On June 25, Smiths Falls EMC columnist Ryland Coyne wrote that, “The Council of Canadians and the Polaris Institute both took shots prior to last Thursday's opening, critical of the company before any formal details of its plans were even revealed. It's likely this lack of civility and loud-mouth negativism resulted in them being left off the guest list for the ceremony.”
Mr. Coyne was referring to our concerns about Aquablue International opening a bottled water plant in Smiths Falls, a small town just outside of Ottawa. Because we had raised critical questions, we were denied access to a press conference about the plant.
On July 2, the Smiths Falls EMC published our response to Mr. Coyne’s column which states, “With all due respect to Mr. Coyne, the Council of Canadians has simply been raising key questions about the impact that Aquablue International will have on the people and environment of Smiths Falls. We believe that the answers that are emerging are worrisome.”