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Zanetti Resigns From Huntsville Council
Saturday, January 31, 2015 (15739 reads)


On Friday, January 30th Mayor Scott Aitchison received notice from Councilor Chris Zanetti advising that Councillor Zanetti would be resigning from his position as councilor for Stisted, Stephenson and Port Sydney wards effective immediately for personal reasons.

Mayor Aitchison said that “It was with great disappointment that we received notice from Councilor Zanetti regarding his resignation. Councilor Zanetti played an important part of our Team and represented his community very well. I would like to thank him for his contribution to Town Council during his tenure as Stisted, Stephenson, and Port Sydney Wards. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors”,  Aitchison continued.

Chris Zanetti has served the wards of Stisted, Stephenson, and Port Sydney for the past 8 years.

As per the provisions of the Municipal Act, Town Council will determine their next course of action regarding the vacancy at their next regular meeting of Council.



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MAHC Issues Statement on Strike Action.
Friday, January 30, 2015 (5288 reads)


Muskoka-Algonquin Healthcare has issued a statement on the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) strike action that has been undertaken by CCAC members of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA).
One of the regions affected by the strike is the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.   
The MAHC said that although the dispute between ONA and their employers has “nothing to do with MAHC or its ONA members” the hospital sites in Huntsville and Bracebridge may be used as picketing sites by the striking members of ONA.
Despite the possibility of picketers, the MAHC said that there should not be any disruptions for those accessing the hospitals. 
“We want to assure our staff and patients that regular hospital services are being maintained as the labour disruption is not related to any matter between MAHC and ONA members employed by MAHC,” says Natalie Bubela, Chief Executive Officer. “At no time should any of the picketers impede your access to hospital property as you have a right to cross a picket line.”
The MAHC also said that they respect the bargaining process and the rights of CCAC workers who are striking. 




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Muskoka CCAC Workers on Strike.
Friday, January 30, 2015 (7773 reads)


If you’re one of the thousands of people who rely on Community Care Access Centres (CCAC)  in Muskoka, you may be out of luck as the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) announced early this morning that they would be going on strike. 
ONA, the union which represents nurses and allied healthcare professionals such as CCAC workers, has been in negotiations with their employers for the last several months. Negotiations broke down earlier this week, over what ONA feels was a disrespectful offer.
ONA and CCAC workers are striking for a wage increase that they say will bring their worker’s wages to a rate that is comparable with that of other healthcare professionals that work in hospitals and long-term care facilities. 
“We care for you in your homes, school and communities,” ONA President Linda Haslam-Stround said in a press release issued on Jan. 29. “With government pushing more and more health services out of hospitals and into the community, we are your only guaranteed community health advocates. Being forced to withdraw our services is not an easy decision to make, but the employer has left us with no other choice.” 
Last night a number of ONA members, including those from the North Simcoe-Muskoka Local Healtcare Intergrated Network, voted on the possible strike action with all voting catchements supporting the strike action with the exception of Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN which reached a ratified agreement with its employer. 
“Shame on these employers for putting Registered Nurses, Health Care Professionals and our patients at risk by forcing us to withdraw our care,” Haslam-Stroud said. 
Despite the strike action, the North-Simcoe Muskoka CCAC will continue to operate with contingency plans implemented. All CCAC employees who are not ONA members will be working during the strike and regulated health professionals will be re-deployed to patient service roles. 
Ann-Marie Kungl-Baker, a director with the North-Simcoe Muskoka CCAC said that services provided through contracted professionals will not be affected by the strike. These services include in-home personal support, therapy services and nursing care. 
ONA has said that they remain committed to reaching an agreement that sees their CCAC professionals recognized and adequately compensated. They said they are willing to return to the bargaining table at any time. 



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Huntsville Minor Hockey Asks Town to Waive Cancellation Fees
Friday, January 30, 2015 (2386 reads)


The Huntsville Minor Hockey Association was before Huntsville's General Committee on Wednesday to ask the town to waive cancellation fees totaling more than $14,000.   The club argued that the new 14 day cancellation notice policy was too arduous and it was not always possible to provide the notice within 14days.  The town recently changed the policy from 7 days notice to 14.

Councilor Terziano pointed out that while she was sympathetic, if the town doesn't meet its sales target, the shortfalls will get passed on to the taxpayer.

Councilor Thompson felt the group should pay the entire amount, while Councilor Zanetti recommended the town waive September's fees as they were less likely to be resold to another group.

In the end, councilors voted to waive September’s fees, in the amount of $9800, leaving the group to pay the balance.



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Residents Oppose Location of Men's Shelter
Friday, January 30, 2015 (14224 reads)


Don Brandle, representing a group of nearby residents, was before Huntsville councilors on Wednesday expressing concerns about the location of men's shelter currently under construction on Hanes St.  He asked council to reconsider the location.







Brandle had a laundry list of reasons why the shelter should be moved, from security in the neighbourhood, to property values, to concerns about the soil being saturated with solvents, making it unsafe for a residential unit.







Mayor Aitchison promised to address as many questions as possible and get back to him, however he said the property use falls within the correct zoning and he couldn't change that.



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Miller In Huntsville to Collect Signatures on Highway Petition
Friday, January 30, 2015 (1960 reads)


MPP Norm Miller will be in Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre today to collect signatures on a petition that he plans to deliver to the Provincial Government about your dissatisfaction with winter maintenance on area highways.  Miller wants to know your experiences on area highways this winter and collect as many signatures as possible.

Miller says that the province changed the contracts for winter road maintenance when they awarded the contract to Carillion a few years ago.  Previously, the MTO instructed contractors when to put down extra salt, or bring out plows.  Now, the inspectors primarily issue fines if road conditions are below a certain standard based on a certain number of days after a weather event. Miller is recoomending that the MTO return to having inspectors instruct contractors when to bring out salters and extra plows.

Miller will be collecting signatures from 11am-1pm today at the Algonquin Theatre.









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HLOB Chamber Elects New Board, Explains Finances
Friday, January 30, 2015 (2435 reads)


Huntsville’s Legion saw a full house for the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce AGM. Around 100 chamber members turned out to the meeting which saw members elect a new board and gave them a chance to ask questions about what many feel was a tough year.

2014 saw the Chamber take some risks that didn’t pay off in the way they had hoped, ultimately resulting in a deficit of $172,103 – a deficit that, as Scott Morrison of Coldwell Banker pointed out, was able to be nearly entirely reduced thanks to a the good governance in past years that amounted to a surplus of $171,999 at the beginning of the 2014 year. However, the deficit has left the Chamber essentially broke.

