Sunday, 29 April 2007

Seasonal Water is ON


The seasonal water system is now working so all trailers now have access to running water.

We need to remind you that although the water is filtered and chlorinated, we do not meet the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s standards for drinking water.

The York Region Health Inspector tested our water in March and told us that we met regulation 252 because he believed that we were a trailer park or campground with less than five service connections. However, because we are a campground with year-round use and more than 5 connections, we must meet regulation 170. (Municipal Residential Drinking Water Systems)

We are currently working to meet regulation 170. We are waiting for an engineer’s report which is required to register the water system with the Ministry of the Environment. Until then, we must notify you that you should “bring water to a rapid rolling boil for at least one minute before use.”

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Singles policy


As a result of a question/criticism on an internet discussion forum about the Bare Oaks single policy, I posted the following message. I thought that others would also be interested in reading it.

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park does not have any rules against single men. There are many single male members and a few single females. However, we do feel the need to maintain a gender balance. Theoretically, that could mean that we would exclude single women should they make up more than 60% of the membership. Realistically, I understand that only men will be affected. There are always more men in north American naturism because far more single men are comfortable with nudity than single women. It is an unfortunate reality that single women are worried about how they look, feel unsafe alone, and are concerned that they will draw unwanted attention from single men looking for a partner. We could spend a lot of time discussing whether that is right or not. It doesn't matter since it is the reality and I don't know how to change it.

Why is maintaining a gender balance important? Because a predominantly male population makes women uncomfortable. Yes I know that some of you reading this will argue that it doesn't bother you. That's probably because you are seasoned naturists. We plan on growing our membership from non-naturists. With people who are still getting used to the idea of naturism, gender balance is important. About 2 or 3 years ago, I had, on two separate occasions, the opportunity to introduce single women to naturism. Because it was in the winter, my wife and I took them to an ORB swim. As you probably know, the ORB does not maintain a gender balance. As a result, their swims are generally 90% men. I did not warn the women in any way nor did I point it out to them during the swim. Yet in both independent instances, the women volunteered that they were uncomfortable at the swim because of the large number of men. You have to understand that to a newbie, gender is very evident in a naturist environment. Sadly, neither women has ever been willing to try naturism again as a result of their first experience.

I don't like keeping anyone out who wants to try naturism. I was a single man for many years who was forced to find female friends to accompany me to naturist clubs. It wasn't easy. Today, Toronto does offers single men other options. I have visited naturist clubs all over Canada, the USA and Europe. I've looked at all of the situations when it comes to club policies. I knew that the policy would not be popular with single men. As much as I hate the singles policy, I cannot find a better solution to the problem.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Mosquito & Black-fly Control


Bare Oaks is committed to reducing nuisance of mosquitoes and black flies on the property. However, we are not willing to use any chemicals that poison our environment or harms humans and animals.

East Gwillimbury has a mosquito control program that uses a non-chemical, biological agent called Bti to reduce the number of mosquitoes at the larval stage. Bti is essentially a non-toxic substance found naturally in nature. Bti is a biological control in the form of a bacteria that quickly kills the mosquito and black fly at the larvae stage, that is, before they develops into a flying, biting adult. The larvae are destroyed within 24 hours and the Bti biodegrades within 48 hours. Unlike chemical options, Bti is very selective in that it does not harm any other insects nor does it poison the birds that eat those insects.

Bti is harmless to humans, pets and the environment. Bti is also known by its brand name Vectobac and Aquabac. East Gwillimbury uses helicopters to distribute Vectobac onto the main breeding sites of the spring Aedes mosquito in the month of April. It is this species that causes the excessive biting problem from May to mid-July.

Both Aquabac and Vectobac is suspended in particles of corncob for application. The corncob particle allows the bacteria to fall through trees into the larval habitats in the wooded areas, common in East Gwillimbury. The corncob particles also reduce the chance of the Bti drifting in the wind, away from the targeted snow melt ponds.

Bare Oaks has purchased Aquabac and will be enhancing the town’s program by spot-treating the standing water on the property throughout the spring and summer.

