2018 Lake Links Workshop

The 17th Annual Lake Links Workshop is set for Saturday October 20th, 2018, at the Perth Civitan Hall.

Doors open at 8:30, registration cost $25 (includes lunch).

This year’s theme is “Our Lake, My Responsibility – Our Reward”. Lake community members, scientists and organizations across Eastern Ontario join to learn, network and see what’s new. Key topic this year is the importance of good stewardship - active lake stewardship programs, what others are doing on their property and how those actions are affecting our lakes. Register at watersheds.ca/lakelinks2018 or contact Melissa Dakers at dakers@watersheds.ca, 613-264-1244. And please bring a food donation for the Perth Food Bank.

See agenda details below.

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Portland Public Meeting - Follow-up


Email received August 27th from Michael Dwyer, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Rideau Lakes

Good afternoon,

I would like to thank you for your interest in, and feedback on, the Portland revitalization concept plans presented at the open house this past Saturday.  

I have attached the plans/boards that were presented at the meeting.  If you would like to submit initial comments or supplemental comments, please feel free to do so by email to me at: mdwyer@twprideaulakes.on.ca .  Given the tight timelines involved, please endeavour to provide comments by Friday at noon.

The next step will be taking a summary of the feedback received to a special Council meeting scheduled for 2:30-5:30pm on Tuesday September 4th, in Chantry.  

At this meeting, Council will also be presented with, and undertake an exercise exploring, the financial aspects of the facility concepts using a ‘proforma’ tool currently being development by the Township (the genesis of this project).  Proformas have been used by the private development industry for years to assess the financial merits and risks of varied and/or evolving development concepts.  We are taking this tool and specifically designed a version for municipal use to help us better consider innovative approaches to facility development and renewal in small/rural municipalities.

If you would like to better understand proformas and how they can be used to guide investment decisions, you can read more here: http://plannersweb.com/2013/12/proforma-101-getting-familiar-with-a-basic-tool-of-real-estate-analysis/

Please be advised this meeting is not another meeting for direct public feedback. Rather, it is a meeting for Council to review the pubic feedback received to date and engage with the concepts for the first time as well.

Community revitalization is a longer-term process.  I am very pleased to see the community is so engaged and open to dialog.  At this very early stage, the next major decision point for Council is to determine if they wish to waive the conditions in the agreement of purchase and sale, and accordingly finalize the purchase of the Gallagher House property.  Under the purchase agreement timelines, this decision must come in September.


Facility Concepts - Portland - August 25

Streetscape Design - Portland - August 25

Supplementary - Facility Concepts Portland - Aug 25


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Origins of the Salmon River: Bus Tour on October 13th


Join the Friends of the Salmon River in exploring the headwaters in the north plus the middle of the Salmon watershed. The geologist, ecologist and historian on board will explain natural features (wetlands, forest, rock formations, etc.) and an historical narrative, and point out recreational (kayaking and hiking) opportunities.

Saturday October 13, 2018

Departure time: 9:30 am. Return time: 3:30 or 4 pm.

Cost: $40/person includes lunch.

Tickets: contact Susan at 613-379-5958/ susan@moorepartners.ca OR Victor at 613-331-3655/ victoryhaze@mac.com

Click here for more information.

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Carleton Team Awarded NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant


Carleton University’s Steven Cooke, professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Biology and the Institute of Environmental Science, along with six colleagues from Carleton, including Jesse Vermaire and Joe Bennett, the University of Ottawa and the University of Sherbrooke, have been awarded an NSERC Strategic Partnership worth $649,000 over three years to support managing Parks Canada’s historic Rideau and Trent-Severn waterways to maintain and enhance ecosystem services.

The BRLA is a key partner in Dr. Cooke's research - click here for more details about the research opportunities this grant will make possible.

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Celebrating 60 years at Len's Cove!


Boaters' Bash & Len's Cove 60th Reunion

Friday August 24, 5-10 pm

All current, past, and future customers and employees are welcome to a night of music, food, laughs, and connecting with fellow boaters.


  • Fully catered burgers, sausages, salads, and buns from Kudrinkos in Westport
  • Tunes all night with DJ Johnny 5 and music from today all the way back to 1958 when Len's Cove began
  • Games, prizes, and more surprises to come

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

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Watershed Discovery Day in Perth on August 18th


The Friends of the Tay Watershed is holding their annual Watershed Discovery Day on Saturday, August 18, in downtown Perth. This family-friendly event is a one-stop shop for information about our local water, lakes and streams, how they are managed, and the present challenges facing them. You will also find out about the programs that can help you address them.

Displays and experts will be on hand to answer questions including: Watersheds Canada; Rideau Valley Conservation Authority; Rideau Environmental Action League; the Town of Perth; Lanark County Stewardship Council; and Ottawa Riverkeeper.

Click here for more information about Friends of the Tay Watershed association.

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