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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

Sarah Law 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.

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
Noor Javed
 – 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

Build Back Greener: Live with Mike – Sept 24, 2020 – on you tube
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

November 29, 2019 — Muskoka Region
Bracebridge is ground zero for the climate change movement in Muskoka

November 19, 2019 — Muskoka Region
Muskoka invited to join global climate strike action

Bayshore Broadcasting - Climate Action Muskoka Holding Global Climate Strike Rally and March In Bracebridge

November 18, 2019 — Bayshore Broadcasting
Climate Action Muskoka Holding Global Climate Strike Rally and March In Bracebridge

November 18, 2019 — Muskoka 411
Climate Action Muskoka Calls On Locals To Join Global Climate Strike On November 29

October 4, 2019 — Muskoka Region
Climate change protest cools in Bracebridge

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