News release

Minister Announces Off-highway Vehicle Advisory Committee

Natural Resources Minister David Morse has announced the appointment of an off-highway vehicle ministerial advisory committee, created as part of the province's Off-highway Vehicle Action Plan.

The committee includes 14 voting members and five ex-officio members. Three vacant positions -- to represent the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and the off-highway vehicle industry -- will be filled soon after the committee meets for the first time.

"I'm extremely thankful that these Nova Scotians are willing to share their time and expertise," Mr. Morse said today, Oct. 11. "These individuals will provide advice and guidance as we look to promote further safety training and trail development. We've set out an ambitious plan, and this committee is key to making it happen."
"We have assembled a group of experts who will provide leadership and knowledge on how we can continue to protect the health and safety of off-highway vehicle riders in Nova Scotia," said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. "I join the Minister of Natural Resources in thanking these individuals for taking the time to support our work in making off-highway vehicle use a safe and fun activity for all Nova Scotians."

The committee members announced today include:

  • Laurie Cranton, Margaree Centre, chair
  • Glenn Joudrey, Kingston, vice-chair
  • Dave Fraser, Upper Sackville, representing the ATV Association of Nova Scotia
  • Jamie Wolverton, Halifax, representing the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia
  • Peter Doucette, Truro, representing the N.S. Off-Road Riders Association
  • James Vance, Cole Harbour, representing the Nova Scotia Trails Federation
  • Raymond Plourde, Halifax, representing the Ecology Action Centre
  • Mike Howlett, Truro, representing the Colchester Regional Hospital
  • Paul D'Eon, Stillwater Lake, representing the safety training
  • David Barrett, Lower Sackville, private landowner
  • Angela Chisholm, Hubbards, representing the Tourism Industry Association of N.S.
  • Robert Connell, Cambridge, representing enforcement officers
  • Roger King, Yarmouth, member-at-large
  • Laura Barkhouse, Lunenburg, member-at-large

Further information on the committee's mandate is available on the website at .


Natural Resources Minister David Morse has announced 14 of 17 members of a committee who will advise the province as it rolls out safety training and new trails for off-highway vehicles.

The committee members represent a wide cross-section of groups, including off-highway vehicle riders, landowners, the environment and the medical community.

The committee will be chaired by Laurie Cranton of Margaree Centre.

The remaining three voting members of the committee are expected to be named after the group's first meeting.


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