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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:
The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? Canada's Failure on Climate

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? Canada's Failure on Climate Change

So, I submit that Canada's reputation as a responsible country that keeps its word, cares about its neighbours, and walks a moderate path on the world stage took a beating in 2011. Although flawed, Kyoto was the only legally binding climate agreement ever adopted.
12/28/2011 07:27 EST
How To Save Our Great

How To Save Our Great Lakes

With so many wonderful people, elected officials and environmental groups working hard to save and protect the Great Lakes, what is the problem? There are competing visions of what the Lakes are for and who they serve. One vision -- the wrong one -- is winning.
12/15/2011 11:12 EST
Big Business Winner of Harper-Obama Border

Big Business Winner of Harper-Obama Border Deal

The added security measures of the new border deal will add layers to the existing process and may actually add to the so-called thickening of the border -- at least for ordinary people. More ominously, it is likely to lead to a wholesale replacement of Canadian privacy and security standards with American ones, set by Homeland Security.
12/07/2011 08:41 EST
I Occupied the White

I Occupied the White House

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11/06/2011 11:57 EST
CETA: A Threat to Local

CETA: A Threat to Local Democracy

European corporations want to sell Canadians the services we now receive publicly, services such as health care, education, water and mail delivery, and CETA will give these private companies the right to bid on government tenders for goods and services including schools, hospitals, airports, and hydro projects.
10/22/2011 09:03 EDT
I Got Arrested For The First

I Got Arrested For The First Time

I took a deep breath, stepped on the barrier and crossed over. We were on Parliament Hill to show our opposition to the extension of the Keystone Pipeline, which would take raw bitumen from the tar sands of Northern Alberta over prime farmland and the Ogallala Aquifer to a refinery in Texas.
09/26/2011 11:24 EDT
Horn of Africa Needs Water

Horn of Africa Needs Water Justice

Most Westerners see the crisis in the Horn of Africa as a combination of a large population, chronic poverty, and corruption, and they believe that none of this will ever change, so giving money to this self perpetuating crisis is throwing it away. But I offer another narrative that I believe is closer to the truth.
08/31/2011 09:14 EDT
New Free Trade Deals Threaten the

New Free Trade Deals Threaten the Environment

No wonder the Harper government doesn't talk about the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement much. If Canadians find out what is in it, they would turn it down.
06/04/2011 09:20 EDT