Friday, 31 May 2013

Simcoe County Transportation Master Plan Update

Simcoe County Transportation Master Plan Update

Whether you walk, drive, bike, or take the bus, the County of Simcoe wants to hear from you.
The County of Simcoe is updating its Transportation Master Plan and is hosting four Public Information Centres to hear what residents think about transportation in Simcoe County. The purpose of the Transportation Master Plan is to provide a comprehensive and adaptable long-term transportation strategy that considers the County’s vast geography, growing population, and expanding economy.

Transportation Master Plan Update Public Information Centres
Town of Midland Public Library
June 3, 2013
5:30 – 8 p.m.

http://bit.ly/ZioS6D Tiny Township

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Public Meeting on facility to handle septage from regional pump-outs of septic and holding tanks, and the biosolids in Tiny Township

Reminder

A public meeting has been scheduled by the Township of Tiny to inform and invite input into deliberations on a facility to handle septage from regional pump-outs of septic and holding tanks, and the biosolids from neighboring community waste water treatment facilities, which traditionally have been land-applied within the Township.

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Saturday, June 1, 2013
Where:Township Community Centre 91 Concession 8 East, Township of Tiny

Tiny considers Phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment  complete, having chosen “Construct a septage treatment facility within the Township, with full treatment of solids and liquids” as the preferred solution. The Township has retained Burnside Associates to conduct the evaluation of design alternatives and site selection.

The public meeting will afford attendees “an opportunity to review and provide comments on the evaluation of design alternatives for the septage treatment facility, including an evaluation of available treatment technologies and the proposed methodology for the site selection process.” 

Public attendance at the meetings held during the first phase of the study was very limited. Only 28 people attended the meeting in July 2011, 34 in November 2011 and 28 in June 2012, with more than half of the attendees consisting of the Project Advisory Committee and staff. No public meeting was held after all the information was consolidated in the final report. This may explain why Council, against the advice of the Mayor, accepted a single-alternative recommendation rather than a more rigorous evaluation of a collaborative alternative with a neighboring treatment facility.

Mark your calendar now and plan to participate in this important decision!

Terry Breckenridge

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

How Sunscreen Works


How Sunscreen Works (And Why You're Wrong About It) 
Very good to know as we move in to summer

Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Trent-Severn Waterway may be open for business, but area boaters aren't sure how much it's going to be getting.


The Trent-Severn Waterway may be open for business, but area boaters aren't sure how much it's going to be getting.
http://bit.ly/1884UOr Barrie Examiner 


Effective this season, the waterway's 44 locks are opened two-and-a-half hours less each day.

Parks Canada, tasked with cutting $3 million from the waterway's budget, had originally proposed ending the season — which runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving long weekends — two weeks earlier and increasing both moorage and lockage fees, much to the outrage of recreational boaters, commercial operators and municipalities.

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Not a good thing. Between the low water levels for Lake Huron & Georgian Bay, and what the government is  doing to Trent-Severn, the fun is going out of boating. 

This week is a yard waste week make you have your waste is out for Monday May 20th on Clearwater Beach


Bi-weekly yard waste (including brush) collection will take place in the County during the spring and fall. This change significantly increases access to yard waste collection service and provides more flexibility.

Materials must be placed at curbside Monday at 7 a.m. of collection week.

Yard waste may be placed in kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes or open-ended rigid containers. Plastic bags are not permitted. Brush must be contained as above or bundled securely with string, be no larger than 2 metres in length and 30 centimetres in diameter.

This week is a yard waste week make you have your waste is out for Monday May 20th for Clearwater Beach

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Opening the cottage this long weekend? Read these tips from Hydro One.


Opening the cottage this long weekend? Read these tips from Hydro One.
May 14, 2013

With the countdown to cottage season quickly underway, electrical safety is an important factor cottagers must consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable season.

Before heading up to the cottage, first check the status of unplanned and planned power outages at your intended destination using our mobile outage map. Click the Outages button on the menu bar below to get started. Click the "Unplanned" or "Planned" button and look for any coloured triangles or "tools" icons on the map that indicate power outages. Click the Magnifying Glass icon and enter your address to search for outages by specific location. Tap any icon on the map to see details of the outage, including crew status, estimated time of power restoration and the cause, if known. Depending on the estimated time of restoration, you can decide whether you should postpone your departure, or bring the items you would need to open the cottage without electricity, such as a portable generator, battery-powered lights/flashlights, and/or gas-powered portable cooking appliances.

For customers heading up to the cottage for the first time this season, there can be a lot to do, especially if the cottage was closed during the winter. To help prepare, here is a handy checklist of some electrical safety tips from Hydro One to start your cottage season off safely:

Inspect the power line. If a wire is down on the ground, stay at least one bus length away and call Hydro One's power emergency line immediately at 1-800-434-1235.
Check your electricity meter for damage. Call Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 if there is damage.
Look at interior wiring for visible signs of gnawing from animals. If wiring is damaged, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse to that circuit and call an electrician to arrange for repairs.
Check electrical cords and plugs for damage. Never use cords that are worn or damaged.
Fill your water tank before switching the power on to avoid damage to your water heater element.
Keep all branch circuits in the off position until you have opened the main switch. Then, energize individual circuits one at a time.
Make sure tree branches are trimmed well away from your power line to avoid unnecessary power outages and safety hazards. Always hire a qualified contractor to prune trees near your power line. Hydro One will disconnect the power supply to your property once a year, at no charge, so that any maintenance along or near your power line can be performed safely.

