By Amy Juschka

Thank you for your interest in writing a letter to the editor about clean water rights in Canada!

Our World Water Day letter to the editor campaign was a huge success–you wrote 640 letters about the right to clean water in Canada, and almost 40 were published in papers across the country!

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5 Responses to “On World Water Day, write a letter to the editor in three easy steps”

  1. Kelly Rosvold says:

    Hi Amy,

    My letter, that I sent to the Kelowna newspaper, The Capital News, was published. Here it is…

    To the editor:

    Clean water. Two words that mean life; a good, healthy life. In the Okanagan, water issues have become newsworthy over the last number of years.

    One aspect of having clean drinking water in Canada, that I was not aware of until recently, is that we have no federal standards for clean drinking water. Canada lags far behind most countries when it comes to our water rights. In fact, more than 110 countries—over half of Earth’s nations—already recognize their citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment.

    Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms is silent on the issue.

    A federal environmental bill of rights would help compensate for this omission and promote better environmental protections, build healthier communities and position Canada as a leader on environmental rights.

    In this beautiful valley, we are coming to realize how precious our water is to us. It’s time for the federal government to implement the right to clean water in Canada by passing an environmental bill of rights that respects, protects and fulfils our right to a healthy environment, including the right to clean water.

    Kelly Rosvold, Kelowna

  2. Bonnie Nay says:

    Protecting our water is a sacred trust…Water belongs to us all and the life of every living creature depends on its purity and availability… Let’s make this CRYSTAL CLEAR!!!!

  3. Elroy Fausey says:

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  4. Alan Blanes says:

    Much of the misguided nonsense that passes for public policy on this continent may be traced to the colonial roots of investment law. This puts short term profit ahead of the public interest.

    I have been communicating with Idle No More supporters with the idea that a powerful tool to end this colonization fiasco would be a network of authentic legal clinics associated with Indigenous Governments of Turtle Island and joined by the faith groups like KAIROS and the House of Labour.

    If we had such a network that could operate under real dedication to the goals that Canada committed to after WWII – the goal of building universal human rights – that was a response to the destruction and dehumanization that occurred from 1939-1945. We banded together with 50 other countries and came up with the [UDHR] Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After Parliament ratified the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976, there has been a noticeable change of tune. When the constitution was repatriated – and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms proposed, there was resistance to getting the UDHR as being the supreme interpretive code for our Charter Rights. That hypocritical and harmful policy has caused Canada to move from a leader in human rights and democratic public policy – to a corporate vassal type of political structure.

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