The pleasure of being a horse racing fan guarantees daily excitement. As in with other sports, you don't have to worry about lockouts (well, maybe), a fans' only worry in a day might be not being able to soak in all that is going on. To be blunt, that is never a bad situation. Getting to know people within the industry teaches you many things, such as the value of family, the value of friends and the value of hard work. Harness driver Tyler Moore took time out of his busy schedule to explain his love of the sport on route to the Western Fair Raceway, located in London, Ontario. To date, Tyler's fondest memory is winning the 53rd annual Gold Cup and Saucer, (at Charlottetown Driving Park, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island), driving Eighteen wire to wire back in August of 2012. Not only was this a prestigious race to win but to add to the excitement, Tyler's dad, Dr. Ian Moore trained the horse and hockey hall of fame and Montreal Canadiens legend, Serge Savard, was the owner. Hence the reason the horse's name was Eighteen, Serge Savard's number. Currently, Tyler is splitting time driving at Flamboro Downs located in Hamilton, Ontario and at Western Fair Raceway grabbing as many drives possible. When posed with the question if he had to do anything other than work with horses, Tyler considered some options, but no matter what, horse racing is in his blood. "If I couldn't drive horses here I'd probably go to school for a trade, I think I would save up some money to buy a horse so I could still (be a part of racing) as a hobby". Tyler adds "it's something I see myself doing my whole life." As spring is around the corner, which if you're in Canada cannot come soon enough, several more tracks will be opening up for the summer. When asked what he's looking forward to most about the spring/summer season of horse racing, you can really feel how much passion Tyler has for the sport. Are there particular horses he's excited about driving...? "I actually look forward to driving them all" says Tyler. "Whether its good post, bad post or good shot, bad shot I'm always excited. Drives are limited for everybody, there's less races and less horses... I don't get to drive as many times as I used to, if I have one drive like I do today, I will drive an hour and a half just to go drive it". Tyler is 22 and as I listen to him explain his thoughts on the delights of horse racing; any fan would believe he's at least 10 years older. "You get a nice old class horse that's real smart and been in a lot of races and has experience,: Tyer said, "they know how to do their job and it's an enjoyment to sit behind and it's an enjoyment to drive... they do everything you ask. They don't come by too often but they are still around and when you get a horse like that, it's exciting." Racing in Canada is a constant variable. In the summer it can be intensely humid and in the winter it can be epically cold. Every driver has their preference for climate when racing, and Tyler has his, but I found his explanation of why quite intriguing; "In the winter time when it is moderate, say minus 5 to 15 (Celsius), I am fine with that.... You do stay warm, and when you race it's an adrenaline rush and your body doesn't get cold. "Your blood is pumping," Tyer explained, "your heart is going. I like late fall early winter, but a day like today when it's minus 30, that's too cold." I am pretty certain everyone can agree with Tyler on that last part, but when you love your career like Tyler does, nothing can stop you from what you're passionate about. When Tyler is not scheduled to drive, he helps out trainer Herb Holland with his stable of horses. As with any industry there are highs and lows and through it all Tyler stays focused on a baseline of values which include staying humble, being respectful, courteous and no matter the circumstance always keeping a level head. "Don't act like you care, really care" is how Tyler put its. Tyler offers advice for anyone wanting to become a harness driver and that is to always remain confident. "I find if you are more confident and calm, everything can flow at the right time;" Tyler