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Climate change forecasts show a great likelihood of water supply shortages all over the world. In light of this, should Canada agree to export some of its water supplies?

Les changements climatiques prévus démontrent qu'il y aura probablement des pénuries d'eau à travers le monde.  Compte tenu de ces constatations, est-ce que le Canada devrait être d'accord pour exporter une partie de ses réserves d'eau?


Anonymous
Michigan
December 10, 2007
no one should sell any water.  seriously.
Anonymous
December 6, 2007
yeah, but if we do export water to other countries we'll probably loose our glaciers faster and then be left with black rocky mountains, not the mountains you see in beautiful pictures. save our water!!!
Anonymous
Vancouver, BC
November 29, 2007
bad idea
Philip Rittscher
Vancouver, BC
November 28, 2007
True, the world needs fresh water, but not by sucking aquifers, lakes and rivers dry. Consider Canada a Global Aquifer.
Once we start selling water in bulk to other countries we set a legal precedent that could be used to siphon our lakes, rivers and glacier dry. We must protect the resources of our nation, not sell them off to some international corporation for profit.
After 40 years of selling water in bulk, when our lakes are sapped and the world has sucked us for all we're worth, what then? We would regret our decision, I'm sure.
The world needs water, but we need a better way than just finding it in the ground, sticking a big straw into is and sucking it up.

Anonymous
November 28, 2007
Canada made Canada a great place and we did that hard work for water ourselves. KEEP OUR WATER
Katie Therrien
BC
November 27, 2007
i think we should sell/ give water to the countries that really need it, you know, the developing ones that really need help and they need good clean water even if they don't have the money we should still help them !!!! i just don't get why every country can't work together to help other countries out. i mean, we have the money to do that and we have all these resources and the other countries DON'T.
Matthew Tremblett
Chemainus, BC
November 26, 2007
if we export water to developing countries they might abuse our resource and we will run out.
Anonymous
Vancouver, BC
November 26, 2007
We should not export our water to the states.
Terry
Canada
November 25, 2007
If we start to export water we lose control of it. Nafta has rule: once it's exported we can't stop it. Its like this saying once you turn the tap on there's no turning it off.
Anonymous
Brampton, ON
November 22, 2007
no, because canada rules
Aly
Vancouver, BC
November 20, 2007
yes we should sell our water to the US because all were doing is wasting it
Desiree
BC
November 12, 2007
no way! we shouldn't give up our water it took so long to save up the water so it would be a waste even though it seems like a good deed! i'm doing my socials homework right now and listening to all your responses you guys are all so smart!
Anonymous
November 12, 2007
If we don't sell water to usa, they can start a war with all their money and steal ours by bombing our country, they could also start a war world lll. we don't need war so we'll sell a little water.  Also the wildlife is dying from polluted water. so we'll sell some and clean the water
Salma Ahmed
Ajax, ON
November 11, 2007
ok people selling water is like soooooo bad. it affects things like the climate and crops, all kinds of things. if you're going to sell water, you're signing a death waiver. even though i'm only 13 i know that at some point time the world will have used up all its natural resources and water will be very scarce therefore making the prices of water that we have sold already higher. the countries that are deprived of water already will have died down do to drought. the countries will be at war for the last natural resource and it will be all because of us selling water that we will have none left for our country to survive. this needs to be taken into care before selling our water to countries that already have. instead of selling water we should give water to the countries that have climate problems instead of to America that already has water. countries like south africa need water to survive so if we are to give it up give it up to do something good ....... thank you for reading
Anonymous
Egypt
November 10, 2007
yes we should sell the water because if we say "no" to the usa they will probably say "no" to us in the things that they produce...and same with china. So yeah...
Emily (wrote it) Shannon (just wanted to be in it)
A-town
November 8, 2007
Hey :) We can help but giving water is to hard. Taking it out of lake Ontario and shipping it would cost A LOT of money. I would like to give water to the united states but it's to hard. Once we find a way to do it that doesn't cost as much money then we should try but until then the united states can do without.
Sanya
Ontario
November 7, 2007
i think we should share water to the U.S. i mean what's wrong with sharing? plus if we don't share then the U.S. will have a war with us....so i think we should share.....so yes we should share the water.....cause CANADA ROCKS!!!!!
Linda Beely
Surray, Canada
November 5, 2007
uh, nooooo way jose!!!! I know that no matter what, the usa does not deserve water like we do. we need it for ourselves! here i will let you in on a little secret - we are the biggest contributors to global warming - KEEP THE WATER, KEEP THE WATER!!!!!!!
H2O Boy
Vancouver, BC
November 3, 2007
come on man, an average canadian uses 400L a day and some people don't have access to 10L and if we don't a country or 2 could get mad and then start a war and try to get our water anyways
Anonymous
October 25, 2007
I don't think Canada should sell their water.
Anonymous
Ontario
October 19, 2007
ok the americans do actually give us something in return for us giving them fresh water and that is they fight for us if some country wants to go to war with us.
Ase
Canada
October 1, 2007
ok i know some of you people are saying that water should not be given or exported. the problem with that is countries will beg and beg and beg and then threats and finally war which is what it could lead up to. if you were in grade 11 you would know what i'm going to say is a fact. about 3 years ago someone was trying to steal our water they won't let any names out for 25 years. this happened on the coast of nova scotia or new brunswick. an oil tanker (which it looked like) was actually not one; it was a type of ship far more advanced. you know when you're in canadian waters you have to put up a flag of some sort? well this ship didn't and the coast guard tried numerous ways to get its attention. then he used a object that made his voice much louder but then the ship turned around and started to flee but you know how oil tankers are fast? this ship was really slow, very slow. soon the coast guards caught up with the mysterious ship and you know what was on board? our precious water .............they had these slits on the back of the ship to take in our freshwater small enough not to take our fish. 

