Well I would like to think that I have read and re-read this and other similar threads about organization of a Geocaching group for 'self-protection' reasons.
So, with that in mind I propose the following. Not that my voice has any more weight or would sway any powers that be.
Cache Tech should be all means continue to speak with Parks Ontario and the like. I will agree that I am wondering why the actual geocachers don't seem to have any input to these discussions but since as a group we have not unified it seems appropriate.
Then it seems to me that a group for Ontario should be formed. Canada is just far too big, in fact Ontario is probably too big but like many have said if there is a group then it can be fleshed out to fill a role.
I however do not think that the group should be formed for political reasons or 'soap-boxing'. A group can easily be set up to just be informative and a contact point for any required discussion.
If the group is formed and Parks Ontario or Cache-Tech or Bruce Trail Association or whomever wants to discuss the nature of our pasttime then Cache Tech can certainly direct them to us or contact us for support.
I just don't see a reason to NOT form a group. There is a lot to be gained from the position of being unified. And there is nothing that says we have to start ironing out problems, let's just get our act together and everyone will be what we are capable of, what we plan to do, and how we will have a positive impact.
Lastly, since 40+ states have an organization there must be a good reason for it, if only to have a place for people to take their devotion to Geocaching to what may be perceived as the next level.
Let's be honest, Cache Tech is not going to say "Gang... you really need to get a group together to show that you are serious about your devotion"
Even if we did get a group going and it turned out to be a waste of time, what have we really lost?
Sorry for the length.
The Blue Quasar