On May 5th, 2009, Paddle Canada applied will give a brief 5-7 minute talk to the Senate Committee on how the changes will affect the rights of recreational paddlers across Canada.
Now Paddle Canada is soliciting your help. They need your thoughts and comments sent to the office no later then 5pm on April 30, 2009. They would like to hear not only from Canadians but all paddlers around the world who use our rivers.
These changes have far reaching implications for anybody living in (or visiting) Canada. Examples of potential effects include:
- Whitewater kayaking: Important sites may be considered to be not navigable and thus not protected due to the high number of "obstacles" along the waterway.
- Fishing: Rivers with the potential of being restored for the purpose of reintegrating fish and aquatic life may not receive protection under the proposed amendments.
- River Paddling: Canoeists and kayakers may face increasing obstacles in their riverways such as culverts and small-scale hydroelectric dams. Seasonal and remote wilderness waterways may no longer be protected.
- Sea kayaking: Aquaculture farms may be established without providing a safe and effective navigation channel, which could effectively sever sea kayak routes.
So here is your homework, take 5 min and think about how these changes could affect you. Draft up a paragraph or two send them off to the Paddle Canada office. Feel better for taking part in a very important political process.
More info on the issue can be found at ispeakforcanadianrivers.ca.