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UPDATE: ‘Water Not For Sale’ march in Edmonton

Photo by Scott Harris

Photo by Scott Harris

The Edmonton Journal reports, “The Idle No More movement took to the streets on Friday (May 24) to voice the need to protect Alberta’s water supply just in time for the Progressive Conservatives’ policy convention this weekend. A group of about 75 people met at Canada Place at around 11 a.m. and the crowd swelled to about 150 by the time they reached the legislature where a number of speakers addressed the crowd. Drummers led the way west along Jasper Avenue and protesters followed behind chanting and carrying signs with messages saying water is not for sale and no one owns the water.”

In recent months the Alberta government has conducted an inadequate ‘water consultation’ on four main topics. The newspaper article notes those topics are: “healthy lakes, the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, efficient water management — an issue that included debate about water licences and markets — and municipal issues, including waste water”.

Edmonton-based Council of Canadians organizer Scott Harris participated in Friday’s protest.

For more, please read:
NEWS: Groups say Alberta water consultation ‘almost meaningless’
NEWS: PIA & Council of Canadians say Alberta ‘Water Conversation’ little more than government PR effort
NEWS: Public consultations on water management in Alberta expected soon