It’s called the elixir of life. No, it’s not scotch, it’s water. Without it, we all die. If it’s contaminated, water carries diseases too arcane for a modern world, yet cholera, typhoid and dysentery still exist, causing millions of deaths each year. It’s understandable that clean, potable water is a global concern. But here? A couple of hours drive from Bow Glacier, the source of our drinking water? We talk about climate change, about environmental concerns and about reducing our carbon footprint. And we do this while swigging water from plastic bottles.
Ontario's government is working to protect what matters most by identifying priorities for action to help protect the water quality and ecosystems of the Great Lakes and other waterways as part of its commitment in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Grand Council Chief Glen Hare co-chaired the Great Lakes Guardian Council, which includes leaders from across Ontario including municipalities, First Nations and Métis communities, environmental organizations, and the science community, to discuss challenges and opportunities around the Great Lakes.