Groups challenge BC municipalities to take out bottled water

    VANCOUVER, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Today eight labour, environmental,
student, and social justice groups have taken the campaign over bottled water
to municipal councils throughout British Columbia.
    In a package of materials distributed to every municipality in BC, the
groups are calling on municipalities to phase out the sale and provision of
bottled water and re-invest in public water. The package of materials can be
accessed at,
    "In Canada 48 municipalities from 8 provinces and 1 territory have taken
out bottled water and re-invested in public water," says Joe Cressy, Campaigns
Coordinator for the Polaris Institute. "Already 6 BC municipalities have taken
action - we're calling on the rest of the province to join in taking out the
bottle and standing up for public water".
    "Our research shows that bottled water is leaving a toxic footprint on
the earth - from the oil consumed to the toxic substances released during
manufacturing and the mountains of waste created," says Sean Griffin, Research
Coordinator for Toxic Free Canada. The group's newly-released research report,
The Toxic Footprint of Bottled Water, is available at

    Groups Involved:

    Polaris Institute; Toxic Free Canada; Canadian Union of Public Employees
BC; BC Federation of Labour; Sierra Youth Coalition; BC Government and Service
Employees' Union; BC Teachers' Federation; Wilderness Committee

For further information:

For further information: Joe Cressy, Polaris Institute, (613) 668-5542,; Sean Griffin, Toxic Free Canada, (604)

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