Fort McMurray Today - December 7th
Thousands of Canadian lakes, rivers and streams will no longer be protected by the federal government, including several waterways held sacred and culturally important to aboriginals in Wood Buffalo.
The Conservatives’ omnibus bill overhauls the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which says federal approval is required for development that may affect the thousands of bodies of water crisscrossing Canada.
Under the new legislation, only 97 lakes, the three oceans and 62 creeks, rivers and canals will be protected. However, waterways that Aboriginals in northeastern Alberta deem “culturally significant” will no longer be protected.
Lake Athabasca and the Athabasca River will continue to be protected. However, hundreds of streams, rivers and tributaries in the region, such as the Muskeg River, will not. ... Click here to read more.