Friday, 26 October 2018

Bear (not a Bare) roaming around


This is not the first time a bear has been spotted this year. Generally they are still afraid of people which is a good thing. But they keep coming back because they find food. So please:

Garbage

  • put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids and store it in a bear-proof location such as a sturdy shed
  • spray garbage cans and lids with bleach or another a strong disinfectant 
  • take garbage to the dumpster often

Bird feeders

  • fill bird feeders only through the winter months
  • put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (e.g. flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water)

Pet food

  • do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches

Fruits and berries

  • pick all ripe and fallen fruit from trees and shrubs on the property
  • plant non-fruit bearing trees and shrubs

Barbecue

  • burn off food residue and wash the grill right away
  • empty the grease trap every time you barbecue
  • remove all utensils, dishes and food after eating

AND VERY IMPORTANTLY, AVOID BEAR-HUMAN INTERACTIONS

  • travel in groups of 2 or more (bears primarily attack people who are alone)
  • make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you)
  • while outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open
  • carry a whistle or air horn
  • learn how to use bear pepper spray and carry it somewhere that’s easy to access
  • consider carrying a long-handled axe, if you are in remote areas or deep in the forest

If you encounter a black bear

  • Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  • Quickly assess the situation and try to determine which type of an encounter this might be – sighting, surprise or close encounter.
  • When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed, and usually just want to flee. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, provided you don't approach the bear. The noise is meant to ‘scare’ you off and acts as a warning signal.

If you see a black bear:

  • do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
  • make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
  • always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight
  • get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
  • leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
  • if you are with others, stay together and act as a group
  • if the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice


More information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise

Thanks for Cheryl and Al for the video!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Vote and Vote Often !!

Photo courtesy of Elections Canada

Vote Often

October 22nd 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 vote once per municipality) 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)
  • Not prohibited by law from voting
Several members are already registered and have received their voter card.

Note: East Gwillimbury has now switched to a ward system with two councillors per ward. Bare Oaks is located in Ward 3.

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 2014 results for East Gwillimbury, you can see that 185 votes could have changed who won.

How to Vote

To check if you are on the list, go here: https://www.voterlookup.ca/home.aspx

If you have not received a voter card, you are probably not on the list. So just:
  • Get a copy of your License of Occupation (LOO) from the office (as evidence that you are a long-term campsite holder)
  • Fill it out and take it with ID and LOO to the Civic Centre (Leslie St. & Mount Albert Rd.) on weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. If you do this by October 19, you will be added to the voter's list.
    • Or you can simply take the form (with ID and LOO) to an advanced poll or to the polling station on election day (Oct.22) 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 6, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. A complete list is found here: http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Government/Municipal_Election/Important_Dates.htm

Know the candidates



Friday, 24 August 2018

Bare Oaks Weather Station


Want to know the exact weather at Bare Oaks?

Now you can you can get current and historical information about temperature, wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, rainfall, humidity, UV index and solar radiation. Our weather station is connected to the web so you can get all the information you need/want from:


powered by Ambient Weather

Weather Underground PWS IEASTGWI4




Sunday, 12 August 2018

Tai Chi


Tai Chi at Bare Oaks is available every Sunday from 3:00 - 4:00 until Sept 30.

$10 drop-in or $100 season pass for all 13 classes.

Location: near the volleyball courts on a great day or in the downstairs lounge during unkind weather.

Attend just one class or come to all. Join certified instructor, Wendy who will be teaching us 8 key movements of Yang style tai chi, breathing and alignment.

Tai Chi is based on martial arts with a focus on internal awareness. Participants find an increased sense of balance, relaxation, strength and mental calm. Wendy is patient and methodical with a gentle sense of humour as she teaches. Try it for fun! Arrive a little early for payments prior to class. Bring your water. No mats needed or sit on picnic bench to join in if you are rehabilitating joint or balance issues.




Monday, 7 May 2018

Volunteer Day and Members' Meeting on Saturday

Naturist Volunteers
It's time again for our annual volunteer day. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 12, 2018

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers by the Bare Bistro.
  • Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 5:30pm – Members' Meeting

All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Premium WiFi Internet Subscription


Work naked on the web
As we announced in December, we now have a very fast high-speed internet connection. We have spent the last 3 months testing the system, fine-tuning the network, and replacing some equipment with faster hardware. While we've had a few outages for short periods of time, the internet has generally proven to be quite reliable and very, very fast!

