The town council of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia has unanimously passed resolutions recognizing water as a human right and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
Congratulations to the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees allies in this win!
In Barcelona last week, 50 water justice activists, trade unionists, researchers and water operators from 29 countries gathered to share analysis and strategies aimed at promoting democratic public water and sanitation services. The groups are loosely affiliated through the Reclaiming Public Water Network, which met previously in 2011.
On September 18, the Evangelical-Reformed Congregation Bern-Johannes Church (Evangelisch-reformierte Kirchgemeinde Bern-Johannes Church) became a blue community. Maude Barlow was there to present a blue community certificate to Beatrice Stäuber, the president of the church's parish council. The City of Bern and the University of Bern also became blue communities that day.
Wellington Water Watchers, Ecojustice and the Council of Canadians are celebrating Nestlé Canada Inc.’s move to back down from a bottled water fight after the groups challenged Nestlé on its attempt to have drought restrictions dropped from one of its water takings in Ontario.
Some ways of protecting the Great Lakes include helping to stop Line 67 that would carry bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Lake Superior, urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop a pipeline project that would bring fracked gas from the Marcellus shale to Toronto, calling for a moratorium on fracking in Ontario and the Great Lakes and making Great Lakes communities Blue Communities.