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New Maude Barlow book a wake-up call on Canada’s water crisis

Boiling Point

Ottawa – Canada’s leading water expert is embarking on a 14-city coast-to-coast tour to launch her new book just as Parliament resumes, starting in Ottawa tomorrow. In Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis (ECW Press, September 2016), Maude Barlow lays bare the extent of Canada’s water crisis and argues water policies will become the defining issue of the next decade.

Barlow’s new book – her 18th – is a timely and insightful guide for Members of Parliament, environmental organizations and residents seeking to protect freshwater in Canada and in Indigenous communities.

“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.”

In June, the Trudeau government announced it would be reviewing environmental and freshwater protections gutted by the former Harper government. This past week the federal government announced public consultations about environmental assessment processes in 19 cities, beginning the same day that Barlow launches her new book.

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.

“Maude Barlow is one of our planet’s greatest water defenders,” says Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine. “This book has all the facts, forceful analysis, and moral clarity that Canadians will need to wake up and join this most urgent of struggles.”

Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Washington-based Food and Water Watch, a councillor for the World Future Council, a board member for a number of influential organizations and has previously acted as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the UN General Assembly. Her work has earned her an impressive 14 honorary doctorates and numerous awards and recognitions.

Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis is being released today by ECW Press. Copies for journalists are available upon request.


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