Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The newly established Bradford Arts Guild (B.A.G.) is holding their first event at the new Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library at 425 Holland Street West, Bradford, on Saturday November 12th, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Admission is FREE, along with many free workshops for children and adults. There will be over 40 local artists and artisans selling their work as well as demonstrating their skills. Come out and support your local arts community, buy some unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for Christmas and enjoy a day filled with activities for all ages, door-prizes and entertainment.

Free workshops include children’s classes in ballet, jazz and musical theatre - a great opportunity for those parents considering dance classes for their children. Besides the many free demos and performances, there are also a number of other workshops for a nominal fee – a polymer clay workshop for the 6-12 age group; a cartooning workshop for teens; jewellery design and cupcake artistry workshops for teens and adults. There is something for everyone.
Pre-registration is recommended as spaces for workshops are limited.

Please visit the Bradford Library at 425 Holland Street West in Bradford or contact the Bradford Arts Guild by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

His Worship, Mayor Doug White will cut the inaugural ribbon and cake at noon with the press in attendance.

A full field of 110 boats with 220 anglers blasted off from Orillia on a beautiful Saturday morning Oct. 22nd to try to catch the heaviest five bass they — or anyone else — had ever seen weighed in during a Canadian Bass Tournament.

The Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open, hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters capitalizes on one of the world’s finest smallmouth fisheries. Like no other, this event offers hard core tournament anglers a realistic opportunity to win one of the highest cash payouts in the country, and at a time of year when records are made to be broken.

Last year, the winning team of Mark Moran and Joey Muszynski set the all-time Canadian record with an incredible 31.5 pounds worth of smallmouth bass.

This year, that 31.5-pound record was not broken, but the eventual winners of husband and wife team Wayne and Gail Misselbrook, of Brooklin, Ont., still amassed a huge sack of bass weighing in at 28.5 pounds, for a $20,000 first-place prize.  They also tacked on the Shimano Pay to Play win, worth almost $5,000. In an incredibly close 2nd was the team of Scott Murison of Stroud and Paul Hecking of Bradford with 28.2 pounds for a $6,000 cash payout.

Veteran late fall smallmouth specialists like Scott Murison readily admit that in order to consistently do well in this tournament, “you need to pay your dues.”

By all accounts the Misselbrooks are the epitome of hard work and proved to everyone that dedication pays off.  Murison was the first to point out how deserving their win was: “It was a heart breaker to come so close that’s for sure! But I’ve been on the other side and won by 0.3 pounds as well, so this is all part of the game!! Plus I know Wayne, and he has worked hard to win so this was meant to be for him and Gail."

The Misselbrooks certainly do work hard out there to stay on top of their game.  “We spent four full days prefishing and even during the event we didn’t waste time eating or drinking,” Wayne said. "We had several waypoints that produced big bass in pre fish and we ran to about a dozen of them during the day.  We’d give the area 15 or 20 minutes and if it didn’t produce we’d be off."

In an interview following the event, Wayne said that when they weighed in 29.50 lbs for a 4th place finish last year, the fish were grouped up. “This time, however, the catchable fish seemed to be spread out. We hit many of the spots where I had caught big fish in the past, which were all GPS’d.  Not all the spots had fish on them that would bite, but the ones that did had big fish on them."

Almost all anglers reported a very tough bite compared to last year. “We only caught six bass all day — and the one we culled was actually a tagged bass*," Wayne said.

When asked what the win means, Wayne responded: “To win a premier tournament like the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open is something that you dream of accomplishing. To be able to do it with my wife who has supported my fishing for the past 20 years, allowing me to go out and prefish and prepare for these tournaments, is even better. I'm sure over time, we'll invest the money back into the sport of tournament fishing, including next year’s Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open."

As title sponsor, Bass Pro Shops has offered the greatest contribution both in cash awards and their marketing and organizational expertise. Additionally platinum sponsors Jack Links Beef Jerky, and Toyota Canada were big players once again in 2011. Shimano supplied their live-release boat and in-water weigh-in system. Additionally, they kicked in $2,000 seed money for the Shimano Pay To Play pot and provided rods and reels for prizes. Rapala contributed $2,000 towards the 36th X Spot award. Humminbird/Minn Kota supplied the top team using their products with $2,000. Berkley Canada provided all teams with merchandise in their grab bags, gave out product to spectators during the weigh-in and supplied $1,000 cash to the team weighing in the heaviest largemouth bass. Mustang supplied four floater suits and Maple Lodge farms offered a BBQ during the weigh in.  Supporting companies such as CL Lures, X Zone Lures and Set the Hook  supplied hidden weight prize packages or contributed to the grab bags for the anglers. Time On The Water Canada organized several draw prize packages for the weigh-in, including a day on the water for three lucky winners with well-known tournament anglers Mark Kulik, Dave Chong and John Whyte. Ice fishing guides from “We Pound Em Charts” donated a day on the ice this winter. Sunshine Radio 89.1 FM in Orillia was there to cover the event and promoted it daily all week prior.  

Total cash payouts for the 2011 BPS Lake Simcoe Open were over $53,500. This was better than a 100% payout in cash and prizes. Anglers paid a $400 entry fee to compete — with an additional optional $40 per team to enter the Shimano Pay To Play. Competing anglers, sponsors, the host City of Orillia and the Canadian tackle industry all recognize the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open as the premier one day bass fishing tournament in the country.

