January FOCA Elert


Click here to read the most recent newsletter of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations, which includes a number of articles of interest to Big Rideau Lake cottagers and boaters such as cottage closing tips, end of season updates, lake environment and public policy news.

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Environmental Commissioner Speaking in Ottawa on February 1st

Due to changes the Ontario government is making to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) and the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), after May 1st the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario will no longer exist.

Join ECO Dr. Dianne Saxe for an opportunity for a report on energy, climate change, the environment and government performance under the EBR.

Click here for more information on the event.

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RVCA - "Cold Weather Causing Ice Jams and Some Localized Flooding in Rideau Valley Watershed"


The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority issues frequent statements about watershed conditions in the Rideau Valley area.

MOST RECENT STATEMENT:  "The current very cold weather and large snow storm yesterday is creating some localized ice jams which can cause significant fluctuations in water levels as ice builds and releases."

Click here to read the full statement.

Check the RVCA website for other updates and information.

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"Happy Holidays" Message from Township of Rideau Lakes

Sending warm holiday wishes to you and your family, along with an update from the Public Works Department. Here are a few things to be aware of as we head into the winter season.
2019 Calendars:
The 2019 Township calendars are expected to arrive next week and will be mailed out to permanent residents. Seasonal residents can pick up a copy of the calendar at the Township Office or at a variety of local businesses in April. The calendar is full of important information about your Township including waste & recycling, meeting dates, dog licenses, burn permits, a listing of Staff and Council and much more. Please hang your calendar somewhere clearly visible to refer to throughout the year and enjoy the beautiful photos.
Snow Plowing & Maintenance:
Please keep in mind that Rideau Lakes’ road system consists several road authorities. If you have a complaint, make sure you are contacting the correct authority.
Township Roads
Dan Chant - Roads Coordinator
email: dchant@twprideaulakes.on.ca
Phone: 613-928-2251 (Ext. 227)
Toll Free: 1-800-928-2250
County Roads
Maintenance and snow plowing of County Roads within our Township is the responsibility of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.
All inquiries regarding County Roads should be directed to:
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
25 Central Ave W., Suite 100
Brockville, On    K6V 4N6
Tel: 613-342-3840
Toll Free: 1-800-770-2170
Highway 15
Maintenance and snow plowing of Highway 15 within our Township of Rideau Lakes is the responsibility of High Road Maintenance.
All inquiries regarding Highway 15 should be directed to:
High Road Maintenance
Tel: 613-547-5591
Toll Free: 1-866-685-2770

Click here for the full Township message.

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Poonamalie Lock 32 Rideau Canal - Masonry Repairs Progressing Well

RIDEAU CANAL COMMUNITY UPDATE: The final phase of historic stone masonry repairs at Poonamalie Lock 32 is progressing well. The contractor has been working on the final stone replacement, repointing, and grouting required to conclude this rehabilitation project, expected to finish in winter 2019.

The final phase of historic stone masonry repairs at Poonamalie Lock 32 is progressing well. The contractor has been working on the final stone replacement, repointing, and grouting required to conclude this rehabilitation project, expected to finish in winter 2019.

In order to complete these historic masonry repairs on the monoliths, upstream breast wall and within the lock, materials are carefully selected. Sandstone mined from a local quarry is being used to replace the worn stone at Poonamalie Lock. In order to match the finish of the original stone, the new sandstone is hand hammered to create a rough finish. The hammered stones are then installed into their final resting place within the structure, matching the historic aesthetic.

 This project is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country.

A Brief History of Poonamalie Lock 32

The Poonamalie site’s original name was First Rapids, as it is the first lockstation encountered in the descent toward Ottawa on the Rideau system. According to local folklore, the name Poonamalie was derived from a town in India named Poovirundavalli where the British Army stationed a garrison in the early 19th century.  An officer of the Royal Engineers felt the cedar-lined roads at First Rapids were reminiscent of those he had seen while serving in India. 

The channel in this section of the Rideau Canal is nearly 2.5km and bypasses the original rapids in the Rideau River. In addition to the lock, earth dam, and weir, a defensible lock master’s house can also be found at this site. This building was originally built in 1842 and remains in use to this day.

 For More Information:

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal, please visitwww.pc.gc.ca/rcInfrastructure. For questions or to receive updates regarding this project, please email RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca and include “Poonamalie Lock” in the subject line.

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Rideau Lakes among "safest places" in Canada

A recent survey by Macleans magazine rated the Township of Rideau Lakes as the 11th safest place in Canada to live, with a Crime Severity Index (CSI) of 27.04%. The CSI was based on the following details:

Population: 10661

Police service: Ontario Provincial Police, Rideau Lakes detachment

Number of homicides in 2017: 0

Homicide rate per 100,000 people: 0

Breaking and entering rate per 100,000 people: 206.36

Assault level 1 rate per 100,000 people: 253.26

Click here to read the full Macleans article.

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