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WATER WINS SPRING 2016 COMMUNITY REPORT RELEASED

The third Water Wins community report is out!

We are very excited to announce that our third and final report on water interests in Wellington County and Fraser Valley has been released. This report looks to answer the question: What does engagement in water activism look like at the community level? It explores the ways in which individuals demonstrate their interest for water issues through their actions (i.e. what engagement in water activism actually looks like), and what key informants in local water activist organizations have to say about what they think motivates and deters people from becoming engaged in water activism.

Please share this with your community and let us know what you think! And look out for our academic publications for further research and discussion. Check out the report here:  https://magic.piktochart.com/output/12450578-waterwins-community-report-3-spring-2016

 

SPRING 2016: ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY IN OUR RESEARCH

wellingtonwaterwatcher_300w.jpgThis June, member of the Water Wins team will be travelling to Calgary, Alberta for the annual conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada. This event is part of the Congress for the Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines.

Later in June, the Water Wins team will be participating in “WAVE: Water Advocacy Voices Emerging”, a free community event geared toward engaging community members in local water activism around the operations of Nestle Waters Canada. This event is taking place in Guelph, Ontario, and will be hosted by the Wellington Water Watchers. For more information on this event, visit the Wellington Water Watchers events page at http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/events/.

 

WATER WINS WINTER 2016 COMMUNITY REPORT RELEASED

The second WaterWins community report is out!

We are very excited to announce that our second report on water interests in Wellington County and Fraser Valley has been released. This report looks to answer the question: how much knowledge do people have about water activist organizations and campaigns in their community? It discusses community members’ level of engagement in regards to water activism and their reaction to major campaign successes in their community. The first report was released in the fall, and discussed what issues people seem to be most concerned about when it comes to water. The third report will take a more detailed look at engagement in water activism at the community level.

Please share this with your community and let us know what you think! And look out for our academic publications for further research and discussion. Check out the report here:  https://magic.piktochart.com/output/9737362-winter-2016-waterwins-report

 

WATER WINS FALL 2015 COMMUNITY REPORT  RELEASED

In late November 2015, we released our first community report of the study findings. This report looks to answer the question: what are people in Wellington County, Ontario and in the Fraser Valley, BC, concerned about when it comes to water? It is the first in a series of three community reports to be released between now and Spring of 2016. The report is available as a downloadable PDF and also online.

Please share this with your community and let us know what you think! Also look out for our upcoming academic publications for further research and discussion.

 

FALL 2015: WHERE WE'RE AT

This spring, we completed our first round of data collection. This included interviews with 29 “key informants” from the Wellington Water Watchers (in Wellington County, Ontario) and the WaterWealth Project (in the Fraser Valley, BC), and also with other local experts in water and environmental issues. We also completed our community surveys, collected online, in person at community events, and in person through door-to-door canvassing. In total, we were able to collect responses from over 600 members of the Wellington County and Fraser Valley communities.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who sat down for an interview or completed our survey (or both!). You’ve made important contributions to our understanding about public awareness and involvement in local water activism in your community.

This summer, we shared some of the early findings from our key informant interviews, including presenting our research at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada conference in Ottawa and at the Society for the Study of Social Problems conference in Chicago. It was a great opportunity to meet with other researchers and community activists, and to contribute what we’ve learned so far to the broader discussions happening around activism in environmental issues.

This fall, our research team is ready to delve into an in-depth analysis of our survey data, as we prepare to write up a series of short reports for those who have participated in and/or are interested in our research. We hope to have our first report ready, and made available on this site, sometime this fall. We’ve also begun working on our first academic publications of this research project, which we look forward to sharing with you in the near future.



WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS TO THE WATER WINS TEAM

The Water Wins team is excited to welcome aboard two new members to our research team. This fall, Chloe France and Kelsey Metz will join us as research assistants. We’re happy to have them on our team!

Best of luck to our community survey coordinator Jackie Peat, as she moves on to a research position at York University while she completes her Masters in Environmental Studies there, and to our research assistant Amanda Buchnea, who is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy this fall at the University of Toronto.

 

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF OUR SURVEY DRAW PRIZE!

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our survey online. Your input will provide important insights to our research, and will also be useful to the WaterWealth Project (and also our Ontario partners, the Wellington Water Watchers) in understanding how they can better connect with an even broader audience on local water issues.

Congratulations to our draw prize winners: Jill Hogg of Guelph, Ontario and Ted Goshulak of Langley, BC. They have each been awarded a $50 gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op.

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2015: THE WATER WINS TEAM IN YOUR COMMUNITY

We have been doing some short door-to-door surveys in select communities in the Fraser Valley (BC) and Wellington County (Ontario). In the Fraser Valley, this has been coordinated by the WaterWealth Project; meanwhile, in Wellington County, this has been led by volunteers from the Wellington Water Watchers.

The purpose of these surveys is to capture a wider audience than we might have been able to draw from the online version of the survey alone, toward a broader picture of community awareness and involvement of water activism in these communities. We are also looking to address the potential bias of who the online survey might attract (i.e. those who are already familiar and in tune with local water issues in the first place).

Look out for members of our team, and let your neighbours know about us. We are NOT fundraising! We look forward to meeting you and getting to hear your views.

 

SPRING 2015: OUR PROGRESS SO FAR

The Water Wins team has been busy this winter! In February, we launched the online version of our community survey, and have had a great response rate in both of our study communities. We have also been distributing and collecting paper versions of the survey at a variety of community events.

We have completed interviews with 29 “key informants” from the Wellington Water Watchers (in Ontario) and the WaterWealth Project (in BC), and also with other local experts in water and environmental issues. Thank you to our knowledgeable interview participants, whose insights have not only yielded some very interesting findings, but have also been hugely informative to this project as we move forward.

Our media analysis has been ongoing, and so far there have been some interesting trends related to the media coverage of water “wins” in both communities over the study period. The results of this analysis are also forthcoming.

 

 

This project is funded by a
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant.

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