Reader urges feds to restore navigable waters protection

By on September 19, 2017

Dear Editor:

Right now, the federal government is reviewing the Navigation Protection Act—that’s the law that should give all Canadians the right to paddle up and down this land’s waterways. That right is very important to me.

In recent years, 99 per cent of Canada’s waterways lost navigation protection under the act. Unless our waterways have full legal protection, we’ll all lose our right to enjoy and play in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.

Even worse, when waterways are blocked by development or landowners, sensitive ecosystems are put at risk. There’s currently no law that makes it mandatory to evaluate environmental impacts on blocking and obstructing waterways, which can seriously harm fish, fish habitat and water.

One of the key traditions that makes Canada unique in all the world is our ability to travel by water through thousands of miles of our vast nation and get in touch with the wonders of nature that God has created for us to enjoy. We can’t allow any politicians to steal that birthright from us. Please help protect this wondrous privilege that we share.

Long lasting decisions are being made right now about our basic right to explore this country by kayak and canoe. Fellow outdoor enthusiasts, I hope you’ll join me in writing or calling your MP to tell them to make sure the Navigation Protection Act protects our environment, heritage and way of life.

Ron Craven

Osoyoos, B.C.


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