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July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellington Water Watchers is holding a strategy session to begin the discussion of preparing the next phase of our campaign to Say No To Nestlé.
You are invited to participate in one of two ways:
- RSVP here if you plan on attending the meeting.
- If you cannot attend but wish to contribute to the discussion please answer this four question survey. Your comments will be included in our discussion. The survey asks the following questions
- What threats does Doug Ford’s election pose to water protection in Ontario?
- What opportunities does Dough Ford’s election create for water protection in Ontario?
- What are the three most important things you think Wellington Water Watchers must do to Say No To Nestlé?
- Would you like to be more involved with Wellington Water Watcher?
A brief summary of the current status of Nestlé’s applications for wells in Aberfoyle, Hillsburgh and Middlebrook are provided below.
- Currently there is a moratorium in place until January 2019 on applications for new or expanded permits to take water for bottling. HOWEVER – Doug Ford’s government could lift this moratorium at any time.
- The previous Liberal government had put an informal hold on applications for renewal. HOWEVER – Nestlé could begin the process of submitting applications to renew permits for Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh wells at any time. Once the Ministry of Environment accepts the application and posts it on the Environmental Bill of Rights Website there is a 60 – 90 day online consultation period.
- Renewals are limited to maximum of 5 years by new regulations. HOWEVER DOUG FORD GOVERNMENT COULD CHANGE REGULATIONS AND EXTEND THE RENEWAL TERM TO PREVIOUS TERM OF 10 YEARS.
- The new Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (notice dropping of Climate Change in Ministry’s title) is Rod Phillips. He is a former CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming.
- Green Party leader Mike Schreiner was elected as local Guelph MPP.
Wellington Water Watchers, with our many supporters and allies have raised public expectations about ending bottled water in Ontario.
- 65% of people in Ontario support phasing out permits to bottle water with
- 50% support phasing out in two years.
The campaign to Say No To Nestlé is a David vs. Goliath struggle and sometimes David wins. But to win we need leadership, organization and strategy.