water supply

In Canada, water supply problems have been highly politicized by a number of factors:

These factors in combination tend to amplify each other and lead to a general lack of rational and fundamental debate about water supply. Projects such as the Death Pipe continue to be built, even against all evidence that they cause serious watershed and ecosystem damage and have high potential to result in e. coli pollution. Municipal regulatory barriers to green building prevent use of solutions such as rain catch or district sewage systems or even green roofs, while failing to forbid cosmetic biocides or restrict paving. In most cases a Federal Environmental Assessment is not even required to proceed with projects that have high probability, even a certainty, of negatively affecting life downstream.

Levels of government work at cross-purposes, e.g. the Government of Ontario under Gregory Sorbara and York Region encouraging construction of the Death Pipe while the Government of Canada renegotiates the key Great Lakes agreements and the City of Toronto (led by Howard Moscoe and Mike Del Grande) seeks injunction against that project.

In other words, Canada's entire regulatory and administrative attitude to water is characterized by rhetoric, ideology, and failure to even comprehend the basic simple science of watershed/upstream/downstream relationships.

There are several approaches to solving these problems, typified by the following positions:

[+] present municipalities need control over water

[+] watershed management organizations must be formed

[+] electoral system and municipality borders should respect watersheds