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Canada needs a comprehensive water policy, now

And, thanks to the climate crisis, the pressure of time is accelerating.

There will never be enough space, enough words to even scratch the surface of the ways in which water is at risk. In a brief essay, one can merely list the complex issues that face us. We are wasting potable water, polluting natural water, exporting virtual water, losing wetlands and forests that retain and purify water, over-pumping groundwater, treating drinking water standards as flexible guidelines no one need heed, while boil-water orders move from community to community, being semi-permanent in First Nations communities.

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Canada needs a comprehensive water policy, now

And, thanks to the climate crisis, the pressure of time is accelerating.

There will never be enough space, enough words to even scratch the surface of the ways in which water is at risk. In a brief essay, one can merely list the complex issues that face us. We are wasting potable water, polluting natural water, exporting virtual water, losing wetlands and forests that retain and purify water, over-pumping groundwater, treating drinking water standards as flexible guidelines no one need heed, while boil-water orders move from community to community, being semi-permanent in First Nations communities.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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