Feeding Turtles at “the pond”

•July 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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What is Harris Inlet?

•February 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Here’s an excerpt from the “It’s not just about the turtles and their pond” article:

“This isn’t just a little stream with a few trees that we are talking about. It is the most significant natural area remaining in the east harbour. … What is at stake here is a beautiful preserve of mature trees, a flowing stream, rich undergrowth and a great diversity of plant and wildlife.” (To read the whole article, click here )

The area we are concerned about is circled in red in this picture. Hobson’s Pond (the turtle pond) is at the bottom tip of the old inlet.this-is-harris-inlet.jpg

It’s Not Just About the Turtles and Their Pond

•February 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

An article explaining more about what is really going on with Harris Inlet article was published in The Hamilton Spectator Today. Click here to read more.

Local MPP Paul Miller Interviewed concerning Harris Inlet

•February 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

View this interview with MPP Paul Miller! He gives some excellent suggestions as to how ordinary citizens can get involved in influencing what happens with Harris Inlet. Other related interviews can be viewed here.

Canada Marine Act – Recommendations from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

•February 9, 2008 • 1 Comment

The Canada Marine Act essentially prohibits Port Authorities from taking the best interests of the public into account. Their sole mandate is to make a profit – for the Port Authorities, not for the municipalities or the wider public. If their activities prove detrimental to local, regional and national economies, they are not held to account. The focus is exclusively on their own profit.

Here are some excellent recommendations, drafted by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, for improving this legislation: Click Here . They are important to consider, since a parliamentary committee is presently considering amendments to the legislation which would enable Port Authorities to apply for federal funds – not loans, but grants – for infrastructure improvement and expansion, thus putting Port Authorities in direct competition with municipalities for federal infrastructure funding.

In Hamilton, we need serious investment in drainage infrastructure. It is not a huge leap in logic to suggest that some of our drainage and flooding issues are because the natural drainage system – ancient streams – have been filled in or culverted. It would be truly ironic if the HPA were to get federal funding to improve drainage on their lands, when the filling they have been doing may well have contributed significantly to the drainage challenges our city is facing.

Let’s get informed, and then get involved.

Canada Marine Act: Important Radio Interview Concerning the Mandate of Port Authorities

•February 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Listen to this radio interview to learn disturbing realities concerning the mandates of Port Authorities across the country:

http://www.waterkeeper.ca/content/swim/the_federal_government_eyes_ca.php

Did the filling begin in the 1990’s???

•February 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

rap-1992-map.pngThis map, included in the 1992 Stage 1 report of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the harbour, shows the whole area north of Secord’s Bog and Harris Inlet as still open water. Did all of this filling only begin in the 90’s? Have we lost this much harbour in such a short period of time? Many people have the impression that all the filling was done decades ago. But perhaps this is not the case. And it continues today …

Click on the map to view it full size.

Click here for more information on the Remedial Action Plan