The information in the Fraser Institute's report on water and its conclusions paint an inaccurate and dangerous picture of water security in Canada. Information about long-standing drinking water advisories in First Nations, droughts and other climate events, and extreme energy projects like the tar sands is missing from the report. This gives a skewed view of water quantity and quality in Canada.
Emma Lui's blog
On November 14, I spoke to a residents of Prince Edward County (PEC) about current water issues as part of the Corporatizing Canada book tour. The inspiring people in this community are another example of how frontline communities are our greatest hope for water justice.
Reclaiming public ownership, and rethinking the ways in which public services are delivered, is a crucial part of building a more equitable and sustainable public services future.
The Council of Canadians recently launched a new Blue Communities video that gives an overview of the Blue Communities Project where municipalities, faith-based and other communities resist the corporate takeover of water.
If I learned one thing from my trip to southern Ontario it is that communities are are fired up and determined to protect water for communities and for ecosystems. Nestlé and other bottled water protects that commodify water are incompatible to protecting water for life and for future generations. It is frontline communities fighting water privatization and promoting the right to water that are our greatest hope for water justice.
On Monday, a consortium of big energy players made a final investment decision that approved LNG Canada, a $40 billion dollar fracked gas project, paving the way for more fracking in B.C. This decision was made on the heels of water restrictions for fracking companies in the northeastern corner of the province due to drought.
The 2019 Alternative Federal Budget released last week outlines how much funding the Trudeau government needs to allocate in the 2019 budget - leading up to the federal election - to protect drinking water and watersheds.
My chapter, Murky Waters: When Governments Turn Water Management into a Business, in the new book Corporatizing Canada looks at how governments are changing to operate like corporations in water management and how this can threaten people’s ability to access clean, safe and affordable water.
B.C. is not alone in experiencing droughts and other extreme weather events, all of which are worsening with climate change. Extractivist projects like Nestlé’s and other bottled water takings, fracking, tar sands development, mining and other resource projects threaten clean water sources, further fuel climate crises and violate Indigenous rights.