March 10, 2009

The recently-released ‘Report of the independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation’ states that, “In March 2008, the Human Rights Council, in its resolution 7/22 adopted without a vote, decided to appoint an independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. At its ninth session in September 2008, the Council appointed Catarina de Albuquerque as independent expert, for a period of three years. Ms. de Albuquerque took up her mandate on 1 November 2008 and has since then engaged in different consultations with various stakeholders in order to define her priorities and organize her work.”

March 10, 2009

The Peterborough Examiner reports that, "Trent University has released the names of its honourary degree recipients for 2009. Award-winning actress and director Sarah Polley, aboriginal leader Tom Porter former lieutenant governor Iona Compagnolo, activist Maude Barlow and artist Mary Pratt will receive honourary degrees during June convocation..."

The article notes that, "Barlow receives her honourary degree on the morning of June 3. Barlow is an author and activist, she is also the chairwoman of the Council of Canadians and was recently named the first senior advisor on water to the president of the United Nations general assembly."

The full article can be read at

Maude is already the recipient of seven honourary doctorates.

Congratulations Maude!

March 10, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "The Rainforest Action Network...staged a demonstration outside the annual meeting (of the Royal Bank of Canada in Vancouver recently) - and, at the same time, another one at RBC's Toronto headquarters."

The Council of Canadians joined the Rainforest Action Network for both of these demonstrations (notably organizers Harjap Grewal and Stuart Trew) and intends to do more collaborative work with them in the coming months.

BLUE WATER PROJECT INCOMPATIBLE WITH TAR SANDS INVESTMENTS The article notes that, "The activists say the bank's status as a prominent Olympics sponsor and its 10-year, $50-million Blue Water philanthropic program (which funds fresh-water projects internationally) is incompatible with its role as a top financier of the Alberta oil sands, which many believe is a significant source of water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions."

March 9, 2009

The Hindu newspaper was first published in 1889, and in 1995 became the first Indian newspaper to offer an online edition.

The Hindu is the most circulated periodical in India with a circulation of 1.17 million copies, according to the Registrar of Newspapers for India. According to the Indian Readership Survey, The Hindu has a readership of 5.2 million people.

Today, The Hindu reviewed Maude Barlow's book Blue Covenant. The review states, in part, that "the first three chapters of the book tell a grim, depressing and frightening story, but chapters four and five dispel the gloom (at least partly) and offer a degree of hope through their accounts of the battles fought by the water warriors, some of them remarkably successful, and of the progress of the idea of the right to water. Being in substantial agreement with the argument of the book, this reviewer has no serious criticisms to offer."

The full review can be read at

March 9, 2009

The Guardian reports this morning that, "Premier Robert Ghiz says the province is seriously discussing a ban on bottled water within government facilities.The issue was brought up Thursday when the senior water adviser to the United Nations and Council of Canadians chair Maude Barlow met with the premier to discuss her concerns about access to clean water on P.E.I."

The article notes, "She offered several suggestions on how Prince Edward Island can sustain and protect its groundwater supply. Banning the sale and purchase of bottled water in all provincial public spaces, including the legislative assembly and in all provincial government buildings, would promote and support the Island’s public water, Barlow said."

Barlow says, "We’ve asked the premier and other premiers to ban bottled water and to invest in more infrastructure into our public water so it’s supporting public water."