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 Volume 13 No. 6
Ice almost gone
Thanks, John Lawler, for this peak into PaB last weekend...

The ice is out - which isn't necessarily a great thing - almost 3 weeks earlier from years in the past...but global warming is showing itself once again. The water levels are also down about a foot from the highs of last fall. So there is nothing for sure at this point except for change!

The 2021 PaBIA/The Ojibway yearbook is in the final stages of print at Cober, our printers, and will be delivered to Nancy by Friday, It is then that she and Jim Rogers will undertake the huge job of stuffing over 780 envelopes and sending them out to all of us so that the books should be in your hands within these next two weeks (depending on the snail mails)!
In this eBlast:

  • BAY NOTES - March 2021
  • ToA Large Item Disposal Dates 2021
  • GBB Earth Week Fundraiser
  • GBB Native Plant Sale
  • GBLT - Landmark Speaker Series April 17th
  • Georgian Bay Biosphere Webinar Series April 27th
  • WPSHC Walk, Run, Pole Fundraiser May 14th
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels - April 12, 2021
  • In Memoriam - Jackie Baillie and Driz Prior
Of Interest
Ward 3 Councillors

Please sign up for Earl and Scott's eBlasts so you can be fully informed and read about these issues in depth. In general these topics were covered in their MARCH 2021 Virtual Council Meeting.

Here are the topics in the BAY NEWS that you may wish to read in-depth...which can be done by emailing Scott or Earl to request to be put on their direct mailing list.

1.Breaking News | Spring has Sprung
2.Responsible Development | Building Permit Applications
3.Political Advocacy | Community Safety
4.Community Safety | Boat Speed & Wake Survey
5.Asset Planning | Community Assets
6.Good Neighbours|Land Acknowledgement
Shawanaga Island Indigenous Protected & Conserved Area
At our last IPCA project meeting, Mr. Chris Burtch, Project Manager reported considerable progress in the development of communication tools for IPCA despite limitations of the pandemic. Highlights of the meeting included:
  • Survey of Island users
  • Story of the Island
  • Management Plan
  • Knowledge Holder interviews
  • Project logo, website, social media
  • Video of the Traditional Knowledge study.
Further to sharing of knowledge and perspective, the team created a video, titled Traditional Knowledge Study, to share knowledge, understanding, perspective to the importance of the IPCA to our SFN neighbours. We have provided a link below:

The project team also unveiled the new logo for the IPCA to the acclaim of all meeting participants. Shawanaga First Nation community provided ideas and input to develop the logo you see above. The logo incorporates teachings embedded in the image that include, Seven Grandfather Teachings, and the Clan System.
Clan System | Shawanaga First Nations
From Elder Marilyn Capreol and Chris Burtch, Project Manager, Shawanaga Island IPCA
The logo includes representations of the Clan System. The Clan system is a system of governance and responsibilities. Each clan has certain roles and responsibilities in our community and provide the community with a form of self-government.
Shawanaga will use the teachings and responsibilities from the Clans to manage Shawanaga Island IPCA.
  • Makwa (Bear) Clan Role:   Protector, Steward
  • Ajijak (Crane/Loon) Clans Role:   Leadership
  • Giigoonh (Fish) Clan Role:   Intellectuals
  • Mgizi (Eagle) Clan Role:   Visionary, Teacher
  • Waawaashkesh (Deer) Clan Role:   Gentle and kind, Pacifist
  • Waabzhish (Marten) Clan Role:   Warrior, Strategist
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ToA Large Item Pick Up Days 2021

Saturdays, June 26th and August 7th

Due to Covid-19, social distancing needs to be respected and no assistance can be provided. Please make sure you bring helpers with you if you have exceptionally heavy or large items to drop off. Further information such as what can/cannot be dropped off is posted on the Township website.
GBB Native Plant  Fundraiser
LANDMARK Speaker Series
Our virtual LANDMARK Speaker Series returns for 2021 with monthly presentations from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on conservation and Georgian Bay topics. Mark your calendars with the dates below, and register to attend each session here
  • April 17th: Fish of Blackstone Lake with Andy Metelka
  • May 8th: Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay with Cris Kohl & Joan Forsberg

Register here to attend any of these programs. All ages are welcome!
P.S. Did you miss any of last year's LANDMARK talks, or would you like to share them with others? Recordings of all past presentations are available to watch anytime on our website or YouTube channel
GBB Earth WEek
Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is pleased to launch the Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series! Along with our partners, we'll explore many different aspects of living in a UNESCO biosphere, from cultural teachings to gardening to invasive species and more!

Take part in the annual Native Plant Sale...: Native Plant FundRaiser

Webinars will continue to be scheduled throughout the year. Mark your calendars and bookmark these events here for the following events.
  • Learning About Miiskiikenh – Turtles
Tuesday April 27, 2021 10:00 AM EST    (Webinar)
  • Best for the Biosphere: Gardening with Native Plants
Thursday May 6th, 2021 10:00 AM EST    (Webinar)
Walk Run Pole
$1,011,402 Raised in Support of
Local Cardiac Care Since 2008!!
WPSHC Fundraiser logo 2021
As we honour the new provincial 'stay home orders', it's important to continue exercising to keep body, mind and soul together.

Please join us in keeping fit together, but apart. Our 14th annual Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole is posed to connect us all. We have created an easy to navigate website. We encourage you to sign up then track your kilometres daily through May. We want you moving for a healthier you! You can be part of something bigger than yourself when you join our fitbit community at PSWalk! Or track with Strava. Or simply manually log your daily activity. Our site combines everyone's steps to make one grand journey! If Public Health guidelines allow, we will end the month of May in style! Join us on our traditional 5K route along the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay on Sunday, May 30th. Gather pledges for local cardiac care for West Parry Sound Health Centre!
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels April 12, 2021 To better read the charts, please click on the chart for the Daily or Six Month Forecast Water level chart and the corresponding websites
Water Level Legend 2021
Yearbook Update
With each eBlast, we will provide you a list of names for those who provided updated information. The details of all the changes since the Yearbook's came out in April is provided in a printable format for you to print out and insert into your own Yearbook copy!
The next Update will be compiled once the new Yearbook is out in May!
In Memoriam

Jackie Baillie, A96-44 ‘Dunkerron’ on Champlain Monument Is., mother of Randy Johnson (Jan Tyrrell) and Heather Doner (Jim), April 2021

Emery "Driz" Prior, A114 - 1 'Ishpiming', husband of Tara Prior, father of Chris Prior and Ginny Prior, brother of the late Bill (Carol) Prior, uncle of George (Mila Moraga-Holz), Kerry, Bruce (Jenny Gannon), Leslie (Andy Taylor) and Tim Prior. April 2021.
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