The Nautical Mind Bookstore is looking for a new crew member to work a couple of days a week, including weekends, starting in October extending ideally for several years, depending on circumstances.
The job involves helping customers in the store, on the phone, and online find the right books, charts, and cruising guides for their needs, and getting said items to them. Detailed knowledge of boats, books, the implacable heart of the sea, and navigation would be a great boon, as would a facility and comfort with computers, and an ability to learn and problem solve, specifically with respect to fiendish logistical problems. An interest in writing blog posts and/or engaging in social media would be nice but isn’t mandatory, as would comfort around scrappy little sea dogs.
The Nautical Mind is a positive and inclusive workspace where the traits, skills, and contributions of all are acknowledged and respected. It’s a unique local niche bookstore focussed on a deeply fascinating subject matter.
Since times immemorial, the canoe has been an enduring symbol of the spirit, identity, skill, imagination and knowledge of the First Nations People. It was an essential means of communication and transportation, not only for the First Nations, but for the European settlers who came to this country, a land where the only roads were lakes and rivers, distances were far, and portages were many.
If ever there was one single invention that made the exploration of Canada possible, it was the canoe. It was a vessel perfectly adapted to meet and overcome the challenges of our geography, with speed, grace, and practicality.
In a project designed to foster a spirit of reconciliation between the First Nations and Canada’s non-indigenous peoples, teen members from The Canadian Association of Girls in Science, and students from The Etobicoke School for the Arts worked together to create a professional grade Legacy Canoe. Their work was guided by the mentorship of three adult Master Boat and Canoe builders, with additional encouragement provided by a Golden Retriever named Rover!
By engaging their hands, hearts and minds, the construction of the Legacy Canoe has allowed the youth involved to discover how much value a canoe truly represents – in terms of the skill, ingenuity, and sense of practical and spiritual beauty which the First Nations demonstrated, every time a canoe was launched on Canada’s rivers and lakes. In that process, an essential part of our heritage was brought to life, as a symbol that brings cultures together in the present, just as it did in the past.
The physical work of building the canoe was completed by the teen members of The Canadian Association for Girls in Science, while the artistic work on the design and painting of the hull was created by students from The Etobicoke School of the Arts – whose students submitted almost 400 proposals for the hull decorations!
The winning artistic design was based on the concept of the flowing lights of the Aurora Borealis, but the fluidity of the many colours involved could also be seen as a quiet symbol of the diversity of our country, flowing together with a vitality that moves in a common direction.
Upon completion, the Legacy Canoe was blessed by Whabagoon (Flower Blooms in Spring) Patti Phipps Walker, an Ojibway Elder.
The Legacy Canoe will be launched on Sunday, 25 June 2017 at the National Yacht Club in Toronto, starting at 5:00 p.m.
STV Pathfinder and her crew of teenagers prepare for her 55th summer of adventure on the Great Lakes. Before she and her sister ship, TS Playfair, can set sail, both the vessels and their crews need to pass muster on a rigorous set of standards established by Transport Canada. The inspections include:
general condition of structures, equipment, and their operation
lifesaving, fire-fighting and fire detection equipment
Most extreme customer-service delivery: Two books carried this fall to Cap-aux-Meules, Magdalen Islands by a travelling staff member.
Most books bought by a single customer: 317—possibly more (records only go back to 2005)—purchased by our best all-time/long-time top customer. The runner-up is at 200 titles. Our sincere thanks to them both— and to all our supporters.
Become Santa for some sailors! Join our dynamic team of salty dogs and an actual dog for the holiday season as we distribute books, charts, and cheer from our Toronto storefront and across the internet. Familiarity with books, boats, and selling things is necessary for this position. Comfort with nautical charts and paper cuts an asset but not required. Available shifts will likely mostly be on weekends from mid November through the end of December with the chance of further opportunities at the Boat Show and beyond.
The 2016 Toronto Boat Show is shaping up to be one of the best ever! A crew of extraordinarily talented and experienced authors will join us all week to lead informative seminars, autograph their works, and chat with fellow sailors. This year, we’ll be graced with the likes of: