London Mayor Seeks Revival of Public Drinking Fountains

From the New York Times


LONDON — It is a worldwide emblem of urban life, as ubiquitous as the clutched paper cup of latte or the sight of a pedestrian in rapt communication with the screen of a smartphone. It is the plastic bottle of water, poking from a backpack or grasped in a gloved hand, stacked on the refrigerated shelves of supermarkets, or discarded in the gutter.

There was a time when skeptical old-timers derided bottled water as little more than a marketer’s trick to lure consumers into paying for a liquid that should cost next to nothing. And, equally, there were many people who asked where else they would find water when public drinking fountains had all but disappeared.

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Supreme Court rules in favour of Yukon First Nations in Peel watershed dispute

Peel Watershed Protected: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of Yukon First Nations in their fight to protect the Peel watershed region, (an area roughly the size of Scotland) rolling back years of planning and returning the parties to an earlier stage in the planning process.

The unanimous ruling released Friday ends a five-year legal battle between the Yukon government and a group of First Nations and environmental groups. The case was fought in territorial courts before the First Nations and environmental groups appealed to the country’s highest court.

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The Council of Canadians marked the I billion litres of water bottled by Nestlé

Aberfoyle, Ontario – Today at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET, international bottled water giant Nestlé is expected to extract the one billionth litre of water from their Aberfoyle well since the Permit to Take Water from that location expired on July 31, 2016.

The Council of Canadians and Wellington Water Watchers are demanding that the Ontario government phase out permits used by all companies in the province that are producing single-serving, disposable bottled water products and to deny all applications for any new permits from bottled water companies indefinitely.

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Private wells in north Dufferin County more susceptible to contamination than rest of WDGPH

Article originally posted on, written by Chris Halliday

For those drinking water from a private well in the north end of Dufferin County, this public service announcement is meant for you.

Based on water sampling data from 2011 to 2015, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has determined private wells in most of Grand Valley, Amaranth, Mono, Shelburne, Mulmur and Melancthon are more susceptible to bacterial contamination than other area in the region.

That group comprises the largest of four major land clusters WDGPH has identified as being at an increased risk of having well water test positive for coliform bacteria or E.coli. Other areas of concern include parts of Welington North, Centre Wellington and Mapleton.

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Seven Reforms to Address Marine Plastic Pollution

The Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria has just released a report Seven Reforms to Address Marine Plastic Pollution.

The first set of recommendations focus on regulating single use plastics and the report states:

There is now a growing movement to ban individual-sized water bottles, plastic straws and non-biodegradable plastic tableware. For example, in 2016 San Francisco banned the sale of individual (<21 oz.) water bottles in public spaces in a regulation to be phased in over the next four years. Waivers from the rule may be given if no alternative water source is available. This follows complete bans on water bottle sales in Concord Massachusetts, at numerous universities, and in 14 US National Parks.