Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Municipal Election Candidates in East Gwillimbury




As we said in the October 1st blog, all Bare Oaks members with a long-term campsite are non-residential tenants under Ontario Municipal Elections Act and are therefore eligible to vote in East Gwillimbury. (visit the blog for instruction on how to vote)

We sent an email to all of the candidates in East Gwillimbury and asked them to send a paragraph or two (max. 1,000 characters) explaining why Bare Oaks members should vote for them. Below are the responses we received in the order we received them:

Tara Roy-DiClemente http://www.tarard.ca/
Councillor Candidate
Why Vote for Me?
1. I appreciate the value of having a facility like Bare Oaks in our community – through the visitor dollars, amenities and employment it provides.
2. For the past 4 years, I have been part of a Council team that has delivered historically low tax increases, eliminated debt, and increased reserves, all while enhancing municipal services like our library and fire department.
3. I am the only Councillor to post my expenses & voting record online.
4. I understand the pressures of growth and am committed to building safe, liveable neighbourhoods.
5. I listen to residents, I take action, and I get results.
6. I want Council meetings recorded, archived and broadcast online.
7. I do my research and am not afraid to ask tough questions.
8. I have the best attendance record on Council.
I invite you to visit my website www.tarard.ca, follow me on twitter @tarard or find me on Facebook for more information.

Marlene Johnston http://www.marlenejohnston.ca/
Councillor Candidate
I am respectfully asking Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park residents to choose Marlene Johnston as one of their choices for Councillor.  I have served on Council for many years, beginning in 1985.  I am proud that I was part of a Council that curtailed estate residential growth, thus protecting the most beautiful natural areas of our town before there were strong Provincial policies to assist with this.  I believe that growth should be confined to the four main villages and that natural wilderness areas should be cherished and enjoyed by all as you do at the park. 
I live by the attributes of good character, I am a team player with a proven record of encouraging others to be the best they can be, I am enthusiastic and I look forward to taking on the new challenges the future will bring.  www.marlenejohnston.ca

James R. Young http://www.thinkyoung.ca/
Councillor Candidate
I am excited to be running for Council in the upcoming municipal election in the Town of East Gwillimbury.  I was privileged to serve as Councillor from 1994-2000 and as Mayor from 2000-2010.  Nearing the end of that term, I decided it was time for a break to try new ventures and to focus on spending more time with my growing family.

My hope has always been to see our community progress in an orderly fashion.  I am deeply concerned that this is not happening.  It is important for all of us to know where our local and regional tax dollars are being spent and it is a must that we receive efficient and effective government at both levels.  I want to ensure that our Town Council is accountable and I want to advocate on behalf of all residents of the Town of East Gwillimbury.

I believe that the future of East Gwillimbury should not be dictated by the Development Industry.  Allow me to be YOUR voice by supporting me on October 27th. 

I respectfully ask that you "Think Young" once again.

Loralea Carruthers http://www.voteloralea.ca/
English Public School Trustee Candidate
Whether or not you have kids in school, make sure that you vote for Public School Trustee!

Public School Trustees are responsible for $1.3 Billion of your tax dollars every year! You need an experienced representative on the board making sure this money is spent in a responsible manner.
Vote for Experience you can Trust!

Vote for Loralea Carruthers for your Public School Trustee

Loralea has served as your Public School Board Trustee for the past 11 years and has brought the views and concerns of East Gwillimbury/W-S to every decision made at the School Board including advocating for 7 New Schools in the riding! Loralea has become a highly skilled and effective advocate for quality publicly funded education always putting student success and well-being first while ensuring a balanced and equitable budget. She is a long-time resident of the area and an effective advocate for students and taxpayers. To learn more about Loralea please visit www.VoteLoralea.ca

Your vote is important. Please vote for Loralea Carruthers.

Elizabeth Tracey
English Public School Trustee Candidate
I am a fair and hardworking person with the best interest of the community families at heart!