Reports were delivered by the president, auditor and Executive Director that outlined ways the Chamber is trying to increase revenues and reduce expenses. The idea of acquiring a $250,000 loan from Muskoka Futures was also mentioned during the meeting as was the idea of potentially selling the Chamber’s building.

Executive Director Kelly Haywood said that the Chamber board is also actively trying to limit their risk as stakeholders in future events to prevent similar losses as those incurred in 2014.

Members elected Ken Inglis, of Springhill Fresh Water Co., Ginger Barkey of MBRP Inc. and Rose Evans of Hidden Valley Resort to the Chamber’s board.



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Community Stands Behind Gib Turner
Friday, January 30, 2015 (23069 reads)


More than $3000 has been raised for Gib Turner, the man who was embezzled by his book keeper for more than $100,000.  The fundraiser was started after HBR reported that Lyndell Schell had been sentenced to house arrest for 2 years less a day for Theft over $5000 in a Barrie Courtroom.



Turner also successfully sued Schell and was awarded a judgment for over $145,000.  However, the Schell’s went bankrupt before the judgment was made.



Turner had to sell his building and his home to pay off debts to the Canada Revenue Agency and continues to owe a substantial amount.



Brenda Spencer, launched the fundraiser saying “Let’s help him live the rest of his life as comfortable as possible with some restoration of faith in people, and people are good.”



To make a donation, follow the link http://www.gofundme.com/gibbturner



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Friday's Road Report
Friday, January 30, 2015 (1791 reads)


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

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

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

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

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

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and dry road with snow covered, snow packed, partly ice covered sections.

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

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

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

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - partly 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 partly snow covered sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow packed

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

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

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

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.



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Bracebridge Blues Play Cops for Charity.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (233 reads)


Junior A Hockey team the Bracebridge Blues will be facing off against some Muskoka emergency services workers this weekend in a match to raise money for charity. 

The Blues will share the ice with OPP officers, firefighters and paramedics on Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena. All proceeds from the event will go to A Child's Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps support Canadian children who are financially disadvantaged and also face illnesses or disabilities.

Tickets are $7.50 and doors open at 12:45 p.m.


 



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Chamber Asks Town of Huntsville for $90,000 in Funding
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (6368 reads)


Kelly Haywood, the Executive Director of the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce was before Huntsville councilors yesterday asking the town to continue to fund the organization to provide marketing services for Huntsville.

In the past the town has contributed $100,000 to market  events in the shoulder season.  More recently the amount was reduced to $60,000 to provide the service.   Haywood was asking the town to increase the amount this year to $90,000 saying that "until now, we  have been underfunded."

Haywood continued by saying that the economic benefit of the services provided was well over $1.1 million dollars.

Council passed a motion to create a working group comprised of Chamber  and municipal members to examine the roles, responsibilities and agreements between the organizations and report back in April.



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HLOB Chamber Holds AGM Tonight
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (245 reads)


The Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce will be holding thier Annual General Meeting tonight at the Legion on Veterans Way.  The Chamber, which is currently dealing with a financial deficit  as a result of 2 events that  suffered losses will outline their plans for the coming year.

The meeting starts at 5.30pm at the Legion.



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Lake of Bays Finishes Roads Needs Study
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (493 reads)


Lake of Bays Council heard the roads study results at last week’s council meeting.   Michael Lang, the manager of transportation engineering for D.M. Wills Associates told council that the objectives of the study was to update the road inventory, assess the road conditions and, prioritize road reconstruction. 

Lang said that there was 37 km of roads that needed immediate work to improve the surface and could be done over the next 10 years at an estimated cost of $5 million.

The report recommended an annual roads resurfacing budget of $1.4 million.



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Funds Made Available to Finish Hunters Bay Trail
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (5649 reads)


The Town of Huntsville has been earmarked some legacy funds from the Para Pan Am Games to complete the Trans Canada Trail that would complete the trail from Orchard Park on Hunters Bay  to the Bayshore Subdivision on the other side of the Highway.  The project would cost $500,000 and the town's portion would be $198,000.  Staff reported that this is a good time to complete the trail as funding is available and the mayor noted that he would contact district to see if there was money available  in their Active Transportation budget to help fund the project.



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Huntsville's Status Quo Budget Comes in With a 5.23% Increase
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (1238 reads)


Huntsville councilors got their first look at a status quo budget for 2015 yesterday at the General Committee, coming in at over $12 million dollars which equates to a 5.23% increase before any new initiatives are added.

The figure doesn't include a request made by the Chamber of Commerce  for $90,000 to continue marketing  the area.  The budget also doesn't include any extra road maintenance promised by many around the table during the election campaign.  Mayor Scott Aitchison said "That's when the money hits the road."

The increase works out to $8 per 100,000 of assessment for your average home.

Councilors will be having another look in more detail at a special budget meeting on February 11th.



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Bracebridge Councilor Questions Council's Level of Support for Library
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (697 reads)


Bracebridge councilor Chris Wilson brought up concerns at last night's council meeting that the Bracebridge public library and its associates saying they felt there was a lack of support from council regarding the expansion of the library. Councilor Wilson said that he attended a presentation about the library earlier in the month at which various people voiced their concerns.



Mayor Graydon Smith addressed the concerns saying,



“I think our support is demonstrated through our participation on the board... we continue to work on issues with the library. While some members of the public may wish for things to move along faster, they’re moving as quickly as they can based on the current circumstances.”



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Lake of Bays First Draft Budget Comes in With a 2.4% Increase
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (178 reads)


Councilors in Lake of Bays Township got their first look at the 2015 municipal budget at last week’s council meeting.

The first draft was reviewed by council and came in with a 2.4% increase in the levy.  Council and staff will continue to fine tune the first draft and hope to bring back the final budget early in the New Year.

The total levy is just over $4.4 million compared with $4.1 million last year.



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Special Weather Statement Calls for Snow
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (15085 reads)


Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement Muskoka Parry Sound saying that snow on the way today and tonight.

The weatherman says an Alberta clipper will sail across Southern and Eastern Ontario today and tonight, bringing a general snowfall to all the regions. Latest indications suggest a total of 10 to 15 cm of snow will fall from Grey - Bruce east across Muskoka into the Ottawa Valley.

In the wake of a cold front associated with the clipper, brisk and gusty northwesterly winds will usher in fresh and colder Arctic air beginning this evening. Blowing snow in areas exposed to the stiff northwesterly flow is expected tonight as the cold air moves in.



