Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

Moderator: Leila Harris

Event Number: 24
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

Wednesday, Oct 23
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

As access to natural resources becomes more fraught in the face of climate crisis, so does debate of the essential question in Maude Barlow’s new book, Whose Water Is It, Anyway? Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, joins award-winning investigative journalist and Breaching the Peace author, Sarah Cox, and Candis Callison, professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter, to discuss, highlighting how individuals and communities can affect real change in the face of threats.

Generously supported by Yosef Wosk, in honour of the late Mel Hurtig for his tireless work to make Canada a strong and culturally rich nation.

About the moderator: Dr. Leila Harris is a Professor at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural, institutional and equity dimensions of environmental issues. Current research focuses on the intersection of environmental issues and inequality, the uneven implementation of the human right to water, experiences of water insecurity, and a range of water governance challenges important for the Canadian context.

Event Participants:

Maude Barlow


Maude Barlow is the international bestselling author of 19 books, including the bestselling Blue Water trilogy. She is the honorary chair of the Council of Canadians. She served as senior advisor on water to the 63rd president of the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. In 2005, she won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, the “alternative Nobel.” She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Candis Callison

British Columbia

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke U Press, 2014) and the co-author of Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities (out Nov, 2019 from Oxford U Press). Candis is a regular contributor to the podcast, Media Indigena, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow.

Sarah Cox

British Columbia

Sarah Cox is an award-winning journalist based in Victoria, B.C. She writes about Canada’s natural world for the online investigative news outlet The Narwhal. Sarah’s first book Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro won a 2019 B.C. Book Prize (the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize) and was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and shortlisted for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.