If elected I can help the parents and students have a better school experience by representing them and their concerns.
I have the time and motivation to dedicate to the position to help make the classrooms better with smaller class sizes, educational content review with parents by survey, etc.., better busing guidelines/boundaries and also dedicate time to families with special education needs and develop more day-time sports programs.

Many times students cannot focus or concentrate in the classroom and are told by the teachers go to the Doctor, go on medications, go to anger management,
go to a child psychologist and child psychiatrist, etc.. When sports can solve many of these stress & anxiety issues students have!!!
Boys on meds = Men on meds, And I do not agree with this for our population!

Therefore I want to help the parents and families that feel lost in the schools by their children having to sit still for many hours at a time, to implement physical movement activities within the day-time agenda and to also help the children with physical and learning disabilities to be more included by expanding special education. (the rest of the text has been deleted due to the 1,000 character limit)

William H. Petrie http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-H-Petrie/603826989735908?code=81921
English Public School Trustee Candidate 
Cool blog!
Good work in providing that. We need a bigger, better voting turn out to
keep our democracy thriving.
I am a concerned parent, former council assembly facilitator (City of Toronto) and
in touch with fellow parents as to the change that's needed to improve the system for our current and future students. My priorities are bussing issues, providing new modern thinking teachers to the system on a full time basis and addressing the concerns regarding upkeep and the building of new schools as it pertains to developers footing some of the costs. I don't believe that the current incumbent has her priorities straight when it comes to this position due to her obvious desire to further her own political career at the expense of this position (running in the Ontario election during the school term). I hope your members make the choice for change and vote for william.h.petrie, YRDSB English school trustee 2014.
Thank you for this opportunity

Virginia Hackson http://www.virginiahackson.ca/
Mayoral Candidate
The Town has made great progress this term with proven leadership.

We’ve kept tax increases to the lowest they’ve been in over two decades. We’ve increased our reserves by 18%. We continue to provide great services and we are debt-free.

I have created a new age of partnership. I have engaged many agencies and community groups work together for this Town and communication with residents is at an all-time high.

I have been your representative at York Region, Chair of the Conservation Authority, Chair of the Region’s Audit Committee, and I am a sitting member of the Police Services Board.

What have I accomplished? Low taxes, no debt, great services, open communication, new partnerships and managed growth with a focus on parks and trail systems.

You elect a Mayor to provide leadership at the Town, the Region, and  the Province. So who do you want to represent you – someone who says she would like to be a leader, or someone who is a proven leader and has the experience to show for it.

Jack Hauseman http://www.jackhauseman.com/
Councillor Candidate
Bare Oaks members should vote for me because as a five term Member of Council, successful businessman and financial manager, and proven community leader promoting teamwork, I have the experience, vision and commitment to effectively deal with the many growth related issues facing East Gwillimbury over the next four years and beyond.

My Goal is to create a lean, cost effective local government making best use of the property tax dollars residents entrust to us in the delivery of quality municipal services, to stand up to the development industry by supporting our Official Plan which preserves our municipal identity as a Town offering our residents a choice of different urban and rural lifestyles and takes advantage of the benefits of growth on our terms, building complete communities, a balance of both residential and industrial and commercial growth, while protecting our rural and environmentally sensitive areas from any further development and promoting a bright future for East Gwillimbury.

On October 27th, 2014 elect JACK HAUSEMAN Councillor

www.jackhauseman.com

Caroline Bourret
Trustee Candidate: Conseil Scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
(1,000 character limit allowed to exceed due to bilingual response)
Merci de cette opportunité de m'exprimer en français d'abord et en anglais ensuite:

C'est à la suggestion de quelques parents d'élèves qui fréquentent l'école de ma fille que j'ai décidé de me lancer dans cette aventure.  Je suis une femme d'affaires qui n'a pas la langue dans sa poche et qui ose dire tout haut ce que plusieurs pensent tout bas. Je dois admettre qu'en tant que recrue, je suis totalement prise au dépourvu par la quantité de courriels, solicitations, entrevues et autres qui résultent du processus électoral. Et je ne suis pas candidate à la mairie! 

