In November, our friends at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper submitted a letter to the government with five suggestions for improving the Navigation Protection Act. Their suggestions, which we support, are as follows:
Recommendation #1: Transport Canada should conduct its own review and ensure there is thorough, national consultation.
Recommendation #2: Restore protections for navigation on all waterbodies by default.
Recommendation #3: Protect all types of navigation on water; do not prioritize certain communities or sectors over others.
Recommendation #4: Once protections are restored, find administrative – not legislative – ways to ensure a transparent and efficient regulatory process, including providing appropriate staffing and funding.
Recommendation #5: Restore public participation in decision-making.
The full letter is below: