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Discussion Paper Released to Engage Nunavummiut on Development of Suicide Prevention Strategy

IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 14, 2009) – Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit (Embrace Life Council) and the Government of Nunavut today released a discussion paper entitled Using knowledge and experience as a foundation for action: A discussion paper on suicide prevention in Nunavut. The discussion paper is the first step in gathering feedback and input from Nunavummiut on what should be included in a single, comprehensive suicide prevention strategy.

by NationTalk on April 15, 20091449 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan –(April 14, 2009) – Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, today announced federal support for the Southern Plains Metis Local #160 Inc. under the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2009762 Views

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Aboriginal Health Fair A First

Apr 22, 2009

ACC Aboriginal Community Development students are partnering with the Closing the Cultural Gap Research Group to host an Aboriginal Health Fair in April.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2009651 Views

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$5-million Investment Will Fund 39 New Ambulances to Serve Communities Across Manitoba: Oswald

April 14, 2009

Province Piloting New, Next-generation Ambulances Offering Lower Emissions, Increased Patient Comfort

A $5-million investment will expand the province’s ambulance fleet by nine vehicles and replace 30 additional ambulances with new models to further strengthen emergency medical services across Manitoba, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2009924 Views

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A Picture of Health – 2008 British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey

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Perry Kendall
OBC, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC
Provincial Health Officer

This, the fourth in a series of health surveys of British Columbia’s adolescents, shows once again how important it is to have timely and accurate data and information on the health, behaviours, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of our young people.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2009853 Views

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Students-Helping-Students Project To Encourage Physical Activity, Healthy Eating In 20 Manitoba Schools

April 9, 2009

Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson today unveiled a new youth-helping-youth healthy-living project for 20 Manitoba schools, part of a $310,000 provincial commitment for three new initiatives to ensure more Manitobans have the opportunity to build healthy living into their daily lives.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2009940 Views

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New Hospital Planned for Dawson City

FOR RELEASE #09-095
April 9, 2009

WHITEHORSE – Minister of Health and Social Services Glenn Hart and Klondike MLA Steve Nordick today announced the start of a process to build a new hospital in Dawson City. This announcement follows the signing of a “letter of intent” with the Yukon Hospital Corporation to oversee the construction of the new facility and then to assume its operation.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2009748 Views

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Healing Words | Volume 6 Number 1

Download PDF file here | Healing Words is a free publication of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Dedicated exclusively to Indian residential school stories and to sharing resources for healing, this newsletter is your place to share your thoughts and experiences related to residential school — including hostels, industrial schools, boarding schools, and day schools.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2009725 Views

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Government of Canada Makes Progress on Improving Water Conditions on Reserves

Ottawa, Ontario –(April 13, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, issued the following statement today:

I am pleased to share with you the significant progress our Government is making to ensure First Nations have access to the same quality of safe and reliable water as all Canadians.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2009737 Views

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Info-Rx: Newsletter of the Health Sciences Libraries January/February 2009

Your prescription for quality health information

From the Editor|

This issue of Info-RX focuses on the Neil John Maclean (NJM) Library’s Aboriginal health collection and information services. This is a unique collection of more than 3,400 health resources, which also includes a selection of patient education materials for First Nations and Metis people. It supports the health information needs of students, faculty, researchers, clinicians, health programme administrators, community partners, and the general public.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2009617 Views

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Sandy Lake has its own Ambulance

Ron Kyle arrived in Sandy Lake via the winter road on April 4th after driving the used ambulance 2,500 km from Toronto.

The 26-year veteran of the Toronto firefighter service returned to Sandy Lake on Monday, April 6th – this time to meet with Chief and Council to discuss and assess what other resources could benefit the community.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2009922 Views

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Kitimat Officially Opens Multi-Use Recreation Facility

Apr 8, 2009

On April 4th, the District of Kitimat held the grand opening of the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre. This major infrastructure project has been supported by Northern Development with a $1.65 million zero interest loan and a $30,000 grant via the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2009635 Views

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Canada’s Economic Action Plan Delivers Permanent Water Treatment Facility For Saddle Lake In Alberta

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Ottawa, Ontario (April 7, 2009) – The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of Saddle Lake First Nation have access to safe and reliable water facilities by supporting the replacement of the community’s water treatment plant with a permanent facility. This infrastructure project is funded under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2009822 Views