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Hall of Fame Looking for Nominees
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (1333 reads)


Huntsville's Sports Hall of Fame is on the hunt for nominees to be inducted in 2015. 
Nominations for hall of fame inductions can be sent to Wendy McConnell, the chair of the hall of fame committee at connell8@sympatico.ca. Submissions must be made by Friday, Feb. 13 and require that nominees live within the municipality of Huntsville or were born in Huntsville. 
In addition to hall of fame inductions, each year the committee awards one male and one female with the Jan Glenn Memorial Award which recognizes the top sports personality of the year. This year will see a change of pace as the male component of the Jan Glenn award will be renamed the Mike Greaves Memorial Award to honour the hall of fame's late founder. 
"The Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame was Mike's brainchild, and in moving forward we want to pay tribute to him in a way that will go on and on for many years to come," McConnell said. 

In order to be eligible for either the Jan Glenn or Mike Greaves Memorial Award, nominees must be 18 years old, live within the municipality of Huntsville, have contributed directly to the town and made a contribution that has aided or benefited the sports community in Huntsville. 

Nominations for the Jan Glenn and Mike Greaves awards are due on March 30

Winners will be announced at a induction ceremony on April 25 at the Active Living Centre. 

More information regarding submission requirements can be found at www.muskokasport.com




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Business Education Series Offered in Gravenhurst
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (304 reads)


There’s a new business education series coming to Gravenhurst businesses and entrepreneurs by the Downtown Revitalization Committee.  The Downtown 1-2-3 Business Education series will provide three unique sessions beginning February 11, with an overall goal of helping local business thrive.

 

The topics and sessions are specifically designed to address some of the challenges identified by downtown business owners as part of the revitalization research. Most downtown business face at least three similar challenges; the ability to prosper 12 months of the year; to capitalize on visitors attracted to the community, and turning ‘customer service’ into ‘customer experience’.

 

Local businesses interested in taking advantage of these sessions can visit their website at www.gravenhurst.ca to register online.

"It’s absolutely free,” said Daniel Kerr, downtown Gravenhurst revitalization coordinator. 



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Huntsville Council to Get First Look at 2015 Budget
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (1410 reads)


Huntsville new committee of the whole, The General Committee meets today for the first time and will hear two deputations, one on the men's shelter being constructed on Hanes St and another from Huntsville Minor Hockey asking the town to waive cancellation fees.

Kelly Haywood, of the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce will be making a presentation on a community marketing initiative.

Councilors will also hear reports from town staff on various departments and the draft budget for 2015 will be presented.



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Huntsville Youth Council Holds First Meeting
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (3442 reads)




Mayor Scott Aitchison’s plan to increase youth involvement in politics saw fruition today as the town held the inaugural meeting of Aitchison’s newly established youth council. 
The council meeting took place in town hall's council chambers and consisted of eight youth community members from Huntsville High School and the Huntsville Alternate Education and Training Centre (AETC).
Mayor Aitchison spoke to the youth council saying, 
“I appreciate all of you showing the level of interest you did. We had a lot of great applications and it was tough to turn some people down.”
Aitchison also spoke on creating a lasting legacy with the youth council saying, 
“This isn’t just something that will last for the year, it’s something that will still be here - regardless of if someone beats me in four years.”
Aitchison’s government created the youth council in an effort to hear the youth community’s input, but added that it’s also about education. 
“In the end, what I want this to be is not just an opportunity for us to hear from [the youth] but an opportunity for you to better understand municipal government.” Adding “I think more people would be interested if they understood how the process works and could actually see some change happening.”
The newly established council’s first act of business was to elect a chair and vice chair, positions they found in councilor Jack Callahan and Christopher Pearse, respectively. 
“This is just an area of Huntsville that our age group doesn’t always have a lot of experience with,” said Pearse upon convening the meeting. “It’s something we know about but that we aren’t directly connected with… It’s a cool way to see how connected the community really is.” 
Youth council members were given a brief run through of the inner workings of municipal government before coming together to discuss issues they wanted to focus on during their time in council. Issues raised included increasing sustainability awareness amongst the community’s youth, improving pedestrian safety at Huntsville High School and the Canada Summit Centre, fostering continued growth in sports and extracurricular activities and increasing communication between youth and the rest of the community. 






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"Bucko" McDonald to be Inducted into Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (4962 reads)


A former Maple Leaf, Red Wing, Ranger and Sundridge Beaver, Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald had an impressive hockey career; one that has earned him a place in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in Parry Sound. 
Bucko has been selected to be inducted into the hall of fame for 2015 in a ceremony that will take place on May 30. 
Aside from his own hockey and lacrosse career (which have earned him a place in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and three Stanley Cup wins), Bucko also helped to coach a young Bobby Orr and has been credited as being instrumental in Orr’s career, influencing him to become a defenseman rather than the forward Orr initially planned to be. 
Bucko will be inducted into the hall, posthumously, alongside former Premier Ernie Eves and the 1956/57 Junior C Shamrocks. 
Tickets to the induction ceremony are available at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound as of Feb. 11




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Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to "Devils Brigade."
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (1704 reads)



A World War II Canadian-American special forces unit will be receiving the United States’ Congressional Gold Medal next month – another achievement to add to the units already massive list of accomplishments. 
The First Special Service Force (FSSF) was a unit comprised of around 1,800 elite allied soldiers, some of which were from the Muskoka Area. 
Some of the Muskokans who served with the force are: H.E.W Wilks, Myrle T. Woolman, C.H. Roew, S.A. Boyd and S.W. Burbridge, all from Huntsville. P.P. Decair, who hailed from Bala, G.R.G. Brazier and R.C. Mann, from Bracebridge and J.R. McNaughtin who simply listed Muskoka as his home. 
It is believed that the reason so many members were from the Muskoka region stems from the fact that the FSSF’s commander, Colonel Robert Frederick, purposely sought out trappers, miners, loggers and other outdoorsmen for recruitment.  
Nicknamed the “Black Devils” by their German enemies, the unit was the subject of a History Channel documentary titled Daring to Die: The Story of the Black Devils. The film was made by Muskokan Greg Hancock, whose grandfather was a member of the FSSF. 
Hancock’s film, which was picked up by the History Channel, has been instrumental in helping the FSSF to receive the honour. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. invited Hancock to present the film to United States congressmen, military leaders, senators and media officials. 
Of the entire FSSF only 75 members are still alive, 29 of which are Canadian. 
The unit was popularized in the 1968 film The Devils Brigade. 
The FSSF will receive the Congressional Gold Medal at Emancipation Hall in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 3. 