Countdown to the Long Weekend! FOCA Elert May 2013


Countdown to the Long Weekend! FOCA Elert May 2013
http://bit.ly/105h99a FOCA


The Victoria Day long weekend marks the start of Safe Boating Awareness Week, May 18-24th.


Emergency Response in Ontario - FOCA seeks answers
In the aftermath of recent flooding events, FOCA has questions about community preparedness in Ontario. 


Nuclear Dump Site Proposal - Public Review Phase
FOCA is concerned about any adverse effects to human health or the environment, including Lake Huron and the Great Lakes, from the proposed long-term storage of nuclear waste north of Kincardine, Ontario, about 1 km inland from the shore of Lake Huron, and 700m below ground. 


Check 'em and Replace 'em  
Put these 2 items at the top of your long weekend checklist:
check the batteries and the expiry dates on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
make and practice a fire escape plan with the family. Click here for tips... 
Once you've checked your alarms, you can quickly and easily enter to win online in this year's contest. Click here for the link... FOCA is proud to be a program partner in the 2013 Peace of Mind for Your Piece of Heaven campaign for fire and CO safety. 


Important Reminders 
Don't move firewood. Drain your bilges!
Invasive and harmful animals and plants can hitchhike on wood, in your bilge water, and on trailers. To protect our precious forests, lakes and rivers, make sure you are not part of the problem. Learn more about invasive species and prevention strategies here.

And Much More

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Victoria Day long weekend guide for cottagers


Victoria Day long weekend guide

Whether you're headed to the cottage for work or play this long weekend, we have the expert advice to help you along the way 

http://bit.ly/10jHJON Cottage Life

Lots of great tips, tricks and recipes wether you are a new cottager or an old hand,

The SS Keewatin officially opened to the public Saturday


Return of the brass bell signifies a new life for SS Keewatin 

The ship is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full tours are $20 per adult, $10 for youth aged 11 to 16, and free for children who are accompanied by an adult. 

http://bit.ly/11vaYSe Midland Free Press

A visit is on my to do list for this summer 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Action needed on water level crisis - not more study


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Action needed on water level crisis - not more study


It would seem trivial to understand that what is required is to restore outflows to what they were before extensive dredging, and to shut down the waste water channel. The Mississippi is flooding and doesn't need any more water.


http://bit.ly/17Tt27v Midland Free Press

Economic relief sought due to low water levels; Delegation 'very well received,' mayor says


Economic relief sought due to low water levels; Delegation 'very well received,' mayor says

The mayors of Georgian Bay communities have been successful in meeting with the feds, but not with the Ontario premier regarding economic relief for businesses impacted by record low water levels.

http://bit.ly/12o5p3p Midland Free Press

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Opening-weekend checklist for your cottage


Opening-weekend checklist for your cottage

http://bit.ly/12ii8or Cottage Life


It’s time to open the cottage, making May Two-Four one of the most chore-filled weekends of the year up here. But there’s no reason it has to be all work and no play. There are things that absolutely need to be looked after, but not everything is urgent. Here’s a checklist of stuff you absolutely need to do between drinks on the deck.


A good list to start with for when you go to open your cottage up for the summer. Have you opened your cottage for the summer yet?

Saturday, 4 May 2013

What you should know about Georgian Bay water levels


What you should know about Georgian Bay water levels

Lake Huron’s water level hit a record low this past February, an inch below the previous record set in 1965—and it’s still dropping. This is the 13th year in a row that water levels for Huron, as well as Lake Michigan, have been below average. In Ontario’s Georgian Bay, the drop is especially damaging, closing marinas, cutting off water access to cottages and disrupting the entire ecosystem—including the sportfishery

http://bit.ly/10yMaRB Outdoor Canada



Landowner's Guide to Controlling Invasive Woodland Plants


Looking for information on how to get rid of Japanese Knotweed, or other invasive woodland plants?


Download the Landowner's Guide to Controlling Invasive Woodland Plants here:


http://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/files/LandownerGuideInvasives_web.pdf   


Sunrise on Georgian Bay

A view like this, is why I like to get up early at the cottage. 

The sun is coming up over Beausoleil Island

Bi-weekly yard waste (including brush) collection will take place in the County during the spring and fall. This change significantly increases access to yard waste collection service and provides more flexibility.

Materials must be placed at curbside Monday at 7 a.m. of collection week. 

Yard waste may be placed in kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes or open-ended rigid containers. Plastic bags are not permitted. Brush must be contained as above or bundled securely with string, be no larger than 2 metres in length and 30 centimetres in diameter.

This week is a yard waste week for our area, please make you have your waste is out for Monday May 5th 7:00 AM