Ontario invests in Parry Sound Public sailing club

(September 29 PARRY SOUND) Ontario is investing in the expansion of Sail Parry Sound in order to increase tourism, lengthen the sailing season and support economic development on the waterfront.

With an $118,296 investment from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Sail Parry Sound will add a second floor to its boathouse. This addition will include a café and public observation deck. The project also includes space for new washroom and change room facilities, sail repair, and a bicycle and watercraft rental shop.

According to a release from the province, this funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.

Huntsville OPP investigate mischief at local church

(September 28 HUNTSVILLE) On Saturday September 26, 2015 at around 9:30am Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of another act of mischief.

A person or persons had attended the property of a church on High Street in the Town of Huntsville and spray painted graffiti on their bill board.

This type of behaviour is extremely costly and it affects the community in a negative manner. Police would like to remind the public persons caught damaging property could be charged with the criminal offence of mischief.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at (705)-789-5551 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

20-year-old Tay Township man airlifted to hospital after crash

(September 26 3pm TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Tay Fire and Simcoe County Paramedics responded to single motor vehicle collision on September 26, 2015 at 2:41 a.m.

A Dodge Pick-up was eastbound on Highway 12 just east of Rumney Road when for unknown reasons it exited the roadway. The motor vehicle rolled several times before landing on its roof. The 20 year old driver resides in the area. Due to the serious nature of the injuries he was transported to a Toronto area hospital by Ornge Air Ambulance.

OPP officers from the Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene to assist with the investigation. Highway 12 between Rumney Road and Reeves Road was closed for several hours but has since been re-opened.

Dara’s Fund grants for Muskoka women athletes

(September 25 MUSKOKA Release) If you are a female amateur athlete in Muskoka and need some support to reach your dreams, you should know about Dara’s Fund. Muskoka Community Foundation is inviting applications for grants from Dara’s Fund. Olympic gold-medal Freestyle skier Dara Howell created the fund at the Muskoka Community Foundation in April 2014 to build a legacy, as well as provide resources and opportunities for Muskoka’s female athletes who excel in any sport and are demonstrating a commitment to take their sport to the next level to pursue their dreams.

Band on the Run located in Huntsville raised money for Dara’s Fund by hosting a running event on June 13. Justine Brown and Melissa Key played host to the event that included all ages and various race distances on a challenging course that was supported by live music along the course to encourage the runners. The Huntsville Fire Department participated in the 5km race in full firefighting gear and were challenged at each kilometer mark with a training test. The donations were contributed by the racing participants, firefighters and supplemented through a car wash. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and donors for this successful event that raised just under $6,000 for Dara’s Fund.

Because Dara established the Fund as a way to give back to her community and thank them for supporting her and her family on her journey to the podium, preference will be given to applicants who take pride in and support their communities, while demonstrating a commitment to the True Sport values and principles to “Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Stay Healthy, Have Fun, Include Others, Give Back”.

The application deadline is October 26th, 2015 at 5 pm. To apply for a grant from Dara’s Fund, or for more information on the grants, visit www.muskokacommunityfoundation.ca and click on ‘Applying for Grants’, or contact Joanne at 705-646-1220.


Search for Port Carling assault suspect ends

(October 2 BRACEBRIDGE) A man wanted in connection with an assault in Port Carling on September 25 has turned himself in to police.

Police say 29 year-old Jonathan BIGGS of East York, Ontario turned himself in  at the Bracebridge OPP detachment on October 1, 2015. He faces one count of assault. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on November 2nd, 2015 to answer to his charge.

(September 25 12pm PORT CARLING) Ontario Provincial Police officers are searching for a man in connection with an assault early this morning in Port Carling.

They are looking for 29-year-old Jonathan Biggs of East York. He is described as 6′ tall with short hair and was last seen wearing camouflage shirt, jeans and running shoes.

Police were called to a Port Carling address around 2am after a dispute resulted in one person being injured and taken to hospital with minor injuries. A search of the area failed to find the suspect in the alleged assault.

Anyone with any information on Biggs’ whereabouts is asked to contact Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Charges laid after investigation into June head on crash in GBay

(September 25 11am GBAY) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now laid charges following the investigation into a head on motor vehicle collision that occurred on June 27, 2015.

Shawn Edward Cadieux (age 32) of Tay Township has been charged with:

–       Operate motor vehicle with more than 80 mgs of alcohol contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

–       Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland Ontario on October 15, 2015.

The June 27 collision was the second head on crash that weekend. It happened on Old Fort Road in Tay Township.


(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a two vehicle collision on Old Fort Road in Tay Township at 10:55 p.m. on June 27, 2015.

