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Climate Action Muskoka continues Friday demonstrations

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.

Muskoka group calling for collaborative effort with Community Climate Challenge

Climate Action Muskoka

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…

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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.

Natural gas expansion fuels climate crisis, says Muskoka advocate

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.

Climate Action Muskoka calls out government for fossil fuel subsidies

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.

Will the Town of Huntsville also pass a climate emergency resolution?

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.

Gravenhurst Declares Climate Emergency

April 21, 2021 — MuskokaToday

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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

10 Things to Know about Gravenhurst’s Climate Action Strategy

April 21, 2021 — Gravenhurst Banner

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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.

District Celebrates Earth Day With Launch Of Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Initiative

April 22, 2021 — Muskoka 411

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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.

‘I Think I Can …’: Thomas the Northlander Faces Doubting Thomas Tories

APRIL 25, 2021 – MuskokaTODAY.com

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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

‘It just makes so much sense’: Muskoka advocates confident in passenger rail’s return

April 19, 2021 — Gravenhurst Banner

Passenger Rail in Muskoka
Education, health care, tourism, environment, among benefits of rail: advocates

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.

Councillor Wiebe gets Council Support for Alternative Housing Idea

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.

Conservatives’ denial of climate change must be challenged | Letters

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

Supporting Passenger Rail Service in the North is in the 2021 Ontario Budget

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.

Picture of VIA Rail Train in train station.

Re-Imagining the Future: Climate Action Muskoka launches vision

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

Huntsville council lobbies for the return of passenger rail

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.


Texas freeze and Muskoka flooding: What we can learn from recent events down south

– 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

Current planning not doing enough to protect Muskoka River Watershed

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

IN QUOTES: Gravenhurst council supports saving Ontario Fire College from closure

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

Gravenhurst considers active transportation lanes connecting to Muskoka Lakes

Trail connection would go from Gull Lake Rotary Park to Bala. Some councilors expressed concerns

Sarah Law Gravenhurst Banner Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Action gives hope’: What’s in store for Climate Action Muskoka in 2021?
Climate Action Muskoka
Carbon Challenge, weekly strikes, education all key, say members

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

District introduces new weekly east-west bus routes

Huntsville Doppler

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.
Why can’t we just lower the Muskoka lakes?

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 officially approves climate strategy called ‘A New Leaf’ in 2020

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

Muskoka Watershed Council seeking public feedback


Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) is planning for how to best serve Muskoka in the future and they want to know what you think. The survey closes January 15th, 2021 and can be found – here

MWC is a volunteer-based non-profit organization founded in 2001 champion watershed health. For almost twenty years, MWC has provided scientifically informed advice on environmental issues to municipal governments, the private sector, and the citizens of the Muskoka Watershed. Learn more about MWC at www.muskokawatershed.org.

Canada must start transition off fossil fuels, says Gravenhurst reader

A story about chickens and pipelines.

What was thought to be Alberta’s biggest asset, the tarsands, is rapidly becoming it’s biggest liability, as the environmental impact of the venture and talk of stranded assets, ”comes home to roost” …

Letter to the editor – MuskokaRegion.com – Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Doing nothing on climate change will be costly, says Huntsville letter writer

Submitted by Lesley Hastie

Like the 76 per cent of [polled]  Canadians who want governments to do more to mitigate climate change (Ipsos poll, Dec. 2019), I am celebrating the Canadian government’s new legally binding climate action targets.

Huntsville Forester Monday, November 23, 2020

District’s proposed climate strategy “a bold climate framework for Muskoka”: Climate Action Muskoka

BY DOPPLER SUBMITTED ON NOVEMBER 20, 2020 – Submitted by Sue McKenzie, Climate Action Muskoka

Climate Action Muskoka’s (CAM) ambitious climate emergency resolution is on its way back to Muskoka District Council as part of the District’s A New Leaf: Muskoka’s Climate Strategy after the report received unanimous support from the District’s Community and Planning Services committee (CPSC) at its meeting Thursday, November 19.

‘The developers are all in control’: Doug Ford’s government moves to limit the power of conservation authorities, sparking fears for the environment

New legislation by Doug Ford’s provincial government will override the powers of Ontario’s conservation authorities, limiting their ability to assess the environmental impact of developments across the province, according to environmental groups. – muskokaregion.com
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 – Toronto Star – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Blue-green algae warnings for 2 lakes in Muskoka Lakes township Blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Kahshe Lake in Gravenhurst

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is warning visitors to the north end of Black Lake, to the southeast side of Leonard Lake and to the  west side of Kahshe Lake to take caution regarding three confirmed blue-green algae blooms.

MuskokaRegion.com – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Muskoka residents on board with plan to bring back passenger rail services

Is passenger rail coming back to Muskoka? Huntsville’s Lucille Frith thinks so, and says she wants Muskoka to keep pressuring the government to deliver on its promise to return services to the region. Ministry of Transportation seeks input through survey due on Nov. 20

Sarah Law – Gravenhurst Banner Monday, November 9, 2020

An integrated solution for flooding, economic prosperity in Muskoka –

Day-to-day decisions about water management, land use and infrastructure renewal are not integrated because they focus too narrowly — one corner of the watershed, one issue. Broader implications, cumulative effects and climate change get forgotten.

