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  Volume 9 No. 8
Dear PaBIA Member,

With so many wonderful opportunities ahead for us this next week, it is wonderful to see the sunshine returning to the Bay. With the special AquaVanvisiting Pointe au Baril on Friday and PaBIA’s Junior Regatta ready to roll out the ribbons, Won’t you consider joining us?!

Today, July 26
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Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:00 p.m.

After gathering at 4:30 and then enjoying dinner at 5:15 pm, Jake & the Fundamentals are back by popular demand.  This is where Delta blues meets Chicago rhythm!

Jake has shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, and Johnny Winter; and since 1995 the band has been a popular festival and club act, opening for greats like Jeff Healey and Buckwheat Zydeco. Jake can make a guitar talk.

Special Art Exhibit – Michele Holden

Her paintings of landscapes aim to reveal the stillness of the spiritual energy of Georgian Bay and our deep connection to this magical place. 

Thursday, July 27
WPSHC Radiothon THIS Thursday
The WPSHC Emergency Department requires two transport monitors and hopes to secure the necessary funding during this year’s WPSHC Foundation Moose FM Radio-a-thon 103.3 FM on July 27.
Please consider phoning in to help support this most worthy cause!!!
Friday, July 28
AquaVan 150 Coming to the Ojibway July 28th 10-2 pm
Add to calendar NOW…it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event!

The AquaVan 150 is a mobile aquarium ‘wet lab’ making 150 stops across Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation carrying cetaceans. (Cetacea are a widely distributed and diverse clade of aquatic mammals that today consists of the whales, dolphins, and porpoises.Wikipedia).  The program is designed to engage and inspire the stewardship of all aquatic habitats and encourage the discovery of connections between animals, environments and ourselves by making a splash in PaB’s community with live animals from the coast of British Columbia.
This endeavor began with discussions between the Vancouver Aquarium and GBLT, but has morphed into a joint community effort between GBLT, Vancouver Aquarium, PaBIA, The Ojibway Club and (with a very special thanks to) Tom Todd of North Shore Barge and Marine Ltd., who is donating his time and barge for the transportation of the Van for us all to enjoy!
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Being Prepared in Paradise…
Fire Pump Demonstration
Friday, July 28 at 3 PM
Ojibway Back Docks
PaBIA has always been concerned about both the medical emergencies out here on the islands, but also the real danger of fire – from propane, from lightning, from candles, from fires used to burn brush and the like.
To that end, at 3 pm on Friday, the Marine Patrol and Coast Guard will be holding a demonstration on how to properly start a Wajax pump – the type of fire pump that PaBIA has distributed around the PaB area.
Please stay at the Ojibway after the AquaVan and ask the experts about questions you have about fighting fires in the islands, on your island!
  • Do you have a fire pump on your island?
  • Have you started it this month?
  • Do those on your island know how to start your fire pump?
  • Do you know how to start your own pump?
  • If you don’t have a fire pump, do you know who does?
  • Do you have an evacuation plan set up on your island?
  • Where does everyone rendez vous so you know everyone is safe?
  • Have you talked with your neighbors about a plan should someone need help at their island?
Saturday, July 29
Jr Reg

Hope the entire family will come out to watch their children and grandchildren participate in these events:

  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • diving events

THIS Saturday!  It starts promptly at 9 AM.  The weather is forecasted to be PERFECT – sun and warm temperatures!  PaBIA hopes everyone from 4-14 will be encouraged to join in the fun – win or not!

The Gift Shop now has the Junior Regatta T-Shirts for sale, so be sure to get your kids ready and then outfitted for the big day!!!

It’s such a wonderful opportunity for families to (re)connect with your PaB friends in such a supportive way!
Sunday July 30
Sailing in the Open 2
Sailing Race
SUNDAY July 30
@ 11:00 am

This week, the Sailing Race is moved to Sunday to accommodate the Junior Regatta.
It will be in Mathews Bay with the Rendez Vous at Bowlbys!
Contact Rainer Kaufmann if you would like to participate!
Many thanks to Rob Simpson for capturing these fantastic photos from the air!
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PaBIA’s Emergency
Medical Concerns

Individual preparedness for medical emergencies is an activity often overlooked in our happy cottage experience.  Perhaps, though, this summer’s incidences have brought the thought back into focus!

Our PaBIA committee offers these following ideas for your cottage supplies:


First Aid Kits for Cottage

Do you have a first aid kit for your cottage and boat?  St. John’s Ambulanceoffers kits for the home, boats, pets, and also, for burns.


Stretchers/Spinal Boards

If a person were to fall at one’s cottage, it would be advantageous to have a stretcher and spinal board resident on the island and/or boat. They are available as well from St. John’s Ambulance.



It is not unusual for families with health risks to have defibrillators (AED) as part of their first aid equipment. PaBIA has secured an association discount on AED’s through the kind efforts of Parry Sound EMS. Please contact Scott Sheard, he can assist you in securing an AED.

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Have You Ever Wondered Why We Have to Wait in an Emergency Room?
Fortunately, Pointe au Baril is VERY fortunate to have West Parry Sound Medical Centre (WPSHC) within 25 miles of our island paradise.  The flip side, however, is that sometimes, especially during the summer months, those ‘visiting’ the Health Centre’s Emergency Room find they have to wait.  As a physician, Mike Evans, islander and PaBIA’s Medical guru, has put together a YouTube to help everyone better understand the whys behind the wait.  Hope you find this informative (and a bit entertaining)!

Being Prepared in Paradise…

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Do you ever wonder – while traveling around the Bay – who has the right of way – you or the other boater?   Boating Safety is paramount and each one of us is responsible for knowing the rules of the waters!

For boats travelling in the same general direction at similar speed, the boat to the right has the right of way. Another way to stress this is to explain what CPS defines as the “Danger Zone”. The “Danger Zone” is the area from dead ahead to 112.5 degrees to starboard. As vessel operators, we need to be aware of everything happening around, but the DZ is critical when two boats are vectoring (on a collision course).

1) In one scenario, if both boats were travelling on roughly the same heading and at similar speed, the boat to starboard would definitely be the “stand-on” vessel (that is, the vessel that would normally maintain course and speed). The other boat is thus defined as the “Give Way” vessel ( the vessel that would alter course and/or speed in order to avoid a collision at all costs).

2) In a narrow channel, overtaking a slower boat is never safely done. Wait until there is adequate sea room to avoid any chance of a collision. Slow down, maintain position and ensure the operator of the boat being overtaken understands your intention.

All this being said, never assume the Right of Way. All operators have an obligation to avoid any chance of collision.

Phragmites Busting Day
August 12th
As PaBIA has shared, the Phragmites – that invasive species that has been found in prior years south of PaB and along our highways – has been found in PaB. This invasives species, unlike its native species, grows to 15 feet in height, and spreads like a vine and strangles the native flora and fauna in its path.
Volunteers needed for our Phragmites Busting Day on August 12th.  We will be doing a cut in Sturgeon Bay, from 10-1 with a BBQ after.
What will the Volunteers be doing?
Volunteers will be separated into two groups each lead by a Marine Patroller, one group will be cutting seed heads and stalks from the phragmites stand, and the other team will be bagging the seed heads carefully into garden bags as well as hauling the stalks to a designated drying spot. We need cutters and haulers, AND you need brag rights!
SIGN UP, by emailing the Marine Patrol.
Jamie Bunston
PaBIA Welcomes Jamie Bunston To PaBIA’s Official Plan Committee
Jamie is pleased to become a participating member of the OPCZBL committee and explains how he has found it to be an extremely rewarding experience to help shape the Township of the Archipelago’s Official Plan, affecting zoning by-laws, development/permit applications, and effects how we all enjoy the Bay. “I am pleased to be part of the next generation of PaBIA members and cottagers who will be the beneficiaries of good planning policies and stable, sustainable development of the Bay.”
Jamie works in the real estate development industry for Carttera Private Equities in Toronto.  He and his wife Emily enjoy spending time up on Pollux Island throughout the year.
Fish Seasoning
Dan’s Recommendation For A Good Alternative To Fried Fish
Over the years we have looked for alternative ways to eat fish other than pan frying it. Do not get me wrong, fresh-pan fried fish is one of our favorite treats when coming back to the Bay.  Recently we have been using the grill to cook our fish.  Our favorite fish rubs are Old Bay, Lemon Pepper, and Everglades Seasoning. There are a ton of options out there. For a change of pace give this a try.  Not only is it a healthier way to have your fish, but it tastes great.
Got a favorite recipe you’d like to share?  Please let us know about it and we will try and get it in one of the eblasts this summer.
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Above: Helen Garber, Pointe au Baril volunteer; Members of the Morel family; Hans de Vries, Parry Sound volunteer; Britta Gerwin, Habitat OGN; Rob Muir, Pointe au Baril volunteer

Pointe au Baril Helps Parry Sound Habitat Celebration

Members of the Pointe au Baril Habitat start-up team helped Parry Sound celebrate its July 11 groundbreaking for a Habitat duplex home at 24 Addie Street.  Britta Gerwin, Director of Development and Communications for Habitat Ontario Gateway North, announced at this celebration that we would be building in Pointe au Baril in 2018.
Siblings, Cathy and Rob Morel, have offered a portion of their land off North Shore Road.  ” It’s a good project, just a good opportunity to donate to Habitat,” said Rob. Cathy spoke of the need she sees in the Pointe au Baril village for housing for seasonal workers not having a place to live. ” This is an opportunity to have a place where they can live in the community,” she said.

To get involved, call Britta Gerwin at (705) 646-0106 or email Britta.

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Wiikwemkoong Islands Boundary Land Claim Update 
Further to Georgian Bay Association’s July 6th eUPDATE on the Wiilwemkoong Islands Boundary Land Claim, GBA offers some news and
direction for your consideration.
In this letter, I request that you take the time to carry out a couple of very important tasks that could ultimately influence the way in which many enjoy the northern corner of Georgian Bay for many generations to come.



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