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PostPosted: September 14th, 2008, 7:22 am 
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For years across the country all outdoor user groups have been trying to save their little areas of paradise, much of the time with the cards stacked against them.
For the first time we have an issue that has crossed the boundaries and one that could equally affect us all the same. We now have over 100 various organizations across Canada mentioning the Navigable Waters Protection Act, but still we have made little inroads with the average outdoor user or Canadian that may rarely venture out to the waterways.
We have no budget for advertising,
No budget for lobbyists.
No politicians in our pocket.
And if this works,
Priceless!
So here we go!
I know this is really reaching and will most likely offend a few people.
I will place it as a separate post so it is a clean copy and paste.
But I don’t see any other way to make sure that the outdoor user groups get invited to the table at the next round.
That is the least I am hoping for.
The big kids have their own agenda
The average urban dweller has no idea what they may lose.
In this experiment of the “6 degrees of separation” on the lighter side I am hoping for a dinner with Kevin Bacon or at least a benefit concert from his band to fund some lobbyists.( I’ll make sure you get the good tickets)

And as much as you may offend people on your email list consider what may happen if no outdoor user groups get invited again.

So to get to eat at the table we have to use what tools we have, time is running short.
Hey! It’s my name at the bottom and if I look like a fool, well it’s not the first time, and I am sure I will have plenty of other opportunities!
There are others who have risked much more, so I stand up for them.
There are far more educated/informed people, who should have that seat than me.
I’ll be happy with the dessert!
Jeff McColl

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Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss. — (David Bolling, Ho


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PostPosted: September 14th, 2008, 7:26 am 
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I am not a fan of chain e-mails and have never forwarded one, (except for child find ) let alone start one. However, if you are concerned for Canadian rivers or the debate(s) on other environmental concerns, then pass this on! I am not supported by any political party or major environmental group and have no multi-million dollar advertising budget. Only my passion for paddling and being outdoors propels me. So, equipped with the internet and written word as my tools, I hope to spread the word to help preserve our rights under the Navigable Waters Protection Act.



This Act, enshrined in law, gives all Canadians access to waterways and protects access to those waterways for future generations - the ability to canoe, kayak, power boat, to fish and to hunt, much the same as Canadians 100 years ago, except instead of doing it to survive we do it for recreation.



In the recent past, Canadians have learned to use this Act for protection of their water ways. The Act required that “works” be made known, giving a chance for concerned citizens to voice their concerns over those proposed projects. If Canadians, even 40 years ago, showed the same concern for their environment we would not be using huge amounts of tax dollars to rehabilitate the many cement ditches and destroyed urban watersheds.



The proposed changes brought forward in June of this year are cause for great concern to the ordinary user of Canadian water ways.



“Too silent to be real”



These words from Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” instantly place an image in your mind of the vast tracts of Canadian wilderness.

The trouble is - as we go into this election, the silence is real.

Canadian rivers/watersheds are under unprecedented assault.

The politicians are silent.

The majority of big environmental groups are silent.

The big professional groups/outfitters in all outdoor user groups are silent.

This leaves just a few ordinary Canadians voicing their concerns, trying to ensure the rights given to you over 100 years ago are preserved.



We can understand the need for changes,

We can also understand the need for a fast track mechanism to build infrastructure projects.

But we also understand that these works need to be done in an environmentally way as to safeguard the health of the watersheds.

There should be approved construction/water treatment processes that evolve with technological advancements.

We also believe that the Canadian public should not have to subsidize industry so that they may profit.



When looking for someone to quote, the person’s words who I felt were most appropriate were by Rev. Martin Niemoller. (His words at the end) I believe that Martin Niemoeller’s words were meant for more than man’s inhumanity to man.

As humans continue to assault the planet I believe we should heed his words.

And, as Rev. Niemoeller did, I release this letter to the public domain.



I am Jeff McColl, Milton, Ontario

I am just a mailman.

I speak for Canadian Rivers!

http://www.ispeakforcanadianrivers.com/

We can make a difference!

Forward/copy this to everyone, including the politicians.

Let them know you are speaking up!





“First they came for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.”

- Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

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Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss. — (David Bolling, Ho


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PostPosted: September 16th, 2008, 1:14 pm 
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Je n'aime pas les courriels en chaîne, et je n'en ai jamais débuté ni transmis (sauf pour un fonds d'aide à l'enfance) . Cependant, si vous vous intéressez à l'état des rivières canadiennes ou à d'autres débats sur l'environnement, faites suivre ce courriel ! Je ne soutiens aucun parti politique ni groupe environnemental, et je ne dispose pas d'un budget de plusieurs millions nécessaire à une campagne publicitaire. Mon unique motivation est ma passion pour les sports d'eau vive et de plein air. C'est pourquoi, j'utilise ce moyen pour diffuser mon message dans l'espoir qu'il servira à défendre nos droits régis par la Loi sur la protection des eaux navigables.

Cette Loi garantit l'accès aux voies navigables à tous les Canadiens et aussi pour les générations futures - c'est à dire pouvoir naviguer en canoë, en kayak, en bateau à moteur, pour pêcher et chasser, comme les Canadiens le faisaient déjà il y a un siècle pour leur subsistance, alors que de nos jours nous le faisons pour nos loisirs.

Ces dernières années, des Canadiens ont su utiliser cette Loi pour défendre leurs voies navigables. La Loi exige que les projets soient annoncés dans des journeaux locaux et la Gazette du Canada, ce qui donnait l'occasion aux citoyens concernés de faire entendre leurs préoccupations au sujet de ces projets. Si les Canadiens avaient réagi de cette façon 40 ans plus tôt, nous ne serions pas en train de dépenser des sommes colossales prélevées sur nos impôts pour réhabiliter des fossés bétonnés et des bassins versants ruinés par une urbanisation mal maîtrisée.

Les modifications qui ont été proposées au mois de juin de cette année, ont de quoi inquiéter tout utilisateur des eaux navigables canadiennes.

"Too silent to be real (Trop silencieux pour être réel)"

Cette citation de l'oeuvre "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" de Gordon Lightfoot, évoque en un éclair les immensités sauvages du Canada.
Le problème est qu'alors que nous sommes en pleine campagne électorale, le silence est réel.
Les rivières et les bassins versants canadiens sont pris d'assaut comme jamais auparavent.
Les politiciens gardent le silence.
La majorité des grands groupes de défense de l'environnement restent silencieux.
Les grandes associations de pourvoyeurs et de professionnels des activités de plein air restent silencieux.
Il ne reste que quelques citoyens ordinaires pour prendre la défense de vos droits acquis il y a plus de 100 ans.

Nous comprenons que la loi doit être améliorée.
Nous comprenons aussi le besoin d'une procédure rapide permettant la construction d'infrastructures.
Mais nous comprenons aussi que ces projets doivent être exécutés dans le respect de notre environnement et en préservant la santé de nos bassins versants.
Nous pensons aussi que l'argent public ne doit servir à subventionner les profits de l'industrie.

La meilleure citation qui me vienne à l'esprit pour illustrer cette situation, est un texte écrit par le Rév. Martin Niemoeller (reproduit à la fin du message). Je pense que ces phrases de Martin Niemoeller ne font pas que dépeindre l'inhumanité de l'homme envers ses semblables.
Alors que les humains continuent de piller la planète, nous devrions nous garder à l'esprit ces mots.
Et, comme le fit le Rév. Martin Niemoeller, je diffuse cette lettre dans le domaine public.

Mon nom est Jeff McColl, habitant de Milton, ON
Je suis préposé de la poste
Je défends les rivières canadiennes!
http://www.ispeakforcanadianrivers.com/
Nous pouvons provoquer le changement!
Transmettez cette lettre à tous, y compris aux politiciens , faites-en des copies.
Montrez leur que vous prenez position!

"Au début, ils traquèrent les Communistes,
et je n'intervins pas,
parce que je n'étais pas Communiste.
Puis ils traquèrent les Juifs,
et je n'intervins pas,
parce que je n'étais pas Juif.
Puis ils traquèrent les Catholiques,
et je n'intervins pas,
car j'étais Protestant.
Puis ils vinrent m'arrêter,
et à ce moment là, il ne restait plus personne
pour prendre ma défense."

- Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

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Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss. — (David Bolling, Ho


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