Investigators were assisted by members of the OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigations Unit (TTCI). Officers investigated a head on collision that involved a southbound GMC Canyon pick-up truck and a northbound Pontiac Montana van.

Tay Township Fire Service extricated the male from the pick-up truck and he was transported to a Toronto area hospital by Ornge. Simcoe County Paramedic Services transported the driver of the van to a local hospital with non- life threatening injury.

Muskoka Mayors want one hospital plan tossed

(September 23 MUSKOKA) The Mayors of Bracebridge, Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Muskoka Lakes want the hospital planning process to go back to the drawing board – and the plan for one hospital rejected. Mayor Graydon Smith, Mayor Scott Aitchison, Mayor Paisley Donaldson and Mayor Don Furniss, on behalf of their respective Councils, have submitted a response to the August 5, 2015 Pre-Capital Submission made by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) to the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSMLHIN). The municipalities have requested that the LHIN reject the Submission by MAHC and direct the hospital to re-start the long-term planning process.

The Pre-Capital Submission is the starting point for health care organizations such as MAHC seeking approval to develop or re-development heath care facilities in Ontario.

MAHC’s August 5, 2015 Submission was prepared based on the concept of having one centrally-located acute care hospital as the model for long-term hospital services for the area covered by MAHC. That model for future hospital service was endorsed by the MAHC Board of Directors at their May 27, 2015 meeting.

Although the municipalities in Muskoka recognize and appreciate the importance of the acute care hospital services provided by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare; the dedication and hard work of the doctors, nurses and other staff who are part of the MAHC team; and the need to pro-actively conduct long-term planning for sustainable hospital services, the municipalities disagree with the model selected by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. The municipalities within the East Parry Sound portion of the MAHC catchment area also object to the model selected by MAHC.

Through each stage of the long-term capital planning processes undertaken by MAHC, Bracebridge, Huntsville and the other area municipalities have voiced their commitment to the continued delivery of fully integrated, accessible and patient-centred healthcare services for the region.

The municipalities have made it clear that the provision of acute care services at both the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital is vital for all of the communities served by MAHC in Muskoka and the broader catchment area for the hospital.

Through community rallies, letters and petitions, the area residents have strongly supported the multi-site delivery of a full range of core hospital services at both the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.

Bracebridge, Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Muskoka Lakes feel that the option selected by the Board is not consistent with the continued delivery of fully integrated, accessible and patient-centred healthcare services for the communities that are dependent on Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare for the delivery of crucial hospital services.

Primary concerns identified with the MAHC Pre-Capital Submission are focused on:

  • Failings in the consultation process followed by MAHC;
  • The lack of patient access to services under the preferred model selected by the Board;
  • Flaws with the Evaluation Matrix utilized by MAHC;
  • The failure to provide a full cost analysis of the options reviewed and the preferred option selected;
  • The inability of MAHC to raise the funds necessary for sustainable hospital services;
  • The lack of consideration for community services partners in MAHC’s analysis; and
  • The failure to even consider significant land-use planning issues related to the preferred model selected.

The municipalities believe that MAHC needs to be instructed to undertake a new pre-capital planning process based on broad, comprehensive and meaningful community consultation, sound cost analysis with a true focus on integration, accessibility and the provision of patient-focused hospital services. The municipalities strongly believe that the following items must be included as key factors to be fully evaluated by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare:

  • Land use planning legislation and policies;
  • Community economic impacts of any long-term plans for hospitals;
  • The ability to raise the funds required for sustainable hospital services;
  • Operating and cost impacts of any long-term plans for hospitals on both the lower and upper-tier levels of government including cost implications on Emergency Medical Services (EMS), water treatment services, sanitary sewer services, transit, etc.; and
  • Direct impact on local healthcare service providers.

“Over many years, Bracebridge, Huntsville and the other area municipalities have been strong and effective supporters of MAHC and have advocated for addition Provincial support for the services provided by the Hospital, said Mayor Graydon Smith. We look forward to working with MAHC in the future to develop a long-term plan for sustainable hospital services for this area.”

Mayor Scott Aitchison indicated that “clear direction needs to be provided to MAHC by the LHIN to focus on the development of a long-term hospital service delivery model that addresses the unique needs of Muskoka and the entire area serviced by MAHC.”

Link: Municipal Submission to the North Simcoe Muskoka Health Integration Network

Gravenhurst cottage fire contained quickly

(September 21 12pm GRAVENHURST) Quick action by Gravenhurst fire crews helped to limit damage Saturday night after cottage fire was reported north of the town centre.

Just after 10pm on September 19, crews from Gravenhurst Stations 1 and 2 were alerted to a fire at 1318 Brydon’s Bay Road. Upon arrival, they found a fire burning underneath a porch deck attached to a cottage.

