Consultation with stakeholders affected by Ontario’s Bill 118 (the anti-cell-phone-while-driving legislation) is scheduled to take place next week in Toronto. Radio Amateurs of Canada has requested time to address the session.
While there has been some political talk about not granting exemptions for anyone with the sole exception of emergency responders, this is likely just political talk. It would be unwise to react to these sort of statements at this time.
In reality there are many stakeholders, including Radio Amateurs of Canada representing the interests of all amateurs in Ontario, who will be making compelling arguments at these sessions.
The Ontario amateur radio community has a long and proud history of serving the citizens and communities of this province since the days of Marconi. Countless hours have been volunteered by ham radio operators serving in ARES and local club community activities and these facts and other compelling arguments will be offered at these upcoming sessions.
As more information becomes available, it will be posted here.