September 4, 2020
August 31, 2020
August 18, 2020
August 12, 2020
The large item pick-up date for Skerryvore is scheduled for Wednesday September 9, 2020. More information may be found on the Township website.
August 2, 2020
The Lake Partner Program sampling, coordinated by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, has been cancelled for 2020. Anyone who received their 2020 sampling kit is asked to please hold on to if for next summer. The sampling should resume in 2021, water quality monitoring volunteers are still needed for the Skerryvore/Shawanaga Bay areas:|
Shawanaga Islanders Association
Skerryvore Ratepayers' Association.
Suggested monitoring locations are outlined in the 2019 Environment Report. Registration is simple and free. If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering, have them contact David Bywater at GBBR for more information (conservation@GBBR.ca or 705-774-0978).
July 2, 2020
West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre
The Citizens' Advisory Committee is Requesting Residents' Input
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Province of Ontario restrictions on social distancing our planned Public Meetings in April had to be cancelled.
In order to ensure residents input, the Citizens' Advisory Committee has developed an Online Presentation with a short survey . Your input is very much appreciated and will be vital to our final recommendations. The Survey will be open from:
Wednesday, July 1st to Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
The presentation and survey can be found at all partner websites:
Seguin, McDougall, Shawanaga, Wasauksing, Parry Sound, McKellar, The Archipelago, Whitestone, and Carling
If you do not have internet capability, paper copies of the survey are available at:
The 7 Municipal Offices and 2 First Nation Administration Offices.
Call your local Municipal or First Nation Administration Office for details.
Pam At 36 Tamarack
The TOA has had to cancel the Large Item Pick-up scheduled for June 20th at Pointe au Baril due to COVID-19 concerns about the ability to ensure social distancing. In its place, Site 9 will accept large items on June 19 and 20th. Ratepayers will have to transport large items to Site 9 and also be responsible for unloading them at the designated area just as is now the case at all transfer stations. The Site 9 permit does not allow garbage pick-up on Sunday’s. The August large item pick-up in Pointe au Baril is still going forward. It is not business as usual and TOA staff appreciate your patience and understanding.
Please be advised that the Fire Danger Rating has been downgraded to Moderate. For more information , see the Township's website at:|
NOTICE TO OUR RESIDENTS|
SKERRYVORE COMMUNITY ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PHASE 1
At the May 21st 2020 regular Meeting of Council, a report detailing the first phase of the Skerryvore Community Road reconstruction project was submitted and approved.
The project was awarded to Wayne Hall Construction Inc. (Hall Construction) and includes the replacement of eleven, 1200mm diameter culverts, two 2000mm diameter culverts and the relining of one 900mm diameter culvert in 6 locations. This project is also carried out in partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR), whereby 2 culverts of 750mm and 1200mm in diameter will be installed to help safe crossing of the local turtle and snake population. The GBBR will also have staff monitoring the project to help mitigate any potential harm to native species and minimize environmental impacts during the reconstruction.
Hall Construction has carried out many projects of this nature in the past and has carried out projects directly for the Township to its satisfaction. The Township has full confidence that Hall Construction will do a great job within the timelines specified, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
The project is slated to commence Monday, July 13th 2020 and last for 7 weeks, until Friday, August 28th 2020. During this time the Skerryvore Community Road will REMAIN OPEN. Traffic control staff will be present to manage traffic flows. Dust control will be carried out by watering and calcium application. NOTE: Portions of the road will be no more than 3.5m wide when working on the culverts.
Tatham Engineering will be overseeing the whole project for the Township. They will have staff present or available throughout the duration of the project to ensure the project is completed within the estimated timelines and as per the Contract specifications. There will be no limitation to working hours or working days to get the job done – therefore please do not assume that workers will not be present out of normal “office hours”. Please be respectful to the work crews and drive safely around them – they are there to get the job done as quickly as possible for us all!
Under the current Covid-19 climate please also be sure to respect social distancing protocols if there is need to interact with any member of the project team. Our project team will be doing the same.
If you have any concerns while the project is underway please contact Lucas Shelton of Tatham Engineering at 705 645 7756 ext. 2079
On behalf of Maryann Weaver, Clerk for the Township of The Archipelago, please be advised of the following:|
The Fire Danger Rating has been upgraded to HIGH. NO OPEN BURNING except contained campfires for cooking and warmth ONLY. FIREWORKS are PROHIBITED.
