Northeast Town Council Notes

Childhood Cancer

Dayna Caruso, executive director of Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, made a deputation to the Northeast Town council requesting that September be declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the municipality.

“Given that cancer is the number one disease killing our children in Ontario, two children die of cancer every week in this province, it is imperative to raise awareness about the disease and its effects,” said Ms. Caruso. “One in every 285 children will be diagnosed with a malignant cancer by their twentieth birthday. In Ontario alone, over 400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and at any point in time over 4,000 of this province’s children require cancer care. It is estimated that treatment related expenses cost a family one-third of their after-tax income, and often forces them into a lifetime of debt. NOFCC provides programs and service to all Northern Ontario families during and after their journey through childhood cancer.”

Council carried a motion declaring September 2016 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the Northeast Town. Council also directed staff to raise the flag on top of the town office for the month and to work with Ms. Caruso to hang gold ribbons on trees and poles around the downtown.

Road use agreement donation

The McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement annual donation committee informed council that they had decided to split the $10,000 donation this year between the Legion, Skate Canada Manitoulin and the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 will receive $2,000 to assist them with improvements to their washrooms. Skate Canada Manitoulin will receive $2,000 to assist them with their programs and various events, while the $6,000 will go to the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary to assist them in reaching their goal of $25,000 to replace the televisions that provide programming free of charge to patients in the hospital.

Fire report

Northeast Town Fire Department Chief Darren Bailey presented council with his summer report. He noted that the department had calls for service on: June 25, for a bush fire on Green Bush Road; July 1, a hydro pole fire on Town Line Road; July 22, a house fire in Sheguiandah; July 28, a fire alarm at Little Current Public School; August 1, a bush fire on Goat Island; August 2, a truck fire spreading to a building on Bidwell Road; August 2, a rescue at the Cup and Saucer Trail; and August 4, a bush fire at the Manitoulin Ski Hill on Hwy 540.

Community services and public works

Reid Taylor delivered the community services report. In terms of the recreation centre, Mr. Taylor said that the staff are prepping for upcoming events and completing maintenance repairs and painting tasks. Staff have also started preparations for the ice season, with the ice plant start up to begin on September 6 and the ice available for rent starting on September 12.

This month at the recreation centre Mr. Taylor reported that there are weddings on September 3 and 17 and user group programs beginning such as ballet, martial arts and fitness programs.

He commented that the trails, parks and public washrooms are being inspected throughout the municipality and maintained regularly.

“Spider Bay Marina continues to be busy at the service dock, but transient boat traffic has slowed down as has the downtown docks,” said Mr. Taylor. “Staff are serving customers and completing maintenance tasks daily.”

He said that there are cruise ships coming September 3, 5 and 13.

“The children’s programs continue and are being well attended,” concluded Mr. Taylor.

Public works manager Gary May reported that touch up grading on the roads is being done where needed and that winter sand is being put up in the rural yard (Sheguiandah) and urban yard.

“Ditching and brushing is to start next week,” said Mr. May. “Equipment is working well and several staff will receive training on the new meter reading equipment.”

Town CAO Dave Williamson noted that there wasn’t enough money for the cost of the new salt shed, so the project would be changed to a multi-phase construction with the pad being installed this year and completed next year.

Building controls

Council reviewed the building controls report for August. It stated that there had been a total of 35 permits issued to date and that at present there are another three applications submitted with the plans under review. The total value of construction to date is $3,162 with a total building permit revenue of $40,036.47.

Building donation

Council granted the Current Quilts and Stitchery Guild permission to use the Artisan Incubator and Technology Centre for free for their quilt display August 4-6, 2017.

150th celebration mural

Council carried a motion of support for the town to request $20,000 in funding to commission murals for Canada’s 150th, showcasing the history and development of Little Current.

Airport report

Councillor Marcel Gauthier reported that the Manitoulin East Municipal Airport Commission had a good month with 144 airplanes landing and $5,600 sold in gas. He was also pleased to report that the Young Eagles event earlier this month had 79 participants. He commended The Expositor on their coverage of the event.


Mayor Al MacNevin spoke to council about the Association of Municipalities of Ontario which he and a few other members of council attended recently in Windsor. He said that they met with two ministry delegates—one from the Ministry of Transportation regarding the connecting link program and the other from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry about deer and geese crop damage.