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11th February 2016
EDITOR
My name is Emma Lui and I’m the national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians. I don’t write you often, but I have big reasons for doing so today.

Every day you are helping to advance the Council’s vital advocacy work across the country. This is especially true on the west coast where we’re fighting to protect the precious water that runs through B.C. and Indigenous territories from extractive industries and giant water bottlers like Nestlé.

I’m proud to share with you that, thanks to the generous contributions of people like you, today the Council of Canadians is releasing our new report Water Rush: Why B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act fails to protect water.
http://canadians.org/water-rush

In the report I detail how the proposed new water act, which is expected to come into force soon, falls short of what is needed to protect water in the province.

The combined effects of fracking, mining, drought and the bottled water industry have wreaked havoc on water resources, with corporations competing with surrounding communities for water.

As part of the Council’s ongoing public advocacy work, we’re putting a copy of this report into the hands of every MLA in British Columbia, along with recommendations that call on the government to:

-Reject its outdated “first in time, first in right” (FITFIR) system that gives priority to those who used water first in the region, regardless of the purpose.
-Cease issuing water usage permits that do not have an expiry date.
-Recognize water as a human right, public trust and commons, ensuring that communities’ drinking water is protected from corporate abuse.
-Recognize Indigenous title and water rights in the legislation.
-Establish a public comment process on every application to take water.

You can download our Water Rush report for free. And you can watch my media interview with The Province about the report.

The reason I’m writing you is to ask you to please add your voice to our urgent new advocacy campaign calling on the Clark government to act now before it’s too late – and help spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family!

Send your letter to the BC Government here:
https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=46959&ea.url.id=541973&forwarded=true

The droughts that have decimated California can easily happen here. When you compound climate change with bad policy, you end up with serious repercussions. It is time we develop a water ethic and put water at the centre of all policy.

There’s still time for British Columbia to be a leader in water stewardship and water justice.

Thank you again for your valued support as we keep working towards that very goal.

With hope and resolve,

Emma Lui
Water Campaigner

The Council of Canadians, 700-207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H7
1-888-566-3888 inquiriescanadians.org www.canadians.org
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