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Newsletter December 3, 2013

We have been working really hard this last year on helping the club forward and improving the clubs profile in the community. As many of you know we work closely with both the County and with the local townships as well as other power sports organizations in the area to bring ATVing to the forefront as a family oriented sport and respectable trails partner.

Thanks you to all our members and local business for supporting us, but also a special thank you to all the volunteers that makes it all happen. With out all of you we would not be where we are.

Please join one of our club meetings and be a part of the future of ATVing in Simcoe County. We meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Area in Stayner @ 7PM.

Help get 2UP ATVs and Side by Sides Legal on Ontario Roads

From the desk of OFATV Executive Director Wayne Daub

Hi all,

Please share this letter with as many ATVers as you are able and encourage them to act as quickly as possible

As most of you are aware on November 7th, this year there was a motion brought forward in the legislature (motion 48) where an MPP from the south eastern portion of the province identified the need to make changes to Reg 316-03 (regulation regarding ATVs and road use) that would see the inclusion of type II (built for 2 ATVs) as well as side by side type vehicles. The motion did pass with flying colours... That is the good news. The not so good news is that there is no obligation from the part of the Minister in charge of this regulation (Minister of Transportation hon Glen Murray) to act on the motion. The word that I am currently getting is that there is apprehension on the part of the Minister to do anything...

ATVers have waited long enough for this change, it is quite apparent that there is an appetite within the legislature to entertain a change.

Now we as ATVers must encourage Minister Murray to take the motion and run with it. What does that mean? Quite simply every ATVer in Ontario should drop Minister Murray a line either by email or by mailing a letter to his office. I understand that there are a few petitions circulating on this issue; however you must remember that 10,000 names on a petition is the same as 1 personal email or letter, so there is a huge bang for our buck to have every ATVer send him a letter.

The letter must be personal, to the point; but a detailed ask; please remember that a form letter it carries less weight than a petition does, don't do it, your words are very important.
The letter should contain the following information:
The letter should be sent to the Minister as well as CCed to your MPP.

  • That you are a member of the OFATV or other ATV organization in Ontario and/or
  • That you are a rider (enthusiast)
  • That you support the motion from November 7th regarding regulation change to 316-03
  • Your ask is to encourage the Minister of Transportation to act on, and address the issues as outlined in the motion.
  • Ask what timeline could be expected to get the regulation changed
  • Anything else that you feel is important to this matter; do not, I repeat do not, muddy the letter by adding information for any other concern or information that takes away from the main points as expressed above.

For your convenience:
Current MPPs information can be found: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do

Contact Information for Minister Murray:
email: gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org

Address:
Ministry of Transportation/Ministry of Infrastructure
3rd Floor, Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8

Thank you in advance for your immediate attention to this matter. The Legislature rises for Christmas break on December 12th, and does not sit again until February 18th, that is a huge gap to have this entire initiative swept under the rug.... As an ATVer if you want change, do not let it die, your voice is important, we have already proved that from the response from the Motion brought forward by MPP Crack. Get your email in well ahead of December 12th,

Wayne Daub

The messaged can also be viewed and downloaded in PDF format from here.

New Club Logo

As you may have seen we got a new logo in the past year. We did this change to create a logo that was easier to recognize and at the same time easier to use for branding like on posters, T-shirts, caps with more. We hope you like this and as always we look forward to your input.

Trails closed for the season.

As the snow starts to fly it is that time of the year where we have to close our trails again to make room for our fellow power sports enthusiast from the Snowmobile world. We thank everybody for their help and support in the past year and hope you will all continue to support us in 2014.

Current trail status can always be found here.
 
 
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