said, "your reaction will work, you will make the right move. It's a big deal on how you can drive a horse; it's not drive two laps (on a ½ mile or 5/8 mile tracks) and go as fast as you can. It's where are you going to put your horse, where are you going to situate your horse. There can be up to ten times when you have to make a decision and that is just one race. "Whether to pull the horse or whether to go up the rail there are a ton of things you can do." Tyler added, "You can put the horse's nose up to the gate, the timing. If I had a younger brother I would say, try to find your confidence and don't lose it. Keep it as long as you can and hopefully it gets better. It's what you need to make the right decision. You make the right decision and you will make the Winner's Circle." Not only does a driver need to know their horse, but in any sport, you need to understand your competition and Tyler does a great job providing insight as to what is needed when sizing up your competition. "You got to know the horses in front of you and the horses behind you." Tyler went on, "If the best horse is behind you and you're going to pull and be first over, you are going to give the best horse a better trip and make (that horse) better than it should be.... An example of a tough decision is if you left of the gate and you are third at the rail headed to the quarter pole, let's say your horse is 'mediocre', you're rounding the second turn at the half and there are horses on the outside coming. Do you make your move? Turn outside or stay in? You need to read the program so you know who is around. That's a tough decision to make sometimes." Whether at the track or at home, Tyler enjoys being around friends. "I like the fast pace life, I don't like to sit still" Tyler says. So what would Tyler do if he had a weekend away from horse racing? "Go somewhere warm..." he says. "I'd head to Florida and take my golf clubs, enjoy a few drinks and maybe go to a party. Plain and simple, nothing over dramatic." When I asked Tyler about inspiration and who he looked to for inspiration, Tyler said it was ex-Ottawa Senators hockey player Wade Redden. When Tyler's dad was president of the Ottawa Senators farm team, back when the farm team was in Prince Edward Island prior to moving to Binghamton in the USA, Tyler's dad took Tyler and his teammates of his Lindsay Muskies Junior-A hockey team for a tour of the Ottawa Senators' NHL home arena in Ottawa, Ontario and this is where Tyler met Wade Redden. "He was one of their top defensemen at the time... he was tough player, a good player who never did anything wild but was always gritty. He was a guy I idolized up until I stopped playing hockey. When I met him I was about 10 or 11." Moving forward Tyler's outlook is to keep getting better every day and to not get ahead of himself. Tyler expresses his gratitude for every drive to date and in time he hopes to make a bigger name for himself based on his hard work and values. This summer, you can watch Tyler drive at Georgian Downs, (located in Innisfil, Ontario just south of Barrie, Ontario), Grand River Raceway, (located in Wellington, Ontario) and Mohawk Raceway, (located in Campbillville, Ontario). Tyler is another quality driver who is one big horse away from becoming a regular name. By Roderick Balgobin, for Supernova Sports Club www.supernovasportsclub.com twitter: ScSupernova
London, March 5, 2014 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District wishes to advise people that the start time for qualifying races has been switched from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the balance of the Spring Meet. The Raceway hosts qualifiers on Friday mornings and the new start time will go into effect this week. The current three-day-a-week live racing schedule will continue through March. Wednesdays will be added to the schedule in April and May with a first post at 4:05 p.m. Additional details surrounding the balance of the Meet, along with details on this year's Molson Pace, will be coming soon. For more information, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blanchard, for the Raceway
The popular Kin Pace is returning to the stakes schedule this summer at Clinton Raceway. The event, which is open to Ontario-Sired three-year-old pacing fillies who were non-winners of $50,000 in 2013, was last raced in 2012. The $76,400 tilt was won that year by Memumsnotnice in a track-record time of 1:55.2. "We are very happy to have this race back on the schedule for 2014," said Clinton Raceway General Manager Ian Fleming. "It had grown into one of our signature races and is a wonderful addition to our summer line-up. We are optimistic that the Summer Meet in Clinton will be one of the best ever." Clinton Raceway is set to kick off the 2014 racing season on Sunday, May 18. For more information on this year's Kin Pace, and everything else happening at the raceway, visit www.clintonraceway.com. by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway
TORONTO, CA March 5 - An impressive group of 77 sophomore including rookie standouts Hes Watching, Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou have been nominated to the 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. One of harness racing's most prestigious events, the $1 million race is set for Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch Award winner and undefeated Hes Watching, who set two world records last season along with six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary. The son of American Ideal boasts a 1:50 speed badge along with $291,722 in earnings. Arthur Blue Chip, who banked $400,120 last season along with an O'Brien Award, was the richest rookie-pacing colt of 2013. The son of first-crop sire Shadow Play amassed a 6-2-1 record from 11 starts last season. Luck Be Withyou, the 2013 Breeders Crown champion, is also on the list and one of the early favourites for the race. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations are set for Saturday, June 7. Sustaining payments will be due on March 15, April 15 and May 15. The complete list of this year's Pepsi NA Cup eligibles are listed below: AGADIR HANOVER ALWAYS B MIKI ARI ALLSTAR ARTHUR BLUE CHIP AVALANCHE HANOVER BEAT THE DRUM BEST OF THE BUNCH BONDI HANOVER BOOM BOOM BALLYKEEL BRODYS SCRAPPER BUGGER BRUISER BUSHWACKER CABANA BOY HANOVER CAPITAL ACCOUNT CARRACCI HANOVER CRAFTY MASTER DANCIN HILL DEVIL'S ARCADE DOO WOP HANOVER EARTHSHAKER EWALD HANOVER FOR A BETTOR TIME FORT KNOX GOLD ROCKS HERE COMES WILLIAM HES WATCHING IDEAL COWBOY IDEAL MAGIC IDEAL SHADOW IDEALBEACH HANOVER IM DRINKIN DOUBLES JACKATTACK JET AIRWAY JK ENDOFANERA JIGGLE IT JOURNEYMAN LET'S DRINK ON IT LIMELIGHT BEACH LUCK BE WITH YOU LUCKY KING LYONS SOMEWHERE MAJOR DEAGAN MAJOR TRICK MARCO DE VIE MCWICKED MELMERBY BEACH MOLIERE HANOVER NAKED CITY NATIONAL DEBT ODDS ON RHODONITE ON GOLDEN Ponder PLAY IT AGAIN SAM P L HELLCAT PARNU HANOVER SHADIOS SILVERHILL SHADOW SMACK TALK SOME MAJOR BEACH SOMESTARSOMEWHERE SOMETIMES SAID SOMEWHERE FANCY SURPRISE HANOVER SWEET BEACH SWEET TALKIN CLYDE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT TELLITLIKEITIS THAT'S MY OPINION THREE OF CLUBS UNLOCKED WACO BRUISER WEATHER HANOVER WELL WRITTEN WESTERN VINTAGE WHISKEY N PIE WHISTLE JIMMY K WICKED BUSINESS WINDS OF CHANGE by Greg Gangle, for WEG
One week after driver James MacDonald swept Tuesday's Preferred events at The Raceway at Western Fair District, he turned the trick yet again with another Preferred double. Ostinato was returning to the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace after winning last week's edition, but was given second billing by the betting public in favour of Woodbine shipper Perfectly Royal (Doug McNair). Perfectly Royal was sent to the front by McNair but pestered for the lead by 2013's WFD Horse of the Year Rachel Olivia (Alfie Carroll). With those two slugging it out on the front, the chances to pounce from off the pace were good and that's exactly what MacDonald did. Setting up three wide around the final turn but only two lengths from the lead, MacDonald tipped Ostinato off cover in the lane and the mare responded with a swift brush to power past the leaders and hit the wire three parts of a length the best in 1:57.2. To read the rest of the story click here.
Preferred pacers and trotters highlighted the Monday afternoon card of harness racing at the Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. Trotting mare Thundering Ovation could only muster four wins in all of 2013, and just over two months into 2014 she's almost matched that total. Thundering Ovation was picked as the public choice in Monday's $8,000 Preferred 3 Handicap Trot and didn't disappoint. With driver J.R. Plante at the lines, the five-year-old Thunder Road mare made every call a winning one en route to the five-length 2:00.2 score. Gerald Sloan trains Thundering Ovation for Joanne & Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ont. It was Thundering Ovation's third win of the year in eight starts. To read the rest of this story click here.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) has received reports of several cases of equine Strangles (S. equi sp. equi infection) in the Waterloo-Wellington County area. Strangles is not a reportable disease in the province of Ontario, however, it is highly contagious to horses and other equids, and outbreaks are a concern to the equine industry. The reported cases have predominantly shown signs of high fever (40-41⁰C) and mucopurulent nasal discharge with only occasional horses developing enlarged lymph nodes with abscessation. Disease Facts: Strangles is a highly contagious infection of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Clinical signs include fever, nasal discharge and, most typically, lymph node abscessation. Transmission occurs by direct nose-to-nose contact with infected horses or via contact with contaminated surfaces, objects or people (e.g. twitches, tack, buckets, feed troughs, stall walls, fences). The bacterium can survive indoors for weeks to months depending on temperature. The disease is diagnosed by detection of S. equi using bacterial culture and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of nasal or lymph node discharge, nasopharyngeal (throat) swabs or nasal or guttural pouch washes. Treatment involves managing the fever and encouraging abscesses to burst. Antibiotics should only be used under veterinary supervision as they may prolong the maturation of abscesses and the disease process. Infection control Minimize all human and animal traffic in and out of the premises. No horses should leave the premises unless they are being taken to an isolation facility, as this increases the risk of spread to other horses. All owners, riders and other personnel in the barn should be made aware of the situation to ensure strict control measures are followed, and so they don’t inadvertently carry the bacterium to other equine facilities Isolate suspect horses as much as possible in a separate, low-traffic area or treat the stall as a quarantined area. Handle infected and suspect horses using gloves, designated coveralls and designated footwear/footbaths. Promote hand hygiene (using products such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers) even when gloves are worn. Take temperatures twice daily on all horses in the facility, including those not showing signs of disease. If a fever is detected (>38.5°C, >101.3°F), the horse should be considered infected and isolated/quarantined until diagnosed. Monitoring should continue for at least two weeks after the last case shows clinical signs. Clean all equipment and surfaces of visible organic material (e.g. dirt, hair, manure) before applying disinfectants. Most common disinfectants are effective. Test horses that have recovered from disease at least twice at one week intervals using throat swab or nasal wash samples to confirm they are negative. Identify those horses that are carriers and intermittently shedding S. equi by testing nasal or guttural pouch washes. Carriers can shed the bacterium for months or years. Prevention Isolate new horses coming on to the farm, or those returning from extended absences, for 2-3 weeks and test them to ensure that they are not shedding the bacterium. If isolation cannot be performed, barn managers should ask for proof of Strangles–free status (based on recent testing) prior to accepting new horses. Discuss with your veterinarian about vaccinating for Strangles. Vaccines can help minimize the severity of disease but may not be appropriate during outbreaks. It is recommended that horses that have been frequently vaccinated for Strangles or have had the disease itself should have a S. equi antibody titre performed prior to vaccination to avoid potential immune reactions. The best method of disease control is disease prevention. See the resources below for other basic biosecurity and infection control practices. RESOURCES OMAF: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/03-037.htm http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/prot_strangle... http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/prev-disease-... WORMS & GERMS BLOG: http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/uploads/file/JSW-MA2%20Strangles.pdf EQUINE GUELPH: http://www.equineguelph.ca/Tools/biosecurity_calculator_2011-09-12/Biose... Submitted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
On Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack, a racing rarity took place when a dead-heat for win happened. Even more rare is that both horses are homebreds, and owned by their trainers. In the evening's sixth race, a conditioned race for Ontario-sired three and four-year-olds, So Bad Im Good (Joe Hudon) tried to cut all the fractions but couldn't hold off the backfield heading into the stretch. Kuchar (Jody Jamieson) and Sanattle Slew (Billy Davis, Jr.) were both poised to pounce on the pacesetter from the outer flow and both powered past, hitting the wire simultaneously. To read entire story click here.
Toronto, ON --- Ontario Horse Racing today released more details related to the C$80 million annual funding under the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program. The details of the five-year government funding program were confirmed on Feb. 13, following the government’s approval of the HRPFP Order in Council. This announcement offers assurance to the racing industry that over the next five years race dates (around 900 live dates per year) will be stable and purse levels guaranteed. To view the full notice, click here. From the Ontario Racing Commission
The Weather Network's Chris Mei paid a special visit to Flamboro Downs on a chilly -12 degree Sunday evening and took over the announcer's booth to share the nightly forecast and call the third race as part of the track's Announcer Idol competition. When the wings of the starting gate closed for the 'Idol' race, pacing mare Victoria established the lead from post six as Mei searched for his binoculars in the booth. "Boy, it's really hard to see that far away! Where's my binoculars?" laughed Mei as the horses headed down the backstretch for the first time. To read the rest of the story click here.
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUE. March 3, 2014 – Pompano Park racing fans were treated to a unique live interview in the winner’s circle when visiting guest, Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R racetrack, located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, spoke with track publicist John Berry. See video file : http://youtu.be/Naj0-dry5HU. Trudel spoke about how the horsemen had formed the Quebec Jockey Club and took over Hippodrome 3R from bankruptcy and within two years has revamped the racing program that will feature a 50% increase in purses in 2014. He talked about the area the track is located, between Montreal and Quebec City, how the track is now one of the fastest half mile ovals in the sport and spoke about the tracks renewal of the Prix D’Ete race on September 21. With a purse of $200,000 it will be the richest pacing event for four-year-olds in North America this year and reminded horsemen that the first nomination payment must be made by March 15. After the interview, Trudel was taken on a ride to view the first race from the Hummer H2 starting gate at Pompano Park, which he said was amazing. “It had such a clear view of the field,” Trudel said. “And being a Hummer you know that it will travel well through any rain, mud or snow. It was very impressive but I was also told it was not good at gas mileage, I think maybe 9 miles per gallon he joked. Trudel then toured the racetrack and the casino which he said was also very impressive. Submitted by the Quebec Jockey Club
Trevor Henry, Canada's win leader last year, gave his 2014 total a boost on Saturday night scoring seven times during Flamboro Downs' 12-dash card. Henry started a three-race win streak in the second race winning with Richard Moreau trainees Abs To Envy ($2.10) and Zorgwijk Jock ($5.70) and Leonard Lalonde Jr.'s Posey Tina ($7.10). He then went back-to-back in the sixth and seventh races with the repeating Boknows Momngranny ($4.10) for James Hewitt and Beyond Sanity ($5.30) for Scott Mceneny. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman also won the ninth race with Wine Queen ($18.20) for Paul Belanger Jr. and the 11th with the Ben Paquette-conditioned Sleek Hunter ($5.60). To read the rest of the story click here.
Apprentice Hanover continued to dominate the Preferred pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with an open-length victory in Saturday evening's feature race. Woodbine's 2014 leading reinsman Jody Jamieson drove the heavy 2-5 favourite to a 1:51.1 victory -- his fastest in four starts this year and eighth in a row dating back to November 2013. Jamieson settled Apprentice Hanover away fifth from post five in this week's $34,000 Preferred while a three-horse battle for the early lead ensued. Leaving from post four in the field of six, Top Gear (Mike Saftic) out-sprinted insiders Lucky Terror (Jonathan Drury) and Wazzup Wazzup (Randy Waples) to the lead into a :26.3 first quarter. To read rest of story click here.
EDMONTON, AB - Due to the extreme cold temperatures, the harness racing cards scheduled for Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 at Northlands Park have been cancelled. Racing will resume Friday, March 7 with a 6 p.m. post time and Northlands Park will remain open for both simulcast racing and gaming. For more information, please visit NorthlandsPark.ca by Jennifer Sheehan, for Northlands Park
TORONTO, February 26 - If you take a close look at the Woodbine drivers standings this season, there is a noticeable change near the top of the leader board. Twenty four-year-old Jonathan Drury is currently in second place, three wins behind three-time O'Brien Award winner Jody Jamieson. Drury, a resident of Rockwood, has certainly made the most of his drives this season accumulating 23 trips to the winners circle and $335,471 in purse earnings. Drury is also the regular pilot behind Hldontghttoyurdrms, who has captured the $34,000 Preferred Trot for a fourth week in a row for trainer Corey Johnson. "It's definitely horse power," Drury said explaining his stellar start in 2014. "When you get that kind of power to sit behind every night and get results, obviously your confidence goes up. So far this season, everything couldn't be better and I'm very fortunate." Drury was born into the harness racing business. His father, Barry, has operated a small stable for many years. Drury, who appears poised in his yellow and blue silks, a nod to his father's colours, is thankful for the valuable lessons he learned at a young age. "All the fundamentals of this sport came from my parents," Drury said. "My dad was stabled along the Mohawk backstretch for many years and my mother (Patricia) was in the barn too. When I wasn't in school I was in the barn or on the track." Drury also ventured out to other trainers before and after getting his trainer's license and he gained valuable experience while working with such trainers as O'Brien Award winner Casie Coleman, Tracey Brainard and Tony Montini. "That was a great learning curve for me," Drury said. "I got to see other methods of training and see the way they do it and run their operation. I've worked for Casie off-and-on for the past three years and got the opportunity to drive for her, which was amazing." After gaining his license in 2008, Drury began driving at Flamboro and Georgian Downs, but the move to Kawartha Downs a few years later and teaming up with top trainers in Corey Johnson and Carmen Auciello yielded great dividends for the young reinsman. "I was a regular driver there (Kawartha Downs) and they started using me and we developed a relationship and it just snowballed from there," said Drury. "Now they both have powerful stables at Woodbine and I'm just thankful to get the work." Perhaps the most valuable experience Drury gained was a summer spent at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania where he drove regularly for Ontario-based trainer Carmen Auciello, who sent a team of roughly 12 head. "Driving with a different bunch of guys at Pocono was a lot of fun," he said. "It's a little different style of driving and I learned so much in a short period of time. That was the most valuable experience I got, especially when I came back to Ontario." Drury was also a key player in the development of O'Brien Award winner Vegas Vacation. Drury "baby-raced" the son of Bettors Delight, before guiding the colt to victory in his first lifetime start at Mohawk Racetrack. "I was working for Casie at the time and would sit behind her two-year-olds on a regular basis," Drury said. "She asked me to baby-race him and teach him in his early stages and that was a lot of fun to sit behind that type of animal." Needless to say, Drury certainly has gained a lot of experience north and south of the border at a young age, and with a little patience and a lot of talent, it appears to be paying off nicely for the man they call JD. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
On Thursday, the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) issued the following letter to Deloitte Consulting, the consulting group currently engaged by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) to study the economic impacts of the Racing/Breeding industry in Ontario. In the letter, the SBOA states that "notice has been given to the government pursuant to the Proceedings Against the Crown Act and litigation will commence shortly." SBOA President Walter Parkinson told Trot Insider that due to a statue of limitations the notice had to be filed prior to March 12, 2014 -- two years after the initial announcement that the Ontario government would be ending the province's partnership with racing under the slots-at-racetracks program. The SBOA is asking Deloitte to clarify its mandate with respect to its study. "If Deloitte has been, or may be engaged by the government to assist it in respect of litigation arising out of the cancellation of SARP, and without understanding more, we do not consider recent requests for economic information from standardbred breeders to be appropriate." The letter appears in its entirety below. As you know the SBOA represents the standardbred breeding industry in Ontario. As you may also know the government of Ontario has, to date, refused to discuss compensation for the harm that breeders have suffered as a result of the precipitous cancellation of SARP in March 2012. As a result, Standardbred breeders have been forced to look to the courts for compensation for the harm they have suffered. Notice has been given to the government pursuant to the Proceedings Against the Crown Act and litigation will commence shortly. This is most unfortunate, particularly in light of the government’s decision to provide in excess of $80.6 million dollars in compensation to racetrack owners. In order to properly understand and respond to Deloitte’s requests we would appreciate clarification of Deloitte’s engagement and in particular the entity which it has been engaged by, the nature of the mandate it has agreed to perform and whether any part of that mandate includes litigation support in claims by standardbred breeders arising out the cancellation of SARP. If Deloitte has been, or may be engaged by the government to assist it in respect of litigation arising out of the cancellation of SARP, and without understanding more, we do not consider recent requests for economic information from standardbred breeders to be appropriate. We also require clarification of how the confidentiality of any information that has been requested will be ensured and the parties with which this information will be shared. Standardbred breeders would be pleased to have a discussion with Deloitte on behalf of the government about the appropriate measure of compensation within the context of bona fide settlement discussions or within the context of litigation. Accordingly, until such time as the mandate of Deloitte has been clarified we are not in a position to provide information. We trust you understand our position and would be pleased to discuss any aspect of this letter further with you. From the SBOA (Ontario)