Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Lake Simcoe

  • Newmarket — Claire Malcolmson and Tim Crooks, of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, were recognized Nov. 6 by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority as Watershed Heroes for the work they have done to encourage and assist Lake Simcoe municipalities and residents to bring their official plans into conformity with the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

  • 37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival

    One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies. Great cash and product prizes, adult and children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th. Just fish to win. Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

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    Opening Ceremonies
    Friday, April 21 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

    Special OPP Kids' Day
    Saturday, May 06
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Tudhope Park, Atherley Road

    Closing Ceremonies
    Saturday, May 13 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

  • April 22 to May 13

    37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival

    One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies. Great cash and product prizes, adult and children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th. Just fish to win. Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

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    Opening Ceremonies
    Friday, April 21 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

    Special OPP Kids' Day
    Saturday, May 06
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Tudhope Park, Atherley Road

    Closing Ceremonies
    Saturday, May 13 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

  • April 22 to May 13

    37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival

    One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies. Great cash and product prizes, adult and children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th. Just fish to win. Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

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    Opening Ceremonies
    Friday, April 21 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

    Special OPP Kids' Day
    Saturday, May 06
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Tudhope Park, Atherley Road

    Closing Ceremonies
    Saturday, May 13 - 7:00 pm
    ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road

  • Earth Hour 2015 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities in York Region and Simcoe County served by the electric utility, indicated they want to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.

  • Across the Lake Simcoe Watershed, four incumbent mayors lost their seats in the Oct. 27 municipal elections. In Georgina, Margaret Quirk is the new mayor, beating long-time mayor Rob Grossi, whose most recent term was marked by environmental concerns.

     

  • Anglers are reminded to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish. Ice conditions can be variable — and deceptive.

  • Newmarket - Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe was elected chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority board at the LSRCA's Annual General Meeting Jan. 23.

    The AGM marked the beginning of the organization's 64th year of focused environmental science, research, protection, restoration and education in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

    This year's AGM saw nine new faces on the board as a result of the municipal election in October. It also saw a change in leadership, with Dawe as chair and Regional Councillor / Deputy Mayor, Township of Scugog, Bobbie Drew elected as vice-chair.

    "I am thrilled for this opportunity to chair such an amazing organization with a strong record of environmental achievement in this watershed," Dawe said. "The dedication and passion I see at the board and staff levels is unprecedented. We have challenges ahead of us, but I know that we have a board and staff team fully capable of working to find ways to move forward."

    Vice Chair, Regional Councillor / Deputy Mayor, Township of Scugog, Bobbie Drew said she is "excited to be helping to lead the board of an agency that is tackling some heady issues like development and climate change. I see real opportunity here. I am proud of our accomplishments and see tremendous opportunity in the future."

    Highlights of the LSRCA's 2014 Annual Report, released at the AGM, include expanding the authority's environmental project assistance to urban dwellers, growing ownership of and ongoing upgrades to its green spaces, and minimizing the impact of new development.

    The annual report and a short video rendition can be found online at www.LSRCA.on.ca.

    Here is the complete list of the 2015 Board of Directors:

    City of Barrie Councillor Peter Silveira
    City of Barrie (Citizen Representative) Mr. Jay Dolan
    City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Stephen Strangway
    City of Orillia (Ex-Officio) Councillor Sarah Valiquette-Thompson
    Durham Region (Brock) Ms. Debbie Bath
    Durham Region (Scugog) Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew
    (Vice-Chair)
    Durham Region (Uxbridge) Councillor Pat Molloy
    Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor Peter Ferragine
    Town of Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson
    Town of New Tecumseth Councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre
    Township of Oro-Medonte Councillor Scott Macpherson
    Township of Ramara Deputy Mayor John O'Donnell
    York Region (at Large) Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler
    York Region (Aurora) Mayor Geoffrey Dawe (Chair)
    York Region (East Gwillimbury) Mayor Virginia Hackson
    York Region (Georgina) Mayor Margaret Quirk
    York Region (King) Councillor Avia Eek
    York Region (Newmarket) Councillor Dave Kerwin
    York Region (Whitchurch-Stouffville) Councillor Ken Ferdinands

     Article courtesy of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

    Photo: Johanna Powell

     


  • Barrie - The City of Barrie’s work to restore the former Allandale Station is being recognized by Ontario Heritage Trust with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. This award recognizes the most exceptional achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in conserving Ontario’s cultural and/or natural heritage through the completion of a specific project.

  • Horseshoe Resort is gearing up to kick-off the 5th annual Horseshoe Open, Ontario’s largest ski and snowboard festival, March 13 to 15.

  • Award-winning environmental consultant, writer, artist, nature photographer, educator, and naturalist Bob Bowles will receive Lakehead University’s 2014 Civitas Award.

    Bowles, of Orillia, is known throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka regions for his exemplary ecological stewardship.The Civitas Award, given annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the Lakehead University’s Orillia campus, will be awarded to Bowles at the Lakehead’s Convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 7, at Rotary Place, West Orillia Sports Complex.
     
    Bowles’ connection to Lakehead University goes back to 2006 – the summer preceding the opening of the downtown Orillia campus — when he was approached by biologist and Lakehead Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Nanda Kanavillil to help set up environmental research studies for students.
     
