Toronto 2012 ISO Conference Final Bulletin

The following was posted to the ISO List today:

Greetings! This is the final bulletin for those
attending the ISO Conference from April 20 – 22, 2012 in person, with
up-to-date weather and other pertinent information, plus a recap of
previously-posted items.



weather is expected to be intermittently rainy and cool for much of the
conference weekend, with temperatures ranging from 2
°C/36°F to 13°C/56°F, but there should be some sunny, blue
skies. You should allow for the evenings being chilly, and the days being quite
temperate. A medium-weight jacket should mostly be sufficient. Please keep an
eye on the forecast for changes.           


Two Day & Fifteen Day Forecast:


Two Week Forecast:






Toronto (including conference locations):




Lester B. Pearson International Airport


Taxi or Airport Limousine – $50 to $70 one-way.

Airport Shuttle Bus – $23.95 one-way, $39.95 return.

3) TTC Airport Rocket Bus/Subway  (Adult single

Take Airport Rocket Bus to Kipling Station, then subway
eastbound to Bloor Station, change southbound to College Station, walk south
one block to Delta Chelsea Hotel.

4) GO Transit Bus/TTC Subway (Adult single $5 + $3 = $8 or
Return $10 + $6 = $16).

Take GO Transit Bus to York Mills Station, then subway
southbound to College Station, walk south one block to Delta Chelsea Hotel.

Note: 3 &
4 are cheaper options but take longer, involve changes & are difficult with


Billy Bishop Toronto City
Airport (YTZ):

Ferry (free) from Airport to Toronto
Mainland (Bathurst & Queen’s Quay West).

Then EITHER 1) Shuttle Bus (free) to Royal York Hotel, cross to
Union Subway Station, and take TTC Subway from Union Station to College
Station, walk south one block to Delta Chelsea Hotel.

(Adult single $3).

OR 2) Taxi or Airport Limousine to Delta Chelsea Hotel ($10 to
$15 ride approximately).




APRIL 20, 2012

519 Church Street Community Centre

Church Street, Toronto

Station: Wellesley)


Literature Development, Room 303
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

John F. to attend)


Archives Working Group, Room 304
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sid W. to attend)



The US dollar has
strengthened against the Canadian dollar in the past few months,  and the two currencies are now roughly at
par, with fluctuations. The current rate of exchange is approximately US $1.001
to CDN $1.00. Allowing for commissions, you should expect to receive slightly
less in Canadian currency than the same figure in US dollars. When spending,
the currencies and amounts can generally be regarded as equal.




& GENERAL INFORMATION:—toronto-april-20—22-2012.html




those who are attending the self-pay meal before the conference on Friday
evening, please join us at Trattoria Mercatto in the Eaton Centre at 4:45 p.m.


those who will be joining us at the start of the conference proper, please be
in the Baker Room on the Second Floor of the South Tower of the Delta Chelsea Hotel (take the Blue Elevators) for a prompt
start at 6:00 p.m. sharp.


look forward to meeting you all this Friday!


in recovery,


– SCA Toronto

Host Committee

Toronto 2012 ISO Conference Countdown, Restaurants & Map

The following was posted to the ISO List today:

Greetings to all who are attending the upcoming ISO


The countdown is on! April 20, 2012 is the date!

Please remember the deadlines:

forms to be returned by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Hotel room
reservations to be made by Wednesday, March 21, 2012.



April 20, 2012, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
– Trattoria Mercatto,
Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street, Toronto (Self-pay):

As we will be pressed for time on the Friday evening,
please take a few moments to review the menu before the day, to speed up the
ordering process and help us keep on schedule for the 6:00 p.m. start-time of
the conference proper. Click on “Food” at top right of the Home Page, then
“Cibo Menu” at bottom left of the next page. Please note the menu may change somewhat
in March. On arrival, ask for the ISO
Group. We have reserved the Harvest Table on the ground floor at the back.

April 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
– Market Garden
Restaurant, Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto

Lunch vouchers will be provided by ISO.

April 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– Pi Tom’s Thai Cuisine, 6A
Alexander Street, Toronto (Hosted/complimentary):

Fixed menu dinner will be provided by SCA Toronto.

