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Canada needs a water commissioner

Re: Prime Minister Stephen Harper tours areas in Manitoba threatened by flooding, Brandon Sun, July 7.

It’s past time gentlemen.

This is a result of government (Conservative and NDP) drainage policy and the idea that farmers/business have a right to run the show.

A future for our children and grandchildren that isn't filled with disaster and hardship is required.Whatever happened to the public good as the guiding principle for public policy?

What Canada desperately needs is a water commissioner!

Someone with the courage and resourcefulness (and clout) to lay down the pertaining regulations (yet to be put in place) to protect all the waters of our nation, Canada.

The present mishmash of every province doing “their” own thing, with an out of sight, out of mind syndrome and attitude is not acceptable, as you have experienced and recognized.

Working with our American neighbours to help achieve similar water protection would entail a diplomatic Canadian envoy to also pursue and achieve those results.

John Fefchak

Virden

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 11, 2014

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It is simply outrageous for Fefchack to try to sell the idea that the flood was caused mainly or entirely by some farmers draining low spots and watersheds.

The talks on water accords ARE NOT expected to be completed and signed UNTIL 2020. (re:not overnight) There was NO mention what so-ever that farmers are not human beings. It was about drainage policy and a need for a Water Commissioner. Refer Brandon Sun, 12 July, Deluge of Bills 200 M and counting. Kid Speed: About one third of the water that hit the Assiniboine is due to unauthorized drainage of marginal lands and wetlands by farmers in Saskatchewan hoping to increase their yield as grain prices have tripled in the last decade. The practice of removing natural retention catchments such as swamps and wetlands by farmers (now using GPS to do so) also takes place relatively unregulated in western and southern Manitoba. The resultant water surges cause trans boundary damage (billions in North Dakota in 2011), and require federal regulation and remediation funding. Rural residents have their agricultural brethren to look to when assessing blame. Cities like Winnipeg have every right to be defended against this neglectful land management.

Canadian's and American's already have talks on water issues. These things aren't solved overnight.

And the last time I checked Farmers are "people" too.

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