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Council Flip Flops Over Beer Store
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (9113 reads)


The Beer Store will be on the move after Huntsville Council flip flopped on the issue of a second entrance at the new location.  On December 22nd council defeated the request for a second entrance and sent the matter back to planning for more study.

The proponent brought in the experts at the planning committee meeting to answer any questions and explain traffic flow resulting in the committee approving the second entrance which would cross a strip of parkland that abuts the property.

Last night council quickly approved the issue went it came up.



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Animation Studio Asking for More Space as Staff Doubles
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (2178 reads)


The Muskoka Animation Studio was before Huntsville Council to ask for 2 rooms that they say was included in their lease.  However, staff reported that the University of Waterloo said that they have already rented out the two rooms that were held for the Town.

Town council approved the request on learning that the studio is planning to double the amount of people they have in town.

Staff were left to work out the details.



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Tobogganing Ban Lifted at Port Sydney Community Hall
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (3610 reads)


Huntsville Council spent a while talking about tobogganing at the Port Sydney Community Hall last night, trying to find a way not to include the past time in a ban on property.

Councilor Zanetti made an impassioned plea to allow the recreational activity and not have the liability issue curtail kid's being able to do the things that he and other councilors did when they were young.

 Council asked staff to create an inspection schedule for the hill in question and post signage that allowed tobogganing at their own risk.



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Its Time to Draw a Line in the Sand on Hospitals: Aitchison
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (10050 reads)


Huntsville Council signed a petition demanding that surgery services not be removed from either the Huntsville or Bracebridge hospitals at last night council meeting and are encouraging residents from the region to sign it.

The petition will be distributed to area doctor's offices, pharmacies and available at town hall and the Canada Summit Centre.

Mayor Scott Aitchison said that "it’s time to draw a line in the sand” and thanked former councilor Tim Withey and former Mayor Hugh Mackenzie for taking the lead on the issue.

Aitchsion said that he will forward the petition to Bracebridge Council for their consideration.

Council had asked the MAHC to come to last night's meeting and update council and residents on the issue.  The MAHC declined.



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Petition Opposes Surgery Move
Monday, January 26, 2015 (8698 reads)


A grassroots group has created a petition opposing the alleged move by the Muskoka-Algonquin Healthcare Centre (MAHC) to move surgical services to a single site located at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge. 
The petition was created by Tim Withey and Hugh Mackenzie and states “We categorically reject the notion that core services such as surgical procedures should ever be moved to one hospital site in Muskoka and that doing so would have an adverse effect on our municipalities.” 
It is important to note that while the MAHC has not ruled the option of amalgamating services to a single site, they have also stated that they have no concrete decision as of the present time and intend to consult with community stakeholders prior to any final decision.
The petition is to be brought before municipal council in Huntsville tonight. 




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Howell On The Podium at the X Games
Monday, January 26, 2015 (4358 reads)


Huntsville's Gold medal Olympian Dara Howell will be bringing a bronze medal back to Huntsville after this weekend's X Games which was held in Aspen.

Howell won 3rd in the Women's Ski Slopestyle event, the same event she won Gold in at the Sochi Olympics last year.



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Beer Store to Get the Final Go Ahead at Tonight's Council Meeting?
Monday, January 26, 2015 (3635 reads)


Huntsville Town Council will be meeting tonight for their regular monthly council meeting and will receive a deputation from the Muskoka Animation Studio.   The studio will be asking for the town's permission to use 2 rooms at the University of Waterloo building.   The studio currently uses space inside the building and are in the midst of producing another animated feature film.



Council is also set to approve plans for a new beer store at the corner of Ott Rd and Hanes Rd, which includes a second entrance onto Hanes Rd, crossing town owned parkland.  The issue was defeated at last month's council meeting and was sent back to planning for more discussion.



Planning approved the application earlier this month.



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MAHC Snubs Council
Monday, January 26, 2015 (10347 reads)


Earlier this month Mayor Scott Aitchison invited representatives from the Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) to attend a municipal council meeting and address the on-going rumours that surgery services may be moved from the Huntsville Hospital and relocated to Bracebridge.

The MAHC declined Mayor Aitchison’s offer and instead MAHC CEO Natalie Bubela invited Muskoka area mayors to a MAHC hosted meeting to discuss the possible changes.

While the MAHC remains tight-lipped about whether or not they will be moving surgery services to Bracebridge, Bubela did note in an interview with What’s Up Muskoka that the MAHC is not ruling out the idea. It has been confirmed by Bubela and the MAHC that discussions are underway regarding possible changes. The need for these changes stem from a lack of proportionate funding for the acute healthcare facilities in Muskoka and a deficit estimated to be around $2.4 million.

The MAHC has said that it intends to consult with the stakeholders when a clear strategy has been reached.











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Freezing Drizzle Advisory In Effect
Friday, January 23, 2015 (6122 reads)


Environment Canada has issued a reezing Drizzle Advisory  for: Huntsville, Baysville, & Parry Sound. 
Freezing drizzle is affecting areas near Lake Superior this afternoon, and is expected to affect other portions of northeastern Ontario and central Ontario later tonight and into Saturday morning. Several hours of freezing drizzle are likely along with several cm of snow.

Untreated surfaces may become slippery as a result of the freezing drizzle.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.


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GoFundMe Campaign Started for Gilbert Turner
Friday, January 23, 2015 (36216 reads)


A fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing website gofundme.com has been started to raise money for local business person Gilbert Turner, 83. 
The campaign comes in the wake of a story Hunters Bay Radio broke earlier last year involving the embezzlement of over $100,000 from Turner’s then business Turner’s Garage by former bookkeeper Lyndell Schell. 
The fundraising campaign was started Jan. 22, just days after a sentence of two years house arrest was delivered to Schell who was convicted of defrauding Turner. The campaign has raised $1,250 as of press time. 
Brenda Spencer and Kevin Stroud are responsible for creating the fundraising campaign and say they did so as a response to a sentencing that they feel is disproportionate to the crime committed. 
Turner reportedly owes over $100,000 in residual debts to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) resulting from the embezzlement. 
“All available proceeds will go direct to Gibb [sic] Turner,” Spencer said in a statement written on the campaign’s webpage.
“Our community cannot stand by and let this be, we appreciate local business’ [sic], we appreciate our seniors and our community members like Gibb [sic] Turner…” Spencer added in her statement.  
Donations can be made via http://www.gofundme.com/gibbturner


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Cann Lake Rink Open
Friday, January 23, 2015 (623 reads)


The town of Huntsville is reporting that the Cann Lake outdoor skating rink, located at the north east corner of Forbes Hill Drive and Brunel road has been opened and is now available for use.

