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Making Waves

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

Blog - Making Waves October 13
Meera Karunananthan | Quebeckers have been up in arms at public hearings being held this month on the province's plans to drill for natural gas using a method that could destroy watersheds on fertile agricultural land.
Blog - Making Waves September 3
Meera Karunananthan | When asked about their investments in private Chilean water utilities, the Ontario Teachers' Pension told the Canadian Press, Chile was a democratic country.
Blog - Making Waves July 28
Meera Karunananthan | Asked to take an important step at the UN towards justice for the three billion people without running water within a kilometer of their homes, Canada chose to abstain.
Blog - Making Waves July 19
Meera Karunananthan | In Brussels last week, the Council of Canadians joined other groups to examine the impacts of a new trade deal on Canada's public water systems.
Blog - Making Waves July 16
Meera Karunananthan | Food and Water Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and the Council of Canadians delivered a letter on Thursday to European parliamentarians urging support for UN right to water resolution.
Blog - Making Waves April 20
Meera Karunananthan | It has largely gone unnoticed by the media in Alberta, but a recent application by the Eastern Irrigation District to amend its water licence may take the province a step closer to water markets.
Blog - Making Waves April 8
Meera Karunananthan | The Grassy Narrows tragedy highlights the fact that Indigenous communities in Canada are the first to feel the impacts of industrial contamination of water resources.
Blog - Making Waves March 22
Meera Karunananthan, Carleen Pickard, National Water Campaigner, Director of Organizing Council of Canadians | World Water Day celebrations kicked off on Sunday, actions continue through the week
Blog - Making Waves March 18
Meera Karunananthan | Several major groups in Alberta plan to challenge the Alberta government's plans to implement water markets in the province.
Blog - Making Waves March 11
Meera Karunananthan | The Harper government's plans to make maternal health a G8 priority is at odds with its efforts to prevent water from being recognized as a human right and its promotion of privatization.
Blog - Making Waves February 17
Meera Karunananthan | If passed Bill 237 would severely undermine the ability of municipalities to maintain public control over water and wastewater infrastructure in Ontario.
Blog - Making Waves February 10
Meera Karunananthan | The Harper government's selective application of the Fisheries Act is astounding. Laws that are waived for mining companies will now criminalize municipalities.
Blog - Making Waves January 20
Meera Karunananthan | I am back from Uruguay now and trying to think about how we can incorporate lessons learned from the Uruguayan campaign on the right to water into our own work at the Council of Canadians.
Blog - Making Waves December 19
Meera Karunananthan | In the Maldonado region, Suez still owns 40% of the water utility and residents are getting impatient.
Blog - Making Waves December 14
Meera Karunananthan | In the history of Uruguay the people have used referenda several times to protect the public interest.
Blog - Making Waves December 11
Meera Karunananthan | I am in Montevideo for four weeks to study the right to water campaign which led to a national policy against water privatization in Uruguay.
Blog - Making Waves December 1
Meera Karunananthan | The Blue Summit, a water conference that took place November 27-29, concluded with a declaration demanding a national water policy that recognizes water as a human right and a public trust.
Blog - Making Waves November 23
Meera Karunananthan | Coke will be using the Olympics to promote its products as environmentally friendly. Meanwhile thousands in India are demanding that its plant in Varanasi be shut down for causing water shortages.
Blog - Making Waves October 2
Meera Karunananthan | Blue October is celebrated by water activists around the world to promote public control over water. In Canada it is an opportunity to take action against the growing threat of privatization.
Blog - Making Waves August 21
Meera Karunananthan | We are yet to see the details, but Jim Prentice warned Canadian municipalities in early August that they would have to bring their sewage treatment plants up to snuff under new regulations.
Blog - Making Waves
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