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CANWARN Training Spring 2018 Announcement no. 3

Folks, the first training session was successfully done in Sarnia last Thursday. There was a good crowd of around 70 in attendance. There have been a number of changes/additions to the remaining training schedule and all of the details can be found below. To point out these changes here is a quick rundown. A training session has been added in Innerkip in Oxford County on April 24th. An Eventbrite registration site is now in place for those interested in the session in Stratford on April 30th. The session in Whitby on May 3rd will now take place starting at 7:30 PM not 7 PM as originally noted. In addition, there is specific registration information for this session now available. The session originally scheduled for Markham on May 8th will now take place in Uxbridge. The session in Kingston originally scheduled for May 15 will now take place on June 11. A session has been added in the Ottawa area on May 15.

As mentioned previously, if you don’t find specific RSVP instructions at the venue you are interested in below then please RSVP to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca

April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
April 18 - London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst. RSVP to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search/82
April 24 – Oxford County/Innerkip – 7 PM – Innerkip Community Centre, 695566 17th line, Innerkip
April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford RSVP to : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-severe-weather-training-tickets-42949852164
May 3 – Durham Region/Whitby – 7:30 PM - Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St S, Whitby...course available to Whitby residents only initially. RSVP to http://durhamstormspotter.eventbrite.com or by calling 1-800-372-1102 ext. 2792
May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – Uxbridge – 7 PM – Uxbridge Arena and Recreation Centre – 291 Brock St. W
May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
May 10 – Mallorytown – 6:30 PM – Mallorytown Community Hall, 76 County Road 5 South, Mallorytown
May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-43941510240
May 14 – Iroquois – 6:30 PM – Iroquois Legion, 24 Dundas St., Iroquois
May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
May 15 – Ottawa – 6:30 PM - City of Ottawa Archives Building 100 Tallwood Drive
May 16 – Oakville – 7 PM – Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Regional Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
May 17 – Hamilton/Stoney Creek – 6:30 PM – Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
May 22 – Essex County/Essex – 7 PM – Shaheen Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex – 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex
May 23 – Sudbury/Azilda – 6:30 PM – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda
May 24 – Temiskaming Shores/New Liskeard – 6:30 PM – Riverside Place, 55 Riverside Drive, New Liskeard
May 26 – Belleville – 9:30 AM – 3rd floor Conference Room, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville
June 11 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Calvin Park Public Library, 88 Wright Cr.

Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Serviceof Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tel: 416 739-4466

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes, Servicemétéorologique du Canada
Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernementdu Canada
Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tél: 416 739-4466

CANWARN Training Announcement No. 2

Folks, please find following the updated list of CANWARN training sessions for this spring. The following changes and additions have been made...there is now a website to register for the session in Midhurst in Simcoe County on April 23rd provided by the County. The session in Essex County has been confirmed. It will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd in the Town of Essex at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The session in Durham Region has been confirmed for May 3rd in Whitby. As this session is being organized by Durham Region, they have asked that it initially be open only to residents of Whitby. The registration will be opened more widely depending on the initial response. Sessions have also now been confirmed for Mallorytown, Iroquois and Kingston. The venue for the Kingston session will be confirmed shortly.

As noted in the previous training announcement, if you don’t see specific instructions on how to RSVP at the session you are interested in, please RSVP to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca. As also noted in the previous announcement, please ensure to check the start time of your session. Some evening sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM. Some weekend sessions begin at 9 AM and others at 9:30 AM.

My thanks to those of you who have registered already, the numbers are growing at many sessions. By all accounts this is shaping up to be another successful training season for the CANWARN program. The program’s strength is in its membership and based on that, CANWARN continues to be a very vibrant program.

More details on sessions that don’t currently have a venue and more info on additional sessions will be provided in coming updates.

My thanks again to all of you for being a part of this program and for those of you who will be joining it in the coming months.

April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM - Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at billhoad00@gmail.com
April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
April 18 - London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst. RSVP to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search/82
April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford
May 3 – Durham Region/Whitby – 7 PM - Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St S, Whitby...course available to Whitby residents only initially
May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – Markham – 7 PM – venue to be determined
May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
May 10 – Mallorytown – 6:30 PM – Mallorytown Community Hall, 76 County Road 5 South, Mallorytown
May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-43941510240
May 14 – Iroquois – 6:30 PM – Iroquois Legion, 24 Dundas St., Iroquois
May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
May 15 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Location to be announced
May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
May 16 – Oakville – 7 PM – Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Regional Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
May 17 – Hamilton/Stoney Creek – 6:30 PM – Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
May 22 – Essex County/Essex – 7 PM – Shaheen Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex – 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex
May 23 – Sudbury/Azilda – 6:30 PM – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda
May 24 – Temiskaming Shores/New Liskeard – 6:30 PM – Riverside Place, 55 Riverside Drive, New Liskeard
May 26 – Belleville – 9:30 AM – 3rd floor Conference Room, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville
Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Serviceof Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tel: 416 739-4466

