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This Christmas, give the gift of clean water
Looking for a Christmas gift idea? Give a truly meaningful Christmas gift this year.
Dec 20th, 2011
Why do some people try to deny your right to water?
There they go again. The Financial Post is trotting out tired and discredited arguments against the right to water.
Sep 8th, 2011
(Un)Happy Earth Day?
Environmental disasters don’t seem to shock us anymore. We just carry on with business as usual.
Apr 21st, 2011
Want water? You may have to drink the P3 Kool-Aid first
Ottawa will help cities pay for new drinking-water systems -- as long as they contract them out.
Apr 11th, 2011
Water markets wreak havoc in Australia
The New York Times “Green” blog recently waded into the issue of how to allocate water in times of scarcity. The post looks at whether the experiences of Australia, including water...
Mar 24th, 2011
No right to water in Canada
Despite all of the problems in Canada – or perhaps because of it – Canada has taken a position against legal recognition of the human right to water.
Mar 10th, 2011
Weaning our politicians off the bottle
Oh, the French. The country that gave the world Perrier and kick-started the bottled water craze is now building free public water fountains that dispense sparkling water. The move is being taken...
Feb 13th, 2011
What does the privatization of water look like?
The Ministry says "there is no intention to privatize BC’s water." But does new legislation protect public ownership of this precious resource?
Feb 3rd, 2011
BC’s water to be sold to the highest bidder?
Water on the auction block? Recently announced plans could open "water markets" in BC.
Jan 26th, 2011
The food (and water) crisis
The last time food prices were this high, demonstrations broke out in developing countries around the world. What's really behind the recent increase?
Jan 20th, 2011