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    I have seen two versions of the routing of these new lines and one ran through the park while the one I last pulled up looked to avoid the shorter route and run up very near White River before jumping over Hwy17 and then following the existing power lines to the west. It may only be parallel with the existing power lines, but the trail does follow parts of the old lines.
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    BRP Wins Lawsuit; Injunction Halts Sale Of Cat Sleds In Canada June 15, 2020 By John Prusak A ruling in a long-standing legal dispute between Ski-Doo’s parent company BRP and Arctic Cat over allegations of patent infringement was announced today in Canada — with some startling results. According to the press release issued by BRP this afternoon, the Federal Court of Canada found that Arctic Cat did infringe on Ski-Doo’s frame patent when it came out with the ProCross/ProClimb chassis starting in 2012, as well as designs previous to that. As a part of the ruling, according to the press release, the Court, “issued a permanent injunction ordering Arctic Cat and its Canadian dealers to stop the sale, use and distribution of any snowmobile which would infringe BRP’s frame patent.” Considering the ProCross subframe is found beneath pretty much every full-sized snowmobile that Arctic Cat builds, that’s pretty impactful. Arctic Cat also builds the vast majority of Yamaha’s snowmobiles based on that same chassis. No word yet on if and how that will work into the equation. The ruling also calls on Arctic Cat to pay BRP a royalty of $135 in Canadian dollars for every snowmobile built that infringes on the patent since model year 2008. The 2008 timing is picked because the earliest versions of what turned into the ProCross chassis were found on race sleds and the Sno Pro 500, which pre-dated the ProCross. Three years ago, the Federal Court of Canada ruled in Arctic Cat’s favor on a very similar lawsuit. Here’s a link to that story. Arctic Cat’s parent company Textron replied moments ago with this statement: “Arctic Cat Inc. respectfully disagrees with the court’s ruling. We will continue to provide service and support to our Canadian dealers and customers as we pursue further legal recourse in this matter, including appeals of the court’s decision and of any injunctions issued against the continued sale of our products in Canada. The ruling has no impact on sales through our U.S. dealers, distributors or retail outlets. We will have no further comment on this matter at this time.” Lawsuits between the snowmobile factories is not uncommon — and often they are settled through negotiations where one piece of exclusive technology will be “traded” in exchange for the dismissal of a lawsuit based on a different piece of technology. A ruling this strong, though, is unusual. With appeals likely and negotiations still a possibility, it’s highly unlikely that the final chapter on this story has been written, but today’s ruling on its face is shocking. This story just broke and we’re still trying to dig in for details, but for now here’s the full press release from BRP. Check back here for updates as we learn more. BRP Wins Lawsuit Against Arctic Cat in Canada The Federal Court of Canada handed BRP an important victory against its competitor Arctic Cat regarding BRP’s frame patent, which was at the heart of the Ski-Doo REV revolution; The Federal Court of Canada issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the sale, use and distribution of all Arctic Cat snowmobiles in Canada that infringe BRP’s Canadian patent; The effective date of the permanent injunction is set for July 6, 2020; The Court also ordered Arctic Cat to pay BRP a royalty of CA$135 per unit that infringes the frame patent since MY2008. VALCOURT, Quebec, June 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced today that the Federal Court of Canada has rendered a decision favorable to BRP in a lawsuit launched in December 2011 against Arctic Cat, where BRP argued that Arctic Cat infringed certain of its patents related to BRP’s revolutionary Ski-Doo REV snowmobiles. Snowmobile enthusiasts will remember the launch of the Ski-Doo REV in 2002, which completely revolutionized the rider experience with its aggressive, sporty forward positioning of the driver and strong, lightweight frame. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the decision of the Federal Court of Canada,” said Martin Langelier, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Public Affairs at BRP. “Innovation is part of our DNA and today our ingenuity, which makes our company and products unique, is recognized and protected against intellectual property violation. The REV platform was and is still a game-changer in the snowmobiling industry and to have it protected in Canada is an important win,” concluded Langelier. The Federal Court of Canada issued a permanent injunction ordering Arctic Cat and its Canadian dealers to stop the sale, use and distribution of any snowmobile which would infringe BRP’s frame patent. It also ordered Arctic Cat to pay BRP a royalty of CA$135 per unit that infringes the frame patent since MY2008. The effective date of the permanent injunction is set for July 6, 2020. About BRP We are a global leader in the world of powersports vehicles, propulsion systems and boats, built on over 75 years of ingenuity and intensive consumer focus. Our portfolio of industry-leading and distinctive products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft, Manitou, Quintrex, Stacer and Savage boats, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. We complete our lines of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and apparel business to fully enhance the riding experience. With annual sales of CA$6.1 billion from over 120 countries, our global workforce is made up of approximately 12,600 driven, resourceful people. www.brp.com @BRPNews Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Can-Am, Rotax, Evinrude, Manitou, Alumacraft, Quintrex, Stacer, Savage and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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    There is a huge interest in sledding, just not riding groomed trails.
