were 19 years or older before April 1, 2006 (born before April 1, 1987) and, purchased an off-highway vehicle before April 1, 2006 registered an off-highway vehicle on or before Sept. 30, 2007 have a valid drivers licence are not a parent or guardian of an operator under 16 years of age. Nova Scotians who drive off-highway vehicles such as ATVs and dirt bikes are reminded of mandatory safety training courses and other legal requirements. “We know that more off-highway vehicle riders enjoy travelling forest roads and trails at this time of year and we want to remind them they must have safety training, vehicle registration and insurance before heading out,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This is an important reminder so they remain safe and avoid fines for violations of the law.” All drivers of off-highway vehicles must complete a safety training course to legally operate their vehicles in Nova Scotia unless they are exempt. They are exempt from the requirement to take safety training if they: “We encourage all our members to make sure they have the proper safety training, vehicle registration and insurance when riding their vehicles,” said Barry Barnet, executive director of the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia. “Any rider who ignores provincial laws gives a bad name to the responsible riders who operate their vehicles legally, safely, and with respect for people and the environment.” All off-highway vehicle drivers also must have a minimum of $500,000 in third-party liability insurance while using their vehicles. The laws against drinking and driving apply to off-highway vehicle drivers just as they apply to car and truck drivers. Riders must wear helmets while operating their machines. For more information about safety training courses and other legal requirements, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/ohv/.
Roberta StryanThe Brock community was saddened by the death of Roberta “Bobbie” Styran on July 18. She was 88.Born and raised in Fredricton, N.B., Styran taught medieval history at Brock from 1967 to 1978.After leaving Brock, she became a freelance/consulting historian specializing on the history of the Welland Canals. She was the co-author of several books and articles on the canals and received the W. Gordon Plewes Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 2009. The award recognized her services to Canadian engineering history.Styran helped found the Welland Canals Preservation Association and served as president of the Canadian Canal Society. She was also a director of the American Canal Society, and served on the governing council of Inland Waterways International. In that capacity, she organized a memorable tour of English canal sites in 1996 and organized and chaired the World Canals Conference at Brock in 2004.Styran’s large collection of resources on the Welland Canal has been transferred to Brock’s Special Collections and Archives to support further research.In accordance with Styran’s wishes, no service was held. In lieu of flowers or sympathy cards, donations may be made to the One Foundation for Niagara Health System, or to the Canadian War Museum.