Commoditization of Water – Is it a Right?

Commercialization of water is big business.

Though Canada controls much of the world’s accessible fresh water, and is blessed with one of the lowest municipal prices for water among industrialized countries, we still buy it from far away places like Fiji for as much as $6/litre.

Why? Because we often waste–or pollute–the water we’ve got here at home. Meanwhile, around the world, people struggle to gain access to the fresh water we take for granted. These two problems may be more closely connected than we’d like to admit.

Canada has some tough decisions to make regarding its management of this precious resource. And regarding its position on the global issue of water rights.

Should access to fresh water be a human right? Should it be free for all to use and-inevitably-waste?

Join us on Monday, June 18th, 2012, at the Duke of York, when Tara Seucharan and Michael Brothers from the Council of Canadians will discuss water rights as they affect Canada and rest of the world.

Please be sure to RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you are coming!

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