April 22, 2012, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
– Le Commensal, 39 Elm
Street, Toronto (Self-pay):

Groups receive a 30% discount on Sundays at this buffet-style
restaurant. Specify that you are with the
ISO Group when paying to receive the discount.

beverages and snacks will be catered to the Baker Room during the conference


Downtown Toronto (including conference locations):     

You can click on the
various entries and locations for additional details and street view pictures.
In some cases, you may have to scroll around, as the image or address is


For anyone who is unable to attend the ISO conference in
person this year, remote participation is once again possible via the
Calliflower Conference Call system we have been using for the past few years. Details
for participating remotely and Calliflower invitations will be sent out by ISO
before the conference. J


co-operation in returning conference registration forms and making hotel reservations
by the due dates will be appreciated. We have to commit to food orders which
become non-refundable once made, and the hotel is only holding rooms for us at
the special rate until the cut-off deadline!

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in

Yours in recovery,

– SCA Toronto

Host Committee


Toronto 2012 ISO Conference Registration

The following was posted to
the ISO List today:

Greetings all,

A registration form for the 2012 SCA ISO
Conference, April 20 – 22, 2012 has been sent out by email to the ISO List separately.
If you are attending the conference, please complete and return the
registration form as soon as possible, and by no later than Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

All main ISO Conference meetings will take
place in the “Baker Room” at the Delta Chelsea Hotel, 3
3 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z4, Canada. Telephone 1-800-243-5732 or (416) 595-1975.

Please note that room reservations must be
made by calling the hotel by telephone at the above numbers and quoting the group name “SCA Conference” and/or group
code “GLDSCA.” S
pecial rate room reservations cannot be
made online.

If needed, subway stations serving the
Delta Chelsea Hotel are either College (walk
south on Yonge Street one block to Gerrard Street) or Dundas (walk north on Yonge Street one block to Gerrard Street).

The meeting room booked for literature
development committee or other use from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April
20, 2012 is Room 303 on the 3rd Floor at the 519 Church Street
Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2C9. The meeting
room is equipped with wireless internet access. There is a café on the ground
floor of the community centre serving food, snacks and beverages if needed, or
there are a number of other restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

There will be optional self-pay meals at
nearby restaurants on Friday April 20, 2012 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. before
the conference, and on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. after
the conference, for those who wish to attend. Firm times and details of
restaurant locations will follow.

The SCA Toronto ISO Host Committee will
provide a catered dinner on Saturday, April 21, 2012  at 7:00 p.m. 
This dinner is free for delegates who complete and return the registration
form by March 14, 2012. There will be a charge of approximately $20 for guests
of delegates. There will be an SCA meeting at a nearby meeting room immediately
after the dinner, commencing at approximately 8:30 p.m.

We plan to have some recovery activities
on Sunday, April 22, 2012  from
approximately 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
following the adjournment of the conference, depending on demand. These
activities may include SCA long-share meetings, workshops, and other forms of
fellowship and socializing.  Please
indicate whether you plan to stay for these activities.

A few other items to note:

The guest rooms at the Delta Chelsea Hotel have wired internet
connection, not wireless.
The ethernet cable required to connect is provided
in all guest rooms. Unfortunately, guests will not be able to use devices such
as the iPad or iPhone to connect with the internet in their guestroom with the
access provided by the hotel. The hotel’s lobby and meeting space floors are,
however, equipped with wireless internet, and that is provided at no charge for
guest use.
This includes the
Baker Room, business centre, restaurant and bar areas. There are no time
restrictions on use. If you need more details, or have queries about using
specific devices at the hotel, please check with the reservations staff when
booking your room.


advised previously, the standard internet connection fee in guestrooms has been
waived for SCA ISO conference attendees. This is normally $13.95 plus taxes per
night. However, the hotel advises that when the internet is used in rooms, a
standard screen will appear and guests will still be prompted to accept the standard
charge. The hotel unfortunately has no way to remove the standard charge screen
when internet charges are waived. Although you
will need to accept the charges to use the internet
, the reservations information
has been set up so that no internet charges
should appear on final bills.

anyone who requires wireless internet access at all times, there is a 6 square
kilometre continuous wireless hotspot service in the downtown Toronto core
(including coverage for iPhones and iPads), for which short term registration
and fees are available:

ISO conference locations, including meeting rooms and restaurants, are within
the One Zone wireless network area.

telephone calls are concerned, delegates
may want to consider purchasing a telephone calling card/prepaid phone card in
order to save on long distance and roaming charges
from guestrooms or cell
phones. Different types of card are available from local convenience stores and
the hotel’s gift shop, and at least some of them should work for cell phones.
Please check with the hotel and your individual service provider for details
about telephone charges.    

you plan to attend the conference and are reading this on the SCAnner, but are
not yet signed up on the ISO List for some reason, or you know of someone this
applies to, please forward us an appropriate email address, and we will send out
the ISO conference registration form and information directly.

contact us by email at with any questions or
special requests.

in recovery,

Kevin – SCA Toronto

ISO Host Committee

Toronto 2012 ISO Conference Reminder & Update

The following
was posted to the ISO List today:

We are now
in the final few months before the ISO Annual Conference on April 20 – 22,
2012. If you are attending, please remember that to qualify for the discounted
rate, hotel bookings need to be made by
the deadline of March 21, 2012 at the latest.

For details
about the conference, please see previous email announcements and SCAnner
postings on July 24, 2011 and September 5, 2011:—toronto-april-20—22-2012.html

Please let
us know by email at when you have made your reservations.
Please also let us know if you plan to attend either or both of the optional
self-pay meals on Friday evening, April 20, 2012 immediately before the
conference, or Sunday lunchtime, April 22, 2012 immediately after the
conference so we have an idea of the numbers. We anticipate that a self-pay
meal will cost somewhere in the region of $20 to $25 per head.

We have
booked a room at a local community centre within walking distance of the Delta
Chelsea Hotel which will be available for Literature Development Committee
purposes from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday April 20, 2012 if needed. The
room seats 8 people around a table comfortably, and has a capacity of up to 12
people in total. This can be used for working on any new literature that is in
the pipeline, or translations, or indeed the redesign of existing literature
that has been raised as a possibility in the past. If not needed for
literature, the room can be used for general purposes, such as perhaps work on
the planned remodeling of the ISO website, or similar projects. If you are
interested in using the room, please coordinate with us by email before the

The Delta
Chelsea hotel has also confirmed that we have the use of the meeting room we
have hired at the hotel on Sunday April 22, 2012 until 5:00 p.m. if needed.
This means we can use the same room for a meeting after the official ending of
the conference at no extra charge if we wish.

For those
travelling to Toronto from New York or Chicago who may be interested, we have
been advised by a member that Porter Airlines currently has a 50% sale on base
fares for tickets for travel before April 30, 2012. Bookings must be made by
midnight on January 6, 2012.
Travel by April 30, 2012. Use Promo Code BOX50.
For details, please see Porter Airlines’ website:

We are
providing this information as a courtesy only, not as a recommendation or
endorsement. Travel arrangements are entirely up to individuals to decide on.

We have been
having an exceptionally mild winter so far, so if this continues we may have
some unexpectedly good weather at conference time in the spring. A bulletin on the
actual weather conditions will follow towards the date.

Happy New
Year to all!

Yours in

Kevin – SCA Toronto

ISO Host



Toronto 2012 ISO Conference Information

The following was posted to the ISO List today.

More general information about Toronto and for the 2012
ISO conference follows:


is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss.” – Peter Ustinov, British Actor.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is the capital
of Ontario, the province that is home to roughly one third of the Canadian
population. Toronto is the financial and economic powerhouse of Canada, but not
the political capital, which is Ottawa.

Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America,
after Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, in descending order. The
City of Toronto proper has some 2,500,000 residents, its Census Metropolitan Area
population is somewhere in the region of 5,113,000 residents, and the Greater
Toronto Area population stands at roughly 5,500,000 individuals.

Toronto is considered to be the most multicultural and
ethnically diverse city in the world. More than 100 languages are spoken by its
residents. It has the second highest percentage of foreign-born residents of
any city in the world other than Miami, with nearly 50% of Torontonians having
been born in a country other than Canada.

