Some days there is very little in the mainstream news feeds about motorcycles and others there is a ton! The same is true of the motorcycle magazine feeds...well today is one of those days where both feeds are filled with lots of information.

There are a number of motorcycle accidents again - seems like this is becoming the norm...I almost dread doing the news feeds because I am fearful about who I might know that will show up in the reports as hurt or dead. Our community might be big but it is still small enough for a person to know those who appear in the news...Check out the Rider Down section on our web site for the latest accident and injury reports.

Have you ever wondered at what goes on in our government and how stuff changes without we, the taxpayers EVER being involved in the process?

Well - I am going to report today on a bit of a touchy subject.
The reason I am reporting on this topic is if it can be done to one group, it can be done to any and is...we just haven't heard about it.

The new changes to the Anti gang law did not require a vote in parliament - consequently you and I did not hear about it until after the fact.

Now I am all for catching criminals and keeping the peace - I am concerned however - any time something gets passed that appears to tread on our civil liberties.

The changes to the law apparently allow the police to fast track wire tap requests, and will see  an increase in the prison sentences for certain offenses if they are deemed to have been perpetrated by "gangs". Now the stiffer sentences I agree with - the wire tapping fast tracking....I am uncertain of.

What has me concerned is that the changes to the law required no public consultation or input. We were simply told after the fact that it was done.

THAT bugs me.  If this kind of important legislation can be changed without public knowledge - what else is changes that we don't hear about?

Just some food for thought folks - while we are all focused on the anti motorcycle noise bylaws - what is being pushed through the system without our knowledge...

In the News Today:
The Motorsports Hall of Fame appears to be no farther ahead today than it was in October. I am not sure why these kinds of ventures appear to fail so miserably here in Canada but fail they appear on the link above to read the story.

Our very own Sandra Tyacke and the Canadian Lone Wolves took a Leduc reporter for a ride to experience what it is like to ride - the thrill, the the article by clicking here - I think you will find it VERY entertaining and informative!
The 10th Anniversary Ride for Dad is underway and it sounds like this group is having the ride of a life time! Read up on their adventures by clicking here.

In sports Szoke talks about his career and the changes ahead...

Harley-Davidson in the USA is supporting the troops with a 1 million dollar Grant to help them have access to the benefits they need! Way to go H-D!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers for my brother. Please keep him close today as he has surgery to have a feeding tube implanted and goes through another round of Chemo and Radiation treatments.  I believe your prayers make a difference and would appreciate it deeply if you would keep them coming.

There is no shortage of events to attend - whatever you do this weekend, please - ride defensively, ride your own ride   do NOT let peer pressure get the best of you...Ride like everyone around you is BLIND, has an UNSAFE load and IS out to get you and please - ride Proud not Loud - invest in a 140 DB Air horn instead!

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