Castanet – March 16, 2020
The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s popular Canada Water Week events are the latest to postpone gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Okanagan WaterWise program has to postpone the presentation of the new movie Brave Blue World which was to take place at UBC Okanagan on March 19.
Instead, they are suggesting residents celebrate water at home instead, suggesting several water-themed movies to watch.
“We love doing this annual event, bringing people together to celebrate and support water in the Okanagan. It’s always a fun event,” said executive director Anna Warwick Sears. Canada Water Week runs March 16-22, ending with UN World Water Day on the 22nd.
This year, OBWB’s Okanagan WaterWise had planned to team up with UBC Okanagan’s Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services to screen the movie Brave Blue World, and hold a panel discussion afterwards. Brave Blue World is narrated by actor Liam Neeson and features actor Matt Damon.
Due to current concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and large public gatherings, it was decided to delay the event to a later time.
“Right now we are following the direction of health officials to limit social gatherings,” explained Sears. “We are encouraging people to celebrate Canada Water Week & UN World Water Day in their own way and look forward to screening this film in the coming months. Those who have already purchased tickets will be reimbursed.”