This week, Senate held its last days of hearings for Bill S-11, the First Nations Drinking Water Safety Act, which proposes that water quality on reserves be brought to Canadian drinking water standards. It looks great on paper, but many groups are unhappy with the plan. “Three-quarters of First Nations are adamantly opposed to this Bill,” said Merrell-Ann Phare of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources at the CFCAS Water Security Symposium in Ottawa last May when the Bill was introduced.

Why? In large part, testimonies claimed gaps in funding and skilled labour. What do you think? Don’t forget to add your comments after voting!

Read more about S-11 in this previous post.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Buckminster Fuller said it best, ‘you never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete”.

    Not being desirous to get into the politics of the issue there are off the shelf solutions that are quite readily available. They don’t require large sums of capital and often little to no hands on efforts by the user. They also greatly exceed all current MOE and Health Canada regulations.
    How about 99.999% microbiologically pure water without the use of chemicals or electricity. How about 24/7 remote internet viewing to monitor water quality and remote flushing.
    Politics aside of course, but the answer is readily available when the parties are willing to consider it.

  2. Buckminster Fuller said it best, ‘you never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete”.

    Not being desirous to get into the politics of the issue there are off the shelf solutions that are quite readily available. They don’t require large sums of capital and often little to no hands on efforts by the user. They also greatly exceed all current MOE and Health Canada regulations.
    How about 99.999% microbiologically pure water without the use of chemicals or electricity. How about 24/7 remote internet viewing to monitor water quality and remote flushing.
    Politics aside of course, but the answer is readily available when the parties are willing to consider it.

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