Canada Water

This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Maude Barlow | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

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.

Celebrating the Water We Often Take for Granted

World Vision | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This Sunday is World Water Day. We're pretty lucky in Canada -- we don't really have to think about fresh water. When we need it, we turn on the tap and it's there. In summer we can jump into it and run through it. In winter we can glide over it or build it into sculptures. There are many amazing Canadians who refuse to take this gift for granted.

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

Recognizing the Heroes of Haiti's Cholera Crisis

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

You will likely never see Milsoit's face on the cover of a magazine. But on the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, we believe some recognition and thanks are owed to him--and to all of those--who have spent so many years fighting a forgotten epidemic. They are true heroes.

B.C.'s Tsal'alh Becomes First Blue Indigenous Community

Maude Barlow | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maude Barlow

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.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

As the year winds down, we often find ourselves spending more time toasting to the holidays or rushing around buying perfect gifts and less time at the gym or getting a good night's rest. If you're one of the millions of people across the country preparing to board a flight this week, here are a few ways to avoid getting sick or stressed out while travelling.

Conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities are Canada's National Shame

David Suzuki | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

While Winnipeg residents enjoy clean water, the people of Shoal Lake 40 suffer from substandard water. It's an abrogation of the basic right of all Canadians to have access to clean, safe drinking water. The fact that such deplorable conditions persist in places like Shoal Lake, and in hundreds of other First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame and must be resolved immediately.

Actress Lisa Ray Explains Her Passion for Travel

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Ray has managed to turn her passion for travel into a pretty cool gig -- she's the global brand ambassador for Insight Vacations, which has numerous high-end properties in India and elsewhere -- and that's not by accident. Born and raised in Toronto, she has wanted to explore the world for as long as she can remember.

Canada Has to Join the Environmental Rights Movement

David Suzuki | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada's highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights" in Parliament. If it's passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect Canadians' right to live in a healthy environment.

Some People Have to Think About Their Water Every Day

Dan Kraus | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Here in Canada, it's a luxury to not think about water. Most of us watch it come out of the tap and go down the drain without considering its source or destination. But many people in the world don't have taps or drains. In fact over 1.2-billion people experience critical water shortages. They think about water every day.

Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water

Maude Barlow | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada
Maude Barlow

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.

Would Canadians Rather Make a Quick Buck or Have Clean Water?

Small Change Fund | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Small Change Fund

This is a wake up call for Canadians to realize that our water supply is not infinite, that there are people right here in Canada who lack access to it, and that what little we do have is going towards digging holes in the ground or exporting meat to France. It's a wake up call for Canadians to ask ourselves are we willing to give up one of the basic necessities of life to make a quick buck?

Don't Let Oceana Gold Jeopardize El Salvador's Democracy and Drinking Water

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In El Salvador, people have died or lost their drinking water sources because of gold mining, contributing to a rising tide against mining. In 2008, the El Salvador government introduced a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining maintained by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

These Photographs Will Make You Look At Water In A New Way

Brasil Post | Klaus Mitteldorf | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Living

Brazilian photographer Klaus Mitteldorf decided to approach the very everyday substance of water with a sense of wonder. Here are his photographs, and...

Why Water Makes You Happy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Whether your place is green or blue, there is growing evidence that spending time in nature is not only important but a necessary element of happiness and health.

A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

David Suzuki | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 "dangerous or unusual occurrences" that B.C's chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites.

Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

David Suzuki | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air from the moment of birth to the last death rattle. We are about 60 per cent water by weight, so we need clean water to be healthy. We eat plants and animals for our nourishment, so whatever they're exposed to ends up in our bodies. We need clean soil to give us clean food. These are basic, biological facts and should be the prism through which any decision is made at individual, corporate or government levels. Protection of air, water, soil and the web of life should be the highest social, political and economic priority.

Access To Water Is No Longer Just A Third World Problem

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On July 28, 2010, after years of pressure from many countries, the United Nations General Assembly declared access to clean water for drinking and sanitation to be a universal human right. But many places in the world struggle to guarantee this human right. Access to water is no longer just a third world problem.

Five Foods to Keep You Cool This Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Are you wondering how to stay cool as a cucumber this summer? Keeping hydrated is important year round, but especially in the warm weather, as it prevents our bodies from overheating. To remain cool during the dog days of summer, here are five delicious and hydrating foods to add to your menu.

Premier Wynne Must Act Now To Stop Declining Water Levels

David Sweetnam | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Georgian Bay Forever maintains that we need climate-resilient structures strategically placed to control the water levels throughout the basin. Such structures will mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Premier Wynne and her reelected government can act to prioritize research into engineering measures to mitigate declining water levels, which will only get worse with climate change.

Kathleen Wynne Must Act to Protect the Great Lakes

David Sweetnam | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
David Sweetnam

When the Ontario government returns following the election, Premier Kathleen Wynne needs to move to protect the Great Lakes. There are a number of simple actions her government can take to address the challenges facing the Great Lakes, particularly declining water levels and invasive species.

More Ice Doesn't Mean Water Levels Have Stopped Declining

David Sweetnam | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Low water levels will persist into the foreseeable future and this will mean significant environmental and economic costs for the region. Seasonal variations are natural and healthy. But when the starting point has moved to an all-time low, a one-time increase is not cause for celebration, especially when forecasts still leave the lakes well below average in Michigan-Huron.

Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

I'm Only 12, But I'm Helping Make Clean Water A Reality In Africa

Nathaniel Crossley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Nathaniel Crossley

In 2012, I started a project to build wells in Africa and my original goal was to raise $2,000 to build one well. I reached my goal, I decided to raise another $2,000 - and I kept fundraising until I raised over $9000 for clean water projects in Tanzania.

I'm Tired of Being a Closet Environmentalist

Kinnie Starr | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kinnie Starr

I'm tired of being ashamed of being an environmentalist. Why is the conversation of global warming, and water rights, so "boring"? Personally, I'd rather be perceived as a so-called "boring" environmentalist and communicate about the importance of water.