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The public trust doctrine and Water Markets in BC

2011 April 25, by Chapter Council

We brought your attention to the possible introduction of Water Markets in BC, and what a bad idea that would be. We were also lucky enough to host Jim Olson, a prominent environmental lawyer and expert on the public trust doctrine. The presentation and discussion that followed was an eye-opener, so good that we decided to summarize it in a presentation we did recently. The presentation summarizes changes proposed to the BC water act, and suggests alternatives using the Public Trust Doctrine.

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Resources:

  1. Public Trust Doctrine-Potential in Canadian Water and Environmental Management: Polis Project on Ecological Governance, 2009
  2. Our Water Commons: Towards a Fresh Water Narrative: Council of Canadians, 2009
  3. On the Commons: An organization showcasing commons based solutions at the community and national levels.