Environment

Contamination of Waterways and Stoney Creek Wildlife

For the past year and a half, I’ve been following issues on our local waterways. Here are some posts and local articles on the work I’ve done.

Bringing Awareness to the Stoney Creek Issue in Parliament https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/videos/982949355604837/

Video of Salmon Run in Stoney Creek
https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/videos/208050154107402/

Article in Tri-City News about Sewage Overflow from Coquitlam to Stoney Creek
https://www.tricitynews.com/local-news/bubbling-coquitlam-sewage-spews-on-to-north-road-into-burnaby-creek-3116393

Article in Tri-City News about Bill C-269 to Ban the Dumping of Raw Sewage in Waterways
https://www.tricitynews.com/local-news/mp-shin-boosts-federal-bill-that-aims-to-tackle-burnaby-coquitlam-sewage-problems-3893644?

Article in Tri-City News about My Response to Fish Kill in Stoney Creek
https://www.tricitynews.com/local-news/metro-vancouver-creek-contamination-kills-at-least-300-fish-4190231

Letter to Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, and Environment and Climate Change
https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/posts/998532540893907

Responses from Ministers
https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/posts/1005289383551556

Debate on Bill C-269: https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/videos/509240423848708

Statement on securing the environment: https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/videos/164992145524556

Debate on Emergency Preparedness and Wildfires in BC: https://www.facebook.com/nellyshin.ca/videos/241007857155418

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Dear Neighbour,

I’d like to talk to you about my concern for the environment.

The spectacular environment and wildlife of Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra makes our communities special.  We are privileged to have Burrard Inlet, Buntzen Lake, Fraser River, Mossom Creek, and Stoney Creek, to name a few locations, in our backyards. These places are a part of our home.

The privilege of living here brings responsibility.  We are called to be stewards to protect these environmentally sensitive places and the wildlife.   I have witnessed countless hours of work by area residents, stream keepers, First Nations and others who care about our fragile ecosystems.  I have had the honour to be their advocate.

 

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Protection of Waterways

As many in our community know, the sewage overflow from the Coquitlam side of North Road into Stoney Creek after torrential rainfall, is both an environmental, and health and safety issue.

Raw sewage should not be contaminating a creek where salmon come to spawn and endangered species like Nooksack Dace have made their home.

I have discussed this matter with our Mayors and local stream keepers. I’ve received continuous briefings and reports from the municipality and local residents on this issue.

In a recent meeting with Kwikwetlem First Nation Chief and Council, we discussed the importance of protecting our fragile water ecosystems.

Bill C-269 would have banned dumping raw sewage into our waterways. I actively supported this Conservative bill but unfortunately the Liberal, NDP, and Green parties all voted against it. We need to get past partisan politics and come together.

Ultimately, the issue of aging infrastructure needs to be addressed. These are three of many suggestions I have heard from local experts and stakeholders in relation to infrastructure improvements.

Looking to innovative materials and engineering strategies that will allow projects to be cost-effective and sustainable i.e. durable and resistant to the impact of climate change.

Infrastructure needs to be in place to support demands imposed by development.

Increase accountability to ensure that compliance with Environment Canada and the Fisheries Act is being practiced and enforced.

Investing in innovation of new materials and engineering, and reducing red-tape can help expedite improvements for more resilient and durable infrastructure.

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Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

Climate change increases the risks of fires, droughts, flooding and extreme weather events. We have witnessed droughts and overwhelming wildfires in BC this summer.

I have taken an active lead on discussions regarding wildfire preparedness with the Mayors of Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. I assured them of my support in case of emergency.

In Parliament, I advocated for a new water reservoir in the Village of Belcarra to ensure adequate supply is accessible.

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Conservative Policy for Emergency Preparedness – Wildfires

  • Devise and implement a national climate adaptation strategy that addresses wildfire and drought exposure in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and foresters.
  • Incorporate a mitigation and adaptation lens to the government’s infrastructure investments including designing infrastructure to be resilient to extreme weather events.
  • Investing in technology that can improve the early detection of wildfires and better predict their behaviour.

To secure the environment, we need to do so by starting in our own back yard.

To see the full Conservative plan to secure the environment, CLICK HERE.

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