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Speaking Tour - Alternative Water Futures

On December 5, Parkland Institute will be releasing a new report entitled Alternative Water Futures in Alberta by researcher Jeremy Schmidt.

In 2008, the Alberta government announced it would review and update the water allocation system in the province, a system that is proving increasingly incapable of dealing with the challenges of today’s emerging water crisis. Policy recommendations released by the government in late 2009 suggest it is moving toward a province-wide deregulated market for water in the province, turning critical decisions about who will be able to access water over to the market.

With long-delayed public consultations promised in the new year by Premier Redford, it’s more important than ever for Albertans to explore and discuss alternatives to water markets that will build a water allocation system on the principles of equity, fairness, sustainability and respect for treaty obligations.

Join the Our Water Is Not For Sale network and Jeremy Schmidt for an exploration of the challenges for water in Alberta, why markets aren’t the answer to Alberta’s water challenges and what alternative allocation systems that protect our water commons for ecosystems, our communities and future generations could look like.

Here are the tour details:

Alternative Water Futures
The need for non-market solutions to Alberta’s water crisis
Featuring Jeremy Schmidt

7:00 pm, Monday December 5, 2011
Rm. 217 Telus Bldg (corner of 111 St. and 87 Ave)
University of Alberta

7:00 pm, Tuesday December 6, 2011
Theatre, Kerry Woods Nature Centre
6300 - 45 Ave.

7:00 pm, Wednesday December 7, 2011
Conference Room, Parkdale United Church
2919 8th Avenue NW

7:00 pm, Thursday December 8, 2011
Theatre Gallery, Lethbridge Public Library
810 5th Ave S

7:00 pm, Friday December 9, 2011
Room S154, Medicine Hat College
299 College Dr SE

Jeremy's report will be available for download on the Parkland Institute's website on the morning of December 5th.  For full details on the tour visit the Our Water Is Not For Sale website.

Jeremy J. Schmidt is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. He holds a MA in Geography (McGill) and two undergraduate degrees (Lethbridge; Prairie) with majors in geography, philosophy, theology and wilderness leadership. He is the co-editor of Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals and has been a board member of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) since 2009. He has served on working groups for ethics and water management with UNESCO and for a pan-Canadian water strategy with the CWRA. He has been an invited participant of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Religion, Science and Environment Symposium. His graduate work includes studies of global biogeochemistry, environmental economics, and resource management. His doctoral research examines water governance, ethics and environmental management in Alberta: http://www.waterethic.ca.

Presented by the Our Water Is Not For Sale network, with support from the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Council of Canadians, Parkland Institute, Public Interest Alberta and Sierra Club Prairie


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