Increased climate impacts require action, not privatization, Canadian Perspectives Magazine, Autumn 2022
19 October 2022
and supporters, we have managed to According to the Federation of Canadian successfully oppose corporations seeking Municipalities, Canada faces a deficit of The massive infrastructure deficit is largely to profit from commodifying water and more than $100 billion to repair and replace due to neoconservative governments creating resist their relentless attempts to undermine neglected water infrast. [...] PUTTING OUR EGGS IN THE And we must also make our communities WRONG BASKET as resilient as possible by protecting both the natural water infrastructure (like rivers, Despite the discreditable track record of lakes, wetlands, green belts, and groundwater P3s world-wide, the Trudeau government recharge areas) and the infrastructure we continues to embrace the concept. [...] In 2020, the CIB tried to launch a $20 million pilot project to finance water infrastructure in Mapleton, ON, but the deal collapsed under public scrutiny generated by the Council of Canadians and CUPE. [...] They are collective solutions, provincial government is prioritizing coal We are allowing a “death by a thousand public solutions, solutions that are rooted in mine development over the protection of cuts” for the natural water infrastructure our interdependence and duty to care for one rivers flowing out of the Rocky Mountains— and the water infrastructure we have built. [...] contents of the tar sands tailings ponds into due to climate change, like the forest fire the Athabasca River and is pressuring the that levelled the village of Lytton, B.