some image

News

Trent Severn Waterway Working Group Launches Campaign For 2015 Federal Election to Revitalize the Waterway

News No comments

June 28, 2015 (BUCKHORN, ONTARIO) – The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group officially launched an advocacy campaign to put the Trent Severn Waterway at the centre of regional and national discussions during the 2015 federal election. The campaign calls on all federal candidates from all political parties in the region to sign a four point plan to create a sustainable future for the Waterway.

“The Trent Severn Waterway is a vital resource for the many Canadians who live and work there but it is being underutilized,” said Captain Marc Ackert, Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group. “The Waterway suffers from a significant infrastructure deficit and a complicated governance structure that has held back many economic development opportunities over the years. We need elected representatives who will champion our priorities and focus on getting results for the region. That is why we are engaging with all federal candidates for the upcoming election and calling on them to support the transformation of the Waterway for future sustainability and success. It’s time to listen to the voices of the Trent Severn Waterway and take action.”

The Four Point Plan for a Sustainable Future calls on all prospective Members of Parliament to commit their support for the Trent Severn Waterway if they are elected to the House of Commons in October 2015 by agreeing to the following:

1. Support full funding for critical infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to bring the Trent Severn Waterway up to a state of good repair
2. Recognize the Trent Severn Waterway as a significant economic development opportunity for the region
3. Support a new governance model that devolves operations, control and financing of the Trent Severn Waterway to those who live and work in the region
4. Promote the Trent Severn Waterway as an economic development priority in your caucus and in Parliament

To learn more about the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group, please visit www.trentsevern.ca

Media Inquires:
Capt. Marc Ackert
Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. and Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
skipper@cruiseontario.ca
705.323.2269

About The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is made up of longstanding members of the Trent Severn community committed to finding a solution to the short- and long- term issues affecting our region. We are dedicated local government, business and community leaders who live and work along the Trent Severn Waterway. Together, we will work with federal, provincial and local governments to develop a plan to ensure the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the Waterway, as well as increase its economic importance to the many communities along the canal.

Current Members Include:
Ontario Waterway Cruises, Lift Lock Cruises, Happy Day House Boats, former Quinte West Mayor John Williams, Peterborough County Council, Voices of the Trent Severn Waterway

TSW Working Group Welcomes Federal Government’s Investment in the Trent Severn Waterway as Important Step Forward

News No comments

June 19, 2015 (QUINTE WEST, ONTARIO) – The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group welcomed today’s announcement of $285 million investment in the Trent Severn Waterway National Historic Site by the Government of Canada. Running 386 kilometres along Central Ontario, the Trent Severn Waterway is a vital passage connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron through a series of locks and canals. Open for navigation from May to October, the waterway begins at Trenton and runs west through the Trent River, the Otonabee River, the Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and the Severn River, and finally ending at Port Severn.

“This investment is an important step forward and will implement necessary infrastructure upgrades and begin the transformation of the Waterway for future sustainability and success,” said Captain Marc Ackert, Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group. “The government’s investment is an important foundation for improving the Waterway. And we are eager to build on this, and work with government to continue to grow the economic development potential of the waterway. We believe that will come by taking a broader view, as the true value of the Waterway includes not just the water-based assets, but the land-based assets too.”

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is encouraging all levels of government to come together to develop a regional approach with a strong economic development vision that will enable the Trent Severn Waterway to reach its full economic, tourism, and environmental potential.

To learn more about the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group, please visit www.trentsevern.ca

Media Inquires:
Capt. Marc Ackert
Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. and Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
skipper@cruiseontario.ca
705.323.2269

About The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group
The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is made up of longstanding members of the Trent Severn community committed to finding a solution to the short- and long- term issues affecting our region. We are dedicated local government, business and community leaders who live and work along the Trent Severn Waterway. Together, we will work with federal, provincial and local governments to develop a plan to ensure the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the Waterway, as well as increase its economic importance to the many communities along the canal.