anyway, so we either have a choice sell or for free. my point is any decision the canadian government makes will be a decent one, we all hope unless its utterly stupid. let's all hope a decision will be made soon so that this thing will be over with. but as you all know canada is having a problem with our freshwater - it's drying up which is very very very BAD BAD BAD so we must figure out somin to stop this before we end up like other places.


Anonymous
September 13, 2007
Perhaps we should think about HOW the exporting of our water would take place, and the impact it would have on the environment. Water is a renewable resource, but if we consume at a higher rate than it can be replaced......we're in trouble....As we're in trouble with all sorts of things.....We consume FAR too much here in North America......Canada is just as guilty as the U.S. in that regard....well....almost anyway.
Ovila Vautour
Kent County, NB
August 30, 2007
i'm not into politics but hey, i can opinionate... It's good to finally "hear" canadian people stand for Canada! Walmart, McDonald, Zellers, etc.. are all american owned and "own us". Oil and electricity is sold to the americans. Now water??? I would say No Way, they took the best of us now the water we have left is our fair share to finally keep i guess. 
Donna McCoy
Alberta
August 18, 2007
What ever happened to "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; Teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime"? No I don't think Canada should sell its water, but I do think that Canada should commit to finding a way to help other countries, not just the USA, to finding an environmentally friendly solution to the worlds fresh water problem. Let us help research and fund desalination projects, water capture projects, storage problems, etc. With a growing population world wide, global warming, and other issues that we may not recognize yet, we must take responsible steps to not only find ways to protect and manage the freshwater supplies that already exist, but ways to generate more, and ways to educate the population at large on how to conserve what is not an endless resource. Most of us today may not live to see the final outcome of global warming, but our children's children will ultimately pay the price if we do not act now to respond to these issues which! are so critical. What we do now is the legacy we leave to future generations.
Jim Island
British C.
July 30, 2007
Ultimately the decision won't be ours. The Canadian Government will deal with our resources as they see fit. Lets just hope there isn't any pocket lining in the process.
Anonymous
June 14, 2007
i think water is too precious for one country to own. It is vital for life, and should not be sold like candy.
Erika Panke
Deep River
June 14, 2007
We shouldn't sell our water supply to the usa because its our land and our water, not theirs. If they don't have enough water to supply themselves, well then that's their problem. 
Anonymous
Ottawa, ON
June 11, 2007
how can it be our water if we don't have anything to show its ours, we didn't make water, it was here for us ALL to use, to SHARE and there are countries out there that need fresh water just to survive, but here we are calling it OURS, and we don't even think about how we use it, we use it for cooking, bathing, watering plants,washing, and yet, we have to pay to give water to poor countries. it makes no sense, if we needed water, we would beg for it, none of us know one knows what it's like to be truly thirsty, the point is, water is here, and it will always be here, it will never vanish 
Anonymous
Ontario
June 11, 2007
if we needed water we would ask others to supply us with that missing resource. if someone would tell us no, u cannot have our water we would say they are selfish, so because we have a lot of water, we should give them some, and how can we say its our water, when all of the lakes, rivers and oceans are connected 
but then again, i haven't researched this topic as much but after reading some of the other ppls comments i have seemed to have made up my opinion 

Korky
Ontario
June 4, 2007
we have some of the freshest water in the world...why should we give it up to the
americans? 

