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Ticks and Lyme Disease

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To: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Care Providers
From: Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health
Date: March 19 2019
Subject: Ticks and Lyme Disease
The 2018 tick season was much lighter than in 2017, with fewer reported cases of Lyme Disease, likely because of the dry summer. Reported cases of Lyme Disease occurred throughout Lanark, Leeds, Grenville.

Ticks 1 .  Ticks 2

A detailed analysis of 2018 cases of Lyme Disease and tick related emergency visits is available on the Health Unit website at:

Ticks 3

The Health Unit Reportable Disease Toolkit
outlines reporting requirements, clinical
presentation, testing, diagnosis and treatment


Starting April 1, individuals can submit a picture of a tick to this website for identification and for real time mapping of the submissions.


Burn permits available on line

Burn permit
Burn permits are required for fires in The Township of Rideau Lakes which includes Upper Rideau Lake.

Order burn permit on line HERE

Do I need a Burn Permit?

If your Open-Air Burn will be larger than a 1m X 1m X 1m (3ft) “Campfire” or “Cooking Fire”, you require a Burn Permit. If you use a “Burn Barrel” or “Incinerator”, you require a Burn Permit.

Who can obtain a burn permit?

Only the OWNER of a property in Rideau Lakes may obtain a Conditional Permit for Open-Air Burning. Tenants must have written approval from the owner.

How can I obtain a burn permit?

Register Online using this website. For assistance with Online Registration, please call 1-800-928-2250 or visit the Township of Rideau Lakes Municipal Office at 1439 County Road 8, Delta (in Chantry).

How much notice do I need to give?

When you call, your activation is valid immediately.

What is Fire Season?

“Fire Season” is from April 1 to October 31 each year. “During “Fire Season”, no person shall conduct Open-Air Burning between the time of 08:00 hours until 18:00 hours each day.”

How much does a burn permit cost?

$10. The Conditional Permit for Open-Air Burning is valid until December 31 of the year in which it is purchased. Pay online with a Credit Card or PayPal. To pay with Debit or Cash, choose the Pay Later option and visit the Township Office – 1439 County Road 8.



URLA is searching for new board members

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Upper Rideau Lake Association

The Upper Rideau Lake Association URLA is searching for new board members. If you have an interest in organizing activities, accounting, law or ecology we would like to hear from you.

The URLA is a non-profit volunteer organization of seasonal and permanent residents, holiday lake users, and residents of the village of Westport interested in promoting and protecting the natural environment of the Upper Rideau Lake and improving our community. The Association is a strong voice for its members in regional bodies governing the lake and participates with other lake associations in projects and alliances.

Interested applicants should be prepared to attend board meetings in Westport monthly in the summer and bi-monthly in the winter in addition to the time required for their individual board functions which normally require a few hours working from home each week.

The Board will interview selected applicants and prepare a slate of candidates for election at the July 2019 Annual General Meeting. Directors serve for a minimum of one year. This is an opportunity to improve our lake community and work with other like minded individuals. Board members are expected to:

  • Keep up to date with issues and trends that affect the organization
  • Prepare for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, reports and other documentation required to actively participate in them
  • Attend meetings regularly
  • Contribute skills and knowledge by participating actively in meetings and committee work
  • Make inquiries when clarification or more information is needed
  • Understand and monitor the organization’s financial affairs
  • Avoid any potential conflicts of interest
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality
  • Ensure the organization is complying with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Participate in developing goals for the URLA and implement them in their position.

Please email a brief resume including your address and phone number to:

PAC asked to ensure water quality and shorelines.

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The PAC was asked to pass the following motion at the meeting of March 27, 2019. “The Planning Advisory Committee recommends that Council instruct staff to:

1. Require all Site Plans and Site Plan Control Agreements for waterfront properties to be registered on title;

2. Ensure that all planning recommendations, Conditions, Site Plans and Site Plan Control Agreements contain sufficient detail and clarity to permit effective enforcement; and

3. Establish a sustained monitoring and enforcement program which ensures the effective implementation of Site Plan Control on all waterfront properties.”

PAC recommendations re land title registration

Water monitors are getting a new tool to tackle toxic algae in Lake Winnipeg

Canadas National Observer logoEvery summer, Canada’s sixth-largest freshwater lake gets choked with toxic algae blooms.

The blue-green algae deposits slime on Lake Winnipeg’s shores and sucks oxygen from the water, killing animal life and endangering humans with toxins that can attack the liver or nervous system.

…The growth of this bacteria is fed by spikes in phosphorus in the water supply, stemming from industrial activity like fertilizers used in agriculture or lawn care, septic systems and other sources that leach into lakes and rivers. MORE

All candidates meeting final report

Many good things are happening in the Township of Rideau Lakes. Here is the report on the All candidates meeting held last fall. 

All canditates meeting
See the full report here.

…the meeting was a success and that URLA’s sponsorship of this event, the only all candidates meeting in Ward 4, was appreciated. Many of the 60 plus individuals attending the meeting expressed their appreciation to members of the working group following the meeting and indicated that they felt better able to exercise an informed vote. Several individuals who attended all the All Candidates meetings in the township indicated it was the best organized. The meeting also received positive headlines in the Review Mirror “Lake association all-candidates format proves popular”.

Lake related issues were front and centre of the campaigns of both mayoral candidates and most Councillors in all wards. All were aware that 65 percent of assessment comes from waterfront properties. Participating candidates’ positions on other key items of interest to lake residents such as mandatory septic inspections, spending priorities and waterfront development were clear and should have assisted attendees in making an informed choice when they cast their ballots.

Despite all positions in the Township being contested by strong candidates and voting made more convenient by an eight-day internet and telephone voting period, voter turnout across the township was down to 41.31%, from 43.91 in 2014. Turn-out in Ward 4, North Crosby-Newboro was a disappointing at 40.3%.

Attendance was also down at the All Candidates Meeting, sixty-seven participants vs a hundred in 2014 when the Westport sewage treatment was top of mind. Increased publicity in the Review Mirror, on social media and an excellent URLA website all of which went to significant lengths to educate seasonal residents that they were eligible to vote and that they could do so remotely were not enough to impact voter turnout. Much work remains to fully engage our members, waterfront property owners and the broader North Crosby-Newboro community.

2018 All Candidates Meeting Report to URLA Board

Early bird discounts for Rideau canal until March 31, 2019!

Rideau canal logoRideau canal, Early bird discounts for boaters are here until March 31, 2019!

Purchase a Seasonal Lockage Permit and receive 20% off.
Purchase a Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Package and receive 20% off the price of lockage and 10% off the price of mooring.

Do you love to travel by pleasure boat or canoe? Launch your own adventure along Canada’s original highways.

Here’s your chance to create unforgettable memories, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Canada’s waterways.