Four members of The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter celebrate at Hamilton City Hall after City Council voted to accept the Healthy Food and Beverage Action Plan.
The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter is celebrating a Hamilton city council vote in favour of a plan that will see sales of sugary drinks and bottled water drastically reduced in city recreation facilities.
Ten days ago, the Hamilton Spectator reported, "[The Healthy Food and Beverage Action Plan] does not call for an outright ban, but instead suggests the city 'reduce the availability' of bottled water and sugary drinks like pop, Gatorade, fruit juice and even slushies in vending machines and concession stands. The change would [occur in 2021] when the city's beverage contract expires with Coca Cola. ...Councillor Aidan Johnson, who asked for a study two years ago on axing bottled water sales in city facilities, said he considers the plan a 'qualified ban' and a 'carefully crafted compromise'."