It’s nice to read about all the discussion going on here in B.C. about how to save our fish, rivers and waterways. The one place where there’s no talk going on is Harper’s Ottawa. What could save our fish is Bill C-38, Bill C-45 and the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Under the NWPA, with the new changes, major pipeline and powerline project advocates are not required to prove their project will protect navigable waterways that it crosses, unless the waterway is on a discretionary list prepared by the Transport Canada minister, not the Minister of the Environment.
Bill C-38 , adopted into law in June 2012, brings drastic changes to the Fisheries Act that was once considered the last line of defence. The Fisheries Act protected fish by protecting the habitat that fish require to thrive, but that is now gone. This act disappeared in the most recent Omnibus Bill, one of the most undemocratic acts in Canadian history.
It would be great to see Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and John Weston, our MP, go to Ottawa and get this law back on the books.