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Maude Barlow

National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch.

She is also an executive member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN.

She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and her latest Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis. More information on Maude Barlow can be found at: www.speakers.ca/barlow_maude.html
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Supporting Free Trade Deals Isn't Progressive

For as much as a government wishes to enact progressive policies, trade agreements -- such as the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- curtail their abilities to redistribute income and legislate for the common interest. These deals are vectors of inequality.
03/31/2017 02:50 EDT
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CETA Changes Make Investor-State Provisions Worse

Having toured Europe and met with both politicians and grassroots groups, I can tell you that a court system is not going to placate European activists or many parliamentarians. Some are already calling it a PR stunt that does nothing but put a Good Housekeeping seal of approval on an already flawed system.
02/02/2016 03:41 EST
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When Corporations Sue Countries, No One Wins

If Keystone XL were built, it would produce 110 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, which is incompatible with effective U.S. action to cut climate pollution. Ultimately, the loser isn't the big bad Americans; it's our environment, and the right of governments to protect it for their citizens.
01/19/2016 04:18 EST
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Leap Manifesto Sets Sights on a Green Canada by 2050

One could be forgiven for thinking climate change would be at the centre of the election. A decade of gutted environmental laws, unfettered fossil fuel expansion, missed carbon pollution reduction targets and a failure to capture the tangible benefits of shifting to cleaner energy production and use has not only lowered our collective expectations, but put us at the back of the pack globally.
10/04/2015 06:27 EDT
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UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

Countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate -- be they environmental, health or human rights -- that negatively affect corporations' bottom line. ISDS essentially grants corporations equal status to governments in these negotiations and privatizes the dispute settlement system between nations.
09/22/2015 05:34 EDT
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Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal. We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries. Unlike our European and even American counterparts, Canadian discussion on the TPP has been limited to chickens, eggs and milk.
07/30/2015 05:29 EDT
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The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?
06/16/2015 12:44 EDT

CETA's Promise of 80,000 Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. But many economists and commentators have questioned the veracity of economic models of trade agreements saying free trade's returns have been overestimated.
05/29/2015 09:35 EDT
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The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

Canada's trade minister Ed Fast believes that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not need to be renegotiated to address growing European concern about its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. We can hope that this intransigence could be the undoing of CETA in Europe.
05/19/2015 01:01 EDT
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Save Our Water, End Investor Rights

As the world looks for innovative solutions to solve the rapidly worsening water crisis, two Salvadoran experts are touring Canada this week to promote a simple strategy that could save the public billions of dollars.
05/13/2015 05:32 EDT
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This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "planetary transformation" akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 2013.
03/22/2015 09:47 EDT
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Why B.C.'s New Water 'Sustainability' Act Won't Wash

The article highlights, "The rate works out to about $5.63 for the amount of water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Nestlé, at the time of B.C.'s consultations over revising its 100-year-old Water Act, was annually bottling some 250 million litres of water without being charged. At the new rates, that would cost $562 in fees." Not surprisingly, Nestlé Waters thinks the new act is fair.
02/11/2015 06:29 EST
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Merkel's Political Imperatives Spell Trouble for Canada

German chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Ottawa for a visit on Monday, but she may not be bringing the news Stephen Harper wants to hear when it comes to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). That's because the German government wants to re-open CETA and amend the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. This controversial provision allows a transnational corporation to sue a national government that passes public interest or environmental legislation that impacts their future profits.
02/09/2015 12:56 EST
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B.C.'s Tsal'alh Becomes First Blue Indigenous Community

As of November, there were 127 First Nation communities under water advisory, with 27 communities in British Columbia alone. At any given time, there are over 100 indigenous communities under water advisories, some without clean drinking water for a shocking five, 10 or 15 years.
01/14/2015 07:06 EST

Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water

Detroit is the canary in the coalmine. As the gap between rich and poor continues to grow everywhere and the price of essential services such as water continues to rise, we will see more cut-offs and more evictions and that will happen right here in North America. This cannot be allowed to stand.
10/20/2014 08:16 EDT
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Canadians Can't Quite Agree on an EU Trade Deal

Once every few months, the Canadian public is asked by one polling firm or another how it feels about a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. Consistently, between 70 and 80 per cent of respondents say they generally like the idea of a deal.
11/29/2013 05:31 EST
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Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to French Companies?

The massive increase in beef and pork exports that have been negotiated will put a terrible strain on our water supplies. It takes over 15 million litres of water to produce one tonne of beef, for example. What we need is more sustainable and local food production, not massive new trade deals that will strain our water sources beyond their capacity.
10/18/2013 12:35 EDT