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Making Waves

Analysis of Canadian water politics by the Council of Canadians' national water campaigner.

Blog - Making Waves September 23
Emma Lui | Last week thousands of scientists and supporters joined Stand Up For Science rallies in 18 cities across the country, some as far north as Yellowknife.
Blog - Making Waves September 19
Meera Karunananthan | This month the Blue Communities Project celebrated two watershed moments with our first Blue Communities in the province of Quebec and in Europe.
Blog - Making Waves August 23
Emma Lui | We met with Paul Brady, a 'fracking watchdog' according to media reports, who took us to see some of Encana's well sites.
Blog - Making Waves August 18
Emma Lui | I arrived in Traverse City, Michigan, Friday afternoon to attend FLOW for Water's annual meeting and the Great Lakes Society's annual celebration on Saturday.
Blog - Making Waves August 6
Emma Lui | I arrived back home on Friday night from the Great Lakes Need Great Friends event in Port Elgin, a quaint town surrounded by cottage homes on the breathtaking shores of Lake Huron.
Blog - Making Waves August 2
Bruce Power. Photo: one.juniper/flickr
Emma Lui | This is a huge victory for communities around the Great Lakes and shows what can be achieved when people come together with passion and purpose.
Blog - Making Waves June 7
Emma Lui | The Canadian government must impose a ban on fracking in order to meet their human right to water obligations.
Blog - Making Waves April 27
Emma Lui | Maude Barlow put forward a vision of the Great Lakes that protects a community's right to say 'no' to projects harmful to water sources and incorporates community input into decision-making.
Blog - Making Waves April 22
Photo: Marie Berne/Flickr
Meera Karunananthan | The Blue Planet Project is marking Earth week by raising Canada's violations of the Human right to water with member states at the UN in Geneva in advance of the country's universal periodic review.
Blog - Making Waves April 5
Meera Karunananthan | In March, an estimated 50,000 people flocked to Tunisia to participate in the first World Social Forum to take place in the Arab world. Organizations working on water issues gathered a day earlier.
Blog - Making Waves March 18
Emma Lui | The Bottled Water Free Coalition has just released a new and inspiring video about people taking action to protect water and what you can do to protect water in your community.
Blog - Making Waves March 18
Emma Lui | Close to 100 people gathered in Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located inside of Sarnia and close to Lake Huron, on Friday to take part in the Ultimate Walking Toxic Tour of Canada’s Chemical Valley.
Blog - Making Waves March 12
Emma Lui | The group behind the Death of Evidence rally has just launched an important new campaign called Science Uncensored that aims to stop the muzzling of government scientists.
Blog - Making Waves March 8
Meera Karunananthan | On International Women's Day, a coalition of Filipino women's groups held a flash mob against corporate mining.
Blog - Making Waves March 7
Emma Lui | For World Water Day, take a picture beside a lake or river that is no longer protected by the federal government or that is threatened by one of the 3000 scrapped environmental assessments.
Blog - Making Waves March 6
Meera Karunananthan | The campaign to stop mining injustice in El Salvador is coming to a community near you. Find out how you can join.
Blog - Making Waves March 5
Emma Lui | Today is Save the ELA Day. To mark this day, a dinner event is being held in Kenora tonight with speakers discussing the closure of the ELA.
Blog - Making Waves March 4
Meera Karunananthan | Community activists from El Salvador will be on a North American speaking tour in March and April to share stories from the frontlines about the devastating impacts of metal mining in the region.
Blog - Making Waves December 18
Emma Lui | Tell Liberal party leader candidates to protect the Great Lakes by banning fracking in Ontario!
Blog - Making Waves December 14
Emma Lui | C-45, the second budget bill, eliminates the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission (HMIRC).
Blog - Making Waves November 23
Meera Karunananthan | An international human rights delegation visited San Jose del Progreso Oaxaca this week to investigate rising social tensions associated with a Canadian mine.
Blog - Making Waves November 7
Emma Lui | The Ontario Geological Survey began planning the drilling program in 2009 which was to “establish the potential for shale gas” and determine whether the sources were “economically viable.”
Blog - Making Waves October 31
Meera Karunananthan | Hundreds gather in front of the Canadian embassy in Mexico city today to demand an end to the violence against anti-mining activists that has led to many tragic deaths.
Blog - Making Waves October 30
Emma Lui | Bill C-45 strips protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers leaving only 3 oceans, 97 lakes and 62 rivers under the purview of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Blog - Making Waves October 19
Emma Lui | Transferring the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission over to Health Canada could affect how carefully and stringently exemptions for disclosure of fracking chemicals are assessed.
Blog - Making Waves October 19
Meera Karunananthan | Struggles to protect water throughout Latin America have been a powerful obstacle to the neoliberal growth model that has sought to dispossess communities of their communal lands and natural resources
Blog - Making Waves October 18
Emma Lui | The Council of Canadians commissioned a poll that found that a majority of Canadians oppose the cuts to the ELA.
Blog - Making Waves October 15
Emma Lui | In today's Globe and Mail article, 'The hidden price of public-private partnerships,' Barrie McKenna highlights the risks of Public-private partnerships.
Blog - Making Waves October 11
Meera Karunananthan | Canada's human rights record is up for review at the United Nations. The Council of Canadians is urging the UN to hold it accountable for violations of the right to water.
Blog - Making Waves October 4
Emma Lui | On Oct. 1, the Guelph Mercury released the article, "City cancels film screening after complaint from Nestle Waters."