An Open Letter to the Hon. Lisa MacLeod

Dear Minister MacLeod,

We commend the Premier for taking bold and strong action in the fight against COVID-19. We believe his decisions saved lives as we faced potential exponential growth in COVID-19 and its variants.

Fishing and boating provides an opportunity for individuals and families to be outdoors with benefits to their mental and physical health, without being in close contact with others. Additional benefits to fishing include economic benefits, and is a means of healthy and affordable food.

The Ontario Science Table recently commented that “policies that discourage safe outdoor activity will not control COVID-19”.

The most recent Order in Council has the implication of the closure of boat launches which allow families access to fishing and boating. Section 37, subsection 3 of the Order states “the person who operates the marina shall not permit it to be used for recreational boating purposes”.

We believe that restricting access to families from fishing and boating is an unintended consequence of the closure of marinas.

As Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries will you reconsider this oversight and allow marinas to open their boat launches so that individuals and families can go fishing and boating?

We look forward to hearing from you.

OLD CUT BOAT LIVERY Inc.
Per:  Ray Ferris Jr.

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