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Local News
Fire ban - Letter from Reeve Ketchum

August 3, 2018

Fire Ban Update - Archipelago Twp

July 23, 2018

Reeve and Councillors,

I have formulated a news release and added it to our website to assist with the concerns around the forest fire (PAR033) burning in the Key, French and Pickerel River area.

To summarize the notice there is no immediate danger to the residents or visitors of our township. As the CEMC (Community Emergency Management Coordinator) for the township my contact information is registered with the Province and other agencies. In the event that notice be given regarding any emergency we have a system for being contacted and an Emergency Plan to follow should the need arise.

I have had contact with other Emergency Information Officers today and it has been reported that the fire is still active and with advances in the northerly direction.

If you are contacted about the details of this fire event it is best to direct individuals to the Ontario Government's Forest Fire page for the most up to date information regarding notices and alerts:


I will endeavor to continue with some information about this event on our website over the next couple of days but it will be based on what the province provides on the source mentioned above.

Joe Villaneuve, Township of The Archipelago.

Total Fire Ban - Archipelago Twp

July 21, 2018
Just a reminder that a total FIRE BAN remains in effect for the Township of The Archipelago. NO open burning. Fireworks are prohibited. NO exceptions.


Picnic a Great Success

Jul 17, 2018
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Total Fire Ban - Archipelago Twp

July 5, 2018
The Township of The Archipelago is now under a TOTAL Fire Ban. NO open burning. Fireworks are prohibited. NO exceptions

HIGH Fire Rating - Archipelago Twp

June 29, 2018
Dry conditions throughout the region and a forecast for further sun necessitates the Fire Rating in the Township be set at HIGH for the long weekend. No Open Burning or Firework permitted. Further information about the fire rating can be found on the Township's website: The Archepelago - fire rating

Your membership Fees Now Due

June 26, 2018
The SRA's survival ensures your voice in TOA Council and a say in what happens short and long-term in your community You can now pay your membership fees by e-transfer at sra@skerryvore.ca.

Free BBQ - Canada Day - July 1, 2018

June 6, 2018

Safe Boating

June 6, 2018

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Britt Search and Rescue Station Open for the Season

May 22, 2018

Batteries Now Accepted at Waster Transfer Station or Site #9

May 21, 2018
You may now drop off your old and used batteries at the waste transfer station or at Site #9. These include AA, AAA, 9 volt, 6 volt, C and D type Batteries. It does not include car or boat batteries (wet cell) which usually can be redeemed for a deposit at your local battery retailer.

Do not include your batteries in your regualr garbage. Keep separate and give them to the attendant.

Water Quality Volunteer Needed in Skerryvore!

May 21, 2018
Township of the Archipelago Water Quality Program

Since 2001, the Township has partnered with ratepayer associations within The Archipelago to conduct water quality monitoring. The Archipelago has partnered with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) on environmental programming, which includes coordinating the Township’s water quality monitoring program.

There is one location in the Skerryvore area that is recommended for water quality monitoring. For more information about the program and recommended location, please read the TOA Water Quality 2017 Report:

TOA Water Quality 2017 Report

With regards to Skerryvore, please see page 32 of the report. While the Lake Partner Program (LPP) protocol identifies May as the ideal month to monitor, sampling in June is fine. Volunteers can register and learn more about the LPP online:

Volunteers can register and learn more about the LPP online

Why monitor total phosphorus? Monitoring total phosphorus (TP) is very important as phosphorus is the nutrient that controls the growth of algae and most living biota in the aquatic environment. Consistently measuring TP creates the potential to detect long-term changes in water quality that may be due to impacts of shoreline development, climate change and other stressors. The objectives associated with monitoring phosphorus in eastern Georgian Bay are as follows:

