London – The World Wildlife Fund released a study last week outlining the status of several rivers in Canada including the Thames River that runs through London and the surrounding communities.  The river received an overall poor score. 

“The results of this study are very alarming” said Irene Mathyssen, MP for London-Fanshawe.  “This river is a heritage river and vital to our communities.  The fact that it received a poor rating means we need to be stepping up the protection levels of the river.”

The Thames River was protected federally under the Navigable Waters Act until changes to the law earlier this year saw the Thames and many other lakes and rivers across Canada stripped of Federal Protection. 

“The Conservatives have been stripping away environmental protections and this will have a detrimental effect on the environment and our communities” said Mathyssen.  “The Thames River needs our protection and the WWF study has shown we need to act now.  I have introduced a private member’s bill to once again include the Thames in the Navigable Waters Act and take that first step to better protecting the river that means so much to our community.”

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