On Friday, May 16, 2008 from 9:00-10:30 AM the Library of Parliament convened a seminar on A Model Act to Preserve Canada’s Water that was released by the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies earlier in 2008.
This 2008 Panel Discussion, hosted by POWI, was based on “A Model Act for Preserving Canada’s Water”, which was prepared by the Canadian Water Issues Council (CWIC). The Model Act focuses on the public policy question: Are there options available to Canada to deter bulk water removals that are both consistent with Canada’s trade obligations and desirable from other public policy perspectives? CWIC argues that such options exist, and moreover should command wide support from all political parties and diverse groups in civil society. The paper is offered by CWIC as a starting point to help build consensus among Canadians on the matter. It describes a model federal statute to preserve Canada’s waters from bulk removal, a statute that would be both consistent with Canada’s trade obligations and respectful of the roles of different levels of government within Canada. This discussion was webcast live on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 (9:30 AM EST). An archived version is now available along with French and English audio recordings.
To see the related publication, please click here.
Drawing on expertise from various perspectives, this 2007 “day of discussion” was designed to raise issues and stimulate dialogue on emerging domestic, bilateral and continental water policies of significance to Canadians. It focused on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) that many contend is a blueprint for both the deep economic integration of Canada, the United States and Mexico, as well as a sharing of continental energy. The discussion was focused on the Discussion Paper, “On the Table: Water, Energy and North American Integration” by Andrew Nikiforuk. “On the Table” explores recent events relating to water export, including increasing water supply problems in the U.S. and Mexico, recent activities in Canada and the U.S. that promote the export of water from Canada, the myths of water abundance in Canada, the Security and Prosperity Partnership, and the water-energy nexus in a continental context.
For the Discussion Paper, please click here.
Did you miss the conference? Watch the webcast here.
A follow up to the February 17, 2005 workshop “Legal Diversions or Legal Solutions”, this Workshop in July 2005 was co-sponsored by POWI and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. It focused on the broader implications on the Great Lakes Basin of the Revised Annex 2001 Agreements.
This 2005 Workshop, co-sponsored by POWI and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, focused on the legal aspects of the Draft Annex 2001 Agreements.