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Maude Barlow in conversation with Paul Moist in Winnipeg about “Boiling Point”

Photos by Brigette DePape


Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and former Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) president Paul Moist spoke to a full house in Winnipeg last night about her new book on water protection.


The outreach for the event had highlighted, “An evening with Maude Barlow discussing Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis with host Paul Moist. Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.”


As the gathering began, Barlow tweeted, “Absolutely packed event for Winnipeg Boiling Point launch!”


Winnipeg-based Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape was there and tweeted:


  • McNally Robinson bookstore is overflowing for the launch of Maude Barlow’s book Boiling Point.

  • Maude Barlow in conversation with Paul Moist: How to build movement? Answer is what we have here tonight – passionate & informed citizenry.

  • Maude Barlow on US election: Truth of globalization revealed with disenchanted public, excited by movement we can build.

  • Being a country that is blessed w/ water, we can take leadership role in a trade model that protects water.

  • Great that Freedom Road for Shoal Lake 40 being built. Need to respect inherent First Nations rights.

  • Oscar Olivera of Bolivia on why fight for public water – I would rather die of a bullet than thirst.

  • What can we do about water crisis? Re-instate water laws CEAA, fisheries act, navigable waters act.

  • Harper gov gutted Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Act, 99% of lakes & rivers not protected from projects like pipelines.

  • 2/3 of First Nations under boil water advisories.

  • Water crises we’ve seen around the world now happening right here.

  • Demand for water will outstrip supply by 40%.

To watch a 1-hour video of last night’s event, please click here.

Since Boiling Point was published in September, Barlow has spoken about water protection in Ottawa (Sept. 20), Kingston (Sept. 21), Guelph (Sept. 22), Toronto (Sept. 23), Vancouver (Sept. 29), Calgary (Sept. 30),  Belleville (Oct. 3), St. John’s (Oct. 14), Saskatoon (Oct. 18), Peterborough (Nov. 1), Midhurst (Nov. 7), London (Nov. 9), Renfrew (Nov. 17), Sidney (Nov. 20), Chilliwack (Nov. 21), and Winnipeg (Nov. 24).


Copies of Boiling Point can be purchased at your local independent bookstore or online through the publisher.