December 13, 2019
2020 Municipal Budget

The Township of Lake of Bays Council is reviewing the draft 2020 Municipal Budget and may adopt the budget at the upcoming Council meeting on Tuesday December 17. As previously reported, four Directors of the the Lake of Bays Association met with Mayor Glover, and Councillors Lacroix and Tapley to express concern. Subsequently the Association submitted this letter to the Township and the Township responded .

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting on Tuesday starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Township office. You can find the full agenda here .
Electricity Pricing

As previously reported, Hydro One has been instructed by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to eliminate the Seasonal Rate Class. The would result in large Hydro cost increases for many LOBA members. The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) has been lobbying against this change and their efforts may be paying off. FOCA has engaged a lawyer to make a final submission to the OEB and requested LOBA's support. You can read our letter of support here , and more about the work FOCA has done on this matter here .

We thank FOCA for all the hard work!

Find out what else FOCA has been up to in their December Elert .
It’s Time to Renew your LOBA Membership for 2020
Don’t wait—Renew TODAY!
Your support allows us to continue our work to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.
Go to to renew or join and pay online, or download a membership form to renew by mail.
Questions about your membership? Please contact Beverley Govan at 705-767-3395 or email her at

December 30 deadline is getting close for the
2019 LOBA photo contest
The contest is open to all Lake of Bays Association members and families. Photos must be previously unpublished and submitted to , in high-resolution, digital format, subject line  Lake of Bays Association photo contest . Deadline December 30, 2019. The categories are:

LIFE at the LAKE : people, pets and dwellings
NATURE : wild plants and animals
LANDSCAPE : land, water and sky
The winning photos will be printed in the 2020 Association Yearbook, and we use all of the photos in our newsletters, website and social media sites. Check out the 2018 Photo Contest entries and winners  here .

While you are picking shots for the contest, remember LOBA is also on Instagram. Follow and tag us in your favourite Lake of Bays memories. @lakeofbaysassociation
Photos above 2018 photo contest winners (left to right)
Nature: Ann Humphreys Morrison
Life at the Lake: Allan Simpson
Landscape: Chris Keeley
Congratulations Cathy Nystrom!

Long-time LOBA volunteer earns June Callwood award for work with Hospice Huntsville
Flood Planning / Management in Ontario

In early November the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) announced that the final report from their Special Flood Advisor, Doug McNeil, was complete. The report has now been made available and includes 66 recommendations for the Province, MNRF, Conservation Authorities, and other bodies on issues ranging from updated floodplain mapping to stakeholder communication protocols. You can read the executive summary and download the full 157-page report here .
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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