Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Public Boat Launches May Reopen Soon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Public Boat Launches May Reopen Soon

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CORNWALL – The fishing season may now be open, but anglers are unable to launch their boats in the region due to closures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. However that soon may be changing as the province eases physical distancing measures.

Local anglers in South Dundas have expressed their frustration with the closure and inability to launch their boats at the public launches in Iroquois and Morrisburg.

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said that while some municipalities have opened their boat launches, South Dundas will not yet. “It is the opinion of South Dundas, in consultation with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, that boat launches are considered to be an outdoor recreational amenity. Therefore, the Municipality has decided it is our legal obligation to keep our boat launches closed as part of the Provincial Emergency Order.”

Under the Provincial Emergency Order, public boat launch areas are not specifically listed as a park amenity.

Personal boat launches on private property are allowed to be used for launching watercraft.

The Ontario government did not delay the start of the fishing season on May 1st.

While public boat launches in Cornwall and SDG remain closed, municipalities in Leeds-Grenville have begun to open launches. …

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