CMMG 2017 Annual General Meeting

The CMMG 2017 AGM is coming up shortly and all members are requested to attend and cast their vote for the open board positions or volunteer to serve on the CMMG board.

The following board positions are up for election:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Director 1*
  • Director 3

The Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups is the ONLY organization that goes to the Public Utility Board hearings and fights MPI to try to get fairer motorcycle insurance rates. Show your support and help the CMMG help all Manitoba motorcycle riders. Come for supper & socialize before the meeting.

*Director 1 position is automatically filled by the departing president..

Will you be attending?

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. All members wishing to attend the pre-meeting dinner MUST RSVP their first and last name to info@cmmg.org by no later than 7pm Tuesday November 7. Names are checked at the door, ensure yours is on the list or you may miss out on some great food.
  2. Dinner will be pizza, chicken, fries, gravy and salad with coffee and pop. Dinner is $10 per member of $15 per non-member.
  3. Only current CMMG members are allowed to vote in the CMMG AGM elections. If you have not yet renewed you can do it quickly online at http://www.cmmg.org/membership/ or in person at the AGM. The CMMG needs the support of the entire riding community, so please encourage all riders to join the CMMG and cast a vote.
When: Wed, 8 November 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Marion Hotel
393 Marion Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0V4

MPI General Rate Application Hearing

Public Utilities Board

October 5 & 6, 2017

Download and read both PDF’s containing CMMG lawyer Raymond Oakes cross examination of Ward Keith. It starts on page 122 (749).

THE CHAIRPERSON: Good afternoon, Mr. Oakes…?

MR. RAYMOND OAKES: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Just before I start, I’d like to acknowledge, if I can, the graciousness of my colleague to the right, Mr. Williams, who is allowing me to not only go first this afternoon, but apparently tomorrow morning as well. It’s good to know that he’s still grounded despite his rising prominence in the highest court in the land.

THE CHAIRPERSON: Mr. Oakes, you mean Dr. Williams.

MR. RAYMOND OAKES: Yes. And Mr. Ward Keith, I also have a couple of lumps of sugar for you. I want to thank you for your direct evidence this morning. We’re very pleased to hear from someone with the dedication, professionalism and competence that you exhibit in these areas. It’s, I think, obvious to all those in the room and should be obvious to all Manitobans. So thank you for that.

MR. WARD KEITH: Thank you.

Part 1

Part 2


CMMG 2017 Poker Derby

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

(Rain Date: Sept. 24,2017)

Registration: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Harley Davidson Winnipeg

Stops in Beausejour, Lac Du Bonnet, Anola
Final Stop at Frantz Motor Inn Steinbach

ALL MOTORCYCLISTS WELCOME
HELP CMMG LOBBY ON BEHALF OF MOTORCYCLISTS

For info phone Doug at 204-268-5406 or email houghtnd@mymts.net or visit cmmg.org


CMMG’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Rally and Poker Derby

CMMG’s MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS RALLY and POKER DERBY will be held again this year on Saturday May 6th. (Rain / Snow Date May 13th)

Registration: 11 am at Manitoba Legislature

Free Poker Derby – $500 in Prizes – Free Draws – Free Rally Pins

Celebrate International Female Ride Day

Short Runs Between Stops – Moped Friendly Routes

Guest Speakers include Winnipeg Minister of Infrastructure, Chief of Police, Safety Services Manitoba, and Manitoba Public Insurance.

All Motorcyclists Welcome

For information Contact: houghtnd@mymts.net or PH.204-268-5406

WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS.

IF YOU CAN HELP AT REGISTRATIONS OR AT A DEALER CHECK STOP PLEASE CONTACT DOUG HOUGHTON AT THE ADDRESS ABOVE.

AS WELL, IF YOU HAVE A PRINTER PLEASE PRINT EITHER THE COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE POSTER AND PLACE ON A BILL BOARD IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

THANKS

DOUG HOUGHTON, CMMG DIRECTOR AND EVENT COORDINATOR.


Alberta Fires Six Month Donor Update

In late January 2017 the CMMG received a letter from the Canadian Red Cross regarding the donation made by CMMG members in 2016 to help with the Alberta Fires in For MacMurray. Below is the letter we received. You can download a PDF of the brochure that accompanied the letter from here.


November 23, 2016

Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle groups
A109-1345 Niakwa Road
Winnipeg, MB  R2J 3T3

Subject: Alberta Fires Six Month Donor Update

Dear Friends of the Red Cross,

There are thousands of stories that have come out of the ashes of For McMurray. Everett’s is just one of them. Everett received help from the Canadian Red Cross after he returned home to find that the fire had consumed everything he held dear.