Ice availability will depend on weather conditions.

Parking is available at Conroy Park on Forbes Hill Drive.

Users can visit huntsville.ca for updates regarding availability and conditions of the rink.



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BIA Elects First Female Chair at AGM
Friday, January 23, 2015 (9740 reads)


Results from last night’s Business Improvement Area's (BIA) AGM in Huntsville saw the association elect the first ever female chair in the history of the towns BIA. Allie Chisholm-Smith, of Ahimsa Yoga Studio, was elected to be the chair of the board by some 30 business and property owners who turned out for the meeting. 
Aside from electing a new board of directors, the AGM focused on reviewing the 2014 year and the events the downtown core was involved with. The meeting also unveiled the BIA’s draft-budget for the 2015 year, 
“In our unaudited-financials we are around $8,000 in the black,” Helena Renwick, the executive director of the Huntsville BIA, said. 
The BIA will also be introducing a 1.5 per cent tax increase for members of the BIA, the first increase in the last four years. 
“For the 2015 budget, we’re increasing the [tax] by about 1.5 per cent and that does affect the downtown business owners,” Renwick said.
Renwick said that the cause for the increase will involve increasing downtown events and the downtowns internet presence.
“I think we’re creating more projects for downtown,” Renwick said. “One in particular will involve putting more money into our web design and web presence. We’re also looking towards some projects in the downtown, including beautification of the downtown core. Part of our mandate is beautification…” Renwick added. 
Renwick was unable to comment on any capital projects, such as infrastructure improvements, that are currently being discussed. 
The current board as it stands after last night’s AGM is: 
Allie Chisholm-Smith: Chair
Courtney Blake: Treasurer
Kathy Sheridan: Events and Promotions Co-Chair, Girlfriends Getaway Chair.
Kenneth Cole: Parking Committee Chair
Kelly Haywood: Member at Large
Steve Campbell: Member at Large
Rachel Hunt: Vice Chair
Joan Wager Member at Large
Bob Stone: council Representative
Rick Birkhimer: Member at Large
Mandy Davis: Member at Large
Robyn Matravers: Member at Large
Scott Ovell: Town Liason – non-voting member
Helena Renwick: Employee – non-voting member






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Howell Competing in X Games
Friday, January 23, 2015 (2279 reads)


Dara Howell is in Aspen this weekend taking part in the X Games - Women's Ski Slopestyle competition.   Howell, a Huntsville native was the first woman to win Olympic Ski Slopestyle gold at the Winter games in Sochi.



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Nipissing Hosts Volunteer Mixer
Friday, January 23, 2015 (111 reads)


Nipissing University's Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge will be hosting a Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday January 27th from 7-9pm.  The Social Justice Club has confirmed nearly 30 organizations will be on hand to share the variety of volunteer opportunities that exist in the Muskoka region. 

This event is an excellent opportunity for Grade 8 and High School students to find volunteer placements in an effort to complete their mandatory 40 hours of volunteer service to the community.  This event is free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend. 





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Pond Hockey Championships Returns to Huntsville This Weekend
Friday, January 23, 2015 (2254 reads)


The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships is one of the largest Pond Hockey Events on the planet, and 2015 marks their 10th anniversary and a return to Huntsville and Deerhurst Resort.

 

The event takes place starting this weekend and runs next weekend as well. The tournament anticipates some 1500+ players and their families taking part over the two weekends. 6 players per team...4 on 4 hockey....no goalies...games consist of 2 15 minute halves with the emphasis on fun.

The event is seeking volunteers who can fill positions, both indoor and outdoor. 

Volunteers 12 and older are eligible provided they work with their parent. Training will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering please email: Angela Broadley pondhockeyvolunteers@gmail.com



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Huntsville & Bracebridge Lead the Way with Inauguration Expenses
Friday, January 23, 2015 (3820 reads)


Inauguration ceremony costs associated with last year’s municipal election have been released to the public. Bracebridge and Huntsville lead the way as far as expenses go, with Sundridge reporting that they had no expenses related to the inauguaration.



Costs by town are as follows:



Huntsville: Newly elected mayor Scott Aitchison’s office spent a total of $3,172.23 on their inauguration ceremony which was held at the Algonquin Theatre. A breakdown of the costs reveals that the municipal government spent $125.80 on “after inaugural event tea”, $1,418.27 on an inaugural luncheon at Deerhurst Resort, $915.84 on photography, $407.04 on stage flowers and $305.28 on media advertising. Rental of the Algonquin Theatre was not factored into the cost of the event.



Former mayor Claude Doughty commented on the expenditure saying that during his time in office his inaugural costs was zero



Bracebridge: Re-elected mayor Graydon Smith spent a total of $4,743.87 on his inauguration ceremonies. Money was used to cover costs associated with the rental of Rene M. Caisse theatre, auditorium and kitchen space as well as the purchase of a special occasion permit, flowers, photography, catering and miscellaneous incidentals such as paper products and tablecloths.



Gravenhurst: Gravenhurst mayor Paisley Donaldson’s office spent $897 on the municipal government’s inauguration ceremonies. $72 was spent on food, $200 for photography, $425 on commemorative items and $200 miscellaneous items such as planters, invitation cards and napkins.



Lake of Bays: Mayor Bob Young reported that his office spent a total of $1,500 on inauguration ceremonies. A direct breakdown of what the costs covered was not immediately available.



Muskoka Lakes: Muskoka Lakes Township reported that it spent a total sum of $1,956 on its inaugural ceremonies. Money was used to cover food and beverage costs as other rental incidentals.



Sundridge: The Village of Sundridge spent a total of zero dollars on its inauguration, citing the lack of expenditure on having no formal celebrations opting instead for simply a regular, inaugural meeting without any surplus costs associated.





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**CORRECTION** Huntsville Woman Sentenced to Two Years House Arrest
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (574218 reads)


The following story has been updated to reflect correct information involving the amount of restitution ordered by the court and the charge of which the defendant was convicted.  The number initially reported, $25,548.58 was incorrect with restitution to the amount of $75.548.52 being ordered. The charge of Theft over $5,000 was dropped and Schell was instead found guilty of Fraud for which she was sentenced.  