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes, Servicemétéorologique du Canada
Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernementdu Canada
Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tél: 416 739-4466

Canwarn Spring 2018 Announcement no. 1

Folks, another year has flown by and it is once again time to be thinking about severe thunderstorms and CANWARN storm spotter training. A number of venues have been confirmed already, some are still in the process of being confirmed but I thought it would be worthwhile to advertise what is known as of March 9, 2018.
As always your membership in this program is greatly appreciated by the forecasters in the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. While social media can light up during severe weather events, the forecasters need to do a fair amount of legwork to verify these reports. Reports received through social media, the spotter phone line or email that are from identified CANWARN members allow forecasters to utilize the information received much more quickly and with a greater degree of confidence.
I once again look forward to seeing many of you at one of the upcoming training sessions and also look forward to meeting new volunteers that have learned about the program and want to become a part of it.
So, without further delay, please find following the current list of training dates/venues. Please note that some evening training sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM and some morning sessions begin at 9 AM while others at 9:30 AM. This list will be updated regularly in the coming weeks as other venues are confirmed. The training dates in northwestern Ontario are still to be decided and I’ll confirm them in the coming weeks. Some of the venues below will have specific people/websites to RSVP to…if no specific RSVP instructions are there, please feel free to RSVP directly to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca

  • Essex County/Chatham-Kent – date/venue to be determined
  • April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM - Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at billhoad00@gmail.com
  • April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
  • April 18 - London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
  • April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst
  • April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
  • April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
  • April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford
  • May 2 or 3 – Durham Region – date/venue to be determined
  • May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
  • May 8 – Markham – 7 PM – venue to be determined
  • May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
  • May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
    RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-43941510240
  • May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
  • May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
  • May 16 – Oakville – 7 PM – Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Regional Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
  • May 17 – Hamilton/Stoney Creek – 6:30 PM – Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
  • May 23 – Sudbury/Azilda – 6:30 PM – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda
  • May 24 – Temiskaming Shores/New Liskeard – 6:30 PM – Riverside Place, 55 Riverside Drive, New Liskeard
  • May 26 – Belleville – 9:30 AM – 3rd floor Conference Room, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville

Geoff Coulson
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist |
Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes
Ontario Region Client Services |
Service à la clientèle, Région de l'Ontario
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
4905 Dufferin St | 4905 rue Dufferin
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4

Geoff.Coulson@ec.gc.ca
Telephone | Téléphone 416-739-4466
Facsimile | Télécopieur 416-739-4603
Website | Site Web www.weather.gc.ca

Distracted driving regulations update

From RAC:

Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update
Ontario Temporary Exemption has been Extended until January 1, 2021

For immediate release: December 15, 2017

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been working hard on this issue.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”

The update to the regulation can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17475.

While we were hoping for a permanent exemption, this decision by the MTO ensures our continued ability to operate Amateur Radio apparatus while mobile. RAC will continue to press for a permanent exemption going forward.

For more information visit our Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/

Bill Dillon VE3KWX, SK

From Nigel VE3ID:

I was very sad to hear of the death of Bill Dillon, VE3KWX last week.

As many of you will know, Bill was the one person who brought us all together to actually get the micro controller project finished. We had been floundering for years with a little bit of this and a little bit of that but he showed the value of having a true project manager.

Bill and I had dinner almost every week for years at Chapters Restaurant and Book Store at Yonge/Eglinton (not the one that became !ndigo), and he helped me with advice (and his company's wholesale discount) to re-wire a whole house that belonged to my Danish landlady.

Unfortunately I lost contact with him when I went to England for a year in 1993. His IC listing showed at a place in Harvard Avenue in Toronto, but lately I discovered that he had been living with his brother in Haliburton.

During the time that I was close to Bill, I discovered that he had suffered chronic pain throughout his life, and had turned to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help. I just fished an index card from my desk that he gave me, and on it he wrote the titles of some books about NLP for me to read, ending with the statement "I wish you a pain free life, see you on the other side."

73,
Nigel, ve3id

Site update

Originally posted June 19.

This is what is working today.

  1. Internet was down - it is now back up. It is running on ac for now. (Inverter is no good.)
  2. RPT 70cm side is up and running both system fusion and FM
  3. RPT 2m side is running only FM until update is completed.
  4. BEG Icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. IRLP is off line.
  6. D-star running linking available
  7. Batteries were cleaned and topped-up
  8. Both tower 2m 70cm are ok.

This is what needs to be done.

  1. Six meter. Works on the receive side. Duplexers to be installed.
  2. 1.25 g is up and running
  3. Clean up the shack in progress
  4. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  5. TWR 70cm side needs firmware update.
  6. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (In progress)
  7. AGM meeting and picnic to be planned

We will make another trip soon at a later date.

Thanks to the following people for helping out.
Malcolm, Nigel, Paul, Ian, Henry, & William