extend sanitary sewer lines into the McCrank subdivision in Bracebridge was postponed by District council.
The plan was brought to the engineering and public works committee in December but met with stiff opposition from area residents who complained that the work could cost up to thousands of dollars per household.
At the time the committee deferred a decision to wait for an open house on Jan. 12. Again at that meeting the community came out in numbers to oppose the project.
Council heard that the sewer issue will be discussed again at the engineering and public works meeting later this week. The chair of that committee, Councilor Phil Harding, said they don’t anticipate a final decision during that meeting.


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Man Arrested In Connection With Emsdale Bank Robbery
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (21589 reads)


The OPP and supported by the Emergency Response Team and West Region Tactic and Rescue Unit executed a search warrant on Friday January 15, at a residence in the Municipality of Grey Highlands in Grey County. 

Police report that as a result of an ongoing investigation, Stephen Paul Kelman, 33 of Grey Highlands was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.

The first robbery occurred at the Countryside Pharmacy in Omemee on January 05,  and the second on January 09, 2016 at the Guardian Pharmacy in Sundridge.

The accused is currently being held in custody and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice today in Lindsay Ontario. The investigation is continuing and police are still seeking the public’s assistance with any information regarding the robbery in Sundridge.



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Lots of Programs to Help You Quit During National Non-Smoking Week
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (20892 reads)


It’s National Non-Smoking Week and there are plenty of incentives being offered to encourage people to make a quit smoking attempt.

•         If you are between the ages of 19-29 enter the provincial Would-U-Rather contest. There will be four winners picked from those who sign up to either quit, party without the smoke, cut down or stay smoke free. Win up to $2,500. Enter at Wouldurather.ca.

•         Quit for seven days starting the first of the month and you could win $500 in the provincial First Week Challenge. If you don’t make it through the whole week try again March 1st and every month till you quit for good. Register at FirstWeekChallenge.ca.

•         If you want to quit on your own, you can still get online or text support through Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.

•         STOP in the name of health: A free Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

STOP Smoking Workshop includes a five-week supply of the patch to help combat cravings. Info at SimcoeMuskokaHealth.org.

•         There’s nothing like running to test the effects of smoking on your body. Now there’s a website with free help to help you get started running. And — if you decide to quit there’s online help for that too. Find it at RunChillQuit.ca.



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Tractor Driver Charged With Impaired
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (4777 reads)


On January 15, at 12:43 a.m. members police responded to a call of an impaired driver on a tractor. The tractor was seen being operated in a suspicious manner on Cedar Point road in Tiny Township.

The tractor was stopped by officers a short time later. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested by police. As a result of the investigation, the driver identified as John McGregor, 53, of Tiny Township has been charged with:

• Driving While Ability Impaired

• Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland, Ontario on January 28, 2016.



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Gravenhurst Seeking RFP's For Active Transportation Plan
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (410 reads)


The Town of Gravenhurst is looking to get more residents active.  The town recently posted that it has received a grant to develop an age friendly Active Transportation plan.  The plan will identify new opportunities to make the community more walkable and conducive to a variety of active transportation modes while taking into consideration the specific needs of an aging population.

The town says all submissions will require a strong emphasis on accessibility. The RFP submissions are due by Friday February 5, at 1:00 p.m. The project is expected to be finalized by the end of 2016. The RFP can be accessed at www.gravenhurst.ca/tenders



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Chamber at Risk of Being Shut Out of Event Marketing at Special Council Meeting Tonight
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (5561 reads)


The Town of Huntsville will be holding a Special Council Meeting tonight at 6pm to discuss Event Tourism Marketing.  The meeting will include comments from town staff as well as comments from the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce who have been providing marketing services to the town in the past.

The Chamber has seen their funding deteriorate with this administration and says there is no funding for the initiative in the draft 2016 budget.

The Mayor will be making opening remarks before a discussion of past events takes place.  The town will be seeking input from the public as well.

The meeting is being held at the Active Living Centre at 6pm.



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LOB to Get Recap of OPP Calls for Service at Council Meeting
Monday, January 18, 2016 (657 reads)


Lake of Bays Council meets tomorrow and will an update on police calls for service from Huntsville Detachment Commander John Graham.  Graham will also update council on crime stats in the Township.