Your fundraising efforts in support of the Alberta Fires appeal ensure that the Red Cross is able to support people impacted by the worst domestic disaster in Canadian history. Your thoughtfulness ensures those affected have shelter, food, and even work-related equipment such as tools, so they can return to work once it is safe to do so.

Please find enclosed your copy of the Alberta Fires Six Donor Month Update. In it you will learn how your generosity is helping to restore hope to Everett and thousands like him who lost so much in the fire.

You will also see how your support is going to small businesses and local organizations that are so important to the health and resiliency of any community after a disaster.

I can’t thank you enough for the role you are playing in the releif and recovery operations in Alberta. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ronan ryan

Chief Development Officer

Canadian Red Cross


“Celebrating Sadie Grimm” Motorcycle Ride and Celebration

Sadie Grimm

We are inviting everyone to join the MB WRC in the “Celebrating Sadie Grimm” Motorcycle Ride and Celebration. It’s on Sunday June 11, 2017 starting at Headingley Sport Shop between 10 AM and 11 AM and ends with a celebration at the bandstand on Winnipeg Beach at 3 PM with reserved motorcycle parking on the main street, use of the bandstand and a live band provided by Town of Winnipeg Beach.

Please pre-register on www.eventbrite.ca. Its listed under “Outdoor and Travel“. Pre-registration is $20.00. Registration on event day, June 11, will be $25.00. Donations also welcome. All proceeds are going to erect a permanent structure for motorcyclists and the public in Winnipeg Beach. Work is in progress for approval of a covered picnic area and a metal motorcycle sculpture.

Rain or shine, use 4 wheels if you feel its not safe to ride. If you are unable to participate in the ride join us at 3 PM at the bandstand in Winnipeg Beach.

Who is Sadie Grimm? Sadie Grimm is the young woman who made history in 1914 by being the first woman to reach Winnipeg Beach, beating out many who tried the ride before her. Not too many roads back then and she was participating in the Antique Motorcycle Clubs Enduro ride. She got the gold! Descendants of hers are joining us in the ride and at Winnipeg Beach!

Thank you to Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba for kick starting the research and interest i Sadie Grimm in 2015 and to Carolyn and Paul Peters for all their research that has made this event a reality.

Thank you once again to CMMG for the great support they demonstrate for women riders and their enjoyment of the sport as well as their continued work towards a safer world for motorcyclists and reasonably priced quality insurance rates. Heads up everyone. To register or donate to the celebrating of Sadie Grimm Gold Medal Victory Ride on June 11, 2017, click here.

DATE AND TIME

Sun, June 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

STARTING LOCATION

Headingley Sport Shop
5160 Portage Avenue
Headingley, MB

ENDING LOCATION

Winnipeg Beach Bandstand
Town of Winnipeg Beach


Federal trade agency proposes higher import fees on certain motorcycles

Reposted from the AMA

The Office of United States Trade Representative requested comments on Dec. 28 regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles imported from the European Union with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc in the E.U. – U.S. beef hormone trade dispute. The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 30.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed tariff, because trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products.

Specifically, a 100 percent, or higher, tariff on these motorcycles is proposed. This will cause serious and potentially irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners selling the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

Manufacturers that will be impacted: 1) Aprilla; 2) Beta; 3) BMW; 4) Ducati; 5) Fantic; 6) Gas Gas; 7) Husqvarna; 9) KTM; 10) Montesa; 11) Piaggio; 12) Scorpa; 13) Sherco; 14) TM; and 15) Vespa.

Should the availability of product be hindered through unjustified trade sanctions on European-produced motorcycles, dealerships may close, leaving countless Americans without jobs.The negative effects of the proposed trade sanctions will not only harm the motorcycle sales industry, but will spread through the aftermarket equipment sector, recreation equipment sales, the sports entertainment industry and further down the line.

You can do something to prevent this from happening!

Use the AMA’s easy to use tools to submit comments to the USTR by Jan. 30 to say you oppose the idea to penalize motorcyclists in the beef trade dispute.

Make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA alert. Share with your friends on Facebook.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.


2017-2018 MPI PUB Hearing – CMMG Transcript

CMMG lawyer Raymond Oakes recently presented at the Manitoba PUB hearings on October 19, 2016 and October 25, 2016 regarding MPI. Below are the links to download the full PDF transcripts from the PUB site. They are quite long and in dept (too long to post here) but very much worth the read.

CMMG recommends everyone give these a good read as there is some great information and it really shows just how much work Mr. Oakes is putting into the fight on CMMG’s behalf.

