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2019 Newsletters

WCA Fall Newsletter September 2019 - Now Available WCA Summer Newsletter June 2019 WCA Spring Newsletter April 2019 (more…)

Job Opportunity

The West Carling Association is seeking an individual to perform the role of Administrative Assistant to the President. This opportunity is open to: • a high school student needing to fulfil the required 40 hours of volunteer service • a person seeking experience in an Administrative Assistant role • a person who would appreciate a free membership in the West Carling Association The role would involve: 1. attending WCA board meetings (4 per year) either in person or by teleconference 2. in conjunction with the president, creating agendas for WCA Board Meetings 3. taking minutes of WCA board meetings 4. distributing all communication to board members, electronically, in a timely fashion Mentoring for this role would be available if necessary.   To apply, please send a message to Pam Wing at

Want a great summer job in Ontario Parks?

Apply for a paid Ontario Public Service summer student job with Ontario Parks. There are a variety of jobs available! You could work in Ontario Parks across the province as a: (more…)

2018 Newsletters

WCA Fall Newsletter October 2018, WCA Summer Newsletter July 2018 & WCA Spring Newsletter May 2018 Now available! (more…)

Join the GBA and GBF for an Event on Water

H2O 2018 is a half-day information/education session in Toronto on three timely topics: Microplastics * Cage Aquaculture * Phragmites Join us for provocative presentations, deep discussions and the latest updates on what’s happening to what we love most about Georgian Bay – the water, and what GBF and the GBA are doing to protect it. Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 9.00 am to 2 pm. Speakers start at 9.30 am. Oakham House, Ryerson University, 63 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 1E9 Please register by clicking Register Now below. Tickets are $20 each – includes morning refreshments and a light lunch. Registration is required. The event is open to all who live, work, cottage or play in and around the Bay. Bruce Power has provided support to GBF over the past 5 years for projects that protect water quantity, water quality, coastal wetlands, fish habitat and biodiversity including Phragmites eradication, DNA barcoding, and the engineering study entitled “Providing Structural Solutions for Adaptive Management in the Great Lakes”, and more. Bruce Power has a strong commitment to supporting a wide range of environmental improvement initiatives to ensure the ecosystems and communities who depend on them are protected. For further information please see: Summary descriptions of GBF, GBA and Bruce Power can be found below. Georgian Bay Forever is a charity dedicated to scientific research and public education on Georgian Bay’s aquatic ecosystem. Our mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the aquatic ecosystem of Georgian Bay by funding accredited research on water levels, water quality, and ecosystems; by educating the public and governments on issues regarding the environmental protection, conservation, the safety and preservation of the water and the natural features of the Georgian Bay area of Ontario; and by enhancing the public’s appreciation for their environment. ~ • ~ The Georgian Bay Association is a not-for-profit advocacy organization that acts as an umbrella group for 19 cottage associations along the eastern and northern shores of Georgian Bay, representing over 3,000 families. Formed in 1916, our mandate to protect the fragile and finite water and land resources of the Bay has not changed in over 100 years. Our mission is to work with our water-based communities and other stakeholders to ensure the careful stewardship of the greater Georgian Bay environment. ~ • ~ Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30% of Ontario’s electricity, as well as medical isotopes that save lives around the world. Our eight units provide over 4,000 full-time, direct jobs to highly skilled people and thousands more indirectly. We inject billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy annually, while producing safe energy that produces zero carbon emissions. Bruce Power is a partnership among TransCanada Corp., OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. Over 90% of employees also own a part of the company.

Local upcoming events

Here are a list of local upcoming events we think might be of interest to our members. (more…)

EGBSC Native Plant Sale – Sat. June 2, 2018

The Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council is holding a Native Plant Sale on Saturday June 2nd at Canadore College, 1 College Drive, Parry Sound from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (more…)

2017 Newsletters

WCA Fall Newsletter September 2017 WCA Summer Newsletter July 2017 WCA Spring Newsletter April 2017

High speed internet service for Carling Township residents:

High Speed Internet is available through a Bell Mobility wireless modem in Carling Township anywhere you get a good Bell Mobility wireless signal.  With 4G LTE service the upload and download speeds should be sufficient for any residential need, including streaming video and audio files. How Much Data Do You Need? When considering how much data you will use, think about what you will use it for, email with small attachments or streaming video in ultra high definition.  Here are a few examples of what data may be required for some common uses. According to Netflix, using their “High” data usage setting runs through 3 GB per hour when streaming High Definition (HD) videos and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD. TIP – switch to the “Medium” setting which only uses 0.7 GB per hour for a Standard Definition (SD) video or about 1.5 GB for your average movie.

Spotify has three quality settings for their music streaming service, Normal quality: 96 kbps, High quality: 160kbps, and Extreme quality: 320kbps.  So what does that mean in terms of data use? 320kbps rate translates to 2.40 MB per minute of audio or 115.2 MB per hour. So if you were to stream music for an entire eight hour day, you’d use nearly 1 GB.

What about emails and web pages?  Well that largely depends on what you send and receive in an email and what you view on web pages, images are larger then just text, music and video larger even still.  But let’s assume you receive 100 emails a day and visit 100 web sites a week, in a month you would use about 128 MB of data, so assuming you are not a photographer sending high resolution images, email and web pages wont likely factor in to your data consumption when on a 50 gig or more plan.

Summing up your data needs, Stream 2 hours of medium quality Standard Definition Netflix, and listen to 8 hours of streaming music each day, send and receive 100 email and browse a few web pages and you’ll use about 80 GB of data each month. So How do you get the service you need? Canadian Wireless Communications Inc. – Bell Mobility (this is cellular based system, Steve will come out to test your reception if you are unsure, but if you have good cell reception on Bell, TELUS, Virgin, or Koodo you should be good to go). Call Steve in Parry Sound – 705-746-0721 There are two plans available: Flex Plan

which starts at $53.95/month for 50 gigs of data then scales automatically up and down as you need it to:

$58.95/month for 75 gigs of data, and

$63.95/month for up to 100 gigs of data, over that you pay $4.00 per gig.

Fixed Plan

is $80.00/month for 200 gigs of data.

 Both plans come with a Modem that will be shipped to you within a few days. They are two year contracts which do not come with the ability to suspend them in the off season. I have compared my costs from April to November and the overages during that period certainly justify paying the lower fee but year round, so I have signed up for a flex plan. Once you place your order with Steve he will give you a number to call to pass on some ID to validate your credit and set-up the delivery of the modem by Purolator. If you have any questions about the process, Steve will be happy to answer them, plus I am happy to comment on how it has gone for me, I’m expecting my modem today or Tuesday so I cant comment on the service just yet, but ordering has been easy and i will post any issues should they arise. And a special thanks to Councillor Susan Murphy for passing on the information. Marc Cooper    

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