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EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ONTARIO
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WELCOME TO THE ONTARIO ECOA

The Ontario ECOA is dedicated to providing an auxiliary emergency communications network utilizing
a wide range of telecommunications equipment and technology and through objective planning of these
resources to deliver a quality communications system that meets the needs of all our served clients
at the Municipal and the Provincial Government levels in the interest of public safety and service.

VOICE OF PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD  SOLARHAM.COM  ECOA BLOG ECOA REFLECTOR

ASSOCIATION DEDICATED CALLSIGN : VE3OEC

THIS ASSOCIATION OFFERS LINKED DUAL DOMAIN ACCESS:
ecoa.ca >>> emergencycommunicationsontario.ca

" PUBLIC SERVICE IS OUR LEGACY, PUBLIC SERVICE IS OUR FUTURE.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2014.








**UPDATED STATEMENTS FROM THE ECOA PRESIDENT**

THE ECOA EXECUTIVE IS EXTREMELY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT
OF BRETT GILBANK VE3ZBG AS THE SECTOR MANAGER FOR WESTERN ONTARIO.
BRETT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: GREY- BRUCE COUNTIES HURON COUNTY
PERTH COUNTY LAMBTON COUNTY MIDDLESEX COUNTY OXFORD REGIONAL COUNTY
NORFOLK COUNTY ELGIN COUNTY KENT COUNTY AND ESSEX COUNTY.

THE ECOA EXECUTIVE ALSO LOOKS FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE
CANWARN EXPANSION IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS OF THIS NEW WESTERN SECTOR.

BRETT ALSO BRINGS A HIGH LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE IN THE PROMOTION AND
COORDINATION OF SEVERAL ACTIVE CLUBS AND GROUPS WITHIN THE SECTOR.

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** ECOA GOING HF MODE 3.755 MHZ. 80 METERS **

ECOA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT ON TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2013
A NEW ECOA EMCOMM NET WILL BEGIN RIGHT AFTER THE LAURENTIAN NET
ON THE FREQUENCY 3.755 MHZ. WITH GOOD PROPAGATION AND COVERAGE.
WE THANK THE ONTARS GROUP AND BARRY- VE3ISX FOR THE HELP AND
SUPPORT FROM MANY MEMBERS AS ECOA EXPANDS TO HF OPERATIONS.

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**NEW ECOA CENTRAL SECTOR MANAGER**

THE ECOA EXECUTIVE IS VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF
RUSS HEMPHILL VE3FI AS THE NEW ECOA CENTRAL SECTOR MANAGER.

IN THIS POSITION RUSS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
CITY OF PETERBOROUGH COUNTY OF HALIBURTON CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF MUSKOKA SIMCOE COUNTY PARRY SOUND DISTRICT.

RUSS BRINGS A HIGH LEVEL OF DEDICATION AND EXPERIENCE TO THIS ROLE
AND TO THE GROWTH OF THIS ECOA SECTOR AND OUR EMCOMM ASSOCIATION.

A NEW EMCOMM GROUP IS ALSO PENDING TO SERVE HALIBURTON COUNTY
MINDEN ANSON HINDEN THE ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS AND HIGHLANDS EAST.

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AS I BEGIN MY TERM AS PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO START BY THANKING
BOB FOR HIS SERVICE TO ECOA AND THE GREAT EFFORT AND TIME HE PUT
INTO THIS PROVINCIAL EMCOMM ORGANIZATION.

TO QUOTE THE BEATLES, " ITS BEEN A LONG AND WINDING ROAD " AND I
SUPPOSE WE CAN ADD " ROCKY " TO THAT DESCRIPTION AS WELL.

WITHOUT BOB`S STEADY HAND IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE DIFFICULT.

MANY THANKS BOB, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN YOUR
NEW ROLE AS THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY COORDINATOR FOR ONTARIO.

AS OF TODAY WE START TO MOVE FORWARD BUILDING ECOA INTO A FIRST CLASS
HIGHLY VISIBLE AND ENERGETIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION.

THIS WILL BE DONE BY RECRUITING QUALIFIED AND HIGHLY ENERGETIC
INDIVIDUALS INTO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR OUR NEW FIELD SERVICE
AND BY FULLY SUPPORTING THEM AS THEY GROW THEIR DISTRICT GROUPS.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL THROUGH THIS EXCITING TIME
AS WE LAUNCH THIS REBUILDING PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND SERVICE.

BILL NANGLE VE3CLQ.
ECOA PRESIDENT.

** LENNOX-ADDINGTON COUNTY EMCOMM GROUP **

ECOA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT AUTHORIZATION HAS BEEN GIVEN
TO ACTIVATE A NEW EMCOMM GROUP IN THE LENNOX-ADDINGTON COUNTY
REGION OF EASTERN ONTARIO EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2ND. 2013.

