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 Volume 12 No. 22
Two Bears in trees
Nature in Motion: Ian Cooke was paddle boarding by when he saw a mother bear and her cub high in a tree. As he got closer, in the right picture, the mama bear starts to climb back down the tree and remained at the base of the tree as a means of protecting her young!

The weather has been glorious - with a rain storm on Sunday overnight to keep nature's balance, AND sunshine in the forecast for all week!

PaBIA's now has two 'events' underway: Photo Contest with an accompanying story AND the newest one, PaBIA's Scavenger Hunt! !! All the details are below but our Virginia Skuce, Director for Member Activities and Savannah Richardson, a team member, have worked together to bring to you a really fun event to do in your own time over these next 3 weeks! I hope everyone enjoying PaB will partake in this fun adventure. How well do you know PaB????

Please also put PaBIA's AGM (virtual this year) on your September calendar. We want everyone who wishes to join us to do so. More information will be coming next month, but put September 24th on your calendar now!
In this eBlast:
  • PaBIA's NEW Scavenger Hunt - for Everyone STARTS TODAY
  • PaBIA AGM Change of Date and Venue
  • PaBIA's 20-21 Cottage Patrol Tags Update for
  • Non-Canadian Members
  • PaBIA's Marine Patrol Message
  • EdCom: Become Wake Aware
  • PaBIA Sailing Races - Saturday Aug 1 @ 2:00 pm
  • Ojibway Club Art Show 2020 - Begins THIS WEEK!
  • GBBR: Seeing the Trees & Forest Thursday, July 30
  • GBLT Virtual LandMark Series: Living on the Edge - Aug 8th
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels July 27, 2020
Latest Updated Calendars for
July ( 7.13.20) and August (7.13.20)
Of Interest
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Begins TODAY

As a result of having to cancel all large events this summer, PaBIA has created a new, fun, yet safe activity for all cottagers! 
Scavenger Categories
The PaBIA Scavenger Hunt is a 3-week long Pointe au Baril adventure activity that includes six categories: Nature, Wildlife, Safety, Activities, Landmarks and Flags.

Participants will have to find the items or complete the activities outlined in the hunt and provide photo evidence using this "Hunt" game board . Each completed category earns one ballot toward the prize.

The scavenger hunt will run from July 29 th to August 19 th . The Submissions will be done via drop box (see hunt instructions for details). The hunt can be done individually or as a family.

Grand prize will be a $100 gift certificate to the Ojibway Club Gift Shop , with additional prizes of ice creams cones and PaBIA merchandise.

For questions about the hunt, please email Virginia Skuce or Savannah Richardson.
Messages From PaB's Eyes & Ears: Marine Patrol
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Marine Patrol is happy to safeguard the PaBIA community. What reminded the MP’s of this was an accident last week Thursday near Payne Marine involving a Seadoo and two individuals. When the Marine Patrol arrived at the scene, we were happy to have the support of the community while assisting the individuals. We are also happy to know that despite a pandemic, we are willing as a community to help each other when in a time of need. To the couple who helped the MP’s while they were in the water and volunteered their boat until EMS was called, once again, thank you.

PaBIA Marine Patrol has a message for all
Jet Skiers and Speed/Wakeboarding Boats:
Cartoon through narrow channels
Please slow down in tight channels that are less than 10 metres wide, the common rule for small channels is a maximum of 10 k/hr

Please be courteous : for those on the jet skis please avoid tailgating other pleasure crafts to cross through their wake for jumping or for annoyance. Many members have expressed their concern to the MP’s of scenarios when they have either been cut off or overcome by jet skiers and/or larger boats, causing terror and unwanted wakes to our members' boats or residences.

Please be cautious of those who have the right of way such as smaller boats, kayaks
Cartoon Sailing race
and sailboats. Slow down for these pleasure crafts and respect them by giving them a wide berth. In the case of a sailing race, please circumvent the racing boats by going behind ALL sailboats - as your wake can and does affect the sailboat's performance.

Remember to please wear lifejackets while partaking in water recreation; for example, when on a jet ski or wakeboarding, it is highly recommended to wear a life jacket in case of an accident similar to last Thursday's. As the skipper of any boat, it is mandatory that you have, at minimum, the same number of lifejackets for as many people on board.
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from Tom Scoon, President of PaBIA

As a follow up to last week's eBlast regarding:
  1. the borders closed to non essential travel until at least August 21st and
  2. the likelihood that many will not be able to come to Pte Au Baril this year with
  3. PaBIA's desire to support our American and overseas members by arranging for a late summer cottage patrol at the organization's expense,
PaBIA is also aware that many of our non Canadian members have had friends, neighbours or their contractors checking their cottagers throughout the summer and do not need this service.

Keeping that in mind and to save unnecessary expense, this extra service will be provided ONLY to those members who
  • need/want it and
  • REQUEST it by emailing Nancy.

As for the 2020-2021 Fall, Winter and Spring Cottage Patrols for those unable to get to their cottages this summer, Bruce Tiffin, PaBIA's Off season Cottage Patroller, will punch existing cottage patrol tags a second time - resulting in 6 punches rather than the traditional 3 and will replace any missing tags to give you the assurance that all your properties are checked and the patrol indicated by the punch mark.
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by Ann Doritty and Helen Bryce, PaBIA Education Committee

We value the entire PaB community with whom we share this incredible paradise. With the record high water levels we are experiencing this summer, we are all concerned about the impact of boat wakes on swimmers, other boaters and on endangered docks, boathouses, moorings and shorelines. It is for the safety of all and the consideration of property that we review what we are calling “wake awareness”!

Be aware of the following when driving:
  • the impact of the boat wake on swimmers, other small craft, canoes and kayaks,
  • the waves created by different boating speeds (planing, plowing and bow-down slow),
  • checking for other boats ahead and behind when accelerating or slowing down (the bow is very high and difficult to see over),
  • speeding up or slowing down too quickly (causing a bigger, more forceful wake),
  • where to enjoy water sports (only in open bays away from shorelines), and
  • shoreline erosion (driving speed under 10km/h when operating close to shore does not cause damage).
Pointe au Baril Geography
In addition, because of the variety of the bays and channels of our unique geography, boaters need to practise caution and vigilance when in “extra care zones” like Brignall Banks, Hemlock Channel, the S-turn (so marked on the PaBIA maps) and many others.

Reporting an infraction
The owner of the boat is responsible for any damage to property regardless of who is driving that boat. Please call the OPP toll-free at 1-888-310-1122 to file a report. With enough information, they will pay a visit to the owner.

The information you need to report an infraction is here .

More from the Federation of Cottagers Association (FOCA)
Visit this link for much more detailed and comprehensive information about watching your wake. 
Remember: PaBIA's Friendly Photo Fun Contest for Everyone!

Want to share your favourite pictures and the stories that surround those images from this summer's fun? Enter PaBIA's contest as often as you like - and please, don’t hold back - so we can together build a treasure house of 2020 summer memories! You might even win a prize!!!
Upcoming Events
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Notice of AGM
Change of date and venue

at 7 p.m. EDT, online.
Details and agenda to be announced.
2020 Ojibway Art Show ONLINE - New Website

July 31-August 9
It’s almost here … the 2020 Ojibway Art Show ONLINE opens on Friday July 31 at 5:00 pm and runs for 10 days, until Sunday August 9 at 5:00 pm. The NEW website will be . It will go live as of July 31 at 5:00 pm to view and purchase all available artwork for sale. Purchases must be made via credit card (art sales can’t be charged to member accounts).

You asked, we listened … would you like first pick of this year’s artwork? On Friday July 31 at 12:00 noon , we’ll grant 10 people “Front of the Line” access to the online sale. For a minimum donation of $200, you will gain access to the website at 4:30 pm to purchase one piece. The first 10 people to email: on Friday July 31 at 12:00 noon, with the subject heading “Front of the Line”, will receive this early access.

Make sure you follow along on our Instagram and Facebook over the coming weeks as we profile various artists and preview some of the art that will be available for sale or visit us at the: Ojibway Club Art Show Website . For more information, contact the Art Show Team
Sailing Aug 15
Sail Racing This Saturday August 1 st - 2 p.m.

Middle Reach Course
Our August series will start this Saturday August 1 at 2 pm on the Middle Reach course. We have decided to use this area for the summer as it offers excellent courses for multiple wind directions and is central.

Our starting system is 5/4/1/Start. For a quick refresher on the rules, flags and the starting sequence, see  Racing Rules .

July Series Winners
Last Saturday we held our first races, which were "winner take" all for the July season. The winners were:
  • Albacore - Rainer Kaufmann/Madeleine Arsenault (it helps to be the only boat in the fleet!)
  • Laser - Andy Rogers
  • Flying Scot - Eric and Andrew Vanderwal (is it getting boring winning all the time?)

COVID 19 Reminders
A reminder that our races must comply with the Ontario  Stage 3 COVID requirements .  You are encouraged to read them, but a few simple reminders:
  • If you are sailing with another person, please make sure they are either in your family/social circle "bubble" or wear masks (not easy but possible)
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from other boats and the Race Committee boat, including at the start and at mark rounding

See you out there!

Commodore PaBIA Sailing

PS Hope to see you out there! If, however, the weather is inclement on any one Saturday, PaBIA's Sailing Commodore, Stephen Griggs, sends out an PaBIA Sailing eBlast cancelling the sail. If you would like to receive this notification from Stephen and you don't at the present time, please email Stephen directly to ask to be added to his mailing list!
Seeing the Trees & the Forest: 
Meet Your Forest Pests 
With guest hosts Margaret Scott & Barry Davidson, Westwind Forest Stewardship 
Tomorrow - Thursday
July 30 th 11:00 am EDT

 We will explore the forest pests currently in the Biosphere and the ones on their way here: Beech Bark Disease, Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Oak Wilt, and more.

About the presenters:
Barry Davidson is the Forest Management Plan author, guiding the planning and silvicultural programs at Westwind since 1998. He previously worked as a Forester and Project Forester for the Vegetation Management Alternatives Program for MNRF and as the Program Manager for the Forest Biodiversity Program for Wildlife Habitat Canada.

Margaret Scott started at Westwind in the winter of 2017 after completing the Master of Forest Conservation program at the University of Toronto. Margaret is a Registered Professional Forester.
Virtual LandMark Speaker Series

August 8th – 10 am – Dr. Ryan Norris: 
Living on the Edge:
The ecology and behaviour of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park

Although Canada Jays are common residents of our North American boreal forests, their natural history and ecology remains somewhat of a mystery, even to those that see them regularly. Using a combination of long-term data and recent experiments, Dr. Norris will discuss the year-round ecology of this fascinating and highly intelligent bird, including what factors influence their survival and reproductive success. He will also address why we have observed over a 50% decline of Canada Jays at the southern edge of their range and how this may be related to long-term changes in climate.

Register here  to receive a link to attend the online presentation.
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels July 27, 2020
To better read the charts, please  click  on the chart for the
Daily or Six Month Forecast Water level chart and the corresponding websites
Daily Water Level Key 2020
Yearbook Update
With each eBlast, we will provide you a list of names for those who 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!

Cairns, Melanie
Hall, Jason 
Advocating for the Island Community,

Your PaBIA Directors
Pointe au Baril Islanders' Association 

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in accordance with the PaBIA Policy on Communications
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