Report to Council and Community May 15, 2017

Seguin Township May 16, 2017 eAgenda


Stanley House Waste Site – Progress Video

Seguin Public Works Crews are in the final site preparation stage to make ready the installation of the Transtor Receptors for Household waste, fibre and plastic recyclables. The equipment will sit on the concrete pad below the retaining wall – users will access the bins from above. The operational target date will be early June. The current HL Bins will all be removed when the new facilities are operational.


50 Shades of Green Conference ReportMuskoka Stewardship Conference 2017

What do we know about Algal Blooms in Muskoka/Seguin

  • There are 3 main types that may bloom in this area
  • 1 Filamentous Green Algae 2 Chrysophytes and 3 CyanobacteriaBlue Green Algae (BGA)
  • BGA actually is a bacteria – unicellular, blue green in colour, some species control their buoyancy – can move up or down in the water column for optimum light and temperature, some produce toxins affecting humans and animals if exposed to high concentrations
  • Blooms: most commonly occur in late summer, and early fall, in areas of shallow water, slow moving,and warm. Can be present in deeper cooler water.
  • BGA blooms look like pea soup or spilt paint with a bluish or greenish colour.  Fresh blooms smell like freshly mowed grass (avoid inhaling) older blooms like rotting garbage.
  • Trends: Nutrients and Climate change big influencers.  Specifically increases in water temperature, prolonged warm lake temperatures into the fall, changing precipitation patterns – lowering amounts but significant downpours – pulses – leading to increased overland flows, nutrification loading and washing the bacteria into the lakes in sediment.
  • Provincial Bloom Report Trends 1994-2016:  Reports have increased over time and the reporting season has become longer.  Blooms reported from all regions in the province, but increases in reports from lakes in north and eastern Ontario regions in particular.  Some lakes have recurring blooms (Three Mile Lake) many reports from lakes with no previous reports.
  • Currently available science suggests that adults are more sensitive to the effects of microcystins than younger age groups. However, infants can ingest a significantly larger volume of water per body weight, up to 5 times more drinking water per kilogram of body weight than an adult. Consequently, in areas where microcystins could be present in drinking water (i.e., current or recent presence of a bloom potentially affecting a drinking water intake), an alternate suitable source of drinking water (such as bottled water) should be used to reconstitute infant formula.
  • Exposure to microcystins is primarily through ingestion of drinking water and can also occur during recreational water activities such as swimming. Some exposure may occur through foods affected by contaminated water (primarily fish and shellfish, some crops) and natural health products that have been contaminated (including algal supplements).
  • Households obtaining their drinking water from a surface water source affected by a cyanobacterial bloom would include switching to an alternative water supply, changing the location of the water intake pipe and installing a drinking water treatment system. However, the treatment of water supplies for the removal of cyanobacteria and microcystins at the residential scale is complex, and there are no drinking water treatment systems available that are certified for the removal of microcystins.
  • Mistaken Identity – Algae Bloom or something else? – Pollen in spring and early summer can collect on the lake surface, can appear dust like or in clumps, sinks over time.  Duckweed – several small floating plants 2-5 cm long disc like plant with small hair roots underside.  Can form a thick green blanket on the surface looking similar to an algal bloom.
  • Do not swim, drink, or eat fish from an area with a suspected BGA bloom. Note – boiling water will NOT remove toxins.
  • Report sightings of BGA to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Spills Action Centre at : 1 800-268-6060

 For a 6 page additional reference on BGA click here or for more in depth information click here

Rosseau Lake College is celebrating 50 years!

RLC 50th Anniversary

On June 17, 2017 Rosseau Lake College is celebrating 50 years of history.

As a member of our local community, I would like to inform you that our campus and therefore the village will be very busy that day. Closing Ceremonies will take place from
11:00 am – 1:00 pm followed by lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend our 50th Closing Ceremony. No RSVP necessary.

From 5:00 pm – 12:00 am the campus will again be busy with alumni, faculty, parents and community supporters coming together for an evening of dining and dancing catered by our very own local business Crossroads. We are expecting approximately 500 guests between the two events which will create a good deal of extra activity in the Village of Rosseau.

If you are interested in joining us for this Gala Celebration you can access more information on our website at . Tickets are available until May 30, 2017.

