March 19, 2017

Up to 72,000 people in First Nations could have been affected by a drinking water advisory (DWA) at the end of 2016.1 This represents approximately one quarter of people living on a First Nations reserve.2

A new assessment of Health Canada and the First Nations Health Authority data shows the estimated number of people affected: 

March 19, 2017

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter tabled at the St. Catharines Farmer's Market yesterday.

Chapter activist Fiona McMurran tells us, "We were there from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Timothy’s visual presentation aided him, Joanne and I fielded questions on bottled water issues, Gary used his display on the Great Lakes to prompt discussion about threats to our inland waters, and Chris made all the arrangements with the city and provided us with the triptych. All in all, quite a success!"

Bottled water
The Council of Canadians have been encouraging people across the country to comment on bottled water takings in Ontario. To tell Ontario Premier Wynne that Nestle and bottled water have to go, please click on this online action alert. To join the 48,315 people who have signed our pledge to boycott Nestle, please click here.

March 19, 2017

Catherine McKenna, Scott Pruitt

US President Donald Trump appointed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency -- and he is no friend of the environment or the Great Lakes.

CNBC reports, "Democrats and environmentalists opposed Pruitt's nomination to lead the EPA due to his close relationship with fossil fuel companies and his history of casting doubt on climate change. Conservatives and the energy industry have cheered his efforts to push back on what they view as over-regulation under President Barack Obama. Pruitt previously served as Oklahoma attorney general, where he rose to prominence as a leader in coordinated efforts by Republican attorneys general to challenge Obama's regulatory agenda. He sued or took part in legal actions against the EPA 14 times."

March 18, 2017

Water bottled in Aberfoyle in an Ottawa grocery store.

Council of Canadians chapters from across the country are helping to track Nestle Pure Life brand bottled water.

In his outreach for this campaign, Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara highlights, "We need your help to track Nestle in your community! Nestle has only two bottled water plants in Canada, one in Hope, BC  and one in Aberfoyle, Ontario. But Nestle Pure Life brand bottled water is sold from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Yellowknife and beyond! We want to know if it is sold near you-and more importantly, where it was bottled- information that is conveniently written on the label. We will compile the results to show just how far out of the local watersheds the water is being exported. This is an important argument against bottled water."

Calzavara asked the following questions (followed in this instance by answers reflecting the Nestle bottled water I found in an Ottawa grocery store today):

March 18, 2017

Photo PANow

The Council of Canadians Prince Albert chapter has won their city council executive committee's support for the human right to water and publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

PANow reports, "Prince Albert came close to declaring itself a 'blue' community, but couldn't agree on one major sticking point. Nancy Carswell, with the P.A. chapter of the Council of Canadians, challenged city council Monday [March 13] to take three actions to protect water: recognize water as a human right, promote publically owned and financed water, and ban the sale of bottled water at city run events. Although council supported two of the actions, there was hesitation surrounding banning water bottles."

The article then highlights, "Council later supported a motion put forward by Coun. Terra Lennox-Zepp to officially recognize water as a human right and support publically owned water and wastewater services."