Help End A Shameful Plague Of Unsafe Drinking Water For Too Many Canadians

A Message from Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for The Council of Canadians

Posted March 24th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Imagine if the water from your taps ran brown.

Imagine if bathing your children left them suffering from painful skin rashes.

Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow

Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow

Imagine if you had to boil your water before every glass you drink and every dish you wash.

You may have an image in your mind of a distant impoverished country. It may surprise you to know there is a water crisis happening right here at home. And it’s the daily reality for too many families.

Last year there were an astonishing 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect across Canada, and especially in Indigenous communities, where the water is often unsafe to drink.

I’ve seen with my own eyes the devastating effect that the lack of clean water has on people’s lives, including on Shoal Lake First Nation No. 40 outside of Winnipeg, where families have been suffering under a strict boil water advisory for 17 years. This is shameful and must end.

Making matters worse, the damage is not yet undone from the Harper government’s gutting of laws that protected lakes and rivers – the essential source of drinking water for millions of us – from industry, tar sands extraction, fracking and mining.

To this day, 99 per cent of waterways throughout Canada and Indigenous territories remain stripped of federal protection. Crumbling water infrastructure due to chronic federal underfunding is another growing threat, as are giant water bottlers like Nestlé clamouring for greater rights to community water sources than local residents and farms.

For too long and in too many ways, Canada has taken clean, safe water for granted and neglected both the crisis that is here now and the devastating one to come if we don’t act now. So today – World Water Day – I’m asking you to join me in taking action!

Please add your voice now by calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and your Member of Parliament to work together across political lines to end this shameful drinking water crisis. (A link for a letter you can send to the Prime Minister is available further down in this post.)

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Crumbling water infrastructure due to chronic federal underfunding is another growing threat, as are giant water bottlers like Nestlé clamouring for greater rights to community water sources than local residents and farms. For too long and in too many ways, Canada has taken clean, safe water for granted and neglected both the crisis that is here now and the devastating one to come if we don’t act now.

So in the spirit of World Water Day – this past March 22th, 2016 – I’m asking you to join me in taking action! Please add your voice now by calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and your Member of Parliament to work together across political lines to end this shameful drinking water crisis and develop a 21st-century plan to protect water now and for generations to come.

Let’s come together now to send the Canadian government a powerful collective message that we expect swift and meaningful action on water.

Because it’s 2016, after all.

For the love of water, Maude Barlow National Chairperson

Send letter to PM now by clicking on the following and adding your name and address to the bottom of a copy of the letter in the left column of the page –

https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=49245&ea.url.id=569718&forwarded=true

About The Council of Canadians

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country.

Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. We educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable.

Join us and be part of a global movement working for social and environmental justice. We believe a better Canada and a fairer world are possible. Together, we turn that belief into action.

The Council of Canadians is a registered non-profit organization and does not accept money from corporations or governments. Our work is sustained by the volunteer energy and generous donations of people like you.

For more on The Council of Canadians and its public advocacy work click onhttp://canadians.org/ .

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