How healthy are Canada's waters?

May 05, 2017 12:13 PM

On June 13th we hosted WWF-Canada as they launched the first comprehensive report on the health of Canada's freshwater ecosystems. 5-years in the making, this assessment reviews Canada's 25 major watersheds and 167 sub-watersheds for detailed data that together paints an important picture on the health of waters.   Continue reading

Canada's Freshwater Narrative Part 4

April 26, 2017 11:10 AM

This whole conversation on the current dominant narrative around freshwater health in Canada points to both challenges and opportunities that as non-profit freshwater champions we need to embrace, to both alter the dominant narrative (that freshwater values exist in our subconscious, that acting to protect water results in negative economic decisions and that we don’t have any control or impact in decisions that affect freshwater health) and to promote a new narrative (one where guardianship is central, where we listen to, celebrate and honour the role water plays to our lives, and where we engage as active citizens around decision to protect, enhance and defend its health).   Continue reading

Canada's Freshwater Narrative Part 3: What does a good relationship with water look like?

April 26, 2017 11:04 AM

  People inherently believe that communities impacted by unhealthy waters (or threats to healthy waters) should have a say in decisions that impact those waters. In parallel, they respond strongly when it is felt that companies have greater impact on decisions then local residents - the support generated when it was proposed that Nestlé had greater rights to groundwater access then local communities in Wellington County is a recent example of this. Continue reading

Canada's Freshwater Narrative - Part 2: the binary of economy and environment

April 26, 2017 10:54 AM

We seem to collectively know that ‘water is life.’ But most of us do not take action to protect or defend it. That is likely because we do not feel as though our waters are at risk and where they are at risk, we generally have a poor understanding of the threats to health. Continue reading

Understanding Canada's Freshwater Narrative - Part 1. Building communities connected to water

April 26, 2017 10:46 AM

It may seem cliché but no saying is more true then “Water is Life”. Water unites us. It connects our communities. It fuels our economies. Unfortunately, we continue to take water for granted. Its connecting force, its fuel, its life force exists in each of our subconscious. We know its value but we don’t always (or even often) consider it in our day-to-day decision making. If we are going to make water decision-making more prominent in people’s minds, we need to bring the value of water into the forefront of our consciousness. Continue reading