Maude Barlow
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:

Entries by Maude Barlow

Leap Manifesto Sets Sights on a Green Canada by 2050

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 6:27 PM

By Maude Barlow and Andrea Harden-Donahue

Leap Manifesto"What would induce anyone at this stage to hold on to power only to be remembered for their inability to take action when it was urgent and necessary to do so?"


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Sorry Harper, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Is Still Not a Done Deal

(19) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 8:56 AM

A year ago -- Sept. 26 to be exact -- Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Juan Manual Borroso, then-president of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, flown in to...

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UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

(33) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:34 PM

A foreword to Gus Van Harten's An ISDS Carve-out to Support Action on Climate Change, written by Maude Barlow. Find the foreword here.

This December, the world will gather in Paris for COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. This is a historic gathering,...

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Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

(32) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Co-authored by Sujata Dey

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...

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Carta abierta desde Canadá sobre el TTIP y el CETA

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 9:55 AM

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En el marco de la votación en el Parlamento Europeo, sobre el Acuerdo Transatlántico de Comercio e Inversión entre la UE y EEUU (conocido como TTIP en sus siglas en inglés),...

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Ein offener Brief aus Kanada

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:17 PM

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Mit dem Votum über das Abkommen über die Transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft zwischen der Europäischen Union und den USA (TTIP), das am 10. Juni im Europäischen Parlament verschoben wurde, steht die Europäische Union am...

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The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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By Maude Barlow and Paul Moist

As the EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement vote was postponed in the European Parliament on June 10th, the European Union is on the precipice of a...

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

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:35 AM

by Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey

With every new free-trade agreement comes the promise of shiny new jobs and economic prosperity.

CETA, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade agreement, is no different.

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. A

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The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

(15) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM

By Maude Barlow and Brent Patterson

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.

The French-language newspaper Le Devoir reports that a...

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Save Our Water, End Investor Rights

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:32 PM

By Maude Barlow and Meera Karunananthan

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.

Yanira Cortez, Deputy Attorney for the...

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

(9) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 9:47 AM

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...

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Why B.C.'s New Water 'Sustainability' Act Won't Wash

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 5:26 PM

The Council of Canadians is opposed to Bill 18, British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act.

The Vancouver Sun reports, "Starting next January, communities and companies that tap British Columbia aquifers will have to start paying the province for the water they’re using. ...Environment Minister Mary Polak unveiled new water...

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Merkel's Political Imperatives Spell Trouble for Canada

(27) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:56 AM

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).

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

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 6:06 PM

Tsal'alhmec, known as People of the Lake, (Seton Lake Indian band) became the first Blue Indigenous Community this week. Tsal'alh adopted a resolution with the three criteria needed to become a Blue Community: recognizing of the human right to water, banning bottled water at community facilities and events...

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Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:16 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 21, 2014 | 11:16 PM

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 | 1:00 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 | 4:27 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 | 4:31 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 | 12:35 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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