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Forest Fire Safety

Be Fire Smart at the Cottage Did you know that Ontario updates the forest fire hazard map throughout the day, every day during the forest fire season? At, you can find the latest updates on the current forest fire hazard, active fires, restricted fire zones, and weather station information through an interactive map. Before heading out to enjoy the outdoors in northern Ontario this summer, visit the interactive map to stay informed of the current fire situation across the province. Before lighting a campfire, checking the map and your local fire department is crucial. This simple step can help you determine if you’re in a restricted fire zone (province) or a local fire ban (municipality) and play your part in preventing forest fires. The Carling Fire Department has put together an information package on Forest Fire Safety. View the Forest Fire Safety Message Here

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GBA: Special eUpdate – Boating, Safety & Emergencies 2024

In this edition: Prepare for cold water Boating Safety Week Kicks off the Boating Season Some Resources to Help You Navigate Our Waters What’s on deck for Transport Canada what3words is the simplest way to communicate your location in an emergency Simple steps to help you prepare for emergencies The Summer fire forecast Marine spill? Here’s what you need to know Georgian Bay for Everyone

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Response to Proposed Capital Gains Tax Changes

The 2024 federal budget was released on April 16, 2024, and included a proposal to increase the inclusion rate on capital gains. If the proposal is approved, individuals earning more than $250,000 in capital gains in a year will increase the inclusion rate from 50 to 67 per cent. This tax amendment is expected to be implemented on or after June 25, 2024. Concerned that this proposal could have an adverse effect on property owners who intend to sell or transfer ownership of their cottages to the next generation, the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) has written a letter on capital gains, opposing this decision.  

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Spring newsletter submissions

It is spring, and the West Carling Association is stirring to life after a somewhat unusual winter. That means that we want to get back in touch with the Bay and each other, and the best vehicle for doing that is the West Carling Spring Newsletter. Many of our members have commented on how much they enjoy reading the newsletter, which we produce three times a year—spring, summer, and fall. But without writers contributing stories, we won’t be able to connect again after a long winter hiatus. So, the purpose of this memo is to encourage everyone to submit an article for our May edition, even if you have never submitted one. Many people are shy when it comes to writing for public viewing. It takes something of a leap of faith. But that is why the editors are here – to ensure the jump has a safe landing. We guarantee that we will make you look good in print. Please send your article to or upload it here by May 10. Tell us about your experiences over the winter: about visiting the cottage, about the wildlife you might have encountered, about travel experiences, about beautiful sights you’ve seen – whatever has touched your heart or mind since the Bay settled into its winter sleep.

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MTO Update on the Highway 559 Rehabilitation Project 

The Township received correspondence from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) addressing the status of the rehabilitation of Highway 559 and the planned additional remediation work scheduled for this summer.   View the "Update on the Hwy 559 Rehabilitation Project" Here

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Protect the Biosphere in our backyard

Today is about celebrating this special place we call home. It’s about doing our part, and taking meaningful action to protect the Biosphere in our backyard. These actions have a ripple effect: better planet, better health, better future. Check out our conservation guides for even more ways you can help! Conservation Guides

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Warnings for 2024 Wildfire Season

Dry Conditions Prompt Warnings for 2024 Wildfire Season in Canada Canada’s federal government is warning of the potential for another “catastrophic wildfire season”. In a press conference, the Canadian Emergency Preparedness Minister, Harjit Sajjan, said low snowpack levels and a forecast for warmer-than-average spring weather are combining to create high wildfire risk for much of the country. Southern Quebec, eastern Ontario and Western Canada were noted as particularly at risk. The map below shows the extent and severity of drought conditions across Canada as of March 31, 2024. So far April has brought snow and rain to Ontario which may temper some of the risk. Wildfire season typically runs from April 1 through October 31 annually. Read more about the 2024 wildfire predictions here. Get FireSmart materials and find out how you can mitigate your risk here.

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Georgian Bay Forever’s H2O Symposium / Screening of All Too Clear

We are pleased to invite you to RSVP for the H2O Symposium and private screening of the documentary film, All Too Clear. Watch the trailer here. Seating is limited, so RSVP today! May 11th, 2024 9am - 1pm The Royal Theatre 608 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada Please RSVP Using The Access Code: GBF-RSVP RSVP HERE If you have any questions, please contact Amber at With support from two key donors, we helped fund the creation of All Too Clear, a documentary film that comprehensively explores the deep water structure and condition of Georgian Bay through state-of-the-art film-making techniques and scientific investigation. The filmmakers, director Zach Melnick and producer Yvonne Drebert, will be in attendance, as well as Georgian Bay Forever staff, and several of the scientific experts who contributed to the film. They will be participating in a panel discussion and Q&A from the audience.  

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Carling Clean-Up Day: April 13 at 8:30 – Noon

Come out and help clear the trash from our roads. There will be a BBQ following the event at the Carling Community Centre. Please drop by the Township Office to pick up garbage bags, gloves and safety vests. When you are done collecting garbage, please leave the bags on the side of the road for township staff to collect. Thank you for helping us keep the Township clean! Click here for more information on Carling Clean-up Day

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