Also on the agenda, a report on the proposed Dwight Library Expansion.

The meeting starts at 9am on Tuesday.



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Ambulance Service Topic Of District Council Meeting Tonight
Monday, January 18, 2016 (864 reads)


Ambulance Service Delivery will be a subject of discussion at tonight's District Council meeting being held at District Headquarters tonight.  Councilors will also receive a deputation from Hospice Muskoka regarding funding.



The meeting gets underway at 7pm.



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MAHC Seeks People for Community Focus Group
Monday, January 18, 2016 (425 reads)


The MAHC is inviting members of the public who are interested in quality improvement at the healthcare organization to register to participate in a Community Focus Group scheduled on Tuesday, January 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Karen Fleming,  Chief Quality & Nursing Executive said “The 2016-17 Quality Improvement Plan will focus on delivering high-quality health care and creating a positive patient experience. We want to ensure the plan reflects what is important to the patients and families we serve in our communities.”

Please contact Christine Loshaw at 705-645-4404, ext. 3104 or email christine.loshaw@mahc.ca to sign up.



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OPP Seeking Technology Grads
Monday, January 18, 2016 (667 reads)


On Saturday March 5, the OPP will be hosting a Technology Policing Symposium at Sheridan College located in Brampton.

The OPP is looking to hire recent or potential graduates from Ontario Community Colleges and Universities or applicants who have related training or experience in Technology based applications.

50 applicants will be selected to learn what it takes to become a Provincial Constable in the OPP.

Applications must be completed online and received no later than Monday, February 11th. Further details are available online at www.opp.ca/careers.



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Impaired Operation a Focus of Snowmobile Safety Week
Monday, January 18, 2016 (448 reads)


The OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) launched Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week (January 16-24, 2015) with a message for snowmobilers to focus on their own personal safety and the well-being of others. 

With the campaign getting underway this week, the OPP and OFSC are reminding snowmobile enthusiasts to stay off the lakes and waterways for the time-being as conditions are generally poor in many parts of the province. 

Last winter, the OPP investigated 15 snowmobile-related fatalities, a decrease from the previous two winters. While the OPP and OFSC are relieved to see fewer lives lost, data clearly indicates that riding impaired, speeding and riding after dark continue to be major contributing factors in snowmobiling incidents.

In particular, the OPP and OFSC are looking to middle-aged males to ride with extra care and control this winter as 87 per cent of last season’s snowmobile-related fatalities involved male riders and 58 per cent were riders or passengers between the ages of 35 and 54.

For more information, the OPP have provided some links  and they can be found on our webpage at www.muskokaonline.com.

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook/section7.2.2.1.shtml

http://www.ofsc.on.ca/experience/get-started/driver-training



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Monday's Road Report
Monday, January 18, 2016 (4918 reads)


MTO reports at 7am

Highway 11 (Barrie to Severn Bridge) - snow covered with bare and wet road, partly snow covered sections.

Highway 11 (Severn Bridge to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 11 (Muskoka Falls to Emsdale) - snow covered

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - snow covered with snow packed, partly ice covered sections.

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - snow covered with partly snow covered, snow packed sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 118 (Vankoughnet to Muskoka Falls) - partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - snow covered with snow packed, partly ice covered sections.

Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - snow covered

Highway 141 (Rosseau to Parry Sound) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - snow covered with partly snow covered, snow packed sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - snow covered with partly snow covered, snow packed sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 400 (Canal Road (Bradford) to Innisfil) - partly snow covered with bare and dry road, bare and wet road sections.

Highway 400 (Innisfil to Craighurst) - partly snow covered with bare and dry road, bare and wet road sections.

Highway 400 (Craighurst to Port Severn) - partly snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 400 (Port Severn to Horseshoe Lake) - snow covered. Poor visibility.

Highway 400 (Horseshoe Lake to Parry Sound) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.  

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - snow covered with bare and wet road sections. Poor visibility.

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - snow covered with snow packed sections.

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - snow covered

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - snow covered



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