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UPDATE: 350 people watch the film Nestle didn’t want them to see in Guelph

Photo credit: Wellington Water Watchers

This evening, Maude Barlow spoke to more than 350 people in Guelph, Ontario at a screening of ‘Tapped’, a film critical of the bottled water industry. Last month, our allies at Wellington Water Watchers organized a documentary series in partnership with the City of Guelph, with ‘Tapped’ one of the films scheduled to be screened. When Nestle Waters heard about this, they sent a letter of objection to the city which then cancelled the event. In response, the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers and the Central Student Association organized this evening’s showing at the University of Guelph.

In a letter to the editor published in the Guelph Mercury on Saturday, Barlow and water campaigner Emma Lui write, “It is alarming that Nestlé’s wealth and power has bought them the ability to stifle the free flow of information and critical thinking and democratic debate in a community.”

For related blogs, please see http://canadians.org/blog/?p=16952, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17015 and http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17170. The letter to the editor can be found a http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion/letters/article/816367–nestle-s-action-over-film-screening-audacious.

More soon.