March 2, 2009

An open letter was sent today by nineteen groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Council of Canadians - to US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu “regarding the Clean Energy Dialogue and Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice’s upcoming visit to Washington.”

March 2, 2009

Ken Wardroper passed away on February 26 at the age of 87. His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen notes that, “He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment during the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Holland. He attained the rank of Captain with the regiment and was invalided out of the service when seriously wounded for the second time in April 1945. A lengthy recovery followed, after which he joined the Department of External Affairs as a foreign service officer. He served his country in this capacity for a further 37 years, his last overseas posting being Norway, where he held the position of Ambassador. He followed his public service by joining the Council of Canadians, determined to preserve the country and people he loved, and led the Council as interim leader after the resignation of its founder, Mel Hurtig.”

March 2, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Canadian federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice lands in Washington today to pursue the Canada-U.S. co-operation on energy and the environment that was promised when the new President visited Ottawa two weeks ago. In meetings with top administration officials, Mr. Prentice will push Canada's proposal for a continental system of emission caps and market-based permit trading that would align Canada's regulatory system with that of our largest trading partner."


March 2, 2009

Chronogram Magazine reports that, "the Kent Film Festival, which bills itself as 'Connecticut’s premier film festival,' is one of the region’s best-kept cultural secrets. For four days each spring, the festival screens world-class feature films in the northwest corner of the Constitution state...(Among the films) being screened at the 2009 installment of the Kent Film Festival is Sam Bozzo’s Blue Gold: World Water Wars, based on the muckraking book by Canadian Activists Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (Blue Gold: The Right to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water), which first brought the effects of globalization on the world’s water supply to public attention in 2002...Blue Gold will be screened as part of the Kent Film Festival, March 26 through March 28..."

In the article, Sam Bozzo, the film's director, is asked, "What sort of solutions to the water crisis does Blue Gold author Maude Barlow call for?"

March 1, 2009

The Portland Press Herald reports that, "Shapleigh residents have banned companies from drawing or selling its water."

Shapleigh is a town in Maine with a population of approximately 2,326 people. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.

RESIDENTS VOTE AGAINST NESTLE BOTTLING ITS WATER "During a special town meeting Saturday morning, residents voted 114 to 66 to adopt the ban drafted by Protecting Our Water and Wildlife Resources, which had opposed (the Nestle company) Poland Spring's efforts to test, draw, bottle and market the town's water."

POLAND SPRINGS HAD PLANNED TO START DRAWING WATER IN 2011 OR 2012 "Mark Dubois, natural resource manager for Poland Spring, said he was disappointed by the vote at the special town meeting...He said the company would have been looking to draw water from Shapleigh in 2011 or 2012, but noted that it takes a long time to gain the state and local permits that are needed."