Chair Update


July 17, 2003
Last General Torcon Meeting Before Torcon!

The next and last TORCON 3 information meeting will be held Sunday July 20, 2003
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street directly across from the CBC building.
The meeting will happen from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Meeting Room 203C/D. For further information: info@torcon3.on.ca.This meeting is open to anyone and as people have done
in the past, feel free to disseminate this announcement.As this is the last meeting, also in attendance will be the Division Heads for Torcon.

Baseball fans can enjoy a Labour Day game. The Toronto Blue Jays host the
New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. The hotel's restaurant and bar have seats
overlooking the playing field.

The cutoff date for reserving a room in the Renaissance Toronto Hotel at
Skydome is extended to Monday Aug. 11.


July 14, 2003
Child Care: for those interested in more information, the website has more information on this. Please go to: http://www.torcon3.on.ca/services/childcare.html

The site selection ballots in PDF form are available for downloading. The Worldcon for 2006 and the NASFIC for 2005 are found at:

For those of you who have not yet filled out the events survey, the deadline has been extended to July 19th .

The previous Chairís update concerning the on line Hugo balloting had a web page link that was a bit too direct. It by-passes the voting instructions. The better link is the following one, which gives you all the necessary instructions: www.torcon3.on.ca/ballots

One of the pieces of information I have needed to know about hotels over the years has been what the hotel has with regards to a business center, for those last minute rush items. For those interested, there is the Xerox Center on-site at The Fairmont Royal York to provide business travelers with the best printing technology available. The Xerox Business Center, adjacent to the Work Center on the Lobby Level, is the only document
center of its kind in a hotel. Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is of course numerous photocopier centers within walking distance of the hotel.

Also near to the hotel, just a few blocks east there is a 24 hour Dominion (grocery) store - north side of front street between Church and Jarvis Ė although they have not set their Labour Day hours yet, the usual plan for most stores is to close 11:00pm Sunday and re-open noon Tuesday. I have it on good authority that it is big and really good.


July 12, 2003
Closer the convention looms, the faster things change... These updates will be occurring hopefully more frequently to cover all the news that happens the last 2 months of the con.

For those wishing to vote for the Hugos on line, you can do so by going to: www.torcon3.on.ca/ballots directly. Note you need you PIN number from the PR 5 mailing. If you have problems locating your PIN, please contact us at: PINrequest@torcon3.on.ca.

The deadline for the Souvenir Book has been extended to July 15, 2003.

Discussions with the pre-reg team and membership processing staff have resulted in Finance determining that we can extend the date for selling attending memberships until August 10, 2003 and for supporting memberships until August 15, 2003 (the latter being the date that online and mail-in site selection voting closes).
We have now added a third secure online payment form - this one being for people who need to make payments to Torcon for reasons other than memberships. The URL of the new payment form is https://www.torcon3.on.ca/payments.

For those people traveling into Canada by plane, Toronto does have 2 airports. Pearson airport is the largest and handles all carriers. You can browse it on line at http://www.torontoairport.ca. There are several ways to get from Pearson to downtown Toronto. You can explore them at http://www.torontoairport.ca/gettinghere/public_transit.asp. Go Transit and other city buses link up with the subway. The direct Airport Express Bus costs $24.50 cdn round trip and their schedule can be found at . This busís end point is the Royal York Hotel.
The second, smaller airport, is located on Toronto Island, right downtown. It is not linked directly to the city, so the trip from the airport to the city center is done by ferry. Information about this airport is available at http://www.torontoport.com/TCCA.htm. Most flights go into Pearson. The Island is mainly used for local flights and charters.

Torcon will be presenting the Young Writer's Workshop on Friday afternoon of the con. This will serve as an introduction to the adult writer's workshops (older teens are encouraged to do both). Pro writers will sit with teens and discuss the young writers' stories, which have been submitted electronically beforehand. Submissions must be genre (SF/F), complete short stories (no novel excerpts), original, and under 5000 words. No fan fiction. No poetry. Email submissions to young-writers@torcon3.on.ca.

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