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…


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.”


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.


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.


Full Moon Water Blessing Explores a Peruvian Water Despatcho

April 11, 2017 – Elora, Ontario

People gathered at the Awareness Yoga Studio, on the bank of the Grand River in Elora last Sunday to experience the magic of a Peruvian Water Despatcho. Led by Fiona Rattray and Linda Ludwig of Red and White Carnations, and co-hosted by Save Our Water and Wellington Water Watchers, the despatcho was an opportunity for guests to reflect on the value and meaning of water in our everyday life.


Orangeville Banner: “Chefs, musicians, activists set to launch Say No to Nestlé campaign, prepare for Waterstock”

“More than half a decade removed from Foodstock, celebrity chefs, musicians, artists and activists are reuniting to launch Waterstock as part of a local advocacy group’s Say No to Nestlé campaign.

Waterstock, which will be held at [updated: Erin Fairgrounds in Erin, Ontario] on June 11, follows in the tradition of Foodstock and Soupstock events, which mobilized public opposition and ultimately stopped The Highland Companies’ mega-quarry plan in Melancthon.”

Read the full article by Chris Halliday at the Orangeville Banner


​​​Water: A Sacred Gift. Released by Regional Faith Leaders Today

Bottled Water Free Day

A powerful statement entitled Water: A Sacred Gift was released by regional faith leaders today, to coincide with Bottled Water Free Day in Canada.

Bishop Michael Bird & Bishop Linda Nicholls, (Anglican Diocese); Bishop Douglas Crosby, (Catholic Diocese); Bishop Michael Pryse, (Evangelical Lutheran Church); President Gordon Dunbar, (Hamilton Conference United Church) joined together to declare that “More and more the forces of our society seek to treat water as a commodity for profit rather than a sacred gift for life.”