Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, Canada:

At the opening day of the joint KKL-JNF - Manitoba Israel Water Experts Symposium, the Director General of KKL-JNF, Ms. Yael Shaltieli, opened the session entitled "The Water Crisis in Israel" with words of welcome, congratulations on the initiative, and thanks to HE Minister Christine Melnick, who headed the Manitoba delegation and lead this venture into fruition.

By KKL
January 19, 2010 15:49
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Vic-Toews

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"Israel is currently at the Forefront of World Research on Water Purification, Desalination and Development of Advanced Irrigation Technologies"



At the opening day of the joint KKL-JNF - Manitoba Israel Water Experts Symposium, the Director General of KKL-JNF, Ms. Yael Shaltieli, opened the session entitled "The Water Crisis in Israel" with words of welcome, congratulations on the initiative, and thanks to HE Minister Christine Melnick, who headed the Manitoba delegation and lead this venture into fruition. She thanked all the Manitoba and Israeli scientists and partners for researching, developing and contributing to maintain Israel's most vital resource - water. "Water is not only a crucial subject to an arid land like Israel but is progressively becoming a vital subject to the world," she said. "International cooperation and partnership is critical to help relieve and solve water shortage problems. KKL-JNF with friends worldwide, promotes research and development about the harvesting of floodwaters and the recycling of effluents amongst our activities and the symposium today is another of the many steps we are taking." Shaltieli then introduced the special guest, federal minister and President of the treasury for the government of Canada, the honorable Vic Toews.





Vic Toews opened his words with his belief that there is no better place than the State of Israel for a scientific conference on the subject of water. He had arrived in Israel to participate in the opening day of the Symposium, after a visit to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. He attributed great importance to the expanding cooperation between Canada and Israel regarding water. "The scientists of the Province of Manitoba and the scientists of Israel are a great team. Israel is currently at the forefront of world research on water purification, desalination and the development of advanced irrigation technologies. In Canada, we have experience with care and protection of extant water sources. Although it is true that Canada's five great lakes are the source of twenty percent of the world's water needs, we still cannot see water as a resource to be taken for granted. It turns out that we have a serious problem with the renewal of water sources. Only 1% of the water that we use from Canadian lakes is recycled for reuse. We need to relate to our water sources in a better way, which is what we are hoping from this symposium taking place in Jerusalem."



Minister Toews described the methods used by Canadian authorities to deal with issues related to water sources. "In Canada, water is the joint responsibility of all levels of government. Laws protect the lakes and rivers by means of legislation that limits the emission of pollutants by industry and the uses of phosphates and nitrates in agriculture. In this manner we are trying to lower the level of green and blue algae in our lakes, which threaten the quality of our drinking water."

As for purification of sewage water, the visiting minister said that Canada has more than four thousand purification plants of various levels that deal with effluents. "We are in the midst of preparing standards that will ensure that all these purification plants will achieve a high level of purification and we will not settle for less. This policy and these standards are nationally, regionally and locally enforced. The standards, which will be common to all the plants, will provide a shared work plan for the directors of all four thousand plants, creating a system of supervision and monitoring on a national scale."

The minister concluded his remarks by stating that Israel and Canada have had close and warm relations for over sixty years and the present symposium is a fantastic opportunity to continue this partnership.





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