April 2020
CSBC Newsletter - April 2020
In This Issue

  • Message from the Chair
  • AGM Notice
  • Safe Boating Awareness Week 2020
  • CSBC Membership
  • CSBC Symposium 2020
  • Disasters at Sea
  • In brief 
Message from the Chair
Acknowledging that our Country and World have been and continue to experience difficult times, the CSBC continues with these difficult circumstances in mind. You will read further in this Newsletter that our Annual General Meeting in May will be done electronically and the CSBC Safe Boating Awareness Week launch will be through social media and other creative ways to deliver the Safe Boating message. In the hopes that the Symposium in September is moving forward, plans continue. Further details on these activities and events are further within this Newsletter.
With the changes in our daily lives and routines, I am always amazed at the commitment of the CSBC Board and volunteers that bring to the Canadian Public the administrative aspects of the CSBC and more importantly, the programs of the CSBC. They could become reclusive but have chosen to meet regularly via teleconference to ensure that we deliver on our mandate of promoting safe and responsible boating . This leads me to why there is a special week in the year - National Volunteer Week April 19-25 this year…to say thank you to volunteers.
My colleagues, and the many we work with, are a dedicated group and I would like to say Thank You!
We must not lose sight of Boating. At this most difficult time, Boating may be the answer for some to still be active, still get outdoors, still be with family yet be able to be a boater completely within the guidelines as was established by our governments in mid-March. ‘Social Distancing’ can be maintained while boating but we must also keep boating safety in the top of our minds. You will find the new approach to the CSBC Safe Boating Awareness Week will continue to address these and the needs of what may become the ‘new normal’ in our boating lives this summer.
As I have written this at a time when our Country was launching our best strategies to battle the COVID-19 virus and stabilize our economy, I can only hope, wish and pray that you and your families are healthy and safe and remain that way.
Keep well and stay safe.
AGM Notice to all CSBC Members 
The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Safe Boating Council will take place on May 20, 2020. It is open to all CSBC members. The meeting will cover a number of subjects including a report on activities accomplished in 2019 and the election of officers. Join us and learn of the great progress we have made in promoting safe boating.

In view of the current emergency situation and future uncertainty related to future travel arrangements, we will not be holding an in-person meeting this year, but offering remote access. Details of this are currently being worked out. Please keep an eye on the CSBC website for further details as the date approaches.
Safe Boating Awareness Week 2020
The Canadian Safe Boating Campaign and in particular the launch of Safe Boating Awareness Week (SBAW) will look very different this year. Due to the COVID-19 virus crisis that the world is currently facing, the Canadian Safe Boating Council will be forgoing the customary launch events for Safe Boating Awareness Week, May 16 - 22. Although it is too early to tell what social distancing will look like several weeks from now, we felt it prudent to be conservative in our expectations and alert all our SBAW partners of the decision as quickly as possible.
Fortunately recreational boating is an activity where Canadians can still enjoy their time in relative 'social distancing' safety in these challenging times. However, in spite of that fact, boating safety must still be top of mind. To that end, the CSBC will be taking the coming weeks to ramp up our social media activities that will stretch throughout the entire summer and will also be working on a few new and unique ideas that will better fit what might be a 'new normal' for Canadians this summer.
If your organization is interested in participating with us in the new CSBC SBAW activities or our other CSBC campaigns throughout the entire summer, we would love to hear from you. Please contact John McMullen at john.mcmullen@teksavvy.com to explore opportunities. 
CSBC Membership
Have you renewed your CSBC membership? The CSBC is a registered Canadian charity and your membership dollars do make a difference! Help us maintain and grow numerous and highly worthwhile CSBC events and activities, like the Safe Boating Awareness Week Campaign, the Annual Symposium, Cold Water Awareness programs, www.SmartBoater.ca and the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs).

Thanks to a partnership between the CSBC and Stearns/Coleman Canada, your membership also gives you access to a 40% discount on the purchase of a wide variety of products shown on the Coleman Canada website! ( https://www.colemancanada.ca ) This discount applies to the full line of Coleman Canada products, as well as Stearns PFDs and lifejackets (click on Stearns logo at top of web page). Paid CSBC members are given instructions on how to place orders and take advantage of this exciting offer. If you are a Group member, that means that all your association’s members or your company’s employees are eligible to use this discount offer.

It's easy to join - just go to https://csbc.ca/en/about-us/membership . The corporate membership fee for 2020 is $250, and the individual membership fee is $75. 

We can’t do it without you!  
CSBC Symposium 2020
Plan to join us at the CSBC Symposium 2020 at the historic Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, from September 28 – October 1, 2020. Click here to see more about the hotel https://www.algonquinresort.com/

We are planning a great program that will include Canadian and international speakers, discussions on a variety of boating safety issues, with an Atlantic Canada flavour, and the opportunity to network and share ideas with fellow boating safety enthusiasts. We are planning to follow up on the great discussions we had at the Port Credit Symposium last year with sessions on the way forward on shared waterways and boating safety and climate change.  

And speaking of an Atlantic Canada flavour: many of you will have enjoyed New Brunswick lobster, but have you tried dulse? Chocolates and chicken bones from Ganong’s in St. Stephen? Keep your eye on www.csbc.ca for further updates about the symposium and hotel booking details, but for now, plan to attend and mark these dates on your calendar.
Disasters at Sea
Discovery Channel Canada launches Season 2 of the compelling Disasters at Sea series in April. Each episode of the show uses interviews with investigators, experts, survivors and family members, along with documentary footage, and carefully researched re-enactments to examine a single marine accident. The story-telling focuses on the official investigation as it uncovers the chain of events that contributed to the probable cause of the accident and emphasizes the important safety lessons learned that help make life at sea safer.
Among the episodes will be the story of the Queen of the North, which foundered off the west coast of British Columbia, and which was the subject of a Canadian Transportation Safety Board investigation. 
In brief
The April 2020 National Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meeting has been cancelled, but Transport Canada will be arranging remote consultations on key policy issues. The next National CMAC meeting is planned for November. Contact information at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/engagement-marine-safety-security-regulations.html

The International Boating and Water Safety Summit, which was to be held this spring in Glendale, Arizona, is cancelled. The next one is scheduled for Washington, D.C. from March 21-24, 2021.