As Carling, McDougall and McKellar relax restrictions it is imperative that the public understand Emergency Services are stretched.|
As Carling, McDougall and McKellar relax restrictions it is imperative that the public understand Emergency Services are stretched. Throughout the District of West Parry Sound, our first responder protocol has relied on Fire Department volunteers. These volunteers are NOT trained to manage COVID-19 cases nor do they have sufficient quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The shortage of PPE is dramatic. Please be advised the traditional First Responder level of Fire Department Emergencies no longer exists.
While we continue to have no confirmed COVID-19 admitted patients to our Health Centre, we have experienced a significant number of new admissions within the last 24 hours and are awaiting COVID-19 test results on 8 patients. As a result, the West Parry Sound Health Centre clinical and support staff are ‘burning’ through PPE. Results from PUBLIC HEALTH testing are anywhere from 48 hours to 6 days delayed. Until results are in, the surge in patients must be treated as presumptive COVID-19. This causes enormous pressure on existing PPE supplies.
Currently the community is making 900 gowns that are going immediately into service as they are received at the Health Centre. ‘It’s imperative that everyone in the community practise RISK AVOIDANCE.” Dr. Fargher, Chief of Staff at the West Parry Sound Health Centre urges the public. These measures include:
Avoid unnecessary travel outside the community
Continue to practise physical distancing by keeping 6 feet apart
Socialize only with those people you live with in your home
Do NOT run on trails shared by others, asymptomatic people will spread the virus further as breathe is expelled
Only 1 family member shop at the grocery store, pharmacy and LCBO, only once per week
Do not gather in groups
Wear a mask when in a store – there have been so many mixed messages on this… your takeaway? Mask ON
What about testing with our BioFire Film Array PCR analyzer you ask?
This analyzer can provide test results in under an hour from a single swab. The laboratory has validated this instrument for use with the Respiratory Panel (RP). We are working with our MPs office to expedite Health Canada approval to validate and use a special test panel specific to COVID-19. Further information regarding the analyzer will follow once Health Canada approval has been granted.
Risk Avoidance is a Social Responsibility
Risk avoidance is a social responsibility that must be increased during our community’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That message is being strongly shared by West Parry Sound Health Centre and other emergency service providers.
“Under the current precautions imposed by federal and provincial authorities, standing together in public less than six feet apart, gathering with people not normally part of your household, or even leaving your own home for local travel, should all be viewed as risk-taking behaviour,” said West Parry Sound Health Centre Chief of Staff Dr. Terence Fargher. “People must be made to understand the additional, and potentially extreme, risks that are now associated with boating, driving, camping, or traveling any further than your local grocery store.”
All of the community safety systems that we usually rely on are equally exposed to the dangers of COVID-19: leaving them vulnerable to potential depletion of staff resources, constrained access to personal protective equipment (PPE), competing demands, and the requirement for expanded public safety priorities.
“What we normally assume to be an enjoyable recreational experience could become deadly, and accessing the services of local emergency responders will deplete scarce resources that are already in very short supply.”
We are encouraging everyone in our community:
• Do not travel any distance outside of your local pharmacy, grocery store, or health care service provider. In particular, please avoid outdoor risks like boating, camping, driving, and other high-risk behaviours. A reminder that all outdoor fires are banned everywhere in Ontario.
• Everyone out in public in locations where social distancing cannot be maintained should be wearing a non-medical mask or material (bandanna, scarf) that covers your nose and mouth.
• If you have been provided with a mask by your employer, or received a community made mask, please ensure that you are wearing it properly, covering your nose and mouth.
• Practice all appropriate precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19, including frequent hand washing (use of hand sanitizer) with soap and water, maintain physical distancing, and do not gather with people not normally part of your household.
“We have a large population of vulnerable people in West Parry Sound, especially the elderly, who can be exposed to COVID-19 with serious or even fatal consequences,” said WPSHC CEO Donald Sanderson. “We must all share in taking action to protect each other.”
Until further notice the waste trransfer Station is only open Sunday 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM. This is due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Regarding short term rentals:|
Every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.
Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of hotels, motels and student residences.
In this case, the emergency measures are unequivocal - no rentals except to those without housing during the emergency. We want to ensure that all residents, their families, grandparents and children remain safe. The provincial government has restricted short term rentals as one way to accomplish this goal. Airbnb, VRBO and Cottage Life, for example, have all removed ads for short-term rentals from their listings as a result. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about the provincial and township response generally or for this item specifically, please let us know. Thanks for your consideration and assistance.
The roads into Shawanaga First Nation are closed to all but band residents as an attempt to limit exposure to COVID-19.|
This means Shebeshekong Rd is closed between the Landing/Village Rd to the gas station on Hwy69. Also the Landing Rd is closed off of Skerryvore Community Rd. Access to Skerryvore Community Rd is available from Shebeshekong Rd south of Skerryvore Community Rd.
We are in contact with the TOA and will make sure to update you if any new information becomes available.
Subject: Please Share: MPAC Communication Kit #1|
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 05:43:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Anne Haines
Good afternoon Wendy -
We know that many property owners in your municipality may have questions about their updated property assessment this year. To help you support them, we’re creating a series of toolkits for municipal staff and elected officials to use throughout the Assessment Update.
Our first toolkit is now available online. This kit will provide you with general information about MPAC and the Assessment Update and includes several types of sharable content designed to inform property owners.
to find background information and tools for:
Customer support staff
We encourage you to share this email with your staff and elected officials so that they can leverage the FAQs and shareable content we’ve prepared to support them in informing and responding to property owners.
A few weeks before Property Assessment Notices are mailed in your area, I’ll share additional toolkit materials designed to help property owners understand their Property Assessment Notice and where to find more information on mpac.ca
Anne Haines, M.I.M.A.
Muskoka Parry Sound, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
1100A Muskoka Road South, Unit 2, Gravenhurst On P1P 1K9
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Township of The Archipelago will be implementing the following precautionary measures:|
1. Access to the Municipal Office and the Operations Office will be limited. Staff may meet with the public by appointment only. Municipal services will continue to be provided.
2. Modified service at our transfer stations and landfill site.
3. All events at the Pointe au Baril Community Centre have been cancelled and the Centre will be closed to the public.
4. The March 26th and 27th, 2020 Council Meetings are cancelled.
While the virus is not currently circulating locally, it is in the best interest of all of us to take any and all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff, residents and our community. We will, as always, do everything that we are able to support you.
We encourage everyone to stay informed by learning about the virus and what you can do to protect yourself and to prevent the virus from spreading. Please visit our website for up-to-date information.
Emergency Information Officer
(705) 746-4243 Ext: 301
Council received an update regarding plans for the reconstruction of Skerryvore Road. It was decided to proceed with the tendering for the reconstruction in two parts - culverts in 2020 and road resurfacing in 2021.|
CAO John Fior put forward a plan for pubic consultation. Council endorsed plans for a Public Meeting in Skerryvore for residents to hear more about Township plans. Residents can directly provide input and participation is being arranged with the Skerryvore Ratepayers Association and Shawanaga Islanders Association for this spring.
February 19, 2020
Skerryvore Community Members:|
Discussions at the Township of the Archipelago (TOA) have been underway since October regarding Skerryvore Rd repair. Several Skerryvore Ratepayers Association (SRA) members have brought their concerns to the SRA's attention. The two main concern seems to be detouring traffic through the Shawanaga First Nations and a stop sign on Skerryvore Rd at Shawanaga Landing Rd.
We have sent the letter below to address the concerns and included the response from Earl Manners, our Ward 3 Councillor. We have also received assurances that Earl and Scott will communicate with the SRA to co-ordinate information with our members. We will send out more emails as further information becomes available.
Please let us know your concerns on this issue so we can voice them to the Township. Your SRA has been a vital voice for its members with the TOA for many years. Your directors have volunteered many hours and years to ensure a safe and welcoming community for all of our members. Membership helps us to monitor and keep on top of concerning issues such as Skerryvore Rd, waste management, public spaces, insurance, etc. To help us continue to provide this, we need your support. Your membership is only $45.00 a year. All information is kept confidential within the directorship.
Thank you on behalf of all the SRA directors.
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