Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

Barlow, Maude

  • Passionate and cogent, this could be the most important book of the year for Canadians

    We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

    Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security.


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    Maude Barlow is the author of 17 books, including the bestselling Blue Water trilogy. She is the chair of the Council of Canadians and of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also a board member of the International Forum on Globalization and a councillor with the World Future Council. In 2008–2009, she served as the first senior advisor on water to the Secretary General of the United Nations and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


  • Published: September 2016

    ISBN: 9781770413559

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 312

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“An insane road trip to the Canadian water apocalypse courtesy of the corporate forces of ignorance and greed, and a blueprint for a rational, prosperous and dignified future by the visionary prophet of democracy and sustainability.” — Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“Barlow's documentation of the very real threat to the global water supply is important reading as Canada faces key end-of-year deadlines regarding new pipeline development and meeting the targets of the Paris climate agreement.” — Quill & Quire

“Barlow concludes on a hopeful note, providing reasonable solutions that show how a ‘blue and just Canada is possible.’ She understands, however, that while most large corporations will do almost anything to increase profits, the primary responsibility for protecting citizens lies with governments at all levels. Barlow makes a convincing case that both our provincial and federal governments are failing this fundamental duty.” — Vancouver Sun

Boiling Point is a concise, informative guide to Canada's water crisis . . . Here's hoping many Canadians read Boiling Point and demand the necessary action.” — The Uniter

“Maude Barlow is one of our planet’s greatest water defenders. In this indispensable book, she brings her hard-won wisdom home, demonstrating that Canada is already in the midst of our own water crisis. With great warmth and precision, she also shows that by taking up the call for ‘water justice’ — so intimately connected to other struggles — we can start to build the society we want. This book has all the facts, forceful analysis, and moral clarity that Canadians will need to wake up and join this most urgent of struggles.” — Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“Barlow gives us more than a wakeup call. She gives us a call for action — now!” — Canadian Association of Labour Media

“As interest grows in water as a commodity, Barlow's book is timely and will resonate with environmentalists, those interested in international trade, and anyone wondering just where Canada stands on the possible impending water crisis.” —

Boiling Point is a rallying cry — a critical call to action.” — Herizons Magazine