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New Canadian law good news for NY boaters, anglers on border waters

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1 year 1 week ago #7124 by David
In the past few years, fewer American anglers are fishing on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River days because of Canadian rules and regulations. A new law should change that, U.S. and Canadian officials say. (1000 Islands International Tourism Council)

Both houses of the Canadian federal government have passed a new law that when enacted will lift several years of uncertainty concerning the rights of American boaters and anglers on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River - in fact, on any border water of the two countries.

Under this new law, which recently passed the Canadian Senate and the Canadian House of Commons, American boaters who do not anchor their boat or step foot on Canadian soil will not have to report to Canadian Customs.

In addition, the measure will also exempt Canadian boaters from being required to report to their customs officials when they return to Canadian waters, as long as they met the same requirements while they traveled in U.S. waters.

The bill will become law after it receives "Royal Assent." which could come as early as next week, according to New York State Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-St. Lawrence, who has been actively involved in the issue.

Canadian bills may be given Royal Assent in two ways: by the Governor General or his/her deputy in a formal ceremony that takes place in the Senate before an assembly of both houses, or by written declaration.

The new law was authored by two Canadian lawmakers: Sen. Bob Runciman and House member Gordon Brown. It needed to be approved by the end of this month to become law for this year's boating season because that's when both houses adjourn for the summer.

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1 year 1 week ago #7125 by Erie
I can hear the Sarnia Port Huron fisherman jumping for joy, as the strong currents are always sweeping boats to the other side.
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