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Author:  jedi jeffi [ October 13th, 2016, 10:42 am ]
Post subject:  Navigation Protection UPDATED Feb 9, 2018

Okay shoppers here we go again!

Go to the end of the thread for Feb 9 for updates

Go further down on this thread for Aug. 16 updates!

Please pass this on to any and all groups that paddle!

Hi Paddling Friends! just letting you know that the Navigation Protection act is back on the agenda . (my favourite act since the cons played with it... ) ... Id=9081071

A brief must be submitted by Oct. 26, 2016. (a link is on the link) I am sure you will pass this on to any interested group! It is time once again to make sure our voices are heard and our right to navigation and access to minor waters is better protected.

Please be short and concise in the message of having these rights properly protected under the act for all small craft. As there are many different types of boats and paddlers we must try to insure that we are all protected and included.
(and for those who don't know me, I have paddled and represented Canada in both White Water and Sprint disciplines and I am now an avid tripper, and entering my 50th year of paddling next year! )

Author:  Realstone [ October 27th, 2016, 4:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

Do you have a link that gives details as to all that this act encompasses? I'd like to know about the bath water that comes with this baby.

Author:  bearburrito [ October 27th, 2016, 5:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

A quote from Mr. Luc Berthold.

"A stream is a stream. We don't need a federal study to check whether boats can pass under that bridge, as the stream is tiny."

Author:  jedi jeffi [ October 27th, 2016, 6:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

Here you go Realstone.

It is quite the cat's breakfast since the changes.
A lot of "rules" where non specific and the definitions took out a lot of "small" waters that we paddle.
Meaning a landowner could deny you access or have you charged.
That is just the short and sweet readers digest version.
What the cons did with some of it contradicted their own rules.
Two specific one, with the jet fuel leak in Lemon Creek Alberta they issued a "navigation" ban (on a watershed that goes outside the def. of small waters)
And they fined Ontario for damaging fish habitat in a "navigable" stream that was also outside the def.
So this review is under the new legislation that it must be reviewed.
Since our rights to any waters was not put in place this is our chance to make sure it is put in place.


Author:  jedi jeffi [ November 7th, 2016, 9:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

Minutes of the last meeting are finally up.

First I will say that the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers and Paddle Canada did cover what many of us in the fight have felt, and they did it well.

Very disconcerting is this quote from Mr. Luc Berthed: Conservative

I know that my colleagues across the way are a little bothered by the way we table motions simply for the purpose of having a clear process. My motion says, “That the committee invite no further witnesses to appear as part of this study, and that it wait for the upcoming amendments from the Minister of Transport before continuing its work.”

:evil: :evil: :evil:

(enter profanities here...)

Again the lack of information/numbers on a national scale was used against the witness.

They want numbers, tell your friends WRITE!

We need a flood of letters!

What any of us is looking for is that we don't have to fight or have altercations to access.

If you know of anyone who has had to deal with any of this while paddling please document and send it to the Minister of Transport.
I would also cc William Amos of Pontiac, Que. Liberal
He was our go to guy for info during the fight and before he became an MP and he wants to help the Paddlers!

All I can say is write the committee and the Minister or Transport
Here is a link to the Committee. ... &session=1

Link to the minutes ... l=42&Ses=1
All I can say is write the committee and the Minister or Transport


Author:  jedi jeffi [ November 7th, 2016, 10:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

If you want to submit a brief you have to November 30, 2016 ... Id=9081071 But I would also CC Minister Garneau and William Amos.

Author:  jedi jeffi [ January 27th, 2017, 11:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

Just so you know the last date to submit is coming up Jan. 30th.
Yes they delayed it again.
But it would be nice to get input from across the country.
I Submitted on behave of WCA back in December....
Just a "few" pages long 8)

This from Lake Ontario Water Keeper. ... -354540209

As you can see by what happened with the past Government and what is happening south of the border we need these right enshrined in laws.

Please share through your paddling communities it is important that we are seen coast to coast to coast!

And it is all types of water craft and waterways that we navigate (paddle)


Author:  jedi jeffi [ March 23rd, 2017, 6:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection Act is back on the table in Ottawa

Well folks we made the submission notes for "A Study of the Navigation Protection Act"

We will still have a chance for more input!

We (WCA) are mentioned on Page 5 There is a link on the bottom of page 5 to my submission and you will notice I tried to cover all aspects of our paddle sport. ... pt11-e.pdf

Thanks to Jeff Meek (Water hunter) and Jeff Lechef for letting me use some of their images so it just wasn't some old guy on a lap top going wild!

Also if you have any altercations with landowners over paddling issues, please stay polite and document it issue and get all the info to me please!


Author:  jedi jeffi [ June 22nd, 2017, 2:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED JUNE 22, 2017


You have to love the internet as I can get this done while I am in New Brunswick :D
Spread the word and keep paddlers attuned to what is going on.
We will get a chance for more input and this is something that effects all aspects of the Paddling fraternity, no matter what type of craft and means of propulsion they use.
And yes we can make a difference.

So now the work continues.

The need to monitor the next phases is just as important as the battle to get here.

