The Saint John Telegraph-Journal reports this morning that, “Mayor Ivan Court is hinting he may try to reopen the debate on banning the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings. Court presented a motion to common council last fall that called for a ban, which he said would promote the city's water supply, while encouraging consumers to spend less on plastic bottles that often end up in landfills. But several councillors argued consumers should have the right to choose between bottled and tap water and the mayor's motion was narrowly quashed. Court said Thursday he may ask naysayers to rethink their positions should a national lobby group (the Federation of Canadian Municipalities) call for a country-wide ban during a vote expected this weekend.”
"Water On The Table is a character-driven, poetic, social-issue documentary that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource."
"Water On The Table features Maude Barlow who is considered an 'international water-warrior' for her crusade against the privatisation of water. She believes that Canada has a special responsibility to steward its freshwater and set an example for the rest of the world. She is especially concerned with the escalating pressure to export bulk water to the United States. Barlow was recently appointed as the first U.N. Senior Advisor on Water by Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations."
"Water On The Table is produced in association with TVO...Stay tuned for updates and for the broadcast premier in March 2010."
Water on The Table is a Liz Marshall film. Chapter activists may remember her and her sound person Jason Milligan from our annual general meeting in Edmonton.
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The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "Trade Minister Stockwell Day said yesterday that Canada and the European Union will begin negotiations for an 'economic agreement' on certain sectors."
Day says, "We've reached an agreement with the European Union on sectors that will be the subject of negotiations for an economic agreement with the EU."
Day also said Canadian and EU officials agreed they "should be seeking an ambitious agreement" covering sectors such as trade in goods, intellectual property and competition policy.
The Globe and Mail adds that, "The Canadian government will now prepare a negotiation mandate in consultation with provinces and territories..."
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The CanWest News Service is reporting this afternoon that, “Councillors from Toronto and London, Ont., will meet with representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities this weekend at a meeting in British Columbia to urge members to vote in favour of phasing out bottled water in all Canadian municipalities.”
THE RESOLUTION IS EXPECTED TO PASS
The CanWest article notes, “According to the Council of Canadians, 27 municipalities across the country are currently phasing out or restricting the sale and purchase of bottled water in municipal buildings and at city events. The council, which lobbies governments to ensure water is a human right that should be free to all people, is confident all Canadian municipalities will follow suit.”
The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is considering a new policy to urge all cities and towns across the country to ban bottled water within their facilities, arguing that the product is bad for the environment."
The London chapter of the Council of Canadians was instrumental in getting this resolution to the FCM for their consideration.
The article continues, "A vote on the proposal is expected on Saturday at a board meeting in Victoria..."
In advance of this vote, the Council of Canadians has written to all FCM Board members encouraging them to support this resolution.
We will also be able to let you know the outcome of the vote shortly after it happens.
Council of Canadians chapter activists and allies have been key in winning bottled water resolutions in municipalities across Canada, and a win at the FCM on Saturday would be an outcome of the momentum of that great work.