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Canada’s Economic Action Plan Delivers On Wastewater Treatment System For Whitefish Lake First Nation In Alberta

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Ottawa, Ontario (April 7, 2009) – The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of Whitefish Lake First Nation have access to safe and reliable wastewater facilities by supporting upgrades to the current wastewater treatment system. This infrastructure project is a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2009814 Views

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Canada’s Economic Action Plan delivers new water treatment plant for Dene Tha’ First Nation in Alberta

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Ottawa, Ontario (April 7, 2009) – The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of Dene Tha’ First Nation have access to safe, clean drinking water thanks to a new water treatment system provided under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2009746 Views

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Governments Work Together to Provide Cleaner Drinking Water to Yukon Families

Whitehorse, Yukon, April 6, 2009 — Canada’s Minister of Health, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, together with the Honourable Archie Lang, Minister of Community Services in Yukon, today announced that their governments will work together to upgrade and improve water treatment systems in Yukon.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2009593 Views

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From IPAC/AFMC: Dear members of the First Nations Health Managers Advisory,

Health disparities between Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) peoples and the general Canadian population continue to exist. The reasons for the disparities are diverse and include inter-generational impacts from colonization, residential schools, treaties, land claims, ongoing systemic socio-economic disadvantage, and a vast under-representation in the health professions, including medicine. Increasing the size of the Indigenous medical workforce and training all of Canada’s physicians to provide the highest quality care to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples are two key responses to these disparities that are within the medical school’s capacity and social responsibility.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2009718 Views

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Increasing Physical Activity Participation among 14 Aboriginal BC Communities

Victoria, B.C. (April 6, 2009). The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) launched the Aboriginal Seed Grant program for the first time this winter and with the selection complete, over 1,200 Aboriginal people across BC will become engaged in sport, recreation and physical activity. A very diverse range of programs have been funded including canoeing, pow wow dancing, soccer, capoeira, traditional sports, and multi-sport programs. The Aboriginal Seed Grant program has contributed $26, 000 to these programs; increasing healthy living and promoting sport participation.

by NationTalk on April 7, 20092086 Views

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Keeping Health Care Dollars in North East Ontario

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release – Thursday, April 2, 2009 – The NE LHIN Board of Directors have approved the re-allocation of close to $3.3 million in one-time health care dollars within our region.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2009606 Views

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Media Advisory: First National Obesity Summit (Canada)

Edmonton, Alberta –(April 6, 2009) –

WHO: Editors, reporters and freelance journalists covering the health beat on: obesity, weight loss, conditions related to obesity (diabetes, heart disease etc.), mental health, behaviour, aboriginal issues, treatment, prevention, health economics, and more.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2009697 Views

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Balanced Community-Sector Agreements Approved by South West LHIN

88 community health service providers in the South West LHIN completed service accountability agreements as part of new accountability process

LONDON, ON – The South West LHIN Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board of Directors approved the Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreements (M-SAAs) of 88 community health service providers for the fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11. The agreements were approved at thSouth West LHIN’s March 25th Board meeting in Wingham, and represent the conclusion of a new process for accountability between the LHIN and community providers. As well, the agreements aranother significant milestone in the evolution of the LHIN’s role as a health system manager.

by NationTalk on April 3, 2009834 Views

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Too Many Canadians Without Safe Water: $5.2M to Help

UBC Reports | Vol. 55 | No. 4 | Apr. 2, 2009

For six million Canadians, quenching their thirst isn’t a matter of simply turning on the kitchen faucet.

“Water quality in 1,700 small and rural communities across Canada – some as close as half an hour drive from a major metropolitan area such as Vancouver – can be as bad or worse than that in developing countries,” says Madjid Mohseni, an associate professor in chemical and biological engineering. “For example, nearly 100 First Nations communities live under permanent boil water advisories.”

by NationTalk on April 2, 2009712 Views

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Regional AHTF Review Meeting

February 26, 2009 in Lac Beauport was the setting for the second meeting to review the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund for 2008-2009.

The Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF) is a five-year national initiative of the federal government introduced in 2005-2006. It consists essentially of using projects to devise new ways to integrate existing federal government programs and services with services offered by First Nations communities and organizations. Another goal involves tailoring existing programs and services offered by provincial and territorial governments to the realities and needs of First Nations members living in communities or off reserve. The initiative is divided into three envelopes to offer First Nations better access to health care and social services adapted to their culture and unique needs.

by NationTalk on April 2, 2009872 Views

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Children Still Exposed to Toxic Fumes:Angus Urges Strahl to Act Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 2, 2009

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Charlie Angus (Timmins–James Bay) will travel to Attawapiskat with an educational expert in health and safety on Friday to assess the conditions that are causing health problems in Attawapiskat’s children and talk to community leaders.

by NationTalk on April 2, 2009683 Views

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Federal government funds NWT Road Weather Information System

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For release – April 1, 2009

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada today announced that road users in the Northwest Territories will benefit from improved road weather information systems.

by NationTalk on April 2, 2009793 Views

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23 Community Groups Receive Provincial Wellness Grants

Trappers’ Running Club Receives Provincial Wellness Grant!

Health and Community Services
March 27, 2009

The Provincial Government is continuing to invest in the health and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians through the Provincial Wellness Grant program. This year, 23 organizations and groups received a total of $322,000 in funding.

by NationTalk on April 1, 2009919 Views

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Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action

Executive Summary

Introduction: Global Disparities in Indigenous Children’s Health

This report documents what we know about the health of Indigenous children (from birth to age twelve) and evaluates the quality of Indigenous child health data collection in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

by NationTalk on March 31, 20092463 Views

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Province Invests $6 Million For Manitoba Health Research Council’s 2009 Budget: Rondeau

March 30, 2009

The Manitoba government is continuing to support research in areas such as cancer and AIDS by providing $6 million for the Manitoba Health Research Council’s 2009 budget, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.

by NationTalk on March 31, 2009579 Views

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Media Advisory/REMINDER: Government of Canada

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT –(March 31, 2009) – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians along with the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Regional Minister for the North will make an announcement on research investments in Nunavut. Both Ministers will be available to the media following the announcement.

by NationTalk on March 31, 2009714 Views

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Health Officials in Canadian Province Call for Efforts To Address Increasing Number of HIV Cases

Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report

Global Challenges
[Mar 27, 2009]

Moira McKinnon — the chief medical health officer in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan — on Monday called for efforts to address the increasing number of new HIV cases recorded in the province, the Regina Leader-Post reports. According to McKinnon, there were 174 new HIV cases recorded in 2008, a 40% increase from the 124 new cases reported in 2007. McKinnon said it is “worrying” to see an increase in cases and that it is “particularly worrying to see the trend in the increase is in younger people,” including infants. Young women comprised one of the largest increases in 2008, with a significant portion of new cases recorded among aboriginal women and young women as young as age 15, McKinnon said. Additionally, practices such as injection drug use and unsafe sex were the main contributors to the increase, with 60% of new HIV cases occurring among injection drug users.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009730 Views

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HIV Strategy Next Steps Identified

News Release – March 27, 2009

Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, leading a provincial working group of health experts and partners, has identified some early steps that will be undertaken to address the rising number of new HIV infections. In 2008 there were more than 170 new cases of HIV infection in the province.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009718 Views

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B.C. Launches Healthy Living Network for Seniors

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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March 27, 2009

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport

VANCOUVER – A new Seniors’ Healthy Living Network has been established to advise government on engaging B.C. seniors, promoting healthy living, and building supports for B.C.’s older residents, Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak announced today.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009764 Views

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Province, First Nations Move Forward On First-In-Winnipeg Care Home For Aboriginal Elders

March 27, 2009

The province is partnering with eight Manitoba First Nations to develop Winnipeg’s first personal-care home for Aboriginal elders, a project that will help elderly Aboriginal people age with dignity in an environment that respects traditional approaches to aging, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for seniors, announced today.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009858 Views

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New Monies Support Increased Services to Children with Special Needs

FOR RELEASE #09-080
March 27, 2009

WHITEHORSE – Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart announced an increase in funding to the Child Development Centre (CDC), pending legislative approval.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009664 Views

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Ontario Health Quality Council Welcomes New Board Chair