Je ne fait pas de campagne, pas de publicité, en fait mon budget est 0$ et je suis très confortable avec cela!  Saviez-vous que les dépenses électorales peuvent être remboursées aux candidats selon le nombre de votes pour chaque candidats? Le résultat final est que c'est encore le payeur de taxe qui écope!  Mon expérience en tant qu'auditeure et vérificatrice aidera sûrement le conseil à améliorer la gestion des budgets et à amener de nouvelles idées sur la table.  Les gros chiffres ne me font pas peur, ça fait partie de mon travail normal.  Mon but ultime est d'être en mesure d'aider la communauté francophone à obtenir de meilleurs services scolaires dans la région de York.

I got involved in this campaign because some parents at my daughter's school suggested that I would make a good candidate. I am outspoken, straight to the point and as a business woman, I am used to deal with large numbers and budgets.   To tell you the truth, as a first time candidate, I am overwhelmed by the amount of email, communications, interviews that the election process involves! And this is not even for the mayor position!  I am not campaigning, I do not do any publicity or advertising, my motto is Zero budget.  Now that I am into it, it seems that it is all about the money! And the worst is that the campaign expenses are reimbursed based on the voting results.   It's all comes back to the taxpayer getting gouged again! As an auditor and forensic investigator by trade, I am sure I can assist the school board in managing the budget and bringing new ideas to insure better services for the York region francophone.

John Eaton http://www.johneatoneg.com/
Councillor Candidate
I have been a resident of East gwillimbury for 27 years. As your Councillor, I will continue to ensure the growth and land use decisions in our community are consistent with the “Official Plan” and that all components are addressed.  Council has the responsibility of a $34M budget and must respect the tax paying residents of EG by employing sound business principles. I believe strongly in a TEAM effort of staff and Council. My background as a Business Professional for 35 years and my ability to work successfully with people, determine their needs and then provide the solutions, provide me with the necessary skills and dedication to represent the residents of East Gwillimbury.  I will continue to address the KEY ISSUES expressed by the public: FINANCIAL STABILITY, CONTROLLED GROWTH, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and GREEN SPACE PROTECTION.  I will work diligently for East Gwillimbury. Please RE-ELECT John Eaton as your first choice on Oct 27th.

Rae Bowie http://www.raebowie.ca/
Councillor Candidate
I am seeking a council position because I truly care about our town and its future.  I believe that a strong council is created when individual council members bring a diverse set of experiences and skills and each are committed to working together as a team.  My years of experience both as a volunteer and in my working life have taught me that the best solution to most issues are found through collaboration, open discussion and team work.
I am passionate about our town.  As a council member I will be committed to hearing your thoughts on issues and raising them at council and with staff, on your behalf.

My husband Ian and I arrived in Mount Albert almost 35 years ago.   We were drawn by the rural small town community charm of East Gwillimbury to raise our family.   Together Ian and I have owned  successful small businesses.  Currently Ian and partners operate the Rail Yard Wake Park in Mount Albert, which is attracting tourists from all over southern Ontario and creating local jobs.

As an Environmental Technologist by training, I understand the importance of preserving our natural environment and rural area.  As an East Gwillimbury councillor I will consider the impact of council decisions in order to safeguard our natural environment. (the rest of the text has been deleted due to the 1,000 character limit)

Robert Ritchie http://www.robertritchie.weebly.com/
English Public School Trustee Candidate
Thank you for your email. My initial reaction was to answer immediately but I wanted to wait until my website had been completed. Unfortunately, it is not finished but when it is I will email you the site address and your members can decide if they wish to visit.

To answer your question directly, I would not try to convince your members to vote for me or any other candidate.
I would encourage them to educate themselves on the candidates for the various positions and simply vote!

With respect to qualifications, I am a classroom teacher in the college system for almost 30 years. Although a different system, the principles of education are basically the same. To be honest, sometimes there is very little difference between 2nd year students and grade 2 students, especially when dealing with some males.....:)

I worked my way through University as a correctional officer in a number of different prisons. In some respects I value the education I received in those institutions as much as the one I received in school.

