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Federal budget a failure when it comes to addressing the water crisis

19 Apr 2022

The clear intention was for this government to work together with the provinces, territories, Indigenous and local communities, scientists, and others to find the best ways to keep our waters safe, clean, and well managed. [...] A Canada Water Agency and a serious federal commitment to freshwater is not just good for water but is fundamental to how we adapt to a climate in flux, write members of the Forum for Leadership on Water. [...] The 50-plus organizations across the non- governmental community support the basic findings in the government’s own consultations, and are in vigorous agreement on the fundamental pillars that should guide the new independent agency. [...] Ralph Pentland is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and former director of water planning and management in the Canadian federal government and the architect of the Federal Water Policy. [...] Bob Sandford holds the Global Water Futures Chair in Water Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and is also a member of FLOW where they have collectively contributed to numerous publications related to federal water law and policy, including the Five Foundational Pillars for the Canada Water Agency.


Emily Hines

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