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Big Pete last won the day on June 29 2018

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    Cornwall, Ont
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    District 1
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    Riverside Snowmobile
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    16 Viper LTX-DX, 07 Phazer FX
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    02 Venture 700
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  1. Big Pete

    So... Any thoughts on the new CEO?

    Mr French certainly comes with some impressive credentials and I wish him well. If I were advising him I would tell him to focus on 2 areas; Funding and Access. Funding is more than just govt grants or hand outs. To me it’s includes permit pricing and structure. I don’t believe our system is sustainable with its current price levels and structure. This is a complex area as there are a lot of interrelated components and finding the option that maximizes revenue will not be easy. the other issue is access. By that I mean clubs and districts getting reliable access to land for the trail network. Many districts experienced huge difficulty last year obtaining workable land use agreements to the point were large pieces of trails were closed for all or a large part of the season. The role I see for our new CEO is to work with government to remove the barriers to reasonable land use and /or develop strategies to incentivize Land owners. Again a very complex situation that will require a strong vision and a great deal of tenacity as it won’t be easy or quick. Wishing our new CEO all the best.
  2. Big Pete

    Time for Leads to Wear Safety Vests?

    I have a GMAX S54 snow helmet that has a red led light on the back surface built in. It can be set to a slow flash, fast flash, constant on. It also has a setting that allows the light to link with an optional brake light kit, so the light acts just like your rear brake light. Powered by 2 AAA batteries that I Change about 2 times per season.
  3. Due to the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the constantly changing updates and directives from all levels of government, the OFSC is taking proactive measures to support efforts to reduce the spread of this worldwide pandemic. These are unprecedented times and like many other responsible businesses we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of you, your families, our communities and businesses across the province. Yesterday, the OFSC Board of Governors made a formal decision to cease trail operations and grooming effective immediately on any trails which are still available to the public. Effective midnight, Saturday, March 21st all OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails in Ontario will be closed and anyone accessing such trails from that date forward will be trespassing. This advance notification will provide all remaining touring snowmobilers ample time to get home. We’d like to thank all our loyal permit buyers, landowners, club volunteers and partners for their support this season and encourage everyone to do their part and stay healthy and safe as we all work together in overcoming this pandemic. We want to stress that this decision is not based on an economic basis. Although grooming operations are reduced at this time of the season, we still spend substantial monies on our open trails. We want to ensure permit buyers that any savings from funds not spent this permit year will be invested in the next season. We encourage you to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information from our government here: Federal: https://www.canada.ca/en.html Provincial: https://www.ontario.ca/page/government-ontario FULL PRESS RELEASE CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www.ofsc.on.ca/2020/03/19/urgent-message-to-ontario-snowmobilers-re-covid-19/
  4. Big Pete

    Time for Leads to Wear Safety Vests?

    Sksman, posted this on FB a couple of weeks ago. This is probably what you saw. Instead of hand signals there is a light system available for snowmobiles from theridelite.com.There are 2 coloured led lights. Yellow- rider approaching. Green- End of group or Rider alone. No more hands off the bars it the turns. And every Yellow light would signal a new group for those cases were a rider is signalling last rider when in fact another group has caught up. Edit: also check www.yamaheater.com for the RAD light. Similar idea but less expensive.
  5. Big Pete


    Does a groomer count. Here is the list over the last 2 weeks for our 2004 BR180. 1) Electrical short took out all the work lights (down 2 days) 2) frozen fuel filters. (down 1 1/2 days) 3) broken spindle on driver Side walking beam (down 2 days) 4) busted battery causing no start. Down 1 day. this unit has been very reliable for us for many years. Has all the regular maintenance done. Just seems to be a string of almost nuisance repairs. Thankfully they have all been straight forward repairs And hopefully we can put back to back grooming shifts together.
  6. Big Pete

