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Local News

Fire Rating Raised to HIGH

July 4, 2019

The Fire Danger Rating has been upgraded to HIGH. NO OPEN BURNING except contained campfires for cooking and warmth and FIREWORKS are PROHIBITED.

911 Service

June 26, 2019

Game of Thrones

June 15, 2019

Biosphere Programs

May 29, 2019
Biosphere Biosphere

Clean UP Day - July 20th

May 27, 2019

Kids in The Biosphere

May 29, 2019

Marion Bateman

April 18, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MARION BATEMAN wife of JACK BATEMAN.

She passed away on April 13, 2019. 3 weeks from their 72nd Wedding Anniversary.

There will be a Celebration of Life - at TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 524 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2P3, on April 27 at 1 to 4pm, you can check Taylors web site for details
Thank you
Russell & Brenda and Lynne Bateman Inwood

Henry Maag

February 17, 2019


Township of The Archipelago: Cannabis Retail Sales Sruvey

December17, 2018
Township of The Archipelago Community Associations:

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government and it is now legal to purchase and use cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada.

In Ontario, currently the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store, but beginning in April 2019 it will be available for purchase through the private recreational cannabis retail stores.

The province is providing municipalities a one-time opportunity to opt-out of having private recreational cannabis retail stores, within their municipal boundaries, by January 22, 2019.

Council has directed that staff gather public opinion with respect to the possibility of private recreational cannabis retail stores locating within the Township of The Archipelago.

Below is a link to the Township of The Archipelago website, which contains a copy an online survey. If you have an opportunity, please share with your respective members, as Council is seeking input prior to making a decision.


http://www.thearchipelago.on.ca/p/cannabis-retail-sales-survey If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Cale Henderson

-- Cale Henderson, MCIP, RPP

Manager of Development & Environmental Services Township of The Archipelago tel. 705.746.4243 ext. 305 fax. 705.746.7301

Cottage Breakins

December17, 2018

Letter From New councillors

December17, 2018

Presidents Message

December17, 2018

FOCA Insurance

December12, 2018
FOCA Membership

December12, 2018
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.

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