The second report of the Walkerton, Ontario water crisis inquiry was released on May 23, 2002. The outbreak of E.coli in May 2000 killed seven people and left 2,300 others ill. In his 600-page assessment of government water policy and practices, Associate Chief Justice Dennis O’Connor recommends province-wide water standards, the enactment of a Safe Drinking Water Act and increased staff for the environment ministry. Judge O’Connor urges the government to immediately invest up to $280-million to implement his 93 recommendations. He also calls on Ontario Premier Ernie Eves to increase annual spending by up to $49-million. More than $500-million has already been spent on the Walkerton water crisis. Following the report, Mr. Eves pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to abide by the 121 recommendations in the two reports as well as to enact new drinking water legislation. Five children recently suffered from E.coli poisoning in Walkerton, but it’s not yet been confirmed if water is to blame. See www.solidwastemag.com for a link to the reports.