Ontario Speaking Tour Against Bottled Water Leads to Possible Municipal
Bans Across Canada
OTTAWA, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Last night London city council passed a
resolution calling on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to urge all
municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water where
appropriate." The motion to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM),
moved by Controller Gina Barber and seconded by Ward 5 Councillor Joni
Baechler, comes five months after London passed its own ban on bottled water
in city facilities. An FCM resolution opposing bottled water would be a
significant step forward in banning bottled water in municipalities across
The resolution was an outcome of the Council of Canadians and CUPE
Ontario's province-wide tour to encourage bans of bottled water in municipal
and provincial facilities, which was in London last week. The 15-city speaking
tour, which arrives in Kingston tonight and Midland tomorrow, features Maude
Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on
Water to the President of the UN General Assembly, and Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario
President. The bottled water industry sells water - a shared public resource -
for huge profits, undermining our faith in public water. The Unbottle It!
speaking tour is providing communities with information, and helping them "tap
into clean, safe public drinking water." Background information and a full
listing of cities in the tour and cities that have already banned the bottle
are available at: www.unbottleit.org.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow thanked London City
Councillors last week for sponsoring the resolution to the FCM. "The London
Council has already shown incredible leadership," she said. "Through this
resolution we will replicate London's ban across the country."
"CUPE local leaders will be talking to their own mayors and councillors
to encourage them to support this resolution at the FCM," said Sid Ryan.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities will hold their annual
conference in Whistler, British Columbia this coming June 5-8. The resolution
will go to the FCM just one year after the U.S. Conference of Mayors,
representing more than 1100 American Mayors voted to promote tap water and
phase out municipal spending on bottled water.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Dylan
Penner, Council of Canadians, (613) 795-8685; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications,
(416) 292-3999 ext 240