1. Mitigating localised water quality issues;

2. Regional characterisation of water quality;

3. Spatial and temporal trend detection; and

4. Identifying the effects of regional drivers and multiple stressors to protect ecosystem function.

GBBR is facilitating the transition from bacteria monitoring to phosphorus monitoring by encouraging ratepayer associations and volunteers to join or continue with the Lake Partner Program (LPP). The LPP is an Ontario-wide, publicly funded, free program that collects data about phosphorus, water clarity, calcium and temperature from volunteers. The simple tests for TP and water clarity provide a strong basis for assessing the health of the ecosystem, and whether TP is too high or too low. Advantages of the LPP are that it facilitates comparisons with other organizations monitoring on the Bay, as well as Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) monitoring programs. Data collected by volunteers are analyzed by the Dorset Environmental Science Centre which makes all data available online.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Regards, David David Bywater, B. Env. Sc. / Environmental Scientist

705.774.0978 | gbbr.ca

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

11 James St. Parry Sound, ON P2A1T4

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Emergency Medical Response Onto Ice

February 16, 2018
The Township of The Archipelago was recently notified that the Parry Sound District Emergency Medical Service (PSDEMS) has made changes to its policies with respect to occurrences on ice requiring emergency medical response. Local EMS staff are not trained or equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment to travel over ice and doing so could potentially put staff in harm’s way and increases the risk of danger to the patient and other responding organizations.

EMS staff will not provide emergency response on ice unless the patient can be accessed by a marked and open OFSC trail. In the event that EMS staff cannot access the patient, emergency services with the proper equipment and knowledge (OPP, local Fire Department), will be required to access the patient and transport them to an appropriate location where EMS can perform the services that they are trained and equipped to conduct.

Jim Hansen

February 14, 2018
Jim Hansen, a long time Skerryvore resident passed away on February 13, 2018. Jim originally built a cottage on Penecoste Island and after many years moved to 27 Richwood Drive. Jim was a member of the Board of Director of the SRA during the road crisis and was instumental in the purchasing of Lot 7 on Richwood Drive to ensure the Islanders had permanent access to their properties. Link to Jim's obituary: Jim's obituary

Presidents Message

December 30, 2017
Over the years your SRA has come a long way with the dedication and the commitment of many directors. Through all their effort we now have a Lot for a future Pavilion where we can gather for functions. We also have acquired Lot D which is private water access within our area. We've had so many wonderful social events under the leader-ship of Tom Arnold. Over the years these events have allowed us to get to know our neighbours and the people within our community.

I ask you to consider what we stand to lose if the SRA was to disband. The Pavilion lot will revert back to the TOA (Township of The Archipelago) which would be a huge loss for the community. Lot D which is now a private wa-ter access for the community would revert to the ownership of the TOA. The Lot would ultimately be put up on their website for public use or possi-bly for sale. With public access to this Lot there would be an increase in traffic flow to that particu-lar area and/or into our community.

Over the years your directors have strived to pro-tect these areas for the betterment of our com-munity. The mutual respect BETWEEN the TOA and the SRA which through the years though chal-lenging has been overcome. The SRA has become the one voice of our Community with our con-cerns that the Township listens to. Sometimes not always with the exact results requested but we are good with negotiations on both sides in order to meet the needs of our community.

I urge you to think long and hard about what the directors have striven for so many years to protect and what we stand to lose. I have certainly en-joyed being part of the board and dealing with the many issues we have brought to the Township of the Archipelago. With our many inputs the TOA has been very supportive of our endeavours to better our community.

Unfortunately, at this time, with my husband go-ing through major radiation treatments for his laryngectomy, and though Manuel is doing ok with the treatments for his cancer at present I feel that I need to focus more on the home front. I would like to thank all of those who have helped either with donations or even taking care of our dogs and for just being there for us. It has been a great comfort to both myself and Manuel. So, with a heavy heart I unfortunately will have to resign as President for the next term. I cannot thank enough the support I have received from the board, but I feel that I have come as far as I can. I am really hoping that someone with a future vi-sion for our community while protecting what we have accomplished will step forward to carry the torch.

