World Water Day - March 22

Take action for water on World Water Day!

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. There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but new federal government legislation, damaging and polluting industries, and water privatization efforts are putting our water sources at risk.

You can make a difference. The fight to reclaim water as a commons – a public resource available to all – is happening now. Across Canada people are objecting to omnibus budget bills that removed much-needed protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada; they are fighting plans to cut environmental assessments for massive projects such as pipelines that endanger waterways, and they are standing up for public water in their communities.

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 23:00 to Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 23:00

Brockville, ON

March 22: Screening of Tapped at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Room at the West end of the Thousand Islands Mall. It is about an hour long. There is no charge. It examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil.

Campbell River, BC

March 22: Film screening of Paul Manly's Troubled Water 4:00 p.m. on Shaw Community TV in Campbell River.

Comox Valley, BC

March 26: Film screenings and discussion. 7:00 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre.

The premiere screening of Saving the Tsolum River  by local filmmaker Ed Homer features the efforts of  a small group of dedicated people in the Comox Valley who were determined to restore a river that was poisoned by an abandoned copper mine on Mount Washington.

Screening of Troubled Water is Nanaimo filmmaker, Paul Manly's documentary that examines a variety of public drinking watersheds on Vancouver Island and some of the threats posed to them by industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential activity.  In addition to the threat of contamination and over-use of water, Maude Barlow also discusses the looming threat of privatization of water sources and infrastructure.
 
Both filmmakers will join Jack Minard, Coordinator of Tsolum River Restoration Society, in a panel discussion after the films. The evening is co-sponsored by Comox Valley Council of Canadians, World Community, and North Island Students' Union.

March 23: Water Parade: Idle no more Comox Valley - Protectors of mother earth . 2:25 pm From the top of fifth st to Simms Millenium Park. EVERYONE WELCOME! To bring awareness to the importance of water for the future generations and how these Bills have compromised it's protection. Bill C-45 & Bill C-38. Bring your Good energy your signs, singing voices, drums, guitars, bag pipes band :) costumes that are water related if you want or just come join us as you are to show support.(Facebook event)

Cowichan Valley, BC

Make a strong case for the following: Mapping the regional aquifers, Recommending that the Cowichan Valley Regional District be declared a Blue Community, and suggesting a draft bylaw for rainwater capture and storage, especially in new construction.

Edmonton, AB

March 18: Screening of Bottled Life – The Truth About Nestle’s Business with Water at 5:30pm, Education South Room 107, University of Alberta (map). Hosted by the Council of Canadians, Cinema Politica, and the Back the Tap Coalition to celebrate Bottled Water Free Day 2013 as part of the March 2013 Solidarity Week

The Nestlé Corporation currently controls more than 70 of the world's bottled water brands, including Perrier, San Pellegrino, PureLife, and Arrowhead.  Nestle’s annual sales of bottled water alone total some $10 billion.  The bottled water industry sees water as a commodity - privately owned, bought and sold for a profit.  Last year, the University of Alberta awarded Nestle Chair Peter Brabeck-Letmathe an honorary degree and Nestle Corporation continues to influence campuses and communities across Canada.

March 21: Protecting Alberta's Water Commons: Challenges and Opportunities - Panel discussion asks "Is Alberta's Water being Managed Sustainably?" 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. U of A Telus Center Room 134 (111 Street and 87 Avenue).
Many Albertans are uncertain of how our precious inheritance, the water that collects on and under the land, will be protected for its essential uses by human and non-human life here.

What legislation, policy, and guidelines are in place to ensure a sustainable supply of fresh water in Alberta? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these? How can we as citizens participate in protecting Alberta’s water now and for future generations?  Guest speakers: Cindy Chiasson - Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre, Rachel Notley - Environment Critic, Alberta New Democrats, Shannon Stunden-Bowers - Research Director, Parkland Institute. Presented by the Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter, co-sponsored by the Parkland Institute.

Fredericton, NB

March 28: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Guelph, ON

March 17: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Halifax, NS

March 24: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Hamilton, ON

March 22: Screening of Blue Gold

March 1-20: World Water Day School Talks and World Water Day Music Fundraiser organized by the Education/Action Group.

Hope, BC

March 22: A Community Celebration of World Water Day. Meet 5:00 p.m. at the Hope Station House -- junction of Highways 1 & 3. FREE family-friendly event featuring homemade soup, stew, buns & bannock and beverages (no alcohol permitted). There will be lots of Music, Local Entertainment -- including Ish da Fish and a Jam 4 Water open mic PLUS lots of children's activities.

Kamloops, BC

Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Kelowna, BC

March 22: Water and Power – a Teach-In with filmmaker Damien Gillis. 7:00-9:30 p.m. Okanagan College Theater, KLO ROAD. Admission by donation (a $10 minimum is requested). Funds raised will support the production of the documentary Fractured Land. Gillis will take us on a journey using a multimedia presentation to illustrate what he calls "the biggest transformation to our socioeconomic, cultural and environmental fabric since the colonial, 'nation building' days of the railroads of the last century." Facebook event

March 23: Take action for water on World Water Day! Ocean Hour will launch in Kelowna as we all join for a cleanup of Rotary Beach and the adjacent creek. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Rotary Beach 3726 Lakeshore Road. Bring your songs for the water. Flashmobs are welcome. Bring a sign or picture of your favorite lake or stream and see if it was cut in the Omnibus bill. Hosted by the Council of Canadians - Kelowna, Paddle for the Planet, Greenpeace- Kelowna and Ocean Hour For further information: Contact Paddle for the Planet at bobpurdy365@gmail.com. Facebook event

Kingston, ON

March 24: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Lethbridge, AB

March 6: Screening of Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé's Business with Water

London, ON

March 16: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

March 22: Screening of Tapped (TBC)

Mahone Bay, NS

March 25: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Moncton, NB

March 27: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Montreal, QC

March 18: Screening of Last Call at the Oasis, 7:00 p.m. Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve W. in Rm. H-110. In collaboration with the Montreal chapter, Cinema Politica and Idle No More. With Widia Lariviere, youth coordinator, Quebec Native Women Inc.

March 22: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Moose Jaw, SK

March 18: Screening of White Water, Black Gold

North Shore

Screening of Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé's Business with Water (TBC)

Ottawa, ON

March 21: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details) Facebook Event

March 22: Documentary Screening of Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé's Business with Water. 7:00 p.m. University of Ottawa campus, Room 1007, Faculty of Social Science building (FSS) room 1007, 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa Campus (map) Read more on the Facebook event page.

Organized as a collaboration between: Council of Canadians Ottawa Chapter, Cinema Politica Octopus Books , Ottawa Water Study Action Group (OWSAG) and the Polaris Institute

Parksville / Mid Island - Nanaimo, BC

March 14: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

March 22: Screening of Troubled Water, a new documentary film by Paul Manly that examines the threats to public water systems and watersheds on Vancouver Island in communities including Halalt, Snuneymuxw, Cassidy, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Victoria. 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Island University, Building 356 Room 109. Free admission (donations accepted). Sponsored by the Vancouver Island University Student Union and the Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Peterborough, ON

March 20: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Focusing on water issues several times during the month of March in conjunction with Idle No More as part of Common Causes Peterborough. Participating in the Sacred Water Circle.

Port Alberni, BC

March 18: Screening of Troubled Water, a new documentary film by Paul Manly that examines the threats to public water systems and watersheds on Vancouver Island in communities including Halalt, Snuneymuxw, Cassidy, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Victoria. Paul will be present to introduce the film and answer questions.  Please join us at 7:00 p.m. Char's Landing,  4815 Argyle Street.

Prince Albert, SK

March 22: Screening of Water on the Table 7:00 p.m. John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, 125 12 Street East
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event presented by the Prince Albert Chapter and Cinema Politica.

March 11: Prince Albert will be celebrating World Water Day by having PA City Council declare March 22 as World Water Day. we have also asked the mayor or his designate to speak at our public event about water issues facing PA. A COC member will explain to people the changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, a member from Idle No More will speak about water issues, and we will be showing the film Water on the Table. we have also asked city council to be on its March 11 meeting agenda to discuss with councillors the possibility of PA becoming a Blue Community.

