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Bracebridge Dog Park Receives Grant
Friday, October 17, 2014 (793 reads)

Members of the Bracebridge Off Leash Dog Park Committee announced they received a $15,000 grant, from the TransCanada Pipelines Limited Community Investment Program, to assist in the development of a Dog Park at Kerr Park.  The estimated cost to construct the 1.7 acre Dog Park, is $40,000.

The Dog Park will be located at the southwest corner of Kerr Park.   Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini, Chair of the Bracebridge Off Leash Dog Park Committee said “This location is ideal because of its easy access from the parking lot, trees for shade, close to the Trans Canada Trail, and its access in the winter as the parking lot is plowed.”

The Committee is launching a fundraising drive to raise the additional funding needed to build the Dog Park. Donations are being accepted at the Bracebridge Sportsplex, Bracebridge Municipal Office, or on-line at

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Autumn Home Tour for Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary Tomorrow
Friday, October 17, 2014 (304 reads)

The Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary is holding their annual Autumn Home Tour tomorrow.  Six homeowners and the Waterloo Centre will open their doors to the public.  Tickets are $25 and include art displays, tablescapes and lunch at the Active Living Centre.

Tickets can be purchased at the Algonquin Theatre or at the Branches Hospital Gift Shop.

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MNR Admit No Lease At Bala Falls
Friday, October 17, 2014 (4528 reads)

A letter written by a Bala Falls resident has sparked an admission by the MNR that there is no active lease for a proposed hydro project in Bala.  Bill Purkis challenged the MNR to admit that it did not  have a signed lease for the crown lands at the Bala Falls.  Purkis also stipulated that since there was no lease, the company, Swift River Energy and their agents have no right to cut down or harm any trees or do any other site work near the property.

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Zombies Infest Arrowhead Park Tomorrow
Friday, October 17, 2014 (1078 reads)

The Running Scared 5km Trail run returns Saturday, October 18 and is promising to take participants through the beautiful landscapes of Arrowhead Provincial Park.  Like last year, participants will have to run for their lives from flesh hungry zombies while conquering obstacles strategically placed throughout the course.

The event starts at 1pm, with Shuttles running from the Staples parking lot for participants. Laganza will be performing after the run, with a BBQ and refreshments.

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Theo Fleury Speaks At Algonquin Theatre Tonight for Victor Movement
Thursday, October 16, 2014 (615 reads)

The Muskoka Victor Movement is bringing Stanley Cup Champion Theo Fleury to Huntsville tonight.  Fleury, who championed the Victor Movement will be bringing the issue of child sexual abuse into the light to help support Muskoka's children who are victims of sexual abuse and help turn them from victims into victors.

One organizer of the event said that “When Theo Fleury addressed the crowd of more than 500 people at St. Clair College you could hear a pin drop. His message was both sad and powerful. Communities, schools, youth programs...all of us, have a responsibility to protect young people from the realities that Theo experienced.

Funds raised will go to the Muskoka Victor Therapy Fund for treatment of local youth impacted by sexual abuse.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the Algonquin Theatre box office or online at

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Gravenhurst Hires New Treasurer
Thursday, October 16, 2014 (1076 reads)

Gravenhurst Mayor Paisley Donaldson and Dave Weldon, Chief Administrative Officer announced yesterday that after completing a national executive search, the Gravenhurst Town Council has hired Val Sequeira as its new Director of Corporate Services-Treasurer.

Mr. Sequeira has over 20 years of relevant experience, including positions held at the City of Scarborough, City of Toronto, York Region, and the Town of Amherstburg. He holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Management from York University, a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics.


Mayor Donaldson said that “During his career in public service his experience has been in the delivery of a wide spectrum of financial services. He brings a valued strategic perspective to our important corporate initiatives.”

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Police Searching for Missing Woman
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (18907 reads)

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP are currently searching for a missing woman from the Waypoint Centre in Penetanguishene.

The missing woman was last seen at 10:20am Oct 14,2014 and failed to return to the hospital in the evening of Oct 14. Investigators believe she may be in the Midland- Barrie area.

Kristine Rawlings is 44 years of age and is described as being a white female, 5' 6" tall, 167 lbs, dark brown long hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing dark clothing. See attached photograph.

Police and hospital officials are asking for the public's assistance in locating the missing woman and would ask that any information be provided to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 so she may be safely returned to the hospital.

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Small Business Week Kicks Off With Open For Business Expo Next Monday
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (6133 reads)

The Muskoka Open for Business Expo will be taking place at the Rotary Centre in Bracebridge on October 20th, kicking off Small Business Week.  The expo will feature new businesses that have opened with the assistance of the Business Enterprise Resource Centre, Muskoka Small Business Centre and Muskoka Futures.

The expo will also feature Muskoka Brewery's Gary McMullen and Solterra Co-Housing's Shelly Raymond who will share their success stories.

The expo runs from 1-6pm next Monday at the Rotary Centre for Youth on Wellington St in Bracebridge.  The event is open to the public.

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Ballots Should be Dropped Off At Town Hall After Oct 17th
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (727 reads)

The Town of Huntsville is advising residents that are eligible to vote that they should have received their ballots in the mail by now.  If you haven’t received a Voting Package for the Municipal Election, or you need to confirm or be added to the Voters List, please contact the Huntsville Town Hall.

The deadline to mail in your Election Return Envelope, is October 17th. After October 17th, Election Return Envelopes should be dropped off at the Town Hall up to 8:00 pm on Election Day - October 27th, 2014.