    “Robert’s relationship with Lakehead has continued to grow,” said Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “His efforts and wisdom continue to provide our students, faculty, and staff with an exceptional understanding of complex ecosystems while forging valuable ties with their communities.”
     
    “He is a true friend of Lakehead’s Orillia campus; one who promotes the University’s mission wherever he goes,” added Stevenson.
     
    Among his many achievements, Bowles has founded Kids for Turtles Environmental Education, Friends of Scout Valley, and the Muskoka and Carden Field Naturalist groups. He also hosts the Rogers Cable TV series “Focus on Nature with Bob Bowles” and writes a weekly science and nature column for the Orillia Packet & Times.
     
    Bowles is a member of the Community Relations Sub-committee of the Orillia Campus Advisory Committee and he is a frequent guest lecturer in programs such as Humanities 101.
     
    Over 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s convocation ceremony. In addition to conferring approximately 420 degrees at our Orillia campus, The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

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    Photo by Greg Pauk (copyright 2014): Bob Bowles will receive the 2014 Lakehead University Civitas Award at the University’s Orillia campus Convocation on June 7.

    Article and photo courtesy of Lakehead University-Orillia

  • By Andria Louca
    Food is religion; growing it, sustaining it, sourcing it, sharing it, making it, eating it.
    Despite what some hipsters believe, this really isn’t a new idea. We’ve been communing with and around food since the beginning of time.

  • This is Free Family Fishing Weekend (Feb. 14-16), when Canadian residents between 18-65, who would normally need to buy a fishing licence, don’t need to do so.
  • On March 14, 2015, Georgian College will welcome thousands of people to its 10th annual traditional pow wow at the Barrie Campus. 

  • Georgian students lead busy lives with varied schedules and they want more options to accelerate their learning.

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    To benefit the Georgina Community Food Pantry

    With Lake Simcoe as the sparkling backdrop to this first Georgina by the Lake House Tour, visitors to the community will be treated to a wonderful day. 

    On June 21st from 11am until 4pm, ticket holders can explore the history and the beauty of this lakeside community.

    There are 8 unique, custom, historic or eclectic venues to explore. From stunning views of Lake Simcoe to fascinating history to unique lifestyle settings these homes are opened to the ticket-holding public so that monies can be raised for the Georgina Community Food Pantry.

    The homes are draped across Georgina. While visitors can begin at any home, let’s start in Keswick with a one-of-a-kind home designed by Toronto Architect Alan Munn.  Munn masterfully designed the house to gracefully blend in with the natural beauty of the lakeside community. The lavish landscaping plan enjoys several “outdoor spaces” and was designed by local Landscape Architect, Mark Setter. The lakeside features the original cottage boathouse finished in a traditional Lake Simcoe style.

    Head East to the Cottage on Malone which sits just above Jackson’s Point Harbour. During the 19th century, that harbor was home to the Lake Simcoe Ice company. The ‘70s cottage is unique not only in design but also in construction. Built into the side of the terrain, it was constructed with concrete reinforcing walls throughout. Sunsets from the west-facing view over the lake are spectacular all year round.

    Follow the lake shore to The Briars, which has evolved from a working farm to a prominent Ontario resort.  Explore the original 1840 Regency-style manor house featuring the Library and Drawing Room, plus a history room full of treasures.  The grounds are open for wandering including The Peacock House, the Tennis Pavilion, stable and butterfly garden.

    Just down the road check out the century old cottage (featured in April 1949 issue of Canadian Homes & Gardens) and fondly referred to as “Spider Hollow”.  Step back in time to savour the charm of original black walnut walls, a 1955 stove and unique stone work around a huge fireplace.

    Shift off the lake and enjoy a visit to a stone farmhouse, evolved from a log home, which has been made-over to include a beautiful eat-in kitchen with a view of a cathedral great room and front yard pond, then pop over to Living Landscapes to see the cottage-style home that complements the garden setting.  This property features perennial gardens, garden structures, scree/trough gardens, and xeriscaping, a sustainable, water efficient, gardening practice.

    Stop at any of the participating restaurants (Boston Pizza in Keswick, Cori’s Café in Sutton, and Drinkwaters at The Briars) and enjoy a complementary dessert with purchase of your lunch.

    Tickets ($20 each) are available as of May 20th in Keswick at Keller Williams Realty Centres, 277 The Queensway South; in Sutton at Village Traditions, Cori’s Café and Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery.  Or call the Georgina Community Food Pantry at 905-596-0557 and a volunteer will ensure you get your ticket.

    Georgina by the Lake House Tour
    Date: June 21
    Time: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. (last entry 3:30)
    Ticket: $20 (must be 12 and older) 

     

     
     
  •  The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is opening our doors on Monday, Feb. 16 for Family Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This FREE community open house features various programs and activities for the whole family, including open gym and swim times.


  • ALLISTON – Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., announced Nov. 6 that it will invest $857-million over three years to innovate its three award-winning manufacturing plants in Alliston with new technologies and processes.  This announcement comes as the company prepares for its unprecedented role as the global lead plant for the next generation of the Honda Civic, the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the past 16 consecutive years.

  • Vaughan — The extreme cold weather this winter is expected to impact electricity bills but PowerStream says there are some simple steps to reduce consumption and minimize any increases.

  • Wil Wegman, an award winning angler and outdoor writer, will host an ice-fishing clinic at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre, 125 Simcoe Rd., from 7 to 9 p.m.

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