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March 17, 2009

It is with great pleasure that I share the news with you that Stuart Trew has accepted the position of trade campaigner.

Stuart did exceptionally well as our researcher/ writer in the national office focusing on the defeat of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, and he has done equally well as our Ontario-Quebec regional organizer based in Toronto.

As we face the challenges of NAFTA renegotiation, the expansion of TILMA, the strengthening of the Agreement on Internal Trade, and the start of the Canada-EU talks, I can think of no one better to handle the analytical and campaign demands of these critical fights.

Stuart will continue to work out of the Toronto office, but we'll be seeing more of him in Ottawa given his new role.

Stuart will officially start as the trade campaigner on April 1, but will take on some of his new campaigner responsibilities immediately.

Carleen will be working as quickly as she can to hire a new Ontario-Quebec organizer (and we continue our work to hire another campaigner, this one to work in defence of public health care).

Please join me in welcoming Stuart to his new position.

March 17, 2009

CBC reports this afternoon that, "Canada should be denied a seat on the UN Security Council until it recognizes water as a human right, a Canadian adviser to the president of the General Assembly said Tuesday."

"'It would be wonderful to see Canada on the [council] helping to address the critical global challenges of our day,' Maude Barlow, who is also chairwoman of the nationalist Council of Canadians, said in a statement. 'But if the Harper government fails to act on the global water crisis, then it simply does not deserve to take that seat.'"

"Barlow is attending the week-long World Water Forum in Istanbul, where thousands of participants, including government ministers from 120 countries, are discussing global water concerns. Securing a seat on the 15-member Security Council for the 2011-12 term is a top foreign policy priority for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Canada is competing for the seat against Portugal and Germany, both of which have already endorsed the right to water. The election will take place in October 2010."

March 17, 2009

The Peterborough Examinder reports this morning that, "City council asked city staff last night to look at what the municipality would have to do to ban the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities. Town Ward Coun. Dean Pappas raised the issue at the end of the committee of the whole meeting...Council agreed to ask staff for a report on the issue..."

The article highlights that, "Market Hall Performing Arts Centre banned the sale of bottled water earlier this year. The Unbottle It campaign with Maude Barlow, the senior adviser on water to the president of the United Nations General Assembly (and CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan), held an event at the facility in January. Pappas gave introductory remarks at the Unbottle It campaign event in Peterborough."

The full article is at http://m.peterboroughexaminer.com/article.aspx?a=1480895

Congratulations to the Peterborough chapter for their work on this issue.

March 17, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "A documentary produced by Vancouver-based Mark Achbar (Manufacturing Consent, The Corporation) won a special environmental award at the European Independent Film Festival (ECU) in Paris on Sunday."

'Blue Gold' features Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow.

The article notes that, "Sam Bozzo's Blue Gold: World Water Wars was screened as part of the Ecology Now section of the festival, where it was introduced by Danielle Mitterand, France's former first lady, and president of France Libertés (a foundation concerned with global water conservation). The documentary received its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October, where it won the Best Environmental Film Audience Choice Award."

The full article is at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090317.BUZZ17-6/TPStory/TPEntertainment/Movies/

March 17, 2009

The Council of Canadians issued this media release this morning on both Canadian and European newswire services:

Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chairperson and senior advisor on water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, says the Harper government's goal of a seat on the UN Security Council should be denied until Canada formally recognizes water as a human right.

Ms. Barlow is currently in Istanbul for the week-long World Water Forum at which government ministers from 120 countries will discuss global water issues.

The Harper government has made securing a seat on the 15-member UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term a top foreign policy priority. The election will take place in October 2010. Canada is vying for this seat against Portugal and Germany, countries which already endorse the right to water.

"Recognizing water as a human right is vital to ensuring that governments address the reality of more than a billion people who are currently without access to clean water," says Barlow.

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