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