Kevin Trimble – MuskokaRegion.com Tuesday, November 3, 2020

New accessible bus being used for Corridor 11 service in Muskoka

More information about the Corridor 11 Bus service, including a new schedule effective Nov 23, 2020, can be found on the district’s website at www.muskoka.on.ca/corridor11.

MuskokaRegion.com – Friday, October 30, 2020

‘Hefty’ Muskoka River watershed report puts 19 recommendations to minister Integrated watershed management looms large in Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group’s much-anticipated report.

Alison Brownlee – MuskokaRegion.comTuesday, October 27, 2020

Muskoka council’s climate resolution hollow copy of group’s decree – Letter to the editor

MuskokaRegion.com Friday, October 23, 2020

Climate — not development — caused algae on Huntsville’s Pen Lake: study

Alison Brownlee – Huntsville Forester Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com BRACEBRIDGE OCTOBER 20, 2020

Dorset lab restrictions in COVID-19 concern Muskoka Watershed Council. Non-profit eager to see publicly funded services resume in full as soon as possible

Alison BrownleeMuskokaRegion.com Monday, October 19, 2020

‘We’re years too late’:Muskoka declares climate emergency in 2020 – District of Muskoka council declares climate emergency and sends Climate Action Muskoka resolution to committee for further review.

Alison Brownlee MuskokaRegion.com Monday, October 19, 2020


BRACEBRIDGE — Muskoka climate advocates are calling on the District of Muskoka to declare a climate emergency.

Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com OCTOBER 19, 2020

Climate Action Muskoka strives to half greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge launches Oct. 10

COMMUNITY 10:00 AM by Sue McKenzie  MuskokaRegion.com

Will the District of Muskoka declare a climate emergency?
Resolution to be presented Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.

COMMUNITY Oct 10, 2020 by Sue McKenzie  MuskokaRegion.com

Muskoka’s climate change co-ordinator excited about environmental movement Several projects underway to reduce emissions, educate community, says Kevin Boyle

October 2, 2020 – Muskoka Region By Sara Law

October 1, 2020 – Muskoka Region – Opinion
Bold action is necessary to deal with climate change, Muskoka
By Len Ring, Gravenhurst

September 25, 2020 — Huntsville Doppler
Climate Action Muskoka celebrates one year of weekly climate strikes

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No Planet “B” Webinar September 25, 2020
hosted by Environment Haliburton!
Panelists: Peter Sale, CAM member Sue McKenzie, and Terry Moore discuss the climate crisis and activism in Muskoka

“On this PH episode we explore local climate change planning activism with two representatives of Climate Action Muskoka (CAM), Linda Mathers and Tamsen Tillson

September 24, 2020 — YouTube
Build Back Greener : Live with Mike

Melinda Zytaruk, CAM member and community power expert, chats with Mike Schreiner about how we can #BuildBackGreener and create new opportunities for women in trades.

September 13, 2020 — The Star
A car-less dream of a Muskoka for all

By Gordon Laxer, Gravenhurst

July 27, 2020 — Muskoka Region
Normal Isn’t Sustainable Muskoka; Don’t Go Back Writer Argues
By Len Ring, Gravenhurst

March 9, 2020 — ParrySound.com
Action plans aim to cut residents’ emissions and costs in West Parry Sound

Eight area municipalities, along with First Nations councils, meet to launch the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans (ICECAP) program inside Archipelago Township council chambers on Feb. 4, 2020 – Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve photo

February 21, 2020 — Muskoka Today
Striking teachers join climate demonstrators today

February 15, 2020 — Huntsville Doppler
This is Huntsville: Caring about climate change | Video

February 13, 2020 — Muskoka Region
Opinion: We must transition off fossil fuels Muskoka
By Len Ring, Gravenhurst

February 10, 2020 — Muskoka Region
‘Everyone can do something’: Climate Action Muskoka comes to Huntsville

February 3, 2020 — Muskoka Region: Letter to the editor
Thank you for raising climate change as an important issue in Muskoka
By Steve Cairns, Bracebridge

January 27, 2020 — Gravenhurst Banner
‘It can’t be just a symbolic thing:’ Climate strike comes to Gravenhurst (Note there is a poll at the end asking if you feel climate change is an emergency.)

January 22, 2020 — Huntsville Doppler
Climate Action Muskoka urges residents to get involved

January 22, 2020 — Muskoka Online News: Hunters Bay Radio
Climate Action Muskoka To Ask Municipalities To Declare Climate Emergency

January 21, 2020 — Muskoka Post
They thought they could and so they did; The steady rise of Climate Action Muskoka

Image of article: Gravenhurst site added to Climate Action Muskoka Strikes with picture of steering committee.

January 21, 2020 — Muskoka Region
Gravenhurst site added to Climate Action Muskoka strikes

January 10, 2020 — The Bay 99.1
Climate Protest This Morning In Bracebridge


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