LLJA COCKTAIL RECEPTION

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018

5 pm to 7 pm

35 Moose Trail

hosted by Ann MacDiarmid and Miguel

Once again the Little Lake Joe Association is pleased to host a reception on behalf of you – our members. This is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. All members are welcome to bring their families and any guests they are hosting that day.

Refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome.

As parking is tight please car or boat pool.

by car…take Coons Road off Jean Marie Road 35 Moose Trail – the last house on Moose Trail

by boat..north eastern point, at the edge of School House Bay. The property has a 2 slip boat port. Look for the sign that says McIntosh Point and the election sign “Elect Ann MacDiarmid for Mayor”

We look forward to seeing you on July 28th!!

This is your association so please show your support by joining us On July 28th

Muskoka Conservancy

Muskoka on the Edge (MotE’18)

In support of Muskoka Conservancy

“Conserving nature in Muskoka”

What: an evening of music and conversation, gourmet food and drink with live and silent auctions

When: Sunday August 12, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club (in the boathouse)

Tickets: $200 each, please call (705) 645-7393

Sponsorship opportunities and tax receipts available.

About: Since our MotE 2016 event, Muskoka Conservancy has been able to acquire and conserve three additional properties featuring thousands of feet of waterfront on Lake Joseph, a mixed forest in Muskoka Lakes Township, and a sensitive wetland in Bracebridge. In total, Muskoka Conservancy protects 39 properties featuring over 2,500 acres, 40,000 feet of shoreline, and 426 acres of wetland.

LITTLE LAKE JOSEPH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018 – 9:00 AM

McCormick Boat House – north end of Little Lake Joe, dark brown boat house with white trim…13 Jean Marie Road

Please plan to attend the LLJA AGM this year. This is an important year for Sequin property owners as it is an election year. Schedule some time to meet the candidates running to represent your interests.

With so many development issues that have the potential to affect the Muskoka Lakes, now is the time to participate, ask questions, have your voice heard and be informed before voting this fall.

Dear Friends of Muskoka,

Dear Friends of Muskoka,

The Muskoka District Public Meeting in Bracebridge last Thursday November 23rd was a great success. Over 300 people attended, filling the council chamber, the lobby and a room in the basement where video monitors were set up. This was the highest public attendance at a meeting in 30 years! 53 people spoke – with only 4 supporting the developers’ position. Representatives from many lake associations, local residents, businesses, environmental organizations and cottagers were unanimously opposed to provisions that would allow for intensive waterfront residential development. This is not a cottager vs local issue; this is an issue of significant community concern.

Concerns focused on the environmental impacts of development, and the impact on the experience and character of Muskoka. District planners agreed that the Muskoka Official Plan (MOP) needs to strike a better balance between environmental, economic and “character” concerns and find a way to better incorporate climate change considerations into its decision-making.

For those that could not attend, a stream of the webcast will be available for the next few days. For a much shorter summary, refer to Friday’s articles in the Globe and Mail and the local Muskoka Region News.

We now have an opportunity to work with planners and politicians, and, with the experts we have hired, influence the policies in the next (likely final) draft MOP. We will work diligently to do this over the next couple of months. All cottagers are allowed to individually register to receive the Notice of Decision for the Muskoka Official Plan Review by writing the Clerk clerk@muskoka.on.ca

In parallel we are working to influence the outcome of applications for condo agreements that are currently before the Township of Muskoka Lakes.

We also have a battle ahead of us with the Minett development, which to an extent falls outside the District OP as it was approved for 4000 units back in 2008. Their environmental, traffic, boating, etc studies are old, and standards have tightened – this represents an opportunity for us.

Other Progress to Date

  1. Touchstone – Application approved by the District but being appealed by Frank Jaglowitz to the OMB.
  2. Villas – Application approved by the District but deferred by the Township at their meeting on Nov 16th.
  3. Legacy – Application received by the District, but was declined and will be resubmitted at a later date with public review.

At this time there are NO applications approved that will permit residential occupancy in properties zoned Waterfront Resort Commercial. The Friends of Muskoka were part of all of the above setbacks to the proposed developments and we will be following each new application with ​a great team and multiple resources. We are working in co-operation with the MLA and several other lake associations to ensure consistency of message and to avoid duplication of effort.
Stay involved – we still have lots of work ahead of us. If you’ve not already done so, please sign up to receive updates from the Friends of Muskoka and stay tuned to Save Muskoka for upcoming events and news on our progress.

