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April 1, 2009

On March 21, the Ottawa Citizen ran a feature article titled, 'The Story of EAU', with the sub-heading 'From prestige product to health booster to environmental scourge, Joanne Chianello examines the backlash against bottled water'.

This article can be read at http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Technology/story.html?id=1414398.

In response to that article, I wrote the following letter to the editor that was published earlier this week:

The Citizen's feature article on the "environmental scourge" of bottled water was excellent.

April 1, 2009

Columnist John Ivison writes for tomorrow's National Post that, "Just as the Flat Earth Society remains insistent in its belief that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax based on an Arthur C. Clarke novel, so Maude Barlow’s Council of Canadians is still convinced that free trade is a cataclysm that will drain our industry, resources and sovereignty southward."

So, as you can see, Mr. Ivison is not a Council of Canadians supporter.

He also writes, "Unfortunately, people are scrabbling around for an alternative to the prevailing economic orthodoxy and the Council’s anti-trade crusade has the same knee-jerk appeal as lynching a banker - someone or something is to the blame for the state we’re in and it might be free trade."

He continues, "Yesterday, it released a report on the supposed 'internal free trade agenda' of the Harper government..."

He quotes trade lawyer and Council of Canadians Board member Steven Shrybman then says, "Mr. Shrybman's logic is as sound as that of those Flat Earthers who believe we live on a disc with the North Pole at the middle."

March 30, 2009

Jane Taber reported in the Globe and Mail this past Saturday that Alex Himelfarb, who several years ago "spoke quietly to a reporter about building a west-east energy corridor that would not only be good for business but also unite the country in the same way that the railroad knitted Canada together," is rumoured to become Michael Ignatieff's chief of staff.

This article is at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090328.NOTEBOOK28ART2211/TPStory/Comment

March 30, 2009

Last weekend, Environment Minister Jim Prentice stated on CBC News that Canada does not support water as a human right because, “You get into difficult questions such as do countries that have access to water have a legal obligation to export it to countries that don’t. Clearly, it’s a complex issue.”

Now the Environmental News Service reports on US opposition to the recognition of the human right to water. ENS reports that, "The U.S. delegation (to the World Water Forum in Turkey), led by Daniel Reifsnyder, deputy assistant secretary of state for environment and sustainable development, took the position that 'there is at present no internationally agreed right to water or human right to water, and there is no consensus on what such a right would encompass,' according to State Department spokesman Andy Laine."

ENS reports, "The Ministerial Declaration was not open to negotiation at the World Water Forum as negotiations on the statement were concluded at a preparatory meeting held in Paris on March 3 and 4. Laine told ENS that during the preparatory process the United States did oppose language that would have recognized water as a human right."

March 27, 2009

On March 21 the Canadian Press reported that, "The Conservative government has decided to inject money into a Canada-led United Nations water monitoring program that had been floating in cash-strapped limbo for the past three years." The $2.5 million funding announcement means $500,000 to GEMS and $2 million for a water initiative at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Saskatchewan to complement GEMS.

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