Can the water be bought and sold? Does the licensee have an ongoing right to receive the water?
If the situation worsens the province may temporarily suspend water usage and water licences in affected watersheds, said the forests minister.
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Once the money charged is above the government's cost, and it can be seen to be making money, the groundwater becomes a commodity -- and under FTA and NAFTA we cannot turn off the taps, even if we are at a Level 4 drought situation.
"What we have heard is people say they don`t think it is appropriate," said Christy Clark.
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"It is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of Canada's natural resources to sell for a huge profit."
These communities are making heroic stands to defend their right to safe drinking water. But here's the thing -- they shouldn't have to.
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