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NEWS: Barlow to address Queen’s University Conference on Water, Feb. 5

Kingston This Week reports that, “Queen’s University will announce the phase-out and eventual ban of the sale and distribution of single-use bottled water at a conference on water this weekend. The public is invited to the Queen’s Conference on Water Saturday, Feb. 5, from 3-6 p.m., at the Biosciences Auditorium, 116 Barrie St. Guest speakers are Maude Barlow and Alanna Mitchell. …All are invited to the Queen’s Conference on Water. Small-group sessions will encourage lively discussion. Students are encouraged to become involved and support access to public drinking water fountains on campus.”

“The ban (on the sale and distribution of bottled water) will take effect when the Coke exclusivity contract expires on August 31, 2012. …A campus plan is in place to ensure that drinking fountains are available and bottle-fill-friendly by fall 2012.”

“Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. Maude is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.”

More on the Council of Canadians ‘Unbottle It!’ campaign at www.unbottleIT.ca.

The promotional poster for the Queen’s Conference on Water is at http://business.queensu.ca/centres/crl/docs/Queens_Conference_on_Water_Feb_5.pdf.

The Kingston This Week article can be read at http://www.kingstonthisweek.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2961059.