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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ontario Trails News - save the date - Trailhead Canada and Trailhead Toronto - an Ontario Trails Symposium!


Trailhead Toronto - Nov. 24th, Ontario Heritage Centre!



Trailhead Toronto underway. Thanks to Carolyn Woodland and Michael Bender from TRCA for starting us off!


Karen Sun Natural Environmental Planner with City of Toronto talking trail management in the City. Thanks Karen!


Alexandra Brodka speaking on behalf of Hamilton Burlington Trails Committee on the metrics of Hbtc trail use from 18000 uses equal # of dogs and children! what does that mean?


Wendy Strickland speaking on the Chorely Park trail issues and the issues with accessibility in ravines and neighbourhoods


Just want to thank Nekeisha Mohammed for joining us and speaking to the Conservation Ontario Healthy Hike Program! thank you!


Jason Diceman with Wendy Strickland talking about community consultations and AODA processes to make for full community participation thanks for participating!


Thanks to ADM Steve Harlow for supporting Trailhead Toronto by attending and speaking with us today about the trails strategy, trails legislation, the Ontario Trails Coordinating role and the value of the OTC relationship with government and the Ministries trail processes. Thanks!


Mark Schmidt from Parks Canada a world leading expert on frontier spaces and wilderness adventures via national parks trails, speaking at Trailhead Toronto. Thanks Mark!

Many thanks to all the presenters, including Joey Schwartz and Janette Harvey from Toronto Bicycling Network and the City of Toronto, Thanks to Terri LeRoux for attending and giving up her speaking spot in deference to time, as well as to Ontario Heritage Centre for a great venue and super staff service. 

223 People want the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail saved!

SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE THE TRAIL! COUNCIL MEETS IN OCTOBER SIGN SOON!
prescott-russell trails petition
UPDATES:
OTC visited Prescott Russell and met with Council and the Economic Development Committee. There may be operating budget cuts in the near future but there is a desire to save the trail, although it may not be 72 continuous kilometers. Road links are being studied between nodes. While this is not preferred, we are pleased that the Prescott-Russell Economic Development Committee spoke with OTC and that we are working with the County to:
  • diversify the role of the Prescott Russell Trails Committee,
  • seeking funds,
  • engaging inter-provincial partners,
  • that the Trail is highlighted as part of the CycleON list of trails through consultation
  • had more counters to install
  • is implementing the OTC Trail Counts Program
  • OTC has found the trails committee, through partnership, free fundraising training in Ottawa
We encourage the people signing the petition to work with UCPR and OTC to find ways to re-negotiate the lease with Via so we can make the corridor multi-use, which would enable cost recovery, new funding for capital projects and engage more members of the community to utilize the trail in the future.

If you want to help please contact Louise Bissonette with Sentiers Prescott Russell! Merci.