Gutting the Navigable Waters Protection Act: What it means for our rivers

March 6, 2009 - 2:00am

Public Event sponsored by Water Matters and Alberta Wilderness Association


  • Barry Robinson, Ecojustice Canada
  • Tony Palmer, Canadian Rivers Network

When: Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
Where: 455 12 Street NW Calgary, Alberta
Office of the Alberta Wilderness Association (please park in rear or north of 5th and 12 st NW). For map:

The public is welcome but to ensure we have enough room, please RSVP to [email protected].

More information

Proposed amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) threaten the longstanding public right to navigation, including the right to recreational navigation. If the Budget Implementation Act is passed, these changes will grant the Transport Minister an unprecedented discretion to define "classes" of projects on waterways that do not require government approval or environmental assessment (EA). To learn more, attend this free public session.

About our speakers

Barry Robinson is a staff lawyer in the Alberta office of Ecojustice, formerly the Sierra Legal Defence Fund. Barry has a Bachelors degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. Barry worked for nine years as a planning manager with Procter & Gamble Cellulose Ltd. (now Weyerhaeuser Canada) in Grande Prairie, Alberta where he was responsible for harvest planning and the environmental planning of forestry operations. In 1985, Barry, along with a partner, established Willow Root Environmental Ltd., a consulting company that provided environmental services to government and industry. In 2003, Barry entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. After graduating in 2006, Barry articled and worked as an associate in the energy and environmental law practice groups of the Calgary firm of Macleod Dixon LLP prior to joining Ecojustice in August 2008.

Tony Palmer "lives and breathes" paddling and participates in all types of recreational kayaking and canoeing. He owns a canoe & kayak store in Calgary, he teaches kayaking and canoeing at Mount Royal College and he is a river safety instructor. He writes a regular column for KANAWA, Canada's Paddling Magazine. Tony is an active volunteer with local, provincial and national paddling/environmental associations, including the Canadian Rivers Network.