Thank you so much for supporting our effort. We couldn’t do this alone!

Paul Richards and Laurie Thomson
Friends of Muskoka

EXT:COUNCIL DEFERS DECISION ON VILLAS OF MUSKOKA CONDOMINIUM AGREEMENT

It’s not quite victory and too early to open the champagne, but it appears members of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Council have heard our voice and are having second thoughts about approving the condominium agreement for the Villas of Muskoka.

Council chose to defer a decision on the Villas until they could get further legal advice on the matter.

This means we have time on our side, but we have to be vigilant and keep the pressure on. That is why you need to attend next week’s District Council meeting in Bracebridge on November 23 – read on.

It’s also good news since no precedent has been set for similar agreements to take place at the other 87 resort properties across the region. Councilors are now aware that there is massive opposition to this backhanded move to rezone commercial resort properties into private condominium multi-plexes – steps from the shoreline. More importantly they now know we are not going to back down.

We also made them aware of the fact that this decision will have implications for the entire district and we are determined to get the word out on the long-term potential damage this could do to our lakes.

Frances Carmichael of the Quiet Waters group with over 2300 members was to speak in the afternoon and was to be speaking to our issues in complimenting their campaign for “Quiet Waters”

We must keep up the fight. We have to get the news out to the entire district – to both seasonal and permanent residents. We need to urge our friends and neighbours to write their councilors, and sign this online petition https://www.change.org/p/don-furniss-muskokalakes-ca-save-muskoka-lakes-from-overdevelopment

We also have to come out in force next Thursday, November 23rd to the District of Muskoka Council meeting at 9 a.m., 70 Pine St, Bracebridge, and tell the District Councilors what we think. We can’t let any opportunity go by to remind these politicians that they serve at our leisure and we do not support this proposal or any change to the official plan that would permit these types of condo agreements.

Follow savemuskoka.ca on Facebook and share the posts you read – check savemuskoka.ca regularly for updates and find out what you can do to support this campaign and the lakes in your community.

Here’s a quick snap shot of what happened today: Committee of the Whole – Council members and the Muskoka Lakes Planning Committee – met to discuss the Villas condo agreement with a view to passing it at Council. A “yes“ vote would set a precedent allowing high density waterfront “resorts” with very lax, unenforceable rental requirements – effectively residential condos and cottages with unsustainable commercial resort density.

Thirteen delegates of various groups spoke to the proposed agreement; eleven people spoke against it – one rep from MLA, one from Royal Muskoka Islander’s Association, one from Water Alliance Muskoka, and eight from Friends of Muskoka (that’s us!!) and two spoke in favour – the developer’s legal counsel and planning consultant, also hired by the developer.

The issues that emerged include:

  • Potential illegality of usage clause in condo agreement – MLA argues that it is unlawful for the Township to enter into a condominium agreement related to a waterfront commercial resort that permits any owner occupation of units. This does not comply with the Township’s policies and planning regulations.
  • Advertising for the units misrepresents the “resort” aspect of the Villas – units are advertised as luxury cottages (with boat slip rentals and an optional rental pool) and are actually supposed to be resort rental units with occasional owner usage which is virtually impossible to determine under the agreement of purchase and sale.
  • Usage restriction will be difficult, costly and next to impossible for the Township to enforce.
  • These units are supposed to be a “for profit” commercial entity – used as rental accommodation just as you would book a room at a resort – except how do you monitor and enforce this usage?
  • Deleterious impact to the water quality and habit for shoreline water fowl and other wildlife.

Ward “C” Councilor Phil Harding said it best, “If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and talks like a duck… it is likely a duck” — i.e. it is not a resort, it is a residential condominium complex. Period.

Stay tuned for more updates and see you in Bracebridge next Thursday, Nov 23rd @ 9AM.

Save Muskoka!

Rosseau Nursing Station in the Ruth Dare Health Clinic – June Blog and Website update

Rosseau Nursing Station Calendar

Katie’s Korner June 2017 Blog Post

Katie’s June 2017 Blog Post

“Summer has arrived! Welcome back to all the snow birds and winter city dwellers!! Rosseau will soon be hopping with new energy from summer residents, vacationers, and of course our faithful year-round residents.

In this blog, I wanted to highlight the summer hours, weekend walk-in hours, and our community and wellness room events.

Additionally, we continue to support learners and are currently hosting 2 Nurse Practitioner students (Brittany and Sue) and 1 RN student (Victoria). They will be here on rotating days through the end of July.

