Say No to Nestlé Campaign Update – More statements by Bottled Water Industry that Ontario is ‘playing politics’ with water means our campaign is working

Mike Nagy of Wellington Water Watchers and Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians co-authored this OP ED article published in the Waterloo Regional Record on May 11. Titled Time for Ontario to Protect Its Water Supplies, it points out that

“New Ontario guidelines regarding commercial water-bottling permits do not address the problems of protecting Ontario’s groundwater, reducing plastic waste and pollution and ensuring water is for life, not profit.”

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“Time for Ontario to protect its water supplies” – Mike Nagy & Maude Barlow in The Record

New Ontario guidelines regarding commercial water-bottling permits do not address the problems of protecting Ontario’s groundwater, reducing plastic waste and pollution and ensuring water is for life, not profit.

The revised guidelines make companies like Nestlé Waters Canada jump over more hurdles to renew their permits to take water. On their own, however, the guidelines will not significantly reduce or stop the bottling of Ontario’s precious water by multinational corporations such as Nestlé.

Nestlé Waters Canada is currently permitted to take more groundwater every single day than the average Ontarian uses in 70 years. The revised guidelines do nothing to change this.

Read the full article at TheRecord.com.

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Say No to Nestlé Campaign Update – Waterstock (June 11, Erin Fairgrounds) could be a tipping point

In 3 days we begin the one month countdown to Waterstock. Did you see the announcement that Jim Cuddy and a stellar line up of musicians are going to entertain everyone? Michael Stadtlander and an equally stellar line up of chefs are going to feed us. There will be craft beer, local wine, and of course water to quench our thirst. All this for a $10 ticket!

And most important …. this is a political event. Waterstock is the rallying point to send a strong message to Premier Wynne to protect our water against corporate control and exploitation.

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Waterstock’s Lineup Revealed @ Exclaim!

Ontario’s Waterstock Reveals 2017 Lineup with Bry Webb, Reuben and the Dark, Band of People

“Waterstock will be dousing Erin, ON, with some sweet tunes this summer in support of the “Water for Life Not Profit” movement, and organizers have just unveiled the first round of performers for the event.

Bry Webb of Constantines, Reuben Bullock of Reuben and the Dark, and Band of People are slated to headline the one-day festival, which takes place from 12-5 p.m. on June 11 at the Erin Fairgrounds and co-presented by the Wellington Water Watchers and Riverfest Elora.”

Read the full article by Sarah Murphy at Exclaim!

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Say No to Nestlé Campaign Update – New MOECC Guidelines Do Not Ensure Water is for Life, not Profit!

Nestlé Waters Canada is currently permitted to take more groundwater every single day than the average Ontarian uses in 70 years and newly revised MOECC guidelines will do nothing to change this.

On Friday April 21 the Ministry of the Environment quietly released new guidelines about the permit to take water process. These new guidelines are in response to the more than 20,000 online submissions from November to January.

We are doing a comprehensive analysis of the forty-five page guideline document. But here is what we can tell you so far…

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Board Games & Pleasure – Feist’s new album!

Bring a friend to listen to Feist and support the Wellington Water Watchers! On Wednesday April 26 from 7pm to 9pm, The Boardroom – Guelph’s Game Café will be streaming Feist’s new un-released album ‘Pleasure’ Bring a friend and be among the first to listen to her new album which will be released this Friday (April…

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Say No to Nestlé Campaign Update – EXTRAORDINARY! The Canadian Bottled Water Association admits the tide of public opinion has turned

First in a series of weekly updates from Wellington Water Watchers on the campaign to Say No To Nestlé and phase out permits for commercial water bottling in Ontario.

In an April 10 op-ed in the Toronto Star (see here), Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association, accused Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne of “regulatory assault.” Griswold complained that

“(W)hat has become apparent both in media and in social media is that the Wynne Liberals have …. entered the fray on the side of those who oppose the bottled water industry.”

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Announcing the 2Rivers Festival 2017!

April 19, 2017

Guelph – Wellington Water Watchers is proud to announce the 2Rivers Festival 2017 event listing. The 2Rivers Festival is an annual festival celebrating the beautiful Speed and Eramosa rivers, which meet in the city of Guelph, Ontario. Since the festival’s beginning in 2012, people have gathered to share, enjoy, and discover all that these rivers bring to our community. By showing that we value our rivers, we contribute to actions that will help to protect them.

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Local Citizens Organizations Call an Emergency Meeting to Express Concerns and Implications of Nestlé’s proposed ‘voluntary levy’ in the Town of Erin

April 11, 2017

The Town of Erin – Wellington County — Concerned residents of Erin and Hillsburgh, along with Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) are raising the alarm about Nestlé Waters proposed ‘voluntary levy’ that will tie the Town of Erin to profits made from selling and exporting local water, setting a dangerous and lasting precedent.

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