August 14, 2018

Why Vote?

With a recent reduction in the power of the Ontario Municipal Board, it is clear that local municipal Councils hold huge influence.

With recent development proposals, it is clear that Lake of Bays is a target for developers and investors.

For example, the current development proposal for Langmaid's Island converts a designated Muskoka Heritage Area to building coverage for 38 cottages, 36 boat houses and 72 bunkies.

At the District level, a proposed Official Plan would have allowed any of Muskoka’s 80-plus waterfront resorts to be redeveloped into high-density residential complexes. This has been deferred for further study and a decision is pending.

Everyone should study the choices and participate in the October 22 election:
  • To protect Lake of Bays Township’s natural character for future generations.
  • To ensure responsible and sustainable development.
  • To protect services such as public access docks, libraries, roads, hospitals and emergency responders.
  • To elect responsible decision-makers who collaborate with each other and their constituents in a positive way.

Our elected officials must find more ways for both seasonal and year-round residents to live and prosper as one community, each benefitting from the contributions of the other.

Who can vote?

  • A Lake of Bays Township property owner AND their spouse.
  • A person who rents property in Lake of Bays (for 6+ weeks in 2018) AND
  • their spouse.
  • You can vote in each municipality in Ontario where you own or rent
  • property.
  • Only Canadian citizens, 18+ years old.
  • You can give a proxy to a family member to vote for you.
To confirm you are on the list, go to -
Candidates Meetings
Township of Lake of Bays

Saturday August 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Baysville Community Centre

Thursday August 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
Dwight Community Centre
Town of Huntsville

Thursday September 20, 6 p.m.
Algonquin Theatre
This is your opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions. Please attend!
Click here to see the 2018 Municipal Elections pages on the LOBA website, including candidates and ward maps.

LOBA has sent questionnaires to all the candidates in our area. We will post their responses later this week. Stay tuned!

Do you have questions about internet/telephone voting for the 2018 Municipal Elections? The Township of Lake of Bays is offering a free drop-in information session on Friday August 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Township offices, 1012 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight. Learn more
Glenn Vickery completes his around Lake of Bays swim - WOW!!
Accompanied by 15 companion swimmers, a jubilant Glenn Vickery completed his three-month around-the-lake swim on August 6 at the South Portage public boat launch. Greeted by more than 30 cheering supporters, Glenn hugged his constant companion Arlene (Vickery) and made an emotional speech, thanking his supporters and talking about the unique character of every bay on this fabulous lake.

Congratulations Glenn!!!

Glenn approaching the South Portage boat launch on the final leg of his around-the-lake swim
Cheering supporters welcome Glenn ashore
An emotional Glenn (far right) with Arlene Vickery and Captain Bruce, thanks his supporters
Glenn's swim continues .....
On Sunday August 12, Glenn was invited to swim the shoreline to Pam Dunlop's cottage off Shamrock Island. Glenn was escorted ashore with the youth of Lake of Bays,
ages 2 to 7-years and grandma close by. They were well informed by their parents and grandma of Glenn's shoreline awareness cause, and proudly presented him with their donation.
News and Links

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation Annual General Meeting
Saturday August 18, 10:30 a.m., Bethune United Church, Baysville

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation Bedrock Botanicals Walk
Sunday August 19, 9 a.m., Marsh's Falls

Hospital Board endorses recommendation for two acute-care sites

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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