April 18, 2022 – MuskokaRegion.com – Opinion
April 22 will be the 52nd Earth Day. Starting in 1970 with teach-ins across U.S. campuses, Earth Day became global in 1990. It is a day to pause and reflect, a day to inspire and to strive to do better as we struggle to remedy the many wrongs we have inflicted on this planet. But what does Earth Day mean for a beautiful place like Muskoka? We also can do better; Muskoka suffers environmental degradation too.
April 18, 2022 – Mary Beth Hartill – Bracebridge Examiner
The cause of blue-green algal blooms on Muskoka’s lakes may be linked to more than human habitation — climate change may be taking its toll.
Phosphorous levels in lakes are a known cause of blue-green algae; however, when pristine lakes with no human habitation begin to bloom, environmental experts raise the red flag — climate change is affecting Muskoka’s lakes.
COVID-19 has shown global crises can be tackled quickly, say climate strikers.
Every Friday for more than two years, Muskoka residents have been protesting for climate action.
The protestors are members of Climate Action Muskoka (CAM), a grassroots group that has gained much momentum during this time. The group pushed Muskoka municipalities to declare climate emergencies, it launched a community carbon challenge to help people half emissions by 2030, and it is working to further educate the community on environmentalism.
February 1, 2022 – MuskokaRegion.com – letters
What will $10 billion buy you? Apparently, a highway.
And what will Highway 413 offer all Ontarians? Well, a very limited number of people and a few truckers will enjoy a few less minutes on the road. Not more than five minutes, some analysts have predicted.
Jan 25, 2022 -South Muskoka Doppler – letters
In December 2009 The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) published Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change.
“Municipalities can play a key role in helping Canada meet commitments for both significant and long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.” The report stated. – more
Jan 12, 2022 – Muskoka Region – Opinion
If your bathtub is overflowing, what would you do first? Grab a towel to mop up the mess? Or turn off the tap?
December 30, 2021 – MuskokaRegion.com – opinion
Scott Aitchison, our MP, has just voted against pandemic aid for workers and businesses as it would be “incentivizing people to stay at home.”
Nov 30, 2021 – MuskokaRegion.com – issued by the District of Muskoka.
The working group will look at the impacts of climate change across Muskoka’s communities, identify future risks and draft a regional plan to adapt to these changes.
‘Forget gas prices we are all going to die’ Muskoka climate change warriors take to streets of Huntsville
Climate activists from across Muskoka met on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Huntsville for a lunchtime rally at the G8 Flag Park organized by Climate Action Muskoka.
Upbeat, sign-waving folks gathered under the flags and judging by the car horn cacophony — they had a lot of support from drivers as well.
Tuesday Nov. 2nd, 2021 – Martin Halek – My Muskoka Now
As world leaders head to Glasgow this week to discuss climate change, local activists are making their voices heard in Muskoka.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) runs from October 31st to November 12th, and Climate Action Muskoka (CAM) will stage a demonstration on November 6th in Huntsville’s G8 Flag Park.
Advocate promotes greener building solutions with new builds
… the Town of Gravenhurst declared a climate emergency and committed to a climate action strategy plan.
Zytaruk encouraged council to have staff develop a sustainable development program within six months, and to implement a new climate-aware building fee structure which will incentivize the use of low or negative carbon building materials in all new builds.
Thursday Oct. 14th, 2021 – My Muskoka Now- Martin Halek
“We want people to see that there is an issue” The weekly “climate strikes” are organized by Climate Action Muskoka (CAM), and take place every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Huntsville’s Riverside Park and Bracebridge’s Memorial Park.
July 19, 2021 – Mary Beth Hartill – Bracebridge Examiner
“When we are all working together, it really inspires us and it gives us the strength to co-ordinate and collaborate,” said the Bracebridge resident and member of Climate Action Muskoka. “It’s actually given me so much hope because, for decades, many of us have been so fearful…
JULY 9, 2021 – MuskokaToday.com – Mark Clairmont
BRACEBRIDGE — Who better than teachers to help educate kids and the public to take more action on the climate crisis in Muskoka?
At noon today a new initiative was launched at the weekly Friday Climate Strike in Memorial Park.
Town of Huntsville declares a climate emergency, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050
July 1, 2021 – by Doppler On-line
… Spurred on by Climate Action Muskoka—a local not-for-profit group concerned about climate change and its impacts—Huntsville councilors unanimously agreed to join the Town of Gravenhurst and District of Muskoka and declare a climate emergency.
Letter to the editor
June 23, 2021 – Muskoka Region.com
Imagine what could have been done for Burk’s Falls and the Huntsville area with a different investment, an investment that is energy-efficient, affordable and grows the local economy.
Open letter to MPP Norm Miller, Premier Doug Ford
June 15, 2021 – Muskoka Region.com
— Climate Action Muskoka believes that affordable heating is a laudable goal, but new gas lines are indefensible. Any and all subsidies should be applied to converting to non-fossil fuel, non-greenhouse gas-producing, renewable forms of heating and energy.
JUNE 15, 2021 – Muskoka Today
Ed. note: This letter from Climate Action Muskoka was copied to MuskokaTODAY.com
Surely the Ontario government is aware of the international call to reduce the use of fossil fuels, writes Climate Action Muskoka in their letter the MPP and premier.
