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"We have one of the best opportunities left in the world to protect large natural areas."
On Canadian Rivers Day, I joined my neighbours to learn more about Toronto's largest watershed, the Humber, thanks to the Loblaw Water Fund.
The massive increase in beef and pork exports that have been negotiated will put a terrible strain on our water supplies. It takes over 15 million litres of water to produce one tonne of beef, for example. What we need is more sustainable and local food production, not massive new trade deals that will strain our water sources beyond their capacity.
Thousands of us undoubtedly spent this Canada Day weekend playing in or simply lounging by our abundant oceans, lakes and rivers. Water is part of our national identity. Canada contains as much as 20 per cent of the entire world's fresh water supply. It's our birthright and our national treasure. But we might not be as rich as we think. The granddaughter of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau told us we're headed for a water crisis because we're not taking care of our inheritance.
The humanitarian challenges Palestinians face grow ever more severe; In terms of water, the situation is particularly difficult. Through a range of historical interventions, Israel controls the bulk of the fresh water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The situation in Gaza is even more extreme, with a further 1.6 million Palestinians having access only to the very limited underground aquifer within Gaza, with only 5 per cent of the water safe to drink.