Water is a finite resource essential to our health, environment and economy.
Today we join with the United Nations to recognize World Water Day.
Water is a public good that should be managed as a public trust in the public interest. People and communities in Ontario want and deserve better protections for water. Water must be for communities first.
In Ontario, we are fortunate to live in close proximity to vast freshwater reserves. We have more than 250,000 lakes containing one-fifth of the world’s fresh water.
But people right here in our own province lack access to clean drinking water.
Several communities across Ontario, including Shoal Lake 40, Neskantaga, and Grassy Narrows have been under boil-water advisories for decades. This is unacceptable.
Industrial activities such as the Dolime Quarry and the Hidden Quarry threaten the quality and quantity of those who currently have access to clean drinking water.
Stronger legislation is needed to prioritize public drinking water ahead of industry and corporate interests that put our precious water resources at risk.
Water is a finite resource that is essential to all life. We must protect it. And take time to enjoy it.