In closing, win or lose, I would be happy to come and address your community. When you view my website you will see that I can speak on a variety of topics. Thank you for being interested in the election.

Joe Persechini http://www.joep4eg.ca/
Councillor Candidate
My name is Joe Persechini, and I want to thank the
members of the Bare Oaks community for the
opportunity to address you and present my platform.
Once I am elected, my main priority will be to
manage the expected growth in
East Gwillimbury in a responsible and
sustainable way.
We need to ensure we keep a balance
between this growth explosion and the
preservation of the small town atmosphere,
which exists today and gives our community its
character.
To maintain East Gwillimbury as the greatest
place to live and start a family with affordable
housing for seniors and young families.
To keep taxes in line with inflation and get the
best return for our tax dollars, while key
services are still provided.
Increased growth means more demands on
services, roads and recreational facilities, we
need to manage both properly.
I am confident that, with close to 40 years'
experience in business and community
involvement, I will make a positive impact and
help East Gwillimbury manage the expected
growth properly. Together we can build a
much stronger and more vibrant community.
On October 27th vote for Joe Persechini.
Thank you


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Vote Early and Vote Often

Photo courtesy of Elections Canada

Vote Often

October 27th is Election Day in all Ontario municipalities. Did you know that in municipal elections non-residents can also vote?  You can vote in any municipality where you own land or are a tenant. You can only have one residence but you can be a tenant in many ways such as a commercial property or a campsite.

All Bare Oaks members with a long-term campsite are non-residential tenants under Ontario Municipal Elections Act and are therefore eligible to vote in East Gwillimbury.

To vote, you need to be:
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident or tenant (or their spouse)
Many members are already registered and have received their voter card.

Why should you vote?

  • To show that we are part of the municipality and that we care
  • Because the opinion and needs of Bare Oaks members matter
  • Because your vote can make a difference. There are 139 potential voters at Bare Oaks. When you look at the 2010 results for East Gwillimbury, you can see that 139 votes could have a big impact.

How to Vote

To check if you are on the list, go here: http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Government/EG_Vote_2014/Check_if_you_are_on_the_Voters_List.htm
If you have not received a voter card, you are probably not on the list. So just:
  • Fill it out and take it with ID to the Civic Centre (Leslie St. & Mount Albert Rd.) on weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. If you do this by October 21, you will be added to the voter's list.
    • Or you can simply take the form (with ID) to an advanced poll or to the polling station on election day (Oct.27) and present it there.

Vote Early

Even if you live far away, you can vote at one of the advanced polls. (some are on weekends) There are advanced polls on October 11, 14, 16, 18 and 21. A complete list is found here: http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Government/EG_Vote_2014/Advanced_Poll_Dates.htm

Know the candidates



Sunday, 31 August 2014

Paul Gauguin - Naturist Painter?

Paul Gauguin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Two Nudes on a Tahitian Beach by Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. His peers included Vincent van Gogh and his work influenced other famous artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. It should be noted that he was hardly a model citizen. He gained notoriety for a lascivious and indulgent lifestyle.

He lived in Tahiti for the first time from 1891 to 1893. There he discovered casual nudity among the natives and spent time nude himself. From those experiences, he recounted an environment where the lack of clothing desexualized women and created more equal relationships between the genders. It is particularly interesting that he made these observations given that Gauguin was infamous for having relations with multiple young Tahitian women.

His observations are similar to the ones that are often heard today from naturists. That when people are free of clothing their attitudes change. The conversations are often more genuine and without pretense. We present our authentic self to others – not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well.

From Noa Noa published in 1919 by Paul Gauguin:
(Translated by O. F. Theis)

Among peoples that go naked, as among animals, the difference between the sexes is less accentuated than in our climates. Thanks to our cinctures and corsets we have succeeded in making an artificial being out of woman. She is an anomaly, and Nature herself, obedient to the laws of heredity, aids us in complicating and enervating her. We carefully keep her in a state of nervous weakness and muscular inferiority, and in guarding her from fatigue, we take away from her possibilities of development. Thus modeled on a bizarre ideal of slenderness to which, strangely enough, we continue to adhere, our women have nothing in common with us, and this, perhaps, may not be without grave moral and social disadvantages.