Although Canada has two official languages, English and
French, and all official publications and signs are in both languages, only about
1% of Torontonians speak French at home. By contrast, 30% of Torontonians speak
a language other than English at home as well. 47% of Torontonians have a
mother tongue other than English or French. Toronto’s visible minorities are
nearing 50% of the population. In a few years, the current majority,
Caucasians, will become a visible minority.

Toronto is consistently rated as one of the most livable
cities in the world, and recently came in at number four from the top on The
Economist’s 2011 annual survey of 140 cities, after Sydney, Vienna, and
Vancouver. The cities were assessed in five categories – stability, healthcare,
culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The city is a modern and well-developed one, with many
skyscrapers and tall buildings. In fact, after New York with some 5,000 tall
buildings over 300 feet high, Toronto has the second highest number of tall
buildings of any city in North America, with over 2,000 and counting. The city
plans to grow upwards rather than outwards in the future, with the focus being
on intensification and increasing density rather than urban sprawl.

Toronto is experiencing a construction boom, and is
currently the world’s fastest growing condominium market. Office and hotel
towers are also being built, but most of the current development is
residential, to accommodate the city’s fast-growing population, largely
resulting from immigration to Canada.

Here is a video of the city’s waterfront skyline, taken
from an arriving Porter Airlines flight. Anyone coming to the ISO Conference by
Porter Airlines should have a similar view on arrival:

And here is a video of the city from the Gardiner
Expressway, the road leading to the city from Lester B. Pearson International
airport, which anyone arriving from that airport is likely to use:

Toronto has a reputation for being clean and well
maintained, as well as safe. Like other Canadian cities, crime rates are
relatively low in comparison with other major cities in the industrialized
world. In fact, Toronto has been rated as the safest city in North America in
one recent survey.

Toronto is also known to be a liberal and tolerant city,
reflecting Canadian society in general. The city has the third largest gay
population in North America, after New York and Los Angeles. Toronto’s annual
Pride Parade is reportedly the third largest in the world, and reputedly the
largest in North America, with somewhere in the region of 1,300,000 attendees
in recent years. Toronto will be the host city for “World Pride” in 2014.

The city has become a thriving cultural and artistic
centre in the last 30 to 40 years. Toronto’s theatre community is now the third
largest in the English-speaking world after London and New York. Toronto is
also home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada and the
Canadian Opera Company. There is a substantial film and television industry,
the third largest in North America after Los Angeles and New York, giving the
city the nickname “Hollywood North.” Films that have been made in Toronto
include: American Psycho, Breach, Chicago, Dawn of the Dead, The Fly, Four
Brothers, Good Will Hunting, The Hurricane, A History of Violence, Moonstruck,
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Shoot ‘Em Up, Spider, The Verdict
and X Men, to name
but a few.

On the financial and economic side, Toronto is home to
the Toronto Stock Exchange, the seventh largest by market capitalization in the
world. Toronto has been ranked as the tenth most economically powerful city in
the world by Forbes magazine, and the fastest growing in the G7 nations, of
which Canada is one. The city’s skyline is dominated by bank towers and
buildings housing other financial institutions such as insurance companies. On
the downside, Toronto is also Canada’s most expensive city.

The city’s architecture is mostly modern, with a good
deal of preserved Victorian housing and public buildings. Notable architecture and
engineering feats include the Art Gallery of Ontario with its recent Frank
Gehry renovation, the Royal Ontario Museum with its recent Daniel Libeskind
addition, the Rogers Centre sports stadium (formerly the SkyDome) with its
retractable roof, and the CN Tower, which was for many years the world’s
tallest free-standing structure at 147 storeys or 1,815 feet tall. Another
notable landmark is the Royal York Hotel, which at 28 storeys and 407 feet high
was for many years the tallest building in the British Empire. The city’s
tallest building is currently First Canadian Place, the Bank of Montreal Tower,
at 72 floors, 1,165 feet to spire or 978 feet to rooftop. This compares with
the Empire State Building at 102 floors, 1,454 feet to spire and 1,250 feet to
rooftop. You can view the city core and see First Canadian Place at centre
right and the Royal York Hotel at bottom right in the following photo:

You can read more about Toronto, including its history,
sights and attractions, at the following websites:


is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts.” – Pierre
Trudeau, Former Canadian Prime Minister.

