On the 40th BC Election -- WaterWealth

The WaterWealth Project would like to congratulate Laurie Throness & John Martin for their successful election in the ridings of Chilliwack-Hope and Chilliwack. We look forward to working with them as they fulfill their responsibility to protect the home waters that sustain our communities' prosperity. We also look forward to continuing to work with other local residents to support long-term fresh water protection.

In a mere 4 weeks, nearly 2000 people signed the WaterWealth Declaration. Signatories call for local control over decisions that impact our home waters. They voice an urgent need to protect our home waters and drinking water from threats, including permanent chlorination, the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and private run of the river hydro projects. We look forward to continuing to build support to ensure our political representatives respond to the needs of their constituents and uphold respect for Aboriginal rights & title.

The Liberal government made a pre-election commitment to modernize the Water Act in 2014, and we look forward to stronger water protection legislation. Public opinion polls have shown that over 86% of British Columbians believe that fresh water is important to prosperity and quality of life. Our work in the Fraser Valley has reinforced the conclusions of these polls, and we have generated a swell of support and enthusiasm for our work. Yet voter turnout was alarmingly low, with rates of 52% in Chilliwack and 54% in Chilliwack-Hope. The WaterWealth project is looking forward to inspiring more Fraser Valley residents to vote on election days to come.

Many important decisions that impact our home waters are on the table over the course of the next four years, and we are committed to working to ensure that our home rivers, lakes and streams receive the protection they deserve. We invite more of our community to join us.

Add your reaction Share

Communities want to tap into water decisions

Leading up to the BC Election the WaterWealth Project has been going full steam ahead to garner support for better fresh water protection through 100% community control and the right to say yes or no to decisions that impact on our home waters.

Some fair questions were raised about what we meant when we made the ask for 100% community control, so I paired up with Parker Jefferson of One Cowichan to craft this opinion piece that was picked up by the Vancouver Sun. Take a moment to read it through and hopefully it helps to answer any questions you might have about what community control could look like for us in the Valley.

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/Communities+want+into+water+decisions/8351331/story.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

We couldn't do it without you

It’s National Volunteer Week, April 21-27 and at the WaterWealth Project we know we couldn't do it with out you! 


waterjump.jpgGiven the spirit of the week, we wanted to extend a big thank-you to the many volunteers who have come out to support The WaterWealth Project! 

Ever since the WaterWealth kick-off, volunteers have been essential to our many successes along the way – from BBQing at our launch party, blasting our messages around on social media, to putting their boots on the ground with our the door-to-door declaration blitzes.  

We’ve also had a great show of volunteer support at community events & community tabling to ensure WaterWealth was present at the many Earth Day celebrations within the Fraser Valley. To date we have 116 individuals who have said “Yes” to volunteering with us.

 
Read more
Add your reaction Share

You Spoke, We Listened

StoryMapping.jpgFor the past few weeks the team at the WaterWealth Project has been out on the streets and buzzing online to gather your perspectives in our community survey and story map.

We’ve talked to hundreds of students, seniors, mothers, fishermen and business owners. We wanted to hear from you about your favourite watering holes, fishing spots and cherished memories of time on, in or near our fabulous rivers, lakes and streams. We also wanted to hear about changes you’ve observed to our water and the concerns you have for its future, and what you think needs to be done to protect it.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Canada water week generates a flood of support for water

waterweek.jpg

Last week, The WaterWealth Project hosted a number of initiatives for Canada Water Week. We had more than 400 residents from the Fraser Valley fill in our survey and partake in our film showings and Hope celebration event.

Whether it was during post-film discussions, or in conversations about water at the University of the Fraser Valley campus, or over a plate of bannock and stew at the Hope Station, the message was sent loud and clear that people in the Canyon and the Valley care about our home waters!

Read more
1 reaction Share

A Second Eden

A Blog Posting by WaterWealth Community Advisor Larry Commodore

At the March 2Larry Commodore launch of the WaterWealth campaign, I had the honour to say a few words to the nearly 100 persons who responded to our invitation. Below is an expanded version of the brief talk I gave that day. You can watch the video courtesy of Chris Gadsden here.

 
Read more
1 reaction Share

Q & A with Sheila Muxlow about Canada Water Week

WaterWealth has been in the news lately! Campaign Director Sheila Muxlow answered a journalist's questions earlier this week - scroll down to learn more about the WaterWealth Project and our action-packed Canada Water Week plans.

1. What is mobile story capture? Is it something that you do on an iPad, or other device? What is its purpose?

nat_w_map.jpg

We are using iPads and other mobile devices go to public places and conduct a survey with questions about the relationship local residents have to water, their concerns about threats, and their thoughts on what is needed to protect our water wealth. The goal of The WaterWealth Project is to protect our home waters through 100% community control; By going out and connecting with members of the community, we are taking a first step in that direction.
Read more
1 reaction Share

Chlorination Concerns Present Opportunity for a Broader Water Movement

Photo from CBCThis week, the Chilliwack Times published an op-ed that Larry Commodore and I wrote together. Below is an expanded version of that piece.

In recent weeks, Chilliwack has been ignited by the decision of the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) to chlorinate its drinking water. Despite strong local concern, the permanent use of chlorine seems to be here to stay. But this shouldn't be the end of the debate. Our concern over this issue can help spark a broader movement to protect our water wealth.

 

Three things we’ve seen in the chlorination controversy can help guide this movement.

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

The WaterWealth Project's open house was a hurricane of a success

Launch_party_audience_image.jpgSaturday, March 2nd was a blustery day in the Valley, but it was truly heart warming to have so many community members come out to the Water Wealth launch party.

The skies were dark, the wind was gusting, and the rain was coming down in sheets thanks to the Pineapple Express that was passing through. But our headquarters on Storey Avenue was brightly-lit and overflowing with energized community members and people interested to learn more about an initiative to protect our shared home waters.

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

← Previous  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10