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Making Waves

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

Blog - Making Waves October 3
Emma Lui | I just returned from a Great Lakes Commons gathering at Notre Dame University in Indiana which brought together nearly 70 Indigenous leaders, youth activists, water activists, artists and academics.
Blog - Making Waves September 28
Emma Lui | Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and I put in a request today with Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials to visit the Experimental Lakes Area.
Blog - Making Waves September 21
Emma Lui | Organizing Team Administrative Assistant Philippe Charbonneau, Communications Officer Matthew Ramsden and I dressed in hazardous materials suits, and attempted to deliver mock fracking fluids.
Blog - Making Waves August 27
Meera Karunananthan | Join the Council of Canadians, Mining Watch and others on Al Jazeera Monday August 27 to voice your opinions about the atrocities committed by Canadian mining companies in Latin America.
Blog - Making Waves August 24
Emma Lui | Today is the last day for ENGOs to submit comments on the Project List Regulations, a list found in one of three regulations that stem from the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Blog - Making Waves June 29
Emma Lui | The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold public hearings next month to obtain comments on their report Lake Superior Regulation: Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water Levels.
Blog - Making Waves June 26
Emma Lui | One hundred organizations from France, Spain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world express their opposition to fracking.
Blog - Making Waves June 22
Emma Lui | The recent decision by the government to terminate a world-class federal research program diminishes the government's capacity to deal with issues of concern to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.
Blog - Making Waves June 19
Emma Lui | Margaret Wente's argument for 'more fracking and faster' represents a dangerously narrow approach to economic development and addressing Canada's energy needs.
Blog - Making Waves May 25
Emma Lui | Yesterday afternoon National Chairperson Maude Barlow, Regional Organizer Mark Calzavara, London Chapter activists Gary Brown and Don McLeod and I visited Sarnia for our fifth stop of the Great Lakes.
Blog - Making Waves May 23
Emma Lui | Last night, the Council of Canadians kicked off the second week of its 8-city tour.
Blog - Making Waves May 22
Emma Lui | I gave a workshop on the threat fracking posed to our water sources, the lack of compulsory disclosure on the chemicals used, and the links between earthquakes and fracking.
Blog - Making Waves May 12
Emma Lui | On Tuesday May 15, the Council of Canadians will formally launch the Great Lakes Need Great Friends speaking tour in Toronto.
Blog - Making Waves April 27
Emma Lui | On Sunday, I had the honour of speaking at the Earth Day Every Day event organized by the Earth Mothers and the Foundation for the Great Earth Peace.
Blog - Making Waves April 23
Meera Karunananthan | Despite Barrick Gold's terrible human rights and environmental record, the Canadian Museum of Nature is undertaking a partnership with the corporation.
Blog - Making Waves April 18
Emma Lui | Join us to celebrate Earth Day on beautiful Petrie Island this Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blog - Making Waves March 30
Emma Lui | The Harper government failed to adequately prioritize key water issues such as drinking water in First Nation communities and Great Lakes protection in the budget.
Blog - Making Waves March 30
Meera Karunananthan | The 2012 federal budget is a gift to the mining industry and a curse on the environment. Amendments to environmental regulation will allow companies to skip steps and fast-track approval processes.
Blog - Making Waves March 29
Emma Lui | The federal budget is expected to start a series of cuts to critical public services as well as public service jobs. Here's what to look for in some water-related areas.
Blog - Making Waves March 27
Emma Lui | Yesterday, the Council of Canadians landed a large toy F-35 fighter jet on Parliament Hill to demand that the federal government invest in water services not fighter jets.
Blog - Making Waves March 22
Meera Karunananthan | Thirteen organizations in Canada have sent a message to the government demanding that Canada recognize water as a human right.
Blog - Making Waves March 15
Emma Lui | Today, join the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Sierra Youth Coalition, the Council of Canadians, and the Polaris Institue for Bottled Water Free Day!
Blog - Making Waves March 13
Emma Lui | March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day, the Council of Canadians is encouraging its chapters and the public to take action for water in their community.
Blog - Making Waves March 8
Emma Lui | Council of Canadians Trade Campaigner Stuart Trew and I met with Irish Energy Minister Fergus O'Dowd in Toronto to raise our concerns about hydraulic fracturing.
Blog - Making Waves February 29
Emma Lui | The Moncton example highlights challenges that are characteristic to water privatization around the world: price increases, higher total costs to finance construction and lack of transparency.
Blog - Making Waves February 18
Emma Lui | The Wakefield Spring and majestic old growth white pines of Gatineau Park need your urgent help!
Blog - Making Waves February 9
Emma Lui | A5X, a growing group of citizens, are urging people to contact Jean Charest and other politicians to save the Wakefield Spring and old-growth trees in Gatineau Park.
Blog - Making Waves February 3
Emma Lui | On March 15, 2012, campuses and communities across Canada will be mobilizing to take action to kick the bottle and back the tap! We want you to be a part of it!
Blog - Making Waves January 31
Meera Karunananthan | Brazilian mining giant Vale is the recipient of the 2012 Public Eye Award. Canadians have their own reasons to celebrate.
Blog - Making Waves January 12
Meera Karunananthan | Last weekend in Barcelona, the Council of Canadians participated in a gathering of more than 90 activists involved in planning the alternative world water forum.