Current Members Include:
Ontario Waterway Cruises, Lift Lock Cruises, Happy Day House Boats, former Quinte West Mayor John Williams, Peterborough County Council, Voices of the Trent Severn Waterway

Trent Severn Waterway Working Group Applauds Harper Government’s Expansion of Service on Trent Severn Waterway (TSW)

News No comments

June 23, 2014 (Peterborough) – The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group fully supports the Federal Government’s decision to restore services on the waterway. The Working Group has been working diligently over the last year with the Federal Government to achieve these and other goals. One of the original short term objectives of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group included extending the daily hours of operation to align with all water- and land- based users, and introducing on-demand services at lock stations.

The government’s decision to end mobile crews on the canal, as well as ensuring lock stations will operate from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm starting this Canada Day long weekend, is an important step that will strengthen tourism, economic development and investment for the TSW, and will create a more stable base on which a long-term operating model can be established.

While this is an important short-term initiative, the Working Group’s long-term priorities centre on establishing a new operating model. The operating model must address economic development in the region, water management, environmental sustainability, tourism and historical preservation. The model must strive for operational self sufficiency, and give both users and all levels of government a say in governance. Furthermore, it must address four key areas of focus: economic development, future asset renewal, self-sustainability, and effective oversight.

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is made up of longstanding members of the Trent Severn community who are committed to finding a solution to the short- and long- term issues that affect our region. We are dedicated local government, business, and community leaders who live and work along the Trent Severn Waterway. Together, we will work with federal, provincial and local governments to develop a plan that will ensure the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the Waterway, as well as increase its economic importance to the many communities along the canal.

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is pleased the Harper government continues to support this important waterway and looks forward to working with them to continue to develop this important resource.

To learn more about the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group, please visit www.trentsevern.ca.

For Comment Contact: 

Capt. Mark Ackert

Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. and Chair of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group

skipper@cruiseontario.ca

705.323.2269

Current Members Include:

Ontario Waterway Cruises, Lift Lock Cruises, Happy Day House Boats, His Worship, Mayor John Williams (Quinte West), Peterborough County Council, Voices of the Trent Severn Waterway

Peterborough Examiner Article: $58M for Trent Severn Waterway Repairs

News No comments

By Joelle Kovach – March 14, 201 4

Parks Canada is giving $58 million over the next two years to fix bridges and dams along both the Rideau Canal and the Trent Severn Waterway, which will mean two dam overhauls along the Otonabee River in Peterborough.

“It (the Trent Severn Waterway) is a jewel of Canada – it’s unique,” said Colin Carrie, minister responsible for Parks Canada and MP for Oshawa, at teh Peterborough Lift Lock visitors’ centre Friday.

“It’s a pleasure to announce the government of Canada will invest a record amount of money in the Trent Severn Waterway,” he said.

To read the full article, click here.

Orillia Packet Article: MP, Mayor hope budget funds will be put toward Severn bridges, roads

News No comments

Roberta Bell – Tuesday February 18, 2014

SEVERN TWP. – Local politicians say they anticipate a portion of the funding allocated to Parks Canada in the 2014 federal budget will go toward fixing decaying Trent-Severn Waterway bridges and roads in Severn Township.

Last year, Ontario Waterways director Jewel Cunningham visited Severn and Mayor Mike Burkett met with her to discuss the maintenance of Port Severn Road, a roughly 200-metre stretch of road near Lock 45 owned by the Canadian government, and the rotting swing bridge in Hamlet that connects the municipality to Muskoka through Gravenhurst.

“That bridge is in dire straits of repair,” said Burkett, who took Cunningham to it to see for herself. “You didn’t need to be an engineer to see what was going on.”

The stationary part of the bridge has begun to rot, he said, and the abutments it sits on have moved forward about six to eight inches.

“She looked at it and she said, of course, funds are limited, but it’s high on the list of priorities,” Burkett said.

