Raven News

  • 15 Aug 2019 7:14 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Update: Hydro One Seasonal Electricity Customers


    This week, Hydro One has distributed an email letter to their Seasonal Customers, related to the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) proposal to eliminate the Seasonal rate class, which will negatively impact many FOCA members. 

    See a copy of the letter, important links, and background information about this pending change, here:  https://foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/

    FOCA expects the OEB to issue a decision on this matter by late August 2019. As we have done in the past, FOCA will be advising our members of the ruling, and will be undertaking whatever opportunity is available to intervene with the OEB to represent the interests of our members. 


  • 15 Aug 2019 12:04 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    NOTICE Special Meeting Township Strategic Visioning Session

    TAKE NOTICE that Council will hold a Special meeting on August 27, 2019 commencing at 9:00 a.m. in the Township’s Council Chambers at 1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON.

    The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a Strategic Visioning Session for the Township.

    Dated this 15th day of August, 2019.

    Dawn Newhook, Municipal Clerk
    Township of Algonquin Highlands
    1123 North Shore Road
    Algonquin Highlands, ON  K0M 1J1
    T: (705) 489-2379 x333
    E: dnewhook@algonquinhighlands.ca


  • 12 Aug 2019 12:20 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    The 2019 RLCA AGM is coming up on Saturday, August 17th at 10 AM. As always, the AGM will be held at the Sandy Beach and be followed by the Annual Corn Roast. ALL ARE WELCOME!

    The Agenda for the 2019 AGM as well as minutes and other documents from the 2018 AGM can be found here

  • 7 Aug 2019 5:10 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Raven Lake Landing

    Q1.  Why are changes being proposed at the Landing?

    A1. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF) has notified the RLCA that the landing is owned by MNRF and that all of the stick docks are “an illegal occupation of Crown Land”.  Since 2007, the MNRF has consistently informed RLCA that we are at risk of having the docks removed at any time.  Status quo is not an option.  

    It is the RLCA’s opinion that if changes are to be made, any solution must be of a scale to accommodate the boats of all water access residents who wish to have one.

    Q2. What has been RLCA’s mandate to negotiate with the MNRF?

    A2. At the RLCA AGM on August 12, 2012, the following motion was passed:

    “Be it resolved that:

    This Association endorses and approves the actions of the Board of Directors to date with respect to the landing, and directs the Board to develop and advance a long-term plan to ensure that safe and secure docking and parking is available at the landing to the Raven Lake community, including opening discussions and negotiations with the MNR, townships, and others having jurisdiction. Further, the Board is authorized to draw up to $3000 of the Association’s funds as may be necessary in connection with expenses related to the development of this plan.”

    The motion was carried unanimously by the membership at the meeting.

    Q3.  What has RLCA been doing to respond to MNRF?  

    A3. The RLCA has been in discussions with the MNRF in an effort to represent the interests of landing users and cottage owners since 2012.  The goal being to negotiate a resolution that would be presented by the RLCA to water access residents for their approval and transition to a situation with the appropriate rights and tenure to install docks attached to the MNRF-owned Raven Lake Landing,

    Q4.  Where is the process at now?

    A4.  In 2015, the MNRF requested and the RLCA submitted a proposal for discussion to the MNRF. This proposal suggested that MNRF offer to the RLCA a shoreline lease which would allow for a new docking system to be installed to accommodate up to 120 slips (one for every water-access property), pending approval and permits from the Township of Lake of Bays.  The proposal asked that along with the shoreline lease, we be granted the right to park vehicles overnight in the parking area. 

    No final offer has been received from the MNRF and no decisions have been made or agreed to by the RLCA. 

    In 2017, the MNRF responded by saying that it would “not be opposed” to the proposal pending the outcome from the following steps:

    • Consultations with First Nations;
    • Environmental Assessments of both water and land portions of the Landing area;
    • Support for the new docks from the Township of Lake of Bays and potentially Algonquin Highlands;
    • Completion of a Public Comment period with the local community, primarily the residents of Raven Lake    

    At this point, the MNRF has undertaken a number of environmental studies which have concluded that “no significant adverse environmental effects are expected” to the lands and waters at the Landing.  We are presently in the middle of a Public Consultation with residents.  Please see the “MNRF Public Notice Requesting Input to a Screening Process”  posted on www.Ravenlake.org and on the bulletin board at the Landing.  No decisions have been made but it has been determined by the MNRF that the status quo is unacceptable and that the existing docks could be removed by the MNRF at any time.

    Q5. How much will this cost?  

    A5. The exact costs are unknown at present given that no final decisions have been made by MNRF or the Townships.  It is expected that in order to issue building permits for the docks, the Township will prescribe that the docks be built to meet the Building Code for a public docking area.  In addition, RLCA will want to ensure that the docks be designed and constructed in a manner to minimize ongoing maintenance costs and ensure longevity.  The costs will be divided on a pro-rata basis between Raven Lake water access cottagers who wish to have a dock at the landing.  There will also be an annual rental and maintenance fee which would include the cost of indemnifying the MNRF and RLCA through liability insurance.  