In terms of weather, Toronto is considered to be in what
locals call the “Banana Belt,” in that it is relatively tropical in its warmth
compared to other parts of Canada. The weather in Toronto in April is fairly
variable and still cool/cold, but late April is more spring-like than wintery.
It can be rainy, and allowance should be made for that. It can also be snowy,
but snow is less likely than rain. Some days can be quite warm and sunny; the
odd daytime high of around 18°C/64°F is not unknown.

Approximate temperature ranges and conditions for the
month of April are as follows:

Maximum Temperature: 13°C/55°F

Minimum Temperature: 0°C/32°F

Average Temperature: 8°C/46°F

Sunshine Per Day: 6 hours

Snow Days: 5

Rain days: 14

Rain: 66mm/2.6 inches

Toronto weather in April is a good few degrees colder
than New York on average. You will need a warm outer jacket or coat, at least
waist length. A hat or cap is advisable, as are gloves and a scarf, and sturdy
shoes with a good grip for outdoor wear. Leather soles are not recommended outdoors
in winter as it can be very slippery, and the pavements are salted copiously. It
is a good idea to bring an umbrella and/or raincoat/rain-jacket – locals often
wear hooded ones and forego an umbrella. At times it can get windy, with gusts
strong enough to turn an umbrella inside out easily, but those days are
infrequent. Dressing as for a colder evening in California but allowing for
rain as well would generally cover the outdoor conditions in Toronto.

Buildings in Canada are usually well heated, often
overheated, and indoor wear is often light and tropical in comparison with the
external conditions. The tendency is to wear multiple layers appropriate to the
conditions outside and remove them as needed indoors.

Obviously most of the time we will be indoors at the
hotel for the conference, but we will be venturing out for meals and meetings
in other places in the evenings and after the conference.   

You can read more about the weather in Toronto and click
on links to various charts and graphs here:

We will provide a weather update and bulletin of recent and
projected conditions shortly before the conference.


Although it is only a weekend conference, members are
strongly recommended to review their health coverage provisions and buy
appropriate travel and health insurance for the trip to Toronto if necessary,
preferably including airlift and repatriation insurance. Visitors to Canada are
charged for any health costs incurred while in Canadian provinces or
territories. These charges may not be covered by a visitor’s existing health
coverage at all, or they may be only partially covered. Health care and
hospitalization charges in Canada can be substantial, running from hundreds to
thousands of dollars per service and/or day. It is definitely better to be safe
than sorry in this instance.

We are
still looking for ideas and offers for workshops or other recovery activities
for the Sunday a
fternoon if anyone has any suggestions, or would like
to volunteer.

As this will be SCA’s first truly international ISO
conference, being held outside the USA for the first time, we are hoping for a
truly international attendance, not just from North America, but also from
Europe and even beyond!

Yours in recovery,

– SCA Toronto

Host Committee

ISO Annual Conference – Toronto, April 20 – 22, 2012

The following announcement was posted to the ISO List today:

Greetings from Toronto, your host city for the 2012 ISO conference!

Information about the conference is as follows:


You can see a panoramic picture of the city (click on the
image to enlarge it, and on the arrows at the bottom and side to pan left and
right, or move up and down) here:

You can view a night time picture of the part of the downtown
Toronto core where the conference will be held (two-thirds up the picture and
slightly to the left out of view) here:

More information about Toronto will follow separately.


The conference will be held from Friday, April 20, 2012 to
Sunday, April 22, 2012.

Start time for the conference itself is 6:00 p.m. on the
Friday evening; however it has not yet been determined whether the Literature
Development Committee will be meeting earlier on the Friday afternoon to deal
with new literature as was discussed earlier in the year in San Diego.

Finish time for the conference itself is approximately 1:00
p.m. on the Sunday, however it has not yet been determined whether there will
be any workshops or other recovery activities on the Sunday afternoon.


The conference will be held at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in
downtown Toronto. Both the conference itself and the accommodation will be at
the hotel.

