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Ottawa River now fully recognized
an historical trade and transportation route during the fur and timber eras, its modern importance to businesses in both Ontario and inQuebec, and its significance to the In- digenous People, as the river travels through traditional Algonquin territory.The Ottawa River is home to more than 300 species of birds and over 80 at-risk species. In July 2016, the Ontario side of the Ot- tawa River was granted heritage status by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry. According to the CHRS,
the river was nominated and eventually accepted as a Heritage River, mainly due to the role it played in the development of Canada – its importance as a travel route, but also its industrial use for logging and hydro development – and the role it played to the choice of Ontario as the capital of the country. “Preserving the Ottawa River for swimming, drinking and fishing is key to the vision of Ottawa as the greenest capital in the world,” said McKenna. The Ottawa River is the eight largest river in Canada and flows through 1271 kilometres of the Laurentian region in both Quebec and Ontario
Un an après l’Ontario, le Québec a accordé à son côté de la rivière des Outaouais la désignation patrimoniale. Bien que cette désignation soit essentiellement symbolique, elle jette les bases pour justifier la protection et la préservation de la rivière. —photo fournie
GREGG CHAMBERLAIN firstname.lastname@example.org “We’re excited to work with local youth to provide themwith opportunities to gain a better understanding of environment issues ...,” saidHolly Nyenkamp, SNC com- munication and outreach official. “We invite youth to write us a letter explaining local environmental issues within their community. We would also like to know what participants hope to gain from the summit.” SNC sponsorship will cover the cost for workshop participation, accom- modations, andmeals during the summit. Ontario Nature staff and volunteers will provide supervision during the weekend event. SNC partners with youth on climate The South Nation Conservation Au- thority (SNC) is partnering withOntario Nature on hosting the 2017 Youth Sum- mit for Biodiversity and Leadership.The three-day conference is Sept. 22 to 24 at the YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. The SNC will sponsor one of the youth leaders eligible to attend the conference. Youth leaders, ages 14 to 19, from across the province will attend interactive work- shops on sustainability, nature explora- tion, and climate action.
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the 590 kilometres from Lake Temiskam- ing to East Hawkesbury, as well as the 681 kilometres it runs upstream in Quebec – is now provincially and federally recognized as a heritage site. Although, this designation is mainly symbolic due to the fact that the rec- ognition as a CanadianHeritage River does not actually impose any binding regulations to the environmental protection of the river. At most, the title brings about awareness around the Ottawa River and provides the foundation for justifying the preservation of the river in the future. The Ottawa River’s designation as a Heri- tage River acknowledges its importance as
The Ottawa River has received full heritage status as Quebec granted the province’s side of the river its heritage designation, approximately a year after Ontario made the first step. Now that the entire Ottawa River has been designated as an official heritage to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS), what does that actually mean for the protection of the river? With Quebec finally following suit with an announcement made on Monday, August 21, the entirety of the Ottawa River – both
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