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    How do I report this to a moderator, LOL. Grrrrrr (all around). Spent Sunday sanding/staining a deck, Monday hunched over waxing a boat. Back hurts (time for a Doo couch?). __ As for OP, copying all around - as noted. Wonder if this was built into the Textron purchase price.
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    Lock 28 and 29 were changed from flight locks to a lift lock so 29 is no longer. They made the lift lock height equal the height of the two flight locks. Wife found that on trentsevern.ca .
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    Great pics Nunz. Swift Rapids is the deepest single chambered lock on the Trent system. If I remember correctly it's 47 feet from upper water level to lower.
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    Jake and Donna deserve retirement they are great folks
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    There is a new $ 777 million dollar dual transmission line being built between these towns. Substantial infrastructure is being put in place,ie roads. I was wondering if when they are done the possibility of using some of that for Snowmachine trails is there?
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    Marathon snow kickers posted last season that some of this work would benefit them with some roads being upgraded. Fact is hydro lines typically are not ideal trails when the terrain gets rough. Pipelines lead to much better trails. Nice to see this project proceed. It does go around the park. Trail from Marathon to Thunder Bay is most likely a pipe dream for the foreseable future. Lindsay wins for most unfriendly to snowmobiling. Apsley has tried. It's better than it was, but still not ideal.
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    Loved the Sign on the Wall. WINE LIST 1. Red 2. White Please order by Number. All the best to Jake and Donna !
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    Or for your first day riding. Could've seen me waving at you then...
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    Would maintenance in the rough terrain areas not be done by helicopter as it is in many other areas of Canada? There's quite a bit of rough terrain on that route isn't there?
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    Cheapest easiest fastest solution and almost certainly what will happen is a negotiated settlement and roylaty use moving forward or redesign away from the patent. Sucks to see this, but its a good sign that the courts are standing up for the law. As for Kirk Hibbert, does he hold a patent? If so off to court he should go
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    You are welcome Canuck but the credit goes to the wife. She remembered something about it happening so she researched it.
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    Flight locks are a series of locks proximate to each other. Enter, rise, door opens, rise again. Almost like climbing stairs They still exist on the TSW. Thanks for pointing out where the flight locks were converted to a lift lock, CC. Great summer / winter pic, Nunz.
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    X3! One of my all time favourite places. Always great chatting with Jake!
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    Not sure how or why that top quote is there, and by quoting the bottom post didn't purge it, so ... ??? Anyhow, tha'd be aboot 15 meters without looking at a tape.
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    Good pics Nunz. All you guys with your tape measures out , whats that in metric ?
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    They were trying to decide what to do upstream from lock 45. They could put in lock 44 or build the marine railway. They decided on the railway instead of a lock. Most still call it 44.
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    Congrats to Jake and donna...
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    Once you get there, you can do aerial tours via either BlackFly Air, or Mosquito Air Tours
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    Dub, front yard winter/summer