|Category:||ENVIRONMENT - POLLUTION|
|Sub-Category:||AIR, WATER, LAND & NOISE|
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario to work in partnership with the Government of Canada to officially recognize the Great Lakes as an exhaustible natural resource and so exempt from NAFTA (Article 2101:1 (b)) or GATT (Article XX (g) the conservation exception) and thence not classified as a "good" available for trade.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urge the Government of Ontario to work with the Government of Canada to create common standards with the United States, clearly defining water use and removals policies that are focused on the environmental aspects whilst coming within GATT/NAFTA general exceptions utilizing the "International Joint Commision" to moderate any conflict resolution,
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urge the Government of Ontario to work with the Government of Canada to restore the 50% budget funding that was recently cut to Environment Canada, for Great Lakes monitoring,
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario affirms the water resolution of 2001 of the Canadian Federation of University Women and "urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada to protect our water resources and specifically to declare that water, being a non-renewable natural resource of paramount importance, belongs to the Canadian public and its use must be regulated in the long-term public interest" and urge the Province of Ontario to address water related issues under their jurisdiction and supported throught the Province as read by "RESOLVED, that CFUW urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to adopt and implement a sustainable and prudent water management policy to respond to long-term regional needs with due regard to the ecosystem and hydro-geological reality, and RESOLVED that CFUW urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to promote conservation and more efficient use of surface water and groundwater at individual, local, provincial, territorial, national and international levels.
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