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Charting The Industry's Path - Recreational Boating Advisory Council Meetings

I'm not sure how many of our readers are aware of the "RBAC" meetings but I just attended the most recent Ontario RBAC.

The acronym stands for the Ontario Region "Recreational Boating Advisory Council" and it is basically a Transport Canada Safety advisory group of stakeholders who meet three times per year to discuss boating safety and boating industry issues and provide suggestions to Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety.

NMMA Canada hosted the Ontario spring meeting held on Wednesday, April 12 at their office. The RBAC meetings are attended by a group of stakeholders who have been invited to attend, usually as part of their responsibilities with (for example) the Ontario Provincial Police Marine Unit, Boating Ontario, cottage associations, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and so on.

Similar groups also participate in RBAC meetings in other provinces as well.

This is a forum where some difficult and large issues are addressed. In the meeting I attended, the agenda included an update on the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons' (CPS-ECP) program for flare disposal. CPS-ECP partners with CIL Orion on this and they are continuing the program for 2017. A list of flare disposal locations is available on http://www.cps-ecp.ca.

Another important topic was the update on "Vessels of Concern". This is the problem of derelict and abandoned vessels, both commercial and recreational craft that are scattered across Canada. Some vessels are in the water, many are on land but the problem is where an end-of-life vessel has been abandoned and the public will have to bear the costs of the clean up. Some cause significant environmental damage due to leaking fuel and other contaminants.

We hear an update from the Office of Boating Safety on their activities and there was an update on the new Boating Safety App introduced by Discover Boating. All in all, a busy meeting dealing with several important issues and where there are frequently differing viewpoints and budget challenges to getting things done.

We plan to bring more information from these important forums in future editions of News Week.

Andy Adams, Editor aadams@kerrwil.com Twitter YouTube
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