Pro­tect nav­i­ga­tion on Canada’s wa­ter­ways

Northumberland Today - - OPINION -

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 land own­ers, 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.

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 Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment to tell them to make sure the Nav­i­ga­tion Pro­tec­tion Act pro­tects our en­vi­ron­ment, her­itage and way of life. Frank Feen­stra Mal­lo­ry­town

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