May 2, 2019
Water Conditions Update
Water levels are still very high on Lake of Bays
and the ice has proven to be destructive

The MNRF has released an update and Flood Warning for the area. Read it here .

In an excellent article on , reporter Tamara de la Vega explains why the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was never intended to, nor is able to, control flooding in the Muskoka River Watershed. Read the article here .

Transport Canada has released an Interim Order limiting boating on a number of water bodies including the North and South Branches of the Muskoka River. While there is no restrictions on Lake of Bays, we strongly advise all residents NOT to boat on the lake at this time as any wake will be extremely destructive to shorelines and shoreline structures and there is a great deal of debris floating in the water.

F or Real Time Water Levels information at Baysville, click here .
Langmaid's Island and Fairview Island
LPATs updates

Langmaid’s Island
The date for the Case Management Conference (CMC) for the Langmaid’s Island Corp. appeal has been set for July 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. in the Township of Lake of Bays Council Chamber. The CMC is the first step in a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) appeal process. The purpose of the CMC is to decide what the issues are, determine who the parties will be, establish if any witnesses can be called and to set dates to hear the actual appeal. To monitor the progress of this appeal  click here , and enter Case Number: PL180898. All documents relating to the application to develop Langmaid’s Island can be found on the Township of Lake of Bays website  (under Completed Applications) .

The CMC is open to the public and anyone can attend to watch and listen. As noted previously, the Lake of Bays Association and Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation have jointly retained a lawyer and land-use planner to advise us and we will be requesting party status in the appeal. 

Fairview Island
The LPAT hearing pertaining to Fairview Island that was scheduled for May 1-3, 2019 has been adjourned, pending a decision of the Divisional Court on a procedural issue that impacts all LPAT hearings. To monitor the progress of this appeal click here and enter Case Number: PL180504. 

Changes to LPAT
Just today, the Provincial Government has announced that Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules will be restored for development disputes and will replace LPATs. At this time, we do not know how this change will impact the above appeals. We will keep you posted. Read about this announcement he re .
Provincial Cuts end Interlibrary Loans
Provincial cuts led Southern Ontario Library Service to axe a collection-sharing delivery program serving 153 libraries, including those in the Township of Lake of Bays

Read the article by reporter Alison Brownlee here .

See what's happening at the Baysville Library this Spring here .

See what's happening at the Dwight Library in the month of May here .

Province undertaking
Regional Government review

The District of Muskoka is one of eight regions (Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Oxford County) plus Simcoe County, governed by a two-tier local government . The upper tier is the District of Muskoka and the lower tiers are the Towns and Townships (e.g. Township of Lake of Bays and Town of Huntsville). To see information on what services are provided by the province, District and local municipalities, click here .
The Ontario government has invited residents of Muskoka and the eight other regions, to provide “local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and member municipalities.” The province has extended the deadline for people to make comments to May 21, 2019. You can submit your comments at this Government of Ontario site .
You can read articles about the review on d and .
District Chair John Klinck and the mayors of all the lower-tier municipalities met with the Special Advisors from the government review committee in February. LOBA provided written comments in April r ead our letter here .

The Province recently announced that the public has an opportunity to submit a request to speak (give a public deputation) to the Special Advisors in person. In Muskoka this will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the District Office at 70 Pine St., Bracebridge, Ontario. LOBA requested the opportunity to delegate to the committee and we have heard that our request has been accepted.
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