Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water

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Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water K. Bakker (Ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006; CAD $85.00

Eau Canada addresses the poor state of water governance in Canada. The book is organized in 5 parts: 1) How well are we governing Canada's water; 2) Jurisdictional fragmentation and transboundary management; 3) Privatization, water rights and water markets; 4) Pathways to better water management; and 5) Water worldviews on politics, culture and ethics. There are 18 chapters written by 27 authors addressing topics that are primarily focused on the management of available water, how it is used and abused, reallocation of water, new approaches to water pricing, water conservation, water regulations, and water equity.

The book highlights the long overdue need to develop a comprehensive national strategy for water governance. This means we have to overcome the complex jurisdictional fragmentation between federal, provincial, Aboriginal, municipal and community agencies and organization. For example, Bakker's chapter covers the controversy between public and private sector control over water sources and management. The book also addresses the need for a more integrated and transparent approach to water management to avoid conflicts between multiple stakeholders. Shrubsole and Draper provide a history of water use and management and show that the federal government is delinquent in the collection of water data, particularly on water use, water sources, conservation, and waste water permitting. …

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