We can see from our neighbours to the south we as individuals and groups can not let up


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Direct link to report ... 1_GR-e.pdf ... 12-421-184

Author:  Sam82 [ June 28th, 2017, 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED JUNE 22, 2017

Thank you Jeff.

Author:  jedi jeffi [ August 16th, 2017, 3:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED August 16 2017

Just in here is the update!

Please share with all!

We have an opportunity here paddlers, please try and convince those with power of pen to be involved.
We waited a long time for a 2nd chance and we have seen the results of "not wanting to be political"
And I am talking about how we got to this point in the NPA.

This involves all paddle sport participants, so if you float, this is about your rights!

If you are unsure how you should approach this then just be specific that you want to see are access rights ensured under any updates.

Keep it short and to the point, (you want to be heard)

Or contact your local clubs and Provincial and National groups to make sure they are involved.
We need an across Canada representation here so it is not just a few "older" paddlers sitting away at their lap tops typing madly away (but we will anyway :) )

Let's get out of the water for a few moments, so we may all enjoy the ability to keep getting on the water easily!

Links are below the quoted letter.


Good afternoon,

This message is to notify you that Transport Canada has released four (4) supplementary papers on proposed changes to the Navigation Protection Act that can be accessed on the Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes Canada website.

The supplementary papers focus on the following issues:
1. Context for the Navigation Protection Act Review
2. Restoring Lost Protections
3. Partnering with Indigenous Peoples
4. Open, Accessible, and Transparent Processes

Transport Canada is continuing to seek views over the summer on these supplementary papers, which support the Government of Canada’s Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes discussion paper, launched on June 29, 2017. The opportunity to comment on this whole of government review is open until August 28, 2017.

Please contact Transport Canada at if you have questions or would like to discuss any of the proposals related to the Navigation Protection Act contained in these supplementary papers or in the government’s discussion paper.

We thank you for your ongoing interest and involvement in these reviews.


Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes Canada ... ction.html

Context for the Navigation Protection Act Review ... eview.html

Restoring Lost Protections ... tions.html

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples ... oples.html

Open, Accessible, and Transparent Processes ... esses.html

Author:  ameaney [ August 17th, 2017, 9:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED August 16 2017

I'm quite new to paddling (been more of a wilderness hiker).

Can someone TL;DR this whole thing for me?? I feel like I've missed 3/4 of the movie...

Author:  jedi jeffi [ November 13th, 2017, 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED August 16 2017

For those that don't know the changes the Harper Government did to the NWPA which became the NPA was done under Omnibus legislation.

The precedent was first they made the new rule.
They then put forward said Omni bus bill.
Speaker then made the ruling setting the precedent for the future. The rule is now established.

Well played! Liberals!!!

If someone Like Harper or worse like a Trump gets in it will be very difficult to do what Harper did with his omnibus bills.

For those of us who fought the changes to the NWPA (rivers and Lakes) this is a major win for those who will fight to save our waterways in the future! ... -1.4393690


Author:  jedi jeffi [ February 9th, 2018, 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED Feb 9, 2018


On Feb 8th the Federal Government tabled Bill C-69 an omnibus bill that deals with the Navigable Protection Act.
Part 3 deals what concerns paddlers on their navigation rights.

I have not read it in depth yet. (just getting it out there)
There will be hearings and time for more input.
So here is some "light" reading for you for you winter hibernation.

Link to Bill
If you go to the right side of the page under the Table of contents click on "Navigation Protection Act" it will take you right there. ... st-reading


Author:  frozentripper [ February 18th, 2018, 9:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Navigation Protection UPDATED Feb 9, 2018

Have not read through too much but the Liberals' promise to "restore lost protections" lost with the previous government's amendments doesn't seem to extend to environmental assessments being triggered when an alteration to a waterway is proposed.

Another... the full range of waterways that were formerly protected doesn't seem to be there, again, only for selected ones... currently the number of protected waterways consists of only a few, and it's claimed that number will increase but will smaller waterways that were formerly protected be restored to protection as before... clarification needed.

Minor alterations such as docks and landings will not be regulated according to the news reports, so some criteria of what is and isn't minor are needed.

And navigability and not environmental quality seems to be the prime consideration... a waterway may be lined with sheet steel pilings and concrete by the developer, but as long as the waterway is still navigable, all is well and nothing harmful has been done within the scope of the Act. Not good for wilderness if in fact this is what's being set in motion, more clarification needed.

In the news reports IIRC Elizabeth May wasn't too thrilled with what was on the table, but I don't recall and the BC pipeline may have been what was at issue, and that may set implementation precedents with the newest laws.

The proposed revisions to the Fisheries Act may actually have more in common with wilderness needs (fish need wild shorelines and structure same as wilderness paddlers do), as well as the safeguards to be set in place with the new environmental impact protocol, but that's more work with reading.

Difficult to say exactly how Trudeau is going to balance off the industrial needs of NAFTA and growing the economy, against those new proposals. In politics, optics and visibility is everything.

Some reading material for you keeners... not exhaustive by any means. ... ebook.html ... book-e.pdf ... ction.html

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