World Water Day

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 04:00

March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day, the Council of Canadians is encouraging everyone to take action for water in their community. World Water Day is a great opportunity to send a message to governments and industry that we will protect our water despite fossil fuel projects, budget cuts and the attack on scientists and social movements.

The United Nations’ theme on World Water Day this year is water and energy. But whether you are interested in fracking, bottled water, nuclear waste, mining or other issues, we hope you’ll help organize an event on World Water Day to show the importance of water protection.

You can make a difference. The fight to reclaim water as a commons – a public resource available to all – is happening now. Join us and help protect water by organizing or participating in World Water Day events in your community. Be sure to let us know about your World Water Day activities so we can highlight them on our website.  Submit your your event details online or email, and don’t forget to check out our resources and publications that you can use to help inform people and raise awareness.

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Cowichan Valley, BC

Film Screening of Gasland II
Date/Time: TBD
Location: TBD 

Nanaimo, BC

Screening of GASLAND II
Friday March 21st, 7pm Free Admission
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109
Please note: On-campus parking is free after 8pm
For more information, visit the Mid-Island Chapter website.


Edmonton, AB

Water Week 2014 events:

  • Tabling of student and community groups will take place in SUB on Tuesday March 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • A photo booth to go along with our Instagram contest. The contest will run all week with a winner being chosen on World Water Day. The grand prize is a signed copy of Maude Barlow's Blue Future (2013). Simply tag a picture with the hashtag #pumpedonwater and tag @yegwater. Start entering today, and let your friends and family know!
  • A special screening of Gasland II Tuesday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m, popcorn to be provided
  • On Thursday, March 20 we will host a speakers series from 7:00-9:00 p.m., the theme will be access to water and sanitation in the Global South

Check out these links for a complete listing of events and for up-to-the-minute details:

Red Deer, AB

Two Public Film Screenings of Watermark and Water Fair with Display Tables
When: Saturday, March 22 – Film Screenings at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m., Water Fair from 12:00 to 5 p.m.
Where: Margaret Parsons Theatre, Red Deer College
Sponsoring organizations: Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, Red Deer County, City of Red Deer, Green College, Council of Canadians
Suggested donation of $5. Further donations in support of water programming appreciated.
Further information: Ken Collier (403) 342-7989 (after 10:00 a.m., please)

Prince Albert, SK

Film Screening of Bottled Life: The Truth about Nestlé’s Business with Water including guest speaker Jim Bahr
When: March 21, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Where: John M. Cuelenaere Public Library auditorium
Co-sponsored with Prince Albert chapter of The Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica
For more information, visit:

Regina, SK

Film screening of documentary Defensora, a documentary about a Mayan Q'eqchi' resistance against mining in Guatemala
When: Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue
Presented by the Council of Canadians Regina Chapter and Cinema Politica Regina
For more info, visit:

Yellowknife, NT

Film Screening of Bottled Life
When: Monday, March 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Northern United Place
What: The NWT Chapter of the Council of Canadians brings you this award-winning documentary film that exposes the real winners and losers in the bottled water industry. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer researched the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.
For more info, visit the NWT Chapter website:


Hamilton, ON

Toban Black's Presentation on "Fracking in Ontario? Industry threats and community responses"
When: Tuesday, March 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Venue: Volunteer Hamilton, 267 King Street East, Hamilton

World Water Day Showing of Gasland II and discussion
When: Friday, March 28 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Venue: Volunteer Hamilton, 267 King Street East, Hamilton 

For more info, visit the Hamilton chapter website:

Brockville, ON

World Water Day Film Screening of Bottled Life
When: Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Brockville Library meeting room.
What: Film screening followed by discussion. Refreshments will be provided. No charge.
Sponsor: The Council of Canadians Brockville Chapter.
For more info, visit:

Guelph, ON

"GMO OMG" Film Event
When: Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
What: The documentary explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity's most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds.The screening will be followed by speakers Aabir Dey from Everdale Farm, Cory Eichman from the Saugeen River CSA, and Norah Chaloner from the Council of Canadians Guelph chapter. The talks will be followed by an open discussion.
Where: St James the Apostle Church, Cor of Paisley St and Glasgow St.

