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Water Is A Family Affair

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2017, 663 million people are using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo's Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use.

Climate Change A Grave Threat To Millions Without Clean Water

WaterAid Canada | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Impact
WaterAid Canada

The truth is, extreme weather events that cause flooding, prolonged drought and contaminated water sources are becoming far more frequent. In 2016, global temperatures reached a record high for the third year in a row, and reports of extreme weather events continued to come in from around the world.

Looking Beyond World Water Day

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Tyler and Alex Mifflin spent summers in the water. Childhood memories of canoe trips and pristine waves contrast heavily with something they heard from adults time and again: "Don't swim in Lake Ontario. It's too polluted." That warning was the first drop in the bucket that's become a shared life goal. March 22 is World Water Day and we need the conversation to extend beyond the environment. So we spoke with the Mifflin brothers about the importance of water and how ordinary people can take action every day in unexpected ways.

Intact Wilderness Is A Hedge Against Our Ignorance

David Suzuki | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

Most Canadians have never been to the North, much less the remote Peel watershed, but many are enchanted by it, nourished even by the idea that we still have vast, unspoiled natural areas where wildlife and biodiversity continue to evade the touch of humankind. Places like the Peel are becoming increasingly rare as humans -- the most demanding species ever to live -- continue to erode the intact wilderness on which we depend for clean air, water and food.

Travel To These Water Sites For Creative Inspiration

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

River Thames in London; photo courtesy @VisitBritain Water has a profound impact on us. The human body is mostly made of water, about 70 per cent, a...

Our Government Must Address First Nations' Water Woes

David Suzuki | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

Water on First Nations reserves is a federal responsibility, but "severe underfunding" (in the government's own words) for water treatment plants, infrastructure, operations, maintenance and training has led to this deplorable situation. Canada has no federal standards or binding regulations governing First Nations' drinking water.

Why Canada Matters On World Wetlands Day

Dan Kraus | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

We have not been good stewards of our planet's wetlands. Although they cover only about six per cent of the Earth's surface, wetlands are one of the most impacted habitats. The global loss of wetlands is staggering. Since 1900, more than 64 per cent of the world's wetlands have been lost, with about 50 per cent of this loss occurring since 1970.

International Community Must Demand Safety For Syrians In Wadi Barada

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Genevieve Zingg

In a flagrant violation of the agreed-upon ceasefire, the Syrian government launched a heavy offensive on rebel-held Wadi Barada valley in the final days of December. Residents have been deprived of running water and electricity and are being bombarded by hundreds of missiles and barrel bombs.

Gender Equality Starts With Taps And Toilets

WaterAid Canada | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Impact
WaterAid Canada

Access to water and toilets is transformative. It opens doors to education, health, nutrition and to a better livelihood. Access to water and toilets offers women and girls so many more opportunities to contribute their fullest to their communities.

Children Suffer As Taps Run Dry In Syria's Capital

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

An estimated 5.5 million people, including two million children, have been cut off from running water for over three weeks in Damascus and its surroundings, the longest cut Syria's capital has seen. Intense fighting damaged the water infrastructure for the two main drinking water sources for Damascus.

It's Time To Heed Warnings About Humanity's Collision Course

David Suzuki | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we've known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we're seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

12-Year-Old Calls Out Trudeau For Breaking Promises With Pipelines

The Huffington Post Canada | Andree Lau | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Politics

She prepared a powerful speech, but didn't get the chance to present it.

Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.

Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Maybe the lifestyle we've come to know as "normal" really isn't normal -- or sustainable -- after all. It may feel normal because it's all we've known, but, examined rationally in a larger context, it seems more like the fast lane to resource depletion and environmental ruin.

Canada Turned Discomfort Around Refugee Crisis Into Real Action

Yaman Al-Nachawati | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Yaman Al-Nachawati

The ripple effect of our collective decision to address this discomfort has been felt worldwide. Since that time, we have helped restart the lives of more than 30,000 newcomers. Our unique integration methods are hailed as an international model.

What Ontario Needs To Do To Fix The Water Bottling System

Keith Brooks | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has now acknowledged that there's an issue with water takings by bottled water companies, and she's vowed to fix the problem. Change couldn't come soon enough. If she's serious about fixing the water bottling system, here's what Ontario needs to do.

Nestlé Isn't Alone, Every Damn Drink Maker Is Taking Our Water

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Business
Joshua Ostroff

Go on and boycott Nestlé. Here's a handy guide to all their products. But realize that despite Nestlé being a bad corporate citizen and the world's biggest bottler of water, boycotting them will not solve the problem. The issue isn't just bottled water, it's that we allow companies to drain our water table for what amounts to free. It's time to disrupt the entire beverage market's business model, which is to extract an ingredient for basically free and sell it for an absurd amount. We need to charge them a rate for that extraction that serves the public interest.

Every Child Has The Right To A Safe And Healthy Learning Environment

WaterAid Canada | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
WaterAid Canada

Safe drinking water and decent toilets should be basic essentials in every school, everywhere. Unfortunately, it's not the case for millions of children in the world. Take the 500 students at St. John Bosco Gayaza Primary School in Uganda for example. The water source they rely on is an open pool located about one kilometre from their school.

Pressure Ontario To Stop Giving Our Water Away To Big Business

Mike Schreiner | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Ontario's Liberal government is giving away our water. The ridiculously low water-taking fee in Ontario only covers 1.2 per cent of the province's total water quality management costs. This means the Liberals are using my -- and your -- tax dollars to subsidize companies to take our water.

Who Can We Hold Accountable For The First Nations Water Crisis?

Liam Massaubi | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

As of this summer, there are 158 boil-water advisories in place for 114 First Nation communities and while that may seem startling enough, it does not reveal the full extent of water problems facing First Nations communities. There are reservations that lack basic housing let alone running water, which leaves people relying on overpriced bottled water, cisterns and water brought in on trucks and well water which causes illnesses such as gastrointestinal disorders due to contamination.

Canadian International Assistance Threatens Human Right To Water

Development Unplugged | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

A real transformation of Canada's role in the world will require more than a shift in foreign aid spending and policy. It will require a deeper examination of the ways in which Canadian commercial interests are contributing to social, economic and environmental injustice in the world.

8 Healthy Extras You Can Do Every Day

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

If you've ever tried to "over-haul" your life in one giant leap it's often very difficult to maintain, if not impossible. There will always be some occasion, family emergency, or important work function that will interrupt your new healthy way of living. But healthy living is just that -- living your life in a healthy way.

We've Heard Ezra Levant's Pipeline Rhetoric Before – From Trump

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Ezra Levant is angry with the NO delivered to Energy East from the 82 mayors of Montreal's Urban Community to TransCanada Pipelines last January, and is accusing Mayor Coderre of favouring "Shariah" petroleum by saying NO to the "ethical" petroleum of Canada. But there is an important major flaw in Mr. Levant's argument.

I Changed My Fuel And It Changed My Health's Trajectory

Tosca Reno | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tosca Reno

All calories are not equal. Yet we continue to count them in hopes of managing weight and health. Correcting this flawed thinking will forever change your relationship with food, calories and your weight. Changing your fuel just may change your health trajectory.

The Future Of Hydro In A Warming World

David Suzuki | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How "green" is hydropower, and how viable is it in a warming world with increasing water fluctuations and shortages? To some extent, it depends on the type of facility.