You can view information about the hotel here:

The hotel is roughly half-an-hour’s car ride from
Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which is served by
many airlines with numerous international destinations. There is an airport
shuttle bus service directly to and from the hotel, currently for CDN $21.95 one-way, or
$36.95 round trip. A flat rate taxi or an airport limousine costs approximately
$50.00 to $70.00 one way.

Alternatively, the hotel is roughly a five-minute
ferry ride and then a five-minute subway or taxi ride from the Billy Bishop Toronto
City Airport (YTZ). This secondary airport is served mainly by Porter Airlines,
which has low-cost fares to US cities such as New York, Boston and Chicago.

The Delta Chelsea is also a five-minute walk or
short taxi ride from the Toronto Coach Terminal, which is served by bus
companies such as Greyhound and Coach Canada, with bus service all over Canada
and the USA.

The hotel is situated in the downtown core, within
reasonable walking distance of, or a short subway ride from, the business district
and the entertainment district (containing theatres, symphony orchestra, and
opera), many restaurants, shopping centres and areas, museums, art galleries,
the Church-Wellesley gay village, and all three local SCA meetings.

The conference will be held in the Baker room, which
is a reasonably spacious meeting room next to the main ballroom and just
upstairs from the hotel lobby, business centre, and restaurants.


The Delta Chelsea has agreed to a special discounted
room rate of CDN $119.00 plus tax (currently 13%) per night for the ISO
conference. This is for double occupancy in a Delta Room, with either a king size
or queen size bed, or two double beds. Additional occupants (over 2, maximum 4
persons) will be charged $20.00 plus tax per head per night. This rate does not
include breakfast.

You can read about Delta Rooms here:

Rooms can be booked at
the discounted rate from now until March 21, 2012 by calling the hotel’s
toll-free number 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732). The hotel’s main number is (416)
595-1975. Please make reference to the group name “SCA Conference”
and/or group code “GLDSCA” when making your reservation.

The hotel does not guarantee the special rate or
room availability after the March 21, 2012 cutoff date. While they have said they
will try to accommodate any late bookings, you may have to pay the going rate.
The hotel is encouraging early booking, as this will help with planning for
both the hotel and ISO.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major
credit card. No-show charges will apply if a guest does not arrive on the date
of their reservation, or if the hotel does not receive notice of cancellation
by 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. If you have to cancel, please note and
retain the cancellation number quoted by the reservations agent at the time the
cancellation is made. 

The hotel has recently been extensively renovated in
the public areas and a good number of the guest rooms. Be sure to ask for a
renovated room if you want one. Delta Rooms have either a view of the hotel
courtyard, or the city skyline. A view of the city skyline can be had in
south-facing rooms. There is construction underway directly to the north of the

There is normally a standard Delta Room internet charge
of $13.95 plus tax per night, which the hotel has waived for ISO attendees. If
you ask for an internet connection in your room, please confirm that it is not
being charged for as part of the SCA package.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is
11:00 a.m. The hotel will attempt to accommodate any early check-in requests. Requests
to check out after 11:00 a.m. should be directed to the Assistant Front Office
Manager after registration, on the day of departure. A late departure charge
may be applied if a late check-out is allowed.

The Delta Chelsea hotel is a smoke-free environment
in all public areas, restaurants, meeting and guest rooms. Designated smoking
areas are provided. Please note that if any guest room is smoked in, a deep-cleaning charge of
$200.00 will be levied by the hotel.

The hotel has said it will try to extend the $119.00
per night room rate to any ISO attendees who may wish to stay at the hotel
outside the conference dates (i.e. April 20 and 21, 2012) to spend additional
time in Toronto for vacation, or make their travel plans easier by arriving or
leaving a day or so before or after the conference. This is not guaranteed but,
if you ask, the hotel has said they will do their best.     


During the conference, ISO will be providing
attendees with a continental breakfast on both the Saturday and Sunday
mornings, morning and afternoon coffee breaks on Saturday, lunch on Saturday,
and a morning coffee break on Sunday. SCA Toronto will be providing one evening
meal, probably on Saturday night. You should therefore budget for one
out-of-pocket evening meal, probably on the Friday, and to pay for whatever
other meals you will need before or after the conference for the duration of
your stay.


