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Are There Water Wars in Our Future?
Guelph Mercury, January 12, 2009
Letter to the Editor by Brian Skerrett

Dear Editor – Is it just melodrama or sensationalism to hear about the possibilities of war over access to water?

Not according to some of the world’s leading experts in the field. The relatively minor disagreements in Guelph between groups such as the Council of Canadians or Wellington Water Watchers and Nestlé Waters Canada may be a minor glimpse of what is coming.

Milton Clark, a senior health and science adviser for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated: “We will in fact get into major water wars. You will see water wars coming in every way, shape or form. In the U.S. there are some leading politicians who have said the Great Lakes do in fact belong (to everyone) and all water should be nationalized — and this certainly is a concern.”

Clark also said, “Water issues that are currently emerging will develop into bitter conflicts in the not-too-distant future when those dry states become increasingly desperate.”

Ontario and Quebec have already signed an agreement that would ban bulk transfers of Great Lakes water to other jurisdictions, and they are now waiting for the eight Great Lakes states and U.S. Congress to finalize a similar deal.

One of the problems is that this ban on bulk transfers does not cover transfers of quantities of water in smaller packages, such as 12-ounce (355 millilitre) plastic bottles. And this leads to the current disputes over water-taking licences involving Nestlé’s plant in Aberfoyle.

Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians and one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of water, has recently been appointed as senior adviser to the president of the Assembly of the United Nations. She will be in Guelph at the Norfolk United Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday January 14 as part of a 15-city tour of Ontario.

CUPE Ontario and the Council of Canadians co-sponsored the Unbottle It! Tour. Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario, will also be speaking.

A special Water Information Fair will precede the speakers, at 5.30 p.m. Representatives from some of the local groups who are working to protect our water resources will attend to distribute written material and respond to questions.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to have their questions answered or their answers questioned. It promises to be an exciting event that is vital to our times.

If you are even a bit skeptical about the seriousness of this issue, check YouTube’s “Blue Gold: World Water Wars.”

Brian Skerrett, secretary, Council of Canadians, Guelph


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Just a quickie reminder of tomorrow’s cd launch for Eccodek’s new dubwise opus, Shivaboom at Guelph’s E-bar, presented by Fortnight Live. Come shake off the post-election fatigue with a night of ripping dub, global funk, pulsing electronica and transporting vibes.

We’re proud to have as our guests, DJ Sunpredictable from Hump Day Antix, Make it Funky and Cease Scuff laying down the beats before, between and after Eccodek’s 2 sets and our visual dub chemist, VJ Charm, making it all purdy and hypnotising on the big screen.

Please check out the recent coverage, album review and video diary in The Guelph Mercury.


The Details
What: Eccodek ‘Shivaboom’ CD release presented by Fortnight Live
Who: Eccodek w/ DJ Sunpredictable + VJ Charm
Where: E-bar Guelph 41 Quebec St. Guelph 519.821.3311
When: Thurs. Oct. 16 (Doors 9 p.m.) 2 live sets/ 2 DJ sets
How Much: $10

Crucial Links:
Onkar Singh http://www.onkarsinghmusic.com/
White Swan Records http://www.whiteswanrecords.com/
Kiran Ahluwalia http://www.kiranmusic.com/
Mansa Sissoko http://mansasissoko.calabashmusic.com/


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I should thank Magda Konieczna from the Guelph Mercury and 59 Carden St Blog for encouraging me to read a little more closely.

This was a random telephone survey of 400 city residents by Oraclepoll Research.

This particular question pertains to possible new services for the City. Makes interesting reading.

I’d suggest printing out a copy of the this page, circle the changes you like best, then talk to your councillor about what’s on your wish list.

You can read the whole survey here.


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