In saying this I'd like to welcome Shelli Kowalyshyn as secretary to the board who has taken over for Carole Foote. We wish Carol all the best in all of her future endeavors and will miss her greatly. I would also like to welcome Annette Good and Mikki Hymus who have agreed to co-chair the social committee for the upcoming year 2018. I look forward to all of the exciting plans that they have in the works.

If you feel that you can give a few hours per sea-son to volunteer either as a board member, a so-cial committee member or even just someone that we can call on for special occasions please feel free to contact the SRA at sra@skerryvore.ca. Wishing all the best for the upcoming festivities and all the best in the New Year,

Sylvie Quelha, SRA President

Township Seeks CAO

September 30, 2017

Township Council has engaged me to assist it with filling the vacancy in the position of Chief Administrative Officer.

It is clear to me that it would be highly desirable if we could find applicants that share the deep feelings that both its permanent and seasonal residents have for the area.

Thus, as well as posting the position in all of the usual places, I have asked if the ad could also be circulated through all of the associations to their memberships within The Archipelago community to make sure we do not miss any individuals who would be interested in the position, but who might not otherwise hear about it.

The closing date for applications is October 18, and more details are included in the attached.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Nigel Bellchamber

Seniors Day

September 6, 2017
Garage Sale Successful

September 6, 2017

We finally had a nice day with no rain and the garage sale was a success. Turnout was lighter than we would have expected but sales were over $900.00. Most of the goods that were left over were taken to the Salvation Army Store in Parry Sound although some "unlikly to sell" goods were added to the large item pickup on the following Tuesday. The first two photos show much of the donated material in my Side by Side with the trailer. A great big Thank You to all who donated.

Garage Sale - Saturday September 2, 2017 - We need your donations

July 20, 2017
All proceeds from the garage sale will go to our building fund. We require donations of your used goods to sell on the day of the event.

If you have unwanted “stuff” please bring it to Tom Arnold’s home at 5 Lagoon Drive any day of the week.

Also put this date on your calendar and support your ratepayers association.

The Skerryvore Ratepayers Association Annual General Meeting

July 20, 2017
Sunday August 6, 2017

The annual SRA update of community business, Election of Officers, Township Councillors Report

Sunday August 6, 2017 10:00 A.M. - 12 noon - Location - Skerryvore Park - 5 Tamarack Drive

Don't forget that there is food and refreshments following the meeting.  This will also be your chance to buy the current year's membership if you have not done so already. Bring chairs to sit on.

Skerryvore Road

July 20, 2017
Hello Sylvie

I just wanted to let you know that Fowler is in today making some repairs to the surface treatment areas from last year's project.

This operation is separate from the work in the subdivision although they do touch at Lagoon Drive. Fowler have had to reschedule several times due to wet weather and today's operation was still questionable this morning until the weather cleared.

The plan is to start the surface treatment preparation and operations in the subdivision next week and that will be a different contractor - Duncor.

I just wanted to make sure this was passed along so that hopefully you are able to communicate this to the folks in the subdivision.


Mike Kearns
Manager of Operational Services
Township of The Archipelago

Ethel Therrien

July 15, 2017
We have been notified that Ethel Therrien, a long time Skerryvore Resident has passed away. Ethel and her husband Bob (since deceased) built a home on Moonlight Court in the 90's and lived there full time. She helped SRA with judging our parade entries for a number of years. She will be missed by her friends in Skerryvore.

Note the Changes in Events and Dates Below!!!!!

July 6, 2017

The Skerryvore Ratepayers Association Annual General Meeting

Sunday August 6, 2017

The annual SRA update of community business, Election of Officers, Township Councillors Report

Sunday August 6, 2017 10:00 A.M. - 12 noon - Location - Skerryvore Park - 5 Tamarack Drive

Don't forget that there is food and refreshments following the meeting.  This will also be your chance to buy the current year's membership if you have not done so already. Bring chairs to sit on.

