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Canadas water, written by Martin OMalley and Angela Mulholland, mainly talks about how Canada has the most fresh water in the world and contemplates whether they should sell it to other countries

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Canada?s Water Alex Barzdenis Canada?s water, written by Martin O?Malley and Angela Mulholland, mainly talks about how Canada has the most fresh water in the world and contemplates whether they should sell it to other countries. The writers give many examples throughout the text such as other countries water limitations and how it is a luxury for them to get to drink fresh water, ?The desert of Jordan is one such place, where water is severely rationed, where villages get water once a week, for a day. It is a cause for celebration when this happens.?(Canada?s Water, 2005, O?Malley & Mulholland) Also how Canadians take water for granted, stating that we average 326 litres per person, per day. ?Water is more than a precious resource. Water is life itself. Unfortunately, too many Canadians think it?s limitless.?(2005, O?Malley & Mulholland) It also talks about how Canada has the most fresh water in the world and that there have been wars fought over water before. With Canada having so much fresh water and not wanting to sell much of it, it could possibly be a problem in the future. ?War(s) ...read more.

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?Even large-scale water exports cannot possibly satisfy the social and economic needs of distant societies.?(2005, O?Malley & Mulholland) It explains this buy saying that water sold to poor countries across the world would only be affordable to the wealthier people and would deepen inequities between rich and poor allowing the ?elites? to ensure the quality of their water while not caring about the bigger population. There also doesn?t seem to be a very huge want for the sale of water from the public, at least between the years 1999-2002, as they show in the example of Ontario when they were planning to transport up to 600 million litres of water to Asia from Lake Superior before the deal got called off. ?There was such a public outcry on both sides of the border that the permit was withdrawn and the deal never went through.?(2005, O?Malley & Mulholland) Although it does say we will export to the states a lot. In 1989, Canada sold 23 million litres of water to the states and by 1998, just 9 years later; we sold them 272 million litres of water. ...read more.

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And Saudi Arabia is expected to waste there water reserves in 50 years. People can?t survive without water so this is a huge problem that needs to be solved or the world?s population will take a hit. I thought that this article was very interesting and provided good facts that were easy to understand. It was clear and therefore made it a lot easier to summarise and also review. I like how it stresses that water is not unlimited. My opinion on Canada selling its water is that we should sell the amount that will not affect our society at all or our ecosystem. If this means continuing to just sell bottled water, then I think that?s a good idea. I believe that the best way is to find a cheap way to desalinate ocean water so that everyone in the world can drink. I think it would be a nice but not a smart gesture to sell a lot of water because the world will run out much faster than and we want to stay water-rich for as long as possible. ...read more.

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