April 29, 2021
We're Hiring!
The Lake of Bays Association is hiring a Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant. This is a part-time contract position.
The application deadline is May 17. If interested, click here.
Mark the Date
The Lake of Bays Association Annual General Meeting of Members will be held on Wednesday July 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Details on how to register will be sent to all members in June. Guest speaker is Chris Collings, Township of Lake of Bays By-law Enforcement Officer.

Updates from the Township of Lake of Bays
Two important staff reports were presented to Township of Lake of Bays Council on Tuesday April 6 -- Revised Noise By-law and Short Term Rentals:

Township staff reviewed the Noise By-law and sought public input between January and February 2021. The new draft by-law, based on this public input as well as a review of surrounding municipalities was brought before Council. The by-law passed with amendments, particularly around the discharge of fireworks.

Data from the second phase of consultation regarding options to regulate Short Term Rentals were analyzed and the findings presented to Council. After considerable discussion, Council directed staff to launch a short-term rental licensing program.
The Outdoor Burning By-law and its amendment regulate outdoor burning. The by-law also allows the Fire Department to place a ban on outdoor fires and fireworks based on environmental conditions.

In general, no person shall be allowed to have open air burning between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October in each year, except as permitted under Parts 3 and 4 of the by-law. Part 3 speaks to Barbeques and Fire Department education/training, and Part 4 speaks to Permissions and Approvals to conduct open air burning.

Permits to conduct open air burning will be required:
  • if the pile is greater than by-law requirements, and;
  • if the burning will occur during prohibited times.

Reading, interesting links and events

Robinson's General Store changes hands

Muskoka River Watershed receives $4.25 million from provincial government

Muskoka Discovery Centre hosts virtual speaker series on sustainability

Muskoka Watershed Council

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

It's Spring; be bear aware

6 citizen science projects to get the whole family outside

photo by Ann Humphreys Morrison
The purpose of the Lake of Bays Association is to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.

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