UP TO THIS TIME THERE HAS BEEN NO EMCOMM GROUP ACTIVE IN THIS
AREA AND SUPPORT HAS BEEN ON AN AD-HOC BASIS FROM VARIOUS GROUPS
OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY.

THE ECOA PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WILL ISSUE THE ACTIVATION
CERTIFICATE AND CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW EC SHORTLY.

ADDITIONAL EMCOMM ACTIVATION IS PENDING FOR OTHER GROUPS THIS YEAR.

BILL NANGLE VE3CLQ.
ECOA PRESIDENT.

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**ONTARIO ECOA REFLECTOR OPERATIONAL CHANGE**

STARTING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH.ECOA EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ONTARIO
AND THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS WILL COMBINE TO
CONDUCT SEPERATE NETS 0N THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE REFLECTOR #9035
THE ECOA NETWORK FROM 7-8PM. FOLLOWED BY THE PROCOM NETWORK AT 8PM.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE AND SUPPORT THIS EXPANDED FEATURE AND HELP
BUILD OUR EMCOMM RESOURCES AND ASSETS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

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A NEW NET WILL BEGIN OPERATION ON THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
IRLP REFLECTOR CHANNEL 4 #9034 EVERY SATURDAY EVENING.
THE WEATHER RADIO NEWS NETWORK WILL OPERATE FROM 7 TO 8 PM EDT.
NET CONTROL STATION WILL BE GORD VA3WXA AT TORONTO AND A SPECIAL
INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN ONTARIO`S
WEATHER RADIO SYSTEM TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THIS NET AND SHARE NEWS
RELATED TO WEATHER RADIO, SEVERE WEATHER AND CANWARN ACTIVITY.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING LEGISLATION.

THE MTO HAS POSTED A REGULATORY NOTICE ON APRIL 16, THAT CHANGES
ONTARIO LEGISLATION # 366/09 THE DISTRACTED DRIVING BILL TO EXTEND
THE CURRENT EXEMPTION FOR LICENCED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS FOR
AN ADDITIONAL 5 YEAR PERIOD UNTIL 2018 IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
THIS IS A WELCOME MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR EMCOMM PROVIDERS.

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"" FRONTIER EVENT "" 60 METERS **

THE FIRST CANADIAN AMATEUR HAS RECEIVED AUTHORIZATION BY INDUSTRY
CANADA TO BE ISSUED THE DEVELOPMENTAL CALLSIGN VX9GHD ON 60 METERS.
THIS HONOUR GOES TO RUSS HEMPHILL VE3FI V.P. FOR THE PROVINCIAL ECOA
OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN GRANTED ON 5 FREQUENCIES WITHIN THE BAND LIMITS
AND TWO WAY COMMUNICATIONS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE U.S. AND CANADA.

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ONTARIO ECOA MEMBERSHIP COVERAGE:

ACTON AMHERSTBURG ANGUS AURORA BELLEVILLE BLOOMFIELD BOBCAYGEON
BURLINGTON CONCORD DEVLIN ETOBICOKE FERGUS FRONTENAC HALIBURTON
HAMILTON HUNTSVILLE KINGSTON KLEINBURG LEAMINGTON LONDON MAPLE
MOFFAT MISSISSAUGA NORTH BAY NORTH YORK OAKVILLE ORANGEVILLE
OTTAWA PETERBOROUGH PICKERING ROCKLAND SCARBOROUGH WOODSLEE
SPRING BAY ST.THOMAS TAVISTOCK THAMESVILLE THORNHILL THUNDER BAY
TILBURY TILLSONBURG TORONTO VINELAND WELLAND WHITBY WINDSOR
WINGHAM WOODBRIDGE AND BELLE RIVER.

********** NOTICE OF OWNERSHIP AND OPERATIONS CHANGE **********

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012. THE OWNERSHIP AND OPERATIONS OF THE
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE REFLECTOR #9030 WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO
THE CARE OF ECOA AND REGISTERED AS EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
ONTARIO INCORPORATED.

THIS PROVINCE-WIDE RESOURCE WILL BECOME THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY
OF ECOA ON THE ABOVE DATE AND WILL BE USED FOR EMCOMM PURPOSES
BY THE ASSOCIATED NETWORKS THAT ARE REGISTERED AND AUTHORIZED
TO PROVIDE EMCOMM ACTIVITY AND OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT ONTARIO.

THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE REFLECTOR WILL REMAIN AT ITS CURRENT
LOCATION IN HALIBURTON COUNTY UNLESS AN AGREEMENT TO RELOCATE
IS REQUESTED BY THE ECOA EXECUTIVE.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AND USE THE REFLECTOR WITH COURTESY
AND PROPER CONDUCT AND DIRECT ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS TO THE
ECOA DIRECTOR TEAM OR THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THIS ONLINE WEBSITE.

