QUEEN’S PARK – This week Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka rose in the House to remind boaters to be respectful, courteous and safe on Muskoka lakes this summer. Please find his statement below:
Mr. Norm Miller: As the boating season begins and cottagers fire up their motors, it’s important to remind boaters to be respectful, courteous and safe this summer.
Safe Quiet Lakes is an organization that has been advocating for a culture of respect on our lakes for the past six years. Last month, I attended Safe Quiet Lakes’ annual stakeholders’ meeting at the Port Carling community centre in Muskoka. Their main focus is on education, and they do great work in spreading awareness about the issues and their voluntary code of conduct.
The code is simple: “Boaters always care.” Boaters operate with caution and courtesy. They always keep a 360-degree watch and minimize wake and noise, and they care for passengers, respect regulations, and offer life jackets and safety instruction. This message is extra-important this year as boaters and property owners contend with high water levels. This year, even a small wake could do damage to the shoreline or someone’s property.
I’d like to thank Frances Carmichael and Greg Wilkinson for their continued effort in promoting safer and quieter lakes so that we can all enjoy our beautiful environment.
Please take a moment to visit their website at safequiet.ca, and make all the necessary preparations for a great boating season in Parry Sound–Muskoka and across Ontario.