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E-M:/ "Political Diversions: Annex 2001 and the Future of the Great Lakes" - Paper Released by Program on Water Issues

Political Diversions: Annex 2001 and the Future of the Great Lakes, a
paper by award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, was released Monday
June 14, 2004.
The paper can be found at www.powi.ca/nikiforuk_June2004.pdf

The paper's findings will be presented at an upcoming event entitled,
"Political Diversions: Decision Time on Taking Water from the Great Lakes".
 The Session will be held in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk
Centre, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, on Monday June 21st
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Critical decisions with respect to the future of water takings from the
Great Lakes Basin are being made at this time. In a matter of weeks, the
Council of Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec
will release the Annex 2001 Draft Agreement. A 90-day public review period
will follow. The Annex 2001 Agreement, a supplement to the Great Lakes
Charter of 1985, is intended to set a new common standard for the Great
Lakes states and provinces with respect to withdrawals and diversions
of water from the Basin. The Agreement will have profound and far-reaching
consequences for the ecology, the economy and the communities of the Great
Lakes Basin.

Because of the importance of this issue, and to assist Great Lakes residents,
businesses and interested parties in their review of the Annex 2001 Draft
Agreement, the Program on Water Issues, Munk Centre for International
Studies, at the University of Toronto invited award-winning author and
journalist, Andrew Nikiforuk to conduct an in-depth analysis of Annex

On behalf of Adele Hurley
Director, Program on Water Issues

Eric Sun
Program Assistant
c: 416.832.1594
w: www.powi.ca