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Environmental Rights on the Wrong Side of History: Revisiting Canada's Position on the Human Right to Water



More than a billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. A human-rights approach may constitute one salutary tool in global efforts to address this issue. The human right to water derives from environmental human rights writ large and is further supported by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as interpreted in General Comment 15. In the face of a growing global crisis of water poverty, the author suggests that Canada ought to recognize a human right to water.