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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debate of Course but Be Honest – July 30, 2009
Winnipeg residents need more accurate information about private service delivery options before they vote in a proposed referendum on the issue.
Canadians Needn’t Feel Guilty Over Water Use – July 27, 2009
As a percentage of available renewable resources, Canada withdraws less of its water each year than the overwhelming majority of countries in the world, including European nations such as Germany and France. Canada’s per capita water consumption is high, but is sustainable in light of our large natural supply of freshwater.
CUPE and Private Water Management – April 13, 2009
Canada needs to keep an open mind on P3’s and look objectively at their strengths and weaknesses instead of allowing the debate to be captured by vested interests.
Developing World Thirsty For Water Rights – March 31, 2009
Only five percent of global water management today is private. It is governments who mismanage and misallocate water to farmers and other special interests, as well as the politically connected, especially in poor countries. Not only does public ownership and management of water resources harm the poor, it also harms the environment by encouraging waste.
The Ultimate Infrastructure Project: Manmade River from Canada – February 16, 2009
A mega water pipeline with capacity of 6.5 billion cubic meters annually from Canada to the thirsty American south could be made part of the Presidents' infrastructure stimulus initiatives that would produce jobs and also help satisfy future fresh water requirements of the region.
Learning from New Zealand: De-Politicizing Water Service Delivery – November 18, 2008
Left within municipalities, water will remain just a staid, old departmental activity with little emphasis being given to its special place in the lives of city citizens.
Let's Sell Water To The U.S.A. – June 15, 2008
Manitoba could net more than $1 billion a year by piping water from northern Manitoba and selling it the United States by diverting just 1% of the renewable fresh water flow into Hudson Bay.
Rescuing Lake Winnipeg with Better Public Policy – August 22, 2007
How banning grey water septic fields produced more raw sewage spills in cottage country.
Katz’s Powerless City Summit – May 29, 2006
Can a big-time summit reverse Winnipeg's relative decline? That requires creative actions at a higher level.
Phosphorus and the Law – March 30, 2006
We've got to fix Lake Winnipeg. But how we do that makes all the difference.
Water Plant Alternative can Fund Floodway – March 18, 2002
Winnipeg is planning to spend $250 million to build a new water treatment plant.
A Wet Idea – August 23, 1999
While politically incorrect to discuss, water exports should be explored since it could mean substantial benefits to Canada
City Does Not Need New Water Plant – November 1, 1997
The Coca-Cola Company recently caused a minor uproar when it hinted it might vary its soft drink prices with weather conditions.