Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, chairperson of Food and Water Watch in the U.S., and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which is instrumental in the international community in working for the right to water for all people.

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A rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Wellington, New Zealand, November 8, 2014. Views
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Millions of People Yearning for a "Brexit" from Destructive Trade Deals
U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Canada, against the backdrop of Brexit and the U.S. presidential campaign, had many opinion leaders trying to dismiss concerns about free trade. Now, we’re told, people who are against free trade are isolationists who want to entrench themselves in the...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Water Is a Right. So Why Are So Many without It?
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the human rights to clean drinking water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” Two months later, the UN Human Rights Council laid out the obligations these new rights...
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Friday, October 23, 2015
NAFTA's ISDS: Why Canada Is One of the Most Sued Countries in the World
NAFTA, the free trade deal between Canada, the USA and Mexico that came into effect in 1994, was the first trade deal among developed countries to include an investor-state provision. It grants investors of the continent the right to sue one another’s governments without first pursuing legal action...
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Stephen Harper’s Politics Put Canada To Shame
Ask Canadians about the most pressing issues facing their country and, alongside concerns about the economy and healthcare, they will inevitably raise the need for action on climate change. And no wonder: British Columbia and the Prairies were in the grips of a serious drought this summer and, only...
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
California's Drought: The Canary in the Coalmine?
On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered officials to impose mandatory water restrictions in his drought stricken state for the first time in history. The news was carried around the world. “Climate change” was named as the culprit — and it is. Glaciers are melting in the arctic...
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Letting Corporations Sue Governments Protecting the Environment is No Way to Solve the Water Crisis
As the world looks for innovative solutions to solve the rapidly worsening water crisis, two Salvadoran experts toured Canada this month to promote a simple strategy that could save the public billions of dollars. Yanira Cortez, Deputy Attorney for the Environment for El Salvador's Human Rights...
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever
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 planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "...
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Monday, October 20, 2014
Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water
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...
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Monday, July 14, 2014
Detroit Must Do What Is Right—Turn the Water Back On
The brutal policy of shutting off access to drinking water has rightly drawn the world’s ire. Like the suspension of democratic rights via emergency management, mass water shutoffs are not a humane or viable response to Detroit’s crisis. United Nations experts have said this is a violation of the...
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Climate activists at a rally in Copenhagen. (Photo: AinhoaGoma/Oxfam International) Views
Saturday, June 21, 2014
A Life of Activism Gives You Hope, Energy and Direction
Maude Barlow received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University in Toronto yesterday morning. Here are her speaking notes for the Convocation ceremony. Chancellor Gregory Sorbara, President Mamdouh Shoukri, the Senate of York University, and all the graduation students, It is a great honour...
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