The tournament organizers would like to thank the many volunteers from the Aurora Bassmasters along with support from several Barrie Bassmasters who helped make everything run so smoothly during the morning blast off and during the weigh in. Weigh-in hosts were Mike Brown and Jeno Huber. Additionally, thank you to the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL), led by Andy Pallotta and his wife Vita for their expertise, logistical support and tournament equipment. Both anglers and tournament organizers always love coming to the fish-friendly community of Orillia and appreciate their excellent no-charge launching and parking facilities. A key figure who helped with so much of the behind the scenes work in Orillia was Doug Bunker of the Orillia Chamber of Commerce.  Finally, organizers of the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open are pleased to announce that they will contribute a total of $1,000 to the local Orillia Big Brothers and Sisters organization.
The Aurora Bassmasters brought back the extremely popular Live Streaming video of the weigh-in event.   The 2011 weigh-in can still be seen at  and

* The Tagged bass was part of a five year research program spearheaded by the Aurora Bassmasters in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources.  This fish was originally caught and tagged during the 2010 BPS Simcoe Open — showing that catch and release really does work.

For more information, please contact:
Wil Wegman, Aurora Bassmasters
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Courtesy Wil Wegman


Do you support hydroseparation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin?

Do you want your voice to be heard in the U.S. and Canada?

Great Lakes United encourages you to participate one of the four public meetings being hosted by the Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. One of the four meetings will be held in Toronto on Oct. 25.

The Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will present information and gather input on the initiative Envisioning a Chicago Area Waterway System for the 21st Century. The initiative is developing and evaluating options for separating the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds in the Chicago area to prevent the transfer of aquatic invasive species such as Asian carp, while improving other aspects of the system including transportation, water quality and stormwater management.

The meeting in Toronto will be: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

One King West Hotel

Austin Gallery, 12th Floor

1 King Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5H 1A1

For more information, go to:

Courtesy Great Lakes United



Innisfil, ON (October 14, 2011) – The Town of Innisfil has extended the pilot program for e-waste collection with Electronic Recycling Solutions (ERS), operated by John Hurd, until August 31, 2012. In addition to the two drop bin locations, at the Stroud Arena and the Innisfil Recreational Complex, there is now a third drop bin location in the Cookstown Library parking lot.

Over the past four months, the successful e-waste collection pilot project with ERS has resulted in more than 28,000 pounds of e-waste being collected from two drop-bins located in Innisfil. The success of the Innisfil program has generated interest in other local municipalities, including the Township of Essa. The Township of Essa has launched a six-month pilot program with ERS, and drop bins are currently in place. The two e-waste collection locations in the Township of Essa are in the parking lot of the Thornton Arena and Mill Street at Fraser Street in Angus.

Typical e-waste collection includes old televisions, computer monitors, computer towers, computer key-boards, stereo systems, radios, small electronic appliances, etc.  These items are removed from the traditional waste stream and delivered to a waste recycling facility, Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP), in Barrie where they are processed (stripped down) and recycled according to the materials that are removed from the various electronic products.

After 26 years in 10 temporary locations, staff and students at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus are finally settled into their permanent new home. Monday, Oct. 17 marked the official grand opening of the 20,000-square-foot campus located at the corner of Poplar Sideroad and Raglan Street in Collingwood.

The new building will accommodate 250 full-time students and more than 3,000 part-time students annually. It will also expand opportunities for corporate training, skills simulation and small business services.

Program offerings include Pre-Health Sciences, Bookkeeping, Personal Support Worker, Level 1 and Level 2 Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship, Office Administration, Gas Technician and a new Business Fundamentals program, which will start in January 2012. Students have access to a strong Academic Upgrading/College and Career Preparation program.  There is also an e-learning lab where they can work toward a university degree.

“We are thrilled about the opportunities Georgian’s permanent new campus will offer to the future of the South Georgian Bay region and to our students,” said Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College. “We’re perfectly positioned to contribute significantly to economic growth in the area – offering programs that address labour market gaps, developing and strengthening key business partnerships and equipping students with marketable skills that will enable them to pursue their career goals and dreams.”

For those looking to upgrade their skills or study simply for the love of learning, there are Continuing Education courses to match every interest and taste. Budding entrepreneurs can learn how to start up a small business, professionals in the field of health and wellness can pursue specialty courses on topics such as diabetes management, travel enthusiasts can learn a new language, and for the creative types there are courses covering everything from decorating to photography.

Lynn Hynd, Campus Services and Community Relations Manager, says students are excited about the new space and what it means for both them and the community. “Without a local campus, many students would not be able to pursue post-secondary studies,” she said. “Georgian’s newest campus will allow them to live and study close to home.”

It was the convenience and flexibility of being able to pursue his goal of becoming a practical nurse without leaving his community that attracted Blair Fleming, a husband and father of two, to the new campus.

Blair, the first in his family to pursue post-secondary studies, is currently enjoying his first semester in the Pre-Health Sciences program.

“Georgian has succeeded in bringing this post-secondary experience right to my doorstep and to the doorsteps of many other students from the region,” he noted. “The faculty members here are like no other, the new campus has something for everyone, and the South Georgian Bay region and what it has to offer is amazing. My decision to attend school here was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

It has been clear for many years that Georgian needed a permanent home for a campus serving the South Georgian Bay region. The catalyst for the creation of the Poplar Road campus was the donation of 10 acres of land by developer John Di Poce, through Di Poce Management Limited. The generosity of his donation is recognized in the campus name.

The project was also made possible thanks to a $4-million contribution from the Community Adjustment Fund of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

A total of $450,000 for the campus has been raised by Georgian’s Power of Education campaign. This includes donations from businesses and individuals in the region, along with a gift of $106,750 from the Students’ Administrative Council. The college has set a $750,000 community fundraising goal.

Courtesy Georgian College

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