There are water-boil advisories and even a lack of running water to Indigenous communities just 90 minutes north of Toronto.
Private corporations such as Nestle continue to extract millions of litres daily from Ontario lakes, rivers and ground sources, much of it taken illegally and with no permissions granted from treaty protected lands and with no compensation to those Indigenous people, while the Ontario gov't gets a cut of $500+ per million litre extracted.
Then of course, that stolen water is manufactured and distributed via carbon-intensive methods and sold to the public in polluting single-use petroleum-based plastic bottles.
The United Nations predicts that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live with dire water shortages, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under stressed water conditions.
Ontario needs to say no to harvesting public and Indigenous waters for private corporate gains.
Ontario cannot let corporations lay claims to public water sources, especially as fresh water becomes any even more essential and scarce natural resource.
Ontario must recognize that clean, running water is a basic human right and guarantee its protection in Ontario.
Water is life.
Submitted June 18, 2020 5:14 PM