The Elimination of Navigation Rights in Canada

Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I Speak for Canadian Rivers LogoI just got an email this morning and wanted to post it as it is a SUPER important issue to all Canadians including anybody who visits Canada to do any paddling on our great rivers.

Please help in anyway that you can as clearly it is an issue that is not getting any press in the mainstream media.


This is a broadcast email from the Canadian Rivers Network.

We remain concerned about the Harper government's intentions to gut the Navigable Waters Protection Act and exempt thousands of waters from the provisions of the act by calling them "minor waters" and by exempting "minor works" from the provisions of the act.

Our position is:

- there is no such thing as a minor water in Canada
- there is no such thing as a minor work on a waterway in Canada
- you cannot save the economy by gutting Canada's environmental laws

Attached are a couple of news related articles.

Please review this material and help any way you can:

1) Distribute this information through your networks.

2) Encourage your contacts to visit our website, sign the petition we have posted there, and review the information we have available on this issue.

3) Act and encourage others to act by initiating efforts to inform politicians at every level that navigation rights and environmental laws in Canada should not be tinkered with under the guise of helping the economy.

4) If you are a member of an organization that wants to be publicly listed as a supporter of the Canadian Rivers Network, let us know by sending us an email with the name of your organization, and contact information for a designated representative.

5) Speak the media about the NWPA issue at whatever level you can, local, regional, proviincial or national.

6) Let us know if you have the name of anyone who is qualified and willing to speak to the national media on behalf of the Canadian Rivers Network.

Please let us know if you require any additional information or assistance.

Canadian Rivers Network

David Johnston

David Johnston

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.

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