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   Healthy Workplace Month!
October is Healthy Workplace Month in Canada!
This month challenges participants to improve their workplace through activities and other best practices to promote healthy bodies, minds and corporate culture.
Learn about ways to make your workplace a healthier place to work.
Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors!
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation came into force July 1, 2014.
Here is the link to the training for workers and supervisors:

WSIB Launches New eNewsletter!
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has launched a quarterly e-newsletter entitled WSIB@WORK. The e-newsletter contains news, updates and stories from the agency, which administers compensation and no-fault insurance for Ontario workplaces.
To ensure that WSIB@WORK lands in your inbox every season, sign up now!

Support Ontario's Olympic Hopefuls!

Ontario's Elite Sailors are campaigning for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Meet "The Group of Seven (G7)" - a group of Canada's top ranked sailors, all of whom are Ontario Sailing Team alumni and senior carded athletes on the Canadian Sailing Team.

The G7 athletes, while all keen competitors on the water, have combined forces to raise awareness for Olympic sailing in Canada and to showcase how active Ontario sailors continue to be in Olympic sailing.

You are invited to attend a Brazilin themed evening at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Thursday, October 29th at the City Club (141 St. George Street). The evening will feature Brazilian cuisine, presentations by the G7 athletes, and a "boat part" auction. Youth sailors are also encouraged to attend as there will be a Q&A session for the youths with the athletes before the dinner. Approximately 75% of the ticket price will be eligible as a charitable donation.

For a good portion of their lives, these athletes have been training towards the dream of not only making it to the Olympics Games, but also winning an Olympic medal. The G7 are extremely dedicated, hardworking, skilled athletes that have one goal in mind and are willing to push themselves beyond the limits to achieve this goal. Sometimes finding their limits and being able to give it their everything can be restricted by the financial burden that comes along with Olympic sailing.

The G7 are seeking to raise the additional money they need to fund the final push in the Olympic quadrennial for the fast approaching Rio Olympic Games. The average annual budget to campaign successfully on the International stage is approximately $75,000, of which approximately 30% is funded by Sail Canada. The athletes need to raise the remaining 70% from working and fund raising with family, friends, supporters and sponsors. The last year of the quadrennial is the most intensive in terms of training and regattas and as such the time to work is significantly reduced.
To book your ticket for this fantastic event, contact:
141 St. George Street, Toronto
You can also support the G7 as a group or choose to support an individual athlete through the Wind Athletes donation page (http://www.windathletes.ca/donate).
Silver for Canada!

Perseverance pays off. Silver for Canada at the 2015 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships held in Chicago, Illinois.

The Chicago Yacht Club, in association with Sail Sheboygan, provided the fleet of Sonars and Tom 28s for the regatta.  Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States were represented with a total of fourteen crews racing in 3 different sight classifications.

The reigning Great Britain champion team from 2013 was present to defend their crown.
Canada's team, helmed by David Brown, competed in the B1 division. The B1 division requires the helm and main sail trimmer to have either no vision or only the ability to distinguish night and day. 
His blind main sail trimmer, Brian Arthur, received sad news of a death in the family just prior to the start of the regatta and had to return home to Canada.  The organizers allowed the jib trimmer, Karen Kinsey, to wear a blindfold and switch to trim the main sail because there were no spare blind sailors after other team injuries.  Chuck Nevel and Mike Whitford from CYCC volunteered to be tactician and jib trimmers for the Canadian team because fund raising was insufficient to bring their Canadian sighted crew.
The windy city lived up to its reputation. A storm blew in and the first day of racing was cancelled before any races could be started.  The Chicago Yacht Club race committee delivered five races on the second day. Strong 19 knot winds, 6 foot waves and some driving rain challenged the racers.  Canada took one bullet and multiple seconds to take a solid hold on second place after the first day.  Day three was wisely cancelled from the start due to high winds and 9 foot waves.  On the final day, the race committee was only able to run three races. Due to diminishing and shifting wind conditions, the racing was close with plenty of boat traffic at both the windward and leeward marks.  Constant attention to direction and sail trim allowed the team to narrowly fend off the advances of the Great Britain team.

Many thanks to the Chicago Yacht Club for hosting the regatta on short notice.

This best ever result for the Canadian team is promising for both the upcoming 2016 match racing world championships in Sheboygan Wisconsin and the 2017 world fleet championship in Galveston Texas.

Congratulations to Silver medal winners (r-l):  Mike Whitford (jib trimmer), David Brown (helm), Karen Kinsey (main trimmer), Chuck Nevel (tactician).
Sail Canada AGM & Conference!

The 2015 Sail Canada AGM and Conference will take place October 30 & 31 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, ON.
The Sail Canada Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 31st; time.
CLICK HERE for more information.