Town Hall will have extended hours for submitting your Election Return Envelopes and making changes to the voters list on October 15 & 22 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and October 25 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

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Huntsville Festival Holds AGM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (285 reads)

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday October 18 in Partner’s Hall of the Algonquin Theatre.

The meeting will start at 11 am and is open to all members of the community. The meeting will review the artistic and financial results of the past year. A short video, that captures the 2014 season in pictures, will be screened. Board business will include the election of a new Board of  Directors, who will guide the Festival in its upcoming 23rd season’s activities. The meeting is expected to last approximately one hour and will be followed by light refreshments. For further information please contact Festival General Manager Rob Saunders at 705-788-2787.

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Low Cost Rabies Clinic This Weekend
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (1791 reads)

A walk-in, low-cost rabies clinic is being offered this Saturday, October 18 from 11am to 1pm at The Huntsville Animal Shelter at 19 Bickley Country Drive. The clinic is provided in partnership with Huntsville Animal Shelter, Huntsville Animal Hospital and the Health Unit.   The cost is $20.00 per pet – cash only.

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Committee Week Starts in Huntsville
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (1569 reads)

Its Committee week at Huntsville Town Hall and today the Public Infrastructure and Protective Services Committee as well the Community Services Committee will meet to wind down their term.  The agenda's are slim with reports from directors about the ongoing operation of the town to be heard, but little in the way of new initiatives.  The PIPS committee starts at 9.30am, followed by Community Services at 1pm.

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Health Unit Warns of Blue-Green Algae Bloom
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (13202 reads)

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit is advises that a bloom of blue-green algae has been detected in three places in 3 area lakes: Cache Lake in West Nipissing, Clear Lake in Perry Township and Lake Talon in Bonfield. Blooms include species with potential of producing algal toxins.

The Health Unit is advising residents and visitors to Cache Lake, Clear Lake and Lake Talon to avoid using the water from the lake for drinking, cooking and bathing. Use another source of water for these purposes.  The health unit says boiling the water or using home water treatment devices will NOT destroy the toxins.

Avoid swimming and other water sport activities that could increase the risk of algae material and toxins contacting your skin or being swallowed.   Avoid using water from the lake for livestock or pets.

The Health unit advises you not to eat the liver, kidneys or other organs of fish caught in the water. Be cautious about eating the other parts of the fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur.

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Dara Gives Back to the Community
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (6434 reads)

This Saturday, the Muskoka Community Foundation will be awarding grants to 2 amateur female athletes in Muskoka at the ‘Dara’s Women into Sport Fund’. A maximum of $1,000 is available per athlete. Overall, the Foundation will be granting $2,000 from the Fund.

Howell created the ‘Dara’s Women into Sport Fund’ in April 2014 to give back to the community that supported her on her journey to the olympic podium.

Olympic Gold Medalist Senator Nancy Greene Raine will join Dara to present the grants at Dara’s Women into Sport Event, this Saturday, October 18th at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville.  Howell, and Greene, who won a gold medal in the Giant Slalom at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France, will share what it’s like to be an Olympian and discuss how sport has changed in the last 46 years.

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MAHC Appoints New Chief of Nursing
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (4339 reads)

The MAHC has appointed a new Chief Quality & Nursing Executive replacing the departed Bev McFarlane after she joined another organization.

The MAHC says that Karen Flemming brings with her 22 years of leadership experience in health care, most recently as a Director of Maternal, Child, Youth Programs and Interprofessional Practice at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Flemming holds a Master’s of Education from Brock University and a degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Flemming assumes the full-time role of Chief Quality & Nursing Executive on October 20.

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Women of Distinction Nominees Announced
Friday, October 10, 2014 (8746 reads)

The YWCA has announced the nominees for their annual Women of Distinction Awards and Gala. Nominations take place in 7 different categories reflecting their diversity of experience.  Organizers say that the event, being held at the Bracebridge Sportsplex promises to be an evening of inspiration and celebration of the extraordinary work of 26 women who have enriched the lives of their community every day.

The Women of Distinction Gala is the largest fundraiser for YWCA Muskoka and will take place at 5:30pm on Wednesday October 29th. Tickets can be ordered online at .

For a full list of nominees, see our website.

Young Woman of Distinction

Laura Cameron

Dara Howell

Jennifer Hoyle

Emily Montgomery

Avery Saunter

Hailey Scott

Krystal Watson

Arts, Culture and Creativity

Judy Campbell*

Wendie Donabie

Kelly Haywood*

Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Celine MacKay

Jane McCutcheon*

Arden McGregor

Jenny Spring

Fiona Westner-Ramsay


Community Development and Social Activism

Daniela Bajec*

Rhonda Bradley*

Judy Campbell*

Jodi Golding*

Debbie Kirwin

Jane McCutcheon*

Melissa Candelaria

Health, Sports and Wellness

Bonnie Blain

Rhonda Bradley*

Sheena Branigan

Cheryl Dove

Dara Howell*

Ellen Yeo


Daniela Bajec*

Jodi golding*

Kelly Haywood*

Jo Jordan

Jane McCutcheon*

Sherisse Stevens

Lifetime Achievement

Bonnie Blain

Jodi Golding*

Jane McCutcheon*

Barbara Power

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Bracebridge Library Receives Grant For Internet Training
Friday, October 10, 2014 (284 reads)

The Bracebridge Public Library has been the recent recipient of a Seniors Community Grant from the Province.  The amount of $3,000 enables the Library to offer additional Internet Training hours, a service which is well-used by the many seniors in our community to further their comfort level with today’s Internet technology.  Call 705-645-4171 to book an appointment.

