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. 

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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.

Flood Prep 2019


Flood Prep 2019
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Eight of the world’s best canal holidays

The telegraph logoLondon, Mar 3, 2019, Number five is…
Unlock the Rideau

There are 45 historic, hand-operated locks along Canada’s Rideau Canal, all manned by polite, khaki-clad lock-keepers. After watching them whirl wheels, push gates and swing entire bridges back and forth, sit back and let the idyllic Ontario countryside float by, hopping off occasionally to visit pretty villages. The cruise is bookended by two of Canada’s most historic cities, the capital Ottawa and former capital Kingston. MORE

Ohio city votes to give Lake Erie personhood status over algae blooms

Algae education manualNew law will allow people of Toledo to act as legal guardians for Lake Erie, and polluters could be sued to pay for cleanup costs


Severe weather damage

2018 Insurance Costs for Extreme Weather
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As reported recently by Water Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada has determined that the cost of severe-weather insured damages in 2018 reached $1.9 billion – the fourth highest on record in Canada. Click to read the Water Canada posting.

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Hazardous waste The Orange Drop

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Monthly        Events      Garbage

Hazardous waste The Orange Drop program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts five materials. Orange drop logoThe objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or safely dispose of, these materials to ensure they don’t end up in landfills, or poured down sewers and drains.