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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 11 honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award.

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly.

She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water. More information on Maude Barlow can be found at: www.speakers.ca/barlow_maude.html

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Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Today, two UN experts, Catarina de Albuquerque, the special rapporteur on the human right to drinking water and sanitation and Leilani Farha, the special rapporteur on housing, will visit Detroit Michigan on Monday, October 20 to assess the charges that water cut-offs violate the human right to water and sanitation....

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Les élections au Nouveau-Brunswick sont décisives dans le dossier du gaz de schiste au Canada

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:16 AM

Les électrices et les électeurs du Nouveau-Brunswick se rendent aujourd'hui aux urnes pour ce qui pourrait bien être une nouvelle lutte très serrée entre conservateurs et libéraux. Mais les élections dans cette province pourraient également être déterminantes pour l'avenir du Canada et celui du gaz de schiste.

La mauvaise...

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Detroit, Don't Take Water Away From Those Who Can't Afford It

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

For some people in Detroit, this has been a long summer: camping in other people's houses, unable to cook, bathe, and flush the toilet. Since March, the city has been cutting of water services to thousands of homes that are behind in payments.

This week, Detroit's bankruptcy judge, Steven Rhodes,...

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New Salvadoran Government Inherits Unfair Liability Thanks to Investment Rules

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Even before former guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén is inaugurated as President of El Salvador, his administration is saddled with an unnecessary $301 million liability - a lawsuit over El Salvador's refusal to allow an environmentally-perilous gold mine to be built.

It is a legacy that has...

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Canadians Can't Quite Agree on an EU Trade Deal

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 5:31 PM

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.

The Conservative government says this...

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Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to French Companies?

(30) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Prime Minister Harper has just signed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and Canadians who care about our freshwater heritage should be deeply concerned for three reasons.

First, the massive increase in beef and pork exports that have been negotiated will put a terrible strain on our...

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Do We Have a Blue Future?

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:04 AM

The world is running out of accessible clean water. Modern humans are polluting, mismanaging and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the breadbasket for the United States will be gone "in our lifetime,"...

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TransCanada's Energy East: Another Broken Pipeline Plan

(60) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Imagine that you step out your door for the morning commute, but your street is flooded. Not with water, but with bitumen from the tar sands.

This is precisely what happened with Exxon's Pegasus pipeline when it spilled over 1 million litres of tar sands...

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Lac Megantic: Don't Blame the Engineer

(112) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:44 PM

A collision of water, oil, and transport deregulation in Lac-Mégantic

How easy it would be to lay the blame for the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic on the engineer who ran the train. But the real responsibility lies with the governments on both sides of the border who have...

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Why Transatlantic Free Trade Is a Mistake for Canada and the United States

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 1:27 PM

The United States and European Union have taken the free trade plunge.

President Obama announced in February that he will start talks with the EU on a transatlantic trade, investment, and regulatory pact. Last week, the European Commission sent a draft secret mandate to member states on how far...

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We Don't Need "Co-Operation" -- We Need Water Justice

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:09 PM

Written by Maude Barlow and Meera Karunananthan for The Broker's 'Prioritising Water' consultation. The aim of the consultation is to bring together international experts to pool their knowledge on the role of water in the Post-2015 development agenda. You can also follow the debate on twitter: #tbwaterdebate.

The United Nations...

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Why I'm Sending Back My Diamond Jubilee Medal

(207) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 8:35 AM

A few months ago, I received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal and my husband put it in a lovely frame and hung it up. On Friday, we took it down and on Monday I will send it back to Rideau Hall.

This was not a light decision. Although...

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The Buck Shouldn't Stop at Theresa Spence

(56) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Imagine a country where the national government introduces and passes legislation that detrimentally affects all of its First Nations communities but it doesn't bother to consult with them. Then a chief of an impoverished northern First Nation community goes on a hunger strike to get a meeting between the First...

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How Harper's Nexen Deal Deceived Canadians

(17) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM

On December 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the first two complete takeovers of Canadian-owned energy firms by foreign state-owned companies in our country's history. He gave permission to CNOOC of China to purchase Nexen Inc., with its global conventional oil and shale gas assets, and to Petronas of Malaysia...

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Harper's Solution to Health Care Woes? Disappear

(19) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 12:10 PM

*This blog was co-authored by Adrienne Silnicki, Health Care Campaigner, Council of Canadians

On November 22 and 23, Canada's premiers are holding an economic summit in Halifax. Stephen Harper was invited, but he's not coming.

On the agenda is the Canada Health Transfer (CHT),...

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Why Our Water Is At Risk

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:16 PM

Canadian officials are in Brussels this week in what may be the final round of a sweeping new Canada-European Union trade deal that puts our water at risk. Your provincial premiers are doing little to stop them but that can and must change.

Like the forced water...

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The Darker Side of Free Trade Between Canada and the U.S.

(18) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Canada remembers a milestone this week -- the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Former Mulroney government officials and the business community that supported the first-of-its-kind project are running predictable victory laps in commentaries this week, as if there were no potholes in the road...

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Water Should be Free For Everyone, Not Bottled For a Few

(22) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Maude Barlow and Rosemarie Bär

I have just returned from a week in Switzerland to promote the right to water and to challenge the Swiss bottled water giant, Nestlé. My visit was arranged by Franklin Frederick, an activist...

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Meet the 13-Year-Old Girl Taking on Bottled Water

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 5:34 PM

In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue Communities with many well on their way.

Blue...

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Harper Hacks Down Our Medicare

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:26 PM

Canadians can feel it -- something's not right in our country when it comes to health care. We know our public system is fundamentally sound, but we also know that there is much work to be done to improve it and ensure it's as sustainable as we want it to...

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