On Tahiti the breezes from forest and sea strengthen the lungs, they broaden the shoulders and hips. Neither men nor women are sheltered from the rays of the sun nor the pebbles of the sea-shore. Together they engage in the same tasks with the same activity or the same indolence. There is something virile in the women and something feminine in the men.

This similarity of the sexes make their relations the easier. Their continual state of nakedness has kept their minds free from the dangerous pre-occupation with the "mystery" and from the excessive stress which among civilized people is laid upon the "happy accident" and the clandestine and sadistic colors of love. It has given their manners a natural innocence, a perfect purity. Man and woman are comrades, friends rather than lovers, dwelling together almost without cease, in pain as in pleasure, and even the very idea of vice is unknown to them.

Here is the original version in French:

Chez ces peuplades nues, comme chez les animaux, la différence entre les sexes est bien moins accentuée que dans nos climats. Grâce à nos artifices de ceintures et de corsets, nous avons réussi à faire de la femme un être factice, une anomalie que la nature elle-même, docile aux lois de l'hérédité, nous aide, sur le tard des races, à compliquer, à étioler, et que nous maintenons avec soin dans un état de faiblesse nerveuse et d'infériorité musculaire, en lui épargnant les fatigues, c'est à dire les occasions de développement. Ainsi modelées sur un bizarre idéal de gracilité—auquel nous restons, quant à nous, pratiquement, étrangers—nos femmes n'ont plus rien de commun avec nous, ce qui ne va peut-être pas sans de grades inconvénients moraux et sociaux.

A Tahiti, l'air de la mer et de la forêt fortifie tous les poumons, élargit toutes les épaules, toutes les hanches, et les rayons du soleil et les graviers de la plage n'épargnent pas plus les femmes que les hommes. Ils font ensemble les mêmes travaux, avec la même activité ou la même indolence. Quelque chose de viril est en elles, et, en eux, quelque chose de féminin.

Cette ressemblance des sexes facilite leurs relations, et la nudité perpétuelle, en écartant des esprits la préoccupation dangereuse du mystère, le prix qu'il prête aux "hasards heureux" et ces couleurs furtives ou sadiques de l'amour chez les civilisés, donne aux moeurs une innocence naturelle, une parfaite pureté. L'homme et la femme, étant des camarades, des amis autant que des amants, sont presque sans cesse, pour la peine comme pour le plaisir, associés, et la notion même du vice leur est interdite.

Friday, 1 August 2014

The Sarong: Destroyer of Naturist Worlds!


The following article was published in Canada's Going Natural, France's La Vie au Soleil, The Australian Naturist and New Zealand's Go Natural.

The Sarong: Destroyer of Naturist Worlds!

by Stéphane Deschênes in collaboration with Michel Vaïs

On a recent visit to a naturist resort in France, I was struck by the multitude of people wearing clothing away from the beach and pool (nudity was mandatory in those places). Women seemed to have a particular affinity for the sarong, also known as a wrap or pareo.

But naturism is a philosophy, not just a dress code for the beach or pool. So I decided to make some inquiries in order to better understand the reasons behind these sarongs.

Early explanations were about practicality: “I always have something to sit on.” But is it really more practical to carefully tie a sarong around the waist than to just casually drape it around your neck or over your shoulders? I also noted that most of these women carried some sort of bag that would easily have accommodated the thin sarong. Clearly, practicality didn’t seem like a valid rationale, so I persisted with my investigation.

When I discussed the topic in more depth, some admitted that they felt uncomfortable being nude while so many other women were covered up. We now see the reintroduction of clothing as a tool of embarrassment. That is consistent with the textile world, where the sarong is commonly worn for “modesty” to cover up a bathing suit.

Some explained that they felt more attractive wrapped in the colours and styles of the sarong. Here we see the reintroduction of body shame. One woman even said that she felt more “feminine” when wearing a sarong. Imagine believing that cloth is more feminine than your own body!

Of course, as so many women cover up, it is predictable that men would begin to feel some discomfort and embarrassment as well. So not surprisingly, shorts were very common among men—an item of clothing that, without a shirt, does nothing to keep the wearer warm.

Marc-Alain Descamps, the French social psychologist who wrote many treatises on naturism, said that “the reciprocal visual bestowal of complete nudity defuses the exhibitionist/voyeur relationship.”1, In other words, a nude person in front of dressed people may feel somewhat exhibitionistic and perceive them as voyeuristic. That creates an imbalance that results in emotional discomfort.

Another element of textile mentality is the provocative tease. While it may not be the intention of the woman wearing a sarong, that aspect quickly manifests itself. As she walks, her legs are intermittently exposed, and occasional glimpses of her hidden body are revealed through the wrap’s slit. As naturists know, and many textiles will agree, partial exposure is far more erotic than complete nudity.

While the majority of women wrapped the sarongs only around their waists, some were wrapping their entire bodies. This is clearly a sign of further expansion in the redevelopment of body shame.

Although nobody expressed any issues of social status, I suspect that it will eventually creep in as well (if it hasn’t already done so). Wearing the “right” sarong or demonstrating your wealth/status through more expensive designs/materials can’t be far behind.

It was not possible to determine how many had devolved back into a textile mentality versus those who had never achieved an enlightened naturist outlook. But clearly an environment where the people around you are generally dressed is not conducive to a successful adjustment by those who are new to the movement.

The sarong is like a virus from the textile world. On the surface, it appears innocuous. But as you can see, it can easily re-infect our minds with the negative attitudes towards the human body that we are fighting. It becomes a tool for shame, status, allure, and enticement. As naturists, we must be forever vigilant against these incursions from the outside world. We must recognize them and stop them before they destroy our worlds by making our philosophy meaningless.

Nudity is not the objective of naturism. But it is a fundamental tool to achieve the movement’s goals. Out of respect for others, we must make an effort to present our complete, authentic, and open self.


Original quote from the film Vivre Nu: “Le don visuel réciproque de la nudité intégrale désamorce le rapport exhibitionniste/voyeur.”

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

14% of Canadians are willing to join us


The results of the 2014 survey on Canadians’ experience and attitudes toward nudity and naturism are now available.

Identifying the size of the naturist movement has always been challenging. While it is easy to count visitors/members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and other clubs, that represents only a small portion of participants. That question was first answered through a 1999 survey. But are the results still relevant a decade and a half later?

We wanted to update the data, determine trends, and reaffirm the original conclusions so Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park coordinated the efforts of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and the Fédération Québécoise de naturisme (FQN). A new survey was commissioned using an Ipsos panel to ask a similar but more in depth set of questions. The survey was designed, implemented and interpreted by Mark Wilkins Communications.

