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Best Practices for the use of Dock and Boat House De-icer Systems .

October, November, December is the time of year that waterfront property owners with boathouses and docks start up their "Bubbler" systems it seems. The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association has been researching the use of these "Ice-away" devices and the need for their prudent use. The MRA feel the need, the intensity and the safety of using these systems was worthy of our comments being published.  Please click on De-Icer Systems which will discuss our Best Suggested Practices. .

Election Results

The municipal election of 2014 resulted in a new Mayor, 3 new faces, and 6 returning councillors.  The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association congratulates these individuals, and also the those candidates who were not successful for being engaged in the democratic process.

Don Furniss was elected as Mayor. For the remainder of the results, please follow this link - Election Results.

We have created a special News Category to consolidate information about the 2014 municipal election.  To access this, select the "NEWS" menu item at the top of the page, and the select the "Elections - 2014" category to list the articles currently available.  You can also just click on this link - Elections-2014.

All Candidates Meeting Held

On Saturday, September 27th the MRA hosted an All Candidates Meeting at the Port Carling Community Centre moderated by President, Liz Denyar and Past President, Peter Long.  Candidates from all three wards were in attendance.  Those running for municipal and district seats had three minutes to present their opening statements, while candidates for mayor had five minutes.

This was followed by a question period.  As has been our policy in the past, all questions were vetted by a committee of past and present MRA board members to insure that the questions did not include personal attacks or duplications.  All candidates were allowed one minute to answer questions posed to them.

Following the question period, all municipal and district candidates were allotted one minute for closing statements, while mayoral candidates were given two minutes for their closing statements.

Prior to the All Candidates Meeting the MRA forwarded a list of questions to each candidate.  The questions with the candidates’ answers were compiled into a handout which was available at the end of the meeting and can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on this link -All Candidates - Handout All Candidates - Handout

All candidates were respectful of their allotted times.  The MRA was pleased with a turn out of approximately 275 people on a bright and sunny Saturday morning.  We would like to thank all those who attended to hear the candidates speak and the candidates for their participation.

Council Report Card – 2010 to 2014 ……. In Our Opinion

The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association has attended all Council, COW and Planning meetings for the past 4 years, and has just released its opinion of the current Council and Mayor.  To access our report card, please CLICK HERE

Bala Falls Update

Bala Falls has dominated much of the election talk so far, and we will wait for the dust to settle before further updates. You can read about the ongoing saga current to summer 2014 by following the following link - The Tale of Bala Falls

Our New Web Site

Note: If you reached our site using our old web address (, please update your bookmarks / favourites to reflect the new one (  The old link will cease to work in the future.

We are pleased to finally introduce our new web site. It has been designed to provide much easier ways to navigate around the site, and ultimately to search for material in which you may be interested. It is also easier for us to update, so that we can get you information much more quickly.

As the site is more fully implemented, you will be able to join or renew your membership, and also sign up for newsletters of particular interest to you.  You will also be able to update your personal information online should you wish to do so (of course, you can always contact us in whatever form you chose - email, phone, mail, etc).

We will also have an events calendar to indicate Ratepayer happenings, meetings of the Township or District, or general interest activities.

Please bear with us as the site is rolled out, but more importantly, please let us know of any errors that you spot, or suggestions that you have to make the site more useful to you.  You can send your suggestions and comments regarding the site to


Simply click below to join,  or renew through PayPal and enter the required information. 

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