District receives grant to help region adapt to the effects of climate change

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Submitted by the District Municipality of Muskoka

The District Municipality of Muskoka has been granted $106,812 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) climate change grants initiative to help increase its capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change or reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions.

The District of Muskoka is among 58 communities across Canada benefiting from this initiative.

The Muskoka Watershed Council, a volunteer organization supported by the District and the Muskoka community issued its Planning for Climate Change in Muskoka report in 2016.  The report delivers 15 recommendations and actions for individuals, community groups, the business community and levels of government to prepare Muskoka for our changing climate.

“One of the recommendations taken from the watershed report was for The District Municipality of Muskoka to establish a climate-specific position,” states District Chair John Klinck.  “I’m very pleased that the District responded by creating a permanent Climate Change Initiatives Coordinator position in 2018.”

The FCM grant received by the District will assist in off-setting the salary earmarked to support this position.

The climate change grants are offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.  The District of Muskoka will allocate the funding over two years and use it to dedicate staff to activities such as developing a climate change action plan and adding climate change practices into daily municipal processes.

The District of Muskoka is committed to the stewardship of our natural environment—especially water and natural areas so that they are protected for the values they provide including support for resilient, diverse ecosystems and a vibrant economy.  

Learn more at: https://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/live-and-play/Environment-and-Natural-Resources.aspx

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3 Comments

  1. I hope that some of the funds will be used to protect our shorelines from damage caused by mismanagement at times of lake levels.

    Many of us spent lots of $ repairing damage from the floods 6 years ago.

  2. I am saddened by your plans for the use of the FCM monies. By the time you fund/partially fund this new position; and nip and tuck what is already an excellent 2016 report; you will have precious little left to initiate the actionable items listed in the report. I totally agree with incorporating climate change into your daily activities (although you’ve had over 3 years since the report to do this).
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    The new position, however, should be 100% funded by the District: Most municipalities already have a similar position (by whatever name), and it was instituted prior to any grant. The Muskoka Watershed Council definitely is worthy of an injection of cash, in order to continue at an increased pace on the 15 initiatives. It is, by far, the best use of financial resources; as most members are volunteers. Maybe, the summer students (who usually sample the lakes) should be assigned to the new Coordinator to help plan the day-to-day changes; plant trees; study the effects of winter salt vs. Dombine, etc.
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    As the Premier and his triumvirate examine the District through the lens of governance; no doubt, they also be looking at financial efficiency. The plan espoused here will, in no wise, pass muster.

  3. With these grants I always wonder.
    -Exactly where did the grant money come from? (probably your and my taxes somewhere)
    -After the “overhead” of an office and all that goes with it and the salary for the person is taken from the grant. What little will be left as Mr. Millman has asked, and further to the issue, will there be a report at the end of the year as to what was done and what it achieved?

    Climate change is a big issue. It is costing me over $40,000 per year in decreased winter business from 20 years ago and I am just one little tiny business. I’ve sadly seen nothing done by any government body that will even start to offset this loss.

    Simplified and fair “net metering” applications for solar and wind generation would be a simple, cost effective start to action that might help but so far, nothing is available that works economically for small business.

    Too bad as unless something concrete and actionable for citizens and small business comes from this type of grant, then all it really does is provide another job for some extra government employee. This will indeed help that employee but the rest of us remain in waiting for something useful that we can do or take part in that economically helps us all.

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