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Georgian Develops Entrepreneur Programs
Friday, October 10, 2014 (830 reads)

Georgian College and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation have announced a wide-ranging series of programs and activities designed to encourage and support student and youth entrepreneurship across central Ontario.

The initiative was unveiled at a gathering of entrepreneurs at Georgian’s Barrie Campus on Oct. 7.

Funding of $200,000 is being provided by the On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program, through the Ontario Centres of Excellence. This amount will be matched by Georgian College. The program will be co-ordinated through Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

Over the next two years, Georgian will focus on six key areas to engage students and young people, foster a culture of entrepreneurship, and support innovation and new business development.

• A program will encourage youth through the process of creating a business idea and developing a business plan.

• An accompanying tool kit will support the process and allow virtual collaboration among youth entrepreneurs across Central Ontario and the world.

• Seminars, discussions, mentorship and idea exchanges will be offered over Georgian’s videoconferencing network that connects Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia and Owen Sound.

• Georgian will encourage community businesses to invest in the creation of new entrepreneurship hubs and changemaker spaces where many of the new activities and programs will be held and where students and youth will work together and be mentored.

• Entrepreneurship boot camps and startup weekends will be held on campuses in Collingwood, Owen Sound, Midland and Orillia over the next two years.


• Annual innovation showcases will allow students in numerous academic areas to feature their products to the public.

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Fundraiser BBQ for Breast Cancer Today
Friday, October 10, 2014 (336 reads)

A fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness is being held today by business at 110 Kinton Ave, across from Robinson's Independent.

A group of businesses including the Kawartha Credit Union are hosting the BBQ and are asking for $5 for a hotdog/hamburger, cookie and drink.

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Running Scared Seeks Volunteers
Thursday, October 09, 2014 (1887 reads)

Running Scared returns Saturday, October 18, 2014! This 5km Trail Run will take participants through Arrowhead Provincial Park, giving them the chance to run for their lives from flesh hungry zombies while conquering obstacles strategically placed throughout the course.

Organizers are looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Thursday October 17th

Set-Up Crew


Friday October 18th


Race Kits


Parking Control


Venue Assistants

Water Station

Shuttle Monitor

Start/Finish Line Attendants

Survey Takers

Makeup Crew

Trail Assistance


All volunteers will be given an official Running Scared Volunteer T-Shirt to wear during your volunteer shift! As well, water and a food coupon will be available in the Volunteer Area. If you are interested in volunteering for Running Scared, please email

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Gravenhurst Road Reconstruction Includes Turtle Protection
Thursday, October 09, 2014 (1087 reads)

Seventeen snapping turtle hatchlings will be given a second chance at life thanks to the efforts of the Town of Gravenhurst, C.C. Tatham & Associates Limited, Fowler Construction and Species at Risk consultant Michalski Nielsen Associates Limited. 

Since June, the turtles have been in the care of Scales Nature Park and tomorrow, the newly hatched turtles will be released back into the wild.

Kimberly Laframboise, a Species at Risk Specialist, said "Snapping turtles have recently been added to the Species at Risk in Ontario list as Special Concern. Turtle populations in general have drastically been reduced over the last decade due in part to impacts associated with Roads.”

When the Town was looking at road improvements on a portion of Riley Lake Road, the effect of the project on turtle nesting activities was incorporated into the project. The works involved routine culvert replacement; while common in Muskoka, Laframboise explains that "getting townships and contractors to recognize, how these often routine activities can affect turtles can be tough.  It is an even bigger challenge to get the individuals doing the work to be invested in their protection while on the job,” she said.

Councilors from the Town of Gravenhurst will be on hand with the project team members at Riley Lake Road in Gravenhurst for the turtle release.

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Great Muskoka Paddling Experience This Weekend
Thursday, October 09, 2014 (875 reads)

This will be a great weekend to take in the colours while raising money for a great cause by taking a paddle along the Muskoka River for the 4th annual Great Muskoka Paddling Experience, happening this Saturday, October 11th.

The event is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association and won top honours being named “Race of the Year” in 2011 and 2012. The 2014 event recently received an Event Tourism Grant from the Town of Bracebridge as it draws participants from all over Ontario and beyond to Bracebridge for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

The event takes place at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge on October 11th for the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience.

For more information about race lengths, routes, categories, and registration information, visit

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Huntsville Mayoral Race Too Close to Call
Thursday, October 09, 2014 (16376 reads)

An online poll was taken last week for the Huntsville Mayoral Race by HBR.  The poll asked several questions, including whether the respondents had seen or heard any of the debates on radio, TV or in person.

The poll also tracked candidate support changes, after a voter heard a debate.

The respondents told us Leadership was the major issue, followed by Integrity.  Other issues of concern where Town Finances, Roads, and taxes.

Before the debates, 48.47% of respondents were undecided.  That percentage dropped to 16.6% after listening to one of the debates.

Councilors Tim Withey and Scott Aitchison lead the poll with 37.55% & 27.95% support, while former mayor Hugh Mackenzie trails a 17.03%.

Undecided voters remain at 16.16%.

The un-scientific poll was taken by 283 people in over 7 days ending after the HBR debate.