ReyesRAVEN
Ontario
June 1, 2007
Our water should not be sold, the USA is rich enough to clean out the oceans.
Anonymous
June 1, 2007
America is rich so no.
Danya Nguyen
London, ON
June 1, 2007
We should not export any of our water because all the rest of the countries already wasted the supply of water they had! Besides, if we did, then us Canadians will not have enough water to fed ourselves since there are a million (exaggeration) other countries that need water and only one that was the most water supply!  That's a billion more people to fed water to, excluding ourselves.  Our water sources are going to run so low if we do, so I say DON'T EXPORT ANY WATER TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!!
Anonymous
Wheatley, ON
May 8, 2007
NOOO, we should not sell our water, the U.S messes up everything by themselves, then comes crying back to Canada to help them. They never help us, they can still drink their own flat beer!! 
Anonymous
Newmarket, ON
May 6, 2007
we shouldn't sell our water because we need it
Anonymous
May 3, 2007
No way we should keep it all to ourselves!!
Anonymous
May 2, 2007
i don't think we should sell the water
Jessica Melnyk
Oakbank, MB
May 2, 2007
umm hello we have a ton of lakes so i'm pretty sure that we can spare some water i mean usa is pretty much surrounded by ocean and i don't think that you would want to drink salty water but on the other hand maybe they should just figure out how to make salt water into fresh water that way we wouldn't have a problem but i personally think that we should export the water
Anonymous
Wheatley, ON
April 30, 2007
think about the fish, what will happen to them? don't sell. the us can drink their own water, not ours
Anonymous
April 30, 2007

 

i think we should share water with the rest of the world. "And that's the end of that chapter"
Anonymous
Canada
April 30, 2007
We shouldn't share our water with usa but then think of the american people and not their government. We only have problem with bush and why should that interfere with us giving water to american public. The government is bad but the people aren't. you cant judge a book by its cover and that's what we are doing here. We should share that's my opinion .
AB
Winnipeg, MB
April 30, 2007
Sell our water to the U.S. we lose our power. A lot of tourism will suffer because people come to see our beautiful blue lakes and white water rapids. We can make our money through other ways. We do not need to waste our recourses.
Yonaton
April 30, 2007
Dude, just export the lakes!
Susan
April 30, 2007
Just drink your tears.
Reverend Justin M.
Manitoba
April 30, 2007
This is a quite facinating issue that must be resolved in order for us to benefit. I think that we shouldn't sell any water at all. We should all be brothers and sisters of the world and I think siblings need to share. So, we need to share to be brothers and sisters.  If we give them the water, what will they do with the fish?
Anonymous
April 30, 2007
we should give them water with lots of ice cubes so it looks like were giving more than we are
Mat Haiart
Winnipeg, MB
April 30, 2007
k we should just give water because we have sooooooooo much and we should be nice to the rest of the world!
Anonymous
April 30, 2007
Ok. Here's the deal. Of course we should sell our water! We have water that isn't being used and the Americans need it. So, we then sell to them and make money. Obviously, we should only make a deal if they take a percentage of our water and not an amount. Therefore, depending on how much water we have, we won't have to give a majority of it to them, just the small percentage.
Max K.I.R.O.
Canada
April 30, 2007
i don't mind sharing the water, but we better get something as good or better for it that these countries can offer, cause water is more important than oil and diamonds
Mundle
Canada
April 30, 2007
okay, none of you know what you're talking about, share the water!!! india needs it, africa needs it
Skye Montgomerry Watson
San Francisco
April 26, 2007
Logan, you are exactly what is making global warming worse. When your kids don't see icebergs because they don't exist, and over 100,000 species no longer live on earth, and YOUR planet is on the verge of another possible "light" ice age occurs ... you come back and tell me it's not happening.
Logan G
Innisfail, AB
April 19, 2007
Global warming is a big scam. It's been happening for billions of years and there is nothing that we can do to stop it. Green house gasses keep us alive & besides water vapor makes up 95% of all greenhouse gasses and green house gasses only make up 0.057% of our atmosphere. P.S. Canada Rules
Mark Debisingh
Canada
April 12, 2007
we should not sell our water supply because the rest of the world is just too greedy
Anonymous
Tokyo, Japan
April 12, 2007
We must protect our water! If it is taken away from us, we will have no water to drink, and no chance of survival! =(
Will W.
Toronto, ON
April 10, 2007
To not export water would be a huge mistake, Canada will eventually have to, so preparing for the time would be the best approach.
Kerry Toby
Coquitlam, BC
April 5, 2007
Did you know that the USA has almost as much percentage wise of the earth's fresh water as Canada does. I believe the difference percentage wise is not more than 1%. Environmentally this is a very devastating action for our earth. The scale that it would be done by would be a disaster for Canada and its people and wildlife. There are possible ways for the USA to collect rain water and there is wind power and solar power that could be used for desalination of ocean water. Also water storage projects in dry areas of the USA would improve and enhance those areas for wildlife and humans. Turning on the tap from Canada is short sighted moronic -greedy and environmentally unsound. Never!!!!!

