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    [b:3qyfoz2t]”Free” as in Esprit will donate 100% of our revenues from this trip to Les Amis to help offset their legal fees in their fight to preserve navigability of the dam at Laniel.[/b:3qyfoz2t]

    Here is the scoop. As some of you know (and others may not) Les Amis de Kipawa has entered into a legal action with Public Works Canada. The fight is to maintain the navigability of the dam at Laniel which is currently under reconstruction. There has been tireless effort put in by some VERY dedicated volunteers to keep the dam at Laniel navigable for recreational purpose including canoes, kayaks and rafts. This case is very important for the paddling community at large, and may be precedent setting for environmental battles in the future.

    Les Amis, their lawyers (who have taken the case pro-bono) and some other dedicated individuals should all be applauded for their efforts. Without these dedicated individuals we would all be putting in below the dam.

    Esprit is also trying to do its part. We have appealed to our new MP (the new Minister of Transport), we are expert witnesses in the Les Amis case, we have helped translate some documentation….. but now there is a financial crunch coming on and i think that the general paddling community can help us raise some funds to keep the case alive.

    An escalation of expenses has put the pressure on les Amis. Despite free legal council….expenses add up and this escalation is putting the case at risk.

    Esprit is prepared to offer Les Amis 56 rafting spaces on an afternoon trip on Sunday June 25 at 1:00pm to 7:00pm free of charge. To join this trip participants would make a donation to Les Amis. The donation fee would be the same as our normal rafting rate ($100 per person) but all proceeds would go to Les Amis. Our guide’s, dedicated to the cause, have offerred their wages to help support the LES AMIS cause as well.

    What we need from the paddling community is to rustle up your friends, family and companions who cannot paddle the river and get them booked on this particular trip. When we combine a worthy cause with a fun and adventurous time…..everyone wins!

    To book on this trip contact Julie at 800 596 7238 or
    Please mention you are interested in the Les Amis Legal Fund trip and 100% of your trip costs will go directly to Les Amis and their battle to preserve our navigation rights at Laniel.

    We hope to see you at the Kipawa,

    Jim, Erin and Team Esprit

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