US and Canada Talk Great Lakes Water Quality Control In Ontario

June 14, 2009

Ontario (ChattahBox) – US Secretary Hillary Clinton met with Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Lawrence Cannon, to discuss changed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  Both sides agreed to renegotiate during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, a treaty aimed to settle water-related disputes between the two countries.

According to reports in recent years, the Great Lakes have been seeing increasing problems, including greater pollution, the effects of climate change, and new aggressive species. As a result, the US and Canadian governments felt that it was time to go over the agreement, and add in a few new regulations.

“It’s crucial that we honor the terms of the Great Lakes agreement as it stands today, but we also have to update it to reflect new knowledge, new technology, and, unfortunately, new threats,” Clinton was quoted in the Associated Press.

The meeting was followed by another, where Clinton and Cannon discussed various topics of International relations, such as growing tension in North Korea and pressure to eliminate the threat of a nuclear war in the region, and the controversial ‘Buy American’ clause of the economic stimulus plan.



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