Maude Barlow to speak about water during P.E.I. forum

Published on September 20, 2015

Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, has released a new book entitled The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. She says people have to realize the crisis over water is not just an issue which plagues the Third World. Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

Future of P.E.I.'s water topic of free public event Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. at Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

The Council of Canadians is holding a public forum on the future of P.E.I.'s water on Tuesday, Sept. 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Kent St., Charlottetown.

Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians and a former senior adviser on water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly, will be the keynote speaker.

The forum will address water as a human right, the global water crisis, the P.E.I. water act, corporate interests in P.E.I.'s ground water, the impact of high-capacity, deep-water wells on P.E.I.'s ground water, as well as climate change.

Joining Barlow on the panel will be Tracy Glynn with New Brunswick Media Co-op and forestry campaigner with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick; Steven MacKinnon, P.E.I. farmer and district director of the National Farmers Union; and Catherine O'Brien, chair of the Coalition for the Protection of P.E.I. Water.

The Council of Canadians is opposed to lifting the moratorium on high-capacity, deep-water wells and has called on the P.E.I. government to remove the licence that currently allows up to 36 of such wells for agriculture.

The forum is free and open to the public.