Bill 100 - "Supporting Ontario's Trails Act"
Ontario's first trails act is wending its way through the law-making process. The Act was introduced into the Ontario Legislature by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Minister Michael Coteau early this year. After some discussion in the Legislature, it was referred to a Standing Committee for 10 hours of debate. At the conclusion of the debate, it was decided by the MPP's to hold two days of hearings in Toronto, each of 2 hours. The Members decided which groups they would invite, on the basis of the external expressions of interest that had been made to the Ministry or the Legislature staff. Hike Ontario was selected (along with the Avon Trail Club, the Ontario Trails Council, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, and 8 other groups.) Hike Ontario's brief is attached.
In about a week's time, the Hansard for the Standing Committee on the Legislature will be published online, and those who wish to see the presentations by all groups as well as the questions asked by the MPP's and the groups' answers will have hours of interesting reading.
The fate of the Bill has yet to be determined by the Committee, and ultimately, by the House.
So much for the evolving of the process...stay tuned for the outcome. We plan to say more about the quite unnecessary and paranoid controversies over this modest Bill, and the Bill itself, in a future newsletter.
In the meantime...strong landowner relations should continue to be every club's priority at this point.
To see Hike Ontario's official response to Bill 100, please click HERE.