To view the poll results, visit

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Clement Supports Canada's Role in Iraq
Thursday, October 09, 2014 (380 reads)

Muskoka Parry Sound MP Tony Clement said that there is a general consensus in the halls of the United Nations, but also throughout the halls of democratic society and in the neighbours around the affected area, that something has to be done, when speaking on Tuesday night about Canada's involvement in Iraq and the government's decision to send CF-18's to the Middle East.

Clement said "Canadians also expect this chamber, particularly the government side but also a majority of the opposition side to be concerned about potential threats to and against Canadians. Canadians understand that this is not just some faraway place about which they know nothing. They understand that whatever happens over there tends to have an impact over here at some point. They understand that part of our role and responsibility,"

Clement concluded his comments by saying "We understand this is not a simple situation, but there is clarity in the activity, the intention, the motivation, and of course, the end result that we would like to see."

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Graeme Murray Announces Retirement
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (555 reads)

Hockey Canada announced today that 2006 Paralympic gold medallist and two-time IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship gold medallist Graeme Murray has announced his retirement from competitive sledge hockey.

The Gravenhurst native, who originally joined Canada’s National Sledge Team in 2001, finishes his Team Canada career with 64 points -33 goals, 31 assists- in 163 games since the national team came under the Hockey Canada umbrella in 2004. He ranks tied for third in all-time games played, sixth in scoring and second in scoring among defencemen.

Murray said that “It is not an easy choice to hang up my sled. I am not finished with sledge hockey as I want to be involved in a mentorship role and contribute to the promotion of this sport,” he said. “I feel it is time for me to move on to new and exciting things. I am proud of my career and excited about the future.”

Murray, 29, played in three Paralympic Winter Games, winning gold in 2006 in Turin, Italy, and bronze in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. He was also part of the Canadian team that finished fourth in 2010 in Vancouver, B.C.

He played in five IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships, winning two gold medals two bronze, and six World Sledge Hockey Challenges, winning four gold medals and two silver.

Murray learned to play the game at his hometown rink in Gravenhurst, which was renamed Graeme Murray Arena by the town last month to recognize his achievements both on and off the ice.

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Lake of Bays to Open New Hiking & Biking Trails
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (6232 reads)

The Grand Opening of a new park in Lake of Bays, Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails is set for Tuesday October 14th at 11.15am.

During the grand opening the township will be unveiling the winner of their online logo contest that will be featured on the park signage.

Whether you are looking for wildlife, planning a short hike or a fast paced mountain bike trail ride, organizers say you will find everything you are looking for in the Echo Valley Nature & Bike trails. There are a total of over 3.5 km of trails consisting of the main trunk line and 14 smaller trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Hiking the main trunk line should take approximately 30-45 minutes. The park is approximately 24 hectares in size and there is a viewing platform overlooking protected land. A viewing guide and onsite kiosks are installed to enhance the learning experience.

The new Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails is located in Dwight. Access is via Echo Hills Road off of Hwy 60.

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Muskoka Family, Youth & Child Services to Join with Simcoe Childrens Aid
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (4457 reads)

The Simcoe Children’s Aid and the Family, Youth and Child Services of Muskoka are actively working on a plan to become one children’s service agency serving families across the two regions. They are both mandated by the Child and Family Services Act to provide child protection services.

The Boards of Directors of both organizations each undertook a feasibility study to examine the potential benefits and risks of joining the two organizations. The outcomes weighed in favour of bringing the two agencies together to provide strengthened and stable services to all of the stakeholders in Simcoe and Muskoka.

A newly formed agency would work in partnership with social services, health and education community partners that share the same regional boundaries underscoring the natural partnering of the two child and family services agencies.

“We want our community partners to be aware of this plan and will offer opportunities for them to provide input as we move toward our amalgamation goal of April 1, 2015,” added David MacPherson, the Simcoe co-chair of the steering committee and a Board Member of the Simcoe Children’s Aid.

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Swift River Challenges Wahta Chief's Comments
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (2822 reads)

The Swift River Energy Company is disputing a statement made by Wahta Mohawk Chief Philip Franks that they have not consulted with the First Nation after changes were made.

Swift River said that changes were made in 2012 that resulted in a positive impact on the portage by the project design team.  However, the changes made still result in the Moon River end of the portage being blocked. 

Swift River also says that Chief Franks alleges that the floorplate of the project had been expanded to block the portage, which they say is incorrect.  They say no change has been made to the project site with regard to how much crown land the project will use.

Swift River maintains that they have been in contact with First Nations throughout the process, however no record of dates of communication could be found on their website.

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Table Food Bank Needs Construction Volunteers
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (1338 reads)

The Table Food Bank on Hanes St is calling for volunteers to help with demolition of parts of the building.  They're also looking for people skilled in block laying and a welder.  The organization is currently renovating a building on the property that will become a mens shelter.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Ted Baker by email.  The address is on our website.

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Clement Speaks in Parliament on Iraq Issue
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (2232 reads)

MP Tony Clement spoke about Canada's role in Iraq yesterday in Parliament.  Responding to the NDP"s Paul Dewar who asked that Canada  support the construction of refugee camps, help victims of sexual violence, assist in protecting ethnic and religious communities, and encourage international prosecutions of war crimes.

Clement responded by saying that Canadians have been able to do things on a multi-tasking basis. They have been able to provide nation-building support, provide humanitarian support, provide the kind of advice that is important on the ground. These things we can do, he said.

Clement went on to say that a tipping point and asked the question of why Canada couldn't do both? "Why can't we answer the call to be there with our forces in the air and do the things that you want to do as well, " referring to assisting the people of Iraq.