Parks Canada has not yet revealed how it will spend the $391.5 million the budget document released last week says is “…to make improvements to highways, bridges and dams located in our national parks and along our historic canals” over the next five years.

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, who was also at the meeting with Cunningham, said he expects the swing bridge to be on the priority list.

To read the full article, click here.

Ottawa Citizen Article: New Parks Canada funding will ‘significantly benefit’ Rideau Canal communities, agency says

News No comments

Don Butler – February 13, 2014

OTTAWA – New money for Parks Canada in the 2014 federal budget will ‘significantly benefit’ communities along the Rideau Canal corridor, the agency said Wednesday.

The budget proposes to provide #391.5 million over five years to Parks Canada to improve the condition of highways, bridges and dams in national parks and along historic canals.

The budget document said one of the proposed projects involves structural repairs to Cow Bay dam, part of the Trent Severn Waterway, which runs from Trenton to Georgian Bay.

To read the full article, click here.

Intelligencer/Trentonian Article: Mayor Hopes Trent Severn Benefits

News No comments

Ernst Kuglin – February 12, 2014 

QUINTE WEST – While the federal Tories are concentrating on cutting the deficit, the city’s mayor is looking to the government to increase service levels for a major part of the local tourist economy.

There may have been a glimmer of hope in Tuesday’s federal budget when the government announced $391.5 million targeted for highways, bridges and dams in national parks over the next five years.

John Williams is a member of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group. The group of business owner and municipal officers is looking at ways to restore financial security for the troubled waterway.

“Right now we don’t know how or where that money will be spent,” said Williams Wednesday morning.

Williams hopes details will be released when the group meets with federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in early March.

To read the full article, click here.

The Intelligencer/Trentonian Article: Not much reason for Trent Severn optimism

News No comments

Ernst Kuglin – February 6, 2014

QUINTE WEST – A local marina operator has a sinking feeling about the 2014 boating on the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW)

“At this point there’s really not much to be optimistic about, and it’s not even spring,” said Sandra Carter.

Carter and her husband, Craig, operate the Fraser Park Marina in Trenton. The marina is at the mouth of the river, the start of the 388-kilometre waterway.

The 2013 season was a disaster, say the couple who rely on hundreds of boaters from across North America for thier business.

Many of these boaters didn’t show up last year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ottawa Citizen Article: Report outlines boatload of ideas to attract visitors to Rideau Canal corridor

News No comments

Don Butler – February 1, 2014 

Classical concerts at lock stations. Opportunities for land-based visitors to “lock through” a set of locks. Mobile musical barges on the water. Floating trails into wetlands.

Those are just a few of the innovative ideas for enhancing the experience of visitors in the Rideau Canal corridor listed in a new report.

The report is the product of brainstorming sessions last fall involving more than 80 Rideau Canal stakeholders and interested parties, led by a partnership group that includes Parks Canada, municipal governments, tourism associations and other organizations.

It outlines the cumbersomely named Rideau Canal Visitor Experience Opportunities Concept – VEOC for short – a compendium of potential tourism experiences in the Rideau Canal corridor.

To read the full article, click here.

Ottawa Citizen Article: Letter – Tell PM to invest in our national treasures

News No comments

Celine Gaulin – January 27, 2014 

If passionate expression is an indicator of what we consider important than there is no doubt that Canada’s historical treasures matter to Canadians.

Over the past year I have participated in the debate about the state of Parks Canada’s heritage assets. Last summer boaters expressed concern about historic canals in terms of proposed fees, service and safety. Also, Parks Canada retiree Gordon Bennett raised concerns about budget reductions to historic sites and the need for more funding for protection and continued use.

Others have joined the debate. Letter writer Stan Russell recently expressed his frustration with this government’s decision to let heritage infrastructure crumble. He referred specifically to the government putting off $204 million in needed Rideau Canal work and his fear that these treasures will become dangerous and shut down.

To read the full article, click here.