CSBC Newsletter                             January 2016
Message from the Chair
Hi everyone! Well the Holiday decorations are all put away, Santa and the elves are taking some time off in South America, we are already forgetting our New Year's resolutions and 2016 is well underway. By the time this message is circulated the CSBC's first event of the year, the CASBAs, will be a happy memory. A report from Karen Harrington, our CASBA Committee Chair, follows. I want to thank Karen, her committee, the judges and especially the award winners. CONGRATULATIONS!

Last night I was teaching my first boating safety class of the year for Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. When I began to review the required boating safety equipment I was very pleased to note a very strong interest in the use of PFDs and Lifejackets. I have noticed this growing interest over the past few years. Not just in the wearing of lifejackets but how to choose the right ones that fit well, make sure they are appropriate for the type of boating we choose and then how to care for and maintain them.  I think this trend speaks very well for all of the efforts the CSBC and its member organizations are putting forth on the promotion of the use of lifejackets and the real need not just to have them on board but to wear them. These efforts are going on all year round now, not just during Safe Boating Awareness Week. The messages are being heard, listened to and now, I believe, being followed by boaters in growing numbers. This is something that I believe we can all be very proud of but the train is still moving slowly and our focused efforts are still required to make sure the trend continues and expands.

My sense is that 2015 may have seen an increase, if only minor, in the number of accidents and injuries on the water but I wait to see the final statistics. The fact that there are any such accidents and injuries only serves to reinforce the need for our efforts and I want to take this moment to sincerely thank all of those who volunteer so much of their time and energy to help ensure that recreational boating is a pastime and lifestyle that we can continue to enjoy with the passion that it deserves.

Wishing you all happy and safe boating in 2016.

John Gullick

Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs) 

Five individuals and four organizations from across Canada were recognized for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments in support of recreational boating safety and environmental stewardship. The Canadian Safe Boating Council was honoured to host the gala event and present them with awards for their heroism, initiative and dedication.
The Canadian Safe Boating Awards or "CASBAs" represent the best of what's happening on and around the recreational waters across this country. On January 10, the Canadian Safe Boating Council hosted the annual CASBA gala evening in recognition of those who have distinguished themselves in the fields of boating safety and environmental stewardship during the 2015 boating season.  The recipients represent the general boating community, volunteers, professionals, companies and organizations and were selected from a host of nominations received from the public at large from across Canada.

The CASBAs presented on this evening represented eight categories with nine recipients.

STEARNS Rescue of the Year: Nicholas Thompson and Ashley Hum
Nicholas Thompson, sailing coach at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana, was working with Ashley Hum on August 12on the waters of Georgian Bay where a number of young campers were sailing.  A boat, with 3 teenagers, was overwhelmed by a strong wind gust which capsized and turtled their boat, entangling one of the teens and trapping them underwater.  The teenager was entangled sufficiently that it took both Nick and Ashley working together to free the camper, who was no longer breathing.  Commencing CPR, together Ashley and Nick were able to bring the camper back and a tragedy was averted.

Ontario Power Generation Best Boating Safety Initiative: WaterWise Boat Safety Team
The Water Wise Team of Sienna Joyce and Maddy Steinwand travelled throughout British Columbia delivering key safety messaging in 2015.  Whether working in tandem with other groups or policing agencies, attending community events, media interviews, using social media or going hands-on in the classroom, their focus on boating safety and drowning prevention was WaterWise Wisdom in action. The program, managed by the Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon, has completed 16 great seasons and continues to expand its reach.

Top Volunteer Dedicated to Boating Safety:  Gary Clow
As a volunteer with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons since 1998, Gary has served in a variety of capacities in two Squadrons: as newsletter editor and contributor, executive positions, including Commander, as well as a training officer.  While Gary has given in excess of 2,500 hours of his time, it has been his commitment and drive to develop an on-water course standard that set him above his peers.  While others doubted it was possible, he committed his efforts to transitioning lessons from the classroom to application on the water.

Marine Professional of the Year: Jim Millson
A serving member with the Ontario Provincial Police for over 30 years, Jim has spent a significant portion of his service dedicated to marine policing on the north shore of Lake Erie.  His determination to address the many safety and policing challenges, in particular for "Pottahawk Sunday" (2,500 boats and almost 10,000 people in the water), led to the creation of an operations plan that resulted in no impaired charges, no medical calls or stranded individuals and under 60 tickets laid, despite 600 vessel inspections in one weekend. Jim's reputation for engaging youth and working with clubs and marine professionals for positive results is admired by his peers. 

Safe Guarding the Environment:  CIL Orion
Nobody wants to see expired marine flares dumped in our landfills. CIL Orion in partnership with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons has made a significant commitment to ensure these pyrotechnics are dealt with in an environmentally friendly manner.  After a pilot project in 2014, CIL Orion committed to a Canada-wide initiative to dispose of collected flares, regardless of manufacture.  In 2015, over 20,000 flares were neutralized and recycled at their facility in Quebec and it is projected another 50,000 may be collected over the next 2 years.

Visible PFD Wear in Advertising:  York Regional Police - Marine Unit
The York Regional Police Marine Unit is comprised of a group of highly qualified and dedicated marine officers.  Skilled in vessel operations and underwater search and recovery, they are well aware of the benefits of boaters wearing lifejackets and PFD's.  This past season the team created a series of social media videos and no matter the topic, personal flotation devices figured predominantly.

