We hope this finds you preparing for the Christmas and Holiday season!  
Pointe au Baril has had a busy fall, between the building of the new Nursing Station (left), the plans for the 2017 Canada’s Day Celebration in Pointe au Baril to celebrate 150 years, and the buzz surrounding the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Habitat for Humanity Build in Pointe au Baril for 2017!  Read On!
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Give a PaBIA Membership!
Have you considered giving a PaBIA Membership to one of your grown children who enjoy Pointe au Baril as much as you do? Well now is the time! You would both provide them with information about the area and what is going on through our newsletters and eBlasts as well as financially support PaBIA with all of its activities, events while keeping an eye out for concerns that affect us all!
Contact Nancy Rogers NOW and sign up your family members. Visit our PaBIA’s membership portion of PaBIA’s website for details!

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

2017 Canada’s Day to Celebrate the 150th Birthday!

Plans in Pointe au Baril for Canada’s Day Celebration are coming together beautifully!  PaBIA will have its tent at the Station where we will have membership brochures to hand out and the MP will be helping with the boating. PaBIA will be supporting the History Boat Hunt…with prizes for the winners!  
Plans for the events at the Community Centre include breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a band on a raft, boat ‘history hunt’ and fireworks.  An historical video is being made to be distributed on the day.  Participation is expected not only by the islanders but also by groups from Britt, Bayfield, Shawanaga and Magnetawan.  
Be thinking of what you might like to donate and contact Lauralee Kennedy should you have items to donate OR would like further information.

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Habitat for Humanity Build in Pointe au Baril 2017
To Celebrate Canada’s 150th!!!

  • LAND: It looks like land is being donated in PauB for a build!  Our Councilors are very supportive and are working through the details now. A Habitat site supervisor has approved the location.  
  • FACEBOOK: The PauB Habitat Facebook page is now up and running. It will be used for subsequent updates so that everyone can access the information:
  • FAMILY SELECTION PROCESS: The family selection process will begin soon after Habitat has gained ownership of the site. 

Many have asked how they can help support this project!
All folks can use Facebook  Please note that Canadians who donate through the Facebook page will get an automatic tax certificate emailed to them. 
  • Click On: Facebook;
  • Click on the blue button “Donate”; 
  • Click on General fund where you will see the Pointe au Baril Adopt a Home project;
  • Complete the process. 
For those U.S. friends who wish a tax certificate, go to 
  • Enter an amount in the orange window;
  • Click on “donate” that takes you to a second page for your contact/billing information;
  • Fill all the information out. 
  • Scroll down until you see Optional Details with “Designate Your Donation” a choice under it;
  • Check the box which says “Designate your donation’;
  • Choose: “To a Specific local Habitat organization”;
  • Click on the State/Province tab;
  • Scroll all the way down to: Province – Ontario and select: Ontario Gateway North. 

The Start Up Team: Tonia Blenkarn, Hilde Clark, Bob Fisher, Sted Garber, Helen Garber, Britta Gerwin, Carty Hall, David Kupp, Jane Manning-Marshall, Cathy & Rob Morel, Rob Muir, Elizabeth Rambeau, Nancy Rogers.

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Status of PaBIA’s Recommendations for Official Plan

The Township of the Archipelago (ToA) is required by Provincial law to review and amend its Official Plan (OP) every 5 years. As part of this process, the public is encouraged to participate.  PaBIA established the Official Plan Consolidated Zoning By Law Committee (OPCZBL) more than 3 years ago to review and recommend changes to the existing OP. The members of the Committee include and have included Jamie Bunston, Doug Hall, Ian MacLeod, Cam Richardson, Julia Sievwright and is Chaired by Tom Scoon.

The Committee proposed and the PaBIA Board approved a series of recommendations which were communicated to our Members through Connections. These recommendations were forwarded to our Councillors French and Williams and to the ToA. Some of the recommendations made are to be considered at the Zoning By Law level. After months and years of discussions, one recommendation, an increase of minimum lot size needed for severance from 2 hectares to 3 hectares, was included in the Draft of the New OP. However, the ToA Council, at its November 2016 meeting,  rejected this recommendation.
Our Councillors Williams and French and the ToA Staff suggest that we continue to work together through a review of the Consolidated Zoning By Law in order to address our concerns over development. PaBIA will do so.
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The Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association 

Unites Together Our “Water Access” Community To  Promote, Protect and Preserve This Unique and Natural Region. 

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