April 5 - May 6 • Cobourg and Port Hope

Rivers are old geography rich with mythology. They are the highways of history that have floated canoes, scows and steamboats across prairies and through mountains. We have built bridges over them, disgorged our waste into them, dammed them and done our best to change rivers - at our peril. Rivers are our past and our future - how muchhave we mortgaged that future? Dams miles wide hold back the Mekong while ancient sampans drift downstream; the stench of sewage in the Thames closed the Houses of Parliament and led to modern sewage treatment; the Jordan, a tiny trickle of a river, has the political power to start wars.

Sponsored by Canadian Rivers Institute • 7:30-9:30pm
Columbus Community Centre 232 Spencer St. East. Cobourg

April 5 - Mekong Dams: Old Dreams, New Nightmares | Richard Cronin - Stimson Center, Washington D.C.

Melting ice caps and rising sea levels threaten all of the world's river basins, but on the Lower Mekong River, where governments relentlessly pursue the unsustainable dream of endless hydroelectricity, the future is now.

April 12 – The Thames: Engineering Sewage – From Public Health to Climate Change| Jamie Benidickson – University of Ottawa
England’s historic Thames River has played a social and environmental role of international significance from 19th century public health reform to 21st century climate change responses. We learn why some four letter words really matter.

April 19 - The Saskatchewan Delta: Western Science and Indigenous Knowledge | Tim Jardine - University of Saskatchewan and
Solomon Carriere, Cree Métis

The Saskatchewan Delta is a massive wetland and the source of life for Swampy Cree and Métis peoples. But it is threatened by fifty years of river regulation. Can we work together, bringing different knowledges and methods, to help this special place?

April 26 - The Amazon: An Eco System as Complex as it is Huge | Michel Lapointe - McGill University
The Amazon moves more water than any other river on earth. Its floods last for months and maintain the thousands of fish species that feed the river people. But this ecosystem is threatened by overfishing, cattle on the floodplain, and damming.

May 3 - The Ganges and Spirituality | M. Ram Murty - Queen’s University

With its meandering mythological origins in the celestial Himalayan peaks, the Ganges River has become a goddess in the consciousness of India. Ram Murty looks at the role of the Ganges in Hinduism and the Indian ethos.

9-11am Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope

April 6 - The Jordan River: Source of Peace or Source of Conflict? | David Brooks - University of Victoria

The Jordan River is modest in scale, yet it forms borders with Israel, Jordan and Palestine. Agreement on how to share the river is critical to peace. Happily, it may be less difficult to reach an agreement than many believe.

April 13 - Rivers, Canoes and Canadian Stories | Jamie Benidickson - University of Ottawa
Can you think of any aspect of life in Canada - from politics to banking and drinking beer - that hasn’t been illuminated by images of rivers? We reflect on the place of canoes in Canadian life.

April 20 - Do rivers need floods? | Tim Jardin - University of Saskatchewan and Solomon Carriere, Cree Métis

Floods can mean death and destruction, yet they replenish wetlands and bring new life. We take a global look at how floods can promote biodiversity and productivity.

April 27 - How the glacial eras fashioned modern rivers - even in the tropics | Michel Lapointe - McGill University
Over millions of years, rivers are affected by geological and climatic cycles. Today’s “fluvial geomorphologists” must read the effects on the landscape of these past events.

May 4 - The People of the Mekong River: Resiliency through Change | Sarah Allen - York University

Southeast Asia’s Mekong supports over 70 million people. Those who live on the Delta and rely on the river have created new lifestyles despite dams, commercialization and climate change.

: Walking, talking, singing about rivers

April 8 - River Song: Sailing the History of the St. Lawrence Sponsored by Adventure Canada
– The Loft, 201 Division Street, Cobourg
Writer and musician Phil Jenkins sings and talks about his journeys on the St. Lawrence and its place in Canadian history. His talk will be illuminated by his collection of old St. Lawrence postcards.

April 15 - Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places
- The Loft, 201 Division Street, Cobourg
Artist Ron Bolt shares his perilous and soulsearching Yukon journey down one of the last wild rivers in North America. Ron will show images of the work of eight artists, including himself, that came out of this journey and became a national touring exhibition.

April 22 - The Canadian Canoe Museum Tour Sponsored by Green Canoe
– Bus stop, Port Hope Water Tower, Toronto Road & 401 (bus included in ticket price)
Celebrate Earth Day at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough with exclusive access to the warehouse collection of Canada’s historic canoes. and a preview of the new museum – a building that looks like a river! Board the bus or meet us there.

April 29 – Rivers - Their Words
- Sculthorpe Theater at the Cameco Capitol Theater, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope
Readings from river literature Paul Kennedy, CBC IDEAS Peter Delanty, former Mayor of Cobourg Kate Story, writer and actor Judy Maddren, past voice of CBC, Radio News
Music by David Newland and Uncharted Waters
Sponsored by Cameco
Come and hear the poems and the stories of Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, Margaret Atwood and more about the innocence and timelessness of rivers, the fear, the force and the pull of liquid history.

May 6 - Where the Water Flows: A Guided Walk along the Ganaraska River
Starts at 2pm for 2 - 2.5 hours.
An ecological and historical journey down the Ganaraska from the Port Hope Conservation Area to the River’s mouth at Lake Ontario with Alison Elliott, Trinity College School Environmental Coordinator, and Ben Walters, Fleming College, Forestry.
Sturdy footwear required. Dress for the weather. More details will be provided closer to the date.

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