Sunday, September 17, 2017

Surfing High on DYI

A new DIY project in the works - crafted by a Collingwood-born inventor - pairs surfing across the water with soaring through the air. It's Silver Surfer meets Iron Man. It's not a plane, though the physics are similar. It's a remote propulsion system for hydrofoils, stand up paddle boards and surf boards.
Chris Vermeulen, an inventor and entrepreneur, has combined his passion for kiteboarding and surfing with his drive to build new things for this DIY propulsion system project.
"The most exciting thing is we can now fly across any body of water on something like a hover board, and it makes you feel like a super hero with special powers," said Vermeulen. "Its a truly unique feeling and highly addictive."

His plan is to create a model that self-balances thanks to a gyro-assisted steering system. He and the team will be using 3D printed parts and other custom designs to make a small, quiet motor, waterproof remote and compact battery for the system.
The concept isn't new, there are electric motors out there already in use to propel hydrofoils and surfboards - which are not exactly ideal for those looking to seek excitement and want to do this in economical way using a board you may already have laying around. 
Currently there are two extremes available in the market. First being a high priced unit at the cost of a car which works very well, or low cost, low speed units that slowly push you around on your SUP.
Adding a propulsion system makes them about the closest you can get to a Back to the Future-style hover board flying up to three feet above the water. A system like this greatly reduces the need for perfect surfing conditions. A propulsion system on a hydrofoil means the rider can surf above choppy water, or can still soar when there's no wind.
The unique part of Vermeulen's plan is the DIY factor. He is working on a system that can be easily attached to any SUP, surfboard or hydrofoil board and can be made at a fraction of the typical $12,000 price tag - the going rate for another electric-powered hydrofoil surfboard.
A lot of time and effort has gone into proof of concept and designs for the project. There is currently a Kickstarter campaign to raise some seed money for the team to be able to order parts and build prototypes. Supporters who donate $50 or more will be given access to a video series teaching them how to build their own propulsion system. 
"It's worth the effort because we are making the first high-powered portable and affordable unit at a fraction of the cost of competitors," said Vermeulen. "The application of the system on a surfboard is the tip of the iceberg. We plan to make it useful on kayaks, snorkelers and divers for fast and powerful transportation."
For more information about Vermeulen and his DIY eFoil project, click here.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
By Erika Engel

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

See the Salmon Run!!! Run Salmon Run!

Major salmon migration event includes nature walk with conservation experts, gourmet meal, FREE kids lunch and entertainment!
In the wake of last year's resounding success, the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is holding See the Salmon Run for a second year from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The Collingwood/Town of Blue Mountains event is a chance for people of all ages to see hundreds of Chinook Salmon fight their way up Silver Creek on their annual spawning run.
This year's event has been bumped up a week to land smack in the middle of the annual salmon migration. Last year's event saw 180+ adults and 80+ children in attendance; this year's is expected to bring even more crowds. It's an event that will include a gourmet lunch put on by Men with Knives, as well as local brews by the Collingwood Brewery and a FREE kids' lunch. Elephant Thoughts and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority will be there with a huge inflatable salmon, turtle and gut hut, interactive games for children, as well as giant inflatable balls called zorbs that they can climb into and bounce around.
The centrepiece of the event is a 20-minute self-guided nature hike through the woods along Silver Creek. Adults and kids can stop at 4 locations where conservation experts from various organizations will be on hand to add to your knowledge of fish migration and spawning, and stamp kids' fish 'passports'
The event includes parking on-site and will take place at the Foley property, 609830 12th Sideroad, Town of Blue Mountains, just west of the intersection of 6th Street and Osler Bluff Road. It's open to the public and promises to be both educational and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Event sponsors include Kolapore Springs Fishery, the Gosling Foundation, the Nature League and Red-tailed Hawk Forest School.
Event tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite and more information is available at our website

Friday, September 8, 2017

Project Zero

Today, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Collingwood Fire Department announced they are partnering to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Collingwood Fire Department received 216 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero – a public education campaign that is providing a total of 3,330 alarms to residents in 15 Ontario municipalities. This year, Enbridge invested $100,000 in Project Zero.

