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

The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

(12) 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

(1) 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

(31) 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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Do We Have a Blue Future?

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 8:04 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 | 5:23 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 | 4:44 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 | 12:27 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 | 5:09 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 | 7:35 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 | 9:23 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 10, 2012 | 11:00 PM

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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