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Family and Flow: Reflections on Canada Water Week

Tim’s blog post got me thinking about how I came to work on water issues. And Canada Water Week seems like a good time for some reflection. I’ve been around water, and people that loved water, my whole life. It started with my parents. My dad spent the first 12 years of his life on […]

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No Right to Water in Canada

If you live in North America, it turns out that you’re much more likely to have access to clean drinking water if you’re wealthy, white and don’t live in a rural area or a First Nations’ community. The situation is getting so bad that international human rights authorities are sending in experts to investigate and […]

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No tap water, no toilets, no celebration

Imagine living in a community without running water or indoor toilets. Yikes! You’d have to collect water from a stream or a lake for cooking and washing. You’d have to poop and pee in an outhouse or in pails that you’d dump outside. Not only would this burn up a lot of time, but it […]

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How a recession gig turned into lifelong work

Three years ago I took a part-time contract, which developed into a lifelong passion for water. I was a journalism school graduate working as a producer in radio and TV at the height of the recession. Let’s just say it wasn’t the best time to work in media. Then I scored a contract with the […]

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Celebrating Water: Flowing or Frozen

By Kat Hartwig March 14 – 22 is Canada Water Week. How do we celebrate water – such a vital resource – when much of it is still frozen across our vast country? In my neck of the woods, a frozen lake is celebrated just as much as a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. […]

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Our Rivers: Threaded through Canadian culture

By Tony Maas When we think about Canada it is hard not to think about fresh water – about the millions of lakes dotting the landscape that add a blue hue to the map of the country; about hundreds of thousands of kilometers of rushing rivers that like so many threads weave the nation together. […]

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Reflections on Water: How are you celebrating Canada Water Week?

Canada Water Week is just around the corner and I’m realizing how lucky I am to be Welsh-Canadian!  Sitting in my Collingwood home office overlooking picturesque Georgian Bay I’m trying to remember how I got into working on water (it’s funny to me that it’s called a “Bay” – at 15,000 square kilometres it would […]

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