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London Mayor Seeks Revival of Public Drinking Fountains

From the New York Times by: ALAN COWELL 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 […]

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 […]

Protesters rally against Nestlé Waters’ plans for Elora well

Original Article by Tony Saxon in Guelph Today. (photo credit: Tony Saxon) ELORA – Those opposed to Nestlé Waters’ plans to increase its water taking from a well just outside of Elora aren’t going to let the issue fade. Roughly 100 people showed up Sunday afternoon, gathering at a farm on Middlebrook Road for a […]

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 […]

Residents call on premier to say ‘no’ to Nestle

Coverage of our protest on November 26, 2017 by CTV News – Kitchener’s Tina Yazdani Watch video here.

Why new regulations for water bottlers are still flawed

The Ministry is going through this process of creating new policies and regulations for water bottlers and we could end up with something less satisfactory than we had before! On April 21, 2016 the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced new procedures and guidelines that apply to water bottling permit renewals. The new […]

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

Article originally posted on Orangeville.com, 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, […]

Keeping the water issue on the front burner

Save Our Water rally stresses the need for bottled water to be an issue in the provincial election next June. The moratorium on new permits for the bottled water industry may have moved the issue to the back burner. But Guelph’s highly-motivated anti-bottled water movement plans on making sure it doesn’t stay there. Roughly 50 […]

Tier 3 Community Stakeholders and Residents Meeting September 13.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 – 9:00 at the Elora Community Centre. The study team for Centre Wellington’s Tier 3 water assessment formed a citizens’ group, the Community Liaison Group, to engage residents and stakeholders in this project. The public is invited to attend Thursday’s meeting along with this stakeholder group. With these meetings the Project […]

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, […]