NEWS RELEASE
March 30, 2009

TORONTO – Lyn McLeod is the new chair of the Ontario Quality Health Council (OHQC), an independent agency that reports to Ontarians on the quality of their health system and ways to improve it.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2009966 Views

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Canada’s Economic Action Plan Delivers New Lagoon For Norway House Cree Nation In Manitoba

Ottawa, Ontario (March 26, 2009 – The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of Norway House Cree Nation have the ability to treat wastewater in an environmentally sustainable way by creating a new lagoon for this community. This water investment is thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2009757 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Teaching Canadian Physicians More About First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health

News Release
2009-51
March 26, 2009
For immediate release

OTTAWA – Medical Educational Modules in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health were launched today by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Federal Minister of Health, together with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC).

by NationTalk on March 26, 2009731 Views

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Drinking Water Safety Report for 2008 Released

Environment and Conservation
March 25, 2009

The annual Drinking Water Safety in Newfoundland and Labrador report for 2008 was released today at the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop taking place in Gander. The report outlines the accomplishments and activities for 2007-08 and highlights the province’s 319 designated protected water supply areas, 146 on-site training sessions provided by the department’s mobile training units, and the approximately 19,000 bacteriological samples that were collected and analyzed.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2009758 Views

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Government of Canada Announces Funding to Fight Tuberculosis

Ottawa (Ontario) – On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced additional funding for three programs aimed at helping fight tuberculosis around the world.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2009736 Views

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Pauktuutit Celebrates 25 Years of Advocacy and Success!

25th Anniversary Celebrations

April 1, 2009 marks an important event in the history of Inuit in Canada. Twenty-five years ago, an organization was created that would have a profound effect upon the development of modern Inuit society. Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has grown from modest origins to become a widely respected organization that has achieved remarkable success in its contributions to improving the lives of Inuit women, their families and communities.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2009811 Views

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Message from Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health – World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2009

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, it is important to reflect on the progress that has been made fighting the disease and also on the domestic and international challenges that remain.

by NationTalk on March 24, 20092159 Views

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First Nation Teens in Critical Condition

Used Ecstacy at Wedding Reception

PAUL FIRST NATION, AB, March 23 – Two teenage girls from Paul First Nation, west of Edmonton, are in critical condition in an Edmonton hospital after ingesting drugs following a wedding reception at a traditional Wedding Round Dance on Saturday. Two other girls were taken to hospital, where one is stable and one is recovering, according to Band officials.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2009683 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Marks World Water Day: “The Government Must Recognize the Right to Water as a Human Right”

March 20, 2009

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine commented today on World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, 2009.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2009758 Views

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Government of Canada Works with British Columbia to Help Prevent Young People From Taking Illicit Drugs

Penticton, British Columbia –(March 21, 2009) – The Government of Canada is supporting projects under the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund that will strengthen drug prevention among youth in British Columbia. Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway as well as Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, made the announcement today on behalf of Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2009694 Views

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Metabolic Syndrome and its Components as predictors of incident Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in an Aboriginal Community

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Background: Risk factors for type 2 diabetes remain poorly characterized among Aboriginal Canadians. We aimed to determine the incidence of type 2 diabetes in an Aboriginal community and to evaluate prospective associations with metabolic syndrome and its components.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20091004 Views

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Expert Alert – ‘Dive In’ to Clean Water

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) experts speak out for World Water Day (March 22)

ATTENTION: Assignment editors, health, research and science reporters

For immediate release- 2009-06

OTTAWA (March 16, 2009) – One billion people worldwide currently lack access to safe drinking water. Clean water and adequate sanitation are essential in the prevention of malnutrition, diarrhoea, intestinal infections, and malaria. In Canada, ensuring drinking water is safe helps to promote the health of Canadians, aids in avoiding contamination, and protects against disease. As we saw in Walkerton in 2000, water contamination can quickly turn tragic when proper precautions are not taken.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2009858 Views

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Barlow says Harper must Recognize the Right to Water to Deserve UN Security Council Seat

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2009

OTTAWA, March 17 – Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chairperson and senior advisor on water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, says the Harper government’s goal of a seat on the UN Security Council should be denied until Canada formally recognizes water as a human right.

by NationTalk on March 20, 2009680 Views

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