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          York University: WCS '20 Home
TDSB declined WCS '20 permit application on request from Monarch Park Collegiate Principal, citing parking problems for the neighbouring community caused by WCS attendees. Getting MPC permit was becoming increasingly difficult in recent years. We had a great run at this dated facility, riding on the strength of very capable MPC alumni, and the time has come to look for new home.
Some of you may recall that George used York U facilities to host WCS a long while ago, well before my time. Since then, York U grew to became a very suitable option, right on the subway line.
It's expected that rental contract between York U and WCS will be signed before Christmas. 
You can view the photographs I've taken during recent visit to get a sense of place.
York U Highlights
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
  • Auditorium for 500
  • Close proximity to the subway (York U subway stop is literally 20m from the building entrance)
  • Unlimited parking
  • Modern venue with large screen and capable audio/video tech
  • Large variety of healthy on-campus food options
  • No viable catering option (to be confirmed, box lunch might be an option)
What does this mean to You?
I anticipate this will be a welcome change for some, and annoying for others. It will take a year to fine-tune all processes at the new venue, so...good for everyone to arm yourself with a lot of patience.
The biggest change, in my opinion, will be the absence of catered lunch and dinner. On the plus side, we'll have more varied food options at campus food court and/or nearby restaurants.  More about food in the next update.
There is ample room in the hallways to set up tables for book sales.
Different food options at campus food court
          Next Steps
1. If you already booked your ticket and would like to cancel it on account of venue change, please send me a note ( with your order number and payment info. Please do this before 1 January.
2. I will refund all food payments to those of you that selected lunch/dinner/both before 1 January.
3. Accommodation options - there are several hotels in the immediate vicinity of York U (Comfort Inn Toronto North, Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York). I'll negotiate the special event rate in the coming days, more in the next update.
          Quebec’s Majestic Magpie River
A story by Ryan O'Connor
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Ryan has had a love for the outdoors since a
young age. After completing CEGEP in Montreal, he moved to the Madawaska Valley where he now manages a whitewater canoe and kayak school at Paddler Co-op in Palmer Rapids, ON. Surrounded by whitewater and wilderness, he has honed his skills as a whitewater instructor, guide, mentor and photographer. When Ryan isn’t instructing, he spends his time exploring with his kayak and camera from the Yukon to Labrador, Africa to Mexico, eagerly awaiting what lies beyond the next bend.
Listed in Canadian Geographic as one of Canada's top 10 rafting rivers, the Magpie is a remote, clean, breathtaking river flowing south from the Labrador plateau into the St. Lawrence river in the Côte-Nord region of Eastern Quebec. Ryan will share the story of their 2013 journey. 
          from the Digital Archives
Presentation by Herb Pohl about 2002 solo trip on Nastapoka River
(2006 Paddlers' Gathering in Fairlee, Vermont; intro by George Luste)
Send your '20 WCS Speaker recommendations to
Thank you! 
Aleks & WCS Team
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