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e-2300 (Environment)

Initiated by Thornley Stoker from Kingston, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Damages unfairly suffered by riparian municipalities, businesses and residents on Lake Ontario and the Upper St. Lawrence River due to record high water levels in 2017 and 2019 have been unprecedented;
  • Present conditions fail to abide by the International Joint Commission (IJC) Plan 2014 guideline “If damages result from any plan, they should not fall disproportionately on any one geographic area or interest group”;
  • During extreme high water levels critical infrastructure (shoal markers) become ineffective thus creating new threats to river safety; and
  • The IJC and the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) have the power to mitigate damages.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada living in Ontario along the banks of Lake Ontario and the Upper St. Lawrence River, call upon the House of Commons, given environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts to our lake and river communities due to the catastrophic effects of the extreme high waters, to request that the Canadian government instruct that the IJC and the ILOSLRB immediately take corrective actions to mitigate forecasted flooding in 2020, specifically:
1. Initiate a program of patterning or either close the seaway early or open it later for shipping to allow greater volumes of water to be drained.
2. Use extraordinary measures to target Lake Ontario level of 244.4 feet above sea level, 1 foot above chart datum (243.3 feet), which will make room to accommodate over 1.2 feet in additional water from all uncontrollable supply sources; and
3. Further increase the L-limit deviation similar to the 1986 fall season’s defensive actions, when outflows FAR exceeded the current L-limit+200 approach.
Open for signature
January 28, 2020, at 9:10 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 27, 2020, at 9:10 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands)
March 9, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00138)
Photo - Mark Gerretsen
Kingston and the Islands
Liberal Caucus
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