Water Pricing by Usage the Way Forward – October 25, 2011
Canadian municipalities, especially in water-stressed regions, need to adopt water rates that reflect actual usage, both to aid in conservation and pay for infrastructure.
Tip of the Smithbilt to Those Cherished Utilities – July 20, 2011
Much of the free time we have come to enjoy that has made us more productive is largely the result of the availability of utilities and the infrastructure which brings them to us.
Plans to Export Water, Though Unpopular, Keep Springing Up – April 20, 2011
Today, as federal politicians fan out across the country to wage an election campaign, there is little appetite to reignite a debate on water exports, as was suggested by former prime minister Jean Chrétien last week. Mr. White, though, maintains it’s only a matter of time before Canada begins trading water.
Water Markets Can Help Semi-Arid Prairies – April 7, 2011
Alarmism and anti-market biases by environmental groups are short circuiting an important debate about how water markets can help the semi-arid southwestern Prairies.
Wet Winter Can't Slake West's Thirst – April 6, 2011
For the 30 million Americans who depend on the Colorado River for their water, this past winter's soaking rains and snows will only leave them thirsting for more.
IPCC Climate Science Is Fundamentally Wrong: Carbon Footprint is All Wet – December 1, 2010
"Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science deliberately kept public focus on warmer temperatures and blamed it all on radiative forcing due to CO2. They virtually ignore water in all its forms, partly because terms of reference directed them to only human causes and because any consideration of the role of water destroys the CO2 hypothesis."
There Is No Water Shortage – November 24, 2010
"There is no shortage of water. Amounts available vary regionally and change over time as precipitation amounts vary. Demand also changes with increases in population and economic development. Crude estimates indicate water use per person is 15 liters in undeveloped countries and approximately 900 liters in developed countries. Throughout history humans have developed remarkable techniques and technologies to deal with these issues. Few of these attempted to reduce demand, most worked to increase supply."
Water New Target as Climate Change Hysteria Falters – November 10, 2010
"Water is the latest target. More and more stories about running out of water appear. Most are linked to the false claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that droughts will increase in severity with global warming."
Scare Campaigns to the Contrary, Canada Won’t Run Out of Water – September 30, 2010
Scare campaigns to the contrary, Canada is not going to run out of water.
Throw Cold Water on Bulk-Water Export Opposition – June 18, 2010
"A recent special report on water in The Economist offered a provocative comment: “The trouble with water is that it’s all politics, no economics.” How else to explain why a pro-free-trade government in one of the world’s most water-endowed countries would seek to ban bulk water exports?"
Understanding Profits – April 22, 2010
"Water services should meet the cost of the capital they employ (that is to say, make normal profits), just like other utilities such as electricity and gas. If they don’t, capital will be misallocated because it could produce more social value in other uses."
On Water and Sewers, Park the Ideology – April 20, 2010
Winnipeg should adopt a new stand-alone model for managing public utilities; that will enable it to escape political interference and solve the problem of ignored infrastructure.
Toward Greater Transparency in Water and Sewer Services in Winnipeg – April 19, 2010
Frontier’s new report shows how the public-private partnership being considered by Winnipeg City Council on sewer services and infrastructure is an effective model.
Media Release - Toward Greater Transparency in Water – April 19, 2010
Media Release for Frontier’s new report that shows how the public-private partnership being considered by Winnipeg City Council on sewer services and infrastructure is an effective model.
Change Prices, Not Attitudes, to Conserve Water – March 29, 2010
By eliminating water subsidies and eliminating flat rate pricing for water, we can do more to promote conservation than millions of dollars worth of public education campaigns.
Our Blue Gold – March 24, 2010
"In the past few years, several domestic think-tanks have researched this issue, and concluded that there is a potentially lucrative market for Canadian water. The Frontier Centre for Public Policy estimates that Manitoba could earn US$1.33-billion annually by exporting just 1% of the fresh water flowing into Hudson Bay, via a pipeline to American markets, thereby ending Manitoba's status as a have-not province."
Wastewater Problems in Cottage Country – February 12, 2010
PowerPoint slides which accompanied the Breakfast on the Frontier speech by John Ilg in Winnipeg February 10, 2010.
Removal of nitrate-nitrogen from City wastewater will cost millions and achieve little – December 3, 2009
PowerPoint slides detailing Manitoba's options to balance good and bad algae in its lakes and rivers which accompanied the Breakfast on the Frontier speech by Jan Oleszkiewicz in Winnipeg on November 25th, 2009.
A Visionary's Epiphany About Water – October 8, 2009
Kierans figures that before this century is out, freshwater in North America will reach such a crisis state - drought, forest fires, irrigation - that Canada will be forced to reach an agreement with the United States.
Septic Soap Opera – September 14, 2009
There is less than meets the eye in the problem of overflowing sewage lagoons in Manitoba provincial parks. Regulators failed to expand lagoon capacity after they decreed an end to grey water septic fields; a decision which dramatically increased volumes hauled to lagoons.