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UPDATE: Toronto chapter water forum a success!

Lui, Hamlyn, Karunananthan at the Toronto chapter water forum

Lui, Hamlyn, Karunananthan at the Toronto chapter water forum

Last week, Toronto’s NOW magazine reported, “It’s a basic life ingredient, but water gets no respect, even though we’re sitting on the edge of a fresh water system that’s the envy of the world. The T.O. chapter of the Council of Canadians hosts Shared Water, Shared Legacy, Saturday (March 24), a forum discussing the Melancthon mega-quarry, water privatization, First Nations water issues, the Great Lakes and more. 10 am to 4 pm. Pwyc. United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil.”

During that water forum, Council of Canadians Ontario-Quebec organizer Mark Calzavara wrote:

11:50 am: “The third annual Toronto Chapter Water Forum is in full swing. Water Walker Sylvia Plain is speaking now to about 75 people at the moment, Carl Cosack just finished his Megaquarry presentation and Meera Karunananthan is up next on water as a human right. Later on, Emma Lui will speak about the Great Lakes commons and fracking and 13 year-old Robyn Hamlyn will tell us about her cross-province Blue Community campaign.Very enthusiastic crowd-lots of new faces too.”

12:40 pm: “13 year old Robyn Hamlyn just knocked the socks off the crowd here. Emma and Meera up on stage now with the other presenters for a Q and A. Next up- lunch!” To see an 11-minute video of Robyn’s speech at the water forum, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfns_PyqXO0.

For more on the water forum, please see the Toronto chapter website at http://councilofcanadianstoronto.blogspot.ca/.

Congratulations to the Toronto chapter, Mark, Emma, Meera and to all others involved in this forum!