I am not opposed to shipments of bottled water for drinking only. The containers should be no bigger than what is used for water coolers today. I am only for it if it doesn't come under NAFTA so we aren't held to past volumes of delivery. This kind of delivery is portable and could be useful in natural disasters etc. We would be able to look after our sources at home for Canadians first but still be able to contribute some good. It would also supply jobs at home.

Perhaps looking to Canada for water for the USA isn't just about water but about owning Canada as much as they possibly can. Why work out better solutions when the most immediate and less wise solution only serves to open up more of Canada for direct ownership by USA. I don't think the USA government is at all ignorant about Canada's resources. I think they don't usually acknowledge them only to to make it an issue when they want to own them. We are their pantry and they know it. All tucked away for when they need us. Look at how the American government has dealt with the world. Canada benefits and also looses by being their neighbour. We must stand firm. We are more capable of managing our land in a responsible way than the Americans are.


Greg Greenberg & Geoff. B
Madagascar
April 5, 2007
ya we should . USA are our buddy's if we sell them water they will have our backs if we go to war or get in a fight with another country.
Geoff
Canada
April 5, 2007
We should sell our water to the USA cause some of the water that we sell will evaporate back to canada so we make a big profit
Elena
April 3, 2007
Water is a necessity of life and a human right. I believe we should export water like any other resource. There is not enough water for them to survive. However, the Americans should just deal with their problems because they only need it for energy when there is other ways to produce energy, then to use water for survival. We have over 10% of the whole world's usable fresh water supply. The average Canadian uses 400 L of water a day, but there are some countries that don't even have access to 10 L a day. The world will need water, and we have it, if we don't export it the chances are the world will take it from us by force.
O. O.
Ontario, Canada
April 1, 2007
so... you guys think that Canada is the only country that should deserve to have drinking water? don't that sound a bit selfish...Then again... how could Canada fill every country's cups with fresh water???
Kristine, Gr. 7 F.I.
École Gron Morgan
March 29, 2007
I think that we should share and be good to the U.S. They have always been good to us. I believe that every one should learn to share in this world and be nicer to each other. Sure the U.S. tried to take over Canada but that was a really long time ago. We should learn to deal with the fact that they have not been nice to us. We can huff and puff all we want but it will just cause another war. Canada has a lot of water in fact we have 20% of the world's freshwater. Some of the countries in the U.S. have no water at all. I think that we should share because that would be the right thing to do.
Logan G.
Innisfail, AB
March 27, 2007
Why should we send our perfectly good water to the USA. They are a wealthy country and they can afford to build a salt water refinery. We need our water to live. This is a debate about Canada and the USA.  Besides, why should we worry about these other countries they can take care of themselves. 
Bob
Toronto, ON
March 27, 2007
no
Ivan
White River
March 27, 2007
ya we will stand for canada we will not give our water .
Apil the mister
Thunder Bay, ON
March 26, 2007
I think that we should share our a water because if we gave them a lot we wouldn't have any for ourselves and if we were to give them bulk what they do with the fish in that water like hello !!!
Bob Tom Jr
Germany
March 21, 2007
no i don't think that canada should give its water to the u.s. because it's our water and because that's my social debate topic.
Rob
Chemanius, Canada
March 3, 2007
we should export our water. we have over 10 % of the WHOLE worlds usable fresh water supply y not share it for a profit. Places want water lets give it the them. And as for exporting it in our contenent the North American Free Trade Agreament will make it worth wile. all u hippies out ther think that our supply will run out and it will if we dont take care of it but we are a rich country when it comes to water so y not help out countires that dont even have enough water to cook dinner. the avarge canadian uses 400 L of water a day. in the shower if cooking washing the car wile there are some people in poverty stricken countries that dont even have access to 10 L a day.
Anonymous
February 26, 2007
no i think that canada shouldnt because the us have more money to purify the water from the ocean than canada does
Chemainus student
BC, Canada
February 24, 2007