We have also purchased four Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps. They attract mosquitoes from as far away as 150 feet using their integrated lighting display which produces light in the visible and invisible spectrum at oscillating frequencies known to attract most mosquito species.
Mosquitoes also navigate to the source of the air plume enriched with Octenol, a synthetic component of human perspiration which emanates from the base of the trap. The color, shape and vibration of the trap and the texture of its exhaust skirt excite the mosquitoes and cause them to begin probing .

The slow-release CO2 gas system replicate a key element of human respiration by releasing quantities of pure CO2 at varying rates over fixed intervals to produce a concentration gradient in the air plume emanating from the lower part of the trap. Mosquitoes use this concentration gradient to navigate their way to the trap.

Finally internal infra red heat sources cause the mosquitoes to enter the trap where they are swept through a high speed fan and into either a wet catch container or a catch bag where they expire.

The four units will be placed at strategic locations around the clubhouse lawns. If we find them effective, the program will be extended to other areas of the property.

Should anyone be interested in purchasing a unit for their campsite, they are available from Canadian Tire.

Click here for the Megacatch Ultra ($549.99)
Click here for the Megacatch Premier ($399.99 – no CO2 emission)

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Recycling


We now have large recycling bins for paper, glass, plastic bottles and cans. The recycling bins are located near the clubhouse. Please make sure to sort your recyclables in the appropriate container. Remember, every aluminum can you recycle saves enough electricity to keep a TV going for 4-5 hours!

Also, please do not put any chemicals, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, paint or other hazardous waste in the dumpster. Those chemicals will contaminate the environment if dumped in a landfill. They need to be taken to the hazardous waste depot. Computers, microwaves, smoke detectors, computer monitors and other electronics are also hazardous waste because they contain heavy metals and, in some cases, radioactive materials. If you live in York Region, click here for the closest hazardous waste drop-off. Otherwise, your home community will have a hazardous waste drop-off location you can use.

Please do not leave your large appliances or furniture at the park. At home, you can put those out for pickup by your municipality. We have to pay heavy fees every time the dumpster is picked up. One desk or mattress can half fill the dumpster.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Incredibly warm Sunday!


It was great to see how many people turned out for the hot weather and sunshine on Sunday! Other than the fact the leaves were missing and the grass was brown, it felt like a hot July day. It is also clear that we will have some parking challenges when things get really busy. It’s certainly a great problem to have!

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Where's the free coffee?

Many people have asked for expanded food services. When members and visitors come up for the day, they want to relax and sometimes that means having someone else do the cooking and cleanup. That’s certainly true of country clubs. They all have restaurants. Like them, we would like to have a restaurant and maybe even a liquor license in the near future to improve our members’ experience at Bare Oaks. Unfortunately, restaurants in country clubs and campgrounds don’t make any money either. The challenge for a restaurant at Bare Oaks is having enough sales to support itself given that it won’t have any walk-in traffic other than the members and visitors. Since many of those have cooking facilities in their trailers, the potential business is limited. Bare Oaks will have an expanded food service and we consider it to be a service not a profit centre. But there is a limit to how much money Bare Oaks can afford to lose on food and drink services. In order to keep a wider selection of food and drink, we now charge for the coffee. You can be assured when you come in every day that there is hot coffee waiting for you. The store now has a much wider assortment of drinks and snacks than in the past. But with greater selection comes greater waste and cost so you will find the prices are consistent with convenience stores in the textile world. The other change we have made is to turn over responsibility for all food and drink to a contractor. His name is Malcolm Scott and while he has limited expectations of profit from this new venture, he is passionate about food and, most importantly, about naturism at Bare Oaks. Just as Kathryn Munro’s catering of our dinners and dances has drawn rave revues, we hope that Malcolm’s food and drink services will keep members happy while providing him with a modest profit. If you have any complaints or suggestions for Malcolm, you can reach him at extension 320.

Saturday, 7 April 2007

New Events Posted

Events to the end of the year have now been posted. Some are still light in detail. Keep checking as more information will be added as events details are firmed up. As well, we expect additional events will be added!

Friday, 6 April 2007

Website Launch

It has been a lot of work but the new site is finally up. There is more content missing including a French-language version.