Minutes of meeting

held on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:00. a.m.

South River/Machar Community Centre

South River, Ontario


Present:  Gilbert Lane (Ryerson), Merv Mulligan, (Councilor, McMurrich/Monteith), Kay Tod, (Magnetawan Business Association), Morley Moore, (Councilor Whitestone), Pat Aspin-Lecour, NECO/IPM Rep. Brenda Scott (South River/WORC), Earl Evans (CAO Magnetawan)


Regrets:  Stephen Boyle, Chisholm, Chetna Sharma & Liam, MNDM, Denise Sherritt, Min. Citizenship & Immigration(Culture Health Promotion)


1.  Meeting called to order @ 10:05 a.m. Chair Merv Mulligan


2.  Declaration of Pecuniary Interest  NA


3.  Deputations: Pat Aspin-Lecour, International Plowing Match, Southern Corridor Rep. 

The IPM Committee met on Aug 14th in Matheson.  They agreed to draft a new letter to be sent to the municipalities further clarifying how to participate in the IPM and the potential economic benefits as they have not had the response they had hoped for.  They are hoping participants will design interactive booths rather than tradeshow type formats so that visitors will be able to experience each area firsthand.  Examples would be – some part of maple syrup production, chainsaw/logging and the Temiskaming 1st Nations will be hosting a cultural exhibit in the centre of the display tents.  The committee is further examining funding options such as per capita, square footage, and multi partnering between municipalities.  Pat will be sending funding applications to Brenda Scott @ WORC.  The next IPM committee meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29th in Temagami and any AHED member is welcome to attend.


4.  Adoption of Minutes:    Moved by Kay Tod, Second by Morley Moore


5. AHED Business:

5.1  Planning 2009 IPM:  Committee will investigate ‘interactive display’ possibilities and formulate a budget.   Brenda and Pat will meet to discuss funding avenues.  Committee members will take updated information back to their municipalities and communities.  

5.2 Planning for Community In Action Fund Workshop – Thurs. Oct. 16, 2008.

The CIAF Program overview will consist of a power point presentation and handouts including:

Who Should Attend:  The program is aimed at increasing physical activity in communities so recreation committee representatives, council members on those committees, municipal clerks.  Also you will want the ‘drivers’ at the table (1) who can make the projects happen, and (2) who will be filling out the application.  These can include municipalities, NFP’s, Local Service Boards (with rec committees), Conservation Authorities, Public Health Units, and Colleges/Universities.

5.3  “Get Out On the Trails” Placemat Project

Placemats were very well received.   Many of the tourism camps and resorts commented that their guests found them helpful.  The restaurants also used them for tourism customers.   Weather was a factor for some of the events and rain forced some cancellations and/or poor turnouts. 


6.  Reports from Community and Resource Partners   

6.1 Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

6.2 Community Futures (NECO)

6.3  FedNor

6.4 Bluesky.net - an invitation is to be made to Jeff Bluel to update on the GIS project.

6.5 Women’s Own Resource Centre:   Entrepreneurial Skills Training workshops are underway in Emsdale – 4 participants, South River – 7 participants and Commanda – 6 participants.  WORC, along with the Almaguin Community Partners, are continuing to work on the Carpool Almaguin transportation project.   The group is exploring the possibility of car pool parking lots being established at strategic access points to the new 4 lane highway.   Several committee members mentioned that their communities had parking areas that could be utilized but that snowplowing, Fire routes and security issues would have to be examined.

6.6 Ontario’s Near North (ANTA):

6.7  Township of Chisholm:

6.8  Ryerson, Armour, Burk’s Falls Special Events CommitteeGib Lane brought information to our attention regarding the Muskoka Community Futures and wondered if these programs were available in Almaguin.   Muskoka, Parry Sound and Nipissing East all provide services to our area but there is not an office in our district.  This is something the committee would like to see explored.

6.9  AHBAH & Bed & Breakfast Association

6.10 Municipality of Whitestone:  The summer events were all very well attended with over 400 at the Canada Day celebration alone.  Morley Moore updated on the trail committee and GPS for their designated trails has been completed by committee and Westwind.   An ARGO rescue vehicle has been purchased by the fire department to increase their range of service.    The municipality is now partnering with the McDougal Landfill site to take their bulk items such as furniture in an effort to extend the lifetime of their own landfill.  McDougall is able to collect and crush these items at their site.

6.11 Love Lake Observatory:   Kay Tod reported that things are continuing to move ahead with support from Powassan.  2009 is Astronomy Year celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope.

6.12  McMurrich/Monteith:  Hazardous Waste Day is this coming Saturday.  The Volunteer Firemen’s Association raised $12,000 in funds toward purchase of a Kawasaki ATV to do trail and hard to reach rescues.  The vehicle will carry four peopled plus stretcher capacity.  Cell phone towers are still in process.   Rains over the summer impacted turnout for the Annual Nature Walk and some areas of the trails were very ‘spongy’ with bridges just ‘resting’ on the top of the waterways.  Improving trail signage has been suggested also.  The Steel Band performance was cancelled due to rain, however the Motorcycle Run sponsored by the Sprucedale Hotel raised $3,000 toward the firemen’s association.  Hard surfacing has been completed to Highway 11 and is now being started on other arteries.  Park 2 Park Trail Association has funding to replace some decks and bridge railings and they will be ready for the snowmobile season.

6.13  Kearney Economic Development,

6.14  CAEDA

6.15 Magnetawan Area Business Association – Kay Tod reported on their summer events.   The Johnny Cash Night raised $6,000 toward the nursing station(s).  The 5 & 10 K Walk/Run were attended by a contingent from the North Bay Air Force and had a general turnout of 55 participants.  The event was listed on the Runners Room website and that drew 3 participants. The committee is thinking about the possibility a biathlon (bike/run) for next year.  The ATV Rally scheduled for Sept 26 & 27th has been cancelled for this year and planning will be reviewed.

6.17  Westwind Forest Service

6.18  Ministry Citizenship, Immigration, Health Promotion

6.19  Almaguin Highlands Inc. 


7.  Correspondence    The Labour Market Group (formerly Local Training and Adjustment Board) invitation to attend their annual community planning sessions.  Friday, September 26th, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m., Ten Gables Golf Inn, Sundridge.


8.  Other Business.   

9.  In-Camera


10.  Adjournment & Next meeting date:

                   Motions to adjourn at 12 noon:   Moved by Morley Moore, 2nd by Kay Tod.

Next meeting date Thursday, October 16th, 2008.

Back to AHED Minutes and News