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NEWS: Barlow warns of over-extraction, pipelines threatening the Great Lakes

Photo by David Paterson/ mississauga.com

Photo by David Paterson/ mississauga.com

Mississauga.com reports, “Lake Ontario is part of an ecosystem that’s under threat and may become Canada’s next environmental battleground. That was the stark message delivered by author and activist Maude Barlow on Saturday during an environmental conference held at the University of Toronto Mississauga. …(Barlow) listed threats to the Great Lakes (including) the over-extraction of water, invasive species and pollution. And she raised the spectre of oil pipelines heading this way. ‘I think the next fight is going to be a pipeline to take bitumen through and around the lakes and down through New England or St. John in New Brunswick,’ said Barlow. …Sharply criticizing Prime Minister Stephen Harper for wanting to dismantle environmental regulations, Barlow said she expects opposition to the federal government’s policies will grow. ‘We have a huge fight on our hands over our water and over our resources, and I think in the next few years we are going to see a lot of people stand up physically with their bodies in front of bulldozers and heavy equipment and mining companies and so on just to try to stop the damage,’ she said. …Barlow was speaking at a Sustainable Campuses Conference held at UTM over the weekend. The conference is hosted annually by the Sierra Youth Coalition…”

The full article can be read at http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1518596–activist-delivers-fiery-warning-of-looming-water-shortage.