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NEWS: Maude Barlow speaks on water markets in Alberta

The Digital Journal reports that, “Canadian activist and National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians Maude Barlow spoke in Edmonton on the 26th of October, at the University of Alberta, to a crowd of over 400 on the issues associated with water markets.”

“Ian Douglas of Australia, joined her via Skype, and updated us on the privatization of Australia’s water. (He urged) Albertans not to follow Australia’s example. Australia has a highly deregulated water market, where private ownership and speculative buying has driven the Murray Darling river system in Australia to face critical water shortages. Critical water shortages have forced the Australian government to buy back water rights in order to conserve enough water in the basin to protect the ecosystems.”

“Aboriginal environmental leader Sudana Goodstriker, warned the crowd about the unsustainable use of water by oil and gas.”

Though it hasn’t been posted yet to the ‘alberta@noon’ website, Maude Barlow participated in their program yesterday. Check for that podcast at http://www.cbc.ca/albertaatnoon/.

Public Interest Alberta videotaped Maude’s presentation last night and we hope to be able to share the web-link to that video shortly.

The Digital Journal article is at http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/299489.

Yesterday’s campaign blog on Maude’s visit to Alberta can be read at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5088.