Bill 118 and RAC’s Plan of Action

Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean is the new Ontario minister of transportation and infrastructure.

He’s the guy who can grant amateur radio operators in Ontario a permanent exemption from the distracted driving legislation contained in Bill 118. Our current time-limited exemption ends January 2013.

That’s one year and two months from now.

Back in May of this year I published a post asking for Ontario hams to support north/east Ontario RAC director Bill Unger, VE3XT’s efforts to lobby the provincial government.

In August of this year I published another post this one proclaiming that RAC under Bill Unger’s direction was launching a “task force” to take on Bill 118 and secure a permanent exemption for us.

So where are we now?

I have no idea. I do know we have a new minister. I do know that RAC says it’s got a “task force.”

What I don’t see is any action.

What would action look like?

  1. Meet with the new minister right now! Next week wouldn’t be too soon.
  2. Bring supporting documentation from other jurisdictions that have granted exemptions to their Amateur Radio communities.
  3. Bring letters of support from Ontario organizations (and municipal governments) which we’ve helped.
  4. Start contacting Ontario MPPs in person (here’s a job for the task force) and presenting them with the same information as being given to the minister.
  5. Remember to dress up. Shower. Leave the call sign ball cap at home and read How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

3 thoughts on “Bill 118 and RAC’s Plan of Action

  1. Peter, the order should be, Shower. Then dress up!

    Leave the call sign ball cap in the mobile is essential. Also, leave the 2 meter talk back radio that’s usually dangling from the belt and making funny static-like noises in the car, too. That would really blow it. He may think it’s a portable telephone from the ’70s, or a walkie-talkie from a tank…

    72, Paul.

  2. Btw, with reference to Dale Carnegie’s book, I took the Carnegie course back in the ’60s. Wonderful course! It’s still running strong after all these decades.

    72, Paul.

  3. I have to ask .. what the heck was the RAC Executive doing when Bill 118 was passed in the first place ? They should have rallied the troops and had us out picketing Queen’s Park !
    Oh right .. I forgot … they were too busy “navel gazing in closed meetings”.

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