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31 August 2010

LoranC terminated in both Canada & U.S.A.

Both the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) terminated Loran-C navigation services earlier this year. LoranC service is no longer available on the east and west coasts and the Great Lakes and therefore cannot be used for navigation. Comments should be directed to John Festarini, A/Manager, Aids to Navigation, Canadian Coast Guard: (613) 998-1411.

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24 August 2010

U.S. Boaters don't know Canadian Laws

It probably wouldn't surprise boaters who cruise across that invisible border in the St. Lawrence River that they might run into the Ontario Provincial Police for a safety check. Visitors don't require an operator licence for short stays, but the OPP will check for required safety equipment such as life vests, paddle, throwable floating device, and even a waterproof flashlight. Fines for not having mandatory safety equipment can cost up to $200 for each missing item.

At home, an open container of beer wouldn't cause much trouble, but in Ontario it's illegal and could cost you a $125 fine. If you are impaired, an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, you can expect a fine of $600 or more. Having or using fishing equipment requires a provincial fishing licence, which can be purchased at some marinas and towns. And leave your guns at home! [Entering Canada by Boat | Transport Canada]

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1 August 2010

7 Gold for Canadian rowers - first day

Aug 1/2010: Canadian rowers won 7 gold medals on the first day of the Commonwealth Rowing Championships in Welland, Ontario. Josh Morris (Victoria) gold in men’s singles, silver in men’s four with Tom Watson (Victoria), Mike Lewis (Dorchester ON), and Kristjan Joubert (St.-Lambert PQ), and bronze with Lewis in men’s pair. Watson and Joubert won gold in men’s doubles. Liz Fenje and Patricia Obee (Victoria), won lightweight women’s doubles. Catherine Bouchard-Piolte (Boucherville PQ) and Laura Cowel (Thorold ON), won women’s pair. Obee won gold in lightweight women’s singles. Canada also won gold in the men’s doubles and lightweight men’s doubles. [news: | ]