May 18,2021 – Huntsville Doppler – BY TAMARA DE LA VEGA
With the District of Muskoka and the Town of Gravenhurst each having passed a climate emergency resolution promising to lead by example to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), Climate Action Muskoka plans to ask the Town of Huntsville to do the same at its May council meeting.
April 21, 2021 — MuskokaToday
Muskoka’s ‘Gateway’ community is the first large local municipality to officially declare a climate emergency and to align its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals with the District of Muskoka’s targets.
Climate Action Muskoka (CAM) is calling it a significant event during Earth Week and ahead of Earth Day tomorrow, Thursday April 22.
By Mark Clairmont
April 21, 2021 — Gravenhurst Banner
Gravenhurst has become the first municipality in Muskoka to align with the district by committing to a climate action strategy plan.
The decision was made at the Tuesday, April 20 council meeting — during Earth Week — following a presentation by Sue McKenzie of Climate Action Muskoka.
By Sarah Law.
April 22, 2021 — Muskoka 411
The District of Muskoka is excited to celebrate Earth Day 2021 with the launch of an extensive community-wide greenhouse gas initiative that will engage community groups, businesses, area municipalities, utility companies, and schools to raise awareness of climate change causes and impacts, and explore ways that we can work together across sectors and communities in Muskoka to reduce emissions. Learn more about the District’s New Leaf Strategy and other climate initiatives on their website: www.muskoka.on.ca/climatechange. By Kelly Hart.
APRIL 25, 2021 – MuskokaTODAY.com
Dreams of the Northlander’s return face the reality of COVID passenger service — as even it sister bus routes were decimated the past year by customers fearful of any form of transportation road or rail. by Mark Clairmont
April 19, 2021 — Gravenhurst Banner
The Ontario Northlander made its last trip in 2012, and since then, there has been much advocacy in Muskoka and the north about bringing it back. Premier Doug Ford made a campaign pledge in 2018 to restore the Northlander. By Sarah Law.
March 24, 2021 — Huntsville Doppler
Home ownership, particularly for those entering the market, has become next to impossible for many people in the community. Read the whole story here. By Tamara de la Vega.
March 26, 2021 – Huntsville Doppler
It is incomprehensible that the Conservative Party of Canada has denied the climate reality with one simple, downed motion. At their convention last week, a majority voted against a motion to declare Climate Change is real and needs action. How did this fact-denying voice raise its ugly head in a mainstream Canadian institution? By Linda Mathers
March 24, 2021 —
It took 8½ years of advocating for the return of the Northlander. Today the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) is excited to announce the Ontario government has committed to funding the next step to moving forward on the project with $5M and hopefully then to the final stage: putting ‘bums in seats’ on the train between Toronto and Timmins/Cochrane.
March 11, 2021 – MuskokaRegion.com
Editor’s note: This is the first submission in the Reimagining Series from Climate Action Muskoka
Imagine a future where we are no longer staring down a climate crisis but are experiencing a drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere, where the health and well-being of people in an equitable and resilient Muskoka are reflected in communities around the world…
By Linda Mathers
March 3, 2021 – Huntsville Doppler
At its February 22 council meeting, the Town of Huntsville joined the City of North Bay in urging Ontario Premier Doug Ford to stick to his campaign promise made during the 2018 provincial election and bring back the Ontario Northlander passenger rail between Toronto and Cochrane, which was discontinued in 2012.
By TAMARA DE LA VEGA
– our changing climate is increasing this flood risk and many in our community expect “the government” will take steps to “fix” these risks to our properties and our lives.
Peter Sale – MuskokaRegion.com – opinion, Thursday, February 25, 2021
Effective management will utilize, sustain and grow that natural infrastructure while allowing the development required to house our population and sustain our economy.
Kevin Trimble – MuskokaRegion.com – opinion, Thursday, February 18, 2021
The college is set to close on March 31
Gravenhurst Banner Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Gravenhurst council passed a motion for the province to reconsider the closure of the Ontario Fire College. To date, the townships of Augusta, Baldwin, Lake of Bays, Machar, Magnetawan, Parry Sound, Seguin, Terrace Bay and now Gravenhurst have all passed motions in support of keeping the college open, according to Save the Ontario Fire College.
by Sarah Law
Trail connection would go from Gull Lake Rotary Park to Bala. Some councilors expressed concerns
Sarah Law Gravenhurst Banner Thursday, January 21, 2021
In the past year, it has created a website, a steering committee, a podcast called Muskoka Drawdown on Hunters Bay Radio, launched a Community Carbon Challenge and put forward a motion for the District of Muskoka to declare a climate emergency, which has been passed…
Sarah Law Bracebridge Examiner Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, and in partnership with Hammond Transportation Ltd., the District Municipality of Muskoka (the District) is excited to announce a new transportation service for Muskoka. READ MORE.
Pressure is mounting in Muskoka to push water levels lower. The Muskoka River Water Management Plan currently includes some protection for spawning fish. But after recent spring floods, some say it’s worth losing some fish to protect shoreline structures… If we don’t understand all of the risks, it’s like throwing a dart at a dart board while blindfolded.
Kevin Trimble – MuskokaRegion.com – opinion Friday, January 1, 2021
Muskoka is set to turn over a new leaf for the environment in 2021.
Christy Doyle, director of environment and watershed programs for the District of Muskoka, and Kevin Boyle, climate change co-ordinator, offered a well-received overview of A New Leaf: Muskoka’s Climate Strategy to district council on Dec. 21.
Alison Brownlee – MuskokaRegion.com Wednesday, December 23, 2020