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What needs to be in place for Canada Port Authorities to turn these challenges into opportunities?

about 1 year ago
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  • John Hawthorne about 1 year ago
    This question/statement is almost incomprehensible.Quit hurting Canadians in the name of “National Interest “!Please do not sacrifice the health of Port Authorty neighbours for some imaginary “National Interest “.All politics are local. Any PA which adversely effects Halifax or Toronto residents is just as negative as the VFPA Centerm Expansion Project is upon my community.Are we not trustworthy enough to participate in decisions that effect our community and our country? Why should only well-paid bureaucrats be making decisions that effect our health and quality of life?All Port Authorities should have elected representatives from all levels of government and concerned locals from neighboring communities.I thought that Canadians were supposed to be inclusive?
  • MWright about 1 year ago
    Canada Port Authorities need to have wholly independent authorities providing meaningful and thorough investigations of and regulation and on-going oversight over the present and potential future impacts of CPA operations to ensure that the decisions of CPA are not made solely to increase the size and revenue of CPA operations, but are made to ensure mitigation to a high degree of the effect on the marine and land environment and communities, including noise, air, water, and soil pollution, and the negative impact of increased water and land transportation from related business activities. This will facilitate the sustainability of CPA operations that have or potentially will have adverse effects on Canadian communities and the environment.
  • Mike Waites about 1 year ago
    As a general comment, we need to put the investment, resources and accountabilities in place to be a trading nation. We need to show leadership and put in place the legislation for Minister Garneau and Transport Canada to regulate and coordinate trading and shipping activity including outside of the Ports. And we should not “shrink the game” as we often see in communication from Transport Canada to the effect “we are a trading nation” with the implicit message that we must incur costs to trade. If people want to trade, come into Canadian waters and lift your cargo and leave. While you are here, you will be subject to Canadian Law and regulation. And if you do not comply you will be escorted out of Canadian waters and not allowed back. Let’s start with that Stand. How refreshing. An opportunity!Beyond the above there are a multitude of opportunities. Two follow. The Government of Canada and Transport Canada should give the Ports general direction and require accountability from Port leadership. We have a situation now on the West Coast where we are seeing substantial growth of thermal coal exports from the US Midwest. This coal comes North into Canada via the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad through White Rock in Southern British Columbia. The thermal coal (in contrast to mostly metallurgical coal from the mines in SE British Columbia) comes here because US west coast communities have taken a “carbon stand” on exporting thermal coal and won’t allow it. So the thermal coal comes into Canada to be exported from Robert’s Bank/ Westshore Terminals. This, in apparent contradiction to Prime Minster Trudeau’s stand on carbon emissions. Why is this happening? It makes no sense. So we need to get strategic direction to the Ports. We should also start charging for the use of anchorage locations outside of Ports. This needs to be done forthwith. We now have an absurd situation of a tanker/chemical ship anchored at Plumper Sound on the West Coast awaiting a cargo at a US Port. This ship is not even lifting a Canadian cargo! The West Coast of Canada has become a parking lot for the world’s global excess supply of ships. Some ships are anchored in the SGI’s for over a month. What Nonsense!In short, Canada needs to take a Stand on trade - to be practiced in a responsible and proper way. Canada needs to coordinate and plan investment with multiple players and make the requisite investment in facilities, systems and process. Above all, we need accountability and leadership. It logically comes from Transport Canada. There should be a moratorium put in place on further Port expansion until we can figure out how to operate the Ports and expand responsibly. Anyone stepping up to be the leader?
  • dougblackley about 1 year ago
    They need to look at ending the early arrival free parking issue that is so detrimental for example to the Gulf islands, with the or less 600% increase in parked freighters. Fixing the supply chain will vastly improve life in those communnities and be a huge opportunity for all to increase profits, as the "free parking" time is of zero financal benfit to Canada, costs shipping lines money to idle, creates complexity for longshoremen, issue with storage of goods that arrive at the wrong time. The container ships have this under control, they arrive on the right day, load up, and leave.. get whoever is operating their supply chain to take over managing the supply chain for the frieghters; this will increase profit (from efficiency and the reasons stated above) and vastly increase the life quality of thousands and thousands of Canadians at the same time. This is a win-win opportunity, not a time to say "who cares about Canadian coastal community life quality".
  • Angelamcd about 1 year ago
    Define opportunities? Who actually benefits? A thorough environmental assessment has not been completed and without that in place we cannot even begin to address the challenges.
  • ChrisShelton about 1 year ago
    Make changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act such that those Crown Agencies that are delegated self Environmental Assessments, such as CMA's Port Authorities are required to use the regulation, policy and procedures of the CEAA.Create a Regulation under the CMA such that s. 3 requires use of the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples as the Framework policy of the s. 3 of the CMA.Create a policy statement that interpret s. 4(a) prevents a Canadian Port from exporting a US product, such as coal, through a Canadian port, when that commodity can not be exported through a US port.Make changes to the CMA and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Act such that commercial leases PA's land are at fair market ratesRequire all PA's land activity, i.e. purchase, sale or maintain, comply with all Provincial or Territory land title practices.Change s.48 of the CMA that requires the PS to seek municipal review and approval of their land use plan.Ensure that all business plans of infrastructure development, all short term and long term leases are public documents.In 1602 there was the Monopoly Case held in the Common Law Courts of England. The decision was that any monopoly that increase the common wealth of all people is good and any monopoly that increases the private wealth of an individual is wrong. A PA is granted a monopoly powers that should be used for the common wealth of Canada. The long term leases that are issued by the PA grant monopoly rights to the leasee and must be public documents such that it is not odious with the passing of time.