So we are confident enough to offer a premium plan for an unlimited WiFi internet subscription. Here are the details:

  • Unlimited data use. People who purchase daily, weekly, or monthly tickets will continue to be restricted if they use a lot of data. e.g. watching videos on YouTube or movies on Netflix. (video uses about 1Gb to 3Gb of data per hour depending on resolution)
  • Priority routing for speed. The actual speed will depend on the quality of your WiFi connection to our network and the hardware you use to connect. 
  • Up to 4 devices may be registered on one plan. With our existing system you have to buy a ticket for each device or log out one device before logging in with another one.
  • Monthly fee: $95 + HST (minimum 12 month commitment)
  • A maximum of 10 subscriptions will be sold to ensure that everyone who pays for this premium service gets what they've paid for. The subscriptions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, names will be added to a waiting list. If there is enough demand and technology allows, we will further increase our internet bandwidth to accommodate more premium plan subscribers. 
Of course, you do not have to commit to this premium subscription. We will continue to offer the daily ($4.76+HST), weekly ($19.05+HST), and monthly ($38.10+HST) tickets. But those users may find the service slows down a lot during busy times if they like to watch videos or participate in audio/video chats. Of course, it will still be much better than it was last year!

To sign up for the premium subscription, just download this form: http://www.bareoaks.ca/files/unlimited-internet-service-form.pdf Then fill it in and drop it off at the office.

But don't take this new service as encouragement to spend more time on the web or social media! Come to Bare Oaks to relax and reconnect with people on a more authentic human level. It is a reality that we need good access to internet for communications and services. Everything is moving to the web. But use it judiciously and with moderation.



Monday, 19 February 2018

Status Updates


Want to know if the pool is open for the season? (it's not yet!) Curious when the hot tub will next be closed for cleaning? Wondering if Bare Oaks is open during a holiday? This information and more will be posted on our new Twitter Account: @BareOaksStatus

We were posting updates on our main Twitter account: @BareOaksPark. But because we also share other social media updates on that account, the status notifications were getting lost. So we created this new account exclusively for status updates on our systems, amenities, and operations.

Twitter accounts are free!  You can install an app on your smartphone to get updates. You can also set your Twitter account to send you updates by email.

Don't have a Twitter account and don't want one?  No problem!  As long as you can get text messages on your phone, you can get notifications by following these instructions:  https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/sms-follow

So if you want to know what's happening, please follow us:

@BareOaksStatus





Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy Nude Year!


A few days ago Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park turned eleven years old (11 years since the current owners took over; 45 since it began as the Toronto Helios Society) which means last year was our decennial anniversary.

The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) published an article in the summer issue of Going Natural/Au naturel magazine which contained reflections about the growth of our club as well as the struggle of other clubs. You can read it online: http://www.bareoaks.ca/files/GN_32-2_Summer_2017-BareOaks.pdf

You can read this article and many more if you join the FCN: https://fcn.ca/new-signup





Sunday, 10 December 2017

High Speed Internet at Bare Oaks!


After 10 years of frustration, we finally have a super-fast internet connection to the outside world through Vianet. It's like we've gone from dial-up to fibre! (a dedicated, bidirectional 100Mbps connection for the geeks out there)


Friday, 10 November 2017

Karen's First Day as Manager

Naturist manager

Today is Karen Bowen's first day as Operations Manager of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park! (she has been learning the ropes for the last week and a bit) Many know Karen from last summer as she was a regular team member in the Bare Bistro or from the summer of 2016 when she worked in the office.

Karen recently retired from the Toronto Transit Commission where she worked for over 17 years. She has excellent customer service and organizational skills which makes her perfect for her new role. But most importantly she is incredibly passionate about naturism and Bare Oaks. She was so taken by her first visit to our park that she took a leave of absence from her job just so she could spend the summer here. So this will hopefully be a long and satisfying second career for her.

So the next time you're in the office, please give her a hearty welcome!