Policy and Legislation
Here is some of the policy or legislation we have commented on recently or are currently working on:
Friday, Feb 20, 2009
As some of you are aware, the Government of Canada has proposed worrisome amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA), under the 2009 Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-10). The NWPA is an important piece of federal legislation that ensures protection of, and public access to all Canadian waterways that are navigable by “floating vessels”.
Thursday, Mar 08, 2007
Canadian Waterkeepers formally recommend that, any new regulations drafted under the Federal Fisheries Act must prohibit the discharge of deleterious substances into Canadian waters, regardless of who is releasing them or how much money it will cost to fix the problem.
Click here [pdf file: 0.5mb] to read the official submission
John Baird and the Harper ...
Thursday, Nov 23, 2006
The Fisheries Act is our country’s strongest and most effective piece of environmental legislation with the ability to protect our rivers and lakes. The Act is administered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Environment Canada. The Act governs many important actions such as the granting of fishery leases and licenses (s. 7-16), the construction of fish-ways (s. 20-22), fish ...
Friday, Jul 07, 2006
New Endangered Species Act
Ontario passed a new Endangered Species Act that replaces outdated and ineffective legislation dating from 1971. The new Ontario law is being touted as the country’s best legislation to protect endangered species. Ottawa Riverkeeper and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper provided comment to the province while the law was being drafted. E-law=.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Canadian Waterkeepers voice their concerns to Environment Canada:
View the official letter to Environment Canada in .pdf format, or read below…
We, the undersigned Canadian Waterkeepers, offer this comment regarding the Regulations amending the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations, Canada Gazette, Part I, as published on April 8, 2006. Canada’s Waterkeepers are grassroots defenders of ...
Monday, Jul 25, 2005
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CELA, Sierra Legal, Ottawa Riverkeeper and others have signed on to recommendations regarding proposed changes to the Nutrient Management Act:
Analysis and Recommendations [pdf file: 0.49mb]