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  2.   THE BOOK



It appears to be a new and insidious development.  If it’s here in Saskatchewan, you probably have it, too.

In Saskatchewan water has fallen under SWA (Saskatchewan Watershed Authority), Department of Environment and Sask Water which reports to (curious arrangement) the Minister of Labour.

It seems that the DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND RESOURCES, the “lead provincial government agency responsible for development of the province’s resource sector” is now taking a role in the development of our water resource.  See below, (2)  CORPORATE GOVERNMENT AND WATER.

The “development” of water resources and infrastructure in Canada is being done in a worrisome way.  You may be interested in this new publication.  It is important to be informed.  When it comes to water there is no alternative.

“Attached is a discount flier that you can use to get 20% – 50% off on the paperback/hardback (for a very reasonable paperback price of

$23.96) … proceeds from the book royalties are being donated to the Canadian Waterkeeper Alliance.”

Best wishes,



(2)  THE BOOK     1 Eau Canada flier

From the Water List-serv: 

. . . .   I’m looking forward to reading this… packed with many different perspectives from people with a great knowledge of water issues. 

I am particularly interested in exploring the chapters on pricing, commons or commodity and thirsty neighbours… among many. 

Very timely release of this book Karen, coincides with the recent great increase in discussion on water issues.


/Eau Canada: The future of Canada’s water /has just been published by UBC Press.

Endorsed by Maude Barlow, David Boyd, and David Cameron, it contains contributions from 28 people working on water issues across Canada, including environmental lawyers, activists, former government officials, scientists, and academics.

Targeted at a general audience, the book analyzes the key weaknesses in Canadian water governance, and explores potential solutions. Highlights include a foreword by David Schindler, and chapters debunking Canada’s myth of water abundance, debating water privatization and water markets, and analysing the water exports issue. Other chapters explore a broad range of issues, including indigenous people’s water rights, demand management, water pricing, water ethics, and legal and governance reform. Short chapters and lots of great graphics make this an accessible book for non-technical readers and specialists alike.



John Ralston Saul says that we’ve moved from a form of government called “democratic” to a different system.  The other system of governance, the one we are now in, is corporate government.

What is your interpretation of this, the final line of a brochure for a “Water Quality Roundtable”:

  • “How do we ensure that industry is a key partner at the table?”

Then read the following description of “Communities of Tomorrow”, the “partners” putting on the Water Quality Round Table.  John Ralston Saul is right.  It motivates me to add ten more people to our network.  It is well past the time to reclaim our government.  Democracy is absolutely dependent upon the active participation of citizens. A critical mass of informed people.

A Government Department – the “lead provincial government agency responsible for development of the province’s resource sector” – and the resource they are talking about is water.   (INSERT:  2019 – – Agri-Food Canada has the honor.)


“A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to strengthen Western Canada’s economy and advance the interests of the West in national economic policy. Its programs and services support three strategic directions: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Communities.

The NRC (National Research Council) has extensive expertise in research designed for industrial and municipal applications and has established networks and partnerships with industry. The NRC’s fast-growing Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Research (CSIR) in Regina has a close working relationship with the City of Regina staff and the University of Regina’s Centre for Sustainable Communities.

The City of Regina brings to the partnership the opportunity to use Regina as a “living laboratory” to test and demonstrate new technologies and management practices. Regina has long had a reputation as an environmental leader and has a commitment to maintaining this reputation.

The University of Regina strives to be a global leader in sustainability.    (INSERT:  with the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, PTRC).

To this end, the University has established the Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC). By encouraging multidisciplinary support across many faculties and sectors, CSC builds an integrated approach to all aspects of sustainable development.

Saskatchewan Industry and Resources (SIR) coordinates, develops, promotes and implements policies and programs of the Government of Saskatchewan that strengthen and diversify the Saskatchewan economy.  SIR is the lead provincial government agency responsible for advancing economic growth and development of the province’s resource sector.”   (INSERT:  which includes water.)


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