On Tuesday, November 19, Kingston City Council reaffirmed its commitment as a Blue Community. Following the ceremony, nearly 100 Kingston community members gathered at the new Kingston Frontenac Public Library for the launch of Maude Barlow’s new book, Whose Water is it, Anyway: Taking Water Protection into Public Hands.
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Earlier this week, an investigative report by several media outlets revealed dangerously high levels of lead in tap water across Canada. What does this mean for the health of Canadians and the way we manage our water infrastructure?
With a new minority federal government, you and I have an opportunity to help shape public policy. The Council of Canadians and our 150,000 supporters across the country are coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to stand up for the issues that matter to you.
One of those issues is water, specifically the water in your community.
Although most municipalities own and operate our drinking water and sewage treatment plants, the infrastructure is deteriorating due to chronic underfunding. This is where the federal government could step in with low-cost public funding for municipalities. Unfortunately, the government continues to side with corporate interests and is pushing public-private partnerships (P3s) that put our water at risk.
Private companies are coming for your water and the federal government is welcoming them with open arms. But you and I can stop this from happening. In this minority government, we can use our position as the people’s Balance of Power to stand up for water.
As you may know, the federal government, under both Liberal and Conservative leadership, has been aggressively promoting the privatization of our water and wastewater infrastructure and services for decades. These critical pieces to building healthy and equitable communities are being sold to the highest bidder.
B.C.’s groundwater is under threat.
Exports of bottled water from B.C. to the United States increased 1,460% between 2008 and 2018. This is an outrageous trend that has to end.
Municipal governments throughout B.C. and First Nations have just passed a resolution calling on the B.C. Premier John Horgan to stop issuing water licences to commercial water bottling operations in the province.
The resolution passed after Council of Canadians supporters like you and thousands of other B.C. residents flooded mayors’ and city councillors’ mailboxes, pushing for its adoption. Thank you to everyone who took action!
B.C.’s groundwater is under threat and I need your help to protect it.
In just a few weeks, local governments and First Nations throughout B.C. will vote on an important resolution that calls on the province to stop issuing water licences to commercial water bottling operations in the province.
UPDATE: Indigenous Services Minister has announced a renewed Task Force to address Attawapiskat's needs for new reserve lands, housing, infrastructure, health, social services and governance issues. Theresa Spence and Sylvia Koostachin-Metatawabin have ended their hunger strike.
The Attawapiskat First Nation Band Council has declared a state of emergency last week over concerns about water quality. The water crisis in this Northern Ontario First Nations once again exposes the failure by the federal government to provide access to safe and clean water to First Nations.