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Current Events and Information

Pressing new issues, interim updates and other current information will be posted below.

BNIA 2017 AGM, Reeve Ketchum Address - (Click Here))

Calling all kids in Bayfield and Nares!

Join Kids in the Biosphere for a summer full of adventures! Register online at bit.ly/1Lad3tR to receive a free activity kit to begin a summer of exploring. Discover the excitement:  gbbr.ca/education/kids. For more information contact kids@gbbr.ca

BNIA Reccomendations to the TOA Regarding the Consolided OP - (Click Here) & (Click Here)

Dock and Boathouse Construction Notice - (Click Here)


It is generally known that ownership of the Thomson cottage on the south channel of Nares Inlet has passed to the Georgian Bay Land Trust. In due course -- after the cottage has been removed and the property restored to its natural state -- the Land Trust may open the property to limited visitation and use. Until the Land Trust announces that opening (at least a year from now), the property must be respected as strictly private and not open to visitation except as directed by the Land Trust. The cottage is currently rented to a family that is entitled to full and private usage. Furthermore, there are many hazards about the place because of its state of disrepair.

Toddler Saved After Canoe Capsizes, News Story - (Click Here)

400th Anniversary of Champlain!

2015 is the 400th anniversary of Champlain's trip through Georgian Bay. There are events planned up and down the Bay but of interest to cottagers in Bayfield-Nares will be the rededication of a memorial plaque at the Ojibway Club on Tuesday, July 28th at 5:00 PM on the dock (weather permitting).

GBA, Video Report from AGM, April 2015 - (Watch Video)

Ward 2 Councillorís Report, March 2015 - (Click Here)


Archived News

Water Level Update, December 2014 - (Click Here)

OPP Proposed Billing Model - (Click Here)

Ontario Election - (Click Here) ~ GBA Primer - (Click Here)

Mowat Study Postponed - (Click Here)

GBA Spring Meeting 2014 - (Click Here)

ROWI (Restore Our Water International) - MAJOR PUBLIC MEETING (Click Here)
Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is holding a major public meeting to update the community about what can be done about our unprecedented low water levels (posted June 2013).



We are pleased to report that the long awaited International Joint Commissionís (IJC) Advice to Governments on the Recommendations of the International Upper Great Lakes Study has been released.

GBA is pleased that the IJC has recommended that action be taken to address the crisis low water levels in the Middle Great Lakes including Georgian Bay. The return of 10 inches of water to these lakes from the current level this spring would put us into the low end of the historic healthy range, and is therefore a positive first step to maintaining water levels in this range. We look forward to working with our federal government as it considers the IJC advice and decides on which specific actions it will take.

Attached are three documents: the IJC press release(Click Here), the IJC's findings and recommendations(Click Here) and a press release from Tony Clement(Click Here).
(posted April 2013).


SAIL Parry Sound!

At the request of Cecilia Parkes, the Director of Marketing for Sail Parry Sound, the Township is circulating the following information to all ratepayer associations within the Township of The Archipelago, to let you know about the exciting sailing programs that Sail Parry Sound will be offering in 2013 for youth and adults. Our website link is the following: www.SailParySound.on.ca where you will find information regarding sailing lessons, regattas, local services, and how you can join us at Sail Parry Sound. If you have any questions or wish more information, please feel free to contact us. (March 2013)

Sail Parry Sound is busy getting ready for the season and we would like to invite you to a special showing of the movie ‘Racing Around the World Alone on April 6, 2013. In order to kick off the season, Sail Parry Sound will be showing this movie at the Stockey Centre on April 6th at 7:45PM. We are inviting the public and would like to extend a special invitation to you and everyone in your association, to join us for this exciting film presentation. At the door, we will be asking for a minimum donation of $10.00 per person. There will be a cash bar available. (Click Here for our flyer) (March 2013)


The GBA wants water levels returned to an historic healthy range. However, any solution on water levels that the governments agree will take many years to implement. Read more of what is being done right now and being proposed going forward. (posted January 2013).


Low Water Levels on Georgian Bay - Public Information Meeting on April 27th, 2013 (Click Here)

Notice to All Businesses, Residents and Ratepayers

The Town of Parry Sound, with participation by the Townships of The Archipelago, Carling, Seguin and the Municipality of McDougall, will be hosting a Public Information Meeting regarding Low Water Levels on Georgian Bay. on April 27th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. #117, 30 Mary St., Parry Sound. For additional information, please refer to the Town of Parry Sound website.(posted April 2013).


WINTER 2012 Newsletter (Click Here)


Workshops and Outings Bayfield-Nares Islanders' Association - (Please Click Here) (posted April 2013)

Last summer's new BNIA initiative - workshops and outings - was a great success, so the offerings have been expanded for summer 2013. We will again be introduced to our local biodiversity and bedrock with birding, geology, reptile & amphibian, and ecology outings, all enthusiastically received last summer. In addition, there will be a puppet show and a second Geology - Ecology outing. All are family events. Bring along friends, neighbours, and visitors. All outings and workshops are led by experts in their fields who are volunteering their services, for which we are most grateful.


Bayfield-Nares Islanders' Association Annual General Meeting (posted Jan 2013)
The BNIA is holding it's AGM on
Sunday July 28th, 2013 at 10:00 am.
The meeting will again be held at
Springhaven Lodge, in Nares Inlet which has both road and water access.


Bayfield-Nares Islanders' Association Annual Regatta - (Please Click Here) (posted Jan 2013)


Open Water Aquaculture
The BNIA is aware of the pressing need to urge the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to take a more responsible approach in regulating how fish farming is licensed in Georgian Bay waters.  
The following brief was submitted in late November by the GBA in conjunction with Ontario Nature to the OME.
In this year alone, the estimated loading of phosphorous into the Georgian Bay from 3 privately owned cage farm operations  is 35 tonnes, a potentially very harmful amount, especially when the cumulative effect is considered.

Read on to see the specific concerns and recommendations made by the GBA and Ontario Nature :
(Click Here)


Intra-Basin Water Transfers
GBA (and others) recommend the passage of legislation to implement the Annex Agreement on Interbasin Transfers. In addition, they recommend that Ontario place a moratorium on all proposals that could constitute an interbasin transfer : (Click Here)



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