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June 19, 2017

Heavy rains and winds could not dampen their commitment to protect their community and the Bay of Fundy.  Approximately 80 people braved the adverse weather on Saturday, June 17th and took part in a rally and picnic at Red Head.

June 16, 2017

I made a last minute decision to make a quick trip to Montreal from Ottawa because Divya, my eight-year-old niece, was excited about her end-of-year school performance at École Face. Divya felt I would be interested in this year’s water-themed show as someone who works on water policy issues. Although I was primarily there as a proud aunt, I was indeed quite impressed by the content of the show.

Divya

In the show titled “Magtogoek, le fleuve aux grandes eaux” or “Magatogoek, the Mighty River”, children from grades 1 to 4 narrated the history of the 1, 197 kilometre river that flows from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St-Lawrence.  Myriam Blouin, their music teacher and mastermind behind the production, opened with the statement “Montreal is not 375 years. This land had a long history preceding the arrival of Europeans.”  The musical performance began with the Iroquois villages of the 14th century. Throughout the show, the St-Lawrence River was referred to by its original name, the Magatogoek.

June 16, 2017

Guest Blog by Kathie Clarke of our Hamilton chapter:

The Hamilton Chapter hosted its 5th annual public forum last night. The title and theme was Boiling Point: Canada’s Water Crisis. About 175 people from Hamilton and the surrounding communities came to hear the three excellent speakers and to engage in the follow-up discussion. Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist, lead the programme with the land acknowledgement and a moving message of the importance of water to the Indigenous people. Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson provided the local context of current water issues including water extraction, opposition to bottled water, and the closing of the Sulphur Springs artesian well. The keynote speaker was Maude Barlow. She spoke about her latest book and report on water, and shared wonderful stories of her water campaign experiences such as Site 41 and her visit to Port Stanley. The audience was eager to ask lots of questions  and offer comments about water issues related to trade agreements, pipelines, and government policies.

June 16, 2017

Photo of the week: The Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Centre Wellington and London chapters at the Wellington Water Watchers' Waterstock festival in Erin, Ontario in opposition to Nestle bottled water takings (June 11).

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of their activities from this past week:

Water
1- Montreal chapter presents 'Boiling Point' to Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
2- Hamilton chapter hosts Maude Barlow for talk on Ontario's water crisis
3- Saskatoon chapter wins City staff review of blue communities resolution
4- Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Centre Wellington & London chapters at Waterstock
5- Edmonton chapter to host picnic to discuss making blue communities a municipal election priority (June 25)
6- Mid Island & Cowichan Valley chapters screen '100 Short Stories' film

June 14, 2017

It was wonderful to join with the Winnipeg chapter at the Bonnie Raitt concert yesterday at the Burton Cummings Theatre. It was a natural fit given Bonnie Raitt's activism in social justice and sustainable energy. Mary Robinson, Ken Harasym, Hannah Muhajarine, and myself handed out materials on water protection, pipelines, and a just transition to renewable energies. 

It was fun to run into friends like Cuyler Cotton who works in solidarity with Shoal Lake 40. 

Bonnie Raitt is currently on tour and our Edmonton chapter will be tabling at her concert in Edmonton. 

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