Recent Freshwater Alliance Posts

BC’s Provincial State of Emergency: From Floods to Fires

We continue to hear that human-driven climate change is resulting in more extreme weather events. We anticipate climate change to bring about more environmental extremes, but have we done enough to truly prepare for these changes?

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Today, our fellow British Columbians are experiencing these very climate extremes. Earlier this summer, a wet start to the season caused severe flooding and mudslides in communities in B.C.’s Southern Interior, such as the Central Okanagan.

The flooding was reminiscent of the rampant flooding across the Kootenay region and parts of the Fraser Valley in 2012, when nearly 700 British Columbians were forced to evacuate their homes to avoid dangers posed by rising floodwaters.

The unusually wet season was followed by extremely hot and dry weather--conditions that have facilitated the spread of wildfires. As wildfires ignited near communities throughout the BC interior, over 40,000 people have already been evacuated. The BC government was forced to call the first provincial state of emergency in almost 15 years. Kevin Shrepnek, BC’s fire Chief of Information has called the situation “fluid and volatile.” He told the Globe and Mail, “the fact that we declared a state of emergency across the province speaks to how serious this situation is.”

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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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