Quick Response Limits Damage

Brisk winds fanned the flames and threatened to spread the fire to the cottage but firefighters used a portable fire extinguisher to knock down the fire initially while hose lines were being set-up. Fire crews then worked for about an hour and a half, prying up a portion of the porch deck to get access to the concealed fire. The fire, which caused an estimated $1500.00 in damage, was contained to the exterior of the building. There were no injuries.

Firefighters believe the fire was caused by careless use of smokers materials. Gravenhurst firefighters would like to remind cottagers that working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and a fire extinguisher are important parts of fire safety planning – even at the cottage.

Novel Marathon cracks $32,000, Best Novelists honoured

(September 20 HUNTSVILLE Release) The final total of funds raised by the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon for adult literacy in Huntsville is $32,226.53.

“This final total was so far beyond even my pie-in-the-sky predictions that it makes me want to give up predicting how much the writers are going to raise,” says writer and event convenor Karen Wehrstein, who herself learned the final number on Saturday at the Marathon wrap-up party and awards presentations. “These people are beyond amazing.”

The Muskoka Novel Marathon is an annual 72-hour writing spree and fundraiser that takes place in the Active Living Centre in the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville. This year it took place July 10-13, and the writers collectively wrote 618,000 words, or 2,471 pages.

It is also a judged writing competition, and the winners’ manuscripts are sent directly to two publishing professionals: literary agent Sam Hiyate in the Adult category, and editor Peter Carver of Red Deer Press in the Young Adult/Juvenile category.
This year’s Adult winner was rookie marathoner Donna Curtin of Walkerton, Ontario, for her manuscript Contraindicated.

The YA/Juvenile winner was Lenore Butcher of Woodstock, Ontario, for her manuscript With Sword and Salt.

Butcher also won the Most Prolific Award, for completing 313 pages and 63,636 words, as well as the peer-voted B.I.C. (Bum-in-Chair) Award, for unwavering dedication to her work.
In other peer-voted awards: the Techie Award, for the writer who most assists other writers with technical issues, was won by 2009 Adult Best Novel winner Dawn Huddlestone of Huntsville.

The Spirit Award, for the writer who most embodies the spirit of the Novel Marathon, was won by Dale Long of Uxbridge, last year’s Rookie of the Year.

Voted this year’s Rookie of the Year was Colum McKnight of Toronto.

2015’s top fundraiser — for the fourth year in a row — was Cheryl Cooper of Bracebridge, who raised $1,975.

Funds raised by the Marathon go to the YMCA’s Literary Services in Huntsville. The program’s Team Leader, Nancy West, says the money will be used for upgrading the program’s curriculum, providing needed professional development opportunities for the teachers, and raising awareness in the community that literacy services are available, since those who need them most are the most difficult to reach. Government funds provided to the program don’t cover these needs, she notes.

“I have goosebumps right now, because we couldn’t do it without you,” West told the writers on learning the final total. “This is an outside group that just decided to adopt us. Thank you for adopting us.”

YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka Board of Directors member Andrew Lorriman, who, along with West, officially received the funds, says, “It’s a very impressive amount, especially for a small group.” Marathon participation is capped at 40 writers.

Next year’s Muskoka Novel Marathon will happen July 8-11, 2016. Some of the writers have started fundraising already.

Things to do at your Muskoka Lakes Public library

Muskoka Lakes LibraryUpcoming Library Events

Ongoing Things to do at your Muskoka Lakes public library…

Thursdays 1:00-3:00 Kniterary  Drop in to Muskoka Lakes Public Library, Port Carling, with your latest needleworking project. Join others at the fireplace lounge for friendly chatter, advice, and discussion and as a bonus, tea served at 2 o’clock! No pre-registration required. muskokalakes@pclib.ca ; 705-765-5650 ;  www.muskoka.com/library

First Wednesdays of the Month, 2015 10:15-11:45 La Leche League Port Carling If you are interested in breastfeeding, you are welcome to attend La Leche League meetings. Anytime is a good time to come to a meeting, whether you are pregnant, have a new baby or you are in need of support or information beyond the first few months. Babies and young children are always welcome. The Port Carling LLLC Group typically meets 1st Wednesday of the month at Muskoka Lakes Public Library, Port Carling.  LLLC Leader: Lindsay Wilson Contact Email: muskokawilsons@gmail.com Contact Phone: 705-769-1997

Senior Men & Women’s Social Club 10:30am FIRST and THIRD Wednesday of each month: Consider yourself a Senior? Come join us! FREE! Guest Speakers. Arts, New Experiences, Meet New Friends PRE-REGISTER 705-765-5650 muskokalakes@pclib.ca<mailto:muskokalakes@pclib.ca> Muskoka Lakes Public Library 69 Joseph St. Port Carling. This week it’s Art for Seniors All activities designed for ‘first timers’ and hobbyists – no previous experience or skills required. Enjoy hands on creativity as we explore a variety of art activities including painting with acrylics, watercolour, pastels and other mixed media. Come on out and give it a try. It’s all for fun!

