Photo: Bossio shakes hands with FireRein President Quincy Emmons, who was joined by FireRein Chair William Stewart to testify at the federal Environment Committee
Ottawa, ON – Local voices from Quinte Conservation and Napanee’s FireRein testified at the Federal Environment Committee in Ottawa Monday in a study of disaster mitigation for severe flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events in Canada. Hastings—Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio was on hand as a member of the committee to question the witnesses.
Bossio opened the round of questioning by pointing to recent federal funding of $250,000 to Quinte Conservation for a climate change adaptation risk management plan in response to the historic drought of 2016, and further drought in 2017.
Quinte Conservation will be working with the 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers, as well as Prince Edward County.
“This funding is going to help prepare drought management plans for all 18 of those municipalities,” said Brad McNevin, CAO of Quinte Conservation. “The Quinte region has a limited supply of ground water. There’s a lot of fractured bedrock.”
McNevin testified that “climate change is directly impacting our weather and our communities. There is no time better than the present to start taking the necessary precautions in preparing for these impacts and ensuring that our country is prepared for the future.”
In light of record flooding in the community again this year, just two years after 2017’s historic flooding, McNevin added that “we need to promote forest preservation, support tree-planting programs, enhance and strengthen protection measures for watercourses, wetlands, and headwater drainage features. We need to ensure that development is located in the right place, not in floodplains and wetlands.”
FireRein, based in Napanee, was also on hand to speak to innovative ways to combat wildfires using their non-toxic fire suppressant. FireRein makes the only fire suppressant that is 100% bio-based, made from ingredients found in food, which contrasts with the existing products that use super-absorbent polymers that can contain cancer-causing chemicals and respiratory irritants.
“Every ingredient comes from plants, and in fact the majority of our ingredients are grown by Canadian farmers,” noted FireRein’s President Quincy Emmons. He pointed to the need to update approvals testing to include gels, rather than just foams, as a barrier to further expansion.
“I am so proud that there is a company in my riding that has created such an innovative and valuable product, especially with the impacts of climate change,” said Bossio, pointing to the great potential to use FireRein’s product to safely combat the wildfires that are increasingly causing havoc across vast swaths of Canada, with the residue from the bio-gel acting as a compost, and not a toxic chemical.
- Quinte Conservation Testifies at Federal Environment Committee: https://youtu.be/w7PvtZJ18BA
- Bossio Questions Quinte Conservation’s Brad McNevin at Environment Committee: https://youtu.be/EpGa_ZuPUf4
- Napanee’s FireRein Testifies at Federal Environment Committee: https://youtu.be/TpD9reb5cps
- Bossio Questions FireRein’s Quincy Emmons at Environment Committee: https://youtu.be/B_0rOpS7udM
- In February 2018, MP Mike Bossio announced a federal investment of $325,000 in FireRein to support the commercialization of its ground-breaking fire suppression product. More details: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/bossio-announces-federal-funding-for-fire-rein/
- In May 2019, MPs Mike Bossio and Neil Ellis announced federal funding of $250,000 for Quinte Conservation for a climate change adaptation risk response plan. Quinte Conservation will be working with 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers, as well as Prince Edward County, to develop drought monitoring and response plans. More details: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/feds-supporting-quinte-conservation-climate-change-adaptation-three-municipal-projects/
- In May 2018, Infrastructure Canada launched the $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, designed to support large-scale infrastructure projects that will help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards.
- FireRein Inc: https://www.firerein.com/
- Quinte Conservation: http://quinteconservation.ca