Water: How farmers meet the challenge of too little, too much

Water: How farmers meet the challenge of too little, too much

Leslie Dyment, at Crow Hill Farm in Cameron.

Farmers have been concerned about water issues for as long as human beings have been growing crops. From the irrigation ditches of the ancient near east, to the flooding of ancient Egypt, the lack of water, or too much of it, has shaped the rhythms of farming life.

As a result, farmers throughout history have developed various strategies related to water.

Some … [more…]

Mayors, Anishinabek Nation Call for Stricter Rules in Great Lakes Withdrawals

Map: the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence waterway

Canadian and United States mayors from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Anishinabek Nation leadership have joined together to call for stricter rules for any new water withdrawals from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

They are asking the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Water Resources Council (Compact Council) and Regional Body to reconsider and defer the adoption of proposed changes to the procedures for reviewing requests … [more…]

Indigenous Services Provides Update on Water Advisories

photo: glass of drinking water. Indigenous Services Provides Update on Water Advisories

[Canada] The federal government has shared the latest results in its efforts to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on Indigenous reserve by March 2021.

For the month of August 2018, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, provided the following update as part of the department’s monthly report on long-term drinking water advisories:

  • A long-term drinking water advisory was added in Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Ontario
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Locals Take Wind Industry to UN Over Destruction of Ontario’s Water Supply

Locals Take Wind Industry to UN Over Its Destruction of Ontario’s Water Supply

The wind industry has all but destroyed water supplies in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Hammering hundreds of giant steel piles (the foundations for 300 tonne turbines) into the aquifer across the county has turned once potable water into a grimy, toxic sludge. Locals are, justifiably, incensed.

Losing their water supply would be bad enough, and being lied to by wind industry goons has its own special charm, of course. But it’s the … [more…]

13-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Nominated for Global Peace Prize

This 13-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Has Been Nominated for a Global Peace Prize

Autumn Peltier already has years of advocacy behind her. She’s met the prime minister, she’s attended the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly and she’s marched on the highway in the name of water protection. At just 13 years old, Peltier is now a nominee for the International Children’s Peace Prize.

The 151 nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize were recently announced and the only Canadian candidate is … [more…]