Centre Wellington & Guelph chapters march against Nestle

Brent Patterson
5 years ago

The Council of Canadians Centre Wellington and Guelph chapters - in collaboration with Wellington Water Watchers - marched together today against Nestle water takings.

This morning, the CBC reported, "The Wellington Water Watchers don't want Nestlé to be able to continue bottling water at the plant in Aberfoyle, so they're walking en masse to demonstrate. On Sunday, May 29 the group plans a Water Walk in Guelph to show their opposition to Nestlé's renewal bid in Aberfoyle. ...To demonstrate their passion for water, [group Board member Robert] Case said that there will be water songs, a toast to water, as well as a water blessing at the event. Case said the blessing is partially coming from their First Nations partners who want to recognise water as a sacred thing."

This afternoon, the Centre Wellington chapter tweeted:
- Off to Walk for #Water! #stopNestle @CouncilofCDNs @wwaterwatchers
- Guelph&CW @CouncilofCDNs Chapters in solidarity w/ @wwaterwatchers & @saveourwaterca at Walk for #Water #StopNestle

A large group of people gathered at 2 pm today at Market Hall (in front of Guelph City Hal) for a brief rally and then walked the 12-kilometres from there to the Nestle Waters Canada plant in Aberfoyle for another rally at 5:30 pm.

People are opposed to both Nestle seeking a 10-year renewal permit that would allow them to continue to take about 2,500 litres of water per minute from the Grand River watershed in Aberfoyle, and Nestle purchasing the Middlebrook Water Company so that it can begin pumping water near Elora.

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