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  1. bbakernbay

    Who's attending the OFSC AGM this weekend?

    What did the new PC Government announce wrt TDF or other type of funding?
  2. bbakernbay

    thank you MTO and the lawyer's for this one

    Thank you, good luck.
  3. bbakernbay

    thank you MTO and the lawyer's for this one

    Where is the MTO document? Was it discussed at AGM?
  4. bbakernbay

    Who's attending the OFSC AGM this weekend?

    Well it seems there was no news to report from the AGM except for the cost of the new App!
  5. bbakernbay

    Who's attending the OFSC AGM this weekend?

    Sure hoping there will be some discussion, better yet Solutions, to the increasing problem of Freeloaders on OFSC trails. Trail Patrol needs some teeth, fines need to be increased and process needs to be streamlined to ticket offending vehicle owner, regardless of who is operating.
  6. bbakernbay

    thank you MTO and the lawyer's for this one

    I trust that this matter will be raised/discussed at the AGM. Looking forward to hear more information.
  7. bbakernbay

    Who's attending the OFSC AGM this weekend?

    Interested to hear what the Big 3 Issues are?
  8. bbakernbay

    thank you MTO and the lawyer's for this one

    Please post once it is available for public distribution. This has the potential to wreak havoc on many Trail systems.
  9. bbakernbay

    OFSC Convention- Huntsville - Sept 14-16 2018

    Those sections certainly appear to allow for the owners to be charged instead of the Operator. I wonder how often this provision is invoked. Our very experienced OPP Snowmobile and Marine Officer told us that we needed to be able to positively identify the Operator in court before he would lay a charge. i still think that operating on an OFSC prescribed trail without a valid Trail Permit would be much easier enforced if the Owner was the person charged.
  10. bbakernbay

    OFSC Convention- Huntsville - Sept 14-16 2018

    There is no doubt this sport/business is at the crossroads where some change is needed. It sounds like they didn’t proceed with the hiring of the 4 Area Trails Managers probably for several reasons including cost, northern district issues and pushback from Districts and Clubs. It will be interesting to see what the Ford Government does to assist snowmobiling, if anything. Thankfully previous government did provide early TDF $$$. Personally, I doubt Ford Government will openly support snowmobiling. Trail Permit Fees need to go up, which they are scheduled to do this season but revenues need to increase regularly to keep up with inflation, particularly groomers, drags, fuel, etc. Trail Patrol needs tools like Quebec to deter Freeloaders. Biggest improvement would be fine goes against owner of vehicle to eliminate having to identify the Operator in court. Make it like a parking ticket or ETR407, infraction against the vehicle owner. OPP are unable to provide the degree of ongoing enforcement needed. Increase is needed in fines and portion of $$$ should go to OFSC. The government needs to help in this regard. The OFSC needs to get their act together to avoid Volunteers from bailing due to discouragement and poor support. Wildbill is right, change can be made but it is difficult. Hopefully the new leadership can Right the ship before it is too late.
  11. bbakernbay

    OFSC BOG Decision

    Thank you for the clarification as to what the BoG Motion referred to.
  12. bbakernbay

    OFSC BOG Decision

    Actually, “deferred indefinitely” creates more questions as to whether MOTS is being re-worked or whether this is only a temporary delay to allow the existing plan to be implemented.
  13. bbakernbay

    OFSC BOG Decision

    No problem with conference call but having the Board of Governors “have an unscheduled meeting via conference call” on such a major topic just prior to the AGM does raise eyebrows or alarm bells as it gives the impression that something urgent needed to be done and this required the “unscheduled meeting”. Surely the highest priority item should have been dealt with in the normal course of business in a normal boardroom meeting. Since it wasn’t and nobody seems to have an informed or rational reason as to why this took place then there is cause for concern. Is the decision to proceed with MOTS and FFC being reversed or is it being put on hold and for what reason. Given that the AGM is only 6 weeks away and Motions are likely being drafted for the AGM, the last thing you need is a cloud of suspicion as to what is happening before the AGM. It could very well be a housekeeping move but if it is then explain what is going on. Surprisingly no one has offered anything authoritative on the reasons for the emergency conference call meeting and the timing seems weird but I am not in the loop so maybe those that are can enlighten the rest of us. The Motion apparently stated MOTS realignment be “deferred indefinitely”. That phrase sounds very negative to me.
  14. bbakernbay

    OFSC BOG Decision

    Claire V. Absolutely correct, very surprised about lack of informed comment on this critical subject. As for the Ford government, I cannot see them putting any funding into snowmobiling. They need to set some examples of finding the 6 Billion $$ and snowmobiling will surely be an easy hit. The Trail Permit needs to go up at least $50, then $10 a year or more thereafter. We are at a turning point and the Trail Permit cost is a small portion for most users although a price increase will certainly eliminate the low Kim’s users.
  15. bbakernbay

    OFSC BOG Decision

    I don’t buy that. The biggest item of the OFSC in the last 5 years gets dealt with by an “unscheduled meeting” of the Board of Governors. What is going on if that needs to be done on an urgent basis and only 2 months before the AGM? Is this a major change in thinking by the leadership and/or a response to Clubs and Districts that are refusing or reluctant to implement MOTS? I honestly don’t know what Yukon means “some agendas can get squashed very quickly”, I’m missing something.
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