Postby Oscar » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:01 am


April 19, 2017

To the Editor,

Water is an ingredient every human being, creature and plant needs to maintain a vigorous life.

We have learned that in many sections of our Earth, available clean water is decreasing.

The astronomical amount of water being used extensively in mining operations, processing the tar sands and fracking is phenomenal, leaving lakes of polluted water behind.

Well known author of 17 books, Maude Barlow, has recently published a book titled, "Boiling Point - Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada's Water Crisis."

She notes two examples of the disappearance of water on our planet:

- Asia's Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world presently is only one-tenth of its original size;
- Africa's Lake Chad, the sixth largest lake in the world, has now shrunk by 90%.

Canada's water resources represent about seven per cent of the world's freshwater supply.

Special efforts are being made to ensure that Canada's Indigenous people [First Nations People] have access to clean water.

We Canadians need to have a zealous attitude in our determination to maintain our limited resources of freshwater.

Leo Kurtenbach
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Saskatoon, SK
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Postby Oscar » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:08 pm

KURTENBACH: NAFTA & Canada's Water

September 14, 2017

To the Editor.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], water is defined as a "tradable good." This means that water could be sold to the highest bidder and making it possible for any private bidder or corporation to buy and sell Canada's water.

Drought conditions existing in the USA could lead to increasing pressure by that country to buy Canadian water. Even if only one
Canadian province sells water to American interests, under NAFTA, Canada would be powerless to turn off the tap, even if Canada would be experiencing serious drought conditions.

In other parts of the world, the privatization of water has contributed to increased rates, less accessibility, and poorer quality.

Canada's water supply is limited. It is under pressure from pollution, a great deal of extraction and a changing climate.

A strong federal leadership is necessary to manage and control Canada's water supply in the interests of all Canadians. Our government needs to be diligent in keeping our water supply out of the hands of corporate trade agreements.

Leo Kurtenbach,
Saskatoon, SK
Phone-306 652 5129
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