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.
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.
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?"
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.
Province Rethinking Nitrogen Removal – September 30, 2008
The Doer government wants to take a second look at whether removing nitrogen from Winnipeg's waste water is worth the huge cost. The move is an about-face for the province, which has steadfastly maintained nitrogen should be removed from waste water along with phosphorus and ammonia. The review comes as many in the scientific community say nitrogen removal is costly and will have little impact on reducing pollution in Lake Winnipeg, where Winnipeg's waste-water pollution eventually ends up via the Red River.
'Blue Gold’ Worth $65B Annually – September 3, 2008
Less than 1% of the world’s water exists in the form of accessible fresh water. Of that, Canada has 20% of the total supply.
Nitrogen Must Go: Province – August 5, 2008
The Doer government is forcing Winnipeg to spend $10 million to $50 million on a sewage-treatment process that one of the world's leading freshwater scientists believes will actually make Lake Winnipeg filthier.
Drain Canada Dry? – May 28, 2008
Canada, with 10 times the renewable fresh water per capita as the United States, is by global standards a water heavyweight. Though we boast of our trade muscle on energy matters, Canadians come off as positively paranoid we're powerless to stop Americans from siphoning our precious water.
Why Water is Becoming the New Oil – October 26, 2007
It appears that water is about to become commoditized and be traded as a futures contract along with pork bellies, oranges or lumber. This will make water a geopolitical issue. If Great Lakes water is shipped to irrigate the U.S. Midwest, will Canada get half its value?
Quebec May Ban Some Dishwashing Detergents – September 6, 2007
Fix Hydro Pricing - Then Sell – September 6, 2007
At first glance, the idea of privatizing HydroQuébec has obvious appeal. On second thought, maybe not so much.
A Dam Shame – December 2, 2006
Manitoba is squandering its hydro wealth by charging below-market rates.
Private Filtration Plant Could Have Prevented Vancouver Water Woes: Proponents – November 28, 2006
Save Water, Kill Cities – October 3, 2006
Certainly no one should be getting their water for free. It's a resource like any other and deserves to be priced accordingly.
Farmers fear $1-billion Property Value Loss from New Water Protection Law Financial run-off – May 10, 2006
Manitoba farm leaders are frantically trying to convince the province to change new legislation designed to save Lake Winnipeg that could cost farmers over $1 billion, according to some estimates
Bhopal, Ontario – June 10, 2005
Five years after contaminated water killed seven people and sickened 2,300 in Walkerton, Ont., the causes of the tragedy are widely understood
Low-priced water sucking us down the drain – August 21, 2003
Canadians are among the world's most profligate users of water because the price of water is so cheap.
Frozen Taps – June 10, 2003
More evidence from the United Kingdom that state ownership of water utilities is costly and inefficient.
Clean Blue Water – April 8, 2003
Globally, the poorest countries face the worst environmental problems. They are poor because they lack the political, economic and cultural institutions necessary for economic growth.
Will foreigners drink Canada dry? – May 23, 1998
Paranoia about Canadian water exports is unwarranted and premature..