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MP Stanton Introduces Private Member’s Motion for repairs to the channel from Port Severn to Georgian Bay

As many boaters on both the Trent Severn-Waterway and Georgian Bay know, the navigation channel from below the Port Severn Lock (Lock 45) leading South to the open waters of Georgian Bay, can be a hazard, especially to operators of larger vessels. It is narrow, shallow, turns sharply and is subject to strong currents existing the Port Severn dam and locks. It becomes worse during low-water conditions, the prevailing conditions since 2000.

On April 7, 2014, MP Stanton introduced Motion 502 asking the Government to consider remedial measures to resolve this problem. The Motion reads,

“That, in the opinion of the House, the government considers the advisability of measures to deepen and straighten the vessel navigation channel which provides access between Georgian Bay and the westerly limit of the Trent-Severn Waterway, at Port Severn.”

MP Stanton commented on the Motion, stating, “Local residents, boaters, marina operators, and shoreline business owners have raised this matter with me since 2006. The channel represents an impediment to access between the two waterways, and therefore limits the potential for economic benefits and the enjoyment our region as a destination for visitors, cottagers and residents alike. It needs to be deepened and widened.”

The Motion seeks the federal government’s attention to making the channel safer and better, so that it will no longer be viewed as a risk to safe recreational boating in our region.

M-502 was put on the Notice Paper on April 7, 2014, and will be debated in the House of Commons later this year.

For more information please contact:

Ashley Brown
Office of Bruce Stanton, MP
(613) 992-6582

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