Public forum on water and deep-water wells Feb. 26

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CHARLOTTETOWN -- Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, and the United Nation’s first senior advisor on water issues, will be the keynote speaker for a public forum on P.E.I.’s water and deep-water wells. 

The forum, hosted by the Council of Canadians, will be held at the Rodd Charlottetown on Wednesday, February 26. Start time is 7 p.m.

Other speakers at the forum, chaired by Catherine O’Brien with the Coalition for Protecting P.E.I. Water, will be Island biologist Darryl Guignon, Reg Phelan with the National Farmers Union and Keptein John Joe Sark.

The keynote speaker is an author and water activist. Her latest book is, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever.

 “While I deeply value the role of farmers, and understand their need for a steady source of water, it is imperative that they not be allowed to imperil the Island’s limited groundwater,” said Barlow. “Irrigation is a source of great threat to water around the world. The planet is running out of accessible freshwater. We must fiercely protect what is left of our water resources and in fact, move to restore spent watersheds.”

 “We are encouraging Islanders to attend this public forum in large numbers and voice their concern over the possibility of the PEI Government lifting the moratorium on deep water wells,” said Council of Canadians member Leo Broderick. “Already, there are close to 100 active high capacity deep water wells in the province - 36 of them on Island

farms. We need to reduce that number, not increase it. We need to protect our groundwater which is already under a great deal of stress from nitrates, pesticides, and climate change.” Broderick noted the forum is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

 

Organizations: Coalition for Protecting P.E.I. Water, Protecting Water for People, Council of Canadians member Leo Broderick

Geographic location: Farmers Union

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  • Sad
    February 21, 2014 - 14:40

    I used to have respect for the Council of Canadians - even sent them a donation, back when they were fighting to preserve Canadian water from being exported under NAFTA. However, now they just seem to go for publicity, without bothering to understand the issue. The government specialists say there's enough water to issue high capacity wells in some parts of the province. They also say they'll monitor closely and shut them down if the aquifer can't handle it. I wish the Council of Canadians would help farmers by shining some light on the intimidation and control that big processing companies can have over farmers, rather than blaming farmers. I'd support that cause!

    • UPWESTER
      February 21, 2014 - 15:42

      If you supported the Council of Canadians, you would be supporting farmers. This is not about small farmers, this is about the Irvings and the other large Corporate farmers who want to put the small farmers out of business so they can have the Island to themselves. If they are allowed to access these deep wells, then they will refuse to honor any contracts with farmers who don't use them. If you want to see what happens to deep water wells, you should study what is happening in California.

    • don
      February 21, 2014 - 16:54

      it is simple. MONEY TALKS.

  • don
    February 21, 2014 - 08:52

    Council of Canadians, why only hold these meeting in the capital? we have other areas on pei you know that is worried about the water. and why spend the money on a fake talk we all know the government has already decided to give the ok for deep wells as money talks more then fresh water. but i ask you when we lose the fresh water on PEI will you give us your word that you will all give us fresh water back? but again as i said money over water.