ACTIVlist Update - March 21, 2019

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Ontario: You can save the world's purest groundwater – again!
Lying under the ground in Tiny Township, ON is an aquifer that contains the purest groundwater ever tested. Now the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is accepting comments on a proposal by Dufferin Aggregates to expand its gravel pit (the Teedon Pit), located in the heart of the recharge area for this precious aquifer.

Palmater: First Nations’ water problems a... crisis of Canada’s own making
In a recent and hard-hitting article in Policy Options, Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer from Eel River Bar First Nation, author, activist and Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto, writes about the water crisis many First Nations face, saying it’s a crisis that is “entirely of Canada’s own making.”

Federal budget takes small steps, but ultimately falls short
The 2019 federal budget tabled this week makes some small progressive steps forward by offering some relief on student loans, enrolling more seniors in Canada Pension Plan, and providing other funding aimed at the so-called “middle class.” But it fails to provide adequate funding in key areas such as pharmacare, eliminating drinking water advisories in First Nations, and the funding needed for a just transition in our economy in the face of climate change.


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