"The future for ourselves and for several generations to come will be one characterized by dramatic climate change where precipitation is more severe and more frequent than ever in our memory," Yakabuski said. "None of our communities unfortunately has been built on the knowledge of this reality. The problem is that all of our critical infrastructure in this country -- be it transportation networks, public buildings and our water and sewage systems -- have been built according to weather pattern assumptions that are now totally obsolete."
Those comments have resonance in Metro Vancouver, where fights broke out in some retail stores in November 2006 as consumers tussled over bottled water after a severe rainstorm overwhelmed some treatment plants and made drinking water too turbid to pass Canadian drinking water quality guidelines. A few months later, the
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