                                    Giant Annual Yard Sale                                    

A giant Yard Sale will be held on Saturday September 2, 2017

A community wide yard sale will be held on saturday September 2, 2017. Location will be at Skerryvore Park - 5 Tamarack Drive. Details will be released at the annual general meeting.

Pointe au Baril Morning Bus Cancelled - July 1st - Canada 150

June 30, 2017
The morning bus to Pointe au Baril has been cancelled due to lack ot demand. The afternoon and evening busses are still running. Contact Sylvie if you wish to ride to Pointe au Baril on a bus.

Pointe au Baril - Canada 150

June 15, 2017

Pointe au Baril - Canada 150

May 19, 2017
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A New Chairman / Chairwomen Wanted for the Social Committee – by Tom Arnold

May 7, 2017
In 1990 I bought a lot on Lagoon Drive and we started to build a cottage there. While putting on the shingles that year I left the job site and attended a meeting of the Skerryvore Ratepayers Association. At that time they asked for volunteers to serve as a director and I joined the Association as well as volunteered to be a director.

The main reason for doing so beyond the issues of the day was that I am a firm believer in joining groups in order to meet and get to know your future friends and neighbours. It did not take long before I met many people who I would not have done otherwise. I certainly have known many of my Skerryvore neighbours over the years.

Since then I have served in many positions including President of the Association. Most recently I have been chairman of the Social Committee and I believe we have had a successful series of yearly events, usually on Canada Day weekend.

However after 27 years serving the SRA I submitted my resignation to the president last fall. I think it is time for someone else to “carry the ball”.

We are asking you to volunteer to join the Social Committee and if you are interested, to head it up. Although the Canada Day events are shown on our website and in this newsletter as already planned, in fact the committee can plan events as they see fit.

What is involved? In the past we had one or two meetings to organize the event, individuals are given chores such as buying supplies and on the day of the event help set up and run the event. All events are now held at the lot on Tamarack Drive so much of the preliminary work has been made much easier as our tables, coolers, barbeques are on site and set up is much easier.

One last note, I believe many of the past years members will remain on the committee including myself. But we do need more people and certainly someone to organize the group. If you are interested please contact Sylvie Quehla. Your services will be much appreciated.

Note: the Canada Day Parade and Barbeque will be held on Sunday July 2, 2017 if we manage to put together a committee to run it.

Phragmites Workshop - Friday April 28, 2017

March 16, 2017
For anyone interested in learning more about Phragmites, please consider attending the Phragmites Workshop being held at the end of April in Parry Sound. During this workshop, one will learn more about how to manage this invasive reed that is NOW in Pointe au Baril. It will be critical for all of us to learn how to manage this species - because how we manage its removal is critical to its being stopped from further growth.

Time - 8:45 Am to 12:15 PM - Location - Canadore College, 1 College Drive

Web Site Updated

March 5, 2017
There have been a number of updates on the web site. Many links that had been dead have been re-established. The news sections will now just be under "News" rather than having an "Other topics" page. This has been changed to "Real Estate" so that it is clearer where to find recent listings. Please let the web master know when you spot an error.

Did You Know That The Township Has A By-Law Officer?

September 5, 2016
The Township of The Archipelago has a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer whom you can submit concerns about local zoning and and other by-laws. Gary Joice is the person who you would call. His number is 705-774-3630 or you can email him at fire@vianet.ca.

SRA Looking for a New Chairperson for the Social Committee

September 5, 2016
Tom Arnold our Social Committee Chairman has annoucned his retirment as chairman. While he is willing to stay on the committee to help we are looking for someone to head this committee. The main function of the committee is to run our annual picnic/barbeque and parade on the July 1st weekend. Some assitance to the garage sale group is also done. If you are interested please contact Sylvie Quehla.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

August 4, 2016
You will have noticed the many signs that we place around the neighbourhood to remind you of our various events. We would like to thank Karrie Beal of Lagoon Drive who donates these to us every year. Look for her next signs for our Annual Meeting on September 3, 2016.

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