  • Charlotte Dawe about 1 year ago
    Canada port authorities must promote collaboration so that the best solution will be the path forward. The Vancouver Port Authority is relentlessly pushing for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 creation. This project would have devastating, irreparable environmental impacts, including increased disturbance of the critical habitat of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. Clearly, this location for a second terminal is not the right path forward and collaboration with say, the Port of Prince Rupert could be an answer into increasing shipping capacity from that port instead. Although, it is debatable if there is even a need to increase shipping capacity, as others have mentioned the future supply demands have been over exaggerated. There must be a more collaborative approach because at the end of the day some projects just are not a good fit and these projects must not be approved.
  • Micar about 1 year ago
    Embrace the saying that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." - instead of expanding and intensifying the use of existing ports, identify locations where new ports could be developed that better meet future needs and trends which also avoids the challenges of urban environments.Develop & adopt a more pragmatic & pro-active strategy with a wider scope and perspective by identifying alternative locations for developing new ports away from major urban centres (like Metro Vancouver) and their expanding/densifying fringes. Over time, the higher cost of installing new infrastructure could mostly be offset by the savings on the cost of adapting existing facilities to higher sea levels, the cost of conflicts in urban environments, the high cost of land banking in expensive urban environments and the time costs associated with delays resulting urban/municipal activism. Perhaps the cost could be offset even more if parts of existing ports could be re-purposed and re-developed for residential, commercial or other uses?
  • PSimons over 1 year ago
    A new objective and mandate coupled with an independent body representing other interests. Not advisory but compelling.
  • EAM -TO almost 2 years ago
    Mixed use properties......... maintaining commercial use but intertwined with pleasure use / safe green space. Always consider the neighbourhood and city building needs.
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    • Guillaume Vincent, Transport Canada over 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. Canada Port Authorities are regulated in terms of the type of activities they can undertake, such as commercial and residential real estate development. The Ports Modernization Review is looking at how Canada Port Authorities can contribute to building healthy communities and better integrate local perspectives while meeting their commercial mandate.
  • trwalker over 1 year ago
    Canada Port Authorities need to employ or engage more than a skeleton staff to implement environmental performance and sustainability initiatives (Note: my single submission addresses this 'trend' question - also see below). Canada Port Authorities have an obligation to comply with environmental regulatory agencies and socially to port communities to protect and ensure security of the natural environment where they operate. Most Canadian Canada Port Authorities currently recognized that Green Marine certification can effectively demonstrate environmental stewardship. Five Canada Port Authorities are already proactive at taking strategic initiatives to improve environmental performance (e.g., GHG emissions reduction, waste management, spill prevention, community engagement, and environmental leadership) compared to their Canadian peers. These Canada Port Authorities currently adopt measures which include mitigations and monitoring of environmental impacts (e.g., air, water, noise, sediment), wildlife protection, energy management, stakeholder participation, environmental reporting, and research and development. However, some Canada Port Authorities lag behind in taking initiatives to achieve sustainability. Canadian Port Authorities need to advance in environmental performance concurrently meeting the societal and economic demands. This federal reform along with provincial governments and organizations like Green Marine should assist Canada Port Authorities to move forward in achieving greater levels of sustainability.
  • Roger Emsley over 1 year ago
    Port authorities, especially the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, must pay more than lip service to environmental issues. There are some environmentally sensitive areas where port authorities should not be permitted to build infrastructure. One such is Roberts Bank. This ecosystem is recognized worldwide as a critically important wildlife area, for migratory birds, for salmon, for southern resident killer whales and other wildlife. There is no way that VFPA should be permitted to build any further port infrastructure in this area. Environment Canadas is already on record as stating that further development risks the degradation of the Pacific Flyway and that the environmental damage, should further port development be allowed, will be immediate, continuous and not mitigable. The Minister of Transport needs to listen to and cooperate with Environment Canada in ensuring port authorities do not build infrastructure in wetland habitats that are in need of protection.
  • Normandipasquale almost 2 years ago
    Community representation on their board. Ask whether or not the Port Authority needs to exist if shipping has fallen to a negligible amount.
  • JDKameka almost 2 years ago
    Collaboration with municipal, economic development, tourism and other community stakeholders. Allocate more funding for green spaces.
  • garnetm almost 2 years ago
    Require close collaboration with municipalities, as a condition for eligibility for infrastructure funding from higher levels of government.
  • BManners almost 2 years ago
    The status quo. Non-interference, both political and domestic, of our Local Port Authority, allowing it to continue on the current path. Keeping the current system of management in place with an open mind to the concerns of the people of the Nanaimo area including all stakeholders which includes the Snuneymuxw first nations and Marina Owners as well as Residents of the City and Regional District.
  • Recreation not commerce almost 2 years ago
    Manage the real working ports like Vancouver and leave the obsolete inactive ports like Toronto in the hands of local people who are democratically appointed or elected or accountable.
  • Nadia Lapointe almost 2 years ago
    Having the desire of thinking about the future of our economy. We need to export our products, so we need to improve our capacities. We must think about our exportation not only importation.