Media Contribution to Boating Safety: Saatchi and Saatchi
The creative minds at Saatchi and Saatchi did it again!  They embraced the challenge of taking a serious boating safety issue and developed a delivery tool that captures the attention of the audience without diminishing the message.  The creation of two television public service announcements "The Second You Boat While Impaired, You're a Criminal" were aired nationally on Fish'n Canada in 2015.
Special Recognition Award:  Chris Foster
While Chris Foster served as a police officer for 35 years, it was in his tenure as a marine officer with the Ontario Provincial Police that his passion for public service shone.  While duty required him to investigate a variety of calls; from onboard domestics, break and enters, lost or stranded boaters, to collisions and unfortunately fatalities, his desire to enhance the boating experience was his expectation.  Chris dove into his role with marine student selection and training, was a sought-after speaker and was featured in local television series, all the while maintaining a high level of enforcement with a focus on reducing impaired boating incidents.
Canadian Safe Boating Awards Recognize Those Who Make Boating Better for All
The safety and enjoyment of some 15 million Canadians on our waterways every year is due in large part to individuals and organizations like these. Recognizing them is important, and telling their stories will hopefully inspire others. 

Heads Up re Safe Boating Awareness Week 2016

Although it seems like summer just left in some parts of Canada because of unseasonably warm temperatures, 2016 seems to be bringing with it some colder temps and for parts of Canada, snow! However, for us boaters, dreams of warmer weather and a new boating season are never far from our thoughts. The 2016 Safe Boating Awareness Week will be upon us before we know it and while some of us may be in hibernation mode, it is the perfect time to learn how to get involved! Whether you want to be a volunteer or would like to host a kick-off event yourself, you can find out everything you need to know at csbc.ca under the "Campaigns" tab. There you will find a Volunteer E-Guide to help you get started, as well as other volunteer resources and materials, such as radio and television PSAs, print ads and articles, which are ideal for participating in interviews with the media and incorporating into newsletters, press releases and outreach.

Riley is prepared, and waiting for spring...    
With thanks to Stephanie Rankine
The 2016 North American Safe Boating Awareness Week begins May 21 and runs until May 27. If you would like to get involved in the SBAW activities, please visit www.csbc.ca for more details or email [email protected]

Marine Safety Commitments of Federal Ministers

The federal government has made public the mandate letters from the Prime Minister to his Ministers, that specify the commitments they are expected to deliver on. Among the commitments of the Minister of Transport are:
  • Work with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to improve marine safety
  • Work with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to review the previous government's changes to the Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections, and incorporate modern safeguards
  • Formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast, working in collaboration with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to develop an approach.

Among those of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard are:
  • Re-open the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's, Newfoundland and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver
  • Work with the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to meet the commitments that were made for new Coast Guard vessels as part of the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy
  • Work with the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to improve marine safety.

Rick Cassels Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

Rick Cassels was inducted into the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony on January 12, 2016. Rick has been an avid boater all his life and has made a significant contribution to the boating industry. Rick has worked for Mustang Survival for many years, and is a long-time Director of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. Congratulations, Rick, on this richly deserved recognition!
One of the causes closest to Rick's heart is the Boat For Hope program, in which he has been an active volunteer for many, many years. Boat for Hope events are special events where the Variety Club of B.C. teams up with local skippers to take children who have special needs and their families on a pirate adventure on the high seas that ends with a trip to Treasure Island. 

Rick says: 'Get involved - it will change your life!'

Puzzle Corner

Boating Words
Too cold to get out on the water? Unscramble these words to bring the boating world a little closer ....answers at the end of this newsletter. All these words are in the Safe Boating Guide.
  1. RUESEPAL  RFACT (2 words)
  8. RLEAF
  9. ONCEA
  10. ASLI  NALP (2 words)
International Trivia
  1. What are the five longest rivers in the world?
  2. What are the five largest lakes in the world?
  3. What are the five busiest ports in the world?
  4. How much beer do Canadians buy annually, per person?
In brief

'Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless'.  (From the latest Annual Report of the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council). New Zealand has one of the highest rates of volunteer SAR involvement in the world. Volunteers make up 95% of the people who provide the operational side of SAR response. Find out more at  www.nzsar.org.nz

The International Boating and Water Safety Summit will be held in San Diego from  March 6 - 9, 2016. Click here for details and registration. 

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance 2016 Educational Conference will take place March 29 - April 1 in Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona. For more information, go to http://ndpa.org/

Puzzle Answers

Boating Words

  8. FLARE
  9. CANOE
International Trivia
Source: The Economist Pocket World in Figures, 2016 Edition

1. What are the five longest rivers in the world?
i. Nile (6,695 km)
ii. Amazon (6,516 km)
iii. Yangtze (6,380 km)
iv. Mississippi-Missouri system (5,959 km)
v. Ob`-Irtysh (5,568 km)

2. What are the five largest lakes in the world?
i. Caspian Sea (371,000 sq. km)
ii. Superior (82,000 sq. km)
iii. Victoria (69,000 sq. km)
iv. Huron (60,000 sq. km)
v. Michigan (58,000 sq. km)


3. What are the five busiest ports in the world (by cargo volume, 2013)?

i. Shanghai (33.62 million TEU)

ii. Singapore (32.60 million TEU)

iii. Shenzhen (23.28 million TEU)

iv. Hong Kong (22.35 million TEU)

v. Busan (17.69 million TEU) 


4. How much beer do Canadians buy annually, per person? 

67.6 litres (retail sales), which makes us no. 22; slightly more than Russia (67.3 litres), a bit less than the U.S. (76.8 litres), quite a bit less than Australia (79.5 litres) and stunningly less than no. 1, the Czech Republic, at 145.4 litres per person.

No data is available on how many of those 67.6 litres per person are taken on board boats.....