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WELCOME TO THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ECOA WEBSITE PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS
SITE AND READ THE PREPARED STATEMENT BY OUR ECOA DIRECTOR TEAM.

SINCE THE INCORPORATION OF ECOA ON MARCH 1,2011. OUR EXECUTIVE AND
DIRECTORSHIP HAVE BEEN FULLY TRANSPARENT AND HAVE ENGAGED IN VERY
LABORED NEGOTIATIONS WITH RAC OFFICIALS TO RESOLVE PERCEIVED ISSUES
ON RAC`S PART AS TO THE MOTIVATION AND INTENTIONS RELATED TO OUR
APPLICATION FOR AFFILIATED STATUS AND THE RAC SPONSORED INSURANCE.
THIS RESULTED IN RAC FAILING TO RECOGNIZE ECOA AS A NEW PROVINCIAL
ASSOCIATION AND THEREFORE EVEN DENYING OUR APPLICATION REQUEST.

THE ECOA HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO ADDRESS SEVERAL IMPORTANT ISSUES
THAT INCLUDE: GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND SUBSIDIES TO EXPAND A PROVINCE
WIDE NETWORK AND UPGRADE COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPORT
SMALL LOCAL LEVEL ARES/EMCOMM GROUPS AND UNINCORPORATED CLUBS THAT
HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM INSURANCE COVERAGE DUE TO RAC REQUIRMENTS.

THE ECOA EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTORS TEAM PLEDGE TO PROVIDE A STRONG
LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AND TO USE EVERY AVAILABLE RESOURCE AT OUR DISPOSAL
AS STATED IN SEVERAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH RAC AND THE FIELD SERVICES.

ECOA OPERATES IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
USING ALL SOURCES AND SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS TO MAINTAIN A HIGHLY
EFFECTIVE CAPABILITY TO PROMOTE AND DELIVER A WORLD CLASS EMCOMM PLAN
AND THE OBJECTIVE APPLICATION OF VIABLE ASSETS NEEDED IN OUR PROVINCE.

ECOA IS FURTHER COMMITTED TO OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE MANDATES AND
WILL PROUDLY CONTINUE TO ADVANCE THE BETTERMENT OF THE ONTARIO ARES
AND EMCOMM PROGRAM TO BENEFIT ALL ONTARIO RESIDENTS AND EXPAND NEW
INITIATIVES IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT TO UTILIZE ALL VOLUNTEERS.

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UNITED WE STAND - DIVIDED WE FAIL
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THIS PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATION IS INCORPORATED TO SERVE AND COMMUNICATE.
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TO BETTER SERVE AND COORDINATE EMCOMM. ACTIVITY IN THE PROVINCE
THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE REFLECTOR NOW OFFERS ECHOLINK / IRLP
CROSSOVER ON CHANNEL 8. #9038 AND THE NORTHWESTERN REGION LINKS
THAT INCLUDE: THUNDER BAY, KENORA, DRYDEN, PINAWA, SIOUX LOOKOUT
SIOUX NARROWS, IGNACE, FORT FRANCES AND ATIKOKAN WILL MIGRATE
OVER TO THE PERMANENT AND EXCLUSIVE USE OF CHANNEL 1. #9031
THESE CHANGES COMPLETE AN IMPORTANT PHASE TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE
THE OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY OF THE ONTARIO REFLECTOR SERVICE.

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**INTER-COUNTY CANWARN NETWORK**

DURING SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS THAT GENERATE WATCHES AND WARNINGS
THE **INTER-COUNTY CANWARN NETWORK** WILL BE ACTIVATED ON THE
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE REFLECTOR #9030 TO CO-ORDINATE SEVERE WX.
INFORMATION BETWEEN ADJACENT COUNTIES AND TO PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK
WITH THE ONTARIO STORM PREDICTION CENTRE USING THE ONLINE META PAGE

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THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT BUSINESS OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT AN
INCORPORATION PATENT HAS BEEN GRANTED AND REGISTERED AS:
ONTARIO CORPORATION NUMBER 1844321 DATED MARCH 1, 2011.
TO THE: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ONTARIO ASSOCIATION INC.

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ONTARIO NETWORK MERGER

THE ONTARIO IRLP NET AND THE PROCOM NET HAVE COMBINED TO FORM
THE NEW " ONTARIO PROVINCIAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK "
NET OPERATIONS WILL BE ON SUNDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS AT 20:00 HRS.
A NEW FORMAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED THAT WILL CALL STATIONS BY USING
14 EMO DISTRICT NAMES TO EXPEDITE THE ADDED CHECKINS AND ACTIVITY.
CONTINUE USING YOUR NORMAL MODE AND ACCESS TO SUPPORT THIS EXPANDED
PROVINCE-WIDE NETWORK AND HELP DEVELOP A SEAMLESS EMCOMM RESOURCE.