Since 2009, Project Zero has been delivered to 85 Ontario communities.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning that is needed to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels. It is important that all fuel-burning equipment be properly maintained to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Carbon monoxide alarms are recommended as a second line of defense to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“We have proof that prevention saves lives. Knowing this, we remain committed to educating our customers about the importance of installing a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, as well as properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment,” says Joe Corrigan, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “By installing carbon monoxide alarms in the home, on every level and adjacent to sleeping areas, residents can help prevent needless tragedies. Project Zero is an invaluable program that helps fire departments educate residents in their community about carbon monoxide alarms.”

From L-R: Councillor Deb Doherty, Fire Fighter Trevor Firstbrook,  Councillor Mike Edwards, Acting Captain Jesse Bull, Fire Prevention Inspector Carl Prochilo, Joe Corrigan, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Joe Casey, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Fire Chief Ross Parr, Mayor Sandra Cooper, Fire Fighter Brent Balkwill, Fire Fighter Jeff Lalonde, Councillor Tim Fryer


“The Project Zero campaign addresses a great need, in working to ensure that everyone has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. We know that smoke alarms save lives, but there are many homes without working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms,” said Collingwood Fire Chief Ross Parr. “Project Zero’s generous contribution to the Town of Collingwood will allow us to reach out to 216 homes within our community, and provide them with a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm. We thank Enbridge and the Fire Marshal’s Office for their support of this critical program and their efforts to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety and awareness.”

“Smoke alarms save lives, and the recent Hawkins Gignac Act reaffirms the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, however there are still many homes that do not have working alarms,” said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “This donation will allow us to make 216 homes in our community safer for our residents. Thank you to everyone involved in Project Zero for their generous contributions, and ongoing commitment to safety.”

About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC.

About the Collingwood Fire Department
The mission of the Collingwood Fire Department is to serve the community by providing protection from fire, life threatening emergencies and dangerous conditions through education, prevention, rescue, suppression and basic life support services.

The Fire Department is served by a Chief and Deputy Chief, 24 full-time firefighters, two fire prevention staff, eight volunteer firefighters and one Administrative Assistant.
About Enbridge Gas Distribution Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, and has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past eight years. Enbridge Gas Distribution distributes natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Farm to Table Experience on the Apple Pie Trail

Savour the flavours of fall with this brand-new foodie experience on the Apple Pie Trail. Hop on The Beer Bus for a full-day tour including Miller’s Dairy Farm, Giffen’s Apple Orchard and Creemore Springs Brewery.  Then, immerse yourself in the gardens of The New Farm for a truly interactive farm-to-table dining experience with Chef Carl Heinrich from Toronto’s Richmond Station and winner of Top Chef Canada.  After your full day of experiencing the Apple Pie Trail, relax in our spacious suites featuring the Westin Heavenly Bed™. Click here for more information.


Package Details:
Available Dates: September 19 – 21 and 26 – 28

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a one-bedroom suite
  • Full-day tour (on September 20 or 27) including local craft brewery, apple orchard, dairy farm and farm-to-table experience with Chef Carl Heinrich (see details above)
  • Valid for two-night stays from September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2017
  • Total package cost is CAD $928 plus taxes

Monday, August 7, 2017

Invasive Shorline Plant - Can you pitch in and lend a hand?

