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New Brunswick Tables Bill to Exempt Hams:

(VA3GX) on March 20, 2014
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Distracted Driving: New Brunswick confirms exemption for Ham Radio Operators

Radio Amateurs of Canada is announcing today confirmation that the New Brunswick Government has tabled new legislation to provide an exemption to that province's distracted driving law for amateur radio operators.

The announcement was made at the Legislature in Fredericton today with amateur radio operators in attendance at the invitation of Minister of Justice's Troy Lifford recent invitation. RAC member Alan Thurber VE1AKT was formally recognized in the Legislature with extensive recognition of his involvement in amateur radio, various groups and the community in general.

While RAC finds victory in today's announcement, we hope the New Brunswick government will make this a permanent exemption. RAC took a strong position going as far back as December 2010 with respect to New Brunswick's then new legislation banning the use of any mobile radios for amateur operators. "It goes without saying we are extremely satisfied that New Brunswick has finally come to recognize that amateur radio enhances public safety." Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW (RAC President).

Exemptions exist in other provincial jurisdictions in Canada - thanks to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC's national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada's national voice for Amateur Radio. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability in providing emergency communications.

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada
Ve4baw@rac.ca

Len Morgan VE9MY
RAC Deputy Director Atlantic Region
morgakl@nb.sympatico.ca

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New Brunswick Tables Bill to Exempt Hams:  
by AI2IA on March 20, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
In their participation toward success of this exemption, the amateur radio association in Canada is doing exactly what they say they do. Canadian amateur radio operators can be glad that they have an organization that looks out for their best interests:

"The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada's national voice for Amateur Radio. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability in providing emergency communications."
 
RE: New Brunswick Tables Bill to Exempt Hams:  
by ZENKI on March 21, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Now all they need to do is exempt ham radio towers and antennas from being installed. That would be a sign of practical common sense laws.
 
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