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Maude Barlow to discuss Ontario’s water crisis in Hamilton on Thursday


WHAT: Well-known water justice activist Maude Barlow will be in Hamilton on Thursday to draw attention to Ontario’s water crisis. The event is hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians, partnering with the Bay Area Restoration Council, Blue Dot, Democracy Probe International, Eco-Locke, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton 350, and the National Farmers Union (Local 351) for this event.

WHO: Maude Barlow will be speaking about her new book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis (ECW Press, September 2016). Other speakers include Councillor Aidan Johnson, who will address the local water issues in Hamilton, and Danielle Boissoneau, Anishnaabe writer and activist, who will share her reflections on the importance of water.

WHEN: Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: The Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid St., Hamilton (Map)

WHY: The water crisis is front and centre in Hamilton, including the nearby Nestlé water takings controversy, increasing stresses on the Great Lakes, and severe drought throughout the region. This will be Hamilton chapter of the Council of Canadians’ 5th Annual Public Forum.


Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis (ECW Press, September 2016) is Maude Barlow’s 18th book. It lays bare the extent of Canada’s water crisis and argues water policies will become the defining issue of the next decade.

“The water crisis is at our door here in Canada. All the issues we thought so far away are upon us now,” writes Barlow in Boiling Point. “It is time to abandon our false beliefs that Canada has unlimited supplies of water, that Canadians have taken care of this water heritage and one another or that we still have lots of time to do so. We need a strong, national plan of action based on a new water ethic that puts water protection and water justice at the heart of all our policies and laws.”

One of the world’s foremost water activists, Maude Barlow has been on the front lines of the planet’s water crises for the past 20 years. An expert on the subject, she has worked with governments and organizations around the world to protect this precious resource.


For more information or to arrange an interview:

Dylan Penner, 613-795-8685,

Susannah Ames, 416-694-3348 ext. 154,