You can also follow what’s happening at your Muskoka Lakes library on Facebook




Mobbley gets boot from local NDP for telling voters to vote Green

(September 2 9pm PARRY SOUND MUSKOKA) On Tuesday morning, the NDP’s Clyde Mobbley was appealing for Parry Sound-Muskoka voters to vote Green. By end of the business day Wednesday, the rest of his Electoral District Association executive, not unsurprisingly, had ousted him. In a release at 5:30pm EDA VP James Moffat wrote:”The Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP riding executive has taken swift action in response to recent events, unanimously voting to remove Clyde Mobbley as president of the riding association. Any views expressed by Mr. Mobbley are his own, and in no way represent our NDP riding executive or members.”

As for the Green’s Glen Hodgson, he says this serves as an example of how Canada needs to rid itself of the first past the post voting system.

Read the posts below to see how this situation unfolded.

Local NDP VP says Mobbley doesn’t speak for association or membership (Adds reaction to Mobbley’s vote Green letter yesterday)

(September 2 8:30am PARRY SOUND MUSKOKA UPDATE) When he says vote Green, there is no way Clyde Mobbley speaking on behalf of local NDP executive or membership, according to Electoral District Association (EDA) Vice President James Moffat, who is also campaign manager for Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP candidate Matt McCarthy.

While Mobbley signed a letter Tuesday appealing to people to vote Green as the NDP EDA president, Moffat says he wants to make it clear that Mobbley is not speaking for the association or its membership.

Moffat says he can “agree his position of Parry Sounders and Muskokans having to vote to give Harper the boot. In ramming through C-51 with the support of Justin Trudeau, they revealed their utter disregard for human rights and democracy. That’s where any agreement with Clyde’s letter ends,” says Moffat.

“It’s unfortunate that Clyde made those comments,” continues Moffat. “While Clyde seems unhappy with Matt’s nomination, he fails to mention that (candidate) Matt McCarthy won an open, democratic AND contested nomination process over Clyde,” he adds. “I think the letter says more about his disappointment in losing than it does about what Matt brings to the table. In selecting Matt, we are putting forward an accomplished, young professional who’ll be a strong voice for Parry Sound-Muskoka as part of Tom Mulcair’s NDP team.”

“Like people across Canada, Parry Sounders are Ready for Change,” says Moffat, “and know that only Tom Mulcair and the NDP are in a position to deliver that change in defeating Stephen Harper.” The letter to which Moffat is reacting is described in the article posted yesterday (see below).

Vote Green, says Parry Sound Muskoka NDP President

(September 1 9:30am PARRY SOUND MUSKOKA) Clyde Mobbley, the president of the Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Riding Association, is calling for local voters to vote Green, not orange, when they go to the polls.

In a widely shared letter today, Mobbley says “giving the boot to Harper’s man here in Parry Sound Muskoka is a real possibility.” He continues, “How can we make this happen? By a majority of voters who do vote in this riding voting Green.”

Mobbley says he is particularly incensed for Conservative support for Bill C-51. “This Bill clearly speaks to a profound deep disrespect for human rights and democracy,” he adds. “A government without respect for human rights and democracy is one big lie.”

Bill C-51 a gamechanger for voters, according to Mobbley

The NDP riding president contends there are local Liberals who won’t vote Liberal due to Justin Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51. (The Green Party has been against C-51 from day one and vows to repeal it if elected. The NDP now say they will do the same but at first would not commit to

Clyde Mobbley holds anti C-51 sign high
Clyde Mobbley holds anti C-51 sign high

scrapping the bill: In February Mulcair said he  would change the “anti terror” bill. In May he said his government would repeal it). Mobbley also points to the strong showing for the Greens in Parry Sound-Muskoka in the last provincial election as another reason why people should vote Green in this federal election.

“So this is my appeal to all who will vote in Parry Sound-Muskoka; Stop Harper – don’t split the vote, vote Green this October 19 in Parry Sound-Muskoka,” says Mobbley.

Matthew McCarthy is the Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP candidate for this federal election. Local New Democrats elected McCarthy over Mobbley to represent them at a nomination meeting in June. Glen Hodgson is the local candidate for the Green Party of Canada. The Liberal candidate is Trisha Cowie. The incumbent CPC candidate is Tony Clement.

Featured photo shows Clyde Mobbley. Submitted photo.