Jan 312019
 

Return to INDEX FVRD adopted the zoning amendment bylaw at last Board meeting Erin Knutson The clean and clear waters of Harrison Mills will soon be a bottled commodity. The Fraser Valley Regional District Board adopted the zoning amendment bylaw at their last Board meeting January 27. The bylaw allows Christopher’s Springs, owned by Harrison […]

Jan 312019
 

Return to INDEX (“BACKGROUND” revised Feb 6/19) RESOLUTION TITLE:   “LICENSING OF GROUNDWATER EXTRACTION FOR COMMERCIAL BOTTLING/BULK WATER EXPORT SALES” Authored by:  Strathcona Director, Brenda Leigh Passed:  unanimously, by Strathcona Regional District, January 24, 2019. Scroll down to time-line for NEXT VOTES Would apply to:   all B.C., if it is supported through the next higher levels […]

Jan 282019
 

Return to INDEX PLEASE CONSIDER FORWARDING,  either the link to this posting, or a “copy and paste”, as you see fit.   The links at the bottom are important – –  the Agri-Food Canada program to increase water exports from Canada. Brenda Leigh, Director on the Regional District Strathcona Board, created an excellent opportunity, by […]

Jan 252019
 

Return to INDEX RELATED: 2019-01-28 Taking of water for export. Director Brenda Leigh re “First in Time, First in Rights” policy 2019-01-25   Strathcona Regional District board passes bottled water resolution for AVICC meeting SHORT version first. Then more details:  the wording of the Resolution, as it was passed  trade in water and the first […]

Jan 252019
 
2019-01-25  Strathcona Regional District board passes bottled water resolution for AVICC meeting,  Campbell River Mirror

Return to INDEX Wording asks province to cease bulk water bottling in Island, Coastal Communities. (Resolutions for AVICC are to be for all of British Columbia.  The motion was actually amended;  it would apply to all of B.C., if enacted by the Province.) Some Comox Valley residents made the trip to ask the SRD at […]

Jan 152019
 
2016-09-30  A Look into Nestle’s Controversial Water Bottling Business in Canada,  from Vice.com

Return to INDEX by Vanmala Subramaniam The company’s Canadian subsidiary is currently in dispute with an Ontario town that was experiencing a drought. Photo via Flickr user Wilson Hui With about 0.5 percent of the world’s population, Canada has a disproportionate share of global water supply with seven percent of the globe’s renewable water and […]

Jan 152019
 
2018-11-13  The growing pains of updating BC's water law, Watershed Sentinel, by Gavin MacRae

Return to INDEX By Gavin MacRae Watershed Sentinel writer Gavin MacRae examines how well the new Water Sustainability Act is working in the context of a water bottling controversy in Merville   BC’s original Water Act was a relic, drafted when Vancouver was still a fledgling city and before Canada’s first airplane took to the […]

Jan 122019
 
2016-06-17  Water export, Vander Zalm,  Four reports, 1 CanLii Comment:  B.C. government guilty of misfeasance in long-running water dispute;  B.C. businessman waged a two-decade legal battle against his province. A judge finally sided with him;  Province appeals damning water export case; Premier Bill Vander Zalm and the Water War Crimes

The first article below is an update:  An award of damages has yet to be made in this case.  . . .  the trial judge held not only the relevant official, then-Premier William Vander Zalm liable, but also the Province itself on the basis that it was a “collective public body.”  The case is decades […]

Dec 182018
 
2011-03-30  Plans to export water, though unpopular, keep springing up

RENATA D’ALIESIO Published March 30, 2011 Updated April 30, 2018 A few weeks ago, Gerry White slipped into the pilot’s seat of his helicopter and took off for a remote lake in Newfoundland. He flies there a couple of times a year, sometimes to salmon fish in the area, but often just to glimpse the […]

Dec 182018
 

The Newfoundland government has endorsed Ottawa’s request that provinces ban bulk-exports of fresh water, but the feds will have to enforce the ban themselves, says the province’s environment minister. Oliver Langdon, Newfoundland’s environment minister, says it will be up to the federal government to prevent existing proposals from going ahead. “It is our opinion that […]