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Clement Corrects Chief Franks on Bala Issue
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (3868 reads)

Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement said this morning that he  and Chief Franks did speak over the telephone on September 13, regarding  Bala Falls and Wahta Mohawks position on the proposed hydro project.

Clement said the conversation was at the request of Chief Franks. This morning, MP Clement`s office contacted Chief Franks by phone. He confirmed the September 13 conversation, and noted MP Clement had offered his assistance in the matter.

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Bracebridge Seeking Youth to Represent Town on Norway Trip
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (758 reads)

The Town of Bracebridge's  Gol, Norway Friendship Committee announced that they are seeking applications from youth between 14 to 19 years of age who would like to serve as Bracebridge Youth Ambassadors during a trip to Gol, Norway in August 2015.

Bracebridge Youth Ambassadors must be a resident of Bracebridge, between 14 to 19 years of age with a strong academic background.

Participants must be able to travel to Norway in August, 2015 as part of a delegation. The Town’s Friendship Committee has established August 6, 2015 to August 16, 2015 as the tentative travel dates.

Those interested in this exciting opportunity are invited to submit an application for consideration by the Town of Bracebridge-Gol, Norway Friendship Committee.

An application form and details regarding the planned trip can be found on the Town’s website:

Applications must be received by October 31, 2014.

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Veteran to March to Raise Funds For Veterans Socials
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (2892 reads)

This Saturday a member of the Huntsville Legion will be marching to raise money a community Veteran's Social every month.

Rick Thomas, a NATO Veteran will be marching around the track at Conroy Park for 8 hours wearing a 30lb rucksack to raise money for the fund which will be used to for veterans and their widows each month.  Thomas says the fund will be used for all veterans, Legion members or not.  A spokesperson for the Legion says that many older veterans and widows don't get out much and the fund will ensure that everyone is included.

Thomas is asking for members of the community to come out and support him.  Pledge sheets can be obtained through the Legion.  Besides the march, there will be displays, and speeches from Dignitaries.

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District Asks Swift River To Pause Development at Bala
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (10361 reads)

John Klinck, the chair of the District of Muskoka has written a letter to the Swift River Energy Company requesting that they not proceed with any development and site work until the company fulfills a request by the Wahta Mohawks to consult with them.

Chief Philip Franks of the Wahta Mohawks says that Swift River has not entered into any communication with the band.  The proposed hydro electric development could close a traditional portage used by members of the band.

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New Road Full of Potholes Already
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (7089 reads)

With the condition of roads being a concern to both voters and politicians in this upcoming municipal election, one man is calling attention to South Waseosa Lake Rd which was just repaved this summer.

Paul Ferris says that in one section, he counted 22 new potholes in less than 2kl.

All Mayoral Candidates have said that roads are a priority.  Mackenzie wants to create a plan that will outline when roads will be re-constructed, while Scott Aitchison is promising to cut spending on recreation and using the money for roads.  Councilor Withey says that he will investigate and use new technologies that will make roads last longer when they are rebuilt.

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Wahta Chief Outlines Concerns About Bala Project to Harper & Wynne
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (3708 reads)

Wahta Mohawk Chief Philip Franks has written a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlining his concerns with the proposed hydro electric project at Bala. 

Philips has many concerns including no contact with MP Tony Clement, who he says hasn’t contacted him, despite leaving a message at his office.  Philips also has concerns about reports from the MNR saying that the band had been contacted as part of the process.  Philips contends that changes to the design were made after the communication and outdate communication is not a consultation.  Philips says a request to pause the project while the province and the band work together on the project was rejected by the MNR.

Philips also said that Muskoka Lakes officials are providing he public with false information.

For the full content of the letter follow the link:

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Test Your Smoke Alarms: Hernen
Monday, October 06, 2014 (368 reads)

Fire Prevention Week run this week from October 5 – 11, and this year’s theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month. To increase the chances of surviving a fire, the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department is reminding everyone in our community to test their smoke alarms today and monthly.

Fire Chief Stephen Hernen said that “Only working smoke alarms save lives, so make sure to test all of your smoke alarms, It is one of the easiest tests you’ll ever take,” he said.

Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department recommends the following smoke alarm and safety tips:

• Test smoke alarms monthly. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may be need assistance maintaining and testing their smoke alarms – let’s make sure to test theirs too!

• Change the batteries once a year.

• Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.

• Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.

Hernen said “I am challenging everyone in our community to demonstrate how you test your smoke alarms.  Post your pictures to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FPW2014 #Muskoka.”

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Gravenhurst Recognizes Volunteers
Monday, October 06, 2014 (1282 reads)

The Community Spirit Awards were held Thursday, October 2nd at the Gravenhurst Opera House. This awards ceremony, held every two years, recognizes outstanding volunteerism, outstand¬ing achievement beyond the local level and acts of Good Samaritan. Nominations are received by the Town of Gravenhurst through submissions from the various local not for profit organizations and community service clubs and reviewed by a selection committee.

Mayor Paisley Donaldson said “We are so fortunate to have so many great people doing so many wonderful things in our community.” “

For a full list of recipients, see below:


Violet Hazelwood: An avid knitter who has made countless hats, mitts, sweaters, booties, socks and more for families in need.

Diane Bar – Nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award for her success in rowing competitions with the Severn River Rowing Club.

Marg McLaughlin – Nominated for all of her volunteer efforts with the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival, school breakfast program and Rotary Club of Gravenhurst.

Debbie Draper – Nominated for all of her community volunteerism with various organizations including; Accessibility Committee, Opera House, Salvation Army, Royal Canadian Legion, Thursday Supper Club and Parry

Sound Muskoka Community Mental Health.

