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National Water Policy

For years, water protection in Canada has suffered from deregulation and budget cuts at both the federal and provincial levels. The Council of Canadians has long advocated for the modernization of federal water policies. A federal agency has the potential to help implement the human right to water and sanitation, centering Indigenous rights and community interests. It could improve standards for regulating dangerous contaminants such as lead in our drinking water. It could protect our lakes and rivers from risky and unnecessary energy megaprojects.

Unfortunately, however, it appears the new Canada Water Agency, which came into effect in 2022 and which the federal Liberals first proposed in 2019, falls short of meeting those goals. As an agency with little regulatory or enforcement powers, it will be all carrot and no stick. Read more.

The Canada Water Agency: All carrot, no stick

The Canada Water Agency: All carrot, no stick

The new Canada Water Agency can’t protect our waters without stronger regulatory and enforcement powers ...
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No Water To Waste: Boycott Bottled Water

No Water To Waste: Boycott Bottled Water

We have No Water to Waste Recently, a giant American corporation, Blue Triton, was granted permission to extract and bottle ...
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National organizations call for an end to thermal coal exports during COP26

National organizations call for an end to thermal coal exports during COP26

The groups are delivering petitions today, with a total of 32,220 signatures, asking that the federal government ban all coal ...
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The Big Questions: Water

The Big Questions: Water

Canada has no national strategy to protect our waters from pollution and privatization. And dozens of First Nations still have ...
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Minister Wilkinson must help protect water in the Prairies from coal mining in the Rockies

Minister Wilkinson must help protect water in the Prairies from coal mining in the Rockies

TO: The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change RE: Help protect interprovincial waters from coal mining Dear ...
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Albertans deserve meaningful consultation on coal policy

Albertans deserve meaningful consultation on coal policy

All signs point to the Alberta government using the upcoming public consultations to clear the way for more coal mining ...
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International Day of Action of Rivers is March 14

International Day of Action of Rivers is March 14

Rivers provide clean, flowing waters for ecosystems, wildlife, and human communities. In recognition of the International Day of Action of ...
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Water P3s

The federal government’s scheme to promote water P3s in Canada

For the last year, the CIB has signaled its intention to promote water and wastewater P3s across the country, touting ...
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