Taking common good like water and selling it for profit is just plain WRONG. The water belongs to all people and natural habitat in the area (which is not being represented at all). If you really want to allow peddling water, then the decision making needs to be 100% controlled by the local community (not local government) lead by indigenous people with representation of all parties (this includes plant and animal life) by local environmental protection groups and NGOs. Any PROFITS (not the measly cents per liter) from such transactions need to be SPLIT - 50% going back to the community to monitor and control the outtake from local water reserves as well as to protect local biodiversity and environmental integrity. Should there be any damages identified by the supervising NGO group (not local government), the business taking the water will be solely responsible for funding and executing the corrective actions outlined by the supervising NGO group. Also such corporation selling water need to be fully liable and financially accountable for plastic pollution they create ie. contributing to local waste management and recycling programs via a levy on plastic bottles.
Anything less than the above is going to lead to further environmental degradation creating environments that breed viruses like COVID. In short, this regulation is inferior and biased towards businesses making profit from common good, water, that belongs to the community. THIS IS INADEQUATE. The regulations should be a guide for local communities to decide if they want to sell their water or not - NOT A RIGHT FOR CORPORATIONS TO MAKE PROFIT ON A RESOURCE THAT ARE FREE FOR ALL.
I suggest this regulation is re-written with community and environmental benefit as the only acceptable outcome.
Submitted June 26, 2020 9:04 AM
Updating Ontario’s Water Quantity Management Framework
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