Trade campaigner Stuart Trew writes, "Last night, Michelle Dorey of the Kingston chapter presented to a Kingston city committee, which has voted unanimously to approve a bottled water phase-out as recommended in a city report commissioned in January."
The Kingston Whig-Standard reports that, “A representative from the Kingston chapter of the Council of Canadians told the committee the organization saw water as a human right and ‘strongly opposed the bottled water industry's commodification of this resource.’"
The article notes, “The city needs to promote its water system, said Michelle Dory, and improve public access to fountains... ‘Bottled water undermines our efforts to achieve our goals,’ Dory said.”
We join Stuart in offering our congratulations to Michelle and the other community activists who made this possible. Next step is full City Council approval, which is expected on Tuesday May 19.