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Notes on London Public Meeting re Flouride

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I didn’t attend, but I got this recap via email from Chris Gupta, who I believe is located in Kitchener-Waterloo:

Here is a commentary on the recent (Jan, 25th, 2011) Public Participation Meeting (PPM) on Fluoride in the City of London, Ontario.

The meeting started with a strong pro fluoride stance form the City engineer. His lack of knowledge on chemistry of the toxic wastes used to fluoridate water could embarrass even a high school student never mind his own profession. He blatantly violated his “duty to public welfare” as in his own professional code of ethics in broad daylight. He tried to convince the audience with totally absurd statements, such as, how the highly impure hydrofluorosilcic (HFSA) magically disassociates and becomes pharmaceutically pure in our water. Never mind the contaminants! We are to take it that they simply vanish into thin air? This is akin to saying that road salt magically become pharmaceutically pure Sodium Chloride when it is put in our cooking water!

On the other hand, it was an utter joke to see the so called authorities skate all over the map with their “Safe and Effective” Mantra. They looked totally ridiculous in front of the public – much of their presentations were literally reduced to face saving circular credentials from self serving organizations parroting the same mantra. All the while totally oblivious of how really ignorant they really looked… They were far far less aware on the damaging effects of fluoridation chemicals then even the least educated, but informed citizens! Some spent most of their, speech allocation time, patting themselves on what great authorities they were with nary a word about the subject matter. Any discussion or data on teeth was based on “assumptions” and/or “expert opinion” and fear through gory mouth pictures hardly relevant to water fluoridation. The whole charade was a desperate marketing effort given that they had no real science behind them.

It is hard to fathom what many of the City councillors see in such a pathetic performance? To add insult to injury, instead of looking towards a balanced and unbiased expert panel (which the City deliberately prevented) they have yet again gone back to the same pro fluoride characters who are unable to answer even the most basic citizen questions. These of course have been conveniently ignored numerous times in the past. Another classic delay tactic given that they are not even able to address the most basic health and environmental questions that the far far less credentialed, but informed public, so articulately put to them. These health authorities are not bright enough to realize that they should have cut their losses and redeemed some credibility by consenting to stop deliberately contaminating our water! The authorities, even with all their credentials, clearly don’t realize that their stance does not bode well with their other public health policy measures…

As for the councillors they are just as myopic, they have not had such a turn out of public on anything except possibly the stopping the use of cosmetic pesticides. In this instance we yet again had Health Canada defending the indefensible at our expense. One wonders why these politicians don’t see the writing on the wall? After all, the turn out at the PPM by necessity was only a small subset of their voting base.

Obviously, this issue is not going away. It is hard to understand why the City can’t see this. Once informed there is no turning back – except for those whose lively hood depends on the sickness and waste industry interests – This fact can’t be made any more clearer than that!

Why is it that those who are supposed look after our health, invariably end up betraying the very people who have put their trust in them? It was quite telling in that with one exception, bless his soul, there were no speakers from the whole medical community to bat for our health! Such is the state of our medical system and the control over our professionals… It is amazing how the citizens have to struggle with their own money and time to maintain a semblance of balance while the government funded and payed industry shills get away with crime under the facade of authority and democracy.

This is yet again a prefect example from many why democracy is a great pretense for freedom. Is it any wonder that the industry and the governments have come to love it? All one needs to do is withhold information and/or provide miss information or at worst bribe to herd the people to vote.

For without proper informed consent and knowledge which is invariably insured not to happen by such farcical authorities and the essentially controlled media – democracy becomes mob rule and cannot work!

No one in their right mind should be suggesting a plebiscite to violate environmental, fisheries, safe water, medical, drug and food laws under pretense of democracy! To suggest that the deliberately misinformed be asked to decide to violate or not to violate our basic right to clean water is classic example of brain fog unless they have ulterior motives.

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Tories to Flush Canada-led Water Monitoring Program

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Original story here .

I suppose this goes in the ‘if it ain’t oil, we ain’t going to watch it’ file.

Ironically, water will one day be more valuable than oil, but we’ll leave that problem to our kids, I suppose.

All to save a shitty little $1.5 million.  How embarassing.

DETAILS:
Tories to flush Canada-led water-monitoring program
Written by Sue Bailey, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Thursday, 13 November 2008

OTTAWA – The Harper government wants out of a Canada-led UN program that monitors freshwater around the world – a move being slammed as the latest Tory abdication of global causes once championed by Ottawa.

Experts say they’re shocked Canada would abandon a database it designed and has managed for 30 years, just as dwindling water supplies emerge as a critical issue. Environment Canada spokesman John Carey says the Global Environment Monitoring System is no longer a priority.

