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All about Whitewater

All about Whitewater
A Blog about River Preservation and the need to protect our free flowing whitewater resources

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fascinating documentary on the origins of ISIS (the Independent State of Iraq and Syria)

To the victor go the spoils. History is written by the victorious. Where did ISIS come from and where is it going?

 What are we doing over there with our jets and soldiers? How does this impact our freedom and nation? As I understand it, the government is working with its NATO partners to reduce the "capabilities" of ISIS. My problem is that they were unsuccessful with their boots on the ground approach in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN, so what makes the decision makers believe their "air only" approach will be effective?

More importantly is the development curve:

Americans under the WMD excuse depose Hussein - a SUNNI
Americans insert Malaki, an intolerant SHIA
SUNNI rebels flea to Syria and rebrand as ISSIS
ISSIS returns to IRAQ in force with extreme ruthlessness and tactical superiority


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crusades? Everything old is new again....

What is the struggle in Iraq and Syria about. Power, Glory, God: One thing is certain, the arguments used to support the US and its allies are applicable to the US and its allies, says Gerald Celente. Gerald is emphatic about his opinions and while I don't agree with everything he said, or the manner in which he says it, in general, I tend to agree that foreign entanglements will not help and could possibly hurt. But we may have reached a tipping point here. Hitler had to be stopped. Can the same be said about ISIS? Probably.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gerald Celente on USA Watchdog raises the bar on insight into Israelis/Palestinian conflict

Gerald, the trends forecaster clearly states that if Lebanon gets involved: WW3 will ensue. Hezbollah defeated the Israelis that last time around.
This is about as lively a discussion as you can get, with most of the major points of argument covered.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Environmental Music: Saving the Environment: Envrionmental Consciousness: Pave Paradise - Feather Fur and FIN

Here is a collection of videos that have been done by various artists to crystalize their concerns about the environment, knowing, that words alone seldom have the impact of poetry or song to embed the human mind with consternation.

To start:.... Danny Michel: Feather Fur and Fin
The message: every little critter, feather fur and fin, she cried for everything, every piece of litter, every little sin

Joni Mitchel: the classic "They Paved Paradise" Big Yellow Taxi

The message:  "don't it always seem to go ... that you don't know what you've got... til its gone!"

The classic Eagles tune: the last resort Bruck Cockburn takes a turn with "if I had a rocket launcher" The message has to do with those in power and those who are powerless Bruce has combined musicality with message: if a tree falls in the forest... doesn't anybody hear? One of my favorites: Nothing but Flowers with the Talkin' Heads Just because its about the environment and what's "going on" doesn't mean that it has to be preachy or dischordant. David Bowie nails it with Arcade Fire doing "Five Years" The message is that the earth could do away with humankind in short order: its not a given that our spaceship earth will always be here for us. The end of the world as we know it EOTWAWKI is encapsulated in this REM video complete with Hollywood simulation: Its scarey people. The message: Once there were dinosaurs, and once there were people. So millions of people have tuned in and turned on to Pharrell Williams "Happy". If you can't do anything, if you feel powerless in the face of the big machine: well, go along for the ride.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Charles Hugh Smith Makes suggestions for future community building

A BLAST from the past: here's da BOMB

[RCEN EPA Caucus] CBC: Navigation Protection Act: Government braces for court battles over waterways‏

The navigable waters protection act really did not protect navigability... it gave the government the ability to lawfully remove navigability.

But it didn't change the fundamental aspect which is moralistic, not technical or functional.

Canadians slept, but suddenly CBC has raised the matter again, searching for a headline that might have traction: it doesn't and it won't make a difference. The battle was fought and the war was lost.,

The Kipawa river had a navigable sluiceway on it. You could paddle from Kipawa Lake to Lake Temiskaming if you dared. It was a traditional right.

But then the dam refurbishment threatened to take away that wonderful sluice that was the kickoff to the Kipawa River Festival.  

Les amis de la riviere Kipawa took the government to court. At first the justice department said that navigating the dam was illegal, but we showed them it was legal and that the dam itself was illegal. Then they said it wasn't safe. But we had over 40 years of history behind us showing that the dam was in fact safe.

Finally they said that running the world class sluice was not significant.

Then they changed the law.

Canadian Rivers

Canadian Rivers
I speak for river users too!

The Queen is not amused!

The Queen is not amused!

The Damned Dam - 2005 -

The Damned Dam - 2005 -
22nd Annual Kipaw Rally has modest turnout. - 23rd does better

The Ashlu river: it could happen to you

The Ashlu river: it could happen to you

Whitewater Ontario

Whitewater Ontario
Working Hard to Protect Canada's Paddling Resources

Whitewater Ontario - Mission Statement

It is Whitewater Ontario’s mission to support the whitewater paddling community through the promotion, development and growth of the sport in its various disciplines. We accomplish this through the development of events, resources, clubs, and programs for personal and athletic development, regardless of skill level or focus, to ensure a high standard of safety and competency; We advocate safe and environmentally responsible access and use of Ontario’s rivers. Whitewater Ontario is the sport governing body in the province, and represents provincial interests within the national body Whitewater Canada and the Canadian Canoe Association

Kipawa, Tabaret, and Opemican

Kipawa, Tabaret, and Opemican
If Hydro Quebec is not actively pursuing Tabaret what is that bite out of Opemican for?