A Huntsville woman accused of embezzling over $100,000 from a local business was sentenced in a Barrie court earlier this week. 

Lyndell Schell was convicted of Fraud by a Barrie Court after stealing over $100,000 from Huntsville business Turner’s Garage during her time working as bookkeeper for the business. She received a conditional sentence of two years less-a-day house arrest, two years probation and an order to pay restitution to the amount of $75,548.52
Gilbert Turner, 83 years old and the owner of Turner’s Garage, has, as a result of the embezzlement, lost his home and been forced to close his business and sell the property on which it resided in an effort to pay off partial debts to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Turner still owes a considerable amount in debts caused by the embezzlement to the CRA.
Turner also filed a civil case earlier where he alleged that a portion of the money stolen by Schell was filtered into Schell’s husband, David Schell’s, bank account. David Schell works as an OPP Constable with the Huntsville Detachment and declared bankruptcy prior to an order by the civil court to pay damages amounting to $145,974.14 plus costs totaling over $18,000 to Turner. 






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Huntsville BIA's AGM Tonight at Partners Hall.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (545 reads)


The  Huntsville BIA's annual AGM will be taking place tonight, Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Partners Hall in the Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville. 
There will be a meet-and-greet starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the AGM at 6 p.m. 
All members of the BIA are encouraged to come out to the meeting and review the 2014 business season. 



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Million Dollar Cottage Fire Draws Fire Fighters from Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (8739 reads)


Fire fighters from both Gravenhurst and Bracebridge came together to battle frigid temperatures and difficult conditions to douse a cottage fire earlier this week. 
The fire occurred at a cottage on Rusty Rock Road in Gravenhurst at around 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 20 
Fire fighters from all three Gravenhurst fire stations were called to help fight the fire which has caused damage expected to total over $1 million. 
“It appears as though the building will be a total loss, despite the best efforts of course,” Gravenhurst fire chief Larry Brassard said. 
Responding fire fighters were challenged in their response by limited access and water (which had to be shuttled in by the Bracebridge Fire Department) as well as extremely cold temperatures. 
Despite the challenging factors associated with the fire, responding fire fighters managed to bring the blaze under control late in the evening of Jan. 20 with clean up procedures continuing into Jan. 21.
No one was at the residence at the time of the fire and a cause is still under investigation.




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Firefighters Target Mobile Homes for Smoke Alarm Awareness
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (420 reads)


In the past several years there have been numerous fires in mobile homes in the Gravenhurst area causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Most importantly, recently one life was lost and three firefighters were injured.

The Gravenhurst Fire Department report that they will be conducting a smoke alarm awareness campaign on January 24th, providing information to area mobile home residents in an effort to prevent future fires.



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Women's Under 18 National Hockey Championship Coming to Huntsville
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (2874 reads)


Over 200 athletes will be descending on Huntsville in November for the Women's Under 18 National Hockey Championship.  Wendy McConnell the chair of the organizing committee says that her team is ready to welcome the athletes and the economic impact that they will bring to the town.

Kari Lambe, with the town says that while there are no numbers on the event, women athletes tend to travel with a bigger entourage than men - 50% more, which she says will have a positive impact on the town’s economy.

Mayor Scott Aitchison said that the event will bring visitors to town on the shoulder season, which is good for local restaurants and hotels, as well as the national coverage the event will bring.



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Miller Collecting Signatures for Highway Petition
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (9357 reads)


MP Norm Miller will be in Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre to collect signatures on a petition that he plans to deliver to the Provincial Government about your dissatisfaction with winter maintenance on area highways.  Miller wants to know your experiences on area highways this winter and collect as many signatures as possible.



Miller says that the province changed the contracts for winter road maintenance when they awarded the contract to Carillion a few years ago.  Previously, the MTO instructed contractors when to put down extra salt, or bring out plows.  Now, the inspectors primarily issue fines if road conditions are below a certain standard based on a certain number of days after a weather event.



Miller will be collecting signatures from 11am-1pm Friday, Jan 30th at the Algonquin Theatre.



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Thursday's Road Report
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (576 reads)


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

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

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

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and dry road

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - bare and dry road

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - bare and dry road

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and dry road

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

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

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

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and dry road

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow packed

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and dry road

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - snow packed

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - snow packed

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and dry road

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - bare and dry road

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and dry road

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and dry road

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and dry road

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and dry road with partly snow covered sections.



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Wednesday's Road Report
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (924 reads)


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

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

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

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and dry road

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - bare and dry road

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - bare and dry road

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

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

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

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

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and dry road

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow packed

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - snow packed

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

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - snow packed

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.



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RVH presents impact statement to district council.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (7045 reads)


RVH President and CEO Janice Skot detailed the benefits of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre of which the District of Muskoka was a significant contributor to. 



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District council votes to support airport expansion, land sale.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (6142 reads)


The District of Muskoka council voted 13 to nine to support a resolution moving forward on the development of the municipal airport. 



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Tuesday's Road Report
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (1066 reads)


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 dry road

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

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

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

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

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

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

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

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

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road 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 dry road

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

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road 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 dry road

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



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Bracebridge Introduces Online Parking Ticket Payments
Monday, January 19, 2015 (322 reads)


The Town of Bracebridge has just made it easier to pay your parking tickets.  A new online service is available on the town's website at www.bracebridge.ca that will allow the user to pay their parking fines using a credit card online.

Bracebridge Mayor, Graydon Smith said he is pleased to see the implementation of this Council objective. “Being able to make parking ticket payments online is already the reality in a number of larger municipalities across Ontario. As the first municipality in Muskoka to offer this service, we are pleased to provide this added convenience to motorists”.



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Clement Holds Series of Pre-Budget Consultations with Local Business Leaders
Monday, January 19, 2015 (2403 reads)


Over the last week, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has been meet with business representatives at roundtable discussions in Bracebridge, Almaguin Highlands and Parry Sound as part of pre-budget consultations.

A cross-section of business owners and leaders from the region attended the sessions, which were geared to hearing the ideas and challenges of those who are on the front-lines of helping to drive the local economy forward.

Clement said that “Each year, prior to the federal budget being prepared, I look forward to meeting with some of the business leaders from across the region." He said "There is an incredible entrepreneurial spirit in Parry Sound-Muskoka, and these business owners are the driving engines behind job creation and innovation.”