My personal feeling on the water is that we should make sure we have enough water for are people, any thing left over sell it. Have differnt prices for differnt country's. For poorer country's have the price really low, and for usa, jack the price higher then the sky. God gave us such a nice land for a reson, take advantage of it.
Anonymous
February 21, 2007
Money does not bring Fresh Water back, it can however be used to find alternative methods, but then again the natural water will be depleted.
Anonymous
Mackenzie, BC
February 20, 2007
NO!!!!!!!
Anonymous
February 18, 2007
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo we will stand up
Anonymous
Canada
February 18, 2007
no no no
Anonymous
Canada
February 18, 2007
don't do it harper
Mot Nosrral
Elliot Lake, ON
February 8, 2007
We have a small armed force, we have no way to stop the USA from taking what they want.
TJ
Canada
January 18, 2007
We should .... Think about global warming and Americans wont have anything when the time comes. we should sell the water and then ask them for no more wars for Americans, and then we sell water and they get no wars. isnt dat simple ?
Amir Kadic
Mississauga, ON
January 14, 2007
No Canada shouldnt Sell its water because, once you turn the tap on, it will be hard to turn off. Once Canada's water is internationaly traded, Canada will not be able to put restrictions on the shipments because of NAFTA.
Kerry
January 14, 2007
I dont get peoples way of thinking. There are other ways to make water clean. Most of the poor countries near the equator have massive amounts of sunshine and what about wind and ocean generated power. The earth is a big place and if Canada started exporting water the re would be no restriction to what we had to send under nafta. Wharever we sent in the previous year we would have to send an equal amount the next year-not less. If we did there would be penalties. If your fellow Canadians water glass in some part of Canada had only dust in it you would not be able to deny the Americans their shipments. Man changes his environment every day as it is. Cant you imagine the damage to the ecosystem -the animals etc? We dont know what the results would be but we can be sure they would be bad for the earth. Encouraging a region of earth to depend on water from another region or even worse another continent would be just as stupid as starting a war because human nature would get s into some kind of ugly fight over water that by rights should belong to the Continent or region that produces it. The world is too big for us to export our water. We couldnt possibly supply enough. The answer lies in filtering ocean water and other ways such as capturing rain water. If we are going to be truly helpfull we need to help other people develop sustainable sources of water from their own regions. If a region can sustain 1 millon people say on their sustainable water sources then they shouldnt have 5 million people living there on imported water from another continent. In the same way the Usa has major storms and rainfall-more than enough if they could store some of it for later. Dont they store massive amounts of oil by buying it and pumping it into the ground for later use. Cities could be built with massive storage capacity for water. Shipping water out is wastefull and very bad for the environment. We are all around the world changing areas of land forever. Proper planning for storage of water in these areas would not damage these areas any more than the city or town does. Most people of the world live in cities on coastlines with easy access to ocean water. most cities inland have access to land for creating above ground or under ground storage. The Usa has ample water to work with if they increase storage. This would be sustainable.
Sue Ellen
January 12, 2007
we should sell water...pause.. NOT
Anonymous
Calgary, Alberta
January 10, 2007
I just finished writing an essay on this for my études sociales final, and no I dont think Canada should have to share the water. First off, I have nothing against the states I dont mind most of them (some are rude but that happens everywhere!), just the fact that they want our water confuses me. I've been to the states a fair amount of times, Pheonix because i have some family there. The fact is that anyone who lives in that hot climate and can afford it has a pool! What a waste of water. Secondly ya there are third world countries that need our water, but how are we supposed to get it to them? Plane? Well I thought a boat would be logical until I remembered what other limited ressource boats burn; our fossil fuels. This not only helps deplet our ozone, but it also would help the global warming. Bubye to Canada's glaciers. People need to start realising that water IS a limited ressource, we have to be more careful about it's useage. All in all Canada shouldn give its water up to other countries, it should help the other coutries purify water or even find it. We're all going to need to work together on this one.
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