Equine Canada Hosts National Trails Meeting
Trail leaders from across Canada met for two days in Winnipeg. The national meeting of trail leadership has been in development for over 6 months with Audrey Lapointe the Equine Canada, Manager of Recreation, Trails and Tourism; with the support of Jack De Wit, EQ Board Member and OTC President, as well as Patrick Connor ED of OTC and EQ Recreation Council Member.
National Trail Coalition funding in Budget
From Dennis Burns, Executive Director CCSO. Here is some of the wording and content as I see it from yesterday's announcement in the Federal Budget as presented at
from Minister of Finance the Honourable Jim Flaherty.
The national media is quoting right out of the budget document and we spent about 45 minutes with the media yesterday in Ottawa as we were invited into the budget lock up - the media scrum was immediately following as the speech started.
Quote from the budget and Minister Flaherty's speech - the title for the trail funding is the same as what was promised in the 2011 election platform - Improving and Expanding Canada's Snowmobile and Recreational Trails
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $10 million over two years to improve and expand snowmobile and recreational trails across the country.
"Canada has a vast network of recreational trails, which allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country's natural beauty. Through Budget 2009, the Government provided $25 million to the National Trails Coalition, a non-profit organization, to create, upgrade and sustain snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle trails throughout the country. Additional funding was leveraged from the coalition and its partners and close to 500 projects were completed under this initiative. Federally supported investments include: over $56,000 for safety improvements to trails in Lakefield, Ontario; $244,000 for improvements to bridges and trails in Val d'Or, Quebec; and $550,000 for the development of the Confederation Trail in Prince Edward Island."
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide an additional $10 million over two years, beginning in 2014-15, to the National Trails Coalition to improve and expand snowmobile and recreational trails across Canada.
CBC media link from the news last night http://goo.gl/Cro2Ja
Look at the cover of the budget presentation and then the words as quoted by CBC. Cover photo - the newly completed trail between Banff and Canmore - world class showcase "recreational trail" on the cover of the budget document - the only photo used in the entire document!! I suggest to you that this shows incredible support for trails
Minister Flaherty's speech on page 8 quote "It pleases me to announce that our Government will partner with the National Trails Coalition to make this
recreational experience even better, fulfilling another of our 2011 platform commitments."
For the full press release see: http://goo.gl/5G9ELi
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