Co-founder and Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, one of Canada’s leading independent advocacy groups. In this function, she started the Blue Community movement with the first Blue Communities in Canada. Maude Barlow is an outspoken advocate and author on issues including democratic and social rights, trade sovereignty, and environmental justice. She has served as a Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations. She also serves on the World Future Council and on the board of Food and Water Watch.

Maude Barlow on Wikipedia / on Council of Canadians / on Right Livelihood / on Zurich University (in German) /

Her latest book: Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism (EWC Press)

Further reading:

Still hopeful. Longtime activist Maude Barlow on what gives her hope. In an interview around her new book, she also shares what she sees as our biggest challenge By Sherlyn Assam,  April 11, 2022, in Broadview

Fighting Water Privatization with ‘Blue Communities’. Author and activist Maude Barlow talks about the growing global movement to protect public control of water resources. Interview in The Ask from September 4, 2019 – by Tara Lohan

Foto: Maude Barlow at Zurich University in May 2022


Published works

Books: Principal author or co-author (by Wikipedia)

  • Parcel of Rogues: How Free Trade Is Failing Canada – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1990)
  • Take Back the Nation (with Bruce Campbell) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1992)
  • Take Back the Nation 2 (with Bruce Campbell) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1993)
  • Class Warfare: The Assault on Canada’s Schools (with Heather-Jane Robertson) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1994) ISBN 1-55013-559-7.
  • Straight through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society (with Bruce Campbell) – HarperCollins, Toronto (1995) ISBN 0-00-638580-X.
  • The Big Black Book: The Essential Views of Conrad and Barbara Amiel Black (with Jim Winter) – Stoddart, Toronto (1997) ISBN 0-7737-5904-2.
  • MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment and the Threat to Canadian Sovereignty (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart (1997) ISBN 0-7737-5946-8.
  • MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment and the Threat to American Freedom (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (1998)
  • The Fight of My Life: Confessions of an Unrepentant Canadian – HarperCollins, Toronto (1998) ISBN 0-00-255761-4.
  • MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment Round 2; New Global and Internal Threats to Canadian Sovereignty (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (1998)
  • Frederick Street: Life and Death on Canada’s Love Canal (with Elizabeth May) – HarperCollins, Toronto (2000)
  • Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (2001) ISBN 0-7737-3264-0.
  • Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (2002) ISBN 0-7710-1086-9.
  • Profit Is Not the Cure: A Citizen’s Guide to Saving Medicare – McCelland & Stewart, Toronto (2002) ISBN 0-7710-1084-2.
  • Too Close For Comfort; Canada’s Future Within Fortress North America – McClelland & Stewart, Toronto (2005) ISBN 0-7710-1088-5.
  • Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water – McClelland & Stewart, Toronto (October 16, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7710-1072-9. Also available in French, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, and Spanish.
  • Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever – House of Anansi, Inc., Toronto (September 2013) ISBN 978-1-7708-9406-8 (print version), 978-1-7708-9407-5 (e-book).
  • Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis – ECW Press, Toronto (September 2016) ISBN 978-1-7704-1355-9 (print version).
  • Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking water protection into public hands. – ECW Press, Toronto (September 2019) ISBN 177-0-4143-04 (print version).
  • Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism – ECW Press, Toronto (March 2022) ISBN 9781770416321 (print version).
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