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Healthy Food, Healthy Water

 

By: Lindsay Telfer 


If there are two things in this world that each and every one of us need, it is healthy food and clean water. That's why I spent last Thursday representing the Freshwater Alliance at a summit in Ottawa that was held to inform the development of a Food Policy for Canada. The importance of our freshwater voice in these consultations became increasingly apparent as the day went on.

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We're Hiring!

BC Summer Student, Outreach Coordinator

Vancouver

9 weeks at 4 days/week at 30hours/week

$15hour

 From Canada’s big cities to its remote land, waters, and rural communities,

Tides Canada provides uncommon solutions for the common good.

Our mission is to help Canadians secure a healthy environment in ways that promote

social equity and economic prosperity. To tackle the complex environmental and social

problems that we face in Canada today, Tides Canada provides strategy, expertise, and tools

 to ensure changemakers can get from vision to impact.

The Freshwater Alliance, a project on the Tides Canada shared platform, is a national initiative that builds, connects and supports freshwater constituencies across Canada. We work with environmental organizations, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen citizen engagement and participation in the protection of our lakes and rivers.

Position Summary: Our Summer Outreach Coordinator (Summer Student) will be responsible for supporting the coordination of community outreach at events and/or town halls across British Columbia. Events will celebrate the connection of our communities with our lakes, rivers and waterways and will be designed to increase public narratives, strengthen community engagement and raise awareness on water decisions affecting communities. Events will, where possible, leverage Canada’s 150year celebrations emphasizing the current and historical importance of water to our communities, including First Nations and non-First Nations

 

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Does Organizing Make a Difference? The Campaign to Vote for Water

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It’s been a whirlwind of a month for BC politics. The May 9th general provincial election proved to be one for the history books, and a nailbiter to boot. When ballots were counted on election day, the BC Liberal party was nine votes short of forming another majority government in the province. That tally, however, did not include absentee ballots.

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The Art of Refraiming: The Social Life of Water exhibition

The next case study in our blog series discusses the Social Life of Water exhibition, a project that uses storytelling and art to reframe the dominant narrative about people and water in the Okanagan, BC.

 

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Canada Water Week and World Water Day Media Release

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BC’s largest recreation and conservation groups seek to engage British Columbians as well as political parties in taking action on water and river issues in lead up to May’s provincial election.

 

For Immediate Release- March 20, 2017

VANCOUVER- March 22nd marks the twenty-fourth United Nations World Water Day. In honour of World Water day and Canada Water Week, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and the Outdoor Recreation Council - which collectively represent hundreds of thousands of British Columbians and freshwater organizations across the province--are joining efforts to call on all British Columbians to join the water conversation, take action, and get involved to defend water.

Freshwater in British Columbia supports diverse ecosystems, a vibrant economy, spaces for recreation and drinking water for millions of people. However, despite the fundamental importance of water to every aspect of life, waters in B.C. are facing unprecedented threats from industrial activity, population pressures and a changing climate.          

With the B.C. Provincial Election less than two months away, this message is a timely one.

“Promoting and generating such discussion is important in that many British Columbians view the proper care of rivers, and our water resources in general, to be among our most pressing environmental issues” said Mark Angelo, Outdoor Recreation Council Rivers’ chair and founder of both BC and World Rivers Day.

B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act provided a unique opportunity to protect water in the province. However, despite the Act having being  passed nearly three years ago, significant gaps remain in its implementation.

Coree Tull, Canadian Freshwater Alliance Organizing Director, said “We need to make water an election issue to ensure that British Columbia’s next government will take action to implement and enforce robust rules to protect our waters.”

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