“Some of key issues discussed include businesses having access to capital, finding ways for business to network more effectively, the importance of co-ordinating tourism initiatives, and increasing the amount of affordable housing to retain and attract employees,” said Clement.



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Muskoka Sound Cancelled for 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 (13317 reads)


Organizers with Muskoka Sound have announced that they will not be bringing back the festival in 2015.  They said that while there can be no doubt that their inaugural Muskoka Sound Festival in September 2014 was an unmitigated success on so many levels, it did result in a “managible loss”.



Andy Mclean said that they have decided to defer the next festival until 2016.  He said that the decision was not taken lightly, “but after serious consideration, it is the only sound business option facing us at this time.”  Maclean said that ”Unfortunately, due to unprecedented funding challenges, compounded by the emergence of two major new music events within the same catchment area, we now feel we have no recourse other than to wait a year and see what develops.”



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"Thingy" Raises Money for Youth Programming
Monday, January 19, 2015 (436 reads)


More than $436 was raised at the first Stage Door Thingy for Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services.  The Thingy is collaboration between Hunters Bay Radio and The Algonquin Theatre and featured the return of the Woodshed Improv Collective who performed onstage with the audience participating.

Lauren Power, with Muskoka Sexual Assault Services says that the money will be used for youth programming in Huntsville.



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Monday's Road Report
Monday, January 19, 2015 (2480 reads)


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

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

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

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 packed, partly ice covered sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections.

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - snow packed

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - partly snow covered

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - partly snow covered

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

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) - partly snow covered

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - partly snow covered

Highway 60 (Cache Lake to Oxtongue Lake) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, snow covered sections.

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections.

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and wet road with partly snow covered, partly ice covered sections.



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Clement Announced $8 Million in Funding for the Environment
Friday, January 16, 2015 (640 reads)


Muskoka Parry Sound MP Tony Clement, was in Parry Sound today to announce $8 million in funding for 32 environmental projects that will improve the ecosystem health of the Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay watersheds. 



Today’s announcement marks the second round of funding under the renewed and expanded Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-up Fund, which aims to restore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay and improve water quality for the residents and wildlife of the region.



As part of this funding, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve will receive $191,305 to work with three municipalities over two years to expand monitoring in Georgian Bay and ensure consistency in how nutrients are measured by stakeholders conducting similar monitoring.



Clement said that "Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay are important natural resources, vital sources of drinking water and regional economic drivers that support the tourism and recreation industries. To protect these important water resources, our Government is investing in new environmental projects focused on restoring ecosystem health and improving water quality for residents in the region.”





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HBR Gets Thrown Out of Meeting
Friday, January 16, 2015 (108291 reads)


Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison kicked HBR's Jeff Carter out of a “fireside chat” that Aitchison held last night to discuss possible changes to how the Algonquin Theatre is run.   Admittedly, Carter was not invited, but HBR does sponsor the theatre and produces shows in the Algonquin Theatre and other venues in the region.   Carter told Aitchison that as an organization that brings shows to the theatre that he was there to participate and provide input.  Aitchison replied by saying that “lots of groups put on shows at the theatre and they weren't invited either.”  However, one HBR member was able to email the day of the meeting and was invited with no questions.

Aitchison said that he did not want HBR's input and asked Carter to leave.  When asked what about Aitchison's campaign promise to "throw the doors of town hall wide open" and “transparency in government", Aitchison repeated the demand to leave. 

Carter said that he was disappointed to be singled out and “that with no less that 4 other HBR members in attendance, I felt that I would learn everything that was proposed anyway.  I feel that I had a lot to offer,” he said.

The meeting itself was well attended and there was a variety of great ideas being shared by people who genuinely support and care about the theatre and its cultural impact.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing ways to make it more accessible to rent by local organizations and performers.

The Mayor suggested that this was the first of many future meetings.  Christine Heron who was in attendance, said that “it was disappointing to hear the Mayor publicly discuss his own unrelated agenda regarding Jeff Carter and his position with HBR,  but most disappointing to me was when he again referred to ‘Jeff Carter who thinks he runs the world,’” as the meeting ended.



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Watershed Council Offer $500 Prize to Students
Friday, January 16, 2015 (1523 reads)


The Muskoka Watershed Council has announced a $500 prize is available to a student in Muskoka, Haliburton or Hastings who can best describe the importance of our headwater lakes and how they help cities downstream. The winner will become this year’s Highlands Headwater Champion and be featured in an online video for the world to see.

Students in the region between grades 5-12 are encouraged to submit entries in the form of poems, essays, songs, videos or stories before the end of the day on March 15th.

The contest will close when Canada Water week begins on March 16th, 2015 and the winner will be announced on World Water Day, March 22nd

Leora Berman, CMO of The Land Between said that “This project provides an opportunity for students to think creatively, learn proactively, and be rewarded by support and through showcasing their work to the world” .

Submit completed entries to tlb@thelandbetween.ca before World Water Week to participate.



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Expect Delays at Both MAHC Hospital Sites
Friday, January 16, 2015 (4907 reads)


Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is advising that patients and visitors to the Emergency Dept will experience delays as a planned downtime event impacting their information technology infrastructure that will most likely lead to longer-than-normal wait times and other delays at their sites.



The downtime, which will help upgrade their systems as we prepare their sites for a new Electronic Health Record, will impact both hospital sites, starting at 6 p.m. today, until approximately 8 a.m. on Monday morning.



The MAHC advises that during this time, many of their computer-based systems will be unavailable, which will lead to slower processing time due to manual, paper-based work by the staff and could cause service delays.



Natalie Bubela, the MAHC's Chief Executive Officer said that “Patients coming to our sites, especially to the Emergency Department, may experience longer-than-normal wait times and other delays." Bubela said that “If you can and it is safe for you to do so, we are recommending that you avoid the hospitals for non-urgent medical care over the weekend.”



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Friday's Road Report
Friday, January 16, 2015 (2548 reads)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 snow covered sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Highway 60 (Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections.

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and wet road with snow covered sections. 



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Beer Store on the Move
Thursday, January 15, 2015 (48391 reads)


It looks like the Beer Store may be moving in the near future.   Town planners, the developers and traffic engineers all delegated to the Planning Committee which heard detailed explanation of the plan to move The Beer Store to the Corner of Ott Rd and Hanes Rd, near the Hanes & Centre St intersection.

The proponents explained in detail the plan for the new location including parking, and flow of customer and truck traffic.  The site is to feature a drive thru which, officials says will be one of half a dozen stores with the feature.  The store will also feature specialized parking for customers towing camper trailers and boats - something no other Beer Store has.

