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Harper's omnibus Budget Bill C-45 that passed Guts Protection of Rivers, Lakes - C

onservatives Toss Out 130 Year-Old Navigation Protection Act to Speed Up Pipelin
e Construction
>On December 4th Canada had over 2 million protected lakes, and over 8,500 prot
ected rivers.
>On December 5th Canada now has only 97 Protected lakes and 62 protected rivers
. (90 per cent of the protected lakes are on 1% rich conservative territory) Tha
nks to Stephen Harper
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"Number of protected waterways are now limited to 3 oceans, 97 lakes, 62 rivers
" The 130-year-old Navigable Waters Protection Act protected every waterway in C
Fact: "Canada has over 2 million lakes, and over 8,500 rivers" http://www.biodi
"90 per cent of the lakes that will still be designated as protected are in 1%
rich conservative territory -The list of lakes includes those surrounded by weal
thy cottagers north of Toronto, in the Muskoka district of the riding held by co
nservative Tony Clement. Among them is Lake Rosseau, where Hollywood celebrities
, business moguls and NHL stars perch on its banks.
First Nations chiefs across Canada disagree with several measures in Bill C-45
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dget bill
The issue here is with this omnibus legislation that its going to strip environme
ntal protection of lakes, Angus said after QP, referring to changes to the Naviga
ble Waters Protection Act which remove thousands of lakes and streams from feder
al protection. Its basically declaring open season on all parts of Canada, but esp
ecially on First Nation territory, Angus added. No consultation. Theres a real frus
tration. So the desire was for some of the leaders to be able to come in and act
ually say, wait a minute, how come youre pushing this through, this omnibus legis
lation, you havent spoken to us." source:
First Nations chiefs disagree with several measures in Bill C-45
"They are frustrated with what they say is a lack of consultation over measures
in the bill. The most contentious changes are those to the Navigable Waters Pro
tection Act, which remove thousands of lakes and streams from federal protection
under that law. Opposition parties say that removes environmental oversight of
these waterways and the manner in which the law will continue to be applied is h
aphazard. "Important lakes and rivers in my region are being stripped of protect
ion," said MP Glen Thibeault"
Omnibus bill changes anger water keepers
"Those who monitor waterways in Ottawa and across Ontario are upset changes sta
ted in part two of the federal government's proposed omnibus budget bill do not
protect navigable bodies of water in Canada.
Number of protected waterways would be limited to 3 oceans, 97 lakes, 62 rivers
"Under the new Navigation Protection Act, only 62 rivers and canals, and 97 lak
es are deemed worthy of federal protection. Thatll leave tens of thousands over 9
9% of waterways unprotected. Of Canadas 37 designated Canadian Heritage Rivers, o
nly 10 are now covered. Pipelines and interprovincial power lines are also exemp
t from the new Act."
"The most contentious changes are those to the Navigable Waters Protection Act,
which remove thousands of lakes and streams from federal protection under Omnib
us Bill C-45."
"Right now the changes to the ( Navigable Waters Protection Act) will only incl
ude 97 lakes across our great country that will be protected. That means any pro
ponent of a project that wants to build a dam, a bridge, or even dredge up their
front yard if they're on a lakefront property, can do so without actually havin
g to get an environmental assessment. This is a continuation of seeing the Conse
rvatives continue to gut environmental assessments, to continue to gut the prote
ction of wildlife habitats in our natural areas," MP Glenn Thibeault said. http:
Harper government scraps 3,000 environmental reviews on pipelines and other pro
jects ,

The harper government reduced the number of departments and agencies that can d
o environmental reviews from 40 to just 3 to speed up approvals for projects.."
CBC News: Harper government budget bill erodes waterway protections
"The act now provides a list of federally protected waters three oceans, 97 lak
es and 62 rivers. Any waterway not on the list that could be affected by a dam,
pipeline, mine or bridge won't be protected by federal law."
"Proposals for big pipelines and interprovincial power line projects will no lo
nger have to prove they won't damage or destroy navigable waterways in Canada, u
nder changes introduced by the harper government. These big projects are exempt
under the new navigation protection act proposed in the harper government's seco
nd omnibus budget bill. The new act would replace one of the country's oldest la
ws, 'the Navigable Waters Protection Act'. It was established in 1882 and said t
hat no one could block, alter or destroy any water deep enough to float a canoe
without federal approval."
WinnipegFreePress: Scientists across the world lash Harper government for pulli
ng plug on Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)
"Scientists from Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute, and other resea
rch centres are condemning a decision by the Harper government to shut down a wo
rld-class freshwater research program. A program called the Experimental Lakes A
rea, a region of 58 lakes near Kenora, Ont., that scientists have used for groun
dbreaking experiments, will be scrapped as part of Harper's budget cuts. Scienti
sts are dismayed by the Harper government's move to wind down the Experimental L
akes Area in northwestern Ontario. Those cuts come with 40 layoffs in Winnipeg's
regional Fisheries and Oceans Canada office. Many of those who are being laid o
ff are biologists, chemists and other scientists who form the ELA's core." sourc
Montreal Gazette: Canadian scientists are being silenced by Harper government - ,

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