H2O Go event at Guelph City Hall for World Water Day

Guelph Resilience Festival
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 – all day events
Where: Eco Market in the Old Quebec St Mall of St. George’s Square and Guelph City Hall. Many groups involved.
For more info on the film screening and World Water Day events, visit:

Thunder Bay, ON

Celebrate Superior Water
Film Screening: A Thirsty World and Mysteries of the Great Lakes
When: March 22
What: Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival 

Toronto, ON

Film screening of Burning Water at Water Docs film festival
When: March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery of Toronto, 317 Dundas St. W.
Co-presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Council of Canadians

For more info check here:
Water Docs Film Festival schedule:

Windsor, ON

Global Synchronized Moment for the World’s Waters
When: March 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mill and Russel Street in Old Sandwich Town
For more info:

London, ON

Water Rights Film Festival
What: The Council of Canadians London Chapter presents several film screenings for the Water Rights Film Festival including Blue Gold, Waterlife, Bottled Water and Sacred Spirit of Water.
When: April 4-6, 2014
For more information:

Ottawa, ON

World Water Day event on Victoria Island
Saturday, March 22
1:30 opening statement and speakers including Emma Lui (Council of Canadians), Tito Medina (Maya elder) and Meredith Brown (Ottawa River Keeper)
2:00 Water ceremony and drumming
followed by a gratitude ceremony and a sharing circle
For more information, visit:

Film screening of Paul Manly's documentary Troubled Water - **This event has been CANCELED due to the safety worker strike on campus. Standing in solidarity with the workers.**
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Multimedia Lab of the Discovery Centre (room 482 of the MacOdrum Library), Carleton University
For more info, visit:

North Bay, ON

World Water Day Family Festival
When: Saturday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Nipissing University
What: Guided walking tour, children’s activities, prizes, guest speakers and panel discussion on Water & Energy. This event is free and we highly encourage the public to attend. Plus, free refreshments!
Hosted by Greening Nipissing, in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, Canadore College, Nipissing University, Nipissing University Peace Research Initiative, The Corporation of the City of North Bay, and LiquidTech.
For more info:


St. John’s, NL

Film Screening: Gasland II
When: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Room 2001 in the Inco Centre at Memorial University
For more info, visit the St. John's chapter Facebook group:

Saint John, NB

Film Screening: Gasland II
When: March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint John Regional Library
This event is is hosted by the the Council of Canadians Saint John Chapter, Kairos Saint John, and Cinema Politica

Across New Brunswick - Voice of the People Tour

The Voice of the People Tour will be going to nearly 30 communities across New Brunswick.  The purpose of our tour is to provide public education about shale gas, clean jobs, and clean energy.

March 20: Voice of the People tour launches at a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton
March 24:Fred North - Gibson Memorial United Church Hall 7 p.m.
March 25: Woodstock - NBCC, 2nd Floor Theatre 7 p.m.
April 3: Doaktown - Anglican Church Hall
April 5: Saint John - St. Joachim's Church 7 p.m.

For additional dates and information on the tour:
New Brunswick "Voice of the People" tour:
Facebook page:

South Shore, NS

A Conversation About Water Stewardship with:

  • Paul Brodie, retired marine & freshwater researcher
  • Ashley David, Clean NS
  • Danielle St. Louis, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  • Kirk Symonds, Region 6 Solid Waste Management

What: This event encourages community discussion, questions, and answers about the care of our precious waters.
When: Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mahone Bay Centre
For more information about these events, check the South Shore Chapter Facebook group:

Charlottetown, PEI

Film screening of Gasland Part II
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Duffy Science Building, University of Prince Edward Island campus,
Presented by Cinema Politica Charlottetown and Don't Frack PEI
Admission by donation
For more information, call Cooper Institute, 894-4573 or visit Cinema Politica Charlottetown on Facebook:
You can also email



Campbell River, BC

Film Screening: Troubled Water
When: March 17, 2014
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Where: North Island College Theatre in Campbell River
Hosting organizations: the Council of Canadians Campbell River Chapter, Campbell River Occupy and Timberline Earth Club

On March 18, the Council of Canadians will be making presentations at the Campbell River City Council meeting to once again urge the city to become a Blue Community: recognizing water as a human right, promote public water and ban bottled water sales at city facilities and events. Contact your city councillor to tell them you support Campbell River becoming a Blue Community! For more information, contact Council of Canadians in Campbell River at 250-286-3019.

Kamloops, BC

Film Screening: Gasland
Date/TIme: March 16, 2:00 p.m.
Venue Location: Clocktower Theatre, TRU
Film screening is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Council of Canadians in Kamloops at 250-377-0055, or email

Courtenay, BC

Film screening of Bottled Life
When: March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay
Sponsored by Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Cinema Politica and North Island Students' Union

Thunder Bay, ON

Celebrate Superior Water
Thunder Bay's Blue Planet Committee launches World Water Week
When: Sunday, March 16th, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: Waterfront
What: A traditional water offering will kick off the event at 12 noon in the Spirit Garden, followed by an information fair and children's activities held in the Baggage Room Building 

Peterborough, ON

Water group meeting - Open to the public
Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
Lion’s Centre (Burnham St, just across the Hunter St. Bridge)
Contact Roy Brady at or 705-745-2446. 
All water enthusiasts are very welcome. 

South Shore, NS

Our Water Photo Exhibit
When: March 16 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Peer Gallery, 167 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg, 902-640-3131
Organized by the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians in partnership with the Lunenburg Photography Club, the Bridgewater Photographic Society, the Community Sustainability Network and Peer Gallery