Traffic flows were explained and how the plan calls for a second exit which would take pressure off of Ott Rd, allowing EMS vehicles quicker egress when they are called for an emergency.  The plan also complimented a traffic study done for a development across the street.

In the end, councilors were satisfied that the second entrance would not cause problems with the intersection at Hanes & Centre St, being just one metre short of the provincial recommendation for distance from an intersection.

The final hurdle is approval at town council later this month.



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Huntsville Approves 6 Affordable Housing Units
Thursday, January 15, 2015 (26811 reads)


The planning committee approved the plan to construct a six  unit apartment building on Main St W in Huntsville yesterday.  The building will be situated beside the townhouses that were just completed this year and the developer says the affordable housing units will be 1 and 2 bedroom units with 3 accessible  units on the ground floor.



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Thursday's Road Report
Thursday, January 15, 2015 (4108 reads)


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

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

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

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed sections.

Highway 11 (Strong to South River) - partly snow covered

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

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

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

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

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

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

Highway 124 (Sundridge to Summit Road) - partly snow covered

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

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

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed sections.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed sections.

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed sections.

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

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

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

Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed sections.

Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and wet road with bare and dry road, snow packed 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 dry road

Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - bare and wet road with partly snow packed sections.



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Culvert Repairs Cause $250,000 in Damage
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (480 reads)


Two Muskoka Lakes cottagers flooding basement has caught the attention of the CBC.  The Penrice's are claiming that work done on Hwy 141 near Rosseau on a culvert has resulted in repeated floods of their basement and over $250,000 in damages.  The problems began when the MTO inserted a liner in a culvert that reduced the flow by up to 60%.  Since the culvert has been installed, the Penrice’s say their basement has flooded several times.  A nearby neighbour with a higher elevation has also been flooded since the culvert was changed.

The MTO has hired an engineer to determine if the culvert is too small and the report is due next month.



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Changes Coming to the Algonquin Theatre?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (14569 reads)


The Town of Huntsville will be holding a meeting tomorrow at the Algonquin Theatre with area stakeholders to discuss the future of the theatre.



Aitchison mentioned that the theatre may be run by a board of directors in his inauguration speech at the beginning of December.



The meeting will be held at the Algonquin Theatre, tomorrow starting at 6pm.



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New Location for Beer Store?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (43818 reads)


A piece of property at the intersection of Hanes Rd & Centre St will be back at the Huntsville Planning Committee this morning.  The property could be the new location of The Beer Store if councilors decide to grant the property a second entrance.

The issue was before council last month, and the request for a second entrance was defeated by council against the advice of Mayor Aitchison who was supportive of allowing a second entrance despite the property’s proximity to a 4 way stop.

Many councilors expressed concern about how a second entrance so close to the 4 way stop would impact traffic flows.

The meeting starts at 9.30am.



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Wednesday's Road Report
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (2924 reads)


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



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



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



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



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



Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.



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



Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - bare and dry road



Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - bare and dry road



Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



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



Highway 141 (Hwy 11 /Utterson to Rosseau) - snow packed with bare and dry road sections.



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



Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.



Highway 35 (Carnarvon to Dwight) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.



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



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



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



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



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



Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway 592 (Novar Road to Emsdale) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.



Highway 592 (Emsdale to Highway 11) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed 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 dry road



Highway 632 (Rosseau to Minnett) - snow covered



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Clement Announces $795,000 in Funding for Seguin Twp
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (2996 reads)


Parry Sound Muskoka MP  announced an investment of $795,000 to support two strategic initiatives in the Parry Sound region.

The Fednor funding includes $495,000 to help Seguin Township maximize its business & ecomonic district by supporting the extension of natural gas services along Oastler Park Drive. This targeted investment will help the community capitalize on economic opportunities and attract private sector investment to the area by providing businesses with access to the infrastructure they need to develop and grow their operations.

To help accelerate business development and growth in the region, FedNor  is investmenting $300,000 to support the ongoing operations of the Parry Sound Area Community Business and Development Corporation. The funding will help provide small and medium-sized enterprises with business counselling services and access to capital, as well as support for community strategic planning initiatives.







 







Clement said that the "Government is proud to invest in key infrastructure projects and strategic initiatives that support jobs, growth and prosperity in Parry Sound–Muskoka."   He said today’s announcement will help strengthen the regional economy by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with the resources they need to develop, grow and thrive in the modern economy.”



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We Want to Know What You Like & Don't Like About HBR
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (1484 reads)


It's been just over 6 months since Hunters Bay Radio hit the FM airwaves and we want to know what you think about our programming.  We've created a survey that asks what you think about the music we play, and the shows we produce.  

We would like to know what your favourite music is, which shows interest you and those that don't.  The survey takes 2 minutes to complete and link can be found here: http://questionpro.com/t/ALEPjZSCWF .  Thanks in advance for your participation.



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Town of Huntsville Offers First "Idea Bombing"
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (40265 reads)


The Town of Huntsville is holding an event pegged as "not your ordinary government open house."  The town's first “Idea Bombing” will take place this Thursday at 6.30pm and will give participants an opportunity to stop, listen, and think.  According to town staff its part meet-up, part pop-up bar, talk series, and community brainstorm, it's a new way to engage, surface creative ideas and promote ways of turning those ideas into reality.

The Town is in the process of drafting some Official Plan amendments that will put into practice their vision for Active Transportation To do this they need your help.

The first Idea Bombing takes place at Seven Main Cafe this Thursday at 6.30.



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Tuesday's Road Report
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (4659 reads)


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

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

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

Highway 11 (Emsdale to Strong) - bare and dry road

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

Highway 11 (South River to North Bay) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway 118 (Loon Lake to Vankoughnet) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

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

Highway 124 (Parry Sound to Badger's Corners) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway 124 (Badger's Corners to McKellar) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway 124 (McKellar to Sundridge) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

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

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

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

Highway 35 (Victoria County / Haliburton District to Carnarvon) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 510 (Highway 520 to Highway 124) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway  518 (Yearly Road South to Kearney) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway  518 (Black Water Lake Road North to Yearly Road South) - bare and dry road

Highway  518 (Highway 69/400 to Black Water Lake Road North) - bare and dry road

Highway  520 (Highway 11 to Burk's Falls) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway  520 (Burk's Falls to Highway 124) - bare and dry road with partly snow packed sections.

Highway  520 (Highway 124 to Ardbeg) - bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow packed sections.



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