Every 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
…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.
It’s that time of the year — we need to get all our flood preparation ducks in a row!
RVCA uses stream gauges, weather stations, surveys of snow conditions, meteorological forecasts and computer models to determine the possibility of flooding. With spring melt or severe precipitation, the RVCA estimates the severity, location, and timing of possible
flooding and warns accordingly based on the four stages of the Flood Warning Index. RVCA maintains a flood forecasting and warning system that aims to reduce danger to people and property by providing local agencies and the public with advance notice and information.
As a property owner, you need to assess your emergency plan for minimizing flood-related property damages. If you don’t have a plan, now’s the time to make one. There are lots of excellent online resources on how to prepare your family’s emergency plan. Should flooding occur, the first response is up to you, the homeowner! If the flood is beyond your capability, the Municipal Emergency Response Plan kicks in. Your municipality is responsible for emergency response services during severe floods. It may be a good time to check out your municipality’s website and familiarize yourself with their emergency preparedness plan. Property owners, especially ones in vulnerable areas, need to have emergency phone numbers handy.
To get up-to-date information on local watershed conditions, you can sign up for RVCA’s flood forecasting and warning emails — join our mailing list at www.rvca.ca — look for “Get RVCA News.” For more information call BRIAN at ext. 1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flood Warning Index
1. Normal — No flood conditions exist.
2. Awareness — Be informed and aware. • Water Safety Statements — High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected. • Flood Outlook Statements — Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lake shore flooding or erosion.
3. Flood Watch — Be prepared to activate your flood response plans, if it becomes necessary. Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
4. Flood Warning — Activate your flood response procedures now! Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
Interested in accessing real-time information on stream flows, water levels and snow measurements? Our interactive monitoring tool (maps and graphs) can be seen online at www.rvca.ca/water-levels.
You can also use our online mapping tool to search for your property and see if it is located in a floodplain at www.rvca.ca/map-a-property.
RVCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning and Low Water Response System operates
12 months a year and provides member municipalities and local residents advance notice and information about potential flooding and drought conditions.
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
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.
CottageFirst: the first group program dedicated to cottagers, exclusively available to FOCA members. Get discounts and great coverage on your cottage, home, car & more. Contact Cade Associates Insurance Brokers: 1-844-CADE-1ST or visit www.cottagefirst.comfor a no obligation quote.
Hazardous wasteThe Orange Dropprogram 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. The 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.
a volunteer run not for profit organization comprised of community members surrounding Upper Rideau Lake.