By Peter Rusland
The Cowichan River still has heritage status, but its environmental protection from development could be drained by Ottawa's recent Bill C-45, a local MP and stakeholders claim.
Of 37 designated Canadian heritage rivers, just 10 now fall under protection by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder's staff states. Those 10 don't include the Cowichan.
Pulling its protection "is clearly to allow (potential) development," said Crowder.