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OTTAWA Canadas first-ever national drinking water report card contains some stark and startling findings.

Undertaken in response to the Walkerton tragedy, the Sierra Legal Defence Fund report takes an in-depth look at the state of water protection in the provinces and territories, grading their measures to protect the water that Canadians drink.

The review of water protection, testing and public information laws also includes a series of recommendations to improve the quality and safety of Canadas drinking water.

The report will be released at a news conference tomorrow morning.

  • WHAT: Release of Canadas first-ever drinking water report card

  • WHERE: Charles Lynch Room, 130S, Centre Block
    Parliament Hill

  • WHEN: January 18th, 2001 at 10:30 a.m.

  • WHO:
    Karen Wristen, Executive Director, Sierra Legal Defence Fund
    Randy Christensen, Staff Lawyer, Sierra Legal Defence Fund
    Judy Darcy, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Sierra Legal Defence Fund is a non-profit organization providing free legal services to the environmental community in Canada. Previously, Sierra Legal released a national sewage treatment report card. It is also representing several groups in the inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy.

CUPE is Canadas largest union, representing 485,000 women and men working in health care, emergency services, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation and airlines, including front-line water workers.

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For more information, contact:
Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications
(613) 237-1590, ext. 268
Karin Jordan, CUPE Communications
(613) 237-1590, ext. 250
Karen Wristen, Sierra Legal Defence Fund
(604) 313-3889