Red Deer, AB

March 19: Hosting a presentation/art exhibit at Red Deer College from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Planning a film screening that evening at the College. 

Regina, SK

March 20: Screening of documentary The Big Sellout, which examines examines the effects of the worldwide privatization of basic public services, such as water supply, electricity, public transportation. A discussion will follow. (Facebook event page)

Sackville, NB

March 27: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Saint John, NB

March 21: Documentary film screening on water and privatization issues. Discussion to follow film. 6:30 p.m. Mary Oland Theatre, NB Museum. Hosted by Common Causes and the Saint John Chapter.

March 22: Meet at King’s Square at 11: 50 for meditation to respect and honour water. 12:15 – words, sharing and music celebrating water. 12:30 – free BBQ followed by walk down King Street to City Hall. Hosted by Common Causes and the Saint John Chapter.

Simcoe Region, ON

World Water Day video contribution: Marianne Else, Simcoe Region Chapter Representative, visited Victoria Harbour in the Township of Tay on Georgian Bay with Mary Muter, Sierra Club, to learn about low water levels. M. Else produced 5 videos (90 min playlist) on the issues and plans to alleviate the problem.
http://youtu.be/fX_Mqt7-pFE, http://youtu.be/T3KVUhroG4A, http://youtu.be/pf-OB2wIm9A, http://youtu.be/TpBFYQrAmwg,
http://youtu.be/1HCxhe6REUk

South Shore, NS

March 15: Screening of the documentary Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé's Business with Water will be shown at the Mahone Bay Centre on Friday, March 15 at 7:00pm. Admission is free. Everyone welcome.
Bottled water: should it be in your bag, on your desk, at your local community event? As we approach World Water Day on March 22 and Bottled Water Free Day on March 18, The South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians, in partnership with Cinema Politica, presents a thought-provoking look at the implications of bottling and selling the earth's most precious resource. For more information: southshore.coc@gmail.com or 527-2928  

Sudbury, ON

March 22: United World Water Day Lunch & Learn. Please join us at Better Beginnings, Better Futures at 12:00-1:00 pm for a free lunch, network with others and learn about grassroots efforts in Sudbury to conserve and bring about awareness of water by highlighting the Anishinaabe Kweg Water Journey. Speaker-Ghislaine Goudreau will speak about the Anishinaabe Kweg Water Journey which was created to bring awareness and honour water (specifically Ramsey Lake) by a sunrise ceremony, walk around Ramsey Lake followed by a traditional feast. Water Song by all those interested: please bring your drums. This is a FREE event and lunch will be provided.

Tatamagouche, NS

March 26: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Thunder Bay, ON

March 19: "Great Lakes Needs Great Friends" - Public launch event for the Council of Canadians' Thunder Bay Chapter! 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. CLE Grounds, Cardinal Room. Featuring Dr. Ken Deacon and Lucie Lavoie, Is Our Lake Superior? Eveyone welcome, share with your friends. (Event poster)

Toronto, ON

March 19: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

April 27: Water Forum

Vancouver, BC

March 11: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

Victoria, BC

March 13: Host of “Water is more precious than Gold” mining speaking tour. (Event details)

March 22: Flash mob action involving blue drops, other art and more TBA.

Williams Lake, BC

March 11: One-hour question and answer session with Catherine Gizikoff of Taseko at the Williams Lake Chapter meeting.

Windsor, ON

March 21: Cinema Politica Dead in the Water screening (TBC)

Winnipeg, MB

March 22: Screening Flooding Hope - The Lake St Martin First Nation Story and Burning Water followed by a brief overview of water issues in Manitoba, and open discussion while enjoying tea, coffee and goodies from Aurora Farm. (Facebook event). We're inviting any groups with water interest to bring their materials and informally lead small group conversations during the open discussion. Presented by the Winnipeg Chapter in collaboration with the Water Caucus and Aurora Farm.

Water Caucus will be launching their Lake Winnipeg postcard campaign, and Winnipeg Chapter their Stop Fracking petition.

Right before this, Idle No More is "Honouring our Water" with a Round Dance at Polo Park Shopping Centre, and some of them will come later to participate in discussion.