Reconnecting with the St. Lawrence River

The majestic St. Lawrence River has been a great influence on the cultural, as well as the natural, history of Quebec and Canada.  Unfortunately, during the course of the last century, this mighty river has suffered greatly due to pollution.  Although water quality has improved  during the past decade, the St. Lawrence still has a bad reputation when it comes to recreational use.

The David Suzuki Foundation hopes to dispel myths about the state of the St. Lawrence with a week of activities along the river in June aimed at encouraging people to reconnect with the great waterway.  From June 7 to 15, the Semaine du St-Laurent will feature activities throughout Quebec, including a family fishing day at Valleyfield, swimming at Montreal’s Old Port and a downtown barbeque of sustainable seafood from the St. Lawrence.  For more information, click here to see The Gazette’s May 27th article.

The St. Lawrence, it’s our River!  Le Saint-Laurent, c’est notre fleuve!” 


Go with the flow : DVDs on Water

On the theme of water, with World Water Day coming up on March 22, you might like to check out the following two DVDs in our library’s collection.

Blue Gold: World Water WarsBlue gold : world water wars is based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke.  Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this film gives a chilling portrait of a future world where wars are fought over water, as they are today over oil.

Flow: how did a handful of corporations steal our water?
Investigates the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply from the perspective of politics, economics, pollution and environmental issues, human rights, public health, and the effects of corporate greed and apathetic governments. Features interviews with scientists and activists, who discuss the water crisis at both the global and human scale. Also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies to address the problem.

World Water Day, March 22

Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed as a means of focusing world attention on the importance of freshwater and its sustainable development. The first World Water Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 and each year since then highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.  2013 will be the International Year of Water Cooperation, promoting water cooperation world wide.  Water is a precious resource which is threatened by rapid urbanization, pollution and climate change.  It is also a resource which is in ever-increasing demand by the world’s over 7 billion people, so it is essential that it be wisely and equitably managed.

To learn more about World Water Day 2013, click here.

Click for more infoOne of our library’s new books on water conservation is Last call at the oasis: the global water crisis and where do we go from here, edited by Karl Weber.  Based on the documentary film by Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu,  the companion book explains the current conflicts over water supplies around the world and describes the work that reformers, policy-makers, scientists, engineers and business leaders are doing to craft solutions.  It is a fascinating read.

A notable book for 2012

Click for more infoDrinking water : a history by James Salzman  363.756 S186                                                       Duke professor James Salzman shows how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries.

To learn more about our “water footprint,” which includes not just water we use and consume in our homes, but also water used to produce the goods and services we consume on a daily basis, click here.