The results show that interest in naturism is up from 1999. Here are some of the conclusions:
  • Just over 2-in-3 Canadians (69%) claim to have engaged in at least 1 of 6 naturist behaviours tested. The exact same proportion claim to be open to doing so in future. Experience and openness are notably stronger amongst males, and, regionally, Albertans compared to Canadians living elsewhere.
  • At roughly 6-in-10 overall, experience with sleeping in the nude and openness to doing so in future outstrips experience with and openness to other behaviours to a significant degree.
  • This is followed at close to 1-in-2 by experience with / openness to walking around one’s home in the nude.
  • At roughly 1-in-5, a third tier of experience and openness is represented by swimming in the nude (not in mixed company scoring higher than doing so in mixed company particularly when future behaviour is considered).
  • Finally, experience with visiting a naturist / nude beach of resort reside at roughly 1-in-20, but rises significantly to the 1-in-10 range when considering openness to doing so in future.
  • Regionally, Canadians demonstrate several noteworthy differences in their openness to various naturist behaviours:
    • Albertans have greater experience with and are more open to naturism in the home setting (sleeping, walking around) than Canadians elsewhere.
    • British Columbians and Ontarians lead the way in terms of experience with nude swimming, but Albertans show the greatest openness to consider doing so in future (both in unmixed and mixed company).
    • While British Columbians have the most experience with visiting nude beaches, Albertans and residents of the Prairie provinces are most open to doing so in future – and also lead in terms of openness to visiting a naturist resort in future.
  • Finally, while younger Canadians (< 25 years of age) have not to-date shown a greater proclivity to naturist behaviours (their experience being generally on par with that of Canadians aged 35+), they do demonstrate a higher openness to engaging in all in future (exception: sleeping in the nude, to which Canadians of all ages are roughly equivalent in terms of openness).
  • When we collapse across public behaviours (ie. swimming nude in mixed company or going to a naturist/nude beach or resort), we find that 1-in-5 (21%) Canadians have engaged in such behavior and that 1-in-4 (25%) are open to the idea in future.
You can read the complete survey at:


Photo taken during Spencer Tunick's installation work in Sydney by Nelly Xiao. Used with permission.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Upcoming Events




We have many events all summer!  A few highlights:

GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament - 8th Annual

June 27-29
Special prices!

Family Weekend

July 18-20
Special prices! 

Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament

August 15-17
Special prices! 

...and many, many more events throughout the summer and the year! See our events page. Or follow our Twitter feed. Or subscribe to our calendar. (you need a calendar program that supports .ics subscriptions - such as Outlook)

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Pool is Finally OPEN !!!!

The pool at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
We just got the OK from the health department. Everything is working as it should be! It's a bit cold right now but we're diverting the water through the hot tub heater to give it a boost. Once it's a bit warmer, the solar heater will do the rest.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

HDTV in Guestrooms

Queen Room

In addition to the new cabins that were mentioned in an earlier blog, we have also improved our guestrooms.

The rooms always featured a comfortable bed, linens, and a Keurig coffee maker with supplies. But they now also have a small fridge and HD Television.

King Room
The television feature 10 local, over-the-air, HD channels. It seems that most people have forgotten that this is an option. If you are near urban areas, you do not need to pay $100/month to a cable or satellite company. A few decades ago, that's how most people got their TV channels.

Over-the-air TV is not only legally free, the quality is often better than cable or satellite. That's because those paid services have to compress the signals in order to squeeze those hundreds of channels into their signal. And because the signal is digital, the picture is either perfect or not there at all. You no longer get those fuzzy channels of yesteryear's. The only downside is that you can't get the specialty channels such as TSN or Discovery.

If you would like to know which channels are available in your area, try this tool on TVfool.com

Photos by Michael Willems and PAR



Friday, 6 June 2014

Another Pool Update


Alas, patching the existing liner has failed. But the good news is that you can fix a lot of things if you’re willing to spend a lot of money. We have order a new liner and paid for rush service. It should be ready early next week. The installers are putting a rush on it too and it should be installed next week – if the weather is good. You can’t install a liner in a sand-bottom liner pool if it is raining.

We have also scheduled trucks to bring water to fill the pool with water. That is much more expensive but the pool will get filled in hours instead of days. So possibly the pool could be open next weekend – but that’s certainly not guaranteed!

As we previously explained, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down until the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!

We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needed to stretch as the weight of the water went in but that didn’t work well with the temperature being low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out. We tried a stronger patch and filled it again but it failed and the rip got worse. So a replacement liner became the only option.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress:


Monday, 26 May 2014

Pool Update


Right on the heels of major problems with the hot tub, the pool is giving us more trouble.

As most people know, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down for the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!

We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needs to stretch as the weight of the water goes in but that doesn't work well if the temperature is low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it last week. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out.

We are now trying to determine if there is a stronger patch available (a faster fix) or if we need to get a new liner. That would be slower since it has to be custom ordered. On the other hand, it will have to be replaced for next year anyway.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress.