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NEWS: Barlow speaks on water in Fredericton, Feb. 16

The university newspaper The Brunswickian reports, “In honour of (the University of New Brunswick naming this year ‘The Year of Water’), UNB will be presenting a series of speakers. The first up is Maude Barlow. She will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Wu Conference Centre. …Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture series; admission is free.”

“Barlow is a founder and the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. The council’s current focus is on water, particularly water as a human right. In addition to chairing the Council of Canadians, Barlow also works closely with and chairs various international committees on the preservation of water. She is the recipient of 11 honorary doctorates and many awards. She is also the author of dozens of reports and 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water. The lecture is titled ‘The Global Water Crisis and the Challenge for Canadians’.”

The Telegraph Journal has reported, “Water will be the focus of a year of events organized by the Andrews Initiative at UNB. The series will delve into H2O – what it is, what’s happening to it, and what the heck we can do to help protect it. Susan Sturgeon, coordinator of the Andrews Imitative at UNB, said Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians will be one of the first speakers to talk about the impact of the global water shortage. ‘She’ll be talking about the global crisis in water and how it affects Canada. The Council of Canadians has its major focus these days on water…She’ll talk about what we can be doing to protect New Brunswickers,’ Sturgeon said. The Year of Water series includes a partnership with the St. John River Society so New Brunswick’s own water celebrity, the St. John River, will be showcased. Another N.B. connection will be hydro-fracking.”

“In the fall, the UNB Art Centre will present exhibitions, workshops, and conversations on water as a theme in arts and culture.”