"We would like someone else to take it over," he said of the database that tracks trends from 2,700 water-quality monitoring stations in more than 70 countries.

Twenty-four United Nations agencies rely on those details to assess how increasingly precious freshwater sources are being managed.

Canada has most recently co-ordinated the system from labs at the University of Saskatchewan and in Burlington, Ont.

The previous Liberal government set up a five-year trust fund worth $1.5 million that was allowed to expire last year, Carey said in an interview.

"We considered within the department at our management board last spring whether there was any opportunity to replenish the trust fund. And we could not find one. We began considering looking for a partner then.

"We like the program. It’s just not a priority for Environment Canada."

Funding for three related salaries and "a relatively small amount of operating dollars" for the database will continue "until we find someone else to take it over," Carey said.

Errol Mendes, a University of Ottawa law professor and former adviser to the United Nations, says the timing is baffling.

"What will be the most important commodity in the second half of this century? It will not be gold. It will not be oil. It will be water. Water is not a question of whether or not you have more money in the bank. It’s a question of whether you live or die.

"And the fact is some of the most critical countries in the world are literally running out of potable, drinkable water – which this institution was supposed to monitor."

Mendes said the move away from the water system mirrors Canada’s about-face on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada under the Conservatives was one of a handful of countries that refused to support the landmark document, citing concerns it would conflict with existing laws.

The rebuff was in stark contrast to support for the process under the Liberals.

Canadian Maude Barlow learned of the impending water-program pullout less than a month into her appointment as the UN’s first adviser on water issues.

"That Canada would remove this support from this program is just outrageous and an embarrassment," she said.

"It’s yet another example … that the Harper government is parochial, that it sees its environment commitments really in terms of optics.

"I have people say to me around the world: whatever happened to your country? We used to be able to count on Canada to take stands. And now Canada is in some cases worse than the United States – just absolutely refusing to partake and participate in international programs."

Germany is among countries reportedly interested in picking up Canada’s slack, Barlow said.

"But why should it move from Canada when it was built on Canadian expertise and technology? When it’s been here for 30 years?"

Monique Dube, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability, is a former research scientist at Environment Canada.

"As a scientist, I’ve used the database myself and I understand the significance of (it) in terms of understanding global water trends, water quality – and how absolutely critical it is.

"If this goes after 30 years of investment, I can tell you … it will take a lot longer than 30 years to rebuild."

Dube says federal apathy for the program is especially wrong-headed because it costs so little to give Canada major international profile on a vital issue.

"What this gives us in terms of a contribution to global water sustainability is unmatched. So a million dollars is a drop in the bucket for something that has such impact."

Maude Barlow Named First UN Water Adviser

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Congratulations Maude!  There is hope for the world’s water supply!

Canadian activist Maude Barlow has been appointed as the United Nation’s first senior adviser on water issues, a role she hopes to use to establish water as a human right and to convince Canada to "change its shameful position" on the issue.

Barlow, chair of the citizens’ advocacy group Council of Canadians, will work with the current president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to advance a more democratic and transparent method of policy making around water at the global level than now exists," Barlow said in a press release. "Water is a commons, a public trust and a human right."

Barlow said there’s "growing momentum" in the international community for water justice but will focus some of her attention on her home country.

"I also plan to take this opportunity to get the Canadian government to change its shameful position, and to finally join the international community in recognizing water as a human right," said Barlow.

D’Escoto extolled on Barlow’s ability to “combine humanitarian vision with a practical approach to problem solving” and has expressed support for her crusade, calling water a "human right as basic as the air we breathe."

Barlow holds six honorary doctorates and has written or co-written 16 books. She is also co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, a group that works to protect fresh water from trade and privatization around the world.

The United Nations estimates 42,000 people die every week from diseases related to bad water and poor sanitation.

Illegal: Collecting Rainwater

It seems like water control is coming much faster than we ever could have imagined.

“State officials say that water rights belong to ‘people that live downstream’, but they will keep their distance for now”.

Here’s an interesting little video that captures news of violations in Utah:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj1-yS6tcOs

So, it’s here.  The right to collect rainwater has been turned into a permit requirement and legal issue.  Give it a few months of drought and this will get nasty.

Canada:  lock up your H2O because they’re a-comin!

US on the Prowl for Water?

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Full Story Here.

Quote:

… local distrust of U.S.-backed lending institutions—along with the presence of U.S. troops in Paraguay—has spawned suspicions that Washington is exerting slow control over the aquifer as insurance against water shortages in the U.S.

“The United States already has water problems in its southern states,” said Adolfo Esquivel, an Argentine activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. “And it is clear that humans can live without oil, gold, and diamonds but not water. The real wars will be over water, not oil.”