Diane Harrop – Volunteer work with the Gravenhurst Opera House, Muskoka Concert Association and World War 1 Quilt Restoration/Preservation Committee.

Irene Turney – Gravenhurst Opera House Volunteer.

Theresa and Barry Buker – Helping families in our community through “Free Stuff for Daily Needs”.

Roberta “Robbie” Quinn – Active care volunteer with Hospice Muskoka, Volunteer Outreach for Trinity United Church

Chris Lewis – Contributions through the Gravenhurst Lions Club and Lions Club International.

Gerry Flaherty – Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Heart and Stroke, Canadian Cancer Society, Promoter of Organ trans¬plants and tissue donations, South Muskoka Lake Association, Trinity United Church, Family Star Party.

Carol Wagg – Ryde 135th Anniversary Celebrations and historical book of Ryde.

Larry Peck - Ryde Community Co-op (cooking, quilt tour, community gardens and Anniversary displays).

Gravenhurst Off Leash Dog Park Leaders – Nancy Beal, Valda Harris and Sandra and Barb Heggie – Creating a safe and enjoyable environment for dogs and dog owners.

Gord Haugh- Volunteer YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka, Community Living South Muskoka, Gravenhurst Curling Club, Muskoka Community Foundation.

Gail Brock – Calvary Baptist Church (Treasurer), ‘Growing Together Group’ – preparing nutritious meals for local families.

1st Gravenhurst Scouts Volunteers – (Leadership for local youth and instilling positive values) Mary Jane Reid, Craig Armstrong, Tammy Scott, Jennifer Kavanagh –Collins, Tim Good, Tanja Huffman, Cheryl Berry, Michael Weichler, Jack Verbrugge, John Trudeau, Rick Allen, Delbert Huffman, Amanda Becker, George Becker,

Laura Hammill, Shane Collins, Ryan Collins

Dan McCoy – Organist and Choir Leader – Trinity United Church, youth music teacher,

Penny Varney – Arts at the Albion Co-op, Trinity United Church, singer with the Cellar Singers, help producing various church Christmas pageants, Work with YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka in establishing Gravenhurst Women’s Centre.

Valerie Ceschia-Hart – Thursday Night Supper Club

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Taboo Fire Causes $350,000 Damages
Monday, October 06, 2014 (4408 reads)

Just after 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, fire crews from all three units of the Gravenhurst Fire Department arrived on the scene at Taboo Resort, in Gravenhurst, in response to a structure fire near the main entrance and lobby which ultimately involved all three levels of the building.


Credit is being given to Taboo staff who detected the fire and immediately evacuated the premises.  “By working together, staff at Taboo and our team helped to minimize the impact of this fire which could have potentially been far worse and into the multi-millions in terms of damage.” said Chief Larry Brassard. 

One firefighter was injured, taken by ambulance to hospital but has since been released. Damage is estimated at $350,000.00. The Electrical Safety Authority is assisting the Fire Prevention Division with the investigation which is still ongoing and not considered suspicious.

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft Over $5000
Monday, October 06, 2014 (148300 reads)

A Huntsville woman pled guilty to Theft Over $5,000 in Criminal Court in Barrie on September 24th after stealing over $100,000 from a local business man.  Lyndell Schell of Huntsville, was employed by Turner’s Garage had misappropriated significant amounts of money from the corporation and was terminated in 2009.

In a civil case, Gilbert Turner alleges that some of the money that was taken was deposited into her husband, David Schell’s bank account.  David Schell declared bankruptcy prior to the civil court ordering both Lyndell Schell and her husband to pay damages to Turner in the amount of $145,974.14 plus costs of over $18,000.  David Schell has since been employed as a Constable in the Huntsville Detachment of the OPP.

Turner who is in his 80’s has lost his home, and his business has closed down following the theft.  The building that was the home to his business is up for sale.  Turner also owes Canada Revenue a significant amount of money that he cannot pay.  Any money recovered will go to the CRA.

Turner and his wife, who is now in a nursing home, were one of twenty recipients of the 2013 Ontario Seniors Award and was presented the award at a special ceremony at the Kearney Community Centre by MPP Norm Miller.  The award was a result of several nominations for the couple for their generosity and service to the community.

Lyndell Schell is scheduled to be sentenced in a Barrie courtroom on October 29th.  It’s not known if the Judge will take into account Bill C-36 which allows for stiffer sentences when a crime is committed involving a senior.  The court may increase a sentence if the offender abused a position of trust or authority in relation to the victim.

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Table Food Bank Calls for Help This Morning
Monday, October 06, 2014 (4164 reads)

The Table Food Bank is calling for help renovating their building.  They say ths is the first request of many in the coming weeks.  They are in need of 3 people who can handle heavy lifting to come to 9 Hanes St. this morning from 8:00 - 12:00. The building is going to be jacked up and we need people to hold beams and also wheelbarrow concrete. They will supply equipment and hard hats available. Volunteers must have their own steel toe boots.    Please reply to if you are able to help.

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MNR Warn of High Water Levels
Friday, October 03, 2014 (4954 reads)

The Ministry of Natural Resources - Parry Sound District has issued a warning for all watersheds in Muskoka, Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.       

The MNR is warning that water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers have been higher than what is normally expected or experienced at this time of year due to recent rainfall amounts received across the region over the past few months and forecasted weather in the next week.


Residents are advised to exercise caution while around lakes and rivers  and maintain close supervision of children and pets. 

