• 80 organizations supporting direction of Our Living Waters at the 2014 Living Waters Rally.

  • Calling for Federal leadership on freshwater.

  • Measuring progress for healthy waters across Canada.

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Amplifying Canada's Freshwater Voice

We believe a Canada where ALL waters are in good health is something to aspire to - it is necessary, and it is possible!  

Water is central to our culture and identity. It is critical to our health, vital to our communities and a foundation of our economy. It is the lifeblood of our rivers and lakes. It is beaches, boat-rides and fishing holes.

Growing cities and towns, industrial activity, intensive agriculture and climate change pose threats to the quality of our drinking water, the security of our water supply and the health of water bodies.  

Our Living Water is bringing Canada's freshwater community together in a united effort for clean and healthy waters. 

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    Scaling up the Fisheries Act: #Act4Fish

    Update: support #Act4Fish. Protect and Consult: Restore habitat protections in Canada's Fisheries Act. Add your name today at http://fisheriesact.ca/take-action reposted from http://wcel.org/ Fish matter to Canadians.  Fish habitat, called the “bedrock” of fisheries by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), matters. And so the law to protect fish and their habitatreallymatters. Today WCEL launched Scaling up the Fisheries Act: Restoring Lost Protections and Introducing Modern Safeguards, a brief that outlines preliminary ideas on reforming Canada’s essential fisheries law.
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    Federal Priorities for Fresh Water - Mandates given

    On Friday, for the first time in history, Federal ministerial mandate letters were made public.Among many directives, the mandate letters called on various ministers to: Immediately review Canada’s environmental assessment processes to provide robust oversight and thorough assessments.  Renew the federal government’s commitment to the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and the lake Winnipeg Basin Act on recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River. Review the previous government’s changes to the Fisheries and Navigable Waters Protection Acts, restore lost protections, and incorporate modern safeguards. Mandate a Chief Science Officer to ensure that government science is fully available to the public, that scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and that scientific analyses are considered when the government makes decisions. Develop a 10-year plan to deliver significant new funding to provinces, territories and municipalities for green infrastructure, including investments in local water and wastewater facilities, clean energy, climate resilient infrastructure like flood mitigation systems, and infrastructure to protect against changing weather. Allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians free from political harassment.
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