How much would it cost the Trudeau government to implement the human right to water?

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The 2019 Alternative Federal Budget released last week outlines how much funding the Trudeau government needs to allocate in the 2019 budget - leading up to the federal election - to protect drinking water and watersheds.
The water chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget notes, “Canada must take action to recognize water as a human right, a shared commons and a public trust. The United Nations has declared human rights to water and sanitation in several resolutions as well as in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now that Canada has passed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), it must obtain free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous peoples on all laws, projects and policies affecting water.”
It calls for adequate funding to:
  • End drinking water advisories in First Nations.
  • Reinstate federal funding for water programs at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada. 
  • Implement a comprehensive action plan to protect the Great Lakes Basin. 
  • Complete watershed mapping and ensure groundwater protection.
  • Create a federal water minister position to co-ordinate the more than 20 departments that set federal policies affecting water.
To learn more about how much funding is needed to implement the human rights to water and sanitation, read the water chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget here
To read about other topics like the environment and climate change, First Nations, infrastructure and more, click here.

MCWC Press Release Response to Gov Snyder on Nestle Inaccuracies

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Press Release July 22, 2018: Response to Governor Rick Snyder’s Inaccurate Nestle Remarks on WDIV ClickOnDetroit
ClickOnDetroit article: Gov. Rick Snyder comments on deal allowing Nestle to take thousands of gallons of Great Lakes water

The term-limited Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, thinks the recent permit issued to Nestle to increase pumping at the White Pine Springs well in Evart has nothing to do with business. It’s just good science and the MDEQ followed all the rules, so Nestle is entitled to pump 210 million gallons of water per year for $200 from one well while Detroit gets more shut-offs and Flint is still forced to use bottled water and drink toxic micro-plastics on top of the remaining lead.

Apparently, our Governor is not aware that Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation ( filed a petition for a contested case hearing with the Administrative Law Court on June 1, as did the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa.

The MDEQ may have followed some of the rules coming from our flawed state laws, but it failed to follow the most important ones. The ruling was based on anything but good science. The real science required by the Safe Drinking Water Act in fact was not done by Nestle and it took the DEQ almost two years to figure out how to twist the computer data around to claim Nestle deserved the permit.

We disagree. In fact, we are questioning all three permits issued for this well, though the challenge can only address the last in terms of filing time limits. We have engaged in the very expensive process of challenging this permit (around $50,000) on behalf of our members who live on the affected streams and also on behalf of the 80,000 residents who opposed the gift to Nestle of Great
Lakes waters. The governor has spent the last four years or more making sure that business came out ahead of people and the environment. He, through his emergency managers has made the Flint Water Crisis into a very profitable operation for Nestle and the banks holding the bonds for the privatized KWA pipeline. This has been all about business and the profits of Nestle have been

We stand with the majority of the Great Lakes Basin peoples in opposing the privatization of water, draining of the public aquifers for private profit, and denying the people the right to govern the commons for the good of all. We welcome all support from our allies in this battle. We take no corporate or government money, however. None of our officers’ plan to become lobbyists for multi-national corporations once we finish our volunteer service to water conservation. We look forward to seeing what the next business of the Governor will be once his term is over. We intend to remain to fix the loopholes in state and federal laws that allow water injustice to occur in our water wonderland.
Real science tells us that water is essential to life. It is not a commodity to sustain a business opportunity and generate a profit for corporations.

Peggy Case, MCWC President

Report on Impact of Water Shutoffs on Infectious Disease in Detroit

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As water shutoffs have escalated in Detroit, so has the incidence of water-related infectious disease. See attached analysis by Dr. George Gaines of infectious disease data from the Detroit Health Department. The diseases cited are most commonly found in developing countries where there is no indoor plumbing. The tens of thousands of Detroit homes where the water has been shut off, in effect, have no indoor plumbing and are living in primitive conditions, at risk for communicable disease.


Report - Water For Sale

How Free Trade And Investment Agreements Threaten Environmental Protection Of Water And Promote The Commodification Of The World's Water

In Water for Sale Maude Barlow explores how modern free trade and investment agreements impede the ability of people and their governments to maintain environmental laws and regulations to protect their water. She also shows how trade agreements advance the privatization and commodification of water. Free trade has become a crucial tool to help transnational capital and transnational corporations influence government policy in their favour. Recently, corporations have used trade and investment agreements to challenge public control of water and to bring water into the market system where it is subject to strict corporate-friendly trade rules. Water For Sale examines how free trade and investment agreements are promoting the commodification of the world’s water and argues that if the 2010 UN resolution recognizing water as a human right is to be realized, water in all its forms must be removed from all such deals forever.

Let's Stop Nestle

March World Water Day Events


International World Water Day 2018 at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, MI

WaterDocs in Toronto, Film Screenings & Panel Discussion:

The State of Our Water: An overview of the most critical issues facing water in Illinois

Kahnekanoron: World Water Day. Global Water Futures: co-creation of Indigenous water quality tools water and health workshop. Six Nations led water research, Six Nations Community Hall. 6-8pm, Thursday March 22.

World Water Day in Ottawa: A Tale of Two Cities & Water Warriors

Sarnia Justice Film Festival March 24th @7pm screening: Fractured Land

Here is a list of the 27 events Council of Canadians chapters are organizing:

Join Ontario Clean Air Alliance on Thur. March 15, 7 p.m. at the Pickering Central Library Auditorium for a public presentation and discussion about  dangers and alternatives to Pickering Nuclear Station. The event will be livestreamed on OCAA's FB page.

Windsor: Walking with Indigenous Peoples to Detroit River for a water blessing

All National Water Ceremony, Tiny Ontario, April 14

Water is Life: Continuing to Strengthen a Great Lakes Commons

The Flint public forum held September 2017 energized over 200 people around water justice issues concerning privatization and access. We are continuing this effort with additional events in 2018.

Join us March 14 @noon as we continue to strengthen a Great Lakes Commons. For more details on this online event visit the event page here.