Hours of Operation:

The Nursing Station will continue to operate Monday to Friday by appointment only. Although the Nursing Station is open from 8:30 am -4:00 pm. Appointments are typically booked between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to allow for administrative time. Additionally, there are no appointments available after noon on Friday.

The weekend walk-in hours will begin July 1st weekend and continue through the long weekend in September.

We are incredibly fortunate to have received enough donations to run the program this summer; however, we rely solely on donations to keep the program running as it is NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED. Additionally, this year we WILL BE OPEN on the long weekend Mondays, thanks to the generosity of the community members.

Please check the Calendar for hours and events at the Nursing Station and in the Wellness Room.

Thank you to all the community members and Lake Associations for all your ongoing support and fundraising efforts!

What’s New!?

Exercise is Medicine is Back!! The resistance training program is based on the Diabetes Association Guidelines and suitable for ALL AGES.

Linda Sellers is a Pilates instructor and Wellness coach who has volunteered to run the program on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7:00 pm in the Wellness Room. The Program uses resistance bands and Weights. Last year our oldest participant was 92 and the youngest was 14. Come join us its Free! Donations are welcome to be utilized for more bands and equipment.

Linda will also be hosting a Pilates class on Monday’s at 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a small nominal fee.

Yoga in the Wellness Room will be announced and updated on the Calendar once we know the official dates and hours.

Community Support

I wanted to give a HUGE SHOUTOUT to the Rosseau Lake College music students, lead by student Emma Clendenan, and their teacher Tracey Ramsey. In May, they hosted an incredible concert and tea, featuring piano, vocal, various string, flute and other wind instruments. The concert was held at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer with support from Peter Simmons. They raised 500 $ and the Rosseau Lake College matched that donation for a total of 1000 $, which will be utilized for our Wellness Program!

We look forward to collaborating with the College again to host future concerts to help maintain and support our community wellness programs; as well as support and encourage the incredible students and their talent!

The Rosseau Classic Cruise Show is another wonderful community event being held August 5th 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Rosseau Waterfront. Last year the organizers held a 50/50 draw and donated the profits to the Nursing Station to support the summer hours, and wellness programs. Thanks to all the participants, organizers, and donors.

Please come out this year and support the wonderful show—and the Nursing Station!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who does the nursing station serve?

The Nursing Station serves both year round and seasonal residents. You may access the Nurse Practitioner even if you have another primary care provider.

Katie Hogue is the full-time Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the Nursing Station. She has a full patient primary care load, and also sees seasonal and local residents who have their providers, for episodic care, such as infections, medication renewals, and acute illnesses or injuries. Unfortunately, there is no funding for another Nurse Practitioner or another health care worker, such as a nurse.

The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. This funding is provided to ensure that the local residents have access to primary care, particularly if they do not have another provider; such as a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

How do the weekend hours help?

For the last four years, the Nursing Station has been open on Saturdays and Sundays for the months of July and August. This has only been made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts. The weekend extended hours are not funded by the primary care branch and therefore donations are the key to maintaining this service.

Having the weekend hours has enhanced service delivery immensely. Although we have moved to a by appointment schedule during the week, we could see most of those who would like same day appointments. Additionally, if it is a non-urgent issue, we have been able to defer to the weekend Nurse Practitioners so that we can continue to provide optimal care to our regular patients.

Throughout the month of July, we have saw between 5 -7 same day appointments throughout the week. We have opened some more same day appointments by reducing some of our longer visits during these months.

Having the extended weekend hours available has reduced the load of the primary NP by 20 patients per week which is significant! Additionally, the availability of an NP on the weekend has reduced the use of the ER for non-emergent concerns.

Where do your donations go?

All donations are earmarked for the Rosseau Nursing Station and held by the WPSHC Foundation. If you wish to donate specifically for the weekend summer hours, please specify as there is a separate account. You may also Earmark donations for the Exercise and Wellness program. All other donations are used to purchase equipment, and facilitate education programs.

Some of the recent donations not earmarked for summer hours have helped to purchase:

  • New Tru BP blood pressure cuff
  • Sit to stand ergonomic desks
  • New OTN equipment
  • Updated computer system for electronic records, and laptop for home access
  • Therabands and materials for Exercise is Medicine
  • Exercise Equipment for the new wellness program starting in the Fall

Thank you for Reading! Have a Safe and Healthy Summer!

Katie Hogue NP/Manager Rosseau Nursing Station