Higher than normal lake water levels and river flows are expected to continue through the next few weeks. 

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Whats Cooking Bracebridge Starts Today
Friday, October 03, 2014 (349 reads)

Bracebridge will be hosting a new event called What’s Cooking Bracebridge this weekend and will feature a host of Cookbook authors including TV's Stefano Faita.  The weekend boasts live demonstrations in venues throughout town, including lunches, and a sit down Italian dinner with Faita.

For more information follow:

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NorthWords Literary Festival Opens Tonight
Friday, October 03, 2014 (272 reads)

This weekend sixteen acclaimed, award-winning Canadian Authors bring their talent to Bracebridge for the NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival. You can meet the authors, learn about their books and their inspiration.

Nipissing University provides the venue for the first two events tonight. Tomorrow, the Festival moves to the Riverwalk Restaurant.  The Festival comes to an end after breakfast at Bracebridge Library on Sunday.

For event registration and tickets, visit

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Doughty Calls on Mayoral Candidates to Debate the Issues
Friday, October 03, 2014 (12838 reads)

Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty, after listening to HBR's attempt to bring a debate of the issues to the airwaves said that "We need more debate, - if not now, then when?

He went on to say that being a mayor is about debate - it's the cornerstone of democracy.

HBR is inviting the Mayoral Candidates to come back to the studio and debate.  Name the day - name the time.  The people of Huntsville, especially those who are undecided deserve to hear from you.

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Aitchison Asks Mackenzie's Camp to Stop Telling Un-truths About His Real Estate Career
Friday, October 03, 2014 (72961 reads)

Prior to going on air yesterday for HBR's All Candidates Debate, Councilor Scott Aitchison accused the Mackenzie camp of telling voters that "Aitchison's real estate career was on the rocks and that is why he's running for Mayor."  Aitchison told Mackenzie that his real estate career is doing well and the story was untrue and asked Mackenzie to have his people stop telling that  un-truth.

In the broadcast, both Aitchison and Mackenzie refused to participate in debate section, something that both were aware was part of the show, and had participated in, in previous elections.

Councilor Withey did ask Aitchison to explain his "30% absenteeism record" at district council in this term.  Aitchison said that is was basically just one year, but he still had a solid record of helping the people of Huntsville.

When asked about accusations he made in earlier in the campaign without backing up the accusations with fact, Mr. Mackenzie said that he "was more interested in talking about the future than the past."

To listen to the broadcast in its entirety, follow

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Aitchison, Mackenzie Decline to "Debate"
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (34269 reads)

In what is being described as "disrespectful " to town citizens, Mayoral Candidates Hugh Mackenzie and Scott Aitchison declined to participate in a candidate to candidate debate on HBR this morning.  All three candidates were advised of format of the debate twice.  All three confirmed their attendance to today's debate after cancelling out of 2 other debates that had been previously confirmed.

All three of the candidates answered 4 questions from the moderator and when the opportunity to debate platforms arose, Mackenzie and Aitchison declined to participate. Mackenzie said that "all of our positions are well known" and "I have no questions of either one of them."  Aitchison said that similarly, he did not have any questions either, and was more interested in answering questions of constituents and giving them straight answers.

At that point the interview went to closing statements, ending the debate 40 minutes early with no real "debate" taking place.

To listen to the debate in its entirety, follow

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Huntsville to Host Pan Am 2015 Torch Relay
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (659 reads)

The Town of Huntsville has been selected to participate in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay next spring.

Mayor Claude Doughty said “We’re excited that Huntsville has been named as a major celebration community for the Pan Am Torch Relay and we look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame next spring as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions.”

Huntsville has the opportunity to select a special community torchbearer who will have the honour of carrying the Pan Am flame and spreading the Game spirit throughout Huntsville. Details on Huntsville’s community torchbearer nomination process will be announced at the end of October.

 The highly-anticipated relay begins in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The Canadian journey for the flame starts with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It will then visit five other cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities including Huntsville. Three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015 to officially open the Games.

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One More Day to Nominate a Woman of Distinction
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (48 reads)

There's only one more day to nominate a Woman of Distinction in the YWCA's annual Women of Distinction Awards and Gala.

This annual evening of celebration honours women who have made outstanding contributions to the Muskoka community in a wide variety of ways. In its 13th year, the gala will take place on the evening of October 29th at the Bracebridge Sportsplex and Rene M. Caisse Theatre and will feature a silent auction and Marche food tasting and spirit sampling in addition to the awards.

In addition Dara Howell and her mom, Dee will be on hand for a fireside chat with those in attendance.

For more information, visit their website at

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Voting Packages in the Mail
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (2439 reads)

Voters should get ready to receive their mail in ballots which are in the mail now.  Registered voters will start seeing the voting package in their mail this week and will be able to vote as soon as they have received it.

But you must be on the voters list in order to recieve a ballot.  Residents who are eligible to vote should check to see that they are on the voters list.

Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes and Lake of Bays Twps allow you to check the list online and request to be added to it if you can't find your name on the list. 

Visit the links on our website  to check to see if you are on the voters list.

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HBR Mayor's Debate Today at 11am
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (11207 reads)

Hunters Bay Radio will be presenting the Huntsville Mayoral Candidates today in the only debate format meeting between the three so far in this election campaign.  The debate will feature questions from the moderator, but also, questions from one candidate to another.

