Thirst for fresh water could leave Canada feeling dry

He was charged with three counts of failing to comply with an undertaking be- fore an officer in charge. He was held in custody pending an appearance in Corn- wall court. Caught in the act Cornwall police caught a burglar red- handed when he was found inside a res- idence in the 100 block of Prince Arthur Street on May 11. The man was found in the house by po- lice after responding to a complaint of a break-and-enter in progress. Eric Deschesnes, 36 of Cornwall, is charged with b reak and enter and com- mitting an indictable offence. He was re- leased but must appear in court on June 6. Left ex fearing for safety A St. Andrews woman faces charges after she was accused of harassing her 30-year-old ex-boyfriend to a point that he feared for his safety. Please see CITYWOMAN: Page 4 class, he began focusing on a cheap, easy to use water tester for developing countries. But what began as a simple water-testing device evolved into a cutting edge machine that can instantly relay water test informa- tion anywhere in the world through the use of mobile communication technology. The inventor of the device, aptly named the Water Canary, envisions a day where anyone around the world can see water hot spots with just the touch of the screen. “I want people to know about water,” he in- sists. It would be a lifetime’s work, but the high-profile, last-minute guest speaker at The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environ- mental Sciences 20 th annual international river symposium, hopes enough data could be collected to create an interactive water quality database much like Google Maps. “I’d like to call it a weather service for wa- ter we’re trying to build,” he explained. “Our job will be done if we have a map of all the world’s fresh water and what is in it.” Luthra, a fellow with the non-profit or- ganization Technology, Entertainment, De- sign, which is called TED for short, ended up in Cornwall after he was brought to Canada by the United States embassy to promote his invention. Luthra is the CEO and co-founder of Wa- ter Canary, a company seeking to transform the fight against waterborne illness and water-related emergencies with real-time water quality information. According to his biography, h is company is developing a simple, open-source, device that quickly and cheaply determines when water can’t be trusted so that actions can be taken to secure water supplies and prevent the spread of pollution and disease.


Forcible confinement A 22-year-old North Glengarry man fac- es charges after a domestic incident on Lochiel Street last Wednesday. Investigation by SD&G Ontario Provin- cial Police revealed the man had assault- ed his girlfriend and damaged some of her personnel property. The man is charged with domestic mis- chief, forcible confinement, assault and overcoming resistance to commit an in- dictable offence He was held in custody pending an ap- pearance in Cornwall court. Breached conditions Last Wednesday, at approximately 8p.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a teen breaching his release conditions on Froatburn Road in South Dundas. Investigation revealed that the 18-year- old male was breaching his earlier release conditions by being in the presence of a fe- male withwhomhe was forbidden contact. Then Canadians will be faced with mak- ing tough decisions about how much wa- ter the country is willing to export without jeopardizing its precious natural resource. Luthra, the inventor of real-time water- testing technology, is a former journalist and educator who had an abrupt change in career paths after enrolling in NYU’s famed Interactive Telecommunications Program. He originally planned on focusing on soft- ware development at the renowned breed- ing ground for cross-disciplinary thinking, but instead “fell in love” with the language of circuitry. “It just felt fairly destined,” he re- called. After enrolling in a Design for UNICEF CRIME SCENE A resource often taken for granted in Canada could be eyed with the same envy as oil has been the past four or more de- cades, according to the American inventor of a revolutionary water-testing device Sonaar Luthra, who was guest speaker last Wednesday evening at the first day of the St. Lawrence River Institute’s two- day annual international river symposium, said there are already conflicts over water throughout the world. If climate change results in increasing water shortages south of the border, there could be pressure on Canada to share its precious resource, Luthra said in an inter- view with The Journal . “There won’t be enough water in the states to meet the demands of the popu- lation,” said Luthra. “We don’t know how weather patterns are going to change.”

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Sonaar Luthra, the inventor of a handheld water-testing device, uses mobile commu- nications to transmit GPS-tagged data about water trouble spots around the world, stands along the St. Lawrence River during a visit to the St. Lawrence River Institute’s annual river symposium last Wednesday evening. URGENT!

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