Right to Water

ADVISORY: Government Knew Water Plan Bad for Environment

Media Advisory                                                                                                                                        August 30, 2011... Read more »

Ottawa reverses shutdown of water monitoring stations in NWT

Environment Canada’s plans to shut down most of the federal water monitoring stations in the Northwest Territories have been quickly reversed after an outcry from territorial politicians and aboriginal leaders.

“That was not authorized and the Minister (of Environment) has ordered those to be started back up again,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said of the monitoring stations during a stop in this community on the edge of Kluane National Park.

It was revealed earlier this month that Environment Canada plans to cut nearly 800 jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort and the department has warned that more cuts will come as it tries to meet budgetary demands imposed by the Conservative government.

But it appears that cuts to water monitoring were not what the federal government had in mind.
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Closing Down Water Monitoring in the North: Bad Idea, Bad Policy

Media Release, August 26, 2011

OTTAWA – The federal government should reverse its decision to save money by closing down 21 of 23 water monitoring stations in the north.

"The arctic water monitoring system is our early warning system. The data tell us what is happening with water quality and pollution. Knowing what's in the water can prevent Walkerton like tragedies. The Prime Minister is right that development leads to pollution, but with the information from water monitoring stations in the north we can develop plans to minimize those impacts on public health, wildlife and the environment," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Monitoring stations regularly measure physicochemical parameters such as temperature, pH, alkalinity, major ions, nutrients and metals.

According to Environment Canada, water monitoring allows Canada to:... Read more »

No Frack Fridays

Get Tweeting on No Frack Fridays!

Tell our elected representatives in Atlantic Canada that hydraulic fracturing for unconventional natural gas is not what we want for our communities!

In order to get tweeting on No Frack Fridays, you need a twitter account (its free!), and know who your MLA, Ministers of Environment/Energy, and/or Premier are. On Fridays we are going to tweet away at our leaders and let them know some facts about fracking (or frackts!).

To Participate!
1. @______ (Address the tweet to the appropriate representative.)
2. Copy and paste one of these frackts in your tweet.
3. Add #nofrackfri and tweet away!... Read more »


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