Tune in at 11am on HBR 88.7FM

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Forty Jobs Lost As The Cottage Restaurant Announces Permanent Closure
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (65731 reads)

Nearly 40 people will be losing their jobs after being given notice that The Cottage Restaurant will be closing its doors permanently on October 12th.   Gaby McCotter, the manager said the axe fell today after another tough summer.  She said it was a decision made by the owners of the restaurant after a string of poor results.

One staff member reported that no severance was provided. 

As to the future of the establishment, when asked about rumours that the space would be used by Boston Pizza, McCotter said that she didn't know what would replace The Cottage or what she would do for a job.

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Gravenhurst Hires New Director of Infrastructure
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (1438 reads)

Gravenhurst Mayor Paisley Donaldson  announced today that the Town has hired Andrew Stacey as its Director of Infrastructure Services.

Donaldson said  that “On behalf of Council, I am pleased that Andrew has agreed to serve as the new leader of our Infrastructure Services Department.  During Andrew’s career in the public service sector his experience has been in the delivery of a wide spectrum of public works, parks, cemetery, fleet and facilities services," she said.

 A resident of Bracebridge, Stacey has over 15 years of relevant experience, currently serving the Township of Georgian Bay as its Director of Operations.  Mr. Stacey began his career as an Intermediate Development Services Technologist with the City of Barrie and has served in a leadership role with the Town of Bracebridge Public Works Department.

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Johnny Reid Headlines Girlfriends Getaway Weekend
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (6972 reads)

Johnny Reid will be headlining Girlfriend Getaway Weekend in Huntsville on weekend of November 7-9 in what promises to be the biggest event of the fall season.  The weekend also features Huntsville's Club Vegas and the Men of the Strip which promises a night of dancing and entertainment Vegas Style!

The event was created to help bolster Huntsville's shoulder season and increase business and economic spin off in the community.  Tickets for the shows are available and can be purchased through the events website at

Businesses interested in participating, should contact the Chamber. 

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Gravenhurst Fire Seeks Community Input on Master Plan
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (393 reads)

The Gravenhurst Fire Department wants to hear from residents to help develop a 10-year community driven Fire Master Plan, which will help guide operational improvements and enhance or refine how services are provided throughout the community. 

A public session will be facilitated by Emergency Management and Training Inc., and held at the Centen¬nial Centre in Gravenhurst on Monday November 3rd from 7:30-9pm. 

An online survey will be launched during Fire Prevention Week and will be available to the public at from October 6 to November 3rd.

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Hospital Auxiliary Holds Autumn Open House Tour
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (583 reads)

The Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary is holding their annual Autumn Home Tour on October 18th.  Six homeowners and the Waterloo Centre will open their doors to the public.  Tickets are $25 and include art displays, tablescapes and lunch at the Active Living Centre.

Tickets can be purchased at the Algonquin Theatre or at the Branches Hospital Gift Shop.

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Young Tourism Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Seek Nomination for Tourism Award
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (605 reads)

Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement is encouraging young tourism entrepreneurs come forward and be nominated for the new Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award which will recognize outstanding contributions to the nation`s tourism industry.

Clement said that ``We know that Parry Sound-Muskoka has a rich tourism history, and our Government would like to celebrate the accomplishments of young entrepreneurs in this field who, every day, inspire Canadians and others abroad to engage in personal moments of discovery by helping them connect to our country's natural and historic places.``.

The Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award honours individuals under 32 years of age who demonstrate a passion for tourism; participate in the tourism field in a variety of possible activities; show ambition when it comes to promoting tourism in their region; and inspire other youth.

Nominations will be accepted online at online until October 24, at

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Theo Fleury Coming to Huntsville for Victor Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (7824 reads)

The Muskoka Victor Movement will be bringing Stanley Cup Champion Theo Fleury to Huntsville on October 16th.  Fleury, who championed the Victor Movement will be bringing the issue of child sexual abuse into the light to help support Muskoka's children who are vicitims of sexual abuse and help turn them from victims into victors.

The event, held at the Algonquin Theatre will feature a silent auction and will help establish a fund to provide needed specialized therapy for local children affected by sexual abuse.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the Algonquin Theatre box office or online at

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South Muskoka Shield to Honour Late OPP Officer
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (15487 reads)

The South Muskoka Shield will be honouring the memory of OPP, Senior Constable, Brad Pearsall on Friday Oct 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. at the Graeme Murray Arena in Gravenhurst. Officer Pearsall was an avid hockey fan and a fan of the Shield. Officer Pearsall died while playing rec hockey in Bracebridge on March 2 this year.

The Correctional Services Canada Pipe and Drum band will provide an honour guard for a small presentation to the family / OPP at the beginning of the game. The team will extend free entry to all OPP officers and front line workers on Friday night and half price to all immediate family members. All money raised from this night, will be donated to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust fund in Brad’s honour. Tema Conter is an organization that helps front line workers who suffer from PTSD and in the growing awareness of the presence of PTSD in our work places. There will be a collection of donations at the door.

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Peterson Denies Being Paid to Occupy Bala Falls Site
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (15982 reads)

Peggy Peterson, the woman at the centre of the Bala Falls occupation denies that she is getting paid to occupy the proposed site of a controversial hydro electric project.  Peterson said that she is occupying the site on behalf of First Nations people, for whom this is a traditional portage.

Peterson said that she resents comments made by Muskoka Lakes mayoral candidate Don Furniss that her involvement is a charade concocted by Mayor Alice Murphy who wants to turn Bala into Caledonia North.

Peterson says there is not a word of truth in Furniss' comments and wants him to withdraw it.

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