October 19, PUB hearing – CMMG Transcript – Link

MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And we see in 
21 those two Roman numerals, I and II, further 
22 explanation of the general statement about the 
23 increase driven by higher claim costs and a negative 
24 financial climate. And there, Mr. Johnston, you see 
25 that they're further described as: 
1 "...an increase in comprehensive 
2 claims forecast driven by higher 
3 than expected hail claims, and 
4 overall -- and higher overall 
5 comprehensive severity growth in 
6 2015/'16." 
7 Do you see that as the corp – 
8 Corporation's rationale? 
9 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: I do. 
10 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And then secondly 
11 the other item, the deterioration in forecasted 
12 investment income. Is that correct, sir? 1
3 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: That's correct. 
14 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: So just staying 
15 with that first bullet then, you'll agree with me that 
16 this rationale doesn't relate to the need to extract 
17 more money from motorcyclists. 
18 Is that correct? 
19 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: The first bullet 
20 point on comprehensive claims, motor -- motorcycles do 
21 not have comprehensive coverage as part of Basic, so, 
22 correct, this is unrelated to motorcycles. 
23 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And certainly the 
24 motorcycles aren -- aren't out in wintertime. And 
25 their experience, their losses, are mostly PIPP and 
1 not physical damage. 
2 Is that correct, sir? 
3 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: That's correct. 
4 Injury claims are about 85 percent of their loss 
5 costs.

October 25, PUB hearing – CMMG Transcript – Link

MR. RAYMOND OAKES: Thank you for
25 that. If we can take a peak at CMMG Exhibit number
1 10, and last year we'd asked the Corporation to
2 compare the budgeted amounts for wildlife collision
3 initiatives with seatbelt and distracted driving
4 safety initiatives by comparing the budgeted amounts
5 for each of these road safety concerns with the
6 estimated losses.
7 The Corporation responded that that was
8 not possible at that time. The Corporation had
9 tentative plans in 2016/'17 for a costing study that
10 may be used for, or in the future for estimating the
11 losses attributed to distracted driving.
12 Where are we at with respect to being
13 able to answer that question, and the budgeted amounts
14 for those initiatives?

Rumble the Road for Muscular Dystrophy Ride

10399803_10156593735235411_5431627454029183766_nThe Rumble the Road Ride for Muscular Dystrophy is less than one week away.

This year we have 5 leather jackets the following is how you can win a jacket:
As an incentive to get people to register online 2 Ladies and 2 Mens leather jackets will be used to encourage folks to visit www.muscle.ca by registering online their name will automatically be put in to win one of these jackets. For each additional pledge of 25$ they collect they will receive another entry.

The remaining 3 jackets will be available to win by ticket draw. Tickets are 1 for $10 OR 3 for $20
The draw for all the jackets will take place at our final destination, Gas-Light Harley Davidson in Morden, MB.

Cheryl Rondeau
Co-President of the Manitoba Chapter for Muscular Dystrophy

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2016 May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 1.43.50 PMRide Smart to Ride Again Campaign Aims to Keep Riders Safe

Toronto, ON April 29, 2016

The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is thrilled to announce the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which runs annually from May 1st to May 31st to promote a better and safer riding experience for all.

“Motorcycling is a great sport and recreational activity and riders can do a few simple things like riding sober, keeping their speed in check and riding according to their abilities,” said MCC Chair, David Millier. “It’s also important to remind motorists that motorcycles are back on the road so motorists use extra caution and look twice when making left hand turns.

And when having fun on the trails, riding with a friend and having a plan is key to a having a great day of fun.

For 2016, MCC has launched Ride Smart to Ride Again to raise awareness about the importance of safety as the motorcycling season gets underway.

The recreational motorcycling community in Canada is made up of both on-road and off-road riders. The Ride Smart to Ride Again campaign asks riders to take these actions to help them come home safe:

  • Ride Sober
  • Be Alert for Left Turning Vehicles
  • Watch Your Speed
  • Make a Plan, Be Prepared, Share the Plan
  • Build Skills and Confidence, Take a Course

“We want everyone to have a great and safe riding season in 2016”, said Millier. “May is a time to redouble our safety efforts, celebrate the many benefits of motorcycling and

remind other motorists to keep an eye out for us.”

The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the national not-for-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of motorcycling safety and interests. For more information on the Ride Smart to Ride Again campaign, visit www.motorcycling.ca/ridesafe and stay connected with the campaign by following along on Twitter and Facebook for updates, events and safety tips!

Artwork Link: Media Kit

For further information, please contact:
Leanna Karremans
647-949-8852


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