Water Conversations

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Environmental Defence are thrilled to announce the launch of “Water Conversations”.  Taking place once a quarter for two hours, these in-depth workshops will provide water champions a chance to share their expertise, learn from others, and determine the best path forward for actions needed to ensure healthy waters.  

Prior to each Water Conversation, we’ll canvass your ideas on topics through a brief survey.  We’ll then review the list of ideas and identify 1-2 topics to bring forward to the conversation.  We will share an agenda with you, as well as resources or materials that you’ll need to review ahead of time so we can best use our time together. These sessions will not be recorded for public sharing, so please plan to join us in person if that session’s topics are of particular interest to you. 

If you’re interested in learning more about these conversations, and receiving updates, surveys, and invitations, please fill out this short form.

Episode Three – Ways of Knowing: Indigenous & Settler Dialogues about Water

Postponed

We have opted to postpone this important conversation for the time being.  This is due to a number of other initiatives taking place currently that we do not wish to compete with, as well as the need to take the time to plan this session with the consideration and thought it deserves.

Episode Two – Growing the Greenbelt

Wednesday, June 16th – 6:30-8:30pm ET
Registration is required.

This session will focus on coordinating efforts to maintain momentum around the Ontario government’s consultation to grow the size and further enhance the quality of the Greenbelt.  Participants will learn about what other organizations are doing, get an update on what is happening provincially, and discuss potential joint priorities and actions, and how they can work together.

Hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence and the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.

Episode One – Drinking Water Source Protection

(Wednesday, March 24th)

The focus of our first Water Conversation will be extending source water protection to everyone in Ontario. Phase one of implementing the Clean Water Act provided protection to almost 80% of residents, but does not ensure protection for many who are on private wells, in rural communities, and Indigenous communities. We will discuss the gaps in legislative and policy implementation and hear from speakers who live and/or work in unprotected communities.

In preparation for the meeting, we ask you to please review the following three resources to learn more about our topic:

https://cela.ca/the-open-secret-of-muskrat-lake/
https://cela.ca/source-water-protection-in-indigenous-communities/
https://cela.ca/law-reform-ontarios-clean-water-act/

After registering, participants will receive an email with agenda, speaker list, and additional resources.