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Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone



Protecting Your Lake

Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone

2018 Dysart Election Report

2018 Dysart Election Report     (submitted to the RLCA by John Smith – Incoming Councillor Ward 4)

As most will know by now in the recent municipal election Andrea Roberts was elected as Dysart’s new Mayor, Patrick Kennedy was elected as the new Deputy Mayor, I was elected as the new Councillor for Ward 4 and Walt McKechnie was re-elected as Councillor for Ward 5.  

After about 35 years of service as our Reeve/Mayor, Murray Fearrey leaves with a legacy of service to our community that may never be matched.  After eight years of service as our Ward 4 Councillor Susan Norcross decided to retire and did not seek re-election. We all owe both individuals our heartfelt thanks for their dedication and commitment to serving our community.

The RLCA remained neutral during the election process.  However echoing the sentiments of both the CHA and FOCA the RLCA did work to inform all residents, including seasonal cottagers, of the importance of voting.  Along with other lake associations, the RLCA promoted multiple all candidates’ meetings and shared material provided by all candidates with its membership. With these activities the RLCA hoped to improve the voter turnout in the 2018 election.

So what happened in Wards 4 and 5?


Factor/Election Year







# Ward 4 Eligible Voters




# of Ward 4 Voters Who Voted




% of Voters Who Voted




% of Permanent Residents Who Voted




% of Seasonal Residents Who Voted





# Ward 5 Eligible Voters




# of Ward 5 Voters Who Voted




% of Voters Who Voted




% of Permanent Residents Who Voted




% of Seasonal Residents Who Voted





In 2018 the voter turnout for both Wards 4 and 5 actually exceeded the turnout for all of Dysart (45.6% and 49.4% vs. 45.2%).  There may have been multiple reasons for the significantly improved turnout among seasonal residents but the good news is that more people voted.  It is also notable that only Wards 4 and 5 in Dysart experienced higher turnouts in 2018 compared to 2010 and 2014. The other three wards had declines of varying degrees.    

Let’s hope we can continue to improve the voter turnout in future elections.  After all, as Barack Obama recently said, “There’s no good excuse not to vote.”  In Canada later this month on Remembrance Day we all pause to honour the more than 100,000 Canadian military services men and women who, since 1914, have given their lives so that we might be free from tyranny and have the right to vote.  What message do we deliver about our respect for their sacrifice when we fail to exercise that right?


How did Wards 4 and 5 vote?

The results in the Mayor’s race suggest many Ward 4 voters were looking for a change.  Andrea Roberts carried Ward 4 by 409 votes (nearly half of her overall margin of victory).  With 63% of the vote in Ward 4 it was actually her strongest performance across all of Dysart.  In Ward 5 just 54% of voters supported Roberts.

About 53% of Ward 4 voters selected Patrick Kennedy as their choice for Deputy Mayor while at 61% Ward 5 was Kennedy’s strongest result across all five wards.

In an extremely tight race Walt McKechnie won re-election as the Councillor for Ward 5 by a margin of just 14 votes.     


On a personal note, I want to express my warmest thanks to all Ward 4 voters who took the time to vote and elect me as your new Councillor.  I deeply appreciate the confidence you showed in me. Please feel free to contact me by email at or by telephone at either 705-754-9844 or 647-393-5528 should you ever have comments or questions you wish to share with me.


What to know What to plant Where...

Shoreline Plant Search 

Shoreline Vegetation - Expert Recommendations

The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA) working with Julia Sutton and their technology partner (TechnicalitiesPlus) have created a web page that will present you with a selection of "Native" trees, scrubs, grasses, wildflowers and ferns for your property.  The tool has options to specify your soil, sunlight, moisture, and location. 

Abbey Gardens is gearing up to source all of the plants and trees - contact them for availability.  Anyways, great tool to maintain or bring your shoreline back to life and greatly enhance your shoreline for all your aquatic friends.

PS. Julia will be speaking at our Annual General Meeting - July 14th.  Stay tuned.


What's New

2018 FOCA Fall Seminar report


Thanks to Barb Lavasseur for attending and reporting.

16 November 2018

Membership Update - November 2018


Membership Update - November 2018

16 November 2018

Membership Update - September 2018


Membership Update - September 2018

21 September 2018


Saturday Jul 14, 2018
Save the Date - 2018 AGM

Save the date - 2018 RLCA AGM

21 March 2018

Saturday May 26, 2018
image Wanted Bat Sightings

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust's first ‘Bat’ event of the season is a presentation to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their ferocity to feast on those pesky biting insects.  It is taking place on Saturday May 26th “Exploring the Lives of Bats” at the Minden Cultural Centre @ 7:00pm. Please join them for a presentation by one of the world’s foremost authorities on bats, Brock Fenton, Professor Emeritus of Biology/UWO.

17 May 2018

Saturday Aug 12, 2017
image Haliburton Highland Outdoor Association - BBQ

It's BBQ time
Help keep fishing alive in the County.
Join us for our annual conservation dinner at the Haliburton Curling Club
Saturday, August 12, 2017
View Unique Auction Items from 4 pm
Auction Begins at 5:30 – Dinner 6:00 pm
Tickets: $35/person
$85 per family with children under 18

Tickets: Contact Dee and reserve a table 705-457-9664

14 July 2017

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Lake levels are fluctuating. On occasion you may find floating hazards, logs etc. Additionally as the lake level lowers, rock hazards may or may not be entirely visible. As always caution is advised.

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