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Karen Bakker

Border Crossings: Professor Karen Bakker tackles transboundary issues with flair. Karen Bakker’s voice is strong and clear as she explains how, as an undergraduate student at McMaster University, she learned that people in Hamilton had no access to the lake at that time. This is how she became fascinated with the relationship between water and community. “As a touchstone for environmental issues, water has almost infinite possibilities,” she says. “It’s symbolic of what’s wrong with our relationship with the environment. We still treat resources [...]

Kevin Freedman

25-Litre Hero: In his own home, Kevin Freedman puts global water use into perspective. Kevin Freedman is up early, taking his six a.m. sponge bath. The bucket he’s using is filled with water from his daily allotment and when it’s time for his final rinse, he accidentally drops it. As he watches the warm, soapy water swirl down the drain, he knows what he must do—and it literally makes him cringe. Trudging downstairs from the bathroom, he taps into his reserves. He is covered in soap and impatient, so he doesn’t heat it up this time. His last [...]

Terry Rees

Common Sense Revelation: Terry Rees is helping people understand the importance of protecting freshwater resources one conversation at a time. Terry Rees’ environmental credentials match up favourably with just about anyone this side of David Suzuki. The executive director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) sits on a wide variety of water-oriented boards, panels and committees, including the Ontario Biodiversity Council, the Ontario Water Conservation Alliance, the North American Lake Management Society and the Lakeland Alliance [...]

Brent Wootton

A Group Effort: Hard work and a good team are the keys to Brent Wootton’s success. At an early age, Brent Wootton learned the importance of symbiosis. His eco-education started with walks by a stream with his mother. “She used to point out the frogs and turtles and tell me they were important,” he says. “That’s probably where it all started.” An ecosystem approach requires collaboration, and it’s a philosophy Wootton brings to his work with Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT). As CAWT’s director [...]

Josephine Mandamin

Foot Patrol: When it comes to her efforts to protect Canada’s Great Lakes, Josephine Mandamin walks the walk—literally. In the spring of 2012, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinabe elder originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Reservation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario, will receive her bachelor of arts from Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma University. But when it comes to water conservation and the role that aboriginal women can play in those efforts, she’s long been the one doing the teaching. Since 2003, Mandamin has led the annual Women’s [...]
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