Great Lakes Environmental Directory Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes grants exotic species water pollution water export drilling environment Great Lakes pollution Superior Michigan Huron Erie Ontario ecology Great Lakes issues wetlands Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes watershed water quality exotic species Great Lakes grants water pollution water export oil gas drilling environment environmental Great Lakes pollution Lake Superior Lake Michigan Lake Huron Lake Erie Lake Ontario Great Lakes ecology Great Lakes issues Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Resources Great Lakes activist Great Lakes environmental organizations Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat air pollution alien species threatened rare endangered species ecological Great Lakes information Success Stories Great Lakes Directory Home/News Great Lakes Calendar Great Lakes jobs/volunteering Search Great Lakes Organizations Take Action! Contact Us Resources/Links Great Lakes Issues Great Lakes News Article About Us Networking Services

Great Lakes Article:

Ontario mulls selling sewer and water systems
CBC Ottawa
03/02/04

OTTAWA - The province is considering hiking water rates and selling off municipal sewer and water systems as a means of paying for an estimated $12-billion repair bill.

A discussion paper released by David Caplan, the minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, discusses ways of coping with Ontario's crumbling hospitals, schools roads, water and sewer systems.


Water system infrastructure was one of the areas singled out as needing the most attention.

Caplan said water rates, which are currently the third lowest in the world, are going to have to go up.

"We have an enormous infrastructure deficit in this province," he said. "No firm decisions about how and the methods, but clearly we can't keep going on the way we have."

He's even willing to consider the sale of the infrastructure to the private sector to get the much-needed money.

But Paul Muldoon, the head of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, said even the suggestion of water privatization flies in the face of recommendations made in the Walkerton Inquiry.


"The idea is totally outrageous, that we're going to privatize or sell one of the most important parts of our common infrastructure, our water system," he said. "Even the idea of that has to be withdrawn."

The ministry will be holding public consultations across the province in March to discuss the issues raised by the discussion paper.

This information is posted for nonprofit educational purposes, in accordance with U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1,Sec. 107 copyright laws.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for
purposes of your own that go beyond "fair use," you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


Great Lakes environmental information

Return to Great Lakes Directory Home/ Site Map