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What did you agree with? What didn’t you agree with? Is there anything missing?

6 months ago

Consultation has concluded

  • BruceMcConchie 5 months ago
    The framework draft document states:"The goal of the framework is to enable dialogue and collaboration to reduceconflicts, improve safety, and provide environmental and cultural protection in local waterways." So far there has been very little dialogue with coastal communities affected by the transiting and anchoring of bulk carrier vessels. The lack of responses on this website is a good example of a significant shortcoming of the collaboration process. In addition, there is virtually no sharing of information such as input from indigenous groups, industry or other stakeholders. We also feel our community input is not respected as it appears industry is driving this process. A huge gap in this process is the inability of Transport Canada to enforce rules. "These solutions are developed cooperatively and adopted voluntarily." Voluntary compliance will not work. And finally Transport Canada needs to fund any initiatives properly. A good example of this is the recent waterway closures to protect the foraging grounds of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. There has been virtually no enforcement to prevent vessels transiting these areas. Obviously there was no budget to enable enforcement so TC loses credibility. This loss of credibility will affect the PVM process going forward.
  • Dr Donald Sutherland 6 months ago
    I do not see a plan to assess scientifically the risks to human and community health in any part of your proposal. Surely we want/need to know what is the risk from everyday freighter anchoring, various activities that take place on and in anchored freighters as well ask the risks from the movement of those freighters in and out of anchorages. There are also risks to marine life/environments that do not seemed to be being assessed scientifically or related to marine accidents that have occurred on Canada's west coast.
  • Kevin Obermeyer 6 months ago
    While there is the appearance of a process it does seem that each community is looking at the idea of PVM differently. At present there does not appear to be a clear model or foundation that is being followed. As this is a national initiative and not just a west coast issue this appears to be a missing piece.While I do agree with the need to work with the communities we all operate in or through it has to be understood that maritime traffic needs a clear understanding of Canadian requirements. Traffic management cannot be left to communities it has to be managed by an organization such as MCTS taking into consideration the needs of the communities.