News Bites & Looking Ahead

From Issue: 
January 2014

News Bites

  • Stuart Munro, a pioneer of motorcycle rider training in North America, was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on November 2, 2013, during the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation’s annual banquet and reunion. Munro founded the Canada Safety Council’s National Motorcycle Training Program, known today as Gearing Up, and was the first instructor for the program. Thanks to his initiatives, classes that began in a parking lot in Ottawa in 1967 now have evolved into the Gearing Up program and spread from coast to coast in Canada and throughout the United States, to the benefit of tens of thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts.

  • Our 2013 National Safe Driving Week themed on drug impaired driving received significant national media attention. Our media monitoring service estimates a circulation of 164,000.

  • The second annual Sarah Beth Therien Memorial Scholarship competition is now open. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2014. Eligibility and applicant information is available on our website.

  • Our OH&S course offerings now include Part 1: Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification (for the province of Ontario). The course is intended for health and safety committee members, supervisors, and health and safety managers. Content includes health and safety law; hazard identification and control; investigation techniques; and prevention resources. For more information and to register for the course, visit and click on Occupational Health and Safety Online Training Courses.

  • The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is conducting a new study to examine licence rates and progression through Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) in one US state (Oregon) and two Canadian provinces (Alberta and Ontario) with different GDL programs. This new project will be examining the age at which drivers actually obtain their learner’s permit, how long they hold it and how old they are when they obtain their intermediate licence. The final report will provide insights into the licence rates and progression through GDL and help inform policy makers how to enhance their GDL programs. It is anticipated that this project will be completed in early 2014.

Looking Ahead

  • National Farm Safety Week is March 14-20. This year’s campaign will focus on the safe operation of all vehicles and machinery on the farm, including ATVs and snowmobiles. The need for proper training will be emphasized.

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