Despite nearly a decade of environmental deregulation under the Harper government and recurring boil-water advisories across the country, many Canadians continue to believe that Canada is immune to issues of water scarcity. On September 23, I met with Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer before their public talk at Toronto's Trinity-St. Paul's United Church to briefly discuss Canada's water crisis and debunk the "myth of abundance."
Phillip Dwight Morgan: For many people, the language of "crisis" doesn't land. They access water on a daily basis and don't really see the severity of it. Can you paint a picture of what this "water crisis" looks like on the ground?
September 15, 2015, a group of prominent Canadians launched a manifesto outlining a bold climate and economic vision. We at rabble.ca are happy to have livestreamed the press conference to announce the Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. It has been translated into eight languages, including Cree and Inuktitut. The aim is to gather tens of thousands of signatures and build pressure on the next federal government to transition Canada off fossil fuels while also making it a more livable, fair and just society.