Visitors to Canada need a passport or approved
travel document such as a NEXUS card to enter the country. Citizens of the USA,
and most EU and Commonwealth countries do not need a visa when visiting for
non-work purposes.

NOTE: Anyone with a criminal conviction is required
to obtain, or verify that they qualify for, a waiver of inadmissibility before
entering Canada. It can take six months to a year to complete the process,
depending on the circumstances. Failure to do so may result in denial of entry
to the country.

Please view the following websites for more precise

Queries should be directed to the Canadian consulate
or embassy nearest you.


The Canadian dollar is relatively strong against the
US dollar and other currencies at present. This is expected to be the case for
at least another year. The current rate of exchange is approximately US $1.05
to CDN $1.00. You should allow for the value of a Canadian dollar amount as
being roughly equal to, or slightly more than, the same figure in US dollars.

All amounts quoted in this announcement are in
Canadian dollars.


SCA members in Toronto are not able to offer
billeting in their homes to visiting ISO members. Although the Delta Chelsea’s
special rate is competitive compared with many other hotels in the city, there
are one or two nearby hotels that may charge slightly less. If you would like
information about other hotels, please let us know by email at

We hope to put on a meeting at some stage during the
conference, probably on the Saturday night.

If there are any attending members who are interested
in holding a workshop, or who have ideas and suggestions for other recovery
activities it may be possible to conduct on the Sunday afternoon, please let us

It would be appreciated if members could advise us
by email as and when they make their reservations with the hotel so we can keep
track of the numbers. 

More information and announcements will follow in
the upcoming months.

We look forward to welcoming ISO to Toronto next spring!

Yours in recovery,

– SCA Toronto

ISO Host Committee

New SCA Telephone Meeting

Online Intergroup is pleased to announce that a new weekly
telephone meeting, open to all SCA members worldwide, will start July 17, 2011.
It will be held Sundays at 4:00 p.m. New York time and will be conducted in

The starting time outside North America will vary depending on whether New York
is on Daylight Savings Time or not. Currently, that means 9 p.m. in London,
2000 GMT, and 5 a.m. in Tokyo, for example, but in six months the starting time
will be 9 p.m. in London, 2100 GMT, and 6 a.m. in Tokyo. Services like can tell you when it will be 4 p.m. New
York time in your locality.

If you are interested in participating, send an email to, and
you will be sent an invitation and password to access the call. You must have
both before the call begins in order to participate. Passwords are
user-specific, and have an accompanying tag that is used to identify you online
to the moderator and other participants on the call. The tag is usually your
email address or first name. You can say how you would like to be identified in
the email you send when requesting a password.

To join the meeting, you can use a regular phone and make a local call (in most
countries, see the list at, or
call a default US number specified in the invitation, or from a computer you
can use Skype (free worldwide) or Google Voice (typically free as well). If you
use your phone, you will pay the regular tariff to whatever number you choose
from the list. You will then be connected to the international conference call
and asked for your PIN number. 

You can also participate online and see who else is on the call, and
“chat” with participants by typing messages as the call proceeds. You
should be able to do this by clicking on the “join online” link in
the Calliflower invitation you receive. If you are unable to connect in this
way, you will need to create a free account at


There are recorded
instructions for how to use the conference call features when you first call
in. For instance, when not speaking, it is recommended that you mute your line
to eliminate background noise. You can raise your hand so the moderator can see
you want to say something, and call on you when it is your turn to speak.


In keeping with SCA’s 7th
Tradition, contributions can be made by PayPal online at the ISO website by
using the link, or
by check drawn on a US bank via mail to the SCA New York address provided in
the same link. Please be sure to note that funds are from an Online Intergroup

Online Intergroup is very excited to be offering this new option. We are keenly
aware of the number of sexual compulsives who will appreciate being able to
participate in a telephone meeting, especially where there is limited or no
access to face-to-face meetings. As time goes on we hope to expand to more
meetings per week, but one step at a time! 

We hope you will join us on Sundays, and please pass this news on to anyone who
may be interested.

in recovery,

Kevin – SCA Toronto

(Regional Co-ordinator for the
Americas outside the USA, including Online Intergroup and Telephone Meetings)