The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter acting in solidarity delivered water to the people of Detroit, July 2014.
The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project have been speaking against water shutoffs in Detroit - highlighting that they are a terrible violation of the human right to water - since they began in May 2014.
Four years ago, Maude Barlow, the honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians and the founder of the Blue Planet Project, wrote, "Detroit is a victim of decades of market driven neoliberal policy that put business and profit ahead of public good. It is important to acknowledge the class and race dimension of this assault. There have been no stories on the cut-offs in the mainstream U.S. media. One cannot imagine that fact if the people losing their water were middle class white people. The daily cut-offs of water in Detroit, water needed for life and dignity, are an affront to the notion that we have advanced very far in our understanding of human rights or in its practice."