Fire Ban / Summer 2020 Update

Dear BICA community,

Please be advised that effective July 6, 2020, the Town of NEMI is currently under a Total Fire Ban.  This means no burning permits will be issued and open burning or use of chimneas is not permitted.  We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We find ourselves experiencing the strangest of summers. We would like to reach out through this newsletter to share some information about this summer season.

The Bay does not seem the same while at this time the Canada-US border is closed and Whitefish River First Nation has restricted access. There are very few boats and the activity level around the marinas is quiet. 

With social distancing in effect, all social activities are postponed until 2021:

*The Anuual General Meeting will be held via Zoom this Fall. More details about this will be announced later.
*The Launch of Laurentide Legacy II will also be postponed until 2021. You will find a note about this on the website.
*For the book club we hope that the Scott Allison family will pick up next year in leading this activity. 

As for activities that are continuing:
*Thank you to Rick Fournier and John Moskal for taking up the water testing program. The first water testing date was June 21 and you will soon find the results on the BICA website.
*Phragmities eradication will continue. We now have three major sights and there may be more. Those of us in the Bay should keep an eye out for more sights. Michael Dewson continues to lead this effort for our community. We will need more volunteers to help with this so if you are available please contact Michael at

*We continue to benefit from a strong presence on the political action front with the Georgian Bay Association. You will find on the GBA website information about what the Province of Ontario is doing regarding measures around marinas, and for our American members the GBA has written a letter to Premier Ford regarding the restrictions imposed at the US Canada border.

As we continue with social distancing measures, we hope you continue to be well and stay safe as this unprecedented summer unfolds. If you have any questions about the work we continue to do on your behalf be sure to contact either Celesta or myself.


Celesta Bjornson and Sheila Williams