Category Archives: water

(Virtually All of) Canada Opposed to SPP

Canadians are not confident with the current approach that the Harper or Liberal government has with our international agreements, treatment of natural resources or national water policy.

These are virtually unanimous numbers.

The remaining 10% are probably those folks who also believe Bush is a good president.

Full Story Here.

These numbers are an indictment of the policies of both the Liberals and Harper government:

  • 89 per cent want an energy policy guaranteeing Canadian supply and protecting the environment, “even if this means placing restrictions on exports and foreign ownership of Canadian supplies.”
  • 88 per cent of Canadians want a comprehensive national water policy that bans bulk exports of fresh water and recognizes water as a basic human right. There are concerns water is not protected by trade agreements.
  • 87 per cent agree Canada should set its own independent environmental, health and safety standards, “even if it might reduce cross-border trade opportunities with the United States.” Council researcher Stuart Trew said the product-safety legislation introduced last week by the Harper government includes SPP goals for harmonization by allowing greater corporate oversight of products.
  • 86 per cent agree the SPP should be debated in the House of Commons and submitted to a parliamentary vote.

I have never seen more conclusive numbers than these in my life.

Meanwhile, anyone who challenges the SPP, even in fiction seems to face an early retirement:
CBC Drops Intelligence

Pharmaceuticals found in drinking water of 24 major US cities

Story here.

I read this piece and ask myself “is this a big story” or is it something that’s coming from the world of hyperbole and scaremongering?

I mean, bottled water has received a pretty bad rap of late, right? If most cities aren’t considering some kind of bottled water levy, they should be. For starters, it’s a great source of revenue. And for those companies that are just scooping the water from city taps and bottling it, it would be a great way to recoup some of the infrastructure costs that companies are taking advantage of. Finally, it would really put a sting on a product that has a price per litre that outranks the cost of a litre of gas.