The Fight for Water: Challenging Water Markets in Alberta

October 27, 2010 - 1:00am


Maude Barlow

National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly

Ian Douglas

National Coordinator, Fair Water Use Australia (via Skype from Australia)

Other speakers to be announced

FREE (donations accepted)

The Alberta government has plans to create a province-wide deregulated water market to allocate water in the province. Come learn more about what a water market would mean for Alberta, hear about the failure of such systems internationally and get involved in the fight to stop the sell-off of our water.

Organized by the Our Water is Not for Sale Network, Council of Canadians, Public Interest Alberta, Sierra Club Prairie and the Parkland Institute.

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Speaker bios


Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Ian Douglas is an ardent environmentalist and public water rights campaigner. He is widely published on a range of water topics and is a regular guest speaker at water forums and conferences. He lives in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. Ian is currently national coordinator of Fair Water Use (Australia), an independent and politically non-aligned, national public water-rights and environmental advocacy group, organized and supported by ordinary Australians who share concerns about Australia's water future - especially that of the Murray-Darling river system.


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University of Alberta Campus (East of 116 Street between 91 and 92 Avenues)
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