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Redstone Lake Cottagers Association

Protecting Your Lake

Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw and Redstone

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. 

Your executives continue to meet (virtual) to plan the year.  At this point we are expecting to conduct our Annual Membership Drive and Annual General Meeting virtually.  Our AGM is still planned for Saturday, July 11 and will be a shorten online presentation.  Our Membership Coordinator has started working with her team to design and execute an effective Membership Drive.  Details to follow shortly.

You'll see a message below from Andrea Roberts on seasonal residents, we're happy to see the message from our local leadership.   You'll also see an update from John Smith on our landfills and some sobering information on cost of managing our our garbage and recycling.
Safe waterfront living during the pandemic

Watch a new video update from FOCA's Executive Director and Dr. Rosanna Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health, Peterborough Public Health:


In discussions with our members and elected representatives from across the Province, FOCA has weighed in to share the best practical advice about special considerations at the waterfront, during this pandemic. Whether you are travelling to, or living at, your waterfront home, you will find lots of helpful tips, links and news updates, here: 
News of note on FOCA's update webpage:
  • on May 14, the Premier of Ontario announced more easing, including the opening of marinas and boat launches on Saturday, May 16
  • Ontario extended the Emergency Order to May 19 (see May 6 item)
  • Parks Canada has delayed the opening of the Trent-Severn and Rideau Waterways until at least May 31 (see April 15 item)
  • the Canada/U.S. border remains closed to May 21 (see April 18 item)
FOCA will continue to post news to our website, and to provide monthly e-news updates. Ensure we have your consent to continue sending you the Elert!
Parks Canada
Water Levels are slightly below average.
From the desk of Andrea Roberts

These last few months have been trying times for all. We were initially told the closures and restrictions would only be a couple of weeks, but as the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic became clearer, it was necessary for the Province to continue with the safety measures they had put in place. One of the messages from the Federal and Provincial governments was to stay away from your cottage, cabin, or second property. It was crucial for travel to stop, even between communities, so health officials could do contact tracing and try to stop the spread of this powerful and devastating virus. We never had any authority to ban travel into or out of our community, and we know some people decided to isolate here in Dysart at their cottage. However, that messaging created some frustration and confusion for seasonal communities, which then led to some very unfair and unkind comments.

The May long weekend is almost here, and while the weather has been unseasonably cold, people still want to come to their properties to do the usual chores and maintenance. The Premier, in consultation with Mayors across cottage country, is now asking people to only come if they feel they need to. This is not the traditional party weekend, known affectionately as the “May 24”. You are welcome to come to your cottage, but please bring what you need for the time you are up here. All the other restrictions are still in place and they are there to protect all of us. No gatherings of more than 5 and absolutely NO fires or fireworks.

Everyone should always feel welcome here, as we all add to the vibrancy and culture of Dysart et al. We know the importance that we all collectively make to contribute to this community.

This Spring, we welcome back our seasonal residents with open arms but six feet apart. So, get your gardens raked, clean the windows, put in the docks, repair the little things that always need fixing, and plan for the summer ahead. The warmer weather will be here and while the summer of 2020 won’t be the same in the Highlands, it will still be a beautiful, peaceful place where wonderful family memories will be made. We truly are all in this together, so be patient and be kind to each other.

Andrea Roberts
Mayor Municipality of Dysart et al.

From the desk of John Smith

Dysart’s Landfills

  • In mid March the Emergency Control Group, which is managing the COVID emergency for Dysart, made the decision to temporarily close two local landfills including the one on Kennisis Lake Road in order to minimize and control public contact points and to deal with potential staff shortages.  Fortunately this landfill is re-opening this Saturday May 16th. 
  • The net operating costs for Dysart’s five landfill sites is over $3 million per year.  Hauling away garbage and recycling containers is a huge portion of this cost.  Private contractors now haul our garbage to locations in southwestern Ontario – a round trip of over 1,000 kilometers.  Recycling materials get trucked to a processing centre near Bracebridge.  Each of us can contribute to lowering these costs by minimizing the amount of material we drop off at the landfill site.  Think about that when you buy something.  Also flatten your metal cans and milk cartons and squish your plastic containers before placing them in the recycling container.  Today we pay a lot to truck the air inside empty containers. 


  • Composting can help reduce your volume of waste and at the same time produce content that can naturally improve the health of vegetation on your property
  • Dysart is making both composters and digesters available at cost.  All of the details are available at
  • I have personally composted waste for years here at Kennisis and had no issues with bears or other wildlife
Yours truly

John Smith
Councillor Ward 4
Dysart et al
705-754-9844 (home)
647-393-5528 (cell)
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COVID-19 and Septic Systems

Septic owners should be mindful that every septic system has a finite capacity.

If your system is stressed or overloaded beyond its capacity, you could end up with a messy, costly failure.

Self-isolation & shelter-in-place policies can stress septic systems – Are you spending more time at home and trying to keep the Coronavirus at bay? This can increase the load on your septic system. More food is being prepared at home. Many people are washing more dishes....

Healthy Shorelines
Spring planting
For those of you who are thinking about your garden (and what else would you rather think about these days?), here are some sources of native plants and planting advice that, as of this writing, are going to be around to help you.

Native plant sales
Below are some sales and sources, ordered by the date you need to place your orders.  Native planting resources

Please use Interac eTransfer to when making your membership payments.  Your payment will be deposited automatically into RLCA's bank account.

2020:  257 memberships paid to date - which includes 9 new members!!
2019:  333

Annual Membership Drive
Due to Covid 19 this year's Membership Drive will take a different form as we will not be doing the door-to-door drop of our packages.  We are currently exploring different options to reach out to new members.  If you have an idea on how we could achieve this please drop me a note at  

Our goal for 2020 is to attain 355 memberships 
257 memberships paid to date - which includes 9 new members!!
To attain our goal - We need 13 more new members and we need 85 membership renewal payments.

Generally we receive a lot of membership payments at our AGM in July.  The AGM will be virtual this year, so we encourage you to make your payment by Interac, PayPal or mail a cheque.  Go to for more info.

Donna Luger

Membership Coordinator
With that, we'd like to again offer you the opportunity to support the Association by volunteering for the role of Secretary. Ideally we'd like to see someone from either Little Redstone, Pelaw or Coleman to give us wider representation from the lakes of the Association.

The executive meets about 5-7 times a year for about 2 hours.  We meet in person or on video or conference calls when needed.   Your commitment can be for 2020 only if that works for you.

Thank you in advance.  Please email if you are interested.

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