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NEWS: Protesters demand protection for Ontario’s water

The Canadian Press reports that, “The Ontario legislature is a little water-logged today after activists brought their concerns about protecting the province’s water — along with some jars of H2O. Environmentalists, labour activists and human rights advocates were among those who rallied at the legislature during a rainy afternoon.”

“The activists say Premier Dalton McGuinty should be protecting Ontario’s water from pollution caused by industry and development. As speakers addressed the rally, long blue banners waved overhead and protesters carrying jars of their local drinking water walked through the fluttering blue tunnels to deliver their message. Organizers say they want the government to create a provincial water strategy that will protect Ontario’s watersheds from what they call a growing crisis.”

Maude Barlow spoke at the rally and brought this message: “There is a global water crisis happening right now and Ontario is already feeling the impacts. We need real protection for our water more than ever, but Premier McGuinty is taking us down the wrong path.”

The Canadian Press story has been picked up by at least 18 media outlets including CTV.ca at http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101014/ontario-legislature-water-protest-101014/20101014/?hub=TorontoNewHome.

To read Maryam Adrangi’s activist blog on today’s rally, please go to http://canadians.org/activistblog/?p=259.