Thank you for your patience while we celebrate this milestone.
Lance Postma
Head of School

Summer Student Position

Safe Quiet Lakes is hiring a summer distribution coordinator to fill the vacancy left by John Joseph Mitchel who is “retiring“ after three successful summers.

This is a great job for an outgoing self-starter who is passionate about boating. The mission is to help develop awareness of SQL with cottagers, marinas, resorts and lake associations. Use of a car is essential. Compensation is competitive.

Please click here for further information and details on the application process or be in touch to with any questions.
Thank you for your continuing support.

Sincerely – Frances Carmichael  Chair of


Pharmaceuticals and Other Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDC’s) …

in Natural Water Systems Published on Apr 23, 2017  by the Muskoka Watershed Council

Since the 1940’s, there has been a vast number of new, human-made chemicals introduced into our world. Many of these chemicals have found their way into our drinking water and natural waterbodies, which has raised concern for the health of humans, wildlife, and aquatic species. It has been found that these chemicals have the ability to interfere with hormonal activity of the body thereby resulting in a variety of adverse effects, some of which may not become evident for decades or generations. This MWC paper looks at EDCs in Muskoka and recommends actions to raise awareness and reduce their impacts...

Food and Fervour – Grand Opening Rosseau  

Food and Fervour will be officially opening its doors the May long weekend. We will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:45 – 11:45AM, and would be honoured if you would join us!  We hope to get a picture of all of you beautiful people in hopes to highlight the amazing individuals and small businesses that create, contribute, and continue to evolve our community!

We will have a vegetable stand offering locally grown produce by the amazing Colin Sober-Williams from Eat Local Muskoka, as well as some complimentary treats made by Food and Fervour. All weekend long we will be offering morning coffee and cookies, fresh vegetable and fruit juice samplings, and free gift samplers with purchases from the shop.

Please help us to spread the word and invite your friends, family, and small business circles! We are grateful to all of you for your warm welcome and continued support and are very excited for the upcoming season!

We look forward to meeting and celebrating”.   Food and Fervour 1146 Hwy 141, Rosseau

A summary of the May 15th Seguin Council Meeting

  • The editorial in the May 10th edition of the Parry Sound North Star provided incorrect financial and budget information for Seguin Township. Provide the Members of Council with the corrected financial and budget information for distribution at various ratepayer meetings. 
  • RSVP to Rita Orr (Library CEO) if you will be attending the Ontario Library Service North training session on Thursday, May 25th from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Council Chambers. 
  • Forward a copy of the resolution approving the Township of Seguin Public Library Board 2017 Budget to the Board. Resolution No. 2017-172. 
  • Forward copies of the resolutions to the Board re: Heather Adamson and James Decker
    resignations from the Township of Seguin Public Library Board. Resolution Nos. 2017-173 & 174. 
  • Advise Bev Fraser-LeDrew and Alex O’Brien of their appointment to the Township of Seguin Public Library Board and copy the Board. Provide Mrs. Fraser-LeDrew and Mr. O’Brien with contact information for Rita Orr, CEO of the Library and advise them Rita will be contacting them with information on the Board and upcoming meetings, including the training session on May 25th. Resolution Nos. 2017-175 & 176.
  • Forward the invitation from the International Festival of Authors to their yearly event and dinner to Rita Orr, Library CEO. 
  • Provide the Mayor with 2 of the 4 free tickets to the Festival of the Sound Leonard Cohen & More event.  The remaining 2 free tickets to the Leonard Cohen & More event are to be used as prizes at the Seguin Canada 150 Family Fun Night. 
  • Respond for the Mayor to the 295 MacPherson RCACS that unfortunately the Mayor will not be able to attend the 73rd Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection.
  • Execute the Memorandum of Understanding For Amazing Places Site Partners and other required documentation to designate the Rose Point Recreational Trail as an Amazing Place. By-law No. 2017-049. 
  • Execute and implement the Fire Protection Services Agreement with Muskoka Lakes
    Township. By-law No. 2017-050. 
  • Advise the Rosseau Lake College 50 Year Celebration Gala event organizers that Council has granted them an exemption to the Noise Bylaw for the event. Resolution No. 2017-180. 
  • Implement the new fees and charges for various facilities & programs, planning and waste disposal services.
     Facilities & Programs. By-law No. 2017-043.
     Planning Services. By-law No. 2017-042.
     Waste Disposal. By-law No. 2017-044.

Respectfully submitted

Jack Hepworth

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