Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
Not even in the slightest.
Moving an entire community, is costly. Take into consideration, many of these communities are fly in only. Then you have the costly logistics of packing an moving tons of belongings. Then you have to have adequate housing for the community, in the new location.
They'd still be on public assistance and there is no guarantee that they would get off it.
Then you have the iisue of substance abuse.
You know remove middlemen. Making both access and cost, more attainable.
The cost of a water treatment facility, upgrading or training, would pale in comparison, IMHO.
While I am in full agreement that everyone in this day and age should have access to clean water, when it comes to funding the cost of a treatment facility etc we cannot expect the full cost to be bourne by the tax payer alone. The community needs to stand up and take some of the responsibility (just as thousands of other Canadians have by drilling their own wells etc at there own expense). While there are many aboriginals (and I am talkingthe REAL aboriginals not the Quebecors) who are living below the poverty line, many of their Nations have large amounts of dollars from some ventures on the reservations and of course from the tax payers.
It is not unreasonable to ask for these areas of the country to pay a proportion of the costs of setting up a water system and then to pay monthly water fees as every other Canadian does in their local taxes or local providers monthly bill.
As an example, there is a community in the West of Calgary that used to be zoned into "Rocky Mountain" region for civic government etc. Some years back the community was brought into the City of Calgary and their water system was not of the same standard as Calgary city services. The City of Calgary carried out a large project to bring the sewage and water services up to the standard of Calgary's requirements and each home in the community was then asked to pay a portion of the development/construction costs while the City of Calgary covered the other portion of the costs. The amount was in the tens of thousands of dollars per household, but it was a water mortgage so each property had to pay approx $1400/year until 2024. It was linked to the property not the individual, so if the house was sold the new owner was responsible for this payment. Then each home in thecommunity still had to pay their monthly sewage/water fee and charge for amount of water used.
Something of this type of system could be used for these communties, with maybe the whole collective covering (i.e. each First Nation) could be responsible for making the yearly payments (therefore not exposing their community members who are at or below the poverty line the yearly costs) and providing their own communities with clean water. Then each houshold could then be responsible for the regular monthly bills.
Everyone deserves clean water, but we ALL need to make the effort and pay our far share to obtain it.
Just my thoughts.