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  1. I can't reply to your post about the Frenchman's Bay boat launch.

    From what I understand, they do plan to eventually re-open the boat launch for small craft.  Unfortunately, there are no plans for any dedicated parking for vehicles with trailers, so it will be of limited use for people with power boats.  Since contruction has already befgun on the site; I doubt that there is any chance of changing things now.  

    1. JMFJMF


      Thank you for the reply John. The parking spaces for vehicles and trailers already exists and requires no additional construction or maintenance expenses. It has always been sufficient to accommodate all users. The problem is that they closed the access with a gate. Removing the gate would be very small job (or locking it in the open position, even easier) which can be done in a few minutes by a friendly volunteer at no cost. 

    2. John Bacon

      John Bacon

      Those spots will be gone when contruction is completed (at least according to the plans that I have seen).  There will be parallel parking along the side of the road.  Perhaps you'll get lucky and there will be a spot long enough for a vehicle with trailer.

      My brother-in-law attended some of the meetings for the project.  He did say that most people preferred to just leave the area the way it was.  Unfortunately, that's not what the politicians chose to do.


    3. JMFJMF


      Parallel parking is acceptable. But it's the gate that is forbidding access to the launching beach. 

      What I saw recently is that they urbanized the place, completely stripping it of its semi rural charm. It now looks like an ordinary downtown city park, quite an ugly one too, which is a pity. It will take many centuries for nature to heal this ... if it is left to do it.  I understand why most people who were fortunate to be invited to the meetings preferred to leave it the way it was. For me it was a place I much enjoyed going to for a relaxing walk, especially in the winter. I won't be going there any more for that. It's sad to see another good thing that is taken away from us.

      But the boat launching beach was the last place for us to access Lake Ontario in this region. The (very few) other launches in the city core are totally affordable to people like us. That is why I would like to have as much help as possible to fight this and have this access restored (ie. the gate removed.)

  2. As many of you probably know, Frenchman's bay had a beach on the west side from which people would launch their boats. It was the last affordable access to Lake Ontario in all of the GTA for all of us who did not amass or inherit wealth. It was also a nice, somewhat still looking wild and natural place where I (and many others I would encounter there) would be able to go to and decompress, escape the pervasive urban stress we have to endure. All of this was closed for 2 years. During this time the place was completely devastated, urbanized and made to look like an ordinary downtown place, and all access to the boat launch was closed. I would like to fight this and am asking for help from those of you who care also. Please suggest ideas on what we could do. Your help would be much appreciated.
  3. Has anyone else than us witnessed the same problem?


  4. Are pan fish disappearing? We have been fishing in lakes around Toronto (East) for the last 20 years. (Scugog, Rice, Sturgeon, Balsam, Simcoe, Chemong...etc...) and have noticed a dramatic decrease in the number of fish we catch each time. Many times this year we haven't caught anything at all, not even a bite, which was impossible even 5 years ago. In particular, pan-fish seem to have practically disappeared, particularly Bluegills and Pumkinseeds, somewhat less Perch and Rock Bass. (We used to try to avoid catching them in the past). But also Pike in Lake Simcoe seem to have vanished, and same for Walleye in Balsam. LM Bass in Chemong/Buckhorn are now much smaller, and dramatically fewer. Rice lake seems to have become altogether fishless. Even the rivers flowing into Lake Ontario seem to have sharply reduced fish populations, for example Bullheads and Minnows in the spring, not to mention many other species we sometimes caught that seem to be completely gone (Smelt, Eels, Cohos, Drums... etc.). Are we the only ones witnessing this? (In which case I wonder why, given we have not changed much in the way we fish).
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