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New Ontario flooding advisor is announced

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New Ontario flooding advisor is announced

OTTAWA — The Ontario government has announced that former Manitoba deputy minister of infrastructure and transportation Doug McNeil has been named Ontario’s special advisor on flooding.

McNeil’s government experience includes 36 years in public service with the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba. He also served as vice-president of engineering and construction with the Manitoba Floodway Authority and led the Floodway Expansion project which included a provincial review of floodway operating rules and flood protection studies of mitigation measures for Winnipeg.

In his new function McNeil will assess current roles and responsibilities of governments, agencies and organizations involved in flood management, including any opportunities for improvement; review feedback received; identify recommendations; and ensure all recommendations are consistent with the province’s ability to implement them, stated a July 18 release.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has launched a new Surface Water Monitoring Centre webpage to offer access to early flood warning messages. The province held Flooding Engagement Sessions earlier this year in Muskoka, Pembroke and Ottawa to hear from municipalities and industry leaders on how to better prepare for floods.

“We heard from people across the province and saw first-hand the damage caused by flooding in so many communities,” said Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski in the statement. “We want to help Ontarians protect what matters most, and the special advisor will help better prepare our province for flooding in the future.”

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Lynn Lefebvre Image Lynn Lefebvre

What can we do to get Quebec to work with Ontario
towards the same goals!

Before you put all your efforts in to flood prevention, please look at the cause. What are you protecting against. Look at the overall history of the lake and then you will not have to go any further than Plan 2014.
I am glad to see more articles about flooding issues with my good neighbours to the North. I am not glad we are both having to deal with this alone as one country. I would like to see if we could make connections on both sides of the lake.
I was beginning to think this might be a Lake Ontario south shoreline issue.
Let me know if you would like to discuss further.
Thanks Jim

Linda Pilszak Image Linda Pilszak

Jim Basile, I agree…however it may very well be that the U.S. side will be the best route to fight.. You have this:
The Fifth Amendment also contains the Takings Clause, which allows the federal government to take private property for public use if the government provides “just compensation.”
Like the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment includes a due process clause stating that no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Fifth Amendment’s due process clause applies to the federal government, while the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause applies to state governments. The Supreme Court has interpreted the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause as providing two main protections: procedural due process, which requires government officials to follow fair procedures before depriving a person of life, liberty, or property, and substantive due process, which protects certain fundamental rights from government interference. The Supreme Court has also held that the Due Process Clause contains a prohibition against vague laws and an implied equal protection requirement similar to the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
Canada does not have any such protection 🙁 Of course we will do what we can to support the fight.

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