Jun 12, 2017 – Safe Boating – Know the Laws – Breaking Them Could be Costly
Here is an outline of boating (vessel) offence excerpts from the Criminal Code, Canada Shipping Act and Ontario Liquor License Act. They were sourced using the online applications, BOATsmart and Shield Basic Ontario and the web site of Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Read here.
May 29, 2017 – What to do about missing or out of place channel markers, faded reflectors, etc.
If you notice a missing or out of place channel marker, damaged red triangle or black square or faded reflectors on any of these you should report this information to the Canadian Coast Guard in Parry Sound. You should include as much information as possible including buoy numbers, name of channel or specific location and details of the problem you are reporting. Written notes can be sent to;
Canadian Coast Guard
Aids to Navigation,
28 Waubeek street,
Parry Sound, ON, P2A 1B9
or phone into 705-773-4322
Boating & Safety – Current Issues and Priorities
- Representing the boating interests of GBA Members boating interests through standing representation on Transport Canada’s Ontario and National Recreational Boating Advisory Committees under the Office of Boating Safety
- Maintaining an ongoing liaison with the OPP on issues of boating safety, emergency services, enforcement and rural crime primarily through scheduled annual meetings with OPP Central Command and Georgian Bay Detachment Officers.
- In addition to boating safety, the Boating Committee maintains priority interest in the issues of
- Development of effective and enforceable excessive vessel noise regulation and enforcement
- Mitigation of the property damage and environmental impacts associated with boating and the increasing size and speed of boats within the GBA geography.
- Continue to dialogue with the recreational boating and cruising community with the aim of working collegially in many areas of common interest and building relationships to be able to engage where interest are more divergent.
- The GBA is aware of and monitoring the various impacts on the Georgian Bay associated with the demographic of the baby boomers, greatly improved and enhanced transportation infrastructure and broader availability of high speed internet in the coming years. To some degree result will inevitably be a larger and older population living on the Georgian Bay for more of the year. These conditions will create the potential for more emergency and medical situations. Under its mandate for safety, the Boating Committee is developing a comprehensive knowledge of the availability of various emergency services. With the knowledge and information we gather the intention would be to:
- Be in a position to act as a resource for GBA Member Associations in developing local, emergency response and contingency plans and ensuring the most effective access to local, regional and Provincial emergency services, medical response and search and rescue resources.
- Be in a position to provide guidance and insight to Governments and Emergency Service authorities and providers at all levels as emergency response infrastructure, resources and technology are developed in the years ahead
- To the extent necessary, to be in a position to lobby on behalf of the GBA membership for the development of emergency response resources and infrastructure proportional to the changing increasing needs.