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March 18, 2010

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Celebrate World Water Day 2010!

Sunday, March 21, 2-4pm

Grandview Park, Commercial at Charles

Vancouver

VANCOUVER —Join the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians in a Toast to Public Water leading up to World Water Day on March 22. This free, outdoor all-ages event will take place in East Vancouver’s Grandview Park at Commercial and Charles. On tap will be live music by local folk/roots favourites Headwater. We will also present the First Annual Tappie Awards - a tribute to community members and groups who have worked extra hard to promote and protect B.C.'s public water system.

The United Nations’ focus for World Water Day this year is on clean water for a healthy world. Across British Columbia water systems are under threat from private drinking and sewage treatment corporations, environmental pollution and bottled water companies who want to sell our resources back to us at many times the cost of public tap water.

“In keeping with the UN theme, our focus is on protecting public water systems and community water resources. CUPE BC is committed to defending the right of every community in B.C. to access to clean, safe, affordable public water,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

“All year groups across British Columbia struggle to protect our water systems and keep them in public hands,” says Council of Canadians Vancouver president Penny Tilby. “The Tappie Awards are a fun way to thank them for their hard work and encourage others to join in the effort to keep water public for everyone.”

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