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14th July 2015
Comment: Christy Clark wants to be liked, her actions attest to that but there is an ever-present need to be cautious concerning her latest remarks, especially when it comes to water. Keeping in mind the lack in the smarts department, a.k.a. possessing all the facts, the disconcerting habit of putting her mouth in gear before her brain, she is also in bed with the Klingons. Currently Petronas.

One online comment that has merit reads:

greenfirefly - Forget about increases to how much they are charged to access our water. Let's no longer grant them that access. Bottled water is a waste.

Not granting access would appear to solve the problem plus eliminate the NAFTA fear. I wonder what Maude Barlow has to say?



Water-bottling fees to be re-examined, says B.C. Premier Christy Clark

More than 218,000 people have signed a petition saying province should charge a fair price
CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2015 10:20 PM PT

Drenched in controversy, the provincial government has bowed to public pressure and will ​reconsider how much companies such as Nestlé are charged to bottle B.C. water.

More than 218,000 people have signed an online petition saying the province should charge a fair price for groundwater.

Bottlers do not pay anything to access the province's water, but regulations set to start next year would involve a charge of $2.25 per one million litres.

"It is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of Canada's natural resources to sell for a huge profit while British Columbians are asked to not water our lawns and take shorter showers," says the petition website.

The province says the charge is an access fee and water is not being sold as a resource.

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But now Premier Christy Clark is now considering reopening the Water Act and re-examining pricing for the big water bottlers.

"What we have heard is people say they don`t think it is appropriate. They think we should be at the top end charging for some of that water that the big bottlers are extracting," she said.

Opposition NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says the current situation is shameful.

"We are not getting the value we need for our water to properly protect it," said Herbert. "You need to properly value water so that we can put those resources back into environmental conservation."

But critics of the petition, such as former MLA Judi Tayabji, are opposed to the move, saying the charges would turn B.C.'s groundwater into an export commodity, making it subject to international trade deals, such as NAFTA and the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, which B.C. cannot control.