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Take Action to Protect our Waterways!

Five years ago, the former government removed protections from most bodies of water under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, now named the Navigation Protection Act (NPA). While campaigning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his government would “restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards” in the Navigation Protection Act and other environmental laws. There will be a vote in Parliament on the new law - Bill 69 - on May 22. The Council of Canadians and other groups are concerned that the new law does not go far enough and does not fulfill the election promise. Please consider writing the Prime Minister, with copies to the Transport Minister and your local MP, asking for a stronger law. You can find more information here:

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

Message re Floods in New Brunswick: Thanks to all, sisters and associates, for your calls and messages of concern while New Brunswick has been widely pictured with a runaway river, “missing” roads, submerged homes and cars, and people helping people. As of Wednesday evening, here, in our city, the river is down one meter (from 8 metres). Sisters do not live in the flooded areas, but of course, we know many persons who are experiencing hardship at this time. Streets in Fredericton are day-by-day being opened up. Mid-week the ramps on and off the bridges were opened. There is still abundant water downtown, and the clean-up has begun. Many parking places in lots down near the river are still under water. Many soggy backyards welcome the warm sunshine this week.  

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Magazine Recommendation: The Story of Mary from the Biblical World to Today is a current special edition of National Geographic. It provides abroad and detailed look at Mary from her early life to the present not only in the lives of Christians but in Jewish and Moslem traditions. It's written in easily digestible chapters accompanied by many excellent visuals. It can be found in the National Geographic section of magazine stands or ordered online through Amazon.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa Associate


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