Kipawa Dam: After

Kipawa Dam: After
Laniel Dam at 2006 Rally

Where is the Kipawa

Where is the Kipawa
Kipawa flows into lake Temiskamingue, running from Kipawa Lake, under hwy 101 in Quebec

Kipawa Dam

Kipawa Dam
laniel dam at 2004 River Rally

Tabaret is a Bad Idea

About the Kipawa

The best thing paddlers can do to help the cause of the Kipawa:

1. attend the rally and bring others including non paddlers to attend and buy beer and have fun

2. write your MP /MNA and raise the issue and post your objections -1 letter = 200 who didn't write

3. Write Thierry Vandal the CEO of Hydro Quebec strongly opposing the 132 MW standard decrying the use of "diversion" as the most environmentally inappropriate method of power production

4. Write Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec protesting that either the algonquin or the tabaret project will eliminate all other values on the Kipawa River by turning it into a dry gulch.

5. See if you can get other allied groups interested by showing your own interest, ie the Sierra Defense Fund, Earthwild, MEC, and so on.

6. Demand further consultation

7. Currently we are at the point where we need to sway public opinion and raise awareness.

However, if all else fails, don't get mad, simply disrupt, foment, and protest . The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Have you read Edward Abbey?

Important Addresses
CEO,Hydro Québec, 75 boul René Levesque, Montreal, P.Q., H2Z

Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Two)

Les Amis de la Riviere Kipawa is poised to use an application to the Federal Court to issue a Writ of Mandamus to ensure the Minster does what he is supposed to do, protect the public's right to navigate the water control structure at Laniel, Quebec using the Navigable Waters Protection Act. (see

In the now gutted Navigable Waters Protection Act lay the means by which the Minister of Transport could keep the public right of passage down our great Canadian Heritage, our rivers and streams which are threatened especially by resource corporations and power brokers such as Hydro Quebec.

These powerful entities continue to petition that 'this' river or 'that' stream is not navigable and therefore not protectable.
I don't say that dams and bridges should not be built, only that if they are, historical navigation rights should be considered and preserved by making reasonable accommodations for recreational boaters.

It is the Minister of Transport, in exercising the right to allow or disallow work on or over a navigable waterway is what keeps boats and recreational boaters plying our waterways.

To many recent cases launched in the Federal Court concerning the Navigable Waters Protection Act, most recently the case of the Humber Environment Group of Cornerbrook Newfoundland versus the Cornerbrook Pulp and Paper Company indicates that the important oversight is not being faithfully performed. Have we really come to the point now where we must say "such and such a stream is one foot deep, possessing so many cubic feet per second flow and so on?" The answer to this is... YES!

The honourable Mr. Justice John A. O'Keefe, ruled that it had not been shown that the river was navigable. How convenient was that to the Minister? But either the Minister of Transport acts to protect our rivers and streams as a public right or he does not and that means rivers and streams currently enjoyed by kayakers and canoists.

Enough of the cheating, and double-talk. Canadians! our rivers and streams are our own, lets urge the Minister of Transport and the our government to protect them.

Peter Karwacki

Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Three)

10 Reasons WhyTabaret is a Bad Idea1) Tabaret is too big. The station is designed to useevery drop of water available in the Kipawawatershed, but will run at only 44 percent capacity.We believe the Tabaret station is designed to usewater diverted from the Dumoine River into theKipawa watershed in the future. 2) The Tabaret project will eliminate the aquaticecosystem of the Kipawa River.The Tabaret project plan involves the diversion of a16-km section of the Kipawa River from its naturalstreambed into a new man-made outflow from LakeKipawa. 3) Tabaret will leave a large industrial footprint on thelandscape that will impact existing tourismoperations and eliminate future tourism potential. 4) The Tabaret project is an aggressive single-purposedevelopment, designed to maximize powergeneration at the expense of all other uses. 5) River-diversion, such as the Tabaret project, takinglarge amounts of water out of a river’s naturalstreambed and moving it to another place, is verydestructive to the natural environment. 6) The Kipawa River has been designated a protectedgreenspace in the region with severe limitations ondevelopment. This designation recognizes theecological, historical and natural heritage value ofthe river and the importance of protecting it.Tabaret will eliminate that value. 7) If necessary, there are other, smarter and morereasonable options for producing hydro power onthe Kipawa watershed. It is possible to build a lowimpactgenerating station on the Kipawa river, andmanage it as a “run-of-the-river” station, makinguse of natural flows while maintaining other values,with minimal impact on the environment. 8) The Kipawa watershed is a rich natural resource forthe Temiscaming Region, resonably close to largeurban areas, with huge untapped potential fortourism and recreation development in the future.Tabaret will severely reduce this potential. 9) Tabaret provides zero long-term economic benefitfor the region through employment. The plan is forthe station to be completely automated andremotely operated. 10) The Kipawa River is 12,000 years old. The riverwas here thousands of years before any peoplecame to the region. The Tabaret project will change all that.

Problems on a local River?

  • There is more to do as well but you have to do your research and above all, don't give up.
  • IN the meantime prepared a document itemizing the history of navigation of this spot and its recreational value. Use the Kipawa river history of navigation as a guide: see
  • Under the Ministry of Environment guidelines you have a set period of time to petition the change under the environmental bill of rights, you may have limited time to take this action. But it involves going to court for a judicial review of the decision.
  • 4. contact the ministry of natural resources officials and do the same thing.
  • 3. contact the ministry of the environment and determine if they approved the project
  • 2. determine if the dam was a legal dam, approved under the navigable waters protection act.
  • 1. research the decision and timing of it to determine if an environmental assessment was done.

Minden Ontario

Minden Ontario
Gull River Water control at Horseshoe lake

A History of Navigation on the Kipawa River

Prior to the environmental assessment there was no signage at the Laniel Dam

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