Public input has no impact on Water Sustainability Act

Kelowna Capital News – May 13, 2014

A review of the new Water Sustainability Act slated for royal assent reveals calls for public comment had little to no effect on the final product.

Speaking to the Okanagan Water Stewardship council Thursday, UBCO professor John Janmaat, the B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, pointed to the astoundingly quick timeline—first, second and third reading went through in less than two months—as he raised questions about the purpose of the act’s new focus on water pricing and highlighted the lack of public input in the final document.

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