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Barlow receives honourary doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University

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Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow received an honourary doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax today.

Metro News has reported, “Mount Saint Vincent University will recognize the achievements of more than 600 students during spring convocation on May 19 and 20, alongside Anne Murray, Maude Barlow and Sheelagh Whittaker. …Barlow is a leader in the international water justice movement, and is often called the ‘Al Gore of water’, the release said. She is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Barlow has received the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the ‘Alternative Nobel’). …Barlow will be honoured during the ceremony on May 19 at 10 a.m.”

This morning Barlow tweeted, “In Halifax to receive honorary doctorate from wonderful Mount Saint Vincent, a university that pioneered higher education for women.”

As noted on the university’s website, “Established by the Sisters of Charity in 1873, the Mount was one of the only institutions of higher education for women in Canada. At a time when women could not vote, the Mount provided an opportunity for women to learn and participate equally in society.”

During her address this morning, Mount Saint Vincent University tweeted, “Maude Barlow urges guests to support the environmental movement, ‘no matter your education, vocation or location.'”

Barlow is now the recipient of fourteen honourary doctorates.