From Vancouver Island to the Atlantic coast, Council of Canadians chapters took to the streets this past weekend in support of residents of Wellington County and their fight to protect local water sources from bottled water giant Nestlé.
The Council of Canadians is launching its report Every Lake, Every River: Restoring the Navigable Waters Protection Act today. The organization is calling on the Trudeau government to keep its election campaign promise to “restore lost protections” to water by immediately restoring the protections eliminated from the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA).
The Council of Canadians is calling on the Ontario government to use its powers under the Expropriations Act to return the Middlebrook well to the local community by buying it from Nestlé.
The Council of Canadians is calling on the Ontario government to implement a full moratorium on bottled water takings in order to have an effective plan to protect the right to water in the province. The Ontario government posted proposed changes to the water-taking process for a 45-day comment period on the Environmental Registry website yesterday.
Over 25,000 people have pledged to boycott Nestlé and bottled water, just two weeks after the Council of Canadians launched a national campaign. Canadians can pledge their commitment to the boycott here.