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30th April 2016
EDITOR
We wanted to let you know, as a supporter of the Our Living Waters Federal Call for Leadership on Freshwater, of an important initiative taking place to deepen protection for Canada's waters. Please join with West Coast Environmental Law and the Northern Confluence and add your name to our petition supporting the immediate reinstatement of lost habitat provisions in Canada's Fisheries Act.

The federal Fisheries Act, enacted almost 150 years ago, is one of the oldest pieces of environmental legislation in Canada. Until 2012, this legislation empowered the federal government to protect oceans, clean water and fish habitat. When the omnibus Bill C38 passed, it cut a number of pieces of environmental legislation including weakening fish habitat protection. This change was made with no public participation, respect for First Nations rights and title, or scientific evidence.

Fortunately, Minister Tootoo’s mandate letter calls on him to “restore lost protections and introduce modern safeguards” into the Fisheries Act. This is why we’re calling on Minister Tootoo and the Canadian federal government to first fix the error made and then move forward with engagement on other changes needed to enhance stewardship and ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada’s vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

Quite simply, you can’t protect fish without protecting habitat.

Join Canadians across the country in supporting this call. Sign the petition at http://fisheriesact.ca/take-action.

You can help us reach our goal of 20,000 signatories (which will then see the petition tabled in Parliament) by sending a draft of this letter to your supporters and members inviting them to add their names as well.

Our Living Waters
http://www.freshwateralliance.ca/

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