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 Volume 12 No. 2
It may be the middle of winter, but PaBIA has been busy on your behalf. Just think we are more than half way from the end of our summer 2019 and the start of summer 2020. Your PaBIA Board has been very busy over these months, working with our councillors and local contractors to bring a summer that points to good stewardship as well as to work with our committees to provide you a summer (even this winter) with fun events, education and awareness.

And our G4 is busy providing educational events between now and the start of summer. So please check it out and take a look at all that is in this eBlast... and remember, summer isn't too far away!
In this eBlast:
  • WANTED: PaBIA Marine Patrol Applicants for Summer '20
  • PaBIA Dues Notice
  • PaBIA Membership Dues Reminder
  • Bay Notes: Ward 3 Councillors
  • Upcoming: Junior Member Event: March 7th
  • Upcoming: GBLT LANDMARK Speaker Series - March 25
  • Upcoming: GBF Energy Rights & Wrongs Program April 25th
  • GBF Families for Change (F4C) Winter Task Suggestions
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels February 11, 2020
  • In Memoriam
  • Yearbook Update
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WANTED: Two Marine Patrol Applicants
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Do you, or someone in your family, have an interest and ability to serve your community? Protect the environment? Participate in scientific testing? Promote boating safety and the interests of a dynamic community association?

The Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association (PaBIA) is seeking students currently enrolled in grade 12 or university/college with a strong interest in the local environment, protecting community quality of life, and promoting better boating safety. 

The employment period is Saturday, June 21 to Monday, September 2, 2020. Training will be provided from June 21st—June 30th.
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The Marine Patrol position demands maturity, dedication, and teamwork. Individuals will be required to work autonomously, follow well-defined protocols, and demonstrate sound decision-making in advancing PaBIA’s agenda and those of its partners: Georgian Bay Land Trust and Canadian Coast Guard. It is a ‘resume-worthy’ position with attractive compensation for students that are looking for a demanding position with serious responsibilities.

A detailed job description can be found at PaBIA's  website . For those students interested in a Marine Patrol position, please apply for the 2020 Summer Program by email with:
  • a cover letter,
  • resume
  • references

to both : Bill Culp , Marine Patrol Supervisor, and  Nancy Rogers , PaBIA Secretary-Treasurer. 

US citizens are welcome to apply!

The DEADLINE for receipt of all resumes is  February 21st, 2020.
Did You Receive Your PaBIA Dues Notice?

We have a good detective at work among us! Nancy Rogers has had two Membership Dues envelopes returned because mailing address label came off (!) - one to American and one to Canadian address (only way she knows that is through amount of postage). Anyone who hasn't received their membership notice should contact Nancy Rogers directly ASAP.

Membership dues are due NO LATER than March 15th to be published in the 2020 Yearbook.
Membership Dues Payment Reminder - March 15

PaBIA has made it easy to pay your dues through a variety of channels.
  • Cheque & Membership renewal application mailed to Nancy
  • E-transfer via PayPal to Nancy
  • Website
Calendars for July and August have been Updated
Ward 3 - December 12-13, 2019.
Pointe au Baril, Skerryvore, Frederic Inlet, Shawanaga Bay & Lighthouse Neighbourhoods
Council Update
The Proceedings of the December Meeting of Council provide a snapshot of how the Township of The Archipelago is building on its strengths, further applying the Six Principles of its Strategic Direction on an operational and implementation level, and by preparing for the future, on this one-year anniversary of the Inaugural Meeting of the 2018 - 2022 TOA Council.

Upcoming Events
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Calling all PaBIA Junior Members
Winter PaB Picnic
A Pointe au Baril Winter Experience

Saturday, March 7 th
Sharpe Cottage, Pointe au Baril
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter in PaB
Blue sky, crisp cool air and a
fresh layer of white snow -
Now that is the perfect day for a picnic!
Grab your winter gear and join us for a
PaB picnic like no other!

11:00 a.m. - Depart from Shawanaga Landing Rd
12:30 p.m. - BBQ Picnic Lunch at Sharpe's xxxxxxxxxxx Cottage courtesy of PaBIA
3:30 p.m. - Depart Sharpe's cottage
7:00 p.m. - Après at Boston Pizza in Parry Sound
For those who want to continue the fun,
we encourage you to stay the night in Parry Sound!
PaB Winter Scenes
For directions, event details and to RSVP, email Virginia !
LANDMARK Speaker Series

Country Turtle, City Turtle:
Helping to keep them safe in a changing world
with Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser

Join us on Wednesday, March 25th for a fascinating talk about turtle conservation from an expert in the field. Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser has conducted research in Georgian Bay's wetlands and throughout the Great Lakes for decades, with a recent focus on at-risk turtles. She will talk to us about the way turtles use Georgian Bay's wetlands and other habitats, the increasing threats that they face, and how we can use ecological knowledge to keep them safe.
 LANDMARK Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 25th
6:30 reception, 7:15 talk
Bishop Strachan School
298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
Free admission

Please join us at the reception before the talk for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres! PAT CHOW-FRASER is Professor of Biology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, where she teaches courses in applied ecology and management of aquatic ecosystems. The Chow-Fraser lab uses remote sensing techniques to predict the effect of water level, invasive species, and human disturbance on the quality and quantity of marsh habitat in the Great Lakes, with an emphasis on Georgian Bay. Dr. Chow-Fraser led development of ecological indicators using fish, plant, turtles, and water-quality information to assess the ecological status of coastal wetlands. In recent years, she has used interdisciplinary approaches to classify and identify habitat for at-risk freshwater turtles and important sportfish including pike and muskellunge.
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Georgian Bay Forever has written a Position Paper on Global Warming. It concludes by saying: " GBF is concerned about the impact of climate change on the Bay. We will do our part to tackle climate change through:

  1. Conducting research to better understand the threat that climate change poses to Georgian Bay;
  2. Educating  the  Georgian Bay community about climate change’s causes and consequences;
  3. Working with volunteers and other organizations to reduce, mitigate and remediate climate change’s negative impacts on Georgian Bay; and
  4. Encouraging individual, social and political action in order to avoid climate change’s worst consequences.

We cannot avoid the consequences of our warming climate but we can take actions to limit the damage, reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and, over the long term, limit the warming of our planet. 
Energy - Rights and Wrongs.
Can we do more right? Yes we can.
April 25th
Toronto, at the The Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre

What is it? Each event session features 2 parts:
  • Part 1: Get the big picture on Ontario's Renewable Energy Grid, xxxxxxxand future possibilities. A presentation by Georgian Bay xxxxxxxForever's Executive Director, David Sweetnam.
  • Part 2: Test drive an electric vehicle and get all your questions xxxxxxxanswered by Plug 'N Drive staff.

Tickets are $20 and include light refreshments.
Register for your choice of session that works for you
either morning or afternoon
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Families For Change –
New Winter Tasks!
If you and your family are concerned about climate change and pollution, but don’t really know where to start, Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) has a
program for you. It’s called Families For Change (F4C). We started it in the summer, and have a new task list for this winter.
How does it work?

It’s entirely up to your family. GBF’s F4C program can take as much time as you and your family have to devote to it. Your family can choose
from 15 tasks in 4 different categories or you can simply focus on one or two. The categories include:
  • Eating For The Planet,
  • Reducing Shoreline Litter,
  • Making Friendly Choices, and
  • Consider Your Transportation

Is your family competitive? There is even an optional contest your family can enter for a chance to win 1 prize pack from Patagonia with an estimated value of $1000. Please join families making a difference in reducing our collective impacts on the future of the environment.

To get started, register today!
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels - Feb. 11, 2020
To better read the charts, please  click  on the chart for the
Daily Water level chart and the website for the Water Levels
Daily Water Level Key 2020
In Memoriam
Derek Bate , A144 - 1 'Charley's Isle', husband of the late Catherine Bate, father of Derek (Elizabeth), John (Jennifer) and Graeme (Laureen), brother-in-law of John and Margaret Catto, January 2020.

John Digby , past PaBIA member and Board member (Medical Director), A318 'Kanadeio', husband of Donna, father of Martha, Tom, Philip and Ian, January 2020.

Todd Irvin, son of past PaBIA members Frank and Ginny Irvin, brother of Chris Irvin, A107 -1 'Camp Cleveland', January 2020.

Brian Sworan , A330 - 1 'Addoms Is.', grandson of Anne and Pete Towson, son of Janey Towson, March 2019.
Yearbook Updates
Each week, we will provide you a list of names for those who have provided updated information. The details of all the changes since the Yearbook's came out in April is  provided in a printable format   for you to print out and insert into your own Yearbook copy!
Advocating for the Island Community,

Your PaBIA Directors
Pointe au Baril Islanders' Association 

PaBIA reserves all rights regarding decisions on communications to its members
in accordance with the PaBIA Policy on Communications
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Affiliated Organizations  
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 •  IJC - International  •   •   •    •  •  Joint Commission 
 •  CGLR - Council of the Great  •  •  Lakes Region

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