Why do we love Trout Lake? We come for serenity, relaxation, recreation, being in nature, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, kayaking, canoeing, family time, socializing, and so on.
How many people “retreated” to Trout Lake during Covid-19 as an escape from the health dangers and stresses of city life and lockdowns? We were able to regain a sense of normalcy here, maintain social distancing, and de-stress throughout this period. We’ve been very privileged and fortunate to be able to do so. And now we have a lot to lose.
When the Happy Summer Village development began, many members approached the Association and asked what the Board was doing about it. The TLCA formed the Lake Development Review Committee which has been representing our members, the campers, by researching by-laws, the Official Plan, environmental regulations, septic tanks, species at risk, provincial policies, and meeting with municipal and planning officials to discuss the many issues surrounding the Happy Summer Village development. The Association co-ordinated a major opposition to the proposed by-law at Municipal Council in September. Unfortunately, as you know, Council chose to go ahead with its bylaw.
We all understand the environmental risks that this development could cause. Every single person who voiced their opposition, mentioned the environmental issues. The safety issues are also very significant. The quality of life on Trout Lake is at stake.
We now need to fund-raise for the appeal and ongoing work on this issue. We will require significantly more money to do this. I hope that every single Trout Lake family will step up and support this important cause. If everyone contributes at least $200, we can reach the fund-raising goal. Your family, extended family and friends who all come to enjoy Trout Lake could contribute.
Consider making a Christmas donation to the lake you love. Friends and family could donate instead of giving another gift we don’t need. Over 1,500 people signed the petition – could you reach out to those you know? We all need to pitch in if this appeal is to go forward. And time is short. The appeal hearing date could be set in the very near future. We need the funds to be able to proceed. Trout Lake needs you!
If sufficient funds cannot be raised, we will need to withdraw from this appeal, so as not to put the Campers Association at risk. The Board will be meeting in January to make a decision as to how to proceed.
I am personally very passionate about protecting Trout Lake, and I know you are too. You’ve raised families here, generations keep coming back to the lake, properties are passed down in families. This is our happy place. We are financially, physically and emotionally invested in life at Trout Lake. Let’s not let inappropriate development ruin it for everyone.
Please, donate today. Ask your family and friends to contribute too.
You can donate through the GoFundMe campaign here
Use the Contact Us button to reach the Treasurer and he will guide you on sending an e-transfer.
OR mail a cheque to TLCASD
PO Box 315
Noelville, ON P0M 2N0
Please don't wait, donate today! Thank you.