    Q6. Has there been any feedback from the Townships of Lake of Bays and/or Algonquin Highlands?

    A6. The RLCA has met with the mayors (and others) of both Townships.  Both responded in the same way.  That we have been smart to get ahead of the situation with the MNRF and that they are surprised that our situation has been allowed to continue for so long.  Also, that with all of the changes that are being made at the provincial level to existing personnel and programs, we should aim to get the matter settled as soon as possible.

    Q7.  What will happen to my dock?

    A7.  At some point we expect that it will be ordered to be removed by MNRF along with all stick docks.  

    Q6. How will I get access to a new dock?

    A6. Once the RLCA has agreement from the MNRF that it will issue a shoreline lease, application will be made to the Townships for permits to install new docks.  Of course, the RLCA will offer slips to all water access residents along with detailed costs to purchase, install and estimates of annual maintenance fees prior to proceeding. Making a deposit will establish a resident’s right to have a slip.  Since no decisions have been made by MNRF the dock allocation process is unknown.  

    Q7. When will we know and when will new docks be installed?

    A7. The timing is up to MNRF and the Township of Lake of Bays.  There is no exact timeline at this point.  It may take another year or more. 

    Q8. How can I learn more?

    A8. The number one way to learn more and stay engaged is through the RLCA website and Facebook page and attending the RLCA AGM (this year held on August 17, 2019) where this is discussed each year.  Periodic updates will be posted at the Landing Bulletin Board and on the www.RLCA.org website


  • 26 Jul 2019 4:02 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Enhanced Security at Landfills

    The Township of Algonquin Highlands has issued the following notice:


    The Township of Algonquin Highlands takes workplace safety very seriously and is committed to providing work spaces that are safe and harassment-free. 

    Sadly, incidents of worker harassment have been on the rise, particularly at our Waste Disposal Sites. There have been increased incidents of illegal dumping, failure to pay applicable fees, dumping without authorization, damage to property, theft, and other by-law infractions. In an increasing number of situations, attempts by landfill workers to manage these situations are met with verbal abuse, harassment and threats. This is unacceptable.

    Waste disposal site rules and regulations exist to protect workers, protect the public and to protect the environment. It is required that every user of municipal waste disposal sites does so with respect and in accordance with rules and regulations.

    To help ensure Algonquin Highlands’ waste disposal sites and workers are safe and secure, the Township has reached out to the OPP to conduct increased patrols at the sites.  In the next few months the public may see an increased police presence at Township of Algonquin Highlands waste disposal sites.  

    Landfill workers have been authorized to note or photograph the license plates of those behaving badly and the OPP will be asked to follow up.

    For the safety and security of all, please keep in mind these key points:

    • All workers are entitled to a workplace free of harassment;
    • Any person who is abusive or disrespectful to staff may be refused service;
    • Access to waste disposal sites can be suspended, restricted or terminated if rules and regulations are violated


  • 5 Jun 2019 11:08 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Greetings Raven Lakers!

    We would like to draw your attention to a request from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in response to our Application for Crown Tenure at the Landing.

    The MNRF is looking for comments on our application to lease a narrow strip of land along the shoreline at the centre of the Landing for the purposes of installing a suitable number of fingers docks to meet the needs of all water access residents of the Raven Lake.

    The objective of our Application is to satisfy the MNRF's concerns about our lack of legal tenure currently, mitigate potential liabilities arising from the existing stick docks, and establish the right of water access residents to leave their boats at the landing.

    Physically, the change at the landing will be limited to the installation of the new fingers slips for boats.  It is anticipated that there will be no change to the actual use or traffic at the Landing.

    You can download and read the MNRF Public Notice here.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Lake!

    Best regards,
    Scott Lewis
    President
    Raven Lake Cottagers' Association

  • 27 Sep 2018 10:50 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    There have been multiple reports of Blue-Green Algae on lakes across Haliburton County this month. Although no sightings have been reported on Raven Lake,  the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association has provided information about what to look for and what to do if you see any. Details are here: https://www.cohpoa.org/lake-health-3/algae-and-algal-blooms/

  • 9 Jul 2018 3:42 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Total Fire Ban now in effect for all of Haliburton County

    The Fire Chiefs of Haliburton County have issued a Total Fire Ban which will encompass the entire area of Haliburton County (Municipality of Dysart et al, Township of Minden Hills, Township of Algonquin Highlands and Township of Highlands East).

    Effective immediately Haliburton County is under a total fire ban. Dry condition, high heat, and the lack of forecasted precipitation has led to an extreme fire risk. All permits are cancelled, all open fires and campfires are prohibited during the fire ban.

    If you have questions or concerns please contact
    Mike Cavanagh, Fire Chief
    Township of Algonquin Highlands
    (705) 766-0010
    mcavanagh@algonquinhighlands.ca


  • 15 Apr 2018 4:41 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Good news.  The latest issue of the Minden Times reports that the Algonquin Highlands council  has fixed a  tax rate (for AH, County and education) that is only a 0.5% increase over last year.

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