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Save the Sacred Headwaters by Wade Davis

In a rugged knot of mountains in the remote reaches of northern British Columbia lies a stunningly beautiful valley known to the First Nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, on the southern edge of the Spatsizi Wilderness, the Serengeti of Canada, are born in remarkably close proximity three of Canada’s most important salmon rivers, the […]

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Mountains of Water

This winter, La Niña has brought mountains of snow (simply put: water in its solid form) to western Canada. Skiers and snowboarders giggle with delight at every weather forecast, “…another 30 cm expected for the central Purcells.” While we are frolicking in the fluffy white stuff now, we need to begin to consider what the […]

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Hot and nowhere to go: swimming in an urban lake

I have lots of personal connections to water spots, from the sea in Athens where I learned to swim, to the pool in Toronto’s west end that I almost drowned in. But the place most important to me lately is the place I go to think, a rickety dock on Lake Ontario near my apartment […]

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Posted in: Central Canada, Human Health, Just for Fun, Stories and Reflections
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What Happens to Conserved Water in Alberta?

UPDATE : For a full version of this article with graphs and numbers, please see http://www.water-matters.org/story/431 Most of us have taken some steps to conserve water. There’s sailor’s shower where we turn off the tap except when necessary. Some of us use the minimum amount of water to brush our teeth. Others forgo a shower […]

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Posted in: Conservation, CWW 2011, Policy and Politics, Prairies
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Rewriting Stories: Lessons from the Lorax (Part 2)

For Part 1, please click here. Once I’ve been introduced to something new, I find it does not take long for it to pop up everywhere.  That’s a good thing for me.  I am forgetful. I’m glad to have been reminded of The Lorax on a number of occasions.

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Posted in: Central Canada, Conservation, CWW 2011, National, Stories and Reflections
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Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers with Small Change

By Mary McGrath My suburban home in Kitchener, Ontario backs onto a pond, which is part of the floodplain of the mighty Grand River. At breakfast my kids and I take note of all the creatures we see that live at the edges of the pond – birds, deer, squirrels, turtles, raccoons, ducks and geese, […]

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You, me, and our heritage

Canada is a vast country with an economy largely based in selling off our natural resources.  I grew up across the vastness in communities built around mining and forestry.  From Northern British Columbia to New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario I saw firsthand the impacts of a boom and bust economy on Canadian communities […]

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Rewriting Stories: Lessons from the Lorax (Part 1)

  Several years ago, I landed tickets to a play in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It was around Earth Day, something foreign to me at the time.  It turned out to be a magical night.

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Serviced by Ecosystems: Drinking Water

I spend a lot of time looking for pictures to explain how ecosystem services work. One of my favourite images is by Diego Galafassi from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. There isn’t much this picture doesn’t say. In the case of Alberta, there are plenty of opportunities to capitalize on ecosystem services for clean water. For […]

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The stories behind Canada Water Week

The thing that I have loved the most about organizing Canada Water Week has been connecting with the 100s of fantastic, and inspiring, individuals who are working on water across the country. The diversity of individuals engaged and active in their communities is inspiring.  So I hope, this Canada Water Week, we listen to some […]

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