Offroad riders group retracts criticism
I wrote a letter to the editor in my capacity as president of the Yukon Off Road Riders Association, which was published on April 23, 2012. The letter made the following statements:
1. That Ken Taylor and Vern Peters did not report my suggestion about using the British Columbia Forest Resources Act model to the Trails Only Yukon Association (TOYA) executive.
2. That Mr. Taylor and Mr. Peters did not share information about the British Columbia Forest Resources Act Model with the TOYA membership.
3. That I discovered from Manfred Hoefs that TOYA did not inform its executive or membership about the possibility of using the British Columbia Forest Resources Act model.
4. That TOYA is not willing to work with stakeholders to resolve outstanding ATV issues.
I hereby retract these statements fully and unequivocally. I have since been advised by Mr. Taylor, Mr. Peters and Mr. Hoefs that they did report my suggestion to the executive of TOYA and did discuss it with them. I was not aware that this discussion had taken place.
They have also advised me that they informed their membership of the issue by writing a letter to the editor of the Yukon News, and that they have worked with various stakeholders on the issue of ATV use in the Yukon.
I regret writing this letter and having it published. My view at the time was reached without all of the relevant facts. I sincerely regret any damage that may have come to the reputations of TOYA, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Peters, or Mr. Hoefs because of these statements.
Chris May, president, Yukon Off-Road Riders Association