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UPDATE: Barlow speaks in Edmonton about the global water crisis

Yesterday afternoon, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was the keynote speaker for several hundred students at a Global Awareness Week event at the City Centre Campus of Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.

Barlow spoke about the Harper government cuts to the environment, the water crisis in Alberta (including water markets), and explained how investor-state provisions in trade deals lock bad laws in permanently.

As noted in a media release by the university, “Barlow wants to dispel the myth that Canada (and the world) has an abundance of water. She is writing her fourth book (Blue Futures: Protecting Water on the Planet Forever) on the subject and was heavily involved in getting the United Nations to acknowledge access to water as a human right.”

The Kokopelli Choir also performed traditional African songs at Barlow’s event which as hosted by Rick Harp, host of CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.