We The Bay

We The Bay

November 23, 2021

In challenging times such as these we come to appreciate even more the value and support of our Georgian Bay community. Whether we’re full-time residents, seasonal chalet/cottagers, weekend warriors or tourists, the one thing that binds us all together is our love for Georgian Bay and everything it adds to our lives.  

It was that pride in her Georgian Bay community that got Natalie Thompson to thinking last April as the waves of the Covid storm began washing up on our shores. Having had her second year at Brock University cut short....

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Renee Ficko helps organize Collingwood protest that closed the street down

Renee Ficko helps organize Collingwood protest that closed the street down

By Hayden Watters, CBC News – June 11, 2020

Grade 12 student Reneé Ficko is used to organizing climate protests, but often has a hard time getting people to join in.

She helped put on a protest in her hometown of Collingwood, Ont., on Monday and was struck by how many came out. The community sits on Georgian Bay, 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

"We closed the street down and we marched," she said. "We live in a town where there is still a lot of racism."

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Saugeen Ojibway Nation Land Claims

Saugeen Ojibway Nation Land Claims

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Town of Collingwood releases 7 Step Checklist to Re-open your Business Safely

Town of Collingwood releases 7 Step Checklist to Re-open your Business Safely

The Town of Collingwood has released a 7 Step Checklist to help business get back to work - safely! 

Here's the Checklist:

  1. Start by Creating a Plan with the Business Development Centre Experts
  2. Review Sector Specific Re-Opening Resources
  3. Prepare Appropriate Safety Measures
  4. Become Aware of Symptom Monitoring and Testing Protocols
  5. Implement Store Specific Safety Practices
  6. Promote 'Shop Safely' Principles
  7. Seek Financial Advice and Support

To learn more WATCH THE VIDEO

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CANADIAN HOSPITALS CREATE ‘FRONTLINE FUND’ TO ARM WORKERS AGAINST COVID-19

CANADIAN HOSPITALS CREATE ‘FRONTLINE FUND’ TO ARM WORKERS AGAINST COVID-19

By Jon Meyer - Barrie 360 - April 21, 2020

There’s a way to arm frontline healthcare providers with the protective supplies they need to fight Covid-19. It’s called the The Frontline Fund......The fund will keep donations in the province you choose, meaning you can directly support ....the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation.....The funding will help frontline workers pay for hotel rooms, get mental-health supports and much needed personal protective equipment.

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First Nation sues for title to massive, scenic swath of Ontario and $90B as landmark trial starts

First Nation sues for title to massive, scenic swath of Ontario and $90B as landmark trial starts

By Adrian Humphreys - National Post (April 25, 2019)

TORONTO — A massive Aboriginal claim over some of the most picturesque geography in Ontario triggered a landmark trial Thursday, with a large contingent of lawyers politely starting a delicate dance over contentious issues of land, treaty rights and money.

The Saugeen Ojibway Nation is pressing a claim to ownership of government land across the entire Bruce Peninsula and a legally unique claim for Aboriginal title over the “water territory” around it — stretching from the international boundary with the United States in Lake Huron across to Georgian Bay — along with compensation that could amount, by their accounting, to $90 billion.

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Hockey Great Bobby Orr Talks About His Childhood Home

Hockey Great Bobby Orr Talks About His Childhood Home

(The Wall Street Journal)

My childhood house in Parry Sound, Ontario, was so cold in the winter you had to flick bits of ice off the light switches in the morning before turning them on. The outdoors was a big part of my life growing up the late '50s and '60s and it toughened me up.

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Systemic racism needs systemic change,' says AFN national chief on policing in Canada

Systemic racism needs systemic change,' says AFN national chief on policing in Canada

 By Sarah Turnbull CTVNews  June 14, 2020

 

OTTAWA -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says it’s time politicians and policing authorities move beyond the question of whether systemic racism exists in their institutions and start outlining concrete steps for police reform.

In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Chief Perry Bellegarde says the debate needs to progress from its existence in the forces to how change is implemented. 

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Water Levels on GBay

Water Levels on GBay

2021-May-17

May 16 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. 

GBA continues to keep a close eye on water levels to provide timely and accurate advice to members and local municipalities on what to expect throughout 2021.

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Two Ontario First Nations are claiming title to large parts of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Here's what that means

Two Ontario First Nations are claiming title to large parts of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Here's what that means

By Maura Forrest - National Post May 3, 2019

OTTAWA — In July 1615, French explorer Samuel de Champlain made his way by canoe down the French River toward Georgian Bay. Close to the mouth of the river, he encountered 300 Anishinaabe men who he dubbed cheveux relevés — “high hairs” — because of how they wore their hair tied up. In his journal, he wrote that he gave their chief a hatchet, which was received as a “rich gift,” and “asked him about his country.” The next day, he continued on to the bay.

Four hundred years later, this encounter will take on new relevance in a landmark court case in which two First Nations from Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, are claiming title to a large swath of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. That meeting with Champlain, they will argue, is one piece of evidence that their ancestors controlled access to their territory — including the open water — and that Europeans and other Indigenous peoples could only pass through with their permission.

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Georgian Bay Forever

Georgian Bay Forever

Georgian Bay Forever is a charity dedicated to scientific research and public education on Georgian Bay's aquatic ecosystem.

Their mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the aquatic ecosystem of Georgian Bay by funding accredited research on water levels, water quality, and ecosystems; by educating the public and governments on issues regarding the environmental protection, conservation, the safety and preservation of the water and the natural features of the Georgian Bay area of Ontario; and by enhancing the public's appreciation for their environment.

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The State of the Bay Project

The State of the Bay Project

Working with dozens of partner organizations in eastern Georgian Bay, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve creates an ecosystem health report called “State of the Bay” that is issued every 5 years. Their goal is to gather the best available research about water, wetlands, fisheries, and habitats in this unique landscape, and share it with people who care...

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