New Website: I Speak for Canadian RiversFriday, 08 August 2008
As reported a couple months ago, we looked at the issue surrounding the rewriting of the Navigable Waters Protection Act by Transport Canada.
This is a very serious issue that affects all paddlers across Canada. Transport Canada would like to eliminate the developer's obligation to consider impacts on navigation when building dams, bridges, causeways and other invasive structures.
The new law will ignore all whitewater rivers, all seasonal waterways and all vessels with less than a one-metre draft. This is a direct assault on Canada's tradition of river travel and the future health of our waterways by the same people who are supposed to protect both. It is a fundamental breach of public trust.
It was time that a voice was given to paddlers across Canada so a new website was born. I Speak for Canadian Rivers was developed to shed light on the issue but it also there to demonstrate that paddlers make use of our Canadian rivers and are willing to speak up for them.
We are encouraging everybody to get involved and write your MP regarding your feelings towards the proposed changes. Even if you don't want to write, sign the petition and show your support.
After all, it's your river, what are you doing to protect it?
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.