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Barlow in Charlottetown for water forum, Feb. 26

The Journal Pioneer reports, “Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, will be the keynote speaker for a public forum on P.E.I.’s water and deep-water wells. The forum, hosted by the Council of Canadians, will be held at the Rodd Charlottetown on Wednesday, February 26. Start time is 7 p.m. Other speakers at the forum, chaired by Catherine O’Brien with the Coalition for Protecting P.E.I. Water, will be Island biologist Darryl Guignon, Reg Phelan with the National Farmers Union and Keptein John Joe Sark.”

Council of Canadians vice-chair Leo Broderick says, “We are encouraging Islanders to attend this public forum in large numbers and voice their concern over the possibility of the P.E.I. Government lifting the moratorium on deep water wells. Already, there are close to 100 active high capacity deep water wells in the province – 36 of them on Island farms. We need to reduce that number, not increase it. We need to protect our groundwater which is already under a great deal of stress from nitrates, pesticides, and climate change.”

The forum is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.