Canada has long been seen as a land of natural bounty - a country of lush forests, abundant agriculture, and pristine lakes. Even as the sustainability of many of our resources has been questioned, Canadians have remained stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that Canadian water is, in fact, under threat. Eau Canada assembles the country's top water experts to discuss our most pressing water issues. Perspectives from a broad range of thinkers - geographers, environmental lawyers, former government officials, aquatic and political scientists, and economists - reflect the diversity of concerns in water management. Arguing that weak governance is at the heart of Canada's water problems, this timely book identifies our key failings, explores debates over jurisdiction, transboundary waters, exports, and privatization, and maps out solutions for a more sustainable future.Water is arguably the most important resource of our time. How we govern it today has critical consequences for our future. Eau Canada provides a powerful discussion of the most controversial and pressing water issues facing Canadians today.
Karen Bakker is a professor of geography at the University of British Columbia.
Foreword / David Schindler Preface / Karen Bakker Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1 Introduction / Karen Bakker PART 1 Muddy Waters: How Well Are We Governing Canada's Waters? 2 Great Wet North? Canada's Myth of Water Abundance / John B. Sprague 3 On Guard for Thee? Water (Ab)uses and Management in Canada / Dan Shrubsole and Dianne Draper 4 Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Taking Canada's Groundwater for Granted / Linda Nowlan 5 Challenging the Status Quo: The Evolution of Water Governance in Canada / Rob de Loe and Reid Kreutzwiser Is Canada's Water Safe? A Photo Essay PART 2 Whose Water? Jurisdictional Fragmentation and Transboundary Management 6 Whose Water? Canadian Water Management and the Challenges of Jurisdictional Fragmentation / J. Owen Saunders and Michael M. Wenig 7 Drawers of Water: Water Diversions in Canada and Beyond / Frederic Lasserre 8 Thirsty Neighbours: A Century of Canada-US Transboundary Water Governance / Ralph Pentland and Adele Hurley PART 3 Blue Gold: Privatization, Water Rights, and Water Markets 9 Commons or Commodity? The Debate over Private Sector Involvement in Water Supply / Karen Bakker 10 Liquid Gold: Water Markets in Canada / Ted Horbulyk 11 Trading our Common Heritage? The Debate over Water Rights Transfers in Canada / Randy Christensen and Anastasia Lintner PART 4 Waterwise: Pathways to Better Water Management 12 A Tangled Web: Reworking Canada's Water Laws / Paul Muldoon and Theresa McClenaghan 13 Are the Prices Right? Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Sustainability in Water Pricing / Steven Renzetti 14 Moving Water Conservation to Centre Stage / Oliver Brandes, David Brooks, and Michael M'Gonigle PART 5 Water Worldviews: Politics, Culture, and Ethics 15 The Land Is Dry: Indigenous Peoples, Water, and Environmental Justice / Ardith Walkem 16 Half-Empty or Half-Full? Water Politics and the Canadian National Imaginary / Andrew Biro 17 Rising Waves, Old Charts, Nervous Passengers: Navigating toward a New Water Ethic / Cushla Matthews, Robert B. Gibson, and Bruce Mitchell 18 Conclusion: Governing Canada's Waters Wisely / Karen Bakker Appendices 1 A Survey of Water Governance Legislation and Policies in the Provinces and Territories 2 Additional Resources and Reading 3 The Waterkeeper Alliance Contributors Index