Canadians have little time left to press for more protection for our rivers and lakes

Find out what you can do to press Canada’s federal government for more environmental protection below

A Call-Out from Niagara, Ontario citizen activist Fiona McMurran

Posted August 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

A view of the lower Niagara River near Queenston, Ontario and Lewiston, New York

(A Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper Niagara At Large received the following information in the form of a comment from Fiona McMurran, a Niagara activist and long-time member of the Council of Canadians citizens organization, in response to a story posted on this site earlier this August 17th about more pollution entering the Niagara River from a waste water treatment plant in Niagara Falls, New York that appears not to be working properly.

McMurran began her comment, which we have already posted underneath the earlier story about the discharge of pollution from the American plant, by calling the lack of a strong response so far from Canada’s federal government and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate change, “absolutely appalling.”

Then she went on to discuss some serious weaknesses in federal legislation for protecting Canada’s rivers and lakes and shared some additional information and a link that at least our Canadian readers can use to transmit comments of their own to the federal government on the need to do more to protect and preserve our vital water resources for present and future generations.

What follows below is Fiona McMurran’s information and the link you can click to make your views to the government known. Niagara At Large joins McMurrans and other members of the Council of Canadians in urging you to speak out before an August 28th deadline.)

A Note from Fiona McMurran –

Our Great Lakes – source of the world’s largest supply of freshwater – from space

The Niagara River is one of the few Canadian waterways that remains under government environmental protection, and THIS is the response from both levels of government?!?

What of those waterways that are no longer protected?

Canadian readers should note that federal government is presently seeking comments from the public on its environmental assessment laws and regulations: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/conservation/assessments/environmental-reviews.html

In 2012, the Harper government used its omnibus budget bill to devastate environmental protections in the interests of getting resources – bitumen (from Alberta’s tar sands) and other extractive resources – to market as quickly as possible, by reducing or eliminating the need for environmental assessments.

Among the major changes to environmental legislation was the replacement of the NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION ACT by the NAVIGATION PROTECTION ACT, which removed protection from 99 per cent of Canada’s lakes and rivers, thus allowing pipelines, for instance, to be built across waterways without legal hindrance.

During the federal election campaign, Trudeau promised to restore these protections. So far, he hasn’t.

You have until August 28th  to comment on the proposed changes to the NAVIGATION PROTECTION ACT, which will be negligible if the March 2017 Report to government from the Transport Committee is implemented – https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/TRAN/Reports/RP8839580/tranrp11/tranrp11-e.pdf

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space below the Bernie quote.

A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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One response to “Canadians have little time left to press for more protection for our rivers and lakes

  1. Sheila Krekorian

    The link was very easy to use to add my voice to urgent concerns about the pollution discharged into the Niagara River at NF NY (twice now) in recent weeks and the governments inertia in preventing another situation and examining the effects of these last two.

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