An invasive plant is threatening to choke Georgian Bay shoreline wetlands and form dense stands that block views and water access. It's called Phragmites, an invasive ornamental grass originally from Eurasia that is running rampant in Ontario.
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a Collingwood environmental charity of more than 20 years' standing, has joined forces to do something about it. Under the leadership of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and together with Georgian Bay Forever and the Town of Collingwood, we are mapping the extent of the invasion and organizing a major event for Saturday, August 12 called Fight the Phrag, where we will be removing Phragmites from Collingwood's shoreline.
The danger is acute: Phragmites is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. It releases toxins from its roots into the soil to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding plants. It's choking up our vulnerable wetlands and creeping in on beaches.
Please join us and help give back to the Bay. We need people to come out and lend a hand cutting and removing the plant. Sign up for either the morning session from 8:00 to 11:00 or in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. A volunteer appreciation lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. For registration, visit our website. For more information, contact Sara Finnimore at 705-424-1479 ext. 264. 
About The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (Watershed Trust), Ontario's first watershed trust, was founded in 1994. During the past 23 years, the Watershed Trust has dedicated itself to the task of protecting the Silver Creek and its Wetland, one of the region's most valuable natural features. The Silver Creek Watershed offers $10.5 million worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year.
The mandate of the Watershed Trust is to "develop awareness and promote partnerships that are required in order to successfully implement watershed planning in the Blue Mountain watersheds". It is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization supported by donations and fundraising. The organization exists in order to raise awareness of and protect watercourses in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area including Silver, Townline, Batteaux and Black Ash Creeks; the Beaver and Pretty Rivers; and Indian Brook.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Midsummer Nights Dream

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Theatre Georgian Bay is a professional theatre company that seeks to bring relevant, thought provoking, primarily Canadian and Shakespearean theatre to the Georgian Bay region.
This summer, TGB returns to Collingwood with its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Utilizing the beautiful backdrop of Georgian Bay, this 'Bard on the Bay' event runs on Sunday afternoons/evenings and Monday evenings from July 16 - August 7, 2017.
In an effort to promote live theatre and make Shakespeare more accessible to the whole family, TGB uses adapted versions of the plays and offers performances to the community as a 'pay-as-you-are-able' event.
UpSHOWTIMES:
July 23 1 & 6pm / July 24 6pm
July 30 1 & 6pm / July 31 6pm
August 6 1 & 6pm / August 7 6pm

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

6Hours of Gibraltar set to go for this weekend!

The 5th annual 6 Hours of Gibraltar mountain bike relay is set to go on Saturday, July 15th, 2017.  Join us at this exclusive, professionally built course tucked away on a private wooded property in Gibraltar!  The varying terrain and difficulty levels allow for a challenging, yet fun and family friendly atmosphere.  It is professionally timed, has proper Medical staff on site and ends with a medal presentation for top teams and top fundraisers.
100% of the profit goes directly to support women and children who are fleeing violence.  This year, our fundraising goal of $100,000 will support My Friend's House programs.
You can participate in the relay race as a solo athlete, a team of four, or a corporate team of eight. Your team can be male, female or coed.  This event is suitable for all skill levels and is open to children and adults.  Last year, racers from 8 yrs to 72 yrs old navigated the 6km, moderate skill level private mountain bike course. For pricing information, please check out the Race Info/Links tab.
Included in your registration fee is:  T-shirt, Grab Bag, Prizes and Medals.  Morning coffee is provided by Ashanti Coffee Collingwood.  Lunch is provided by Pita Pit.  
"6 Hours of Gibraltar is a significant event for My Friend's House.  It helps us to continue to provide lifesaving services as well as helps to raise awareness about violence against women and the type of programming that we offer in our Community.  Yearly, we must raise a substantial amount to keep our doors open.  We canĂ¢€™t thank the organizers and participants enough for helping us out in such a big way." - Alison Fitzgerald, Executive Director of My Friend's House.
About My Friend's House
My Friend's House is more than just a shelter for women and children fleeing violence.  For 25 years, they have been a safe haven where families recoup, recover and restart their lives free from abuse in the Georgian Triangle.
Each year, they must raise $300, 000 to make ends meet while serving the most vulnerable in our community.  My Friend's House counsellors respond to 1,500 crisis calls each year as well as housing 200 women and children annually.  They also provide lifesaving Outreach and Transition services to 400 women that help families to return to our community where they can plan for the future.  
Come Join in on the fun and support the cause.For further details click here.