    OFSC Press Release Regarding Land Use Agreements

    You should report this to the club that looks after that trail or the District Office for investigation
  7. AFAIK the POIs on the map are provided by the club and/or district. Maybe you should let them know.
  8. Big Pete

    OFSC Press Release Regarding Land Use Agreements

    The OFSC did not change the wording. They did come back and say you (the club and potentially the directors) have been incurring huge risks and potential liability with the agreements you have been signing. If you want to protect yourselves we recommend different liability and indemnity clauses that will limit your exposure to the world of snowmobiling. (Not everybody, all the time). The option to get outside insurance to help offset the exposure was even provided. (Side Note: that insurance is very expensive and is very limited in terms of policy limits). The OFSC can not and will not put its clubs and volunteers at unnecessary risk but they do respect the clubs right to make their own decisions. The club, rightfully so, chose to negotiate more acceptable terms (from their perspective). Those negotiations are on going. And that is where we are today. I will make the same point I made elsewhere. The OFSC does not/can not negotiate land use agreements with landowners. That has always been and will continue to be the clubs domain. They can and do provide guidance to clubs when it comes to liability and indemnity issues but at the end of the day it’s the clubs decision to sign the agreement. I will use this example. You want to buy a house but it has all kinds on conditions attached to the title. You go to your lawyer and they explain the conditions and outline the potential problems and they give you a structure that helps alleviate some/most of the problem. You go back to the seller and they say no. It’s the original deal or no deal. that's exactly were the clubs are today. Hopefully a deal can be reached. If yes, trails can open. If not, it will be no different than if a farmer revokes permission to use their land. The trail(s) will be closed and the process of finding an alternate route will start.
  9. Big Pete

    OFSC Press Release Regarding Land Use Agreements

    The statements that are made by the gentleman are wrong. And this is big part of the problem. Errors and misinformation are being put out there as fact and it is doing a lot of harm and absolutely no good. First , fact is the OFSChas not changed insurance providers. They have been dealing with the same broker and underwriters for years. Second, there has been no change to the CGL policy coverages for many years. Under the standard landowner agreement every landowner is protected by the OFSC CGL policy for any and all activities related to snowmobiling. Keep in mind that the vast majority of club Land Use Permissions (LUP) are with private landowners. They do not generally have multiple users accessing their property year round. Virtually all the trails in this category are for exclusive use of the snowmobile club. In fact the agreement says that the club can not allow anyone else to use the trail without the written permission of the landowner. Under all the customer agreements I have seen, the landowner is trying to extend the OFSC coverage to cover them for other users regardless of season or activity. Quite frankly, that kind of coverage is either not available or the cost is unmanageable. And on a really basic level why should snowmobilers provide insurance coverage for everybody else. For a club to sign some of these agreements they would be exposing themselves to tremendous liability both corporately and potentially personally. So if anybody wants to step up and put their personal net worth at risk I am sure there are a number of club executives that would hand you the reins immediately. now I also understand the issues from the landowner perspective ( and I am not talking about the private landowner here). They have multiple users on their properties at a given time . Each one represents a potential liability in the event of injury, even despite what the Trespass Act and Occupiers Liability Act say. And even if the bulk of these claims are unsuccessful, the costs to defend are enormous. So how do I as. Land owner shift those costs to someone else? I look to the most organized user group that happens to carry a nice big insurance policy and say if you want access you have to cover us for everything and anything. So now it’s a negotiation to see if there is some middle ground that everybody can live with. If there are new agreements that get signed, trails will open. If a compromise can not be reached the club can not have a trail on land they have no permission to access. Therefore the trail is closed. Hopefully a reroute can be found. now let’s deal with the bs that it’s all a big conspiracy to take permit money and run. As a club/district/provincial volunteer this one hurts the most. I put hundreds of hours in every year helping make sure we have places to ride and enjoy our sport. This whole issue only started to come to light late last spring. So pardon my lazy a$$ if I didn’t spend my whole summer working with lawyers and insurance companies and corporate landowners to come to a resolution. The clubs have always been the ones that arrange land use permission. Trying to do that centrally from Barrie is nonsense. What the OFSC can do is provide guidance and recommendations to club to make sure they are not exposing themselves to significantly risk/liability. And that’s what has happened and will continue to happen. Most clubs go quite for the summer. They restart operations in the fall and there are dozens of things to do with a very limited volunteer work force. Prepping groomers, trail brushing/maintenance, signing, bridge work. If you have ever been a club volunteer you know the work. The list is almost endless. In the fall clubs started to review their non standard land use agreements. That required sending the agreements to the broker/underwriter for review of the liability and indemnity provisions as well as other terms and conditions. If things were good, clubs received the Certificate of Insurance for the land owner. If there were issues (excessive and in some cases unlimited liability) the broker/underwriter provided recommended wording. That now goes back to the landowner (and their legal council and insurance broker) for their consideration. Of course everybody is optimistic that a compromise can be reached. I have heard that some of these agreements have gone back and forth many times. And it all takes time. Some agreements have been resolved. Some are still being negotiated. When negotiations are completed or an impasse is reached, rest assured the clubs will make the appropriate announcements. Until then, keep the rhetoric and misinformation to yourself.
  10. Big Pete

    OFSC Press Release Regarding Land Use Agreements

    If I recall correctly, the 09-2016 version was an update in response to the Bill 100 blow up. It introduced language clarifying the LUP was not/could not be used to obtain a legal easement. The latest version 2019-05 introduces the "specific to the normal operation of a snowmobile Club" language.I believe the 09 and 05 codes in the version number are the months the documents were published. Common to all versions (including the 2019-05 version) is the Change/Cancellation Clause which requires 60 days written notice of any change or cancellation to the agreement. So until such notice is given the existing agreements remain i full force and effect. The 2016 version also introduced language allowing for a start and end date. The guidance we got at the time was that if you used hard dates ( ie. Commencing Dec 1, 2016 and ending April 15, 2017) would need to obtain a new LUP the following year. As an alternative you could use Commencing December 1 of each year and ending April 15 of each year which would not require a new agreement the next year. So the short answer is that not every Land Owner agreement is renewed every year. And to the best of my knowledge there has been no directive to renew every LUP held (standard or otherwise).
  11. Big Pete

    Lost Trail Pass

    Since you do not have the original permit, you will need to have a police report when filing for the replacement permit. The last time I did this (a couple of seasons ago) I was able to file the report online with OPP. You get an email response with a report number. From there log into your profile, confirm your personal info. The next screen should show your sled and old permit details. Select the Replace option and follow the instructions. If you run into any problems you can send an email to permits@ofsc.on.ca.
  12. Big Pete

    Missing Link goes yellow tomorrow

    Brian, it’s not the technical design issues of a crossing that are problem. Heck those would be easy to solve. Its coming down to liability and indemnity clauses which should not depend on which district is involved. WildBill says they have a great relationship with their regional MTO. Up until this year so did we. Or at least I thought. How can the liability and indemnity clauses be acceptable to both sides in Wild Bills district but not ours. Are they not the same? Is our insurer allowing different clauses in different districts. If yes, why? Why would they not say to us, here are clauses we can live with and are acceptable to MTO in other regions. Somehow, I think different rules are being used in different areas and the only way to bring it to light is with a centralized approach at least on the insurance/liability side.
  13. Big Pete

    Major trail changes in D12

    The directive we are hearing is that any trail that does not have a valid land use agreement can not stay on the ITG. It must be removed. You can not leave it closed status indefinitely.
  14. Big Pete

    Looking for people to sled with...

    Go to the District 1 website (www.ucsr.ca) and check the club links. Every club has an active web or FB presence. If